A font manager has many advantages. It allows you to test and preview fonts so as, for example, you decide which proper font that best fit in a document (titles, sub-titles, etc.), or it may help you select a font that best fit in an image edited by an image manipulation program (GIMP for example).
If you are using Ubuntu like me, then I propose that you try Font Manager. This program is not a professional solution for managing fonts, but it is rather a simple solution that takes into account the basic needs of users of desktop programs.
Font Manager is designed to work under GNOME, but it can be used smoothly in other desktop environments including KDE, Xfce, etc. To install Font Manager on Ubuntu (11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04), open the Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run this command:
sudo apt-get install font-manager
You can then start Font Manager via the dash (Unity), or open Applications > Graphics > Font Manager.
With this program, you will be able to do the following:
- Install/unintsall fonts
- Preview available and installed fonts
- Enable/disable fonts
- Search fonts by keyword, etc.