Font Awesome

Scott Rossi scott at
Thu Jul 5 14:56:31 EDT 2012

For folks who have a need for a font managing app, you might look into
Linotype FontExplorer X.  This is a commercial app that works a lot like
iTunes and is excellent for managing and previewing fonts.  In addition to
the current paid version, Linotype produced an older free version for OS X
which is no longer supported but still works:

I have been using the free version for years and it has worked perfectly for
me (not sure if there are any issues on OS X Lion).  It is able to preview
all characters in fonts, including the high value characters in Font

The current version of FontExplorer X for Mac and Win can be found here:


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, UX Design

Recently, Charles E Buchwald wrote:

> OK, that's odd... here's what I see in PopChar:
> - Charles
> P.S. I guess it would be nice to expand the LC character viewer...
> On 2012-07-04, at 1:04 PM, Guglielmo Braguglia wrote:
>> Mmm ... strange ... have you scrolled down on the character pane and selected
>> Unicode on top ?
>> Look this print-screen :
>> Guglielmo
>> On 04.07.2012 19:53, Charles E Buchwald wrote:
>>> Hi Guglielmo,
>>> I think I used to use a version of PopChar several years ago...
>>> OK, I've downloaded the trial. Looks useful.
>>> If I select FontAwesome from within PopChar, I'm still only seeing those 57
>>> characters. I suppose these are the ones with low unicode values?
>>> Is there some trick to PopChar that would allow me to view "high unicode
>>> values"?
>>> I did find this:
>>> ... with instructions on setting the native character viewer to show the
>>> Unicode tables.
>>> And also many useful subsets I didn't know about, such as "Sign/Standard
>>> Symbols" and "Pictographs"
>>> Still not seeing the full unicode character set with a specific font,
>>> though.
>>> Any ideas?
>>> - Charles
>>> On 2012-07-04, at 10:30 AM, Guglielmo Braguglia wrote:
>>>> Hi Charles,
>>>> normally I use also PopChar ( and
>>>> he correctly show the unicode characters ...
>>>> Much better than the native character viewer ... but ... try before buy ...
>>>> ;-)
>>>> Guglielmo
>>>> On 04.07.2012 17:22, Charles E Buchwald wrote:
>>>>> So for those of us without FontLab Studio, is there a Mac utility that is
>>>>> useful for showing unicode values?
>>>>> Or perhaps someone has created a LC stack for doing so?
>>>>> I was just looking at the Character Viewer built in to OS X Lion, but it
>>>>> does not show unicode values... unless of course I'm missing something,
>>>>> which is probable.
>>>>> - Charles
>>>>> On 2012-07-04, at 1:06 AM, Guglielmo Braguglia wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Jacque,
>>>>>> the FontAwesome.ttf that you find into the font folder is NOT empty ...
>>>>>> just appear empty if you use quick-look, but I opened the font on Mac
>>>>>> with "FontLab Studio" and all characters are there, just with high
>>>>>> unicode values (most are between F000 and F0EA, plus one in F200).
>>>>>> Hope this help ...
>>>>>> Guglielmo
>>>>>> On 04.07.2012 07:13, J. Landman Gay wrote:
>>>>>>> On 7/3/12 6:15 PM, Charles E Buchwald wrote:
>>>>>>>> Whoops. Didn't mean to use that subject line... have to stop drinking
>>>>>>>> at lunch time... here's another try.
>>>>>>>>> A client just directed me to Font Awesome.
>>>>>>>>> I'm not familiar with Twitter Bootstrap, for which it was designed,
>>>>>>>>> but it looks immediately useful for LC.
>>>>>>>>> It's basically a very large monochrome icon collection in vector
>>>>>>>>> format, and also collected as a TrueType font.
>>>>>>>>> I expect it may be useful for both desktop and mobile development.
>>>>>>>>> Seems like it could interesting with the new field capabilities.
>>>>>>> Great find! I downloaded it but the ttf webfont file is empty and the
>>>>>>> desktop one has only a handful of icons in it. The PDF is okay but I
>>>>>>> can't extract the vectors from there. I'd rather have the font; anyone
>>>>>>> know how to make those other formats work on a Mac?
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