Extensis Inc., a publisher of software and tools for “creative professionals,” has released a free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe InDesign that automatically activates fonts used in InDesign documents.
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The plug-in — free to registered Suitcase 10 users utilizing Mac OS X — ensures that any time an InDesign 2.0 file is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated, said Michael Wong, Suitcase product manager. The plug-in utilizes FontSync, the font matching technology developed by Apple that’s built into every version of Mac OS 9 and above including Mac OS X.
FontSync provides a way to identify fonts beyond simply the font name. Identification is based on the content of the font, such as whether or not the font is Postscript or TrueType, what the kerning has been set to, and which ligatures it includes.
Suitcase is a font manager that offers automated features for activating, organizing and previewing fonts. A Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”) compatible update was released Aug. 30. The English version of Suitcase 10.1.3 is available now for download from the Extensis Web site. Suitcase 10.1.3 is available for a suggested retail price of US$99.95 for full product and $69.95 for upgrades from previous versions.
Suitcase 10.1.3 will support Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 and Mac OS X (version 10.1.1 and higher). It requires 14MB of hard disk space and 32MB RAM for Mac OS 8.6 – 9.2.2 or 128MB RAM for Mac OS X. The Suitcase Plug-In for Adobe InDesign requires Adobe InDesign 2.0 or higher and Mac OS X (version 10.1.5 or higher).