Extensis Rescuing Suitcase
Extensis Corporation has announced an exclusive agreement with Symantec to take over development, distribution, and marketing of Suitcase, the venerable font management tool for the Mac OS. (See "Font Outfitters" in TidBITS 334 for a comparison of Suitcase 3.0 and MasterJuggler Pro 2.0.) Symantec originally acquired Suitcase with Fifth Generation Systems in 1993. Under Symantec’s management, Suitcase saw one major update to version 3.0 but has otherwise been ignored by the company. With this agreement, Suitcase may become one of the only products to escape Symantec’s gravity well. During the second quarter of 1999, Extensis plans to release its first update to Suitcase, which hopefully will resolve widely reported problems using Suitcase 3.0 with Mac OS 8.5. Neither Extensis nor Symantec have disclosed financial details of their agreement.