updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2006
Suitcase Fusion ships
, its highly anticipated, next-generation, single-user font manager. Suitcase Fusion integrates Suitcase X1 and Font Reserve 3. "By combining the much-desired user interface and ease-of-use of Suitcase, the capability and back-end power of Font Reserve, and the inclusion of additional font management capabilities and features, Extensis has created a tool uniquely suited to the needs of creative professionals." Suitcase Fusion, Extensis' first product in its next-generation font management software family, is the upgrade path for both Suitcase and Font Reserve stand-alone users and will allow both sets of users to easily upgrade their existing font databases to Suitcase Fusion, which helps users manage fonts using central font repository, face level activation, font corruption checking and font identification technology. It is available now for $100 or $480 (5-user version).
"When Extensis undertook the task of combining Suitcase and Font Reserve, we went straight to our existing customer base for feedback," said Halstead York, Product Manager for Font Solutions. "We took the best attributes from both solutions and delivered the Über Font Manager - Suitcase Fusion. As the only solution using Font Sensetm technology - we can ensure the highest level of reliability, quality and stability for all Suitcase Fusion users."
With Suitcase Fusion, users are provided automatic font activation so that they "never have to think about activating the right fonts." Extensis says that by simply opening a document, a user's fonts are automatically activated by Suitcase Fusion. Suitcase Fusion also automatically categorizes fonts by classification, foundries, and font families to provide more font information. Additionally, users can create their own classifications and foundries and change them anytime. Suitcase Fusion also brings working with multiple font previews, collecting fonts for output, and organizing fonts via nested sets and keywords to the level that creative professionals demand.
"One-of-a-kind" Font Sense technology
Extensis says Suitcase Fusion's Font Sense technology ensures a smooth workflow by identifying, locating and activating the exact fonts used in a document. The "one-of-a-kind technology" Suitcase Fusion goes beyond identifying fonts by name; it creates unique identifiers that guarantee font fidelity, according to the company.
"This enables Suitcase Fusion to be the only font manager that successfully manages multiple fonts with the same name while enhancing the capability of an application to activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense is available in all Suitcase Fusion plug-ins and allows for true font identification within QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustrator documents. "
By utilizing Suitcase Fusion's centralized font repository called the Font Vault, Suitcase Fusion offers an industrial-strength approach for professional font management. The Font Vault is a managed repository that integrates with the Suitcase Fusion database and makes font management predictable and reliable - especially when users have multiple versions of fonts with the same PostScript name. The Font Vault utilizes the Font Sense technology to allow true font identification and professional duplicate font management.
Suitcase Fusion also offers improved font handling through Type Face Activation, which automatically splits up font suitcases when fonts are added to the Font Vault. By activating fonts on a typeface level, Suitcase Fusion allows users to be more flexible and enables faster font-activation.
In addition, Suitcase Fusion users will receive a free copy of Morrison Software's Font Doctor 7 for built-in corrupt font detection and repair. Existing Font Reserve users will also benefit from a separate upgrade application to easily and seamlessly transfer fonts and metadata from the Font Reserve Single user 3.x database to Suitcase Fusion.
English, French and German versions of Suitcase Fusion are available now by download from the Extensis website. Japanese versions of Suitcase Fusion will be available by the end of the first quarter 2006. Suitcase Fusion's estimated street price is $100 for a single-user license and $480 for a five-user license. In addition, upgrades to Suitcase Fusion are available for $50 from Suitcase X1 or Font Reserve 3.