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This promotion includes the following:
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Loco78 * Download Link does not run, you can not download and install the program.
Mar 1 2014 at 4:05am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen Are you running Windows?
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 4:22am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling After filling out the questionnaire, you don't get to download. It says your cart is empty. Something is broken.
Mar 1 2014 at 5:42am Copy Link
Alan Fawley I can't get the link to work either and I am running Windows 7
Mar 1 2014 at 5:50am Copy Link
Down Theshore Your screenshot shows this as version 2.0, yet your web page shows the current version as 5.1. Which version does this offer contain?
Mar 1 2014 at 6:23am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Alan Fawley - Could you please try other browsers like IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera? The issue you mention is most likely caused by the different browser add-ons/extensions you have installed which may interfere with the purchase pop-up, so the key is to find a browser with few or no browser add-ons/extensions.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 1 2014 at 6:36am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen No worries. You will get MainType 5.1
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 7:15am Copy Link
Heidi-Ann Kennedy-Fourkiller No e-mail at all and can't get past this screen:

Tried three browsers.
Mar 1 2014 at 7:37am Copy Link
Pahuk Rarani You guys need to find someone elese to process your surveys, the site you use fails half way through the survey every time I use it. And since I do not do facebook, I am forced to use it.
Mar 1 2014 at 8:05am Copy Link
G. Blensten Having the same issue as everyone else - can't get it to do anything after clicking on the "Get It Free" button. :(
Mar 1 2014 at 9:21am Copy Link
Jane Blue What's the difference between install/uninstall and load/unload fonts?

Does it have an temporary install feature?

Can I create font groups to install/uninstall?
Mar 1 2014 at 9:55am Copy Link
Gde Swart I got my key without any issues and it downloaded and installed fine (Win7-64). It looks like it installs as a service with no noticeable performance impact.
Pretty slick to be able to install/uninstall fonts on the fly without rebooting. The main screen is very busy with a lot more information than Windows built-in font viewer. Overall I'm very impressed. This one's a keeper. I hope everyone else gets a shot at this. Thanks High-Logic and BDJ!
Mar 1 2014 at 10:14am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Heidi-Ann Kennedy and @G. Blensten - Could you please try other browsers like IE, Chrome, Firefox or Opera? The issue you mention is most likely caused by the different browser add-ons/extensions you have installed which may interfere with the purchase pop-up, so the key is to find a browser with few or no browser add-ons/extensions.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 1 2014 at 10:29am Copy Link
Heidi-Ann Kennedy-Fourkiller @Constantin Florea

As stated I've tried all three mentioned with the same result. Yet I will try again.
Mar 1 2014 at 10:34am Copy Link
ForumGuru Hello, the download email said to wait 15 minutes for the key. It's been over an hour and I have not yet received it. I have just sent a support email with my details.

Mar 1 2014 at 10:44am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Heidi-Ann Kennedy - Is it possible that you have an ad-ware blocker or a pop-up blocker installed? If that is the case could you temporarily disable it and try the purchase flow again?

Another suggestion would be to use a browser you've used before and manually disable all browser add-ons/extensions for that browser before purchasing.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 1 2014 at 11:02am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen Although I can't know for sure how, I can garantuee all complaint will be solved. Please understand it might take a little longer due to the fact it is weekend.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 11:04am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @gde swart, I'm glad to know you like our software!
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 11:07am Copy Link
ForumGuru Support sent me the key --- thanks. I must say it's one of the longest software keys I have ever entered! Best of luck with your promotion.

Mar 1 2014 at 11:09am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Gde swart; I'm glad you like our software!

For all people who experience problems, do know we will solve the issues, but please understand it might take some time as it is weekend.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 11:10am Copy Link
Heidi-Ann Kennedy-Fourkiller Just for the record, created a blank FF profile shut down all AV and AM...still no go. BTW: if you looked at the screenshot you would have seen that pop-up did open.
Mar 1 2014 at 11:12am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @ForumGuru, yes it is long, but I'm glad it works. Enjoy the software!
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 11:12am Copy Link
ForumGuru I am finding the software quite useful already. Thanks.

Mar 1 2014 at 11:22am Copy Link
Myrna Larson It all worked perfectly for me at 13:20 US Central Standard time. I closed my Facebook account, so I did the survey.
Mar 1 2014 at 11:28am Copy Link
BearPup I installed the software with great hope; before I could test the program however my Startup Warning System alerted me to what this software was trying to do behind my back:
"FMSProxy is a small program that runs in the background and is connected to the High-Logic Font Management Service. It acts as a doorway between the fontservice (running as administrator) and your user environment where your fonts are installed. ".
I don't take kindly to programs that insert themselves into my startup routine without asking. And I take great exception to any program that opens up "a doorway" into my computer.

That behavior is typical of viruses and other malware. The software is now uninstalled. BitsDuJour, I expect better from you.
Mar 1 2014 at 11:31am Copy Link
ForumGuru Some may not take kindly to start menu insertion but the activity does not appear to be malicious, the virus total is a big fat 0, and the reviews for this software are good. Here is another quote and a link to the page where BearPup was reading from. "The 3 main tasks of the FMSProxy are: Notify the High-Logic Font Management Service of changes in the loaded fonts Load/Install fonts for plugins Retrieve fonts from the network that the fontservice can't access" It's not like they are hiding the file and it's quite easy to find in your Windows Task Manager. Cheers
Mar 1 2014 at 12:10pm Copy Link
Loco78 * With IE gets easily program, I've tried with Chrome but something did not want to download Firefox was the same but with InternetExplorer downloaded without a problem as soon as we did not want to go with other browsers.
The program is a great, pity that FontCreator 7 Home Edition comes out quite expensive when converted to Polish Zloty because I like to work out cheaper I would have bought it.
Mar 1 2014 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Gde Swart @bearpup

No. That is not virus-like behavior. Your message is what happens because security companies dumb down their messages for too many users.
It's nice that it alerted you to a change in your start-up routine. But the doorway described is exactly what it said "between your user account and the font management service" nothing more. Open Task Manager and count all of the services running and be aware they are all "doorways."
There is nothing wrong with the it installing as a service (your security software probably installed more than one). This is how it can install/uninstall fonts while Windows is running.
Your accusations border on hysteria and you've uninstalled a very nice utility. Your loss.
Mar 1 2014 at 12:23pm Copy Link
Howard Ruderman Registration failed with message registration code is invalid. Code copied and pasted from clipboard, then double checked a second time!
Mar 1 2014 at 12:28pm Copy Link
Jane Blue Since you didn't answer my other questions, maybe you'll answer this one:

Why would I want/need an external service to manage fonts locally on my PC?
Mar 1 2014 at 12:31pm Copy Link
BearPup @ForumGuru: The program itself may be benign, but leaving an unknown port open is not something I allow any program to do without first getting my permission to do so. If my Warning System hadn't been actively watching for misbehavior, the program would have gotten onto my computer, left a port open, and done it all surreptitiously.

I don't trust software that tries to sneak around me - its why I have a Warning System in place to begin with. I'd rather be vigilant than infected. I use Font Runner x64, which provides sufficient font tools without having to sneak around my computer to do so.
Mar 1 2014 at 12:38pm Copy Link
VLM I'm getting the same results others report. Works fine in IE, not at all in FF. And this follows: I have no add-ons in IE and lots in FF. Unfortunately, most add-ons aren't smart enough to report what they're doing, on the fly. Sigh!
Mar 1 2014 at 1:03pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Howard Ruderman - We've just contacted the vendor regarding your issue.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 1 2014 at 1:09pm Copy Link
Howard Ruderman Appreciated Constantin:) I re-downloaded to double check that there was not an error but experienced the same result. I am 100% certain that I copied /pasted the code correctly. Thanks again - Howard
Mar 1 2014 at 1:20pm Copy Link
Gde Swart @bearpup

Ports and "doorways" are completely different things. You are making accusations based on your misunderstanding and are thereby misinforming the BDJ community using inflammatory words such as "misbehavior," "surreptitiously" and "infected."
While everyone should be vigilant regarding software that they install, your pretense as to being some sort of authority does everyone here a disservice.
You would be much better served by asking questions rather than making foolish accusations.
I have no affiliation with High-Logic or BDJ, but I really hate seeing well written software maligned. MainType is a properly designed utility. There is simply NO malicious behavior to be found here (other than perhaps in your comments).
Mar 1 2014 at 2:01pm Copy Link
Alan Fawley I finally got it using a different browser, however I have to say that I find that very unusual, as I have not had this problem before with this site. Is there a new protocol that has been put in place on here? As I have used my normal browser before on here to get software.
Mar 1 2014 at 2:26pm Copy Link
BearPup @Gde Swart: You would do well to read what I actually say instead of your agenda about negative comments. I object to software that installs auto anything. Its my computer and I'll decide what gets install when and how, not the software company.

If someone enters your house without your permission, would you welcome them with open arms or with wariness? You can be pollyanna if you want, but uninvited 'guests' are not welcome on my computer. And as the software didn't announce its intentions, I did. That's providing an information service, not bad behavior.
Mar 1 2014 at 2:43pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @BearPup: the software has a service and a client which will both run on your computer. The service can manage, load and install fonts. There are several good reasons for this, and you will understand after you've tried other font managers.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 3:14pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Howard: Thank you for letting is know. We have to look into this issue on Monday, but we will make sure this will get solved.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 3:18pm Copy Link
Gde Swart @bearpup

I have no agenda regarding valid concerns. I object to unnecessary, loaded language. I read what you said and I stand by my posts.
Your choice of words misrepresented this program and called into question the vendor's reputation. You did not merely provide information, you made charges and thereby performed a disservice.
High-Logic has been in business 17 years and has an active user community. MainType is on version 5.1 (FontCreator is at version 7.5). You don't get there producing malicious software.
While I agree with your concerns regarding software taking privileges during installation, examining the company and product reputation is of equal importance to me as is monitoring the installation (which I do very closely). High-Logic makes no secret that this product installs as a service and there is nothing unusual or wrong with how MainType installs itself as you continue to suggest.
I have no intention of prolonging this discussion, so feel free to get in the last word, but you may want to reread your comments (and mine) before you do.
Mar 1 2014 at 4:07pm Copy Link
Jeffrey Taylor Despite its many capabilities, my first impression of the program is that two features that are important to me are missing. I found no workaround in the manual. Let me know if I've missed something. If not, I encourage you to implement these features in future builds.

The first thing I looked for was to see how many fonts I had installed. "Active" fonts is not necessarily the same as "installed" fonts, but there is no predefined view for "installed" fonts. I think this is foundational, and should not need a workaround.

With its modular construction, I was hoping that MainType would allow me to do something that I haven't been able to do: see side-by-side text samples in different fonts. I see that the panels can be moved around on screen, but don't see how multiples of the same panel can be displayed. However, I can't imagine what purpose would be served by displaying duplicates of any of the panels except Sample, Font Information, and Characters.
Implementing this feature would also require a change to the View panel, so that different fonts could be selected for display in the different panels.
Mar 1 2014 at 4:43pm Copy Link
Howard Ruderman Thanks Erwin appreciated:) You should have my email there so I look forward to hearing from you. Have a nice Sunday - Howard:)
Mar 1 2014 at 6:16pm Copy Link
Quill Pen Another software I can't even download because of the infamous and sporadic blank popup. If it occurred every time, I'd think it my blockers, but since it only happens occasionally I'll never know.
No, I will not install a new browser to try a workaround. No I will not enable Facebook or Twitter or Google cookies.
FWIW, I don't recall any of our other font managers requiring an always on online service link to run just fine. That as well as any phone home autoupdate really should be designed as an opt in. Thank you Bearpup for the alert.
Mar 1 2014 at 10:33pm Copy Link
Watcher1924 Do we have to install it and activated while the promotion is active?
Mar 1 2014 at 11:49pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Watcher1924: no, you can install it later if you wish.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 1 2014 at 11:59pm Copy Link
Jane Blue Since the questions in both my posts were ignored, I'll pass. Thanks for deciding for me whether I want this product or the upgrade. It's makes decisions so easy when we're treated like we're invisible.
Mar 2 2014 at 12:07am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! High-Logic B.V. has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 2 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Jane Blue: I'm sorry about not responding to your posts.

In MainType a font is considered active when it is either installed or loaded. An installed font is available to all applications even after a reboot. Loaded fonts are no longer available after the system is rebooted.

And yes you can easily load, install and uninstall groups.

The service is there for a couple of reasons:
- No elevation when you install or uninstall fonts
- Extremely fast and reliable database driven
- MainType Plug-ins allow you to automatically activate missing fonts from other programs without even having to start MainType.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 12:52am Copy Link
VLM Erwin Denissen wrote: "the software has a service and a client which will both run on your computer. The service can manage, load and install fonts. There are several good reasons for this, and you will understand after you've tried other font managers."

Amen to that! It's just the right architecture for the job, and I, for one, am pleased to have learned about this fine product through BDJ.
Mar 2 2014 at 1:14am Copy Link
Jane Blue Erwin - thank for the answers. So "loading" is basically a temporary installation for the current Windows session. What did you mean by "No elevation when ou isntall or uninstall fonts?" What does "elevation" mean in this context?

I'm still not clear on what the "service" is needed. Do you have any literature that would tell me more about it?
Mar 2 2014 at 1:22am Copy Link
Mac Clegg I haven't really checked out this program yet, but it downloaded easy&quick using Chrome - with Adblock and pop-up blocker on; installed, and registered just fine with that 'holy mackerel!'-long registration code which I received be email in five minutes.

I have belt-plus-braces security on my computer, and all settings are "don't do anything unless you ask me first", and did not receive any alarms about installing or opening this program. I'm sorry so many other people had problems.

Thanks, High-Logic, for the opportunity to try this out -- I do love playing with my fonts!
Mar 2 2014 at 1:47am Copy Link
freddy debrouwere Download Link does not run, you can not download and no possibvle to install the program.
Mar 2 2014 at 1:54am Copy Link
Graham Bourne Using Chrome on Win 7. Clicking on the "Get it for Free" button does nothing. I get a brief flash of "Waiting for" and then nothing. Got tired of waiting and abandoned.
Mar 2 2014 at 2:06am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Jane Blue: yes that is loading. Most functionality is explained in the manual which is also available online on our website.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 2:07am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @freddy debrouwere - I have just sent you an email.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 2 2014 at 4:36am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Graham Bourne - Could you please try other browsers like IE, Firefox or Opera? The issue you mention is most likely caused by the different browser add-ons/extensions you have installed which may interfere with the purchase pop-up, so the key is to find a browser with few or no browser add-ons/extensions.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 2 2014 at 4:40am Copy Link
Ian Bunting @Jane Blue.
Loading is a way of giving access to a font without leaving it installed persistently.
That is typically used by applications providing their own fonts.
Unloading afterwards prevents it cluttering up the font list in other applications when it is no longer required.
Install is when more persistent use is required, when you don't want to load and unload on demand and uninstall is the removal of a font being used that way.
Mar 2 2014 at 4:51am Copy Link
Loco78 * Download program best by Internet Explorer-in Google Chrome does not work any plug or something so it does not go to download by this browser.
Mar 2 2014 at 6:02am Copy Link
Neil Stierhoff Can I get the "professional" version at a substantial discount?
Mar 2 2014 at 9:08am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen The upgrade costs $40.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 9:44am Copy Link
Watcher1924 Thank you. What it the title of the email with the registration code? I have received the "BitsDuJour Software Receipt - MainType Standard Edition" but I have to search for other one.
Mar 2 2014 at 10:43am Copy Link
Mr Dave First, this looks like one of the best programs I've seen in a while - does what it's supposed to do and does it well. Someone else asked for a way to see two or more fonts for comparing them, I would like that also. Not the font information, but what they look like. Instead of a new window, maybe it would be possible to select 2 or more fonts, and then quickly switch between them by pressing number keys (1 for font 1, 2 for font 2, etc.). Seeing the characters switch instantly in the zoom and text sample and character set windows would make it very easy spot minor differences and choose the best one.

Like many others I also have had many many issues with BitsDuJour hanging when I clidk "Get it now". I use Firefox and problems started near the end of last year. I have many extensions and have tried disabling NoScript, Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and even Avast! antivirus but that hasn't helped. I found that Chrome always works for me, but since I don't normally use it I don't have extensions loaded for it. If I run Firefox in Safe Mode (right-click the Firefox item when starting and select Safe Mode) then Firefox also works. Either of these is a disruptive workaround so I tend to not even try most of the software offered here. I miss the good ol' days when BitsDuJour simply worked!
Mar 2 2014 at 11:10am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Watcher1924: MainType is part of the mail subject. Let us know if you found it.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 12:59pm Copy Link
Jeffrey Taylor @Erwin
Please give me a response to my original comment, now showing above as having posted "Yesterday at 4:43 PM."
Mar 2 2014 at 2:45pm Copy Link
DrF Downloaded, installed, and registered without problem (perhaps not using Facebook helps).

Anyhow, after installing the program and playing with it for about 10 minutes, I uninstalled the other two font managers I've used for years.

Love this software already, and can't wait to explore more of its features.
Mar 2 2014 at 3:24pm Copy Link
Jane Blue I didn't have any trouble with the download using Firefox. I received the reg code with no problem as well. For those having trouble, try FF.

Question for the vendor: I was looking at Font Creator (not the Home edition) and Scanhand (I think it was called) ...will you be offering either one of those programs on Bits at some point in the future?
Mar 2 2014 at 4:30pm Copy Link
Maz Do buyer gets lifetime updates for the FontCreator 7 Home Edition?
Mar 2 2014 at 8:25pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Jeffrey Taylor: thank you for your comments and sorry for my late reply. Both suggested features are not available. I have added them to our to-do list.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 10:03pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Maz: minor updates are included.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 2 2014 at 10:05pm Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Jane Blue: For now we have nothing scheduled, but we might run a new discount promo in the future.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 3 2014 at 1:01am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen Thank you for all your feedback. We have added your feature requests to our to-do list. I think we've answered all questions, but if you think we missed one or two, don't hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the software!
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 3 2014 at 1:06am Copy Link
Jeffrey Sherratt I've ordered and received Font Creator for $39 but can't get to a link for the free copy of MainType Standard Edition for PC. I've tried the facebook pages you list above and get to a page that says MainType 100% off but there is no link. I have liked the page so it should work.

It's alright I'm sorted, just received a seperate email from High-Logic with the registration code
Mar 3 2014 at 3:28am Copy Link
Erwin Denissen @Jeffrey Sherratt: You're lucky, as both promos have ended a couple of hours ago.
High-Logic B.V. - Mar 3 2014 at 3:38am Copy Link
Watcher1924 Found it. Thanks.
Mar 3 2014 at 8:18am Copy Link

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