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Font Doctor 6

At a Glance
  • Morrison SoftDesign Font Doctor 6

    Macworld Rating

Font Doctor is a utility you don't ever want to have to use. But when your fonts act funky or when they're in disarray, then Font Doctor 6 becomes your best friend. It not only repairs corrupt fonts and organizes them into neat folders, but also converts Windows fonts into Mac fonts, and vice versa. Now with a faster and simpler interface, Font Doctor, which has been updated for Panther, is a great complement to full-featured font-activation programs such as Suitcase (   ; February 2004), which includes Font Doctor. The $20 upgrade price certainly makes upgrading worthwhile for current users.

Font Doctor 6 organizes fonts fast. (The time needed to put them all into neat, alphabetically ordered folders will vary depending on how many fonts you have.) It automatically fixes damaged fonts or moves them to another folder to be trashed. Font Doctor preserves Extensis Suitcase databases, so users don't have to redo their customized font sets.

If you haven't yet replaced all of your PostScript and TrueType fonts with the cross-platform OpenType format, Font Doctor's ability to convert fonts from Mac to Windows and back again will come in handy.

Macworld's Buying Advice

Font Doctor easily and expertly repairs and organizes fonts. If you have cross-platform problems, Font Doctor will fix them.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Cross-platform font conversion
    • Simplified interface

    Cons

    • Some redundancy with font-activation applications
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