New FontShuffle Version 1.1 Out Now

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News | Jürgen Siebert | July 22, 2009

Update your version of FontShuffle for iPhone and iPod Shuffle today via the App Store. Enjoy the following improvements to FontShop’s portable type guide:

  • Choose between Shuffle view or new List view
  • Bookmark your favourite fonts
  • Font search with auto-suggest feature
  • Shuffle sound on/off (Preferences)
  • New informative sample word Ramburgefonstiv
  • Improved font rendering
  • Email font samples directly from FontShuffle
  • Additional languages (US, D, NL, F, N)


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Left: list view showing 41 humanist sans serif faces; right: shuffle view with two bookmarked typefaces at the top.
FontShuffle is a visual typeface reference guide that organises the world of fonts into 6 categories (Sans, Serif, Slab, Script, Blackletter, and Headline) with 6 subcategories each. Tapping the navigation twice conjures up a list of type families, e.g. Sans ➙ geometric ➙ 41 families. And this is exactly the main new feature in v. 1.1 – providing a complete list of filtered results. Now it is possible to get the complete picture instead of shuffling sets of six similar typefaces.

With such a wide range of fonts available in each category it was inevitable to include the possibility to bookmark your favourites, another new feature of FontShuffle. Just click Edit – either in List or Shuffle mode – and bookmark your favourite typeface(s). These will be maintained in the next shuffle process, highlighted with a gray background at the top of the shuffle result. And now you can also turn the shuffle sound on/off in your iPhones Preferences.

If you want to immediately check a known typeface use the new search field on page 1 with its handy auto-suggest feature. Just type the first 2 to 3 letters to locate a typeface name, or find out if that font is not in FontShuffle’s directory. Using the search engine is helpful if you know a typeface name but don’t know what style or class it is.

The new sample word used for the font family list changed from Hamburgefontis to Ramburgefonstiv for several reasons. First you get an extra letter for free (v) and the uppercase R is much more distinctive in the design of a font that the uppercase H, because you see a curve and a diagonal stroke. Additionally the ending -stiv is much more realistic than -ontis because you find st und iv in many common words.

Finally FontShuffle has become more international with three additional localisations (Dutch, French, and Norsk) thanks to the help of Yves Peters, Jean Francois Porchez, Erik van Blokland, and Jacob Øvergaard.

What FontShuffle can not do: Install fonts on your iPhone and/or iPod Touch to be used for notes, mails and messages. But we promise as soon as Apple opens the iPhone OS in that direction, FontShop will serve you :-)

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14 Comments:

  1. Am I thick or wot? What exactly is the object of the product? I dont have an iphone. how can I use FontShuffle on my Mac?

    Posted by David Carr on Jul. 23, 2009
  2. You can’t. It’s an app for iPhone/iPod Shuffle, not for “regular” Mac.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jul. 23, 2009
  3. As to your initial question – “What exactly is the object of the prod­uct?” – read all about it in the original announcement.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jul. 23, 2009
  4. thanks for the update! i’m a big fan of FontShuffle.

    one gripe: is there a way to see italic/oblique versions of the typeface?

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 23, 2009
  5. Unfortunately not yet. That’s an age old problem with most type identification reference guides – adding italics doubles the volume. It’s the same with Rookledge’s International Typefinder: brilliant reference tool, but no italics neither.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jul. 23, 2009
  6. ah i see. but the size limit should not apply as it seems the app goes to the server whenever it needs to find the fonts, as it i cannot use it if i don’t have net access.

    so if the fonts are not stored in the app, then surely more can be added? yes? no?

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 25, 2009
  7. Yes, they eventually will I guess. I’ll ask Jürgen what the plans for the next updates are.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jul. 25, 2009
  8. thanks :-)

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 25, 2009
  9. fyi – FontShuffle is like my portable FontBook, very handy but a few times it’s been frustrating when i can’t find/check an italic, that’s why i brought it up.

    BUT the updates, especially the search is a really helpful! it’s quickly becoming more than just a novelty gizmo, it’s turning into a useful tool :-)

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 25, 2009
  10. do you have apps to make fonts on every text on the ipod touch larger? I have vison problems and some of the fonts are just to small, the touch dosent have enlargement setting on the display settings…. this is a huge disadvantage for people with vison promblems. thanks

    Posted by shyla on Jul. 25, 2009
  11. I wouldn’t know of any software that does that, unfortunately. Sorry I can’t help you.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Jul. 26, 2009
  12. Posted by Simon Robertson on Jul. 26, 2009
  13. Great application !
    Is there an Android version planned?

    Posted by Charles on Apr. 22, 2010
  14. Too bad the app doesn’t show up in the UK store. I don’t know if this is just here, I first got it when I was still in Romania. I still have it on my phone, but it doesn’t show up as an update. Any idea why this is happening?

    Posted by iancu on Jan. 7, 2012

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