Choosing a Mac OS X font-management tool has just become more difficult. DiamondSoft’s latest upgrade to Font Reserve, version 3.1.1, is a major one, bringing Jaguar compatibility, support for OpenType fonts, and improved automatic activation of fonts from within Adobe Illustrator and InDesign 2, and QuarkXPress. Font Reserve also lets you do something that no other font-management tool does: deactivate and remove unnecessary system fonts from OS X’s System Fonts folder. For people who design on one computer but output from another, this is a wonderful feature.
Unlike its competitor, Extensis’s Suitcase, Font Reserve 3.1.1 runs as a background application. You can turn Font Reserve on or off via the small Font Reserve Settings application, from which you set most of Font Reserve’s important preferences.
This version has the familiar two-paned window interface of earlier renditions, so at first glance you won’t notice much of a difference. The changes are mainly under the hood. While Font Reserve still employs its ClassicActivator, a mini-app within the program that activates fonts specifically for applications running in Classic mode, it now lets you activate fonts for your whole system from within Font Reserve Browser.
Version 3.1.1 can keep current Font Reserve users working at peak efficiency, and its useful management of the OS X System Fonts folder may even make it an attractive option for people using other font-management tools. With this upgrade, Font Reserve remains a comprehensive font-management system that won’t let you down.