📅 March 25, 2020
“Is there an easy way to preview, pick, and install fonts?”
Hidden within the depths of the Ubuntu repository is a (probably) little-known program called TypeCatcher that allows you to preview, download, and install fonts directly from Google Fonts without needing to visit the Google Fonts web site at all.
Fonts can be quickly viewed and either downloaded to your computer or installed on your system with the click of a button. Talk about easy!
TypeCatcher is free. I tested this in Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon, and TypeCatcher worked perfectly. Just open the Software Manager, search for typecatcher, and install it.
Just open the program to run it. Internet connection is required.
Fast and Snappy
TypeCatcher font previews are instantaneous. Click a font, and a preview immediately appears. There is no download delay. This is much faster than using Google Font’s web page.
No Network Connection
I had one issue the first time I ran the program. I encountered a No Network Connection message where selecting a font did not load it for preview in TypeCatcher.
Once I restarted TypeCatcher, the issue went away, and I never encountered it again (so I cannot take a screenshot of it). The program has worked perfectly ever since.
Where has this program been?!
If you do any form of font-related work, then TypeCatcher is essential! I always found free font selection on Google Fonts to be time-consuming and tedious at times (not to mention the separate download and installation steps needed), but TypeCatcher makes font selection quick, easy, and fun! In fact, I use TypeCatcher just to see what is available, and I find myself browsing through fonts in TypeCatcher as enjoyable as perusing a computer magazine.
Like a font? Click. Done! There it is on your system ready for use. How easy is that?
Web designers. Graphic artists. Word processing. Desktop customizations. Anybody requiring custom fonts will benefit from this.