Extensis has announced the release of Suitcase Fusion 3, an upgrade of the company’s professional font management program.
Also new to Suitcase Fusion 3 are Font Snapshots, a feature which lets users create font previews in PNG format to view and share with clients; and Web Preview, which lets designers see how a font will look within a Web design without having to write the code. QuickMatch, Suitcase Fusion 3's font comparison technology, assists in finding similar fonts in your library. Version 3 also offers a font cache cleaner that can clear out the font caches of Adobe applications, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office, and Mac OS X System fonts.
All versions of Suitcase Fusion 3 include a free copy of FontDoctor 8, the latest version of the utility, which provides additional tools for font corruption detection, repair, and file organisation.
A significant new addition to Suitcase Fusion 3 is integration with its new cloud-based font rental service, WebINK.
WebINK lets designers select, manage, and use custom fonts for their Websites without concern for supported font formats or font licensing issues. WebINK fonts can be managed either online or via the desktop through Suitcase Fusion 3.
It works like this: Designers choose their typeface from the Extensis service, which then generates the necessary CSS coding to use with that font on their site. Site visitors can then see the chosen fonts, in the correct format for their browser, from a secure Extensis server.
“Enabling WebINK in Suitcase Fusion 3 is a logical step toward complete font control across print and Web," said Thomas Phinney, senior product manager for font solutions at Extensis. "The extension of desktop font management to the Web closes the loop on many of the cross-media challenges—and creative sacrifices—that modern designers face.”
To launch WebINK, Extensis has formed partnerships with well-known type foundries whose high-quality fonts will be available to rent. New partner foundries and fonts are being added every week, according to the company. “This includes both industry-standard fonts previously unavailable for use on the Web, as well as fresh faces from today’s top designers,” Phinney said. WebINK is available in English, French, and German at launch.
Suitcase Fusion 3 is expected to cost about £76+vat, and upgrades from the previous version are expected to cost £36+vat. Users who register Suitcase Fusion 3 by December 31, 2010 will receive one year of the WebINK service for free. The desktop application runs on both PowerPC and Intel systems and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. WebINK runs on Safari 3.1 or higher, Firefox 3.5 or higher, Chrome 4 or higher, and Internet Explorer 4 or higher.