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Typograph vs. Extensis Suitcase- Fred?

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by Gene@mpls, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    Blaine, Mn
    I do not have either of these- it looks like there is some overlap? It seems
    that I have heard you say that you keep your fonts on a server- is this to
    sync the fonts on several 'puters / programs? I have been using Font Reserve
    on each computer and it is getting to be too much for an old ****:Sleeping: .
    I use win98se and XPpro OS on 6 computers BTW.

    I also am looking for a program to convert T1 fonts to TTF (long story-
    trying to get Flexi 5.x to work on XP- it won't see my T1 fonts)- are you
    familiar with one?

    I am driving from Ft Myer to Key West again in a couple of weeks- might
    come back on your coast- I would love to see your shop if it works for both
    of us. Gene

    gROUND cHUCK Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    A good font converter to use is crossfont http://www.asy.com/scrcf.htm
    There is also FontLabs TransType pro. http://www.fontlab.com/FontConverters/TransType/

    But you shouldn't convert them to TTF you should convert them to OTF (ps flavor)

    Postscript fonts use the Bézier curve, which is clean, all the info is based on the type of node and all the math and angles are stored in the node.

    Truetype fonts work with B-spline, which takes more info. It has to store the info of each node and (separately) the math of the lines between the nodes.

    Opentype can be ether, truetype or postscript. There called flavors.
    Truetype flavor will have the extension TTF with the opentype icon
    and the PS flavor will have the extension OTF with the opentype icon.
  3. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida
    I've used crossfont for a few years and would highly recommend it for conversions. I do a lot of prepress work and it has been invaluable.
  4. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    Blaine, Mn
  5. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    I would suggest that you download the 30 day trial version of typograf and give it a spin. The only limitation on it is that it lacks some printing featues and does not include the help files. I would suggest you also see what sort of trial Extensis offers for Suitcase.

    I use Typograf primarily for handy and quick typeface comparison and could care less about font management. I just load what I need and delete when I'm done. My font files are kept on a network drive at this point doing the same job as the old retired file server. It is simply an archival storage that all workstations can pull from.

    I have no particular recommendation on a font converter. Because I have a Mac and a licensed copy of Fontographer for it, I do all my font conversions there. Just what I'm used to using.

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