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Font manager - which to choose?

Large number of fonts in Windows 7 cause a problem of transparency. Built-in "management" is insufficient for a reputable survey. I deal with this thing a long time, from old ATManager and similar. I'm pretty demanding, even I prefer simplicity of use. The strange thing is that every software accesses to the font management differently. I tried outside aforesaid perhaps all. E.g. Font Navigator, Fitting Room Font, Font Manager X3, Printers Apprentice, Main Type or FontExpert. Most of my requirements are approaching the last two, but even these have major flaws. E.g. those access to the management, install/uninstall is quite messy. They make me look elsewhere.
Main requirements:
-well-arranged management of installed fonts, which agrees with the state of OS (actual fonts do not always agree with information about these programs)
-summary for not installed fonts, with the possibility of installing with/without copying them to the Windows/Fonts folder
-possibly most detailed printing reports and lists of fonts (similar of best program Printers Apprentice, but he also has a big problems vith wysivyg presentation...)
-support ttf/otf/Type1pfb
Can someone, more expert, recommend other one, if at all? I know that the answer is not simple, everyone can satisfy something else, depending on priorities. I am interested also how these things are handled from others who want to have a little insight and control over fonts.
Thanks for any response
Peter

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This blew up when I read this requirement.

the possibility of installing with/without copying them to the Windows/Fonts folder

Now while I wrote a way to do that way back in Windows 3.x I think today I'll just move them in and out of this folder and then log out and back in to cause Windows to re-read that folder.

Let's see if anyone has found this app.

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Next day. Main Type looks fine to me.

As to messy uninstall, etc that may have to do with the fact this is Sparta (err, Windows.) Windows wasn't designed for such use. Where as that other popular OS and hardware from its early days embraced good fonts and controls for DTP.

Again, I wrote something for 3.1 and it was indeed messy. Microsoft never did much other than make it work, but not with panache.

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Font Manager...

well, for me, it is also a favorite MainType, if I understand. Suit my approach and design.
In times of XP was good version 2.1.1, newer did not fit me anymore. But this 2.1.1 does not suit to Windows 7 at all. Option installation to Fonts folder is not necessary, just links to a disk with fonts. I change them quite often as necessary for different documents and work.
I don't understand other comments.

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The links are too fragile.

I'm just a old coder and see why they put the fonts in the font folder. Links in NTFS confuse many old pre-link days apps as well as other reasons.

As to other comments, I can't tell which is confusing. For example many never experienced Windows 3.1 or early versions so they would find that confusing.
Note: Edited title.

Post was last edited on October 1, 2015 3:16 PM PDT

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The links are too fragile.

I see R.
It is not only problem with links or external references.
Thx for your comments
my greetings
Peter from Prague CZ

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