As much as I love Apple’s Mac App Store, it remains somewhat cumbersome to find and try new apps of worthy consideration. My threshold for throwing away money on an untried new Mac app is low– about $2.99. Any price above that and the app should have a free trial version. Sadly, most apps with higher price tags do not.
While good bargains often require a search, occasionally one of note pops to the top of the charts, so to speak. That’s the case with 1000 OpenType Fonts, an extensive package of fonts for the Mac with an incredible price tag.
Here’s a sample.
The package includes over 200 unique font family styles, but, oddly only 998 total fonts (I counted), licensed for personal and commercial use. There’s an old adage among those of use who have been pushing pixels since the last century. ‘You can never have too many fonts.’
In this case, the package is a double because the fonts are of the OpenType font format, so they’ll work on the Mac and Windows PCs, fully cross-platform, fully licensed for commercial use.
1000 OpenType Fonts comes with a Mac font preview app (OS X already has the Font Book app which does much the same thing).
Caveats to this seemingly great bargain? Yes. If you’re a bona fide fontaholic, then you’re likely to recognize many of the fonts in the package. Visually. What you won’t recognize are the font names. Many of the fonts are good for logo design, headlines, headings and sub-heads, but not for readable text.
The package has a lot of fonts, yes, and plenty of good ones, plus a healthy mix of very ugly typefaces. The rest are more or less ripoffs of famous fonts. Yes, you do get what you pay for. 1000 OpenType Fonts has been at the top of the Graphics and Design category on the Mac App Store for some time, but more because the price is difficult to top, while the design and quality of the fonts leaves a bit to be desired.