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Free cloud-based font sharing webinar

Suitcase TeamSync

If you read my review of Extensis Suitcase Fusion 7 recently, you may recall I mentioned their new service called TeamSync, allowing you to share your fonts with a team of users, even if they aren’t Suitcase Fusion users (though they will be). If you discounted it because it sounded complicated, I urge you to take a look at this recently recorded webinar that sheds some light on TeamSync.

You’ll find out:
• The advantages of cloud-based font sharing;
• The differences between Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase TeamSync;
• How Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase TeamSync work together;
• How to quickly get your users connected;
• How to stay in sync by sharing your font library with multiple users.

The Suitcase TeamSync webinar is only an hour long, and does a fantastic job of showing you exactly how it all works.

Suitcase Fusion update

Suitcase Fusion 6

Extensis has released Suitcase Fusion 6 today, bringing compatibility for the font management tool with the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud, Quark XPress, and Apple’s Yosemite OS. I hope to be publishing a full review later this week or early next.

Upgrades: Alien Skin & Extensis

Extensis has upgraded Universal Type Server, the latest version of the professional-grade font server which helps organizations manage, organize, and distribute their font libraries. Universal Type Server 4 delivers brand new auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. If you work in small groups or at a large agency, you’ll find UTS a great server-side font manager.

Alien Skin has announced the upcoming release of Snap Art version 4. Snap Art is their natural media application for photographers and artists. It works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and is also a stand-alone application. Snap Art 4 will cost $99, with upgrades for $69.

Support Ending for Suitcase Fusion 3

ExtensisAs of September 15, 2013, support will be discontinued for Suitcase Fusion 3. To continue to receive support, you must upgrade to Suitcase Fusion 5, which I reviewed last week.

Upgrade pricing up to 50% off the full product price for Suitcase Fusion 5 is available for Suitcase Fusion 3 users.

Reasons to upgrade to Suitcase Fusion 5:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Support
  • QuickComp™ prototyping templates for quickly experimenting with fonts
  • Windows 8 and OS X (10.8) Support
  • Upgraded QuickMatch™
  • Expanded Web Font Access
  • If you’ve been holding on to Suitcase Fusion 3, now is the time to upgrade.

    Suitcase Fusion 5: Ready for takeoff!

    Suitcase Fusion 5

    When I reviewed Suitcase Fusion 4 in May of last year there was plenty of new features that made for a sexy upgrade. With Suitcase Fusion 5, Extensis has chosen to focus on improving existing tools and stability, rather than adding to an already stellar feature set.

    Existing users will find Fusion 5 quite comfortable. New users should read my previous review for a complete breakdown of all the features and know that Fusion 5 is a solid upgrade.

    The biggest selling point of Fusion 5 is full compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud as well as Creative Suite 6. This is a big selling point, more for Adobe than Extensis, if you ask me. Life is generally ok with an older version of Creative Suite, but if your Font Management app isn’t compatible with your design app of choice, life is miserable. (more…)

    Extensis Suitcase Fusion 4: New version brings useful features

    Suitcase FusionExtensis has released Suitcase Fusion 4, and brought with it a few new features that designers will love. In doing so, Extensis has raised the bar for other font managers when it comes to integrating fonts in the print and web world.

    For years (long before the OS X days) my font manager of choice has always been Extensis Suitcase. It’s always been reliable and worked as smoothly as can be expected. But when Fusion 3 was released, I began noticing problems. Nothing major, but it took forever to load, and the Fusion Core System Preference began to forget to launch quite often. It could have been my system and not Fusion, but I never found out. Overall it just wasn’t a smooth experience, so I switched to Font Explorer X and all was well… for a while. When Apple released Lion, however, Font Explorer began exhibiting all sorts of issues for me. As luck would have it, Extensis just released Suitcase Fusion 4. Within hours, it became my preferred font manager. Again.

    At first glance, Suitcase Fusion 4 doesn’t appear to have changed much beyond the new icon (part of their new corporate re-branding). But use it for an hour or so and you begin to see they’ve changed much more than just its icon.

    For starters, the problems I was having with slow load times of Suitcase, as well as Adobe InDesign with the auto-activation plugin installed, have gone away completely. Suitcase and InDesign both launch quickly and continued to run smoothly over the last two weeks. And because the Fusion Core is part of the app itself, there’s no System Preference amnesia to deal with anymore.

    Suitcase Fusion 4 interface

    The Suitcase Fusion 4 interface will look familiar to existing users


    Fusion web font integrationThe first thing I noticed was that Extensis’ WebINK technology is fully baked-in to Fusion. Your purchased WebINK fonts show up right in Fusion’s font source list, as well as approximately 4,600 other available fonts for purchase and use on your websites. I actually use WebINK for the fonts you see here on The Graphic Mac – so it’s nice to have access to them right in Suitcase. But Extensis didn’t stop there.

    You also have Google’s Web Fonts available at your disposal for use in any application. Google Web Fonts show up in the source list as a separate library as well, so there’s no confusion as to where a font came from.

    Fusion feature goodness!

    All the past and expected features such as auto-activation in Adobe CS apps, font smart sets, and identification/keyword tools are available in Suitcase Fusion. The ability to leave fonts in place or add them to the Fusion Vault is still there (I prefer to use the Vault to prevent corruption and make backups easier), but a few more goodies are really what makes Fusion 4 a great upgrade.

    Fusion 4 introduces an independent font panel into Adobe Creative Suite apps that not only allows you to preview fonts, but create customized font digests for specific projects. The panel requires CS 5 or higher to work.

    On the maintenance front, you can now check for font corruption and clear font caches right from within Fusion – avoiding the need for other 3rd party utilities. But the new feature that really made my day was QuickMatch.

    Fusion 4 Quick MatchSelecting an available font from your installed fonts list and clicking on the new Quick Match icon displays a list of other fonts in your library that closely resemble the selected font.


    QuickMatch offers a slider to adjust the relevance of the matched results. You can also tick a checkbox to limit the results by font style or classification, making the task of finding just the right font quite simple.

    To me, Quick Match is the killer feature that every designer will absolutely love!

    And how’s this for cool… you can load an existing website (right from the web) and apply any font in your collection to the site to see what it will look like. Awesome! This is particularly useful if you plan on using the WebINK or Google Web Fonts technology I mentioned above.

    Suitcase Fusion 4 is available for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher on an Intel Mac, and works with Adobe Creative Suite 3 and higher (I’m sure a CS6 plugin update will arrive shortly after Adobe releases CS6 to the public). The full version costs just $99.95, and upgrades from Fusion 2 or 3 cost just $49.95. A demo is available to see if Suitcase Fusion 4 is right for your preferred workflow.

    With this latest updated, Extensis has cemented its dominant lead in the font management market, in my opinion. And it has certainly earned its place back in the Dock of my Mac Pro and MacBook Air.

    If you’re in the market for a new font manager, or feel the need to use one for the first time, I HIGHLY recommend giving Suitcase Fusion 4 a try.

    Only 3 days left to get Font Genius free with purchase of Suitcase Fusion

    Identifying unknown fonts in design projects just got easier. A new bundle of font tools from Extensis makes it easy to identify, purchase and add fonts to designers creative arsenal.

    Until December 30th, 2011, each purchase or upgrade of the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager for Mac, designers get the font identification tool FontGenius ($40 value) for FREE.

    Free Font Genius

    Grab your copy of Suitcase Fusion and get Font Genius free!

    FontGenius allows designers to:

    • Identify fonts used in any picture graphic
    • Preview matched fonts, even uninstalled fonts
    • Search, download, and purchase matched fonts

    Visit the bundle page for more info.

    Extensis updates Fusion to support Mac OS X Lion and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

    Suitcase FusionThe Suitcase Fusion 3 update is available as a FREE download for the Suitcase Fusion 3 application on Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

    This release updates Suitcase Fusion 3 for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).

    The new 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. Adobe Creative Suite auto-activation plug-ins now include:

    • Adobe InDesign® CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS5.5
    • Adobe Illustrator® CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.1 (shipping with CS5.5)
    • Adobe Photoshop® CS4, CS5, CS5.1 (shipping with CS5.5)

    Existing Suitcase Fusion 3 users may obtain the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3.