We know designers who preoccupy about fonts the same way others consume over old vinyl records. Frequently reorganizing their collections, searching through their back catalogue and adding new acquisitions. OS X’s font management tools are simply insufficient for the task.
Suitcase Fusion is the implement of option. In version 4 there’s a new UI designed to shorten the round-trip between font manager and the countless applications designers’ use, so it’s an important upgrade.
Category : Utilities
Developer : Extensis
Compatibility : Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
Age Rating : 4+
Price : US$131 (Full); US$65.50 (Upgrade)
Top of the new element list is combination with Adobe Creative Suite. Designers can preview organize and activate fonts straight within Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. Working on a design project in CS? Download the new font, see how it looks and install it lacking leaving the document window.
The feature supports CS tools from version 3 through to 5.5 – with support for CS6 set to come as a free improve just as soon as Extensis have bashed away the bugs. Quark users aren’t left in the cold also, with plug-in sustain for Quark Xpress 7, 8 and 9.
Adobe’s print workflow tool In Copy is catered for too, with the built in creation plug-in updated to make new fonts instantly accessible.
Suitcase Fusion’s best known for its association tools and these have had a muscular boost. Font favorites let you pick star fonts from your collection, so your fallback faces are always easily available. You can also generate and curate your own custom font lists, for collections of typefaces that fit a job or thesis.
And talking about picking fonts for the job, the preview window enables you to see fonts with your choice of text – headline, logo, and strap – anything you need. Take it a step added and you can even try fonts out with the built in colour picker, with a bespoke background.
One of our own favorite features is Google web Font combination. This online collection of free faces is designed for use in web pages, but includes many fonts that are just as suitable to print and digital publishing projects; there are hundreds to choose from. This element increases web font support introduced formerly through webink.