After seeing the work of the great sign makers here on the forum, I've taken the plunge and started making some basic signs. It occurred to me that I could make better looking text in the sign if I could actually type the words that will be on the sign into a font viewing program and see what those actual words would look like in different fonts.
There are several freeware programs out there that will allow you to do that. The one I tried is Amp Font Viewer. It does let you type in what you want and see what it will look like, but after having gone crazy on DaFont dot com, I have so many choices that it still is cumbersome to try and see the difference between a few final contenders for what's best suited.
I found 2 free online font viewers that will allow you to type in the text you are going to use, then select the fonts that you would consider using, and show only them to make it easier to decide what to use.
IMPORTANT: TO USE EITHER OF THESE VIEWERS WHEN YOU HAVE FIREFOX, YOU WILL HAVE TO TEMPORARILY TURN OFF PRIVATE BROWSING. FOR SOME REASON IT WON'T CONNECT OTHERWISE. IT MAY BE THE SAME ON INTERNET EXPLORER AND OTHER BROWSERS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE TO UPDATE FLASHPLAYER.
The first is Fontpicker online: Font Picker Online
To use it, first use your delete or backspace key to erase the words "Type here". Then type in the text that you want to use. You will see a column of boxes with your text shown in each font that is on your computer. As you see one that you want to use in your final list of choices, click on the checkmark at the right side of that box. You will have to scroll down to keep seeing more of your fonts.
After you have checked all of your possible choices, click on the "clear" button. A list of only the final list you have chosen will appear. You can then compare them and make your final choice.
The second viewer is Wordmark; wordmark.it - helps you choose fonts!
It operates much the same way. Here, you will click on the word "Wordmark" at the center of the black bar across the top of the page.Then type the text you want to use where that was. Then click on "load fonts". A tiled list of your text in all of the fonts on your computer will appear.
Click on each font that you may want to use. Again, you will have to scroll down some if you have a lot of fonts on your computer. After you have made all of your selections, click on "filter selected" at the right side of the black bar at the top of the screen. A short list of those selections will appear, and you can decide which one you want to use. A good thing about wordmark is that it gives you the option to save that short list, to print it, or to share it it on Facebook, Twitter, or Outlook. Examples of wordmark are attached as wordmark 1 and wordmark2 below.