Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6 / Adobe Type Reunion 2.6

Last year, Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.5 added many features to ATM Deluxe 2.0.3 – including compatibility with Mac OS 8.6. This failed completely under Mac OS 9, leading to a temporary bug-fix in version 4.5.2. The latest incarnation, 4.6, has no new major features, but now offers online help – useful if you’ve purchased the online version without a paper-based manual. Previously, you had the choice of checking for font ID conflicts, or not. This has now been removed from the preferences, leaving the Finder to resolve conflicts automatically. Adobe Type Reunion 2.6 is more robust. Some users have noted a possible clash with QuickTime 4, though I couldn’t reproduce this. Also, Type Reunion automatically disabled when running applications that possess their own font menu facilities – including most Adobe products.

OUR VERDICT

At little over half the price of Suitcase 9 (see above), and with a very similar user interface, ATM Deluxe is the better buy at the moment: it can open and close fonts globally or per application, uses little RAM and works invisibly.

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