What is the best way to create a specimen book?

timmy's picture

I am presently running Opperating System 10.2 and am searching for the best method/application to help me create a specimen book. Any suggestions? I am using Font Reserve as my font handler and am aware of it's ability to create specimen pages but I find it annoying to work with and am unsatisfied with my choices for specimen templates. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

trae's picture

I'm a waaays back in the Dark Ages at OS 8.6... and love ATM Deluxe out of which I made the mother of all specimen books (of course it's out of control and poorly organized but I'm still learning) ...

matteson's picture

Sadly, I'm running a PC, but I use a program called Printer's Apprentice to create my specimens. I'm not sure if there's a Mac version available, but it's got good choices for sample sheets. Cheers.

Diner's picture

There's a program called TypeBook by Jim Lewis you can probably find by doing a Google search. I have printed several specimen books with this application and it's quite customizable - I go with the line showing outputs.

Stuart :D

peterbruhn's picture

FontGander is a really great tool where you can make your own customized pages. You can control everything. I'm not sure if they have an OSX version.

sean's picture

This works pretty well, and has a OSX version. It has several good template options- over ten I think. Plus, you can make your own if you'd like. Is ships with Suitcase 10 or as shareware ($10). This one might be what you need.

timmy's picture

After looking around and even trying a few different programs (FontBook and FontVista) I've come to the conclusion that Font Reserve is supperior and probably my best option.

buegelfrei's picture

Is it too late to restart this thread? I just got a new Mac and am finally making the transition to OSX. Among the Classic casualties is Font Gander, which I had had all set up with my own umpteen fonts per page templates/plug-ins. Doesn't work running in Classic under OSX 10.3.4. (OK, it prints and displays, but everything is jaggy, so it's useless. I made a few attempts to activate the fonts I wanted to print in the Classic fonts folder, but to no avail). I wasn't planning on keeping my old OS9 Mac around indefinitely; are there any OSX apps around that will do specimen pages with multiple fonts per page? Thanks...

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