Font Explorer v2.2

** Updated December 30th, 2018

Learn your font facts.

Karen's Font Explorer v2.2 Screenshot

What devices support fonts? Which fonts do they support? What do those fonts look like? Karen's Font Explorer answers all these questions. Plus, it can print a complete specimen (sample of all characters in normal, bold, italic and bold + italic) for any single font, or for all fonts supported by a device!

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File Version Released Size Hash
Karens-Font-Explorer-v2.2-Setup.exe New!
Download and run to install Font Explorer v2.2
2.2December 30th, 20181028960 bytesMD5
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File Version Released Size Hash
ptfonts-setup.exe Legacy Version
Download and run to install Font Explorer v2.0.3
2.0.3January 21st, 20031247232 bytesMD5
ptfonts-src.exe Legacy Version
(programmers only) Install Source Code for Font Explorer v2.0.3
2.0.3January 21st, 200388064 bytesMD5
Download Visual Basic Runtime v6.0
You probably do not need to download this: Karen's Font Explorer installer will automatically download and run the Visual Basic Runtime installer, if necessary.
1028368 bytesMD5
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Known Problems

Enhancements/Bugs Fixed

Version 2.2 2018-12-30

  1. T3 Print font list in 3-columns
  2. Enabled Print to Screen (print preview) which isn't perfect, but it does function

Previous Versions

  • Version 2.0.3: Removed some debug code that was no longer necessary.
  • Version 2.0.2: Prevents rare corrupted font file from crashing program while extracting font's character set and weight.
  • Version 2.0.1: Fixes bug that could cause program to crash if asked to list fonts used by an off-line network printer.
  • Version 2.0: Now allows you to customize the printed report of font information. You can select the sample text, font effects, font size, and whether to print font information.
  • Version 1.5.2: Added workaround for certain (rare) printer drivers that incorrectly report their device name.
  • Version 1.5.1: Fixed bug that caused program to crash when main window was minimized.
  • Version 1.5: Program can now display the font information that previouly only appeared in printed font specimens.
  • Version 1.4.2: Removed some testing code, accidentally left in version 1.4.1, that caused the Font Explorer to print to screen (by default).
  • Version 1.4.1: Fixed bug that caused program to crash when scanning a non-TrueType font file with no version resource.
  • Version 1.4: Program now prints additional font information, including manufacturer, copyright, description, designer, version, character set and weight.
  • Version 1.3: Program now displays the name of the file which contains a particular font's information.
  • Version 1.2: Fixes bug in the original version that caused font attributes (bold, italic, etc.) to be displayed incorrectly when displaying a typeface with no Normal font (i.e. "Arial Bold").
  • Version 1.1: Allows the user to re-size the main window, allowing large point sizes to be completely displayed. It also adds scroll bars to the Specimen window when necessary. Thanks to reader Glenn W. Forsell for this suggestion!
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