Type Tester

msmiths's picture

I'm curious what viable options are out there for online type testers, the ones used by various online font stores. I understand there are numerous options using flash but that kerning and open type features are not supported. I also understand that their is:

LettError LetterSetter


which supports kerning and various features but are there any other options out there?

How important is font testing with online font stores?



Reed Reibstein's picture

Just about every foundry's website has a different spin on type testing. One that I found interesting (although I ultimately dislike it) is Wilton Foundry's FontGenerator (click on "View this font in FontGenerator), which displays the sample out of moving particles.

Fonts.com's "Free Text," while clunkily implemented, gives possibly the most flexibility I've seen, allowing you to specify any point size you want as well as the text and background color. It doesn't seem to kern, though.

EDIT: Reminding myself of your original question, for me, some way to see the letters up close and personal is extremely important, as I by typefaces for both their readability at normal sizes and their quirks at larger sizes. If a site doesn't have a good type tester, I look for a PDF that I can zoom in on. Lacking both of those would make my decisions more protracted.

RachelR's picture

There is a website called moretype.co.uk which has an excellent type tester.

Miss Tiffany's picture

http://ourtype.be has a very good type tester.

msmiths's picture

Thank you!

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