Extensis has introduced Suitcase Fusion 12.1.7, a free update to its font management application.

The update aims to make sure that important system settings are automatically adjusted rather than requiring the user to complete the changes manually once a user switches to Mac OS X 10.5. The update also ensures Leopard’s new system fonts can be managed via Suitcase Fusion’s Manage System Fonts feature.

Since the launch of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve Server have maintained Mac OS X 10.5 compatibility. A compatibility update for Suitcase Server X1 will be forthcoming, as will updates for the Portfolio 8.5 product line.

In addition to this update for Leopard optimization, all Extensis font management products also include auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CS3. These plug-ins are crucial for anyone using Creative Suite 3 on Leopard, as Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications were not designed for Leopard.

The update is free to registered users and is immediately available in English, French and German via the Extensis website.

In addition to this update for Suitcase Fusion, a newly updated version of the Extensis “Font Management in OS X Best Practices Guide” is now available on the Extensis site, and includes best practices for managing fonts in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).