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Extensis Offers Free Illustrator Plugin for Mac

New software supports Suitcase 10 and FontSync By Dave Nagel
Extensis has announced it will release a free Suitcase plugin for Adobe Illustrator that automatically activates fonts used in Illustrator documents.

The plugin ensures that any time an Illustrator file is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated. The plugin will be free of charge to registered Suitcase 10 users and will be available in August through the Extensis Web site at

"Automatic font activation is extremely useful to creative professionals," said Michael Wong, Suitcase product manager, in a prepared statement. "But what's really important to Illustrator users is to make sure that the same font gets activated every time they open a file. By incorporating Apple's FontSync technology into this plugin, Extensis equips Illustrator users with a font management solution that ensures the correct font will be activated every time."

FontSync, built into Mac OS 9 and above, provides a way to identify fonts beyond the font name. Identification is based on the content of the font, such as whether or not the font is Postscript or TrueType, what the kerning has been set to and which ligatures it includes.

The English version of Suitcase 10 is now shipping and available from Extensis for $99.95 for the full product, $49.95 for upgrades from other Suitcase versions. Competitive upgrades are also $49.95. The Adobe Illustrator plug-in is free to all registered users of Suitcase 10. Suitcase 10 Server is available from Extensis for $999.95, including five free copies of Suitcase 10 for Macintosh. French, German and Japanese language product will be available in August 2001.

Suitcase 10 will support Macintosh Operating System 8.6 through 9.1. The plugin requires Adobe Illustrator 8 or 9. For more information, visit

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