After the awful slowness of X1, I moved over to FontExplorer, and I think most others here use either that or FAP. I could be wrong though.
Is it giving you a missing font warning at all these days or is it just some of the time that it should that it isn't? Is there a setting in Suitcase?
Sometimes it will prompt me for missing fonts, sometimes it will auto load fonts like it's supposed to, and other times it won't do either...so yeah the issues are all across the board.
Could it be as simple as your font cache? Maybe it thinks there are some fonts active that really aren't?
FontNuke will help clean them.
Have you looked at the extensis forum? Any input over there?
Nah haven't gotten to that point yet, but that's where I'm headed now. Figured I would start here because as I said you guys are always really helpful. I ran font nuke, we'll see if maybe that makes any kind of a difference.
Thanks for your help!
I don't know if I'd call it help just yet - more of a conversation. ;-)
So, can we figure based on the lack of others chiming in that no one else is using Suitcase anymore?
LOL I guess you're right! I've never worked with any font software BESIDES Suitcase. Used it in school and at the job I've been at since school...if there's something better out there PLEASE someone let me know and maybe next year when we upgrade we can STOP using it!!!
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I don't know if they fixed Suitcase with later versions, but as I said above, I gave up on it with X1. It's very careful about activating the right version of a font, which apparently requires scanning every glyph of your font(s) or something, but I got tired of waiting 3 minutes for a document to open while suitcase did it's looking.
FontExplorer seemed an easy experiment, since it was free at the time (there's still a free version, but it's no longer supported) and it has performed just fine. I think in the case of ambiguity that suitcase would probably get right (after 3 minutes) fontexplorer just doesn't auto-activate anything. It's interface is modeled after itunes, so it's really easy to get in and manually activate though.
I think the vast majority of folks here use FontAgent Pro though, which I have never tried.
I guess I don't really get what makes a good font app. I can preview quickly and easily in FontExplorer, and we have about 8000 fonts here. 90% of the time, font explorer activates the fonts that I need. It never activates the wrong ones. I can manually turn fonts on and off easily. I can clean font caches (both application and system) easily. What else do I need? Oh - I can create groups of fonts (I like to do by foundry and by style - eg, house, fontfreak, handwritten, grunge.) Fonts can be in more than one group, which I know is not possible with some other managers...
Other than that, what does one need in a font manager? What does FAP do different? Better? And suitcase?
(wow. just hijacked the thread a bit there, huh?)
Jesseham, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Think it was just a caching issue because after running FontNuke the problem file in question opened, and Fusion 2 auto activated the font! Thanks!
Oh good deal. Glad to help. ;-)