Fonts on iPad, 2021 Edition
Last spring I wrote about fonts on iPad, looking at the multitude of bad options for installing custom fonts on my favorite operating system. Good news! I have an update, & it’s quick.
In Fontcase, it’s easy to import fonts from Files using the “Import” button, & it’s more seamless setting up the system profile since it uses a single profile for all the fonts in Fontcase, versus individual profiles for each font like AnyFont.
If you work with Figma, Fontcase works great with your Figma projects via the unbelievably-great app Figurative, which is somehow free. Figurative could easily charge $20—instead of the semi-broken version in Safari, you get a fully-functioning Figma on iPad. I much prefer it to traditional computers since I can use my fingers & Apple Pencil, avoiding the RSI I get from using a trackpad/mouse. All your fonts are available, drawing works properly with the Pencil, & when you export layers it activates the native iPadOS share sheet for sending or saving to files. (If you want to save directly to a server, Secure ShellFish is the way to go.)
Fontcase is a must-have utility for designers using an iPad. I’ve added both Fontcase & Figurative to my Tools page, & all the apps I’ve mentioned are free.