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Font Gander Pro 1.6

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font-gander-16.hqx (894.62 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Users_Reference.pdf
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Printout_sample_Gander.pdf
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Description from the author at Info-Mac website:

"Font Gander Pro is the world's handiest font browser. Allows you to view and print font samples without first installing the fonts. With Drag-and-Drop simplicity, you can open and print whole folders or disks full of fonts at one time. Renders TrueTypes and Type-1's at high resolution, and works with any printer. Includes the Gander Quill editor - as friendly as any draw program - which allows you to design your own layouts featuring up to 99 fonts per page. This is the ONLY font sampler program that gives you these features."

Shareware.
Name: nowhereman
Code: T-95FXJBJ5-2X23

The internal manual has been converted to PDF for more convenience. A printout sample produced with PrintToPDF has also been added to give an idea of the end result (bitmap at high resolution):

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Minimum requirements:
- Macintosh II or higher
- System 7.0 (with Drag & Drop)
- Adobe Type Manager 3.0 recommended

Tested successfully on:
Basilisk II for MacOSX w/System 7.5.5
SheepShaver for MacOSX w/MacOS 9.0.4
[printing issues may happen for both]

Comments

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2019, January 14 - 11:51pm

using LaserWriter 8 driver instead to create a "PostScript Job" file with all the fonts embedded.

Yes, that's what I would use, or the Adobe equivalent PSPrinter. But if I was running any app under a classic Mac OS and printing output from it, I wouldn't embed fonts with the driver or take it's resulting .ps file to Mac OS X to print to PDF. I would instead use Adobe's Distiller to embed font subsets and complete printing the .ps file to PDF under classic.

Anyway, Font Gander is brilliant. It's hard to go past it's ability to print multiple pages of font families to a single document. Much thanks for it's addition here. 5 stars from me.

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2019, January 14 - 11:12pm

@ MikeTomTom - 2019, January 14 - 9:44pm
«I've found that while you can view fonts that are not installed (...) you will get best results if you install the fonts that interest you before printing.»

There is also an other possibility to get satisfying printouts without hassles: just using LaserWriter 8 driver instead to create a "PostScript Job" file with all the fonts embedded. A single drop down menu choice is enough. Of course, you could get a much heavier document that way but it will be slimmed down afterwhile when converted to PDF in MacOSX.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2019, January 14 - 10:44pm

Firstly. Thank you very much for adding this font browser to the archive. I had not seen or used it before. Previously I used the TypeBook but this one is superior to that, for sure.

Secondly. I will not use PrintToPDF as a PDF creator, period. For the reasons you described below and those outlined under "Limitations" in the PrintToPDF manual. But mainly for these reasons:
1). PrintToPDF does not embed fonts or font subsets into documents it produces (a must for me).
2). PrintToPDF is not a PostScript printer emulator. It functions as a QuickDraw printer (page 1 of the PrintToPDF manual). Therefore vector graphics do not print PostScript patterns and applications that are optimized for printing to PostScript printers will generally give poor results.

From my limited use of Font Gander Pro, so far. I've found that while you can view fonts that are not installed, if you want to print sheets of those fonts, you will get best results if you install the fonts that interest you before printing.

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2019, January 14 - 2:59pm

"Suitcase can display uninstalled fonts too."

Suitcase is more a font manager than a font browser. This tool is uselessly too heavy for that purpose.

«Problem with fonts being displayed wrongly can sometimes be because the font ID number is the same as another one.»

I remember. Sad But it is not the case this time. The solution I have proposed below is working albeit tedious.

WhosIt.There's picture
by WhosIt.There - 2019, January 14 - 2:38am

Suitcase can display uninstalled fonts too. It can probably print them as well, but I can't remember and never tried.

Problem with fonts being displayed wrongly can sometimes be because the font ID number is the same as another one. I ran into that one quite often when using Font Gander to see what a new font looks like, although sometimes that was my own fault after converting the font from Windows.

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2019, January 14 - 1:08am

This is a superb font browser, very efficient for uninstalled fonts. IMHO, it has never really been replaced following its disappearance from the market. In some ways, it is still superior to FontBook from Lemke Software, which I like otherwise.

However, the printing process seems presently somewhat whimsical. Sometimes the font is "printed" exactly like I want, sometimes it is replaced by a substitute system font that does not have any ressemblance with the original. That issue never happened to me 20 year's ago when I was using a slightly older version (v1.5.5) of that same application on my Performa 580CD with System 7.5.1 and StyleWriter 1200. I don't know exactly why but I suspect a printer driver problem.

Solution is to do a double setup before printing: 1) inside the "Page Setup & Print" window (File menu), where you choose the fonts and model to be printed; 2) inside the Preferences of the PrintToPDF driver, where you click on the Fonts tab and then on the fonts you want to print. It is a long process but it works. A better solution would have been to deactivate "Default Substitution Font", as it is recommended in the FAQ, but it does not apply to PrintToPDF. If somebody knows a simpler way, please tell us.