Suitcase Fusion 5
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Font management solution combines Suitcase and Font Reserve.   Demo ($99.95)
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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
What's New
Version 16.0.5:
  • Improvements and bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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Suitcase Fusion 5 User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Doug S. reviewed on 12 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 16.0.5]


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Eval commented on 14 Nov 2013
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/
[Version 16.0.2]

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Dualie replied on 18 Nov 2013
Beware before you update that there might be problems with the Extensis Photoshop CC plug-in.
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Eval replied on 18 Nov 2013
Dualle, can you provide some reference for that information?
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Dlwhite commented on 07 Oct 2013
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?
[Version 16.0.2]

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RavenNevermore replied on 11 Dec 2013
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.
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Hal2007 commented on 02 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 16.0.2]

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Maclover1.1 replied on 02 Sep 2013
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.
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Hal2007 replied on 02 Sep 2013
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.
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Cookie08 replied on 02 Sep 2013
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
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Maclover1.1 reviewed on 02 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 16.0.2]

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Cookie08 replied on 02 Sep 2013
the FM Core is 64 bit
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JasonE commented on 01 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 16.0.2]

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RavenNevermore replied on 11 Dec 2013
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.
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JasonE replied on 12 Dec 2013
Just wait until they get bored with it and let it go for years without update like Portfolio, and then unceremoniously abandon it.
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RavenNevermore replied on 12 Dec 2013
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.
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Cookie08 reviewed on 01 Sep 2013
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
[Version 16.0.2]


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Dualie reviewed on 20 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 16.0.0]

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Macmuser replied on 02 Sep 2013
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.
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Dualie replied on 04 Sep 2013
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.
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Jkidwell replied on 09 Sep 2013
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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ttlcntrlprint reviewed on 26 Jul 2013
See below! But forgot to mention FontExlorer X from LinoType.
[Version 16.0.0]


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ttlcntrlprint reviewed on 26 Jul 2013
Suitcase, with its ‘Coreengine’ launches just don’t work. Sick of it now, (after eighteen-years prior).
Suitcase isn’t reliable for application launches which are never guaranteed without stress. Extensis are just trying to fund raise with their new features, but will not go back to basics and fix the software flaws.
Sadly, this is now a poor software company that’s got too comfortable. With regard to their support forum, how long have you got!?

Sincerely,
Christian Macey (Use OS X for free!)
[Version 16.0.0]

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Jkidwell replied on 09 Sep 2013
There may be an issue with your system that's preventing the core from starting up. Please contact our support team. It may be a simple setup issue. http://www.extensis.com/support
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Dualie had trouble on 15 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 16.0.4]

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Dualie replied on 18 Nov 2013
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.
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Zapp Brannigan had trouble on 18 May 2012
If you're using Suitcase Fusion, and just upgraded to Adobe CS6, you'll note no plugins (don't hold your breath). Add the apps to the list of applications Suitcase should automatically open fonts for in preferences. Only drawback is that it only opens that font face, not the whole font family, which you may or may not care about.

I also don't use the plugins for Photoshop CS5x or Illustrator CS5x as they are extremely buggy. I just add the apps to the preferences and turn off the plugins. ID CS4-5x doesn't seem to have this issue.
[Version 15.0.0]


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Slyrfecso had trouble on 04 Aug 2010
Hi!

I installed SFC3. I started the app with demo, but don't work.
I get this message:

Unable to start the Suitcase Fusion Core.
Suitcase Fusion has detected an incompatible version of FMCore.
Suitcase Fusion can not continue.

How can I uninstall, or delete older version of SFC?
[Version 14.0.2]


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pogoad had trouble on 23 Jan 2006
This has been driving me crazy so I wanted to pass it on.

Since I have installed Fusion I can no longer view PDFs with Apple's Preview when I export a PDF from InDesign CS2.

Response from Extensis:
This is something we have noticed with Fusion, and we are investigating it now. There is a workaround: In the preferences for the Suitcase plug-in, disable the FontSense option and your PDFs should work fine in Preview (you can always turn it back on after the PDF is exported).

As soon as there is a permanent fix or a more effective workaround, you will see that information posted on our website.
[Version 1.0]

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kithead replied on 09 Feb 2006
Thank you, this issue was driving me nuts!

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Doug S. rated on 12 Mar 2014

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Macmuser rated on 17 Jan 2014

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DarrenRath rated on 15 Jan 2014

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Ssantagada rated on 11 Dec 2013

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JasonE rated on 05 Sep 2013

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Jkidwell rated on 10 Jul 2013

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Callitho rated on 13 Jul 2012

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P-Crossbow rated on 19 Jan 2011

[Version 14.0.5]


Downloads:140,407
Version Downloads:2,109
Type:Utilities : Font Tools
License:Demo
Date:11 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $99.95
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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 QuarkXPress®
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections
  • Organize fonts with Sets
  • Supports the use of Adobe Typekit desktop fonts from your Creative Cloud subscription.
  • Create PNG font previews by drag-and-drop with Font Snapshots
  • FontDoctor included FREE for additional corruption detection & organization
  • Floating Previews hover over all other applications
  • Built-in font cache cleaner for Mac OS X


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