Extensis’ Suitcase Fusion 6 is a powerful font manager, but that’s not the only reason why you want to use this application instead of others. The killer feature that makes Suitcase Fusion 6 better than anything else is its designers’ support.
When I first reviewed Suitcase Fusion 6 I focused on its font management, but since then I’ve found that while its font management functionality is exceptionally good, the feature that really sets it apart is the way it supports design efforts. Suitcase Fusion 6 comes with a lot of little assistants to help you find the best font for the job.
The app has Floating Previews, Font Snapshots, QuickComp templates, Web View, Glyph View and of course Print Preview.
Floating previews are preview windows that act much like OS X’s QuickLook feature. The feature lets you tear off a font with the content that you define in Suitcase Fusion and then drag the Floating Preview to a layout or text document where you want to preview the font. Switch to the layout app and you’ll see the text appear in the font you selected, right there in the layout.
A Font Snapshot is just what it says: it’s snapshot of a font in PNG format with transparent background.
QuickComp templates live inside Suitcase Fusion 6. These are templates that represent common layouts for brochures, business cards and even tablet views. Although they may not fit your design one-on-one, they give a pretty good insight in what your layout will look like in grid-based layouts.
Web View is my personal favourite because I’m mostly dealing with websites. It’s simply awesome. You enter your own webpage’s URL in this view inside Suitcase Fusion, select text blocks and switch to different fonts. Here the app’s integration with Google fonts pays off brilliantly. Finally, Glyph View lets you compare different fonts’ glyphs side-by-side in their own large window.
Suitcase Fusion 6 really is a font’s best friend and not just for its robust management features but for its designer support as well.