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PR: Suitcase 10.1 for OS X now shipping Press Rel
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nov. 13, 2001:

Extensis today announced that its award-winning Suitcase font management solution is now compatible with Mac OS X. Suitcase makes activating, previewing and managing fonts faster and easier than ever before.

Suitcase 10.1 for Mac OS X is available to all registered owners of Suitcase 10 (via electronic download) at no additional charge.

"With the added support for Mac OS X, Extensis delivers the most robust font management solution available today," said Michael Wong, Suitcase product manger for Extensis. "Suitcase users now have the ability to activate fonts for Cocoa, Carbon and Classic applications simultaneously -- a first for a font manager in Mac OS X."

In Mac OS X, there are four or more Fonts folders available to users; making font management more critical than ever before. With Suitcase 10.1, users can now view fonts in all Mac OS X font directories, and activate or de-activate fonts in Cocoa, Carbon and Classic applications.

As users transition from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X applications, they can utilize Suitcase 10.1 across both operating environments. The Suitcase Bridge provides users an easy way to activate fonts for applications in Mac OS X Classic while operating in the Mac OS X Native environment, providing users with true font management capabilities.

Read the rest of the article for more on Suitcase 10.1's feature set...

Additional Functionality New for Mac OS X Environment:
  • Mac OS X Compatibility - Suitcase 10.1 brings true font management to Mac OS X, allowing users to activate fonts for Mac OS X and Classic applications.

  • Additional Font Support - Suitcase 10.1 now supports Windows fonts (Open Type and TrueType) for Mac OS X applications.

  • Scans Systems Font Directories - Mac OS X can have several system font directories making font management even more critical. Suitcase 10.1 shows users the fonts located in these font directories.

  • Updated MenuFonts for Mac OS 9 Environment - Included with Suitcase 10.1 is an updated version of MenuFonts that enhances the font menus of many applications when operating in Mac OS 8.6 through 9.2.1. MenuFonts allows users to customize the appearance of their application's font menus. This is helpful to users when working with unfamiliar faces and makes choosing a font much easier.
Pricing and Availability
The English version of Suitcase 10.1 is available now for download from the Extensis web site. Suitcase 10.1 is available for a suggested retail price of $99.95US for full product, $49.95US for upgrades from previous versions of Suitcase; competitive upgrades at $59.95US. Suitcase 10 Server is available starting at a suggested retail price of $999.95US, including 5 free copies of Suitcase 10.1 for Macintosh. French, German and Japanese language product will be available in January 2002. Suitcase 10.1 is available to all registered owners of Suitcase 10 at no additional charge.

System Requirements
Suitcase 10.1 will support Macintosh Operating System 8.6-9.2.1 and Mac OS X (v 10.1 and higher) and requires a Macintosh Power PC or equivalent, 10 MB of hard disk space and 32 MB RAM for Mac OS 8.6 -9.2.1 or 128 MB RAM for Mac OS X.

About Suitcase 10
Extensis Suitcase 10 is the fastest way to work with fonts. Packed with automated features that help you preview, organize and activate your fonts, Suitcase 10 makes it easy to find the right font fast. Activate only the fonts you need, preview fonts in several different ways, collect fonts for output, and create sample pages -- Suitcase does it all. Suitcase 10 also allows users to connect to Suitcase Server and synchronize fonts and files, including graphics, photos and text files.

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Excuse my confusion...
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 13, '01 03:19:16PM

But all of the "new" features are part of OSX.

Windows font support is included by default.

The system automatically activates or deactivates fonts.

The font panel can tell you what all your fonts are and allow you to create sets, purely for organizational purposes since the system doesn't care if they are active or not.

They only thing I can see it doing for OSX is showing fonts in their own typface, but there is shareware to do that.

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Excuse my confusion...
Authored by: mwong on Nov 13, '01 06:11:34PM

Actually, Mac OS X does not allow you to activate and deactivate fonts like Suitcase does. If you want to have your fonts available to your applications, you must place them in one of the Mac OS X Fonts folders. If they are not in there, they are not available to your apps. The Mac OS X Font Panel is only available to Cocoa applications and only lets you create font collections (similar to sets) but does not allow you to activate or deactivate fonts.

Also, any fonts located in one of your OS X font folders are not available to Classic applications. When you activate fonts from the OS X version of Suitcase, those fonts are available to all of your applications, including Classic apps.

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an answer to your confusion...
Authored by: extensisTS on Nov 13, '01 06:41:58PM

Mac OS X will not activate and deactivate fonts. You must manually add and remove them from the various system Font folders. Additionally, the Mac OS X's font panel will only allow you to group your fonts (all of which are active) and even then it only works in Cocoa applications. There are very few Cocoa applications at this point, most are Carbon or simply run in Classic.

Suitcase 10.1 give you the ability to store your fonts wherever you like, not just the four Mac OS X font locations. It allows you to quickly and easily turn on and off fonts, thereby minimizing your font menu and saving on system resources. It also allows you to manage fonts for any application from one place. Fonts activated through Suitcase 10.1 will be available to Cocoa, Carbon, and Classic applications.

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Authored by: Cowboy_X on Nov 14, '01 01:19:33PM

Let's just thank the heaven's that with OS X, font managers are finally a luxury, not a flat-out necessity.

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