Best practices for managing font collections

Design and publishing professionals juggle documents all day long. Ensuring that each and every document opens quickly and renders properly is critical to getting the job done. One missing or corrupt font can easily stall a project and result in missed deadlines.

To help creative professionals keep their systems clean and running smoothly, we at Extensis have created a series of Font Management Best Practices Guides. These guides cover the specifics of managing fonts on macOS and Windows as well as server-based font management for teams.

We recently updated our macOS guide to include Sierra v10.12. If you’ve recently updated, check out this guide to find out:

  • Which fonts are essential to keep on macOS Sierra
  • How to clean up your system
  • How to best include font management in your workflow
  • How FontBook and Typekit fit into the equation
  • And much more

These guides are continually updated with feedback from our professional network, partners and internal research.

If you’ve ever had a font ruin your day, check out these guides to help prevent that from happening in the future.

As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts and digital asset management in creative workflows. Focusing on how effective management can affect all levels of an organization – from the legal, creative and branding standpoints – Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design, WebVisions and more.


  1. If you are just starting out publishing, there are alternatives to manage your font workflow. Make no mistake Extensis is the king of the castle for professional corporates but for Freelancers and sole traders take a look around. Right font for Mac is just one, which still syncs to Typekit, does the job if your budget is tight.

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