A better Browse panel layout

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webber
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A better Browse panel layout

Post by webber » Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:04 pm

I tried the demo. I like MainType. I won't use the group feature. My fonts are organized by type (open type, true type, etc) then by foundries, then (when I have enough fonts from that foundry) by alphabetical order (A, B, C, etc.), and finally by font name. That's a lot of folders to go through.

I found the Browse panel difficult to use with the directory tree on top. (if it's not already done) would you consider offering the option to have the tree on the left (like in Explorer)? I think it would be a more logical layout, especially for people who, like me, hide most of the columns and have a widescreen monitor.

Keep up the good work.
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Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:20 am

I agree, it might help some users if the Preview Pane of the Fonts Toolbar could be a separate toolbar pane to move wherever the user wants. Perhaps that might be possible in the next version.

Meanwhile, take a look at the favourites button at the top of the Fonts toolbar, folder pane. If you add your favourite folders to this list, perhaps you can browse using favourites instead of the folder tree.

There is also the browse history, but that seems to be cleared on closing the program.

Do experiment with different layouts. The shortcuts make it very easy to switch between different layouts. A wide screen monitor offers even more possibilities by detaching some panes and arranging them outside the program window. You could expand your Folder pane to the full height of the Fonts Toolbar, and use the Font name droplist to browse different fonts in the same folder.

I think you will find that MainType is very powerful compared to other font managers.
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Post by Erwin Denissen » Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:15 am

Hi webber,

Great suggestion, I've added it to the to-do list.
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Post by kem » Fri May 09, 2008 11:32 am

This is THE thing i find annoying with maintype. I'd love to be able to change this layout. having two long lists side by side makes much more sense than one on top of the other.

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