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Quickly Download And Use Google Web Fonts on Ubuntu with Typecatcher

Screen Shot 2013-05-11 at 17.50.49Ever wished you had a wider selection of fonts on Ubuntu? 

Google host over 600 fonts for developers to use in websites and apps by way of some simple ‘import’ magic.

But using them on your desktop is a bit more of a faff.

Typecatcher is a handy desktop tool for searching, previewing and downloading Google Web Fonts for offline use.

And, since installing fonts in Ubuntu is no longer the pain in the proverbial backside that it used to be, Typecatcher is even more of a really handy app for designers and creatives.

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Preview text in various sizes and styles before you download

Features include:

  • Search by font name (incl. auto-completion)
  • Choice of preview text (lorem ipsum, random, etc)
  • Quick download button
  • Uninstall button

Install Typecatcher in Ubuntu

That’s what Typecatcher does – but how can you get it?

Whilst the app isn’t available from the Ubuntu Software Centre it can be installed from the following PPA for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and up.

Open a new Terminal window and enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andrewsomething/typecatcher 

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install typecatcher