What is Typefitter 5?
Typefitter 5 is an intelligent typography plug-in for Adobe InDesign that simplifies the task of setting beautifully-spaced type. Typefitter 5 enables you to define typesetting rules, then apply them easily via Typefitter’s powerful Copyfit slider. Typefitter 5 can also quickly search your content to find common typographic issues and recommend fixes for them.
Typefitter 5 is available in different editions depending on your typography needs. See the table below for a brief overview; for comprehensive feature comparisons, see Compare Typefitter 5 editions and Compare Typefitter 4 versus Typefitter 5.
|Typefitter 4||Typefitter 5
|Copyfit text via||Clickable buttons||Copyfit slider|
|Highlight copyfit text||✅||Enhanced|
|Highlight white space rivers||❌||NEW!|
|Find widows and orphans||❌||NEW!|
|Find short last lines||✅||Enhanced|
|Find overset text||✅||✅||✅|
|Find underset text||✅||❌||✅|
|Find paragraphs of min., max., or exact line count||✅||❌||✅|
|Find stories with a short final column||✅||❌||✅|
|Find imbalanced spreads||✅||❌||✅|
|Fix using H&Js or tracking||✅||✅||✅|
|Fix using Font Size||✅||❌||✅|
|Fix using Space Before or After||✅||❌||✅|
How much does Typefitter 5 cost?
Typefitter 5 is available as an annual subscription. The annual subscription costs vary depending on the edition you license:
|Typefitter 5 edition||Annual subscription rate|
|Scripting add-on||USD $288/year|
|Professional bundle with Scripting add-on||USD $360/year|
|Enterprise (for InDesign Server)||Contact us|
Current Typefitter 4 subscribers (prior to June 2021) will receive a coupon for a free upgrade to Typefitter 5.1 Professional when it’s released. If you subscribe monthly, your monthly subscription rate will be automatically reduced, effective with your renewal date. This new rate will be valid for the remainder of your annual term. However, due to the reduced annual subscription rate (USD $36/year), we’ve discontinued the monthly subscription option for Typefitter 5. At the end of your current term, you’ll need to resubscribe and then reactivate Typefitter 5 to continue using it.
I'm new to copy fitting. Can I use Typefitter 5?
Typefitter 5 is an intuitive plug-in for Adobe InDesign that adds a user-friendly panel to your workspace. Typefitter’s features make it easy for anyone—beginners to experts—to deliver beautiful typography. Typefitter 5 finds common typographic issues in your document and then recommends fixes for the issues. With Typefitter 5, you can easily manage overset text, unsightly short lines at the ends of paragraphs, white space rivers, paragraphs with widowed and orphaned lines, and even widowed and orphaned paragraphs in numbered lists, tables of contents, or your index with ease.
Can I try out Typefitter 5 before I subscribe?
Typefitter (and AutoFit) are available as free downloads from our website. To get started, click the relevant product on our Design Tools page, then click the Free Download button. Typefitter 5 can be used without activation for 6 weeks. For your safety and security, you should only use versions of our software downloaded directly from our website.
Does Typefitter support Apple processors?
Not yet. 😐
An update for Typefitter 5 to natively support Adobe InDesign 16.3+ (available now) on Apple processors is planned for mid-year. Typefitter 4 will not be updated.
Can I use Typefitter even if my colleagues don't have it?
Typefitter's copy fitting adjustments are applied via local overrides of the underlying paragraph style, and there are no dependencies on Typefitter ‘downstream’. For example, you can copyfit text with Typefitter and send the InDesign document to your colleagues. Your colleagues will benefit from the Typefitter copyfitting even though they don’t have the plug-in installed. Similarly, if you use InCopy, an article can be copyfit in layout with Typefitter and then edited later in InCopy with those overrides preserved.
However, the highlighter effects for which paragraphs have been tightened or loosened (and by how much) and the white space rivers highlight are dependent on Typefitter. That is, you must have the plug-in installed to have those visualisations. And, whenever you open an InDesign document without a previously used plug-in, InDesign may present a warning that a plug-in is missing, but you can safely ignore that warning.
Does Typefitter support custom keyboard shortcuts?
Typefitter supports assigning custom keyboard shortcuts to any of its menu items or commands. For more information, see Use keyboard shortcut sets.
Does Typefitter 5 support InDesign scripting?
Not yet. 😐
The Scripting add-on for Typefitter 5 will be released later this year.
NOTE The Scripting add-on can only be used with a Typefitter 5 Professional license.
Is there a server edition of Typefitter 5?
Not yet. 😐
The InDesign Server edition of Typefitter 5 will be released later this year. Contact us for pricing.
Can I keep using Typefitter 4?
Typefitter 4 will continue to work and is backwards compatible with a Typefitter 5 Standard license. However, we will not be updating Typefitter 4 to support new releases of Adobe InDesign—for example, to support Adobe InDesign 16.3+ natively on Apple processors or future major releases of Adobe InDesign.
If you currently use Typefit Styles and its automated rules for copyfitting, you should wait to upgrade to Typefitter 5 until we release Typefitter 5.1 Professional later this year. Similarly, if you use Typefitter Scripting (for example, with Typefi Desktop, Workgroup, or Cloud), you should wait to upgrade until Typefitter 5.1 Professional and the Scripting add-on are released later this year.
How do I upgrade from Typefitter 4 to Typefitter 5?
All subscribers of Typefitter 4 (as of June 2021) are eligible for a free upgrade to Typefitter 5 Professional when it’s released later this year. But you can also upgrade now to Typefitter 5 Standard (it will automatically activate using your existing Typefitter 4 license). For step-by-step instructions, see Upgrade from Typefitter 4 to Typefitter 5. See also, Compare Typefitter 4 versus Typefitter 5.
When Typefitter 5.1 Professional is released later in 2021, you will also receive a coupon code to upgrade (free) to Typefitter 5 Professional, which adds support for Typefitter Profiles, automated copyfitting rules, and more.
When will Typefitter 5.1 Professional be released?
Typefitter 5.1 Professional will be released in late October 2021 at Adobe MAX, the Creativity Conference. Typefitter 5.1 Professional builds on the foundation of Typefitter 5 Standard’s recommendations to automatically fix common typographic issues. It also looks for more typographic issues such as imbalanced columns or stories with a short final column, and provides more options to achieve copyfit, such as controlling space before or after paragraphs and footnote spacing.
When Typefitter 5.1 Professional is released later this year, current Typefitter 4 subscribers (prior to June 2021) will receive a coupon for a free upgrade to Typefitter 5.1 Professional.
Why are the Fix & Find and Fix All buttons greyed out?
Typefitter 5 Professional will not only recommend fixes for common typographic issues, but it will automatically fix them using its powerful automated copy fitting rules. Typefitter Profiles (the successor to Typefitter 4's Typefit Styles) and the Fix & Find and Fix All buttons are Typefitter 5 Professional features that are not available in Typefitter 5 Standard. In addition to these features, Typefitter 5 Professional will support InDesign scripting for even more powerful and flexible automation (*requires the Scripting add-on). When Typefitter 5.1 Professional is released later this year, current Typefitter 4 subscribers (prior to June 2021) will receive a coupon for a free upgrade to Typefitter 5.1 Professional.
For a comprehensive feature comparison between Typefitter 5 Standard and Typefitter 5 Professional, see Typefitter 5 editions.