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I have ordered fonts from Adobe and other type foundries when there was a very specific font I was looking for - and was always happy. But to get a whole collection, like from Adobe, you'd better have plenty of cash to wave around. They aren't inexpensive.
So, I recommend the Clip Art CD route for economy's sake, with COREL having especially usable and varied fonts.
Uh... that is... if you're on a PC. I'm referring to TTF (true type) fonts. Sorry, I wasn't thinking of Mac users. Shame on me.
There are also scores of folks out there who collect fonts and trade and share on bulletin boards (fonts that are not bound to licensing restrictions). If there's a particular font you are looking for, chances are one of these people can identify it from a sample and also has it. If you sweet-talk them, they might even share with you :)
Adobe Type Library [adobe.com]
It is also the standard on the PC for those who work in both Mac and PC environments.
Bitstream is also another popular type library...
Bitstream Font Collection [bitstream.com]
Postscript fonts are more utilized than True Type fonts from a Mac standpoint. You will typically find those on a Mac using Postscript fonts and those on a PC using True Type fonts.
You can also buy individual fonts from their site for about the same amount as ITC.
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[edited by: korkus2000 at 10:22 pm (utc) on Jan. 12, 2003]
Adobe® Font Folio™ software contains the entire Adobe Type Library of more than 2,750 typefaces on CD-ROM, unlocked and ready to use.
One thing to keep in mind, that is 2,750 typefaces. Within those typefaces are families. That is a LOT of fonts! Years ago I used to spend countless hours browsing through font catalogs trying to match fonts in Logos!
[edited by: pageoneresults at 10:25 pm (utc) on Jan. 12, 2003]
myfonts.com has a good find-a-font feature, and links to fonts from many different foundries... so if you need to find something, they've got a good selection.
I've never actually bought a font collection... I almost always that the built-in fonts on my Mac, plus the Adobe and M$ standard fonts that come included with my software serve most of my "straightlaced" design purposes.