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chris brettFont management query
by on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:54:29 pm

-- font folder getting very full and its taking ages to try out different fonts by changing the layer selection...

.......any body know if there is a font manager that can be used from within Ae or if there is a way of organising the system fonts folder so that ( say ) the 'fun' fonts are in their own folder and seperate from the 'corporate' fonts.

--- any ideas on this would be much appreciated.

Chris Brett


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Font management query
by on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:49:22 pm

Chris -

You don't say whether you're on a Mac or PC, so I'm going to work from my experience (PC). I personally don't use a font manager, and have upwards of 1500 fonts on my system. I use Windows Character Map - a free utility which comes with Windows, and allows me to view the typefaces, and cut and paste them into AE, once I have a blank type layer. Works great for the occasional © needed when I don't remember the ASCII code for it (ALT-0169).

There's a script which allows you to view fonts within AE - looks pretty useful - I may pick it up:

Then, to your real question - font management. There's nothing within AE to help with that, nor do I see any third-party scripts for font management. Nexus Font is a freebie for Windows, and allows for all sorts of management (I just downloaded it - looks useful):

NexusFont allows you to achieve the type of folder-based font management you asked about. It also removes duplicates, even if they're not the same filename - pretty useful.

There do not appear to be any freebies on the Mac side, but here's a good discussion of the options:

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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chris brettRe: Font management query
by on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:34:44 pm

Hi Joe

-- many thanks for your very informative and speedy reply which is much appreciated ---

-- script looks very useful and expect I will buy but still looks as if you have to scroll the whole list ....phewwwwwwwwwwww.............

--- use Nexus font already thanks -- its very good I think.

Best regards -------------- chris brett---------------------

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Matt CallacRe: Font management query
by on Oct 15, 2013 at 4:01:10 pm

We use font explorer to manage our thousands of fonts.
you can easily activate the fonts you need and leave the majority deactivated while you aren't using them.


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chris brettRe: Font management query
by on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:52:00 am

thanks Matty -- will check it out -- ( its already downloaded ) -- all the best -----chris

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chris brettRe: Font management query
by on Oct 31, 2013 at 3:42:21 pm

Hi Chaps

-- feel compelled to mail feedback as results were so good -

- took a while to figure it all out fully and went for Nexus on my desktop combined with Font List in AE ---- excellent result which saves so much time....

....... Nexus makes it easy to sort all fonts on desktop and then its just a matter of activating ones to use when comping though when I tested Font List with ALL my fonts activated it was no trouble to use at all........ many thanks again.

Best regards

Chris Brett


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