TypeCatcher: The Best Font Fetcher For Ubuntu


One of the triumphs of Ubuntu — and Linux in general — is the multitude of straight-forward, easy to use and useful applications written on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  TypeCatcher by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio is no different.  TypeCatcher allows users to easily browse and preview all of Google Webfonts quickly and easily.

From Andrew:

It was mostly written in one Sunday afternoon a few months back. Though I put it aside for awhile, mostly out of my inability to come up with a name for it. The delay did allow me to flesh it out a bit. For the most part I was quite happy with quickly. The templates really do get you up and running fast. Though as I’m extremely comfortable with both bzr and Debian packaging, I didn’t really employ its ability to hide those parts from users.

If you want to give TypeCatcher a try, doing so is as easy as anything else in Ubuntu.  Just add the PPA and install!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andrewsomething/typecatcher
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install typecatcher

For now, the application serves only the basic function of searching the Google Webfont’s archive and previewing each font at different sizes.  Once you’ve found one you like, you can install it directly!  I’m not sure what other functionality is needed, but Andrew promises to review bugs and feature requests here.  We’ve already added one of our own, so you should too!

Source | Andrewsomething

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Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.