Jim Kidwell

Joined over 5 years ago

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  • Posted to FontRapid - Design and create fonts directly in Sketch, Jan 15, 2018

    Interesting diversion. Not sure if there are many practical professional applications with font development though.

    I'd recommend checking out http://www.fontlab.com or https://glyphsapp.com/ if you really want to get into the font creation game.

    It takes a lot of skill and time to create a font worth using in a professional setting.

    0 points
  • Posted to Found this beauty, free alternative to Proxima Nova by @ChrisMSimpson, Nov 20, 2017

    That's funny as Proxima Nova for many many years has been a suitable alternate to Gotham.

    1 point
  • Posted to Star Trek Discovery opening titles by Prologue, Sep 27, 2017

    I think that the visuals are very impressive.

    The music is where it falls down for me. While it's not the 80s butt rock of Enterprise, it could have had more pep and inspirational feel to it. It was just so... meh. And I listened to it on headphones, which is even more intimate.

    Visually, it's stunning, so maybe redo the music and it'll be stellar.

    1 point
  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Chris Schnacky , Sep 19, 2017

    With Suitcase Fusion 7 we moved away from using Serial Numbers for installation. In place of this, we have an online verification system where you login to your Extensis account.

    Suitcase Fusion needs to connect to the online system once every 30 days.

    The vast majority of font management features function just fine without an internet connection. The one notable exception is TypeSync. This optional feature allows you to upload your fonts to the Extensis cloud. TypeSync libraries can then be synchronized to a second machine, or used as a backup to download your font collection to a new machine. Your fonts are only ever accessible to your account, so everything is safe and secure.

    Hope that this helps.

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  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Dove Langrove , Sep 19, 2017

    Yes, we have designed Suitcase Fusion to work with all different font types. Though you may not have been aware, there were even more font formats developed over the years (such as dfont, PostScript Multiple Master, TrueType Collections, and more) and we test Suitcase Fusion with all of them.

    One thing that I like to remind folks is that Fonts are the only type of software that you could have potentially licensed 20 years ago, and still be using today. While font technologies have only gotten better over the years, if all that you've got is a 20 year old version, why not use it?

    As long as the operating systems continue to support a font format, we will do our best to also support its use. So, if for example, Apple chooses to stop supporting PostScript fonts, we will be stuck, as we interface very deeply with the OS to support font activation.

    We will continue to do our best to support your desired creative workflows going forward. So yes, Dove, we've got you covered. Thanks for asking.

    2 points
  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Nice Shoes , Sep 19, 2017

    Glad that you're testing out a variety of font managers on the market.

    Since you've tried a number of them, I can say that we stand head and shoulders above the competition in a number of areas.

    First, I can assure you that we strive to be very quick to respond to changes in supported software – OS updates, changes in professional design software, etc. So, when Adobe releases a new version of their Creative Cloud applications, we will be right there with new font auto-activation plug-ins. Same goes for Apple and Microsoft. For example, when we see macOS High Sierra on September 25th, we will be ready. Keeping you up and running is our priority – no matter when you decide to upgrade.

    Second, we have a wide set of features that other applications don't have. Notably, this includes the TypeSync feature that allows you to sync your own personal fonts across two machines. When you license Suitcase Fusion, you get the rights to install it on up to two machines, and the TypeSync feature keeps those machines in sync via the free Extensis cloud. A side benefit to this is that even if you're only using TypeSync on one machine, it also acts as an automatic backup for your fonts. Drop your laptop into a river? Install Suitcase Fusion on your new machine and we will automatically download your entire font collection.

    Third, we've got a top notch support team, so if you do have any issues, we are here to help you get things resolved with an ever expanding online database of support, as well professional techs if you need them.

    I recommend checking out the Open Beta and seeing for yourself.

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  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Amy Chan , Sep 19, 2017

    We haven't set a specific end for the Beta period just yet.

    We want to ensure that we're getting good feedback from real-world usage, and sometimes that takes time.

    So, if you installed the Beta today, I would say that you'd have many weeks of use.

    Again, please share your feedback, thoughts and such with us. You can share your feedback with us on the Extensis forums. https://forums.extensis.com/c/beta-forum/suitcase-fusion-8-Beta

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  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Courtney Parkin , Sep 19, 2017

    Yes, if you are in a team that is using Suitcase TeamSync to keep all of your fonts in sync, Suitcase Fusion 8 will function well. You will be able to access all of your TeamSync shared font libraries, activate fonts, etc.

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  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Gallit Itzhaki , Sep 19, 2017

    That's a great question.

    FontBook is a great place for very basic font management on macOS. It's a decent for a few hundred fonts, but quickly gets cumbersome with larger collections.

    In Suitcase Fusion, we've had users who have added 90,000 fonts without issue. People are always testing the upper limits, and we haven't had an issue yet.

    What's also key in professional font management is font auto-activation plug-ins. These plug-ins come with Suitcase Fusion, and activate & deactivate fonts when they are required by a document. Plug-ins are available for Adobe Creative Cloud applications - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy and After Effects. If you have chosen QuarkXPress, we've got an XTension for you there.

    It's good to remember that with fonts, it's best to only have the ones that you need at the moment active. Too many fonts installed and active can cause issues with some application performance, and lead to endless font menu scrolling.

    Thanks for the question.

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  • Posted to AMA: We are the developers of the Suitcase Fusion font manager - Ask Us Anything, in reply to Steve Smith , Sep 19, 2017

    The Beta is open and available to anyone who might want to try it.

    Download it from the Extensis website here: http://www.extensis.com/suitcase-beta/

    We hope that you like it!

    Please shoot your comments our way. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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