Font Management for Windows Made Easier

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Extensis Suitcase for WindowsA new version of Extensis Suitcase for Windows was just announced. It’ll work with Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, Quark 7, etc. This release of Suitcase for Windows adds a number of new font auto-activation plug-ins, a font vault, as well as compatibility with the next operating system, Microsoft Vista.It’s been quite some time since the software’s been updated… This news couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was just complaining about the lack of updates this morning…read more | digg story

9 thoughts on “Font Management for Windows Made Easier

  1. Glad to see they updated it just for you. Font management has always been an interesting area since the onset of OSX and the elimination of Adobe’s ATM Font manager. I have had experience with three programs since then: MasterJuggler, Suitcase and Font Agent Pro. Since my experience is solely MAC-based I have come to use Font Agent Pro as my main manager. I like it because the APP does not need to be running for the auot activation to work. It works seemlessly in the background. This prevalent when opening a website that requires certain fonts; a widget like icon pops up to display what fonts are being activated.

    If you ever tire of Extensis, you should check out Font Agent Pro… http://www.insidersoftware.com/

  2. Glad to see they updated it just for you. Font management has always been an interesting area since the onset of OSX and the elimination of Adobe’s ATM Font manager. I have had experience with three programs since then: MasterJuggler, Suitcase and Font Agent Pro. Since my experience is solely MAC-based I have come to use Font Agent Pro as my main manager. I like it because the APP does not need to be running for the auot activation to work. It works seemlessly in the background. This prevalent when opening a website that requires certain fonts; a widget like icon pops up to display what fonts are being activated.

    If you ever tire of Extensis, you should check out Font Agent Pro… http://www.insidersoftware.com/

  3. No I was told to stay away from FontBook long ago…

    As for Lino Type Font Explorer I will have to look into that. I bought Font Agent Pro and will hang with that for a while until it is time to upgrade and see what else is out there.

    Thanks for sharing other options.

  4. No problem at all! I had heard Linotype FontExplorerX would be available for PC at some point as well, but I have heard any updates on it recently. As for Font Book… it’s not bad… but it’s not great. If someone needed to manage just a few fonts, it’s a decent application for doing so… but I don;t think it has the Auto-Activation features that other font managers have.

    So far, Extensis Suitcase 9.2.2 for Windows has been decent… but I can’t wait for the new version to come out!

  5. I noticed you failed to mention FontBook… the default font manager that comes bundled with OS X. Have you given it a try? I know it’s not nearly robust as any of the other offerings…

    Also, have you tried LinoType FontExplorerX? It’s free and offers an interface similar to iTunes for font management (and even has a store built into it for buying new fonts…)

  6. No I was told to stay away from FontBook long ago…

    As for Lino Type Font Explorer I will have to look into that. I bought Font Agent Pro and will hang with that for a while until it is time to upgrade and see what else is out there.

    Thanks for sharing other options.

  7. No problem at all! I had heard Linotype FontExplorerX would be available for PC at some point as well, but I have heard any updates on it recently. As for Font Book… it’s not bad… but it’s not great. If someone needed to manage just a few fonts, it’s a decent application for doing so… but I don;t think it has the Auto-Activation features that other font managers have.

    So far, Extensis Suitcase 9.2.2 for Windows has been decent… but I can’t wait for the new version to come out!

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