January 9th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Suitcase Fusion combines the power of Suitcase and Font Reserve to deliver industrial-strength font management for Mac OS X.
Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., today announced Suitcase Fusion, its highly anticipated, next-generation, single-user font manager. Suitcase Fusion integrates the strength and power of the two leading single-user font managers, Suitcase X1 and Font Reserve 3. By combining the much-desired user interface and ease-of-use of Suitcase, the capability and back-end power of Font Reserve, and the inclusion of additional font management capabilities and features, Extensis has created a tool uniquely suited to the needs of creative professionals.
Suitcase Fusion emerges as Extensis’ first product in its next-generation font management software family. Suitcase Fusion is the upgrade path for both Suitcase and Font Reserve stand-alone users, and will allow both sets of users to easily upgrade their existing font databases to Suitcase Fusion.
“When Extensis undertook the task of combining Suitcase and Font Reserve, we went straight to our existing customer base for feedback,” said Halstead York, Product Manager for Font Solutions. “We took the best attributes from both solutions and delivered the Über Font Manager – Suitcase Fusion. As the only solution using Font Sense(TM) technology – we can ensure the highest level of reliability, quality and stability for all Suitcase Fusion users.”
Suitcase Fusion, a Mac OS X, single-user font manager, makes the many hassles of managing fonts effortless by including a central font repository, face level activation, font corruption checking and font identification technology. With Suitcase Fusion, users are provided automatic font activation so that they never have to think about activating the right fonts. By simply opening a document, a user’s fonts are automatically activated by Suitcase Fusion. To meet professional font user’s standards, Suitcase Fusion automatically categorizes fonts by classification, foundries, and font families to provide more font information. Additionally, users can create their own classifications and foundries and change them anytime. Suitcase Fusion also brings working with multiple font previews, collecting fonts for output, and organizing fonts via nested sets and keywords to the level that creative professionals demand.
Suitcase Fusion’s Font Sense technology ensures a smooth workflow by identifying, locating and activating the exact fonts used in a document. Because of this one-of-a-kind technology, Suitcase Fusion goes beyond identifying fonts by name; it creates unique identifiers that guarantee font fidelity. This enables Suitcase Fusion to be the only font manager that successfully manages multiple fonts with the same name while enhancing the capability of an application to activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense is available in all Suitcase Fusion plug-ins and allows for true font identification within QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustrator documents.
By utilizing Suitcase Fusion’s centralized font repository called the Font Vault, Suitcase Fusion offers an industrial-strength approach for professional font management. The Font Vault is a managed repository that integrates with the Suitcase Fusion database and makes font management predictable and reliable – especially when users have multiple versions of fonts with the same PostScript name. The Font Vault utilizes the Font Sense technology to allow true font identification and professional duplicate font management.
Suitcase Fusion also offers improved font handling through Type Face Activation that allows creative professionals to be more efficient in their daily workflow. Suitcase Fusion automatically splits up font suitcases when fonts are added to the Font Vault. By activating fonts on a typeface level, Suitcase Fusion allows users to be more flexible and enables faster font-activation.
In addition, Suitcase Fusion users will receive a free copy of Morrison Software’s Font Doctor 7 for built-in corrupt font detection and repair. Existing Font Reserve users will also benefit from a separate upgrade application to easily and seamlessly transfer fonts and metadata from the Font Reserve Single user 3.x database to Suitcase Fusion.