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FontDropper: The Best Tool Yet for Web Font Exploration

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Extensis, which provides a webfont service called WebINK (see New Web Font Services Expand Choices), has launched the coolest tool yet for experimenting with web fonts: the FontDropper.

You don’t need a WebINK account to use this; just go to the FontDropper page, scroll down until you see the bookmarklet, and drag it to your browser’s bookmarks bar.

Then, view any site whose fonts you want to explore changing, and click the bookmark. It runs some JavaScript that displays a font selector, and then you can simply drag any font to any block of text on the page, and it instantly updates!

Of course, there’s no changes made to your source files, since FontDropper has no access to those; all the changes are made in the local copy being displayed in the browser. It’s sort of like Firebug for fonts. Try different fonts until you get the look you like, and then set it up in your page’s code to make it permanent.

You can get a feel for the possibilities this opens up in just a few minutes. Highly recommended.

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