5 Tips for Font Management on Microsoft Windows
No matter what application you use or the kind of documents you are creating, fonts are a huge part of that process. When all your fonts exist in the Microsoft Windows font folder, the first thing you will notice is it is hard to find the font you need! A professional font management solution can help you overcome this challenge and put a lot of valuable design time back in your hands.
With Extensis’ font manager – Suitcase Fusion – you can organize, tag, and keep track of all the great typefaces available to you on Windows.
Here are just a few of the things Suitcase Fusion can do to help you tame your fonts on Windows:
- Allows you to control what appears in the font menu. Sick of seeing Comic Sans in there? Simply use Suitcase Fusion to deactivate the font and it will no longer appear as an option in the menu. This can make it much easier to find the fonts you need when creating great designs or developing a new web site.
- You get to decide how to organize your font collection in a way that makes sense to you and your workflow. Instead of placing all your fonts in the Windows Font directory, you can instead add those fonts to Suitcase Fusion. This lets you organize the fonts into libraries and sets to be able group them in a way that makes sense to you. Only need a font for a single project? You can add that font temporarily to Suitcase Fusion so that it is automatically removed when you reboot your computer.
- By trimming out the non-required fonts installed in the Windows Font directory, you will be reducing the time it takes for your system to startup and speed up the launching of applications.
If you’re interested in giving Suitcase Fusion a closer look, we’ve got a fully functional 30-Day Free Trial so you can give it a test run.
When trying out Suitcase Fusion, here are 5 things you should be sure to check out:
Tip 1: Font Adding and Activation
By utilizing Suitcase Fusion, you can be assured your font collection will always be available whenever you need it. By storing your fonts in the Suitcase Fusion vault, all your fonts will be scanned to make sure they are not damaged. When it comes time to add new fonts, it is as simple as adding them to a library within Suitcase Fusion! You have the ability to organize your fonts in a way that makes the most sense to you, either by customer, client or activity.
Tip 2: Font Previewing
With Suitcase Fusion, you can easily preview a font without the need to activate it or use it in a document. Suitcase Fusion supports a number of different preview modes that allow you view a font quickly and easily. With QuickMatch, you also have the ability to preview a font against other fonts in your collection to find similar typefaces. This is especially handy if you want to try something new for a design and already have a idea of where to start but just need some inspiration.
Tip 3: Automatic Font Activation
Suitcase Fusion provides you the ability to automatically activate fonts within your documents. When using apps like Adobe Photoshop or QuarkXPress, you can rely on the auto-activation feature within Suitcase Fusion to accurately and quickly activate the exact font used in the document. When you add fonts to Suitcase Fusion, we generate a Font Sense ID for that font, a unique identifier, that will allow Suitcase Fusion to always activate the right font every time.
Tip 4: Duplicate Fonts
There are a lot of fonts out there, with hundreds of thousands of fonts there are bound to be duplicates. Fonts with the same PostScript name are considered to be duplicate fonts by the OS. With Suitcase Fusion, you can add and manage your duplicate fonts so if multiple projects use different versions of Helvetica, you can be sure you can activate the font you need when you need it.
Tip 5: Font Troubleshooting
Like any other kind of file on a computer, your fonts can become damaged. When adding fonts to Suitcase Fusion, it will scan and detect any fonts that have become corrupted and no longer function correctly.
Windows Font Management Best Practices
For even more Windows font management info, grab a copy of our Windows Font Management Best Practices Guide. The guide provides detailed information about all the ways font management can help you get your work done on Windows.