Is Font Book a font management software?

Is the built-in facility in Leopard OS "Font Book" a replacement for third party font management software (e.g. Suitcase)? Or is it still advisable to manage fonts using a third party software on a mac?

Leopard's Font Book provides simple font management software. It's definitely improved from the Tiger version. It would probably meet the needs of someone who had a relatively small font collection without the need for frequently opening and closing fonts.
For larger collections, or if you open and close fonts frequently, I'd recommend a more full-features application.
A good and inexpensive eBook from TidBITS on Fonts in Leopard gives you a lot of info about how it works:

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    Command+click on the thumbnail to open full-size image in a separate window.

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  • Which font management software to use?

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  • Font management software windows7

    I'm using Windows 7 now and CS5. Used to use suitcase for my temporary fonts needs, but I hear of users having problems with it now. Problems deactivating, ghost fonts in de windows/fonts folder etc. So I'm looking for alternatives.
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    Any advice on what font manager works well under windows 7 without bloating the windows/font folder or mess up windows 7's build in 'windows font manager'? What do graphic designers working with a w7 machine use as a font manager? I've read that a font could also be installed temporarilly by opening the font file and keeping its window open, but that doesn't seem to work anymore. There doesn't seem to be many font managers around for windows. And the few that do exist aren't updated to include cs5 auto activation plugins or compatible with w7.

  • Font Management Software for PC

    Hi folks, I'm new to the adobe forums so excuse me if this question is redundant.  I was wondering if anyone here knows of something like font suitcase for windows that lets you activate and deactivate fonts but a less expensive/free version   Help is much appreciated!!

    If you want a round-up of the many options for Windows, see this blog post I did when I was back at Adobe a couple of years ago. Some of the details of versions are going to be off, but for identifying the cheaper options and getting a few ideas of what they're like, it might be helpful:
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  • What is the best FONT MANAGEMENT software???

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    If you're looking for another font server, I'd recommend testing out a free 30-day demo of Universal Type Server.
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  • Woeful state of font management on windows

    anyone out there who has font managment software that
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    doesn't make your system slow or unstable even with 5000 fonts.
    doesn't slow down opening of documents
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    Type DNA manager (no official support for windows 8, no autoactivation, slow, no support?)
    Extensis suitcase fusion 4 (delays photoshop docs opening by 25 seconds, delays photoshop opening by 15 seconds, clashes with other software, buggy, crap support).
    I'm just about to try maintype, but notice on their support forum issues that havn't been answered for over a month. 
    Really this is pathetic

    FYI for anyone who stumbles on this thread.  Maintype font activation does not work with indesign CC and may not ever.
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