Suitcase Fusion 8
Suitcase Fusion 8
19.1.1

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Suitcase Fusion 8 free download for Mac

Suitcase Fusion 8

19.1.1
04 August 2018

Font management solution combines Suitcase and Font Reserve.

Overview

Suitcase Fusion 8 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 and organization
  • Floating Previews hover over all other applications
  • Built-in font-cache cleaner for OS X

What's new in Suitcase Fusion 8

Version 19.1.1:
  • Fixed an issue where QuickType text was not refreshed in fonts that were scrolled offscreen when the text was edited. [613327, FS-6078]

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Designer
29 April 2012

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Suitcase has moved on a lot since Extensis finally fixed the fmcore issues and removed the 32-bit pref pane with version 14.1, but it's that time of year again where they wheel out their annual update that asks for another half of the original license fee in return for - well, not a lot really. Firstly, the new icon looks truly awful for a 'designer's tool' and why is it lowres in 2012? Secondly, the 'new' set of features are very thin on the ground. Sure, the new Adobe plug-ins look interesting but are they really necessary and how will they affect the stability of my already shaky Adobe app? I'm really torn with this update. Version 14.2 is running spectacularly well at the moment on Lion with CS5 and CS5.5 and I don't know if I want to fork out yet another $49 for such a minimal feature set and a new voyage into the unknown with stability. Extensis need to work a little harder for my upgrade fee next year.
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Version 15.0.0
bigboydonbo
05 July 2019
RE: Suitcase Fusion 8. I upgraded to this in August 2018, Bad Decision. Many good features were now gone: no font count for found fonts; date added field gone; can't compare as many fonts displayed as before; can't sort found fonts by anything other than name; can't assign my own glyphs to show in ABC123 or Paragraph or Waterfall views; it LOST all my settings for "Favorites" etc. It was so bad that I deleted it & re-installed v. 18.2.4, a waste of $60. 6/28/19: I discovered Monotype's Font Explorer X Pro, & find it to be far better/easier than even Suitcase Fusion 7 (not to mention the horrible update), so I've permanently abandoned suitcase. Check it out, it actually does what Suitcase promised to do years ago (e.g., auto font activation in ALL my apps (even NisusWriter Pro & EazyDraw, etc.).
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Version 19.1.1
Shane-Smith
29 March 2019
What the hell happened to this software! I just spent 3hrs trying to figure out why Indesign stopped working. I should have looked at the plugins first, Suitcase plugin was the cause of the problem. I had to uninstall suitcase, remove all preferences, font vault, and all the crap it puts in the system. Since upgrading to version 9 I have had to do this more than a couple of times. Like 8tracker said, the user forums have been removed which was useful when there was a problem or at least vent your frustration. When version 8 came out the forums were bombarded with comments on how much people hated it. I'm guessing they removed it so they won't have to hear their customers and just ignore them. I do not recommend this software until they can at least make it stable. Version 7, in my opinion, was the best version. Please go back to that version and add a feature set to that.
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Version 19.1.1
8tracker
18 August 2018
As Extensis recently wiped out the user forums, there’s no central place for users or potential customers to get help from the community or to warn of the perils of upgrading to version 8.

In a nut, it’s terrible. If you’re looking for a font manager, don’t invest in Suitcase Fusion 8.

I have saved this post I made to the Suitcase forum. I hope it helps save somebody from Suitcase…

— — —

A common thread in the forums is the observation that Extensis doesn’t seem to know how the community uses their software. And after months and months of inaction, what other conclusion can be drawn?

Bear with me, I have a lot to get off my chest. Read on…

After reverting back to 7 and keeping a watchful eye on this forum for Extensis to set things right, it appears Suitcase in whole, or as a single-user product, may be coming to the end of its life. We saw the same thing with Extensis’ Portfolio (now strictly an enterprise offering). We’ve seen Adobe abandon Freehand and Fireworks after the Macromedia acquisition. Now they’ve kicked Muse to the curb (not that I care about Muse). And who can forgot the hubris of QarkXpress in the late ’90s? (https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/quarkxpress-the-demise-of-a-design-desk-darling/)

I bring up these corporate decisions to kill off, or handicap products to illustrate what happens when a company stops paying attention to its users and, in the end, lose customers to the competition. Or worse, create new competitors these Goliaths never saw coming.

There was a case to be made for dropping Freehand: It was a direct competitor to Illustrator. Those of us in the Freehand community at the time viewed it as an anti-trust thing, as there were really no other viable alternatives to Freehand and Illustrator. And boy were we pissed. But, in the end it was killed off and we had to make due with AI. This is where my contempt for Adobe was born. Like Extensis, the lengths they go to to ignore their user community are superhuman.

But Fireworks? This is where Extensis really needs to pay attention. When Adobe dropped my beloved web design tool, it forced everyone into Photoshop. PS is terrible for web design, and guess who spotted that? The makers of Sketch (Hey Extensis? Where’s the Sketch plugin?). Now Adobe has dropped Muse, and with Dreamweaver a hot mess, is still trying to birth XD.

The world is moving on from legacy software companies like Adobe and Extensis with a new generation of software developers building tools they want to use (RightFont, Sketch, InVision Studio, Webflow). When you start looking around at the competitors — especially the newer ones — you get a clear picture of what the developers want for themselves, and what Extensis is missing, and what Extensis is emulating, albeit poorly.*

So, in the spirit of moving on, I have done a little bit of looking around at the competition in font management. This is purely from a Mac perspective, and the features I demand from a contemporary font management platform. If anybody spots something wrong or left out, add it in the comments.

As a side note, all other font management platforms I’ve looked at tout speed. They are clearly reacting to the sluggish Suitcase experience we all suffer through day-to-day.

What I want from a font management app in order of importance:
• List View (this would have never been on this list, let alone number one, if not for v.8)
• Tags/Metadata
• Cloud Sharing (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
• Family fonts together
• Speed
• Free-form comments
• Auto Activation
• UX observations driving UI decisions (I’m happy to live with an outdated UI for a killer UX)

_As of 04/18_

**Extensis Suitcase Fusion 8**
_Mac/Windows_
https://www.extensis.com
Product Video: Ø
$119.95/59.95
Auto activation for Adobe CC (ID AI PS IC AE) NO QuarkXpress Support!
Cloud syncing to Extensis controlled servers
Typekit & Google Font integration
No List View
Customizable Tags
Claim: “Browse, preview and select fonts easily” (Pfft!)

**FontAgent**
_Mac/Windows_
https://www.insidersoftware.com/font-managers/fontagent-mac/
Product Video: Ø
$99/$59
Auto activation for Adobe CC (ID AI PS FL AE IC), QuarkXpress, Sketch, Microsoft Office, Mac Apps (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), Affinity (Photo & Designer)
Cloud syncing to FontAgnet controlled servers via FontAgent Sync
Typekit, Google and SkyFonts integration
List view – they call it Table View
Metadata! Metadata! Metadata!
Customizable Tags
Free-form Comments (OMG — I’ve wanted this like forever – you can attach comments to fonts like its history, what it pairs with, what project you might have used it on!)
Claims: “Style. Smarts. Speed. More of What You Need.” “Modern, Adjustable Interface.” “Explore Using the Table View.” “Lightning-Fast Font Searches.” “More Metadata = Smarter Searches.” “Free-Form Comments and Tags.”

**FontExplorer X Pro 6**
_Mac/Windows_
https://www.fontexplorerx.com
Product Video: Ø
$99/$49
Auto activation for Adobe CC (ID AI PS IC) and QuarkXpress
Provided Free Adobe CC Plugins for all registered users with last release of Adobe CC (Unlike Extensis)
NO CLOUD SYNCING (Not that I could spot)
Typekit & Google Font integration
List View
Customizable Tags
Integrated Font Stores
Claim: “FontExplorer X® is the simple, speedy way to find and organize all of your fonts.”

**RightFont**
_Mac_
https://rightfontapp.com
Product Video: https://youtu.be/8caPhZqcFfU
$39 (Normally $49)
Syncs with **_any_** cloud drive apps/services such as Dropbox/Google Drive/iCloud/Box/OneDrive/Resilio Sync/Adobe CC/Amazon Drive including local shared folders
Typekit, Google Font, Font Awesome, Ionicons, Material Design inclusion/integration
Auto activation for Adobe CC (ID AI PS FL AE), Sketch, PowerPoint, Keynote, Affinity (Photo & Designer)
No customizable Tags – Plans on adding tags in next release according to an email exchange with RF
There appears to be no list view (But haven’t downloaded to check)
Claim: “3x times performance improved in RightFont 4” with 10,000 fonts activated

**FontBase**
_Mac/Windows/Linux_
https://fontba.se
Product Video: https://youtu.be/XCpqkaTJ49I
Free — Upgradable to “Awesome” unlocking additional features — $3 per month/$28.80 per year/$180 Lifetime
Syncs with Dropbox/Google Drive/iCloud
Doesn’t have font auto activation (at least they didn’t mention it)
There appears to be no list view (But haven’t downloaded to check)
Claim: 4.25s lead-time of FontBase with 60,000 fonts

— — —

That’s all I got. Add your own thoughts to this thread and maybe we can all move on to something better. And again, this is from a Mac perspective. I didn’t cover Windows options such as High Logic’s MainType.

_And…_ if there were anyone who could craft an Export/Import font tags/styles/foundries/metadata thingy that allowed users to jump to new platforms with ease, that would rule the world.

**PS:** To Extensis: I spend my days at a medium size Ad/Web agency working for the biggest REDACTED on the planet (among other big REDACTED companies). We deliver bug fixes and site enhancements DAILY to the e-comm platform we built and maintain for them. What’s your deal? Is it that your lead developer spends half his day on Twitter losing his mind over politics? Or is it a leadership team with no skin in the creative services game? Maybe it’s your board of directors, driving pure profit as the only metric of success, and bleeding all value from Extensis? Maybe it’s all these things and the absence of the early, entrepreneurial, founder-driven spirit that pervades our startup culture? Maybe everybody’s just phoning it in, with the wealth of product insights found on this forum never getting to the C-suite?

*It’s crystal clear Extensis sees a combination of FontAgent and the new upstarts RightFont and FontBase as their competition — or at least inspiration for the lousy UI of Suitcase. RightFont and FontBase appear to be geared more towards product design teams who typically don’t need access to the number of font alternatives visual designers need.
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Version 19.1.1
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cjred
cjred
28 June 2019
Yep this will be my last year for extensis. As stated above, i have the same feedback. Im going to try TYPEFACE 2 instead.
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Dualist
10 July 2018
Awful. Just awful. Extensis did this once before in a previous version where it shoved previews down the users throat whether they want them or not. It was so unpopular they brought it back! This company simply doesn't listen to its customers. No list view. Just shameful.
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Version 19.0.5
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
19 July 2018
I'm still using Fusion 6. I just turn the fonts on as needed.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
19 July 2018
Check out RightFont.. has a list view and auto activated fonts... at least in Illustrator.
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bazlane
bazlane
03 August 2018
I still use Suitcase 7, which at least works with QXP 2017 and Adobe CS6. Suitcase 8 is not compatible with CS6 and is therefore useless to me. Going by other reviews here and elsewhere, Suitcase just ended its own life.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
03 August 2018
@bazlane, CS 6 is six years old. Why would they continue to support it? Also it only runs on OS X 10.6 - 10.7.
So I don't think Extensis "ended their own life" for not supporting obsolete software to run on obsolete platforms.
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bazlane
bazlane
03 August 2018
I'm on 10.13.6 and CS6 works very well. How many people do you know who have dumped Adobe and their Creative Cloud rental scheme?
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tbass
11 June 2018
No Support for Quark Express 2018
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Version 19.0.5
Shakes
11 January 2018
Terrible update. It takes me twice as long to do almost everything.
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Version 19.0.4
Maclover1-1
06 December 2017
Sorry you guys, I moved back to Font Agent (after a couple of years using Suitcase.. which cannot handle my huge font library, takes ages to scroll through collection, do searches etc.. for some reason FontAgent these days is pretty snappy. Suticase's UI etc is just fine.. my only gripe but a huge one.. speed.. or lack thereof.
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Version 19.0.2
JBX
05 December 2017
All dinosaurs must die at some point. Too bad this one took it's own life :p
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Version 19.0.2
Shane-Smith
05 December 2017
This update completely breaks my workflow. The new UI is terrible, looking through thousands of fonts is painstaking, and is buggy as hell. Stick with Adobe CC 2017 so you can stay with Suitcase 7.
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Version 19.0.2
opeter-si
23 October 2017
Suitcase Fusion 8 v 19.0.1.13

The UI of the new Suitcase Fusion 8 is great! It was simplified and the whole ballast (taging etc.) isn't visible anymore on the "front page". Now you have a button called Edit Attributes (or you can right-click on a font and there you go), where you can see and modify, whatever you want).

The whole UI has the best and most logical build until this date or in any versions of Suitcase Fusion and it reminds me of the good old simple, two columns font managers. And finally they managed to speed up the application.

I also tried the Windows version and it works great!

BTW: how is, that MacRumors doesn't have the newest version?

Mac version:
http://bin.extensis.com/SuitcaseFusion8-M-19-0-1.dmg

Windows version:
http://bin.extensis.com/SuitcaseFusion8-W-19-0-1.zip

iOS version:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/suitcase-fusion-your-font/id1147717419?ls=1&mt=8

Suitcase Fusion 8 Uninstaller (Mac):
http://bin.extensis.com/Suitcase_Fusion_8_Uninstaller.zip
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Version 18.2.4
2 answer(s)
Shane-Smith
Shane-Smith
26 October 2017
I have to disagree, the UI is terrible. Looking through fonts takes way longer since removing the list view. Can't activate whole families by clicking the family name anymore. Searching is very buggy and the program as a whole is buggy. I have nothing but bad things to say about this update. I wish I could go back to version 7 but then I can't use CC 2018.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
15 December 2017
@Shane-Smith...

List view in Suitcase 8

https://help.extensis.com/hc/en-us/articles/115014926048-Create-a-list-view-in-Suitcase-Fusion-8

And I have no idea why they changed it
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