DaFont: Searching Tool For Fonts
This is the first review in our series of web-based font applications. To see a primer on the topic, please see our post, Web 2.0 Typography: Font Applications.
Some font applications are like Listio – bringing you what you don’t know and making it more accessible – and dafont is one of those applications. Based on user generated fonts, dafont brings users fonts that are freeware (demo versions or public domain) or shareware.
Downloadable in Mac and PC formats, fonts are searchable by type, size, rights, popularity, keyword, author, letter, new, and top 100. Suffice to say, finding fonts is as easy as it can be, and with a one line font tester, users can ensure the font looks right before downloading.
One of the better features of dafont is how it’s laid out; clean and quick to read, it also lays fonts near one another, making discovery and contrasting convenient. Users can also give feedback with dafont’s comment function.
The downside to dafont is that it’s primarily a listing – there are no tools, only links to tools – so users wanting to construct a font will have to go elsewhere. That said, dafont is a useful tool for users searching for fonts. To find other applications like this one, there is the Listio search: find+fonts.
Listio Profile: http://www.listio.com/web20/app/dafont/
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