Working with Sets and Subsets

Sets are logical groupings of your fonts that you can use to organize your fonts based on customer, project, font style, foundry, or anything else that helps your workflow. Sets are handy because you can activate, deactivate or share all the fonts in a set with a single click.

Important Tips about FontAgent® Sets

  • FontAgent automatically creates Import History sets for you as you import new fonts.
  • You can create and delete sets without removing the fonts they contain from your FontAgent database.
  • To add and remove fonts from sets, simply drag the fonts into and out of the sets.
  • FontAgent also automatically maintains Defined Sets that are related to FontAgent operations. 
  • You can also create Smart Sets, which automatically include fonts based on criteria you specify.
  • You can reverse an import request by deleting the associated Import History set.

Creating a New Empty Set

You can create sets at any time to group your fonts in meaningful ways. If you create lots of sets, FontAgent scrolls the set list that appears in the left sidebar. To create a new set, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Sets entry in the Sets Sidebar and select New Set from the pop-up menu.
  2. A dialog appears and prompts you to name the new set.
  3. Enter the name and click Save.

Nested, Hierarchical Sets

FontAgent lets you define subsets as children of top-level sets. Here are some ideas for using subsets to simplify your Sets Sidebar:

  • Alphabetic sets with family subsets
  • Design client sets with project subsets
  • Print customer sets with job number subsets
  • Foundry sets with family subsets
  • Classification sets with family subsets
  • Classification sets with alphabetic subsets

Once you have created your parent and child sets, you can use disclosure triangles on the parent sets to hide the child sets as you wish.

Creating a New Subset (Nested Set)

You can create subsets (nested sets) to organize your fonts into subcategories, such as organizing fonts for different projects for a client. To create a nested set, follow these steps:

  1. Select a set from the Sets Sidebar.
  2. Right-click the Sets entry in the Sets Sidebar and select New Subset from the pop-up menu

You can also drag an existing set onto another set to make the selected set a subset of the target set.

Creating a Set Containing Selected Fonts

To create a new set containing a group of fonts you have selected, follow these steps:

  1. Use Shift-click or Ctrl-click to select the fonts you want in the new set.
  2. Select the Set > From Selection menu command.
  3. Name the set and click Save.

Adding Fonts to Sets

To add fonts to an existing set, drag the fonts onto the set's name in the Sets Sidebar in the left column.

Removing Fonts from Sets

To remove fonts from an existing set, select the fonts you wish to remove, right-click the selected fonts and select Remove From Set from the pop-up menu. When you remove a font from a set, it still resides in your FontAgent catalog.

Renaming Sets

To change the name of a set, you can either:

  • Double-click the set's name, rename the set, and press the Enter key.
  • Right-click the set's name, select Edit from the pop-up menu and FontAgent displays a Set Name dialog. Type the new name for the set, and press Enter.

Deleting Sets

To delete a FontAgent set, right-click its entry in the Sets Sidebar and select the Delete command from the pop-up menu.

Using Import History Sets

When you import fonts into FontAgent, it automatically creates a set in your Import History so you can find your new fonts easily. To make it easy to manage your font catalog, if you delete an Import History set, you delete the fonts it contains from your FontAgent catalog.

When you delete a named set, you delete only the logical association of fonts, not the actual font files contained in the set. But when you delete an Import History set, you delete the fonts it contains from your FontAgent catalog.

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