This is an awesome idea. I like the idea of a free 1-hour rental; more than once I've wanted to quickly test an idea out, and this would have been super useful. Hopefully a few more foundries come on board to give it some momentum.
Agreed. I'm waiting on a response from them regarding their roadmap for operating system support, namely Windows.
Update from Andrej @ FontStand:
"We would like to introduce the Windows version as soon as possible, although the development for that version hasn’t started yet. Stay tuned"
Spotify for fonts? What an odd analogy.
Agree. But this is cool no less.
Yes, very cool!
why is it odd to you?
It's strange to me as well. I think it depends on what you view Spotify's core competency as. For me, I see Spotify as a streaming service, not a rental/licensing service.
• Spotify does not rent songs
• You cannot buy songs on Spotify
What would you use instead?
Spotify seems like a decent analogy to me (one source with content from everywhere, cheaper than collecting that content yourself from individual sources)
I'm not sure but I wouldn't use one at all. Why not just say what it does?
Fontstand: Try and rent fonts before you buy
I need a better font manager app for Mac instead of Font Book.
Recently I switched to using bohemian coding's 'Fonts' app (Mac App Store). I have system fonts, and my own in ~/Library/fonts/ No turning on/off, no updating /restarting apps, way simpler than Extensis, Font a Explorer et al :)
One hour trial? Now that is just perfect.
I wish that there was a similar app with a similar interface for managing installed fonts.
This is really cool! In a future update, I would really appreciate a feature to view the fonts in a sentence context, instead of just "Aa."
Please, for the love of sweet Jesus can you update this great mac app to act as a Local Font Manager?
In addition to the rental functionality it now provides?
Because it is so well polished, and essentially has fantastic, iTunes store quality native advertising for foundries, I wouldn't mind at all seeing these quality font advertisements put before me, while I manage my own collection.
In fact Id pay for it, if you made the management of my own collection as gorgeous as this :)
Monotype alone had been doing this with Skyfonts. I guess nobody liked them because, well, you know, Monotype. Typekit also lets you sync stuff to local but without the “keep them after 1 year of rental” idea.
I’m happy to see this being a joint effort of smaller independent foundries, several of which I quite like. Good move to combat piracy.
I hit that DL button so fast
I'd wait for a multiplatform version (with Windows, Linux etc. support) before calling it Spotify for fonts.
This. Is. Awesome.
Thank you for sharing!
The pricing is confusing. What do these funny symbols mean? "€"
Yes. I'm 100% serious. No doubt.
Hey, me too. We're serious buddies.
€ (euro) is the official coin of the european union: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro
At this time 1€ corresponds to 1.1031 USD
Yeah man I know...it was ah...it was...never mind.
I like it! – But how do they prevent someone, in that 1 hour, from using the font in their finished work?
I asked myself the same question, among others. Here is an excerpt from the help section (which is quite well written by the way, concise yet very informative faq) :
Testing Fonts > Are trial fonts identical to rental fonts?To protect the rights of the copyright owners trial fonts may be subset to make the font unusable for normal use. Typically the letters F and f will be replaced by the Fontstand logo..
Ah, i see. Thank you!