Introducing FontGazer – Find, Try and Buy Fonts Directly Through InDesign


Johnathan Zsittnik in Archive on April 10, 2012

With literally tens of thousands of typefaces to choose from, finding the right one can be frustrating – particularly when you’re deep in the middle of a design project. The Internet is littered with font search and preview tools to help designers wade through the sea of typographic options. Yet there’s simply no substitute for seeing how a typeface behaves in the document you’re working on.

This was the inspiration for FontGazer™ – a free plug-in that allows you to preview thousands of fonts directly in your Adobe® InDesign® document. Using FontGazer, you can experiment with the entire inventory of more than 150,000 fonts. Search for fonts by keyword, category, usage or theme. Click the ‘try’ button next to any font result and your InDesign text block will display using that typeface.


But as much fun as experimenting with new type can be, we understand that when you’re in the middle of a project, purchasing fonts can be an unwanted distraction. With this in mind, we’ve built a simple cart and checkout process into FontGazer. So when you do find the perfect font, you can purchase, download and install it without ever leaving InDesign.* Before you know it, you’ll be back on the road to productivity.**

Sound good? Head on over to to download FontGazer for InDesign CS 5 and 5.5  for free. We think you’ll find FontGazer to be a handy tool that helps you “find your type” faster than ever before. Once you’ve had a chance to try it out, we’d love to hear what you think. We’re introducing the plug-in through a beta knowing that there’s room to go from here. We aim to add new features and support for other applications. But you can help us make FontGazer even better by sharing your feature requests, raves, gripes, or other thoughts in the FontGazer feedback forum.

*This feature is currently only available in the Mac version of FontGazer. FontGazer for Windows adds products to a cart and directs users to to complete their transaction.
**assuming you want to be productive. We’ll do our best to keep this from your boss and your clients.
Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.

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