Suitcase 9 full review

Launched in 1987, Suitcase has grown into a fully fledged, font-management system. While Suitcase 8 added many features and retained much of the previous user interface, Suitcase 9 now takes the package an important stage further – including Mac OS 9 compatibility. Previous versions of Suitcase worked on a set basis – if you wanted to turn on a font, it had to be part of a set. A fundamental difference in Suitcase 9 is the ability to make individual fonts active, leading to a complete change in the user interface. The main dialogue box now sports a toolbar – giving immediate access to the six most commonly used functions – windows for sets and individual fonts, and a separate panel for previews of selected fonts. Adding fonts to Suitcase is a drag- &-drop affair – just grab a folder of fonts and drop it on to the fonts window. Each typeface is then listed individually with information on type, foundry and suitcase name. Adding fonts to a set is simple, and, once sets have been created, it’s possible to revert the dialogue box to a sets-only display – just as with previous incarnations of Suitcase. Suitcase 9’s font preview is about as good as it can get. Typefaces and sets can be shown in one of four ways: Waterfall, with its cascade of selected letters; ABC123 as uppercase, lowercase and numerals; Paragraph through a custom text selection; or QuickType for text typed on-screen. You can print these fonts too. Suitcase 9 comes complete with two additional applications. MenuFonts is a system extension that groups typefaces into families, and shows them in their true face within almost any program’s font menu. Usefully, this also shows whether a font is PostScript or TrueType. Suitcase 9 XT, a QuarkXPress 4 XTension, opens and closes fonts as XPress documents require them, and opens fonts required by EPS images. Also included is an online type-foundry search facility.
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