I love SF4, but I too noticed the delay in Photoshop. Try turning off the Extensis panel.
I use MT, but don't use the auto-activation. As a font manager I do like it.
Have been using Font Explorer for a few years now with the CS4 suite and have been very impressed overal with its features.
No idea how it will run on Windows as we are Mac based here.
But if it works well on windows I strongly recommend it to any designer.
It does have surport for auto activation with CS6.
adobe! come on can we please have some font managment software for the 21st century:
add a bit of intelligence - patern recognition for similar fonts, connect through to a store, font familys, styles, alternatives. **** why not connect it with the cloud so that you can use you purchased fonts on any platform, and socially so that new fonts and popular fonts can be seen, commented on, issues pointed out.
My font managment has got worse over the years - since windows xp its been downhill.
If you really believe that font management has gone downhill since Windows XP you haven't been paying attention. I'm a fan of Suitcase Fusion 4. The Extensis panel in the various CS apps is worth the money all by itself.
InDesign CC will feature some new font capabilities in that you can specify favorite fonts and the search feature has been improved. Typekit desktop fonts will also be added to Creative Cloud.
Extensis suitcase fusion 4 (delays photoshop docs opening by 25 seconds, delays photoshop opening by 15 seconds, clashes with other software, buggy, crap support).
I'm tremendously happy that you're happy with your font management.
FYI for anyone who stumbles on this thread. Maintype font activation does not work with indesign CC and may not ever.
which means that the only windows 8 solution for font activation is suitcase.
If anyone knows different, post here!
EDIT: me, I know different! - Apparently this one offers autoactivation, I'm trialing it now
suitcase 5 released!
After a few hours of testing
suitcase 5 photoshop plugin adds 10 seconds to the startup of photoshop. Buggy (crashed photoshop consitantly)
Indesign plugin works.
Fontxplorer x pro, photoshop plugin works well, actual program slow to initialise, and interface is probably my lease favourite. Indesign plugin very buggy.