Font Auto-Activation -


What is Font Auto-Activation?

Auto-activation offers you the ability to automatically activate or "turn on" the exact versions of fonts used in a document when that document is opened. With auto-activation, there's no need to manually search for, find and activate or deactivate fonts.

The difference between auto-activation in font managers

Basic font managers – like Apple’s Font Book™ — can be adequate if you work with a very limited number of fonts infrequently. If you work with professional design tools you need a professional font manager. Whether you use Adobe® Creative Cloud™ applications such as Illustrator®, InDesign®, Photoshop®, InCopy® After Effects® or QuarkXPress®, you're sure to save time by using a professional font manager.

Suitcase Fusion™, Suitcase TeamSync™, and Universal Type Server® give a professional level of precision through the use of plug-ins and background applications, providing enhanced control that a basic font manager can't.


The Font Sense™ technology built into Suitcase Fusion and the Universal Type Client provides precise font identification. This patented technology fingerprints each font as it is added to the collection. When a font is used in a document, the auto-activation plug-ins record Font Sense data in the document, so the next time the document is opened, the precise fonts necessary for that document are activated.

Learn more about Font Sense

Plug-In Support For Adobe and Quark

Seamlessly auto-activate your fonts in Adobe Creative Cloud applications including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop as well as QuarkXPress on Windows or macOS.

Adobe Creative Cloud application support includes:

  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • After Effects

QuarkXPress is also supported with font auto-activation plug-ins.

See this page for a complete list of supported applications.

Plug-in Based Auto-Activation

Auto-Activation plug-ins and XTensions for Adobe and Quark® applications provide advanced activation features to ensure that the exact fonts used in a document are activated.

Plug-ins also provide font family-level activation and deactivation as well as the ability to pick the best match when the identical font cannot be located. Plug-in based auto-activation continues to work even if the font management application is closed.

Font Management Products