Last weekend the new 3.0 update version of the FontBook became available in the App Store, and is now compatible to all iOS devices. In response to numerous customer requests, the new update also includes new features such as list-views, editable sample-texts, search filters and an additional class for Non-Western fonts. The update is free for everyone who already owns the iPad version. For new customers it will cost only 99¢.
In its last printed incarnation, the “Yellow Bible” weighed 3 kilos and cost $ 99.00. Then in July, 2011 it became affordable to all typography fans, in the form of an iPad app. Now it’s so compact you can fit it in your back pocket. Starting with version 3.0, the typographic encyclopedia will be universal, and will work not only on all Apple tablets (iPad, iPad Mini), but also on other iOS devices such as iPhone and iPod Touch. To enable use on small handheld devices, the developers added a completely new user interface that was specially re-designed for tiny screens.
“The iPad version is and remains a typographic atlas with lavish type samples that are meant to inspire you to browse, explore and play,” says Development Team Leader Jürgen Siebert in describing the focus of tablet version. “For the iPhone, we completely re-invented the FontBook navigation: now it’s lean and mean, with list-views and new filters,” he adds. This makes the FontBook a speedy tool that’s always on hand wherever you go, at the office, at your client’s, or at home.
There are a number of new features that are only available on the iPhone version. These include editable custom texts for the rendered list-views, which now make it perfectly easy to compare fonts for corporate design jobs. In tandem with the “favorites” list and the new additional filters (Class, Designer, Foundry, Year), it’s now easy to steer right to the desired typefaces. The new filters can even entice you to play an entertaining game of quiz. In seconds, the FontBook can now find answers to questions like “Which foundries have published fonts by designer Christian Schwartz?” (six) or “Are there any script fonts from designer Adrian Frutiger?” (yes, three). With the help of the genre-lists, it’s now easy to identify even typefaces used in printed matter.
Because it’s now easier than ever to explore the world of typography, publisher FontShop International is dropping the price to a fifth of the original cost, from $ 4.99 to just 99¢ for the app. “In addition to design professionals, there are thousands of font-lovers out there who simply want to play around with the FontBook App. Now they can consider this wish granted,” envisions Siebert for the 3.0 update.