October 29th, 2014 by Richard Turgeon
Do you have a font collection, or font chaos?
Designers know how painful it is to love fonts and typography, but manage them in a way that’s… well, manageable. The average number of active fonts on a designer’s computer is a whopping 681. The average font collection is 4,512. The largest we’re aware of is 231,994 (see more fun font library stats in our “Font Groupie” infographic). Here are some of the biggest pain points I’m sure you’re all familiar with:
- Quickly finding the right font when you need it
- Finding similar fonts for comparison
- Experimenting with font pairs without hopping from app to app
- Easy access from a centralized location, desktop or the cloud
- Discovering new fonts to try in your own creations
Any designer worth his salt might have their favorite fonts, but doesn’t want to fall back a few tired standbys. And that’s one reason we start hoarding. Which leads to an out-of-control font collection, which can also lead to performance issues—along with the inability to find that proverbial needle in a haystack when you need it.
Achieve font Zen with Suitcase Fusion
There’s a very easy and affordable way to finally get the most from your font collection while solving for the pain points above, and it’s called Suitcase Fusion. And lucky for you, we just released our newest version. For the uninitiated, Suitcase Fusion is a simple but powerful font manager that lets you organize your entire font collection into a single, searchable location. It’s way more powerful and useful than other font management tools, but just as intuitive. Suitcase Fusion integrates fonts directly into pro tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, so designers can get instant access to the fonts they need. And yes, it’s fully compatible with Apple OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.
Designed with designers in mind
What’s best about Suitcase Fusion is how it addresses those pain points above while providing a simple, clean and intuitive interface to work in—without having to hop between apps. Two of the biggest advances of the new release are its integration with the cloud. The first is the ability to quickly access the huge, cloud-based font libraries of Google and Typekit (for Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers), right up to the very latest additions. The second is the ability to archive, restore and sync your font collection via Dropbox and Google Drive, so it’s no longer locked to a single machine. Whether it’s your work computer or your home computer, you have access to the same, synced library.
Find font inspiration with Fontspiration
Design and typography are like fashion, with trends that come and go. Some fall out of favor forever while thousands of fresh new fonts arrive every week. Knowing what you like isn’t nearly as tough as discovering that perfect, brand-new font for your next project. That’s why we’ve integrated our Fontspiration panel with the Suitcase Fusion interface. The panel offers a window into the latest, most cutting edge typography and vintage design gems by hand-picked artists from all over the world.
More features designers will love
One of the nice things about Fusion is that its features never seem gratuitous; rather, they’re all designed to address your biggest pain points from one intuitive, elegant user interface. QuickComp lets you create sample prototypes that show you how fonts look in typical designs without having to open your design apps. Sample templates of typical projects make it easy to see how your headlines, body copy, captions, and more work together, right from Fusion. You can even save your QuickComp font proofs as a PDF or hard copy, so everyone can take a look before you pick your favorite pair. Want to find fonts similar to the one you like but maybe don’t love? Fusion’s QuickMatch technology drills down to the glyph level to pull them up for a side-by-side comparison.
Take control of your font collection with Suitcase Fusion 6
To see a full features set for Suitcase Fusion 6, visit our website, or get a nice overview in a little over a minute by watching our video. For a free, 30-day trial, visit www.extensis.com/suitcase-fusion/free-trial. Happy fonting!