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Russell Bernard's picture
Joined: 23 Jun 2010 - 3:51pm
Font Management for PC

I have been designing on macs since college and most of my design career.
I have recently started at a firm that uses both mac and pc for design and production. The worst thing about this is that they haven't heard of font management. I have used Font Explorer for mac without fail for all of my other jobs and having tried Extensis with bug after bug and crash after crash I was wondering if there were any experts or just experienced typophiles out there that have used anything better or more reliable than Extensis for the pc! If only there was a FontExplorer for pc!

Nick Curtis's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2005 - 8:16am


pretty decent and reasonably priced...

Captain Hornblower's picture
Joined: 13 Jun 2010 - 6:34pm

I use two together with no problems so far (on my Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit PCs) -

Extensis Suitcase Fusion 2

for general font management - the plugins for InDesign and Illustrator work well and are especially useful for when you open up a file from a third party - as the file loads you will get a 'missing fonts' alert for any fonts required by the file but not installed on your system, &

Printer's Apprentice,

which is superior for viewing/comparing fonts and is tops for printing out catalogues and/or sample sheets - by far the most customizable and useful utility for those tasks that I've come across (and I've trialled loads of font managers for Windows).

BTW Suitcase Fusion 2 (v13.2.0.37) is the most stable offering from Extensis yet. It hasn't crashed once on me.


Thomas Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am

Suitcase Fusion 2 is at least as stable on Mac as on Windows.

Suitcase 11 was pretty flaky. Suitcase Fusion 1 (which was Mac only) was considerably better. Suitcase Fusion 2 is better still, and has feature parity across Mac and WIndows.

Disclaimer: I'm the product manager for this stuff at Extensis. :)



Steven Acres's picture
Joined: 2 Apr 2009 - 2:09am

I'm a fan of Suitcase Fusion 2 as well. Took forever to come out, but it's a great piece of software.