Universal Type Client
Today we released an updated version of the Universal Type Client for Mac that includes new auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS5. This is a free update for all Universal Type Server users.
We are also developing a Windows version of the Universal Type Client that will contain CS5 plug-ins, and plan to have an updated installer early this fall.
The current version of Suitcase Fusion 2 for Mac and Windows is compatible with Adobe CS5 products. You can activate and deactivate fonts and Suitcase Fusion 2 places fonts in Adobe CS5 application font lists.
We will be releasing new plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS5 with Suitcase Fusion 3 later this summer.
New Photoshop plug-ins
As a special bonus, along with a number of great new features, Suitcase Fusion 3 will include entirely new plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. The new plug-ins will feature the same reliable Font Sense technology for precise font auto-activation that you’ve come to expect from Extensis font management plug-ins.
Free Upgrade to Suitcase Fusion 3
Beginning July 1st, all purchases of Suitcase Fusion 2 will receive a free upgrade to Suitcase Fusion 3 when it’s released later this summer.
We continue to test Portfolio to be sure that files generated by CS5 applications are cataloged and converted appropriately.
We are very proud to have been awarded a Best of the Decade Award from the online publication for creative professionals and cross-channel publishers, IT Enquirer.
This award recognizes the leaps and bounds in software development that has been made to the entire font management product line over the past decade. The many improvements over the past decade include:
- Merging the two dominant font management product lines (Suitcase and Font Reserve) into a new, powerful font managers, Suitcase Fusion and Universal Type Server.
- The integration of Font Sense technology to accurately match fonts used in documents.
- Quick, reliable side-by-side previews of multiple fonts using custom text with QuickType.
- The ability to tear-off previews from the application and allow them to float above all other windows.
- Organizational features, such as Smart Sets, that allow users to quickly identify and activate fonts required for their projects.
- Solid client-server font management with a focus on licensing compliance and consistency for font users as well as system administrators.
Thanks to IT Enquirer for recognizing the hard work that it takes to bring quality products to the creative community.
December 16th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
Over the past year, we’ve covered a wide range of digital asset management and font management topics in our webcasts. If you missed out viewing these live, I’m happy to share that we’ve provided a wide variety of these webcasts free of charge on our website.
Use the links below to launch our most popular webcasts:
- Complete list of recorded Extensis webcasts
- Digital asset management best practices
- Font management in Mac OS X best practices
- What’s new in Suitcase Fusion 2 for Windows
- Yale University digital asset management success story
- National Gallery of London’s DAM best practices
Wondering what’s new in the Windows version of our single-user font manager, Suitcase Fusion 2? Well, there’s a whole lotta good stuff, and we’re just itching to show it off to you.
This upcoming Tuesday we have two webcasts that will provide you with a complete overview of all of the new features, and how they can make your font management experience better and more fun. There will be a Q & A period following the demo, so be sure to stick around so that we can answer any of your font management questions.
Please register for one of these upcoming webcasts. We look forward to it!
North American Webcast
- December 15, 2009
- 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)
- Register Here
- December 15, 2009
- 10am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) / 11am CET (Central European Time)
- Register Here
If you are based in the Manchester or Belfast areas and are interested in learning more about font management, we’ll be hosting a font management best practices session at the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Roadshows, taking place in both cities over the next couple of weeks:
We hope to see you there.
For those who are wondering, here is our (abbreviated) plan regarding Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) compatibility:
- Updated version of Suitcase Fusion 2 (Mac) is expected within 30 days of Snow Leopard shipping.
- Updated versions of Universal Type Server 2 components are expected within 30-60 days.
- Updated versions of Portfolio 9 Server and clients are expected within 30-60 days.
- Portfolio 8.5.4 client and standalone are compatible with Snow Leopard.
- Portfolio Server 8.5.4 is not supported under Snow Leopard.
We will post more detailed information on our web site shortly.
I’m excited to see Suitcase Fusion 2 for Windows come out as the second new Extensis font management product since I joined the company back in April. After all, it was almost two years ago that I wrote about how and why “Windows font management has sucked” for my Adobe blog.
The main thing is that finally, the Windows version of Extensis’ flagship font management application has parity with the Mac version. That’s huge, and the list of features is as long as your arm. The one feature I still can’t get over is the tear-off previews (check it out here, or see the Quicktime version).
Now, if you want to get picky, there are a tiny handful of differences between the Mac and Windows versions of the application, mostly related to differences between the operating system capabilities themselves. There are a couple of things the Mac version has which are lacking on the Windows version (export fonts by dragging to the desktop, and instantly activate with over-rides by dragging fonts onto the Dock icon), and there are a couple of things the Windows version has that the Mac version does not yet have (auto-activation plug-ins for CS2 apps in addition to CS3 and 4, recognizes and previews .TTC fonts in the system fonts folder). But it really is the same application for two different platforms, with general overall feature parity.
I’ve occasionally heard complaints about the stability/reliability of (older versions of) Suitcase. I’ll say right now that I take quality very seriously, and I am not going to ship a product I expect to be embarrassed by. I feel very lucky in that the underlying code for the Suitcase Fusion 2 products is shared with the Universal Type Server product line. This code was written from scratch a couple of years ago, to be stable and scalable enough for a client/server environment. Now we’ve had two versions of Universal Type Server out the door, so that code is fairly mature… without being antique.
In other news, with Windows 7 just around the corner, you might be wondering what the chances are that the app will run properly on Windows 7? After all, font management hooks into the operating system at a pretty low level, and there is new font-related functionality in Windows 7.
Well, since Windows 7 isn’t shipping to end users yet, we don’t list it as a supported operating system. But we (okay, actually Clint—thanks, man!) did a lot of testing on Windows 7, including on the version that went GM and is supposed to ship. We did just as much testing on Windows 7 as on Vista, in fact! We didn’t find any issues specific to Windows 7 that were left un-fixed, either. So unless something quite surprising happens, we’ll add “Windows 7” to the list of supporting operating systems when it ships.
Anyway, I’ve been running Suitcase Fusion 2 for Windows on a day-to-day basis for weeks now on my laptop, and I’m very happy with it. I hope you enjoy it, too. You can try out the Windows or Mac version for free for up to 30 days, so why not give it a whirl?
I’m happy to announce that today we launched a major revision to our single-user Windows font manager. Suitcase Fusion 2 is a very large leap forward in font management on Windows, and now has feature parity with its Macintosh counterpart.
“This is a truly huge leap in font management functionality, architecture, and user experience for Windows users,” said Thomas Phinney, Senior Product Manager Font Solutions at Extensis. “Suitcase Fusion 2 is the most modern, stable and reliable font manager available.”
Some of the new features in the Windows version of Suitcase Fusion 2 include:
- Unparalleled font previewing
- Highly configurable plug-in based auto-activation for the latest creative professional applications
- Modern technology
- Portable built-in font vault
- Font searching, tagging and classification options
- System font management
Suitcase Fusion 2 is based on Universal Type Server, which allow users to search, activate and browse fonts much faster than before. “To my delight, Fusion 2 has done a remarkable job in stability, speed and usability,” said James Dempsey, Macworld magazine.
This version includes plug-in based auto-activation for the latest professional creative applications: Adobe Illustrator® and InDesign® CS2, CS3 and CS4, as well as QuarkXPress® 7 and 8. The plug-ins utilize Font Sense technology to ensure that the right fonts are chosen for auto-activation.
The Windows version of Suitcase Fusion 2 is available immediately at an estimated retail price of US $99.95. Upgrade pricing for Suitcase for Windows versions 9 and 11, as well as for standalone Font Reserve 2.6 is available at an estimated retail price of US $49.98.
June 2nd, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
We’re happy to announce that our efforts to develop innovative font management technologies have been rewarded with a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This patent covers the technology that we developed that allows multiple fonts to be displayed simultaneously in a preview window.
You’ve probably used this feature in one of our font management products, including including Universal Type Server, Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase for Windows. We’re proud with how this innovative feature has revolutionized the way users preview fonts, and that it’s currently in use by many font managers in the industry.
As your type collection gets larger, the list of fonts can be unwieldy and difficult to manage. With this functionality, you no longer need to scroll through thousands of fonts and preview them individually, but rather you can easily preview a variety of typefaces from within one window, adjust point size on the fly, type in custom text and select the most appropriate font to be used in a document.
“Creative, print and publishing professionals who work in font-intensive environments have been benefiting greatly from this technology that has fundamentally changed font management,” said Thomas Phinney, Senior Product Manager for Font Solutions at Extensis. “Comparing fonts side-by-side in a preview window within your professional font management application makes the selection process easier and faster.”
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent, number 7,539,939 and entitled “Preview Window to Preview Text in Several Different Fonts Simultaneously” to Extensis for its unique technology advancements in font management.
We do our best to cultivate an environment that is committed to creating breakthrough technology. We are proud that our teams have created new and innovative technology, and has been granted several patents and has additional patent applications pending in the United States.