Fonts Manager Mail
by Ed Hopkins
(last update: Sunday, June 19, 2011)
(most are abbreviated, newest on top)
"Dear Mr. Hopkins,
Is it still possible to register Fonts Manager 3.9.3? I found and downloaded a copy from the Internet recently. When I called Kagi, they told me that this product is no longer available from them.
My husband and I are still using OS 9 for much of our work (because it still works). Between the two of us, our fonts list has grown to an unmanageable size.
I installed Fonts Manager, made some custom font sets and --Voila!-- the fonts menu instantly shrunk. I just have to remember to change sets when changing tasks.
I'm glad this program is still available and would like to make sure you get paid for this copy.
"As requested, here's my reply to confirm my receipt of the authentication code for my registered copy of Fonts Manager.
Thanks for creating this very useful utility and for making it so affordable. I initially found Fonts Manager on a MacAddict disc and tried it out about a year and a half ago - but at the time I didn't have many fonts and didn't really need it or fully understand what it was for, so I deleted it.
Since then I've amassed a fairly extensive collection of fonts and this month I found myself suddenly understanding how I might want a better font management setup than my copy of Extension Overload would allow. I tracked down Fonts Manager, fired it up and said 'Wow - this is perfect'.
Thanks again - it's well worth the price."
Kansas City, MO
"Mr. Hopkins -
I love your Fonts Manager software! I am the only Mac user in my office, and I easily used up all my budget on graphics software. So it was such a relief to find software like yours, which works well and saves our church a bundle!
Director of Communications,
Grace Community Church
Thanks - I've run into trouble with too many fonts on my MAC and it sure looks like you've got just what I need to manage them. It'll be a week to ten days before I really try this out as I've got a boat load of stuff to do at the moment but I'm real excited to use your Fonts Manager. I'm an old shareware user from almost two decades ago so I really do like and support this particular software industry. I'm hoping to sell a few other people on using Fonts Manager, where I work, but it may take awhile since they're slow to change.
Meanwhile, I wish you continued success with this software and your other endeavors. It's a pleasure doing business with you."
Thanks for the quick response and making the shareware fee painless to pay, not to mention the great software!
WARNING---Unsolicited and "overly-verbose" praise follows...Seeing as you WROTE the software, you obviously recognize its usefulness. This is just incase you have those days where you think people out there don't appreciate shareware software or its developers! You took the time to make your work available, and I'd like to take the time to tell you how it's helped me!
I've always avoided any of the extension based font managers. Over the years I've spent many tedious hours categorizing and organizing my 1000+ font collection to fit MY production purposes. I was a bit skeptical as to whether a commercial product, let alone a shareware product like Fonts Manager would smoothly handle my collection without negating my hours of organizational work or risking my system's stability (which is tenuous enough as it is!) In my former life as a Mac-specific consultant I'd seen the potential risks of software such as Suitcase and did not want to introduce those risks on MY machine.
Now as a self-employed digital media producer, my font collection habit has become more than a hobby. As you know, font choice can set the "feel" or the visual tone of a project. Searching through a collection of 1000+ fonts can take hours/days. I no longer have the time to manually search through all of my hand created sets to remember where I last stored specific fonts.
After a full back-up and a deep breath, I finally tried Fonts Manager out. It only took about 30 minutes, a few tests, and a few reboots to figure out your software would save me time (AND disk space...no more fonts saved in multiple manually created sets. I've already been able to delete at least 100MB of duplicated fonts). I've been using Fonts Manager now for about a week, and as promised, I have not once had to deal with a system crash due to a flaky font management extension. It may be tedious to some users to have to reboot, but in my opinion, I'd prefer to reboot on my own, then have a failed/frozen application force me to not only reboot, but possibly REBUILD my system.
I also recently purchased Font Agent 8. It certainly has it's place in the market as a useful tool to test font integrity. However, I was extremely disappointed that a full-fledged commercial piece of software couldn't incorporate the "font set" management features that your shareware handles so gracefully. Relying only on Font Agent I would still have to manually move my font sets around and keep duplicate fonts in many of the sets.
Sure, I do appreciate having corrupt, mismatched and orphaned font parts rooted out of my system. However, as far as day-to-day use is concerned, Fonts Manager has turned out to be a far more valuable product; a steal at 1/7 of the cost! Efficient font management has allowed me to quickly select specific styles from my sample font sets and create multiple drafts extremely fast. Not only am I happy to pay the small shareware fee, I'd pay it again for each contract that I work on if I had to!
Keep up your development and your commitment to shareware for the Mac platform!"
Free-Lance Digital Media Consultant & Producer
Thx so much for Fonts Manager.
I really am going to learn to manage those fonts!"
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
School of Medicine
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Please find enclosed a check for $10 as payment of the shareware fee for your excellent utility Fonts Manager 3.9.2, which helped to get me out of a hole this morning.
R. M. MACRAE
"Dear Mr. Hopkins,
Thank you very much for emailing my code for Fonts Manager so promptly. It works well. Thank you also for making software that is both so useful and at a price that no one has any excuse for not paying the shareware fee!"
"Great program. Thank you!"
Jumping Dog Graphic Design
"All OK. Think Fonts Manager has made my Mac the most stable it's been in over a year.
Worth the money."
"Thanks for creating such a helpful application!"
I downloaded Fonts Manager 3.9.2, tried it, liked it, so here is my $10 registration fee. Please send the code to the above e-mail address.
You have done a nice job."
William H. Beckett
"Thanks a bunch, Ed H. for such fine software. Can't beat the price! Keep it coming!"
Rubel & Marian Romero
"Dear Mr. Hopkins,
I don't remember when I downloaded your Fonts Manager (3.8), but I believe it was sometime last fall. Sometime later (probably around Christmas time) I installed it and made a couple of font sets. I haven't gone back to it since then and recently had to use it again when I installed my tax software. I then realized that I never sent you a check.
I hope the "better late than never" adage applies here but if I owe you more let me know before/when you send my authorization code. I don't recall the site from where I downloaded it, but I am wondering if you have issued any newer versions since 3.8.
I'm not really sure of any aspect that needs to be upgraded but it would be nice to have an option of creating a "duplicate set" which could then be added to or subtracted from in order to create a slightly different set than the original for a specific task (while still keeping the original set intact).
All I can say is "ditto" to all the accoldates you have received regarding FM. This is the first shareware I have ever downloaded because I was afraid I'd get in to the habit of shareware downloading to the point of spending too much time and money on software that was "neat" or "handy" but didn't really fulfill an actual need for me. All I have to say is that FM is neat, it is handy, and it was exactly what I needed here at home!
Richard J. Lamermayer
YOUR FONTS MANAGER
My Registration Application form and cash is attached. I would be grateful to have Authentication either by snail mail or Email.
Am delighted with product contained on CD with this month's MACWORLD here in UK. Am frustrated Mac user who has run with Symantec Suitcase for a number of years. However, having just upgraded to OS 8.5.1 some very odd things happened and although have talked to Symantec's remaining (and running down) help line, they were unable to help. Say new owner Extensis likely to provide patch 'soon'.
Was struggling until risked trying your package out - CD bits and pieces can be destructive - and found it seems all you promise. Will complain if I have to - later.
Meanwhile, my bank suggest cash is easiest option for both you and me.
Kindest regards and continued success,"
Crawley Down, West Sussex
This is a great utility! I spent today printing out fonts & putting sets together. Got your site bookmarked.
I TRULY appreciate good documentation! I guess I'm one of those crazy folks who likes to read the manual! The documentation you included with Fonts Manager was easy to follow, clear, and in-depth. It cleared up some font confusion in my head as well as on my Mac!
Looking forward to hassle-free font storage.
Linda L. Lambertson
"With over 700 fonts in my system folder, this thing rocks. I really didn't feel like paying $40 for the boxed version of the same type of utility.
As you requested, I'm sending you my check for $10 so that you can get a bit more than Kagi gives you. I suppose that you will send me s/n information to my e-mail address...
Thanks for writing good shareware. I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with Fonts Manager with time.
With cordial regards,"
Robert N. Dain, Ph.D.
I'm a student of Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan. I'm studying graphic design, so I was very excited when I saw this software! This tool is very useful for my work.
Thank you, Ed."
"Ed. Fonts Manager - so simple and easy to use. It's a great program. Learned so much about fonts and suitcases from your Website.
Sending you a check direct by snail mail.
Thanks for Fonts Manager 3.8. It is better than 'Suitcase' and most helpful. Please find attached a $10 check.
I am enclosing payment for Fonts Manager v3.8. As I am not online, I am also enclosing a SSAE for your convenience in sending me a registration code. Also, I am sending along an extra bit of cash for 'shipping and handling'. The program is well worth much more than you are asking! I have paid twice as much for programs which were not half as good!
You are probably tired of hearing this, but Fonts Manager is an answer to a prayer. I am finally in control! Even with my extension-laden system, your program works flawlessly!
Here's wishing you the best in all your future endeavors. It is people like yourself who help bring quality computing within the reach of all the rest of us. Many thanks for a superior program!
Martin E. Beistline
York Haven, PA
"Downloaded Fonts Mgr and I think I got it down. Sure easy to use. Had a little difficulty sorting out folders from suitcases but I think I got it now.
Thanks for a program that's indeed a true utility. PS Enclosed is my ten bucks.
"Thank you, thank you! What a jewel is Fonts Manager! There's a lot to be said for the keep-it-simple philosophy, and you have said it best with this answer to Suitcase and ATM tyranny.
The registration fee for my wife's and my Macintoshs is enclosed ($20 for 2 users).
One more thing: I appreciate both your shareware distribution of Fonts Manager and your EvangeList posting. Without either, our Macs might still be messed up."
Edward A. Oerter
Very handy program.
I've never really understood Suitcase.
Fonts Manager is so much simpler."
Thanks for the message with the registration code.
I love Fonts Manager, it's a great tool. Let me know of any other wonders you come up with, or updates of FM.
Take care, and keep up the good work!"
"Enclosed is a $10 check for Fonts Manager 3.7.4. I read your Fonts Manager mail, and am convinced that I've made the right choice for font management, even though I'm not sure of the scope of the issue - beyond the fact that system startup bogs down when there are too many active fonts - or the different ways the problem is approached. I agree with one of your correspondents that it would be great if you could include an overview of Why is font management a good idea, and maybe some hints or examples of uses. I know you'd do a great job of explaining; I read your discussion of how to do a clean system reinstallation -- even if you are addressing the concerns related to Fonts Manager, your description is the most straightforward I've seen about how to go about doing a reinstall I've seen. I've printed the description to have in my emergency procedures file. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
"I really like your Fonts Manager; however, a manual would be nice.
...having tried both ATM and Master Juggler Pro and found both difficult to use and understand."
"Well, I finally found the courage to do it... I reogranized my massive font library into suitcases that made sense... and am using your Fonts Manager to run the whole show. Thanks for a great product!
...Thanks for helping make some order out of all this chaos!"
"Nice program. Very useful.
Thanks for the program. I love its simplicity.
Thanks a lot for Fonts Manager. I'm sending this form with cash to you directly, as you proposed it. I think it is nice to support an author directly.
"Thanks. It works - great & simple!!!"
Patrick A. Tomford
"Please find enclosed a US $10 money order for Fonts Manager 3.7 (single user fee). Although I have preferred making payments through Kee Nethery in the past, I didn't realize his commission was quite that high. So here is all the money for you, what little there is of it; $10 seems so little to pay for a program that I have been needing for a long time. Fonts Manager is slick, and a good candidate to be part of a future Mac OS (a la Extensions Manager).
"You might want to get some sort of plug onto MacInTouch and such about how Fonts Manager works with (Mac) OS 8 while Symantec's Suitcase doesn't. Especially a byline next to the lists of extensions and utilities that no longer work.
I've been using Suitcase, but I'm very excited about OS 8, and I'm not waiting for Symantec to update Suitcase before I buy the new system. I'm downloading Fonts Manager tonight, and going to CompUSA ... to buy OS 8 tomorrow.
The "Why _____ Sucks" Directory
"I never knew how much 'Font Bloat' would degrade my system. I reduced the number of fonts from 150 to 30 for Word 6.0 and Excel, and the response is so much faster I can't believe it. Thanks."
Los Angeles, CA
"Thanks for the terrific Fonts Manager."
"Thank you - works great! Just what I've been looking for as I have over a hundred fonts and usually only use about four..."
"So I have mailed today a note of R$ 10 to you. As I told you, here 1 R$ is worth 1 US$. I don't have the fanciest idea for how much US$ you can exchange it in Texas. Nevertheless, you can spent it here in your next trip to Brasil..."
São Paulo, SP
"Ed, I'm just printing your blurb on 'everything you wanted...'
Wow! You should be writing the manuals for Apple/Claris. Even I can understand.
Thanks again for the speedy reply to my earlier msg. I haven't tried your suggestions, but I have a feeling they'll work great."
"Thanks for your fast response (and, on a Sunday, too)!
I'm very disappointed with Adobe's new ATM 4.0 Deluxe; some of its features break new ground, but strictly as a fonts management tool, it seems quirky and overly-complicated. I'm hopeful that your newest version of Fonts Manager does the job without ATM's overhead. The $10 fee makes it easy to do the right thing, too. I seem to remember encountering problems with an earlier version of FM, 'bout a year ago (slowness/AppleScript) but I'm ready for a fresh look; I'd dearly love to part with my $10 bucks this time!"
Dan Rhodes, Technical Services Manager
"Check? Cheque? Czech?
From an Englishman in Japan?
From an Englishman in Japan with bank accounts in England, France, Australia and Japan, you want a cheque in the US in dollars?
I'll make you an offer! You take Visa or Mastercard or AmEx or use an internet subs handler and I'll get the money to you.
Otherwise I'll...well, I don't know what I'll do, but it shall amaze the world.
And I haven't even opened your shareware yet..."
"Thanks. Your admirably clear Help file survey of fonts topics is alone worth the price, even if I were not actually going to use the application.
Dan A. Wheaton
"Amazing that you should answer so quickly. Thanks for your help, Ed, and I'll try to sort it out later today. If I do, and if I like what I happens, you can bet I'll send $$$ and pass the word."
Agricultural Resource Officer (Publications)
NSW Agriculture, Wagga Wagga
"I just got Fonts Manager, and like it quite a bit; much better than Suitcase & that awful Master Juggler. Anyway, I couldn't find an address to send the shareware fee. Please send your address.
"Thanks for the prompt reply. The copy I sent you did have an accent over the 'e', so the message must have met a 'delete unwanted/foreign characters' setting somewhere during transit. The code, as you observed, was the problem. I had recorded it minus the '1' digit after the '9'. I appreciated the Binhexed attachment, even though I had just downloaded this most recent version to update, and the fact that you took the time to attach it impresses me with your professionalism, attention to detail, and efficiency.
Again I thank you."
"Thanks for the authorization codes. Installs have gone relatively flawlessly. I had a couple of problems on three machines -- but not due to FM. Seems they had fonts within folders in the System:Fonts folder or had other files in there (one person had word processor files in there).
Thanks for a fine product!"
"Mac Performa 6116CD, 7.5.3, 24 megs. I am trying out Fonts manager and so far LOVE it!! ... thank you for inventing this nifty little thing! ('Suitcase' drove me nuts; I trashed it on the first day - and you saved me from having to buy 'Master Juggler')"
"Thank you for making this utility available as shareware."
Dr. James D. Brenton
"I like Fonts Manager. Keep up the good work. Especially like the Help Topics explanations."
Chris A. Toussaint
Valley Village, CA
"I downloaded your software from one of the Ziff-Davis pages a couple of weeks ago and it seems like something worth using. So I am enclosing a couple of fins for the privilege. I hope your mailman doesn't swipe them."
D. Michael Heywood
"I want to register your software!"
"Thanks for an excellent program. Ranks right up there with Conflict Catcher. Great value."
FDR Memorial FOUNDING MEMBER
San Francisco, CA
"It has been a great help in keeping my fonts under control. Thank you."
Traverse City, MI
"Thanks for a nice utility program. I use it a lot."
John Ellard, Ph.D.
The University of Calgary
Faculty of SOCIAL SCIENCES
Department of PSYCHOLOGY
"Thanks for the Fonts Manager! I have been needing one for a long time."
Clarke, Dean, Moody & Pyle
Counsel To Management
Santa Barbara, CA
"I have really needed your 'Fonts Manager'. It's the Best ShareWare yet. Thank you."
Huntington Beach, CA
"It is very useful. Thank you."
Dr. Harry Merl
Univ. Doz. Hofrat
FA. f. Psychiatrie u. Neurologie
Philip W. Conaway
Sim Kok Heng
"Fonts Manager is a very useful program. Thank you for programming!"
"Power Mac 8500, Processor 604, 120 MHz, 32 MB RAM with system 7.5.3 (french). Thanks for your cool application Fonts Manager!"
"Thanks for Fonts Manager. I needed it."
Los Alamos, NM
"I have enjoyed using Fonts Manager 3.6.2 on my Mac IIsi."
"...It fits my needs much better than Suitcase or Juggler. ...I believe in Shareware. Happy New Year!"
F. J. "Fritz" Tynan
"I downloaded Fonts Manager 3.6.2 from the Internet today and have just spent the last few hours trying it out. Maybe I haven't given it a full enough try, but as of now I can't say warmly enough how pleased I am with its performance and the whole concept behind it.
I use an original Mac Classic (68K) with System 7.1 and only 4 megs of RAM, so I'm particularly wary of how much RAM my applications and utilities take up. I happen to believe that truly efficient computing should be done with less RAM, not more, and any font utility that contributes to that end, I'm interested in. I've tried both Suitcase and Master Juggler, and what I get from them usually is system crashes. But Fonts Manager seems to do all the basic set-making I need quickly and correctly and simply. And no, I don't mind restarting the computer to activate different font configurations. Well done, sir.
I would make only one tentative suggestion: for those users who have no experience with font manipulation a brief manual (maybe two or three pages of TeachText) -- in addition to or in place of the Help file -- might be in order.
The licensing agreement for Fonts Manager in the version I have specifies a fee of (only!) $10.00, but I'm enclosing a little extra with my registration, because I think the sharing of such intelligence of design should be rewarded.
Thanks for making my Christmas a little merrier. I hope yours is, too."
George X Stacey
"Fonts Manager is an excellent utility, easy to use and quite intuitive. I had been so unhappy with other applications aspiring to the same purpose, I had gone without -- so when yours kicked in, my startup and response time was dramatically improved. Best ten bucks I've spent lately. Keep up the good work."
New York, NY
"This looks like what I need to handle my fonts for Corel Wordperfect for the Macintosh."
Mickey L. Salmon, M.D.
Palm Harbor, FL
"It will be very useful to my wife and I, as we both use our PERFORMA 6200 Macintosh Power PC for different types of work. Many thanks already for your permission to run the application Fonts Manager you worked out. Today, here, the snow begins to fall. I hope my letter will find a lot of sun in Texas. I know Spring will come back next year! (In five months!)"
"Let's hope your program works better than 'Suitcase'. It fryed my system for the last time."
"Works great so far!"
"I certainly need your product. For many years I have had no use for a bevy of fonts. However, just recently I had to install Adobe Illustrator which I will use very infrequently. Hence, the need for Fonts Manager. Your price of $10.00 is fair."
Richard W. Vail
"Thank you for your Fonts Manager program. It has helped me organize them a bit & not have ones that I don't use on all the time."
Paso Robles, CA
"Thanks for the help."
R. L. Woodworth
"Thank you very much. This is very useful to me."
J.E. Báez-Garcia, M.D.
"... love it. Thanks for releasing it as shareware..."
Dwight A. Biermann
"Thank you for developing this."
Los Angeles, CA
"It's an excellent product."
Department of Physics
"I like avoiding commercial software and an overburdened system. So far, I'm enjoying Fonts Manager. Keep up the good work."
San Francisco, CA
"It's very useful and thank you."
Graham William Lacey
John E. Kiteley
"... am very glad you have added the Int'l Support. I currently am testing the Hebrew Foreign Language Kit for BMUG - I work a lot with Nisus and other WorldScript savvy apps."
Jonathan E. Arthur
"Thanks for the great product."
Bonne Burns Photography
"Enclosed is my registration fee for Fonts Manager. It seems like a cool program! I have played with it a bit and it seems pretty straight forward ... I have about 700+ fonts to manage, and currently use Suitcase 3.0. I'm not all that pleased with it because of the problems it's caused in the MacOS. (By the way, thanks for your recent help in sorting that out for me!)"
Scotts Valley, CA
"I intend to use on my personal computer (Macintosh Power PC Performa 5200, Système 7.5) your Fonts Manager. I find it very useful. Thank you very much, and... Un grand bonjour de Suisse!"
Daniel Molla (Pastor)
"Thanks so much for Fonts Manager. I was extremely frustrated with Suitcase 3.0 & downloaded your program as soon as Guy Kawasaki brought it to my attention."
John W. Howland
"Thank you for recently sending me a copy of Fonts Manager 3.5.1 via E-mail. The gesture was very thoughtful and helpful! Having the latest versions when I am evaluating software for purchase is always my preference. I had actually decided to send the fee for Fonts Manager and was in the process of deciding just which computers here actually need it. Enclosed you will find a check for $75.00 and 10 user licenses..."
Senior Network Specialist
Specialists in Government Information
"It works great in my environment (Power Mac 6100/66-AV and LC475 under MacOS 7.5.3) and I am very satisfied with its function.. It is plain and transparent."
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
"I'm really enjoying using it."
Christopher W. Blackwell
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
"I downloaded Fonts Manager the other night & was delighted. It appears to be exactly what I have been looking for to manage my font fetish. Your shareware fee is very reasonable..."
Elizabeth A. Elwell
New Matamoras, OH