June 14, 2019


  • SuperSearch

    Awesome subscribers can now search fonts by optical properties. Learn more in our blog post!

  • Adobe XD compatibility

    Fonts should now be activated properly (Adobe XD might still need to be relaunched, but that is not up to us).

  • Improved toolbar UI

    We now have two toolbar levels where we can add more stuff in the coming updates!

  • Performance improvements

  • Changed the way how we build font families: it should work more reliably now.

  • Fixed the Restart button on our error screen.

  • Fixed pinned font family alignment issue.

  • Fixed a bug when font actions were unaccessible from certain mouse positions.

  • Code refactoring: we changed a big part of the app (this is why this update took so long) and future updates should be easier to implement now.

December 29, 2018


  • Variable fonts

    We now support displaying and playing with variable fonts properties!

  • Waterfall tab

    We have added a new tab with different font sizes preview on the Specimen page.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

  • You can now display and experiment with variable fonts in FontBase! This feature is available on the Specimen page (the Waterfall tab) and also on our Playground page. Go ahead and test it out!

  • You can now turn auto-activation on and off on the Settings page.

  • Added a setting where auto-activated fonts can be deactivated when you quit your CC app.

  • Fixed a bug where the auto-activation plugin was causing artifact drawing issues in Adobe Illustrator.

  • The internet connection checker should now work more reliably and correctly determine when you're offline.

October 9, 2018


  • Improved search

    We made some quality of life improvement to our search bar.

  • Improved font rendering

    Fonts should now be displayed faster.

  • Improved grid view

    We now display more grid columns if there's enough screen width.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

  • The preview text field at the bottom now displays the actual entered text.

  • The 'View details' link is now displayed when you hover over a font.

  • Missing font glyphs should now be displayed as proper .notdef symbols.

  • The search bar has moved and is now at the top right.

  • Added a 'clear' button to the search field.

  • The grid view now fits a lot more fonts at the same time.

  • Changed the look of the font 'list view' icon. It now works the same way as the 'text alignment' icon.

  • Improved font list rendering. Fonts should not jump anymore when changing the styles or scrolling throught the list.

  • Fixed the bug where the app crashed when trying to set the tray icon.

  • Fixed the bug where the app crashed on network error.

  • Cleaned up the font item UI. There's now less padding and much more space is used more efficiently.

  • Added a small border to the whole window on Windows.

  • Small changes to the top panel look and feel.

September 22, 2018


  • Improved auto-activation

    Should now work more reliably.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed the issue when app was not showing up after being hidden to tray on Mac.

  • Fixed ugly squashed icon bug on Mac. Ugh.

September 13, 2018


  • Changed how 'minimize to tray' works

    It is now available for everyone and can be managed in settings.

  • Added 'Start on system start'

    If turned on in settings, FontBase will start when you start your computer.

  • Added 'Start hidden'

    If turned on in settings, FontBase will start hidden in tray without showing the main window.

  • Various fixes and improvements

  • With the three new features added ('Minimize to tray', 'Start on system start' and 'Start hidden') everyone can now use FontBase as a background process that covers all the font-related needs. FontBase will now always start in system tray first, so watch for the icon! You can toggle all of the above options in the app settings. We hope you like the new workflow!

  • Fixed the internet connection checker issue, it should now work more reliably.

  • Cmd+H now works properly on Mac!

  • Backend refactoring and updates.

  • Also, we have a blog now!

August 30, 2018


  • Tags — stage one

    We are starting to introduce tags for fonts! You'll see tags appearing on your fonts gradually in the coming days.

  • You can now remove Google fonts

    As many of you requested, you can now entirely remove the Google Provider from your collections.

  • Improved performance and stability

  • In this update, we are trying to introduce a so called Crowd Tags™ system. With this system, every tag that you apply to a font is uploaded to our servers. If we collect more than a certain number of the same tag applied to a font, we promote the tag and it is then displayed as default for that particular font. This system will allow us to create a database of tagged fonts collectively with your help!

  • Updated app icon to match the website.

  • Minimal font size is now set to 6px instead of 2px.

  • Internet connection check should now be more reliable.

  • Activated font names on Linux should now be displayed properly.

May 30, 2018


  • Reworked Google fonts

    Now you can add them to collections like any other font!

  • Improved collection/folder deletion

    Now you need to open a menu and click 'Delete' in order to delete a collection or folder. No more accidents!

  • Reworked text preview field

    You can now change the preview text by pressing Enter at any time.

  • Better support for packaging

    Fonts are now named properly when activated and packaged.

  • The 'Google fonts' tab has now moved to the Providers section in the main Organize display. You can now add Google fonts to collections like any other font. We also added an indicator to distinguish between Google fonts and your local fonts (seen by the shape of the activate button to the left of the font name).

  • Code structure refactoring and improvement: a foundation for the tag support to come.

  • Internet connection check should now be more reliable and is displayed as a closable bar at the top of the app window.

  • You can now delete font files using the context menu.

  • Ninja feature: you can now add fonts from the web directly into the app by copying a font link and pressing Ctrl+U (Command+U) in the app. More on this in the next update.

  • You can now preview Google fonts in the Preview tab.

  • Improved font sync for network folders.

  • Added missing Google fonts.

March 22, 2018


  • Added Active and Inactive collections

    These collections now contain ALL the active and inactive fonts.

  • Added Group fonts by family toggle

    You can now turn font family grouping on or off in Settings.

  • Bug fixes and improvements

  • The Awesome popup can now be closed with Esc key.

  • Fixed Awesome re-login issues (again).

  • FontBase now displays a spinner loader immediately after you open the app.

  • The local user database is now backed up before every update.

  • Improved file sync performance and stability.

February 20, 2018


  • Font auto-activation!

    Missing fonts in your Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign documents are now activated automatically!

  • Improved folder management

    You can now delete any folder you have added directly from the app.

  • Improved login

    Fixed an issue where you would need to constantly re-login to Awesome.

  • Improved notifications

    Now we're showing more detailed and more verbose notifications about what's happening in the app.

  • An auto-activation plugin is now installed immediately after you log into Awesome for the first time. When opening a design document with some missing fonts, FontBase will search its database for the matching font and activate it for you automatically. We plan to add support for more apps (like Sketch and Affinity) in future releases.

  • Updated Awesome page texts and look.

  • Changed notifications display order: it's now top-down.

  • Fixed multiple errors when moving the root folder.

  • Fonts are now deactivated before moving the root folder.

  • Fixed the error caused by dropping a folder into the app if it had already been added.

  • You can now toggle password visibility on the Login page.

  • Refactored and updated some older code.

January 12, 2018


  • Added text alignment

    You can now set the left, center or right alignment of text in preview.

  • Added opentype features

    You can now set any opentype feature for text preview.

  • Minor bug fixes

  • Fixed 'maximize window' icon style on Windows.

  • Dropping files into the app should now work more reliably.

  • Login form now properly recognizes online status.

  • You should now be able to properly change the root folder location if it contains watched files.

  • Notifications now close properly.

  • Fixed the bug where fonts were not activated on Windows.

December 21, 2017


  • Added 'watched folders' setting

    You can now add folders as links that will be watched instead of copied to root.

  • Added 'default preview text' setting

    You can now set the default preview text on the Settings tab.

  • Minor bug fixes

  • You can now add fonts to FontBase using two options. By default, when you drag a font or folder into the app, it will be copied to the root folder (you can also copy files manually to that location) and safely stored there. With the new 'watched folders' option, when dragging a folder into FontBase, only a link to it will be created in the FontBase root. So files will not be copied and only the original files and folders will be watched for changes. Any new files added to watched paths will be displayed immediately in FontBase. Use this way of managing fonts if you liked the older version of FontBase.

  • Disabled the ability to launch two FontBase instances at once.

  • Fixed the bug when fonts were not activated if the file path contained special characters.

December 15, 2017


  • Minor bug fixes

  • Fixed the bug that sometimes occurred when activating Google fonts.

  • Fixed the bug that created obsolete fonts in collections after update to a new app version.

  • Fixed the bug with wrong element heights in the sidebar.

  • Fixed the rare bug that occurred when searching for fonts.

December 14, 2017


  • Moved to the single-folder structure

    Now all your fonts are backed up in a safe folder inside your home dir. You can move the folder to any location via settings if you want to.

  • Added Glyphs page

    You can now view and copy any glyph for any font in the Specimen page!

  • Added 'minimize to tray' (AWSM)

    If you are an Awesome user, you can now minimize the app into your system tray.

  • CPU usage is now 0%

    We changed the sync algorithm, so now FontBase consumes almost no processor time.

  • New improved interface

    We're back to black sidebar! Lovely.

  • All fonts and folders that you add to FontBase are now copied to a safe folder in your home directory. You can change the location of FontBase directory in the new Settings page, accessible by clicking the 'three dots' icon at the bottom left corner of the app.

  • You can move the FontBase root folder to Dropbox to sync between multiple computers!Take a look

  • The new Glyphs feature is available for everyone. Free users can view only a limited number of glyphs and Awesome subscribers can view all of them. You can view the Glyphs panel by opening the Specimen page and then selecting the 'Glyphs' tab at the top.

  • You can copy any glyph to clipboard by simply clicking on it.

  • For Awesome users, to minimize FontBase to tray hold Alt and click on the 'minimize window' button.

  • Separate font files can now be added to the app and can be found in the 'All' collection.

  • Added Settings page. For now you can only change the default font size and the FontBase root folder. More settings on the way!;

  • We have reorganized the UI. Now the page tabs are on the left side and the sidebar is black. In this view it is much easier to tell what folders and collections are active and there is now a clear separation between the sidebar and main content.

  • Fixed login issues with new domain emails (like .design)

  • The entire sidebar is now displayed as a single list with a single scroll. This greatly improves navigation and overall experience.

  • On Windows, the app window controls now look like standard Windows controls.

  • Improved visibility of the Windows app icon.

  • Mac app now has a new icon.

  • Improved tooltip display and rendering.

  • Improved overall app speed on Windows.

  • You can now see a loading progress indicator when downloading an update.

  • The app now knows when an internet connection is present.

October 24, 2017


  • Added Google fonts support

    Activated Collect tab. Now you can activate and use any font from Google library in a single click! Just like local fonts.

  • Added grouping by family

    All fonts are now grouped by font family.

  • Added specimen page

    When opening a font family, a Specimen page with all the font styles will be displayed. We will add more features to this page in the next release!

  • Bug fixes

    Various bug fixes and improvements.

  • To use Google fonts, head over to the Collect tab. Here you can search by font name and browse all available Google fonts. All fonts are displayed from the web, so you will need an internet connection to be able to activate these fonts. All activated fonts will also be displayed in the Organize tab in the new Providers section. We will add many more providers to the Collect tab in the near future!

  • All fonts in a collection or folder are now grouped by font family. So if you have any fonts from one family in a collection/folder, they all will be grouped together. You can activate, favorite, pin and add to collections the entire family or a single font. Clicking the second time on a selected family will open up the Specimen page, containing all fonts from this family.

  • Fixed occasional app crashes on font sync.

  • Font sync process should consume less CPU now.

  • Fixed the bug when the app was crashing if a folder was removed while the folder tree was open in the 'Folders' section.

  • All Mac edit shortcuts (Cmd+C, Cmd+V) should work properly now. You can also use emoji now :)

  • Improved error reporting and logging.

  • Improved general app speed on Windows.

September 1, 2017


  • Improvements and fixes

    This update was focused mainly on various bug fixes and performance improvements.

  • Added funny quotes on startup

  • Font reactivation on app launch should now work properly.

  • Font synchronization should work much faster now.

  • Fixed a bug when the sync process stopped on corrupted font files, now they are skipped properly.

  • Font activation on Mac should now work more reliably.

  • Added an error message when the app crashes. Also critical event logs are now more detailed. This will help us with debugging different issues in the future.

  • Added info messages when dragging files into the app.

  • Improved folder selection speed and font displaying speed.

  • Added a success message after a password reset request.

  • Drastically improved performance when displaying a lot of folders (500+).

August 8, 2017


  • Added Awesome

    AWSM is our paid pro subscription with a set of additional features. It should help us dedicate more time to FontBase development and improvement. Learn more

  • Added Preview (BETA)

    In preview mode you can experiment with font combinations and see how your fonts will look like in real environment.

  • Added grid view (AWSM)

    You can now preview your fonts in a grid layout.

  • Improved interface

    We want to try different and better things, so we made some changes to our UI and color scheme. Tell us what you think about it!

  • Improved font sync

    Fonts should not randomly disappear anymore!

  • Improved font display

    Fonts should now display much faster and without any artifacts.

  • To read more about the Awesome version, click on the 'Become Awesome' button at the top right of the app and then select 'What's Awesome?'. The AWSM version gives you additional features for a small monthly/yearly fee. We are launching Awesome with only one feature for now, but we'll constantly keep adding new features to it.

  • To access the preview mode, click the Preview tab at the top of the app window. Here you can select an element to change its font size, line height, font family and paddings. All elements with the same name on the page share the same style, so they are updated together. This feature is still in beta and we will add much more functionality to it soon!

  • Added a right-click context menu for each font. Right now you can select 'Go to file' to open the font file in your computer's file system.

  • Implemented login functionality for the Awesome version.

  • Added font sub family to the font name.

  • Windows size is now saved and restored after app restart.

  • Clicking a folder without subfolders should not go inside of it anymore.

  • The search text is now selected when you click on the search box.

  • Improved tooltips: they are now displayed more reliably and should not be cut off by window anymore.

  • You can now unselect all selected fonts by clicking on the selection count at the bottom right of the app.

  • There is now a loading indicator when new folders/fonts are being processed.

  • Fonts can now be displayed in multiple lines.

  • Cmd and Shift keys can now be used on Mac for selecting fonts as you would expect.

  • Fonts are now displayed using a pure web render. This means you will see fonts in the same way people see fonts in the browser.

  • Fixed a rare bug where spacing between the letters in preview was too big.

  • Replaced the donation screen with the Awesome subscription suggestion.

  • Added a log file. We are now logging all the critical app info and errors into a log file on your computer. Sending the log file should help us determine what has caused the problem and fix it much faster.

  • Refactored code structure to help us work on new features faster.

  • Updated the logo. Now with 36% more love.

  • Added 'Favorite tweets' section on the website.

  • Small bug fixes and improvements.

May 10, 2017


  • Improved selection

    Now Ctrl, Shift and click work as expected for font selection.

  • Retina and HiDPI support

    FontBase now properly renders on retina and HiDPI screens.

  • Fonts, folders and collections are now ordered alphabetically.

  • To select a font you can now simply click on it. To select multiple fonts just hold Ctrl and click on them. Shift will select all fonts in between two selected ones. A click on a selected font while holding Ctrl will unselect it.

  • Preview text is now saved on exit and restored when the app is opened again.

  • Added a donation suggestion window, which will appear from time to time (not too often, we hope).

May 1, 2017


  • Added Mac version


  • Added Linux version

    Double yay!

  • Added font activation

    Now you can activate a single font and it will be available across your whole system!

  • Added nested folder support

    Just drag and drop a folder with subfolders into FontBase and let the magic do the rest!

  • Added autosync

    Now all the changes in added folders are tracked automatically and displayed immediately in FontBase.

  • Improved collections

    Now you can rename a collection and delete fonts from it.

  • Greatly improved performance

    FontBase now works even faster!

  • A lot of bug fixes

    And a lot of sweat and tears, also.

  • Absolutely new and improved UI.

  • We have entirely rebuilt the whole app. We now use React as our main engine. This will allow us to make improvements much more quickly in the future and the overall stability of the app is greatly improved.

  • You can now activate all fonts in a collection or folder by clicking the circle on its left.

  • You can now select multiple fonts by holding Shift and clicking on them.

  • You can now delete a font from a collection by selecting it and starting to drag it. You will see a delete section on the right side of the app. Just drop the font there and it will be removed from a collection.

  • You can now rename a collection by clicking on its name while it is selected.

  • Improved font rendering speed. Now works better with large-size font files.

  • Improved font analyzing. The app should now recognize fonts better.

  • All activated fonts are deactivated when the app is closed and re-activated when it is opened again.

  • Temporarily removed text alignment and opentype features while we're working on a better implementation.

  • Temporarily removed the 'apply text style' feature while we're working on a better implementation.

  • Improved local database speed and management.

  • Added an indicator to show when an update is downloading and when it is ready to install.

  • Automatic updates should now work on every OS.

December 4, 2015


  • Added folder support

    You can now add folders with fonts to the app.

  • Improved font rendering

    The fonts should take less time to display and render now.

  • All fonts in folders that are added to the app are activated automatically and available across the whole system. Fonts are deactivated when the app is closed.

  • Now when clicking on the sample text control the text is automatically selected

  • Added opentype features support. You can now select the preferred features in the dropdown menu of the toolbar.

  • The installation archive is now much smaller in size.

  • Changed the location of update files to a static managed server.

  • Fixed a bug when not all found fonts were displayed properly in the preview window.

November 11, 2015


  • FontBase released to the world!