April 1, 2014 Last Updated 11:22 am

Tools of the Trade: AnyFont lets you add additional TrueType and OpenType fonts to iOS devices

Here is a handy little app that any owner of an iPhone or iPad who is in the publishing industry will want to automatically add to their device – and, I might add, it is getting harder and harder to find any new apps that one might call essentially additions.

screen568x568AnyFont was launched late in February and just recently updated. The app only costs $1.99 and allows users to install additional TrueTypeFont (.ttf) or OpenTypeFont (.otf) fonts onto their devices.

Users add the iTunes file sharing, or through the “open” dialogue from Mail or Dropbox. Users can add individual fonts, or multiple fonts installed as a Zip file. One can also preview the fonts before installation through the AnyFont app.

One might wonder how this is possible as Apple runs a pretty tight ship. It turns out that AnyFont is possible though iOS 7 via configuration profiles. The app description does not mention, however, whether it will only work if you have installed iOS 7, though it does warn the user that Cyrillic or Asian characters are not supported.

As the installation process is a tad tricky, I have included the YouTube demo video for the app: