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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by ngcomputing, Mar 20, 2005.
Any advantages of using Adobe Type Manager vs Font Book in OS/X 10.3.x?
I've never heard of Adobe Type Manager, but whatever it is, it gotta be better than Font Book. Font Book blows at managing fonts - it chokes up if you put too many fonts in it. Yeah, sure even Windows chokes if you put in something like 500+ fonts, but Font Book chokes if you only have 100 fonts or something.
But I'd think about holding off on buying anything, Tiger ought to bring improvements to Font Book, and maybe it'll be worth your time then.
Adobe never made a version of ATM or ATM Deluxe for Mac OS X. From Adobe's point of view, ATM's main purpose was for font rendering, and font management was a secondary use. In Mac OS X, fonts render wonderfully so Adobe dropped the product for Macs.
The last version was 4.6 for Mac OS 8/9.
Have you considered Suitcase?
Aaah, ATM... R.I.P.
Fontbook is OK for many people but if you're pro try Suitcase X1.
Found it here, ATM Deluxe, the system requirements states that it supports OS/X.
No, it doesn't. It will run in Classic for Classic apps...
Forget it, it's a dead app.
Siutcase X1 blows fontbook away.
Yep...no ATM for OSX
Mac OS version 8.1 through 9.2.2
16 MB of RAM for ATM Deluxe; 8 MB of RAM for Adobe® Type Reunion® Deluxe
10 MB of available hard-disk space for ATM Deluxe (73 MB required for custom language installation)
3 MB for Adobe Type Reunion Deluxe (53 MB required for custom language installation)
The link you see that says Mac OS X support was originally there saying why they dropped ATM for Mac OS X and suggesting other applications for it's customers (I recall Adobe suggesting Suitcase originally).
The thing is, ATM Deluxe 4.6 was release back in 1999 (shortly after Mac OS 9 as people quickly found out that 4.5 would cripple a system using Mac OS 9). The system requirements page for ATM hasn't been updated in years while that Mac OS X support link has moved on with the rest of the Adobe product line.
Hope that clears it up a little.
If you are using Mac OS 9 as your primary work environment, I highly recommend ATM Deluxe. I found it much more stable and easy to use than the Mac OS 9 version of Suitcase (which still required ATM to be installed to work correctly).
Is Font Reserve a good alternative to FONT BOOK?
Or should I buy Suitcase.
I tried font reserve, but didn't like the interface at all....I was extremely confused by that program.
If you've used ATM before, Suitcase is pretty easy. Even if you haven't, it's easy to learn.
I would recommend Suitcase over Font Reserve any day.