You’re designing a new type face and want to see how other designers drew that certain letter?
Or you are curious how other fonts look in a certain weight or stlye?
Before Font Spy
At least those 7 steps:
You opened your font manager
Navigated to the desired font
Typed the glyphs you want to see
Found out you cannot type any glyph by its name or unicode
Tried to remember which of your fonts support which script
Went back to your font editor to finally work on your own design
Repeated with the next font and next font and next …
With Font Spy
You fill the Font Spy folder (once).
Launch the plugin.
Done. Enjoy the free time you earned!
Look at other fonts while working on yours.
Let’s be honest: no designer does her/his job without peeking sideways to what other great designers do.
And that’s okay. You
Font Spy is not just another font browser.
It can even
In the GlyphsApp’s
Select multiple glyphs
Categories like “Display”, “Text” or “My Project 1”
Scale font bounds (for scripts with tall extenders)
Glyphs 3: Not yet supported!
Mac OS 10.14 Catalina: will work but needs you to change some OS settings.
Mac OS 10.13: will work.
Mac OS 10.12: I got a version for this at hand. Let me know if you need it!
Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan): not tested.
Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite): not tested.
Find the installation and troubleshoot guide here.
Cheee Variable by OhNo Type Co
Ohno Blazeface by OhNo Type Co
Dunkelsans Variable by Minjoo Ham
Fip by Mota Italic
Open Khmer Schoolbook by Sovichet Tep & Xavier Dupré
Romnea by Sovichet Tep
IBM Plex (also Thai Looped and Loopless)
Athiti, Maitree, Pattaya, Taviraj by Cadson Demak
Noto Sans CJK by Google
Source Han Sans by Adobe Systems
Get it here:
- New release.
These will be solved in future updates:
- Some (Thai) font’s glyphs pass the fallback algorithm and don’t display the actual glyph, but the “uniXXXX” name instead.
- Left sidebearing chopps off letters like j in italic, or zero-width marks.