Should I buy Suitcase 9?
Suitcase 9 offers many commendable features, including the new user-interface, font previews and an enhanced XPress XTension. However, it has some serious failings. For starters, it’s a painful memory hog, adding a whopping great 13MB to the Mac OS RAM requirements over a similar Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6 set-up. Most of this appears to be taken up by the Suitcase 9 Font Engine system extension and places in question the 32MB minimum-RAM requirement. It’s nigh on impossible to run a Suitcase 9/QuarkXPress 4/Mac OS 9 combination on a machine with less than 128MB of RAM. There is also an unacceptably long delay on start-up on machines with numerous fonts. Another serious problem is that fonts opened don’t automatically show up in launched applications, such as QuarkXPress and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. In order to see new fonts, the applications have to be closed and relaunched. Extensis is aware of this and is currently working on a fix. Users with loads of typefaces need a font-management system. But Suitcase 9’s enhancements are overshadowed by its problems, especially as Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6 is cheaper.
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