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I hesitate to ask, but do I really need font management software on my computer? I'm running the latest update of OS X Lion. I'm "new" to Macs, having switched in 2008. At that time, I bought Extensis Suitcase Fusion 2 and upgraded to 3 when they released it.
My memory is nothing but a confusion of fearfully trying to move the fonts they said I should by following the suggestions they made. Then, they were never ready after Adobe upgrades. Also, I was constantly finding my files missing or turned off somehow and I spent hours researching and troubleshooting issues and managing the app instead of the transparent effortless font management I expected it to provide.
Now, they've released v4. I've already upgraded to Adobe CS6 and I heard that the Suitcase Fusion is not able to work with that version.
Is font management a necessary evil, or can OS X Lion handle my fonts for me. I own most of Hoefler and Frère Jones typefaces and some others besides. I don't know if that qualifies as too many or as not even close to taxing OS X. I don't want to put up with the hassles I had with Suitcase Fusion 3 (and earlier). It made me want to reinstall the OS and start from scratch with only fonts Apple includes (and maybe a few others). What a horror that was.
And if I must install something, is there something better than Suitcase Fusion? If not, is 4 better than 3? I assume there is no work around if I do install 4 and it doesn't work with Adobe? That was also intensely annoying. Perhaps I should use 4 and not use the Adobe plug-ins?
I have a vague recollection that somewhere Hoefler made a comment about font management software in general (or Suitcase Fusion in specific?) perhaps in the sense that they were no longer needed and more problematic than helpful?
My apologies for the length of this post, but I'd really love to resolve this issue if possible.
Thank you so much for any advice!