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JMJ Squared Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

While DEREK LEE and our friends at BitsDuJour sort out the problems, consider this:
Today's offer simply provides a font Installer that can be used to install 20 pre-designed fonts. It DOES NOT take your own handwritten signature and convert it into any font format that you can then simply use in a document.

Here is a free Font Manager to install and manage ALL fonts in Windows:
http://www.xiles.net/nexusfont/

Use it to install THOUSANDS of FREE handwriting and calligraphy fonts found on the Internet; for example, at:
http://www.fontspace.com/...andwriting ; or,
http://www.1001freefonts....-fonts.php
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:01am
Quill Pen Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

Ooops, sorry JMJ, the links you posted were cut off until I refreshed the page. FWIW, those have been two of my goto font places for many years. :))
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:02am
Quill Pen Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

Since it's always fun to add new fonts (until you have collected several thousand and realize you only use about 10 regularly) I don't understand how this could normally sell for $25 since there are quite a few excellent sites offering a kazillion free fonts in a wide variety of styles, incl handwriting. As a blonde, I can personally attest to the ease of downloading and installing free fonts from well-established sites. OTOH, choosing which of your 2183 fonts to use is a whole 'nuther story. Beware the dreaded "ransom note" appearance with your next high school paper, resume or website!
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:02am
JMJ Squared Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

@Quill Pen - You raise an interesting issue with the "2183 fonts" statement: Having large numbers of fonts installed in Windows can SEVERELY impact performance, not only in specific apps that load fonts at their startup (e.g., Photoshop, Word, etc.) but for the system (which maintains & loads-at-startup a font cache) as a whole. IMHO, a good font manager, like the one mentioned, should be used to un-install all/most fonts that one does/will not use.

@Scott Van Leeuwen - It's a bit involved but you CAN turn your own scanned handwriting (TIFF format, for ex.) into standard-format fonts using software like the free FontForge or the commercial FontLab.
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:02am
Harry Stadman Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

The best professional font management tool is Extensis suitcase fusion 5.

You can turn fonts on and off while working in professional applications and it has no impact on performance whatsoever.

I am using it for years now without any problems.

One other aspect we have to watch is the license for the fonts, how and where can we use the fonts for professional use.
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:03am
JMJ Squared Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

@Harry Stadman - At USD 100.00 it had better be good. :) Too much software for the normal user, no? How/why is it better for you than the mentioned font managers, please?
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:03am
Harry Stadman Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

Extensis suitcase fusion 5 is a professional tool aimed at professionals using lots of fonts for design.

It installs plug-ins for Quark(if you have that) Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You can turn fonts on and off inside these applications, completely different and way more sophisticated then most font managers that only install fonts in the font folder of Windows. THAT is the reason why the system gets slow, if you install loads of fonts in the Windows font folder since these are ALL loaded at startup into the system memory!

This program doesn't install the fonts in the windows/fonts folder, it stores the fonts into their own database for quick search and comparison. It can litterally use fonts from any place or harddisk, without installing them in the Windows system.

It has been the leading tool for years and is still market leader.
believe me, even at 100 bucks it's still a steal. Most professional tools cost way, way more and it is indispencable if you work with lots of fonts every day or on a regular bases!


If you know that most professional fonts can cost way more then 100 bucks for a complete font family then you know this is not too expensive.
Even managing 25000 fonts it only takes 143 mb system memory opposed to several gigbytes of system memory for the windows font folder. In my case all those 25000 fonts would eat up more then 8 gigbytes of system memory alone!
You can turn them on and off inside the applications without a restart or reboot.
That is still less then IE10 needs for a couple of screens open or another webbrowser.

It is a professional tool hence it is priced that way.

For me it is an indispencable tool.
I am not in any way affiliated with Extensis, i am just a very satisfied customer for a lot of years.

Have a look at their website:

http://www.extensis.com/s...whats-new/
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:04am
Quill Pen Editor's Note: This comment was moved from the 20 Handwriting Fonts comments board, where it originally appeared.

@JMJ I agree that on older and slower machines, performance could take a significant hit from having high numbers of fonts installed, but I notice no lag with a quad core using ProLasso for balancing. I am often doing background malware scans (Malwarebytes or Spybot, for instance), simultaneously streaming music and running Secondlife, Adobe Photoshop, DazStudio, Word, Excel, Zoner Pro and an HTML editor, all while surfing/researching in about 20 active Firefox browser windows... and I've got a slow DSL... and probably a case of ADHD. giggles I exaggerated the font count, though. Only 2,018 at present.
After ditching Adobe Font Mgr over a decade ago, I've fiddled with a number of font managers but usually opt for the simple MSFT default for installing. I use the free AMD FontViewer for grouping/comparing fonts, and the Free&Easy Font Viewer for really quick font choosing. Essentially, the only uninstalls I do are of virtually identical fonts. I mean, seriously, how many identical san serifs block fonts does one really need?
        Jul 21 2013 at 8:07am
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