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extensis-adobe-creative-cloudToday Adobe released Adobe Creative Cloud 2017.

We understand that compatibility is important, and you want all of your creative tools to work well together. Here is the status of Extensis software compatibility.


Suitcase Fusion 7 & Suitcase TeamSync

We’re proud to announce the same-day release of Suitcase Fusion version 18.2 to coincide with the release of Adobe CC 2017. Our product teams have been working hard to nail same-day releases for Suitcase Fusion and TeamSync with these critical compatibility updates, so this is a great achievement for the team. This release includes all-new plug-ins that are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017.

If you already have Suitcase Fusion 7, you can use the Check for Updates feature to download the current version, or use the link below to download the installer separately.

Install Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 prior to installing the update and the compatible auto-activation plug-ins will automatically be installed. You may also use the Manage Plug-ins feature to install the plug-ins separately.

NOTE: only the current version of Suitcase Fusion has been updated. For complete compatibility information, see this page.


Universal Type Server

Version 6.1.2 includes compatibility for Adobe Creative Cloud 2017.

After updating to Adobe Creative Cloud 2017, download and run the current Universal Type Client installers below to install the new compatible plug-ins.

NOTE: If you install the Client update prior to Adobe CC 2017, you will need to re-run the Client installer after the CC update is completed.

NOTE: Only Universal Type Server 6 clients were updated for Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 compatibility. See the Client Compatibility page for details.


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Fonts are critical to all steps in the publishing process. They can also be the source of major headaches, as having incorrect fonts can quickly derail automated processes and pull resources away from critical tasks.

Which is why we are thrilled to announce we have released the next version of FontLink, our module for Universal Type Server that delivers fonts for documents in automated publishing workflows that use Adobe® InDesign Server®. FontLink 1.1 offers a direct integration for companies using vjoon K4, the globally renowned cross-media publishing platform used by publishers across the world.

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With this integration, customers can incorporate font management into their publishing workflows and eliminate the problems fonts can inflict upon the automated process.

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SF5-AdobeCloudExtensis is committed to providing the best support possible for Adobe professional design applications. The following is our support plan for Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please check back for updates.

UPDATED INFO BELOW – September 9, 2015

Suitcase Fusion

  • Suitcase Fusion 6 plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud on OS X and Windows are now available. Use the check for updates feature in Suitcase Fusion to download the update, or download the update from the Suitcase Fusion Support page.

Universal Type Server


  • There are no known issues with files generated by Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 file types when cataloged by Portfolio.

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Adobe CC

UPDATED: New Suitcase Fusion 5 and Universal Type Server 4 installers now available. More info below.

Adobe released new versions of their Creative Cloud applications on June 18, 2014. These applications run side-by-side with previous versions of their CC apps.

Extensis Font Manager Compatibility

On June 25th, we are proud to release updates to Suitcase Fusion 5 and the Universal Type Client 4 that now include plug-ins and in-application font panels for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications.

To install the update to Suitcase Fusion 5:

To install the update to the Universal Type Client:

Important Note about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

Adobe implemented a new technology for building font panels within Photoshop CC 2014. We are building new panels that work with this new technology and expect to release an update to Suitcase Fusion 5 and the Universal Type Client this summer.

Font auto-activation for Photoshop CC 2014 is not affected, only the panel is delayed slightly.


Extensis Digital Asset Management Compatibility

There are currently no known issues with Extensis Portfolio cataloging file types created by Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications.


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Finally. The easy way to mock-up web sites using Web Fonts.

Lucky you—you’ve landed on the latest edition of Let Creativity Flourish, our monthly series focused on innovative tools that can help you design a more beautiful world. This month, we’re sharing something smart and simple to streamline your workflow. Meet our Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop, a free tool for proofing and prototyping your work without leaving your design.

Let Creativity Flourish: Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop

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Today we released an update to the Universal Type Client (v3.3) that adds full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), adds a new font auto-activation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS6, and fixes a number of known issues.

The update is available free of charge to all existing Universal Type Server 3 customers.

To take advantage of the new features, download and install the updated client software.

Download the update here.

NOTE: To take advantage of the Adobe CS6 plug-ins, be sure to install the CS6 first, followed by the update to the Universal Type Client. The client installer automatically locates your CS6 applications and places the new plug-ins in the appropriate locations.

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A free update to our flagship font manager, Suitcase Fusion 4 (v15.0.3) is now available.

This update adds a font auto-activation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS6 to the list of applications supported by Suitcase Fusion 4, in addition to some optimizations for Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion (10.8).

NOTE: You may have already been notified of this update via the auto-update feature within Suitcase Fusion 4.

To download via the “Check for Updates” feature:

  1. Launch Suitcase Fusion 4
  2. Choose Suitcase Fusion 4 > Check for Updates (Mac) or Tools > Check for Updates (Windows)
  3. Download and install the update.

To download directly:

  1. Download the latest installer from the Suitcase Fusion 4 Support page.
  2. The new version can be installed directly on top of the previous version.

Install the new plug-ins using the Plug-in manager by:

  1. Choose Suitcase Fusion 4 > Manage-Plug-ins (Mac) or Tools > Manage Plug-ins (Windows)
  2. Enable plug-ins for supported applications.

See this list for full product compatibility information.

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We are happy to announce that today you can integrate Adobe web fonts on your website by renting them from WebINK.

Over 180 fonts that were hand-engineered by Adobe for the best onscreen display are available from WebINK, including many world-renowned typeface designs, such as Bickham Script Pro, Adobe Caslon Pro, and Trajan Pro.

Hypatia Sans, the typeface designed by our very own Thomas Phinney is now also available from WebINK.

Browse the Adobe collection on WebINK for your next project.

For more details about the Adobe partnership see:

I also updated this blog to use fonts from the Adobe collection.

The headline face is now set in Minion Pro Condensed Subhead.

The body copy is set in the popular Myriad Pro Regular.

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Typographer and type designer Steve Mehallo (hi Steve!) asked me the other day whether I had anything to do with Adobe’s optical kerning. First, I should explain what this unusual technology for font spacing actually is….

Kerning is of course adjustments in spacing between particular pairs of letters (well, glyphs really). Adobe refers to the kerning information built into the font as “metrics kerning,” and it’s the default in their applications. These days font designers set up that metric kerning with “classes,” so despite the old definition of kerning, the way it’s stored in fonts today often isn’t really “pairs” but more along the lines of “kern all the letters with this right hand diagonal shape (V, W) this much against all the letters with that left hand round shape (O, C, G, Q, and any accented variants).”

Different kerning effects on Mac system Palatino
Different kerning effects on the Mac system version of Palatino, a passable quality font that gets some benefits from optical kerning.

Adobe’s “optical kerning,” seen as an option in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, completely ignores the “metrics kerning” built into the font. It instead looks at just a couple of key instances of the base spacing in the font, and then mathematically calculates spacing for every glyph pairing in the current text.

This optical kerning uses technology patents originally from Peter Karow and URW. Said tech in turn was based on technology originally developed for TeX by Donald Knuth. I did not have much to do with the Adobe implementation, but I did occasionally work reasonably closely with Eric Menninga, the fellow who did Adobe’s last version of it for InDesign (though it had previously been seen in part in PageMaker).

My take is that optical kerning is a pretty cool thing, but one has to be careful with it and use it when appropriate. Originally when InDesign came out a decade ago, document performance would have been an issue, but that problem has largely gone away with increased processor speed. But there are some other issues.Optical kerning is most useful when dealing with:

  • An average or worse font, of all fonts in the world. Even the Mac system version of Palatino (above graphic) is missing some useful kerning adjustments. This category likely includes >90% of “free fonts,” though a few have spacing which is beyond saving by optical kerning.
  • Kerning between glyphs of different point sizes or different fonts; kerning in a font doesn’t deal with this.
  • Specific glyph combinations which were not addressed in otherwise well-kerned fonts.


  • It wreaks havoc on the spacing of script fonts, particularly connecting script fonts.
  • Fonts which are well-spaced and well-kerned typically receive minimal benefits from optical kerning. (See Parisine in the graphic below.)
  • At text sizes, in a really well-spaced and well-kerned font, optical kerning can actually destroy the “rhythm” of vertical strokes. In such cases it is more useful at “display” sizes rather than “text” sizes.

Different kerning effects on Parisine
Different kerning effects on Parisine, a well-crafted font which does not much benefit from optical kerning.

Different kerning effects on Hill House
Different kerning effects on Hill House, a free font with little or no built-in kerning. Optical kerning is a significant improvement.

So overall, there are several good reasons Adobe made “metrics” kerning the default rather than “optical” kerning. Most importantly, most of the typefaces bundled with Creative Suite are in that last category, and they just look better with metrics kerning. But you still might need to slip in occasionally to hand-kern some particular comnbination, or turn on optical kerning between two glyphs that weren’t kerned at all in the first place, but should have been.

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Today we released new font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 for Suitcase Fusion™ 3. The plug-ins automatically activate the exact fonts required for each file using the patented Font Sense™ technology to create a unique fingerprint for each font.

We understand that Photoshop is a core part of many designer’s daily workflow, and these plug-ins bring powerful auto-activation to the industry-standard imaging application.

The new plug-ins are available for our Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager on both Macintosh® and Windows® operating systems. The full list of auto-activation plug-ins now includes:

• Adobe InDesign® CS5, CS4 and CS3
• Adobe Illustrator® CS5, CS4 and CS3
• Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 (32 and 64-bit versions)
• QuarkXPress® 8 and 7

If you already have Suitcase Fusion 3, you can download the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3. If you haven’t purchased yet, all new versions automatically include the new plug-ins.

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