WhatFont Extension Identifies Fonts Within Safari for iPad

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I actually haven’t made as much use of in-app extensions as I thought I would. That’s because I hadn’t realized what kind of limitations Apple would place on them (e.g. there’s only so much leeway to customize the look of an extension). However, I am installing cool utilities every time I come across them, simply because it’s so easy to tuck them away into a single folder. WhatFont, which I learned about through MacStories, is definitely one of those little tools I’m downloading for a rainy day.

Once WhatFont was installed, all I had to do was activate its extension by tapping on the Share menu in Safari. After that it was as simple as highlighting text on a cool website (like iPad Insight) and then tapping on WhatsFont in the Share menu. That’s how I found out that our site font renders using Helvetica Neue.

I also tested the extension on iA.net, and it correctly reported that their site uses Nitti iA (which I know to be true, since half of iA’s articles are about fonts — which I love).

I don’t think WhatFont is going to be used all that often on my iPad, but it’s definitely a fun utility to have at-the-ready in the Share menu, and you can’t argue with Free.


My name is probably Thomas (yes, it is). I'll be able to help you figure out why Evernote isn't syncing, or recommend your favourite new RSS reader to you. That's partly because I am enamoured with the iOS ecosystem and hardware, but mostly because I'm Canadian.

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