If in need of a tiny and simple utility to preview any font installed on your system, Purple Parrot Font Viewer is an interesting option to consider. The program’s small interface will scan your system looking for all types of printable fonts and will list them all for you – just select the one you’re interested in and preview its glyphs in as many ways and with as many effects as you wish.
Font Viewer is that simple, and that useful, too. To preview how a font looks like, you can always navigate to your system’s Fonts folder, select a TTF or an OTF file and right-click on it to preview it, but you will have to do with what Windows is capable of showing you – the font and the effect you selected (regular, italics, bold, bold italics, etc.) in seven different sizes. Font Viewer allows you to select a font family and preview it in its regular, bold, italics, strike-thru, and underline forms, as well as in any combination of them. Besides, while the Windows font preview shows you the same pangram again and again but in different sizes, this tool allows you to type in your own text and see how the different characters combine with each other. As a bonus, you can open the Font Summary and take a quick look to the glyphs included in each font file on your system.
Purple Parrot Font Viewer offers you a more flexible way of previewing and printing your fonts than the solution offered by your operating system. It is an affordable little utility that won’t consume your system resources and that can be of great use for graphic designers and publishers.