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Panpa Bulletin : April 2006
34 | PaNPa bUlletiN april 2006 SoftWare MatterS Extensis Suitcase Fusion I've been living on the edge the past two years. For several years I had been using Extensis Suitcase for font management. A couple of years ago, I loaded Diamond- soft (now Extensis) Font Reserve so I could review it for a column. Before I knew it, I was running two font management utilities at the same time! When you dem- onstrate newspaper technology in front of live audiences for a liv- ing, the last thing you can afford is a font that doesn't load when needed. After installing the sec- ond font management utility, I found that both Suitcase and Font Reserve had to be running for fonts to load correctly. Aarg! It was with much anticipation that I read a press release from Extensis concerning Suitcase Fusion, a font utility that merged Suitcase and Font Reserve into one application. My big ques- tion was "Will it work?" I would soon find out. I began by installing Suitcase Fusion, instructing the installer to import the information from my previous version of Suitcase. Next, I ran a utility to import my Font Reserve databases into Suitcase Fusion. After installa- tion, I ran into several issues. Most notable was the tendency of InDesign to crash without warning. After a couple of days spent restarting InDesign, I con- tacted the Extensis product sup- port area found at Extensis.com. It was a pleasant surprise when I received a response a short time later instructing me to clear the Font Vault in Suitcase Fusion and recreate my font list. Sure enough, Suitcase Fusion has worked perfectly since making the necessary changes. Suitcase Fusion's Font Sense technology ensures a smooth workflow by locating and acti- vating the exact fonts used in a document. This enables Suit- case Fusion to successfully mange multiple fonts with the same name while enhancing the capability of an application to activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense works in all Suitcase Fusion plug-ins and al- lows for true font identification within QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustrator documents. Currently available only on the Mac platform, Suitcase Fu- sion retails for $99US. An up- grade from Suitcase or Font Reserve is available for $49US. System requirements are con- siderable. They include a Mac with OS X 10.3.9 or higher, a G4 processor running at 1GHz or faster and 256MB RAM (512MB recommended). A free 30-day trial version can be downloaded from www.extensis.com. Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 Speaking of Extensis, they sold several of their Photoshop plug-ins to onOne Software recently. In addition, onOne picked up some other nice Photoshop plug-ins to add to its suite of products. The last time I reviewed Genuine Fractals, it was a product of LizardTech Software. Now up to version 4.1, Genuine Fractals Print Pro deserves another look. Genuine Fractals enables photographers and designers to create print-ready enlarge- ments from image files of any size or resolution. In previous versions there were some issues with Genuine Fractals that kept me from including it in my list of recommended products. For in- stance, I wasn't too crazy about the idea of having to save all my files in STN format. Now, Gen- uine Fractals works as a Pho- toshop plug-in, meaning I can save my files in any format I de- sire. Basically, Photoshop users select File>Automate>Genuine Fractals PrintPro and a window appears on the screen. The user is asked to determine the size and resolution of the final im- age. Does this mean you can sim- ply increase the size of a small image to make it print perfectly at a larger size? No. But it does mean you can increase the size of images with far better results than using Photoshop's bicubic resampling. You will find Genu- ine Fractals Print Pro a valu- able tool for increasing the size of screen images that need to be printed at an 85 or 100 line screen. It's also nice for those low resolution images, sent by readers, taken with inexpensive digital cameras. Genuine Fractals Print Pro is available on both Windows and Mac platforms. System require- ments include Windows 2000 or XP, Adobe Photoshop 7, 8 (CS) or 9 (CS2) and 512MB RAM. The Mac version requires OS 10.2 or higher, Photoshop 7, 8 or 9 and 512MB RAM. Genuine Fractals Print Pro retails for $299US. Up- grades from previous versions are $99US. onOne also offers Genuine Fractals 4.1 (not Print Pro version) for $159US. This version works with RGB im- ages, but not CMYK. Download a 30-day trial version of Genu- ine Fractals or Genuine Fractals Print Pro at www.ononesoft- ware.com. Kevin Slimp is the director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology in Knoxville, Tennessee. A fusion of fonts Kevin Slimp has a desk piled high with products to review. here are two of the more recent ones.