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Choosing a font management system that fits your needs

Added on Thursday 13th of April 2006 01:00 am EST


Extensis Suitcase, Extensis FontReserve, Insider Software FontAgent Pro, Alsoft MasterJuggler

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


If you’ve upgraded to version 10.3 (or later) of Mac OS X, you have a complimentary option for font management: Font Book. You can learn all about it in the accompanying article “Manage Mac OS X fonts with some help from Font Book.” Of course, this isn’t your only solution to font management. In fact, it isn’t a solution at all if you work in a Windows environment. There are plenty of alternatives, though. Let’s take a quick look at the forerunners in font management.


Note: ATM (Adobe Type Manager) isn’t required in Mac OS X for drawing fonts onscreen. If you have any applications running in Classic mode, however, you still need ATM Light installed in your Mac OS 9 Control Panels folder inside the System Folder.


Suitcase X1

Suitcase X1 includes on-demand activation, temporary, and permanent activation, sets, and previews. Other features include customizable live font previews, keywords, and design classes for tracking fonts, and automatic font activation. Suitcase X1 also provides find features, corruption checking and repair (Mac only), and system font management. For pricing and more information about Suitcase X1 from Extensis, Inc., visit


Font Reserve

Font Reserve also features all the standard font management features, plus searching and sorting opti...


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