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Suitcase Fusion 5 is the creative professional's font manager.

Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too!

Features:

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and more...

What's New

Version 16.0.5:
  • Improvements and bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.6.8 or later

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The best out there, I gave up on FontAgent a year ago (its makers let it lag in some parallel "Old School Windows XP-like Universe).

Suitcase 5 is faster it seems than 4.. I just wish they'd make it 64-bit. But at this point it more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 16.0.2
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from Doug S.

With the death of Fontcase I started looking for apps to take it's place and decided after years of being away to give Suitcase a try. I left it for all the usual reasons (slow, horrid user interface that's a relic of the 90's, rather more...

4 people found this review helpful
Version 16.0.5
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RJphotovideo Member IconComment+34
RJphotovideo
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This software is up to v16.2.1 MacUpdate

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Version 16.0.5
Doug S. Member IconReview+197
Doug S.
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With the death of Fontcase I started looking for apps to take it's place and decided after years of being away to give Suitcase a try. I left it for all the usual reasons (slow, horrid user interface that's a relic of the 90's, rather buggy) but nothing about it truly upset me. that is until I tried to delete it.

My god, they install crap *everywhere*! I thought I had it all but nope! Pluggins in various Creative Suite app folders. Just random crap scattered... The app is gone, the library is gone... Yet now whenever I start an Adobe application the library folder gets recreated. Why? The app doesn't even exist anymore! I deleted the extensions, best I can tell. I'm now going to have to spend time digging through my computer and ripping out any piece I can find.

This app is bad just in general, but not content with wasting my time in a trial I now have to do system maintenance simply so I can get rid of it's stupid vestigial files.

This sort of nonsense was acceptable a long time ago and it's clear that this company hasn't actually progressed in any way. Do not buy this. Do not waste your time.

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Version 16.0.5
Cookie08
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There is only two files installed outside of its own folder and app
Look in the Main Library Launch Agents and Frameworks and the home library Extensis folder and the plugin in the Adobe and Quark apps, that is all. SuitcaseFusion 5 is the fasted at activating fonts very accurate uses the smallest amour of ram 46mg I have 15,000 plus fonts hundreds of non english fonts and suitcase is the only one which will show previews of the font.
I have all the major font apps and try them all FontAgent 6 Fontexplorer Pro latest. None of them are as accurate and consistent as Suitcase Fontagent Pro is the closest but the lack of display of non english fonts is not good enough in this day and age of computing.
Perhaps you have another font app datamon running still in the background or something causing the slow down

Cheers

Doug S.
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I'm just going to point out a couple things. The 'fastest' and 'most accurate' statements are personal experience. I disagree with them since all the apps I've used have been quite fast and accurate with large libraries of thousands of faces and families, but that's my personal experience.

However, it does install quite a few files. Yep, it installs the app, plugins for various Adobe apps, a preference file, an app support folder, your library, a cache (if memory serves) the launch agent... The problem I have isn't with these installing with the app, most apps do some variation of this. Dropbox is way worse. However, this app didn't remove it all when I used the uninstaller. I had to go hunting.

I dislike any app that needlessly clutters up my system and given how bad it was in every other respect I seen no issue with the statements or rating I gave.

Dualie Member IconComment+139
Dualie
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After the recent update the Photoshop CC plugin is non-funtional.

Disabled it, re-enabled it, but Photoshop, after loading the plugin, can't find the FMCore.

Plugins for the other CC apps are working as expected.

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Version 16.0.4
Dualie
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After an exchange of emails with Extensis support, during which I was instructed to do various trouble shooting procedures, including Bobby Basic make maintenance, nothing happened to fix the problem. They clearly don't believe the problem is with their software, even though I explained that the Photoshop plug-in worked perfectly until the most recent update. I'm not really even sure the technician really even read my original mail.

Eval Member IconComment+5
Eval
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Extensis released, without announcement, Suitcase Fusion 5 16.0.4, with support for Mavericks, sometime after the 9th of November. You can get it here: http://www.extensis.com/support/product-support/suitcase-fusion-5/

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Version 16.0.2
Dualie
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Beware before you update that there might be problems with the Extensis Photoshop CC plug-in.

Eval
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Dualle, can you provide some reference for that information?

Dlwhite Member IconComment+153
Dlwhite
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Anyone think it's strange that Suitcase Fusion 5 doesn't include support for font auto-activation in Quark XPress 10? Did Adobe buy Extensis or something?

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Version 16.0.2
RavenNevermore
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That is weird. And this latest update still didn't add the plugin. I can only assume that Quark made changes to QXP 10 which broke the plugins, and they haven't made new ones yet.

I rarely use auto activation anyway. I prefer to have a font set for the job in Suitcase and turn them on that way.

But it would be nice if they fixed this.

Hal2007 Member IconComment+214
Hal2007
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Great software with some great features that others don't have, like QuickMatch, which is outstandingly useful in my opinion.

However, as soon as you throw several thousands of fonts at it, the Suitcase app gets really increasingly sluggish to an almost unusable degree. Am I too demanding…?

Apart of that, it's finally a very good update which brings Extensis Suitcase back to par with the competition.

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Version 16.0.2
Maclover1.1
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28235 (without counting the System and WebFonts) fonts here.. don't ask.. 20 years of graphic design ;0) And not too sluggish really.. Then again I have a very fast SSD drive Mac these days.

Hal2007
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Well, I have even more fonts to deal with, and that's where the slowliness starts to show. And yes, I have a fast SSD, too.

Cookie08
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I think the slowness is that Suitcase generates the the font previews on the fly unlike Fontagent Pro which creates a preview a tiff image of each font and loads this which gives it the perceived speed when scrolling through a long list of fonts in preview mode

Maclover1.1 Member IconReview+742
Maclover1.1
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The best out there, I gave up on FontAgent a year ago (its makers let it lag in some parallel "Old School Windows XP-like Universe).

Suitcase 5 is faster it seems than 4.. I just wish they'd make it 64-bit. But at this point it is the only Font Management I would recommend on Mac. A must-have for my trade.

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Version 16.0.2
Cookie08
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the FM Core is 64 bit

JasonE Member IconComment+112
JasonE
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Before I go into my comment, a little frame of reference. I used to work as a beta tester for them years ago when they actually cared about their products. They have an amazing potential, if they would just get beyond their egos and fix the software they sell. It fills a niche desperately needed (fonts and cataloging), but sorely falls flat on its face in execution, unless you are a large corporate customer of theirs. That said,

I would not buy from Extensis to save my life anymore. The only thing they care about is the initial sale. Cases in point: look at the reviews of this and Portfolio (also their product). They had fabulous programs back in the day, but have let them languish for years with nothing more than small updates to keep them from completely stopping. They do not answer presales calls, nor support calls. The only people they want to hear from are large ad agencies that buy into the expensive platforms. Otherwise, you are nothing to them.

To those capable of making a better product: Please start now! The market needs alternatives to Extensis products. The market is not afraid to pay for those products. $120 for a great font manager and up to $300 for a great media cataloging engine. Th money is there. All you have to do is build it.

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Version 16.0.2
RavenNevermore
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I've sent them support emails, and they were very helpful. They even sent me an app to collect system reports and got my problem fixed. And this was fairly recently and I was using the demo version of the product (I used the full version at work). That was enough for me to purchase it.

JasonE
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Just wait until they get bored with it and let it go for years without update like Portfolio, and then unceremoniously abandon it.

RavenNevermore
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Only they haven't. They keep updating this program. They just released an update.

Who uses Portfolio anyway? I think I had a copy of that once when it first came out. Never found a need for it. Font managers probably sell a lot more.

Cookie08 Member IconReview+69
Cookie08
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Have to say V 5 is working the most reliably of the big three in ML and works great in Mavericks with Adobe CC apps. It is fast no crashes and picks up all the font in all programs listed to work with Suitcase Fusion 5 and has a FM Core has small memory footprint.
One great thing is that the app shows the non english fonts in the preview pane un like all the other font managers require opening a glyph preview pane linotype explorer or none at all in Font agent pro very irritating if working with multi language fonts.
I own all of the other managers try them for a month or so and finish up going back to Suitcase Fusion It just stays out of the way and works.
Very satisfied

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Version 16.0.2
Dualie Member IconReview+139
Dualie
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Well now, isn't this special. It's like 1 step forward and 5 steps back for reliable font activation. Sets that used to work just fine now don't - fonts often don't even show up in the set even though the set folder accurately shows how many should be there. And still no fix for the bogus "corrupt" font issue. In fact, it's worse than ever now. Fonts that work EVERYWHERE except in Suitcase are listed as "corrupt" when they clearly are not, and Suitcase, even though it claims to open them in place, refuses to use them. I suppose the tech support answer will be to start over from scratch. Thanks a million for that.

Just put your fonts - any Mac or Windows type - in your InDesign (if that's what you use) fonts folder and forget unreliable Suitcase - which STILL can't load Windows PostScript fonts.

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Version 16.0.0
Macmuser
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I think your problems might be limited to your own set-up. Have you run Font Doctor across your fonts and let it organise a new fonts folder for you? Fonts do get corrupted and need a little fixing from time to time.

Dualie
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Font Doctor is useless to me. It reports all fonts are fine, yet Suitcase sees some (usually customer fonts) as "corrupt." They are not corrupt. Loading them any other way except through Suitcase works just fine.
There is nothing special or unusual about my set up (which I have managed for over 20 years across multiple work stations), other than have to manage over 10k fonts. The fact that Extensis just released an update addressing one of the very problems I am complaining about (poor auto-activation) simply proves point.

Jkidwell
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Hi Dualie, Sorry that you're having issues with corrupt fonts. It's interesting to note that Font Doctor and Suitcase Fusion are supposedly sending conflicting error messages as they both use the same corruption checking database. Please contact our support team to figure out what's going on. It's free. http://www.extensis.com/support

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Eat_A_Peach
Version 16.0.5
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Macmuser
Version 16.0.5
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DarrenRath
Version 16.0.5
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Jkidwell
Version 16.0.0
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Callitho
Version 15.0.2
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P-Crossbow
Version 14.0.5
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James-D
Version 14.0.4
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Date 11 Dec 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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