January 24th, 2017 by Jim Kidwell
Got font management needs? We’ve got answers.
Want to learn more about all of the font management applications that we carry? Here’s your chance to see them in action.
Join us for a detailed webcast where we will go through how you can use FontGenius, FontDoctor, Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase TeamSync to help speed your workflow.
- How to identify unknown fonts
- How to protect your fonts from corruption
- Effective font organization, activation and usage efficiencies
- Techniques for font sharing across multiple machines
If you register but can not attend, a recording will be emailed to you.
November 8th, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
I recently gave a webcast about font management fundamentals. We had hundreds of people attend, and I got far more questions than I had time to answer during the webcast.
I got a variety of questions about Extensis font managers, and I thought that I’d take a minute to answer some of the specific questions that I got at this webcast that I didn’t have a chance to answer.
If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to enter them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you!
Do I need to separately install my fonts if I’m using a font manager?
The basic function of any font manager is the management of fonts outside of your system fonts folder (if it doesn’t do this, it isn’t a font manager). With Suitcase Fusion and other Extensis font managers, you only need to add your fonts to the product itself, and not mess with the system font locations.
A good font manager like Suitcase Fusion also allows you to deactivate or override fonts in your system folders, so you don’t even need to remove fonts that you’ve already placed in those locations if you don’t want to.
When are updates required and how do I get them?
The most important thing with software you use in your daily work is having it work consistently. Maintaining compatibility with your Operating System and associated professional design applications is critical. This is why we strive to keep our software compatible with the newest releases from Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Quark. We will have compatibility releases for our current products typically within days or weeks of updates from our partners.
To check whether your software is compatible, check the Suitcase Fusion product compatibility page for details.
How does Suitcase Fusion interact with Adobe Typekit?
Adobe Typekit is integrated into your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This subscription allows you to download, or “sync,” fonts to your desktop from Typekit. Once synced to your machine, these fonts are automatically activated and available to your other applications.
Suitcase Fusion automatically detects when you’ve synced new fonts to your machine and displays them in a separate font library. You can preview, sort and search on these fonts like any other in Suitcase Fusion. You are not able to disable Typekit fonts with Suitcase Fusion. They are active until you choose to “unsync” them using the Typekit online interface.
What plug-ins are available and are there plans for additional application support?
Suitcase Fusion currently supports the major design applications from Adobe and Quark. Basically, Suitcase supports Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, InCopy, After Effects and QuarkXPress. For details about which versions of these apps are supported, see the compatibility page.
We continually monitor which applications are in use in the professional design community and actively track requests for plug-in based font activation. If you have an application that you’d like to request this type of support, please feel free to enter it in the comments below.
Why do I need to login to use Suitcase Fusion?
For Suitcase Fusion, we’ve done away with serial numbers and in their place, we’ve tied your version of Suitcase Fusion to our servers. This allows you to take advantage of the TypeSync technology for syncing your fonts between machines using our cloud technology. You also no longer need to enter cumbersome numbers to validate that you own the product. It’s all just tied to your account.
If you are seeing something in your application that isn’t functioning as you expect, please don’t hesitate to contact our technical support team. It’s free and they’ve seen it all. If you do run into something new and unexpected, we are also better able to identify and fix the issue in an future update.
Contact the Extensis support team by either calling them directly:
- North America: 800-796-9798, Option 3
- Outside North America: +44 (0) 1604-654-270
Or if you’d rather not wait, login to your account and fill out this form and the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Ready to upgrade?
If you’re running without a font manager, or with an out of date old one, maybe it’s time to upgrade? Check out the current version of Suitcase Fusion. It’s a worthy upgrade.
We asked the same question and that’s why we built the brand new Suitcase Fusion application for Apple iOS.
This application is free on the iTunes store, and connects your Suitcase Fusion font library to your iOS device.
So, whether you’re designing with one of the fancy new mobile design applications from Adobe, building and presenting Keynote and PowerPoint files, or just want to use your quality font collection on your iPad, you’re good to go.
It’s easy to use your font collection on iOS. To get started:
- Install Suitcase Fusion onto your Mac or PC.
- Load your fonts and sync your font library using TypeSync. Choose File > TypeSync > Enable Library Syncing.
- Install the Suitcase Fusion iOS app on your mobile device.
- Use Suitcase Fusion for iOS to activate your fonts!
Instant font collection? Why thank you Google.
We love Google Fonts. They provide a big collection of open source fonts available for any use.
We’ve built a dynamic connection from Suitcase Fusion 7 to Google Fonts. This connection automatically downloads all of the Google Fonts, and keeps them up to date as new ones are added. Pretty nifty, eh?
Want to make the connection yourself? It’s easy to do.
September 16th, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
It’s important to protect your investment. In this case it’s the cost of your entire font collection.
Suitcase Fusion makes it easy to archive your collection for safe keeping. See how.
Want to try it yourself? It’s easy to do.
September 16th, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
Protecting fonts in your collection isn’t as tough as you might think.
Suitcase Fusion allows you to store your fonts in the Extensis cloud with TypeSync.
Fonts are kept on both your machine, as well as in the cloud. It’s a great way to keep two machines in sync.
Want to try TypeSync? Download a free trial.
Need help getting started with your new font manager? We’ve made it easy.
Watch this short video to learn how to get going with Suitcase Fusion 7.
Don’t have Suitcase Fusion 7 yet? Try it out free for 30 days.
September 2nd, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
Sometimes teaching people a new technical skill is a more difficult task than required.
Case in point, telling your boss how to install a font on their computer. Not a fun task.
Why not just shoot her a quick PNG of the font in question and call it a day? It’s easy to do with Suitcase Fusion 7. Check it out.
Want to try it yourself? It’s easy to do.
August 26th, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
Using fonts in video compositions with Adobe After Effects can be a real PITA. It’s often difficult to locate where fonts are missing, and often leads to choosing pre-rendered video rather than messing with live fonts in video.
Suitcase Fusion 7 makes it a bit easier to work with live fonts by providing a font auto-activation plug-in for Adobe After Effects. When you open a composition, the plug-in automatically locates and activates required fonts. Check it out in this video.
Ready to check it out with your copy of After Effects?
August 19th, 2016 by Jim Kidwell
Suitcase Fusion can manage your fonts without always running because of a handy little application called the Type Core. This app runs in the background all the time and ensures that fonts are activated when required by your professional design applications.
Want to learn more about the Type Core? We’ve made it easy. Sit back and watch this short video.
Want to test how Suitcase Fusion will work on your system? It’s easy with a free trial.