Most of the applications that Ubuntu’s Unity uses are the one that come with Gnome and being Gnome apps they’re usually over simplified. So is the font-manager that comes in Ubuntu as its usability is pretty basic (thanks Gnome!, errrrr).
So if you usually deal with fonts, then I don’t think that you’ll find it to be that useful. Other than setting few fonts related settings on desktop or applications, changing some font rendering optimizations settings (LCD, etc) … not the best of its kind.
In that sense, if you’ve been looking for an advanced, full featured font manager for Ubuntu (or the Gnome desktop actually) then “Font-Manager” is certainly one of the best without doubt.
*. Comes with a simple yet a beautifully designed GUI window.
*. Displays all the installed fonts.
*. Preview fonts.
*. Fonts are displayed in categories (also counts them, counting has to be added manually) thus easy to “deal” with too :).
*. Add/Remove fonts easily.
*. Configure advanced font “hinting” and other related settings (LCD, force spacing, etc).
*. Export font collections.
*. Search and compare fonts.
*. Test fonts with different text entries (you know, other than the “Quick brown fox…”).
*. Alias editor.
*. Add/Remove font scanning directories… are just few of its main features to mention.
You can install this awesome font-manager in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by simply using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install font-manager