THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:

Concepts

Sketch, Note, Draw


WhatFont iOS 8 Extension Identifies Fonts in Safari

Continuing my exploration of iOS 8 technologies with a focus on extensions, a few days ago I came across WhatFont, the new iOS version of a popular desktop tool. As the name suggests, WhatFont lets you identify fonts in Safari easily and without having to go look at source code or style sheets.

WhatFont works by recognizing fonts on selected text in Safari. Select some text, open the WhatFont action extension, and you’ll get a panel with details about the recognized font. You’ll see information about the rendered font, its family, style, weight, and size. WhatFont has been fairly reliable in my tests (I tried around 20 websites), and it only failed to recognize the correct font once.

As someone who’s not particularly well versed in style sheets and typography, being able to quickly know a font’s name and style just by tapping an extension is convenient. I realize that web designers and developers will need more advanced tools to inspect fonts, but, for me, the fact that iOS’ Safari lets me do this easily is a welcome change.

WhatFont is Universal and free on the App Store.

Unlock More with Club MacStories

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
  • Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.