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Suitcase Fusion v21 will update font vaults created in older versions of Suitcase Fusion. Sometimes, an older font vault can’t be updated successfully: it may have been upgraded multiple times from older versions of Suitcase Fusion, or it may have been damaged if Suitcase Fusion or the type core closes unexpectedly.
Below are some best practices for avoiding problems when upgrading from an older version of Suitcase Fusion.
Using TypeSync to recreate your font vault (SF7 through SF9 only)
Suitcase Fusion v18 (Suitcase Fusion 7) introduced TypeSync for both standalone and Suitcase TeamSync users.
When you enable TypeSync on your font library, Suitcase Fusion copies your font and set information to the Extensis servers; when you log in on another computer, Suitcase Fusion downloads your TypeSync libraries automatically. TypeSync libraries work across versions of Suitcase Fusion, so we can use use it to create a new font vault.
Note: TypeSync must be enabled before installing Suitcase Fusion v21. For more information, go to Creating a new library in Suitcase Fusion and setting up TypeSync.
- Open Suitcase Fusion and select your font libary from Local Libraries
- Choose File > TypeSync > Enable TypeSync (SF9 and SF8) or File > TypeSync > Enable Library Sync (SF7)
Suitcase Fusion converts the library into a TypeSync library and uploads the contents. If you have more than one local library, you must enable TypeSync for each one.
Exporting the fonts from your font vault (all versions)
You can export your fonts and sets from an older version of Suitcase Fusion, then import them into a new font library in Suitcase Fusion v21. This can also be used to migrate your Suitcase Fusion setup from one computer to another computer.
Note: This method does not preserve any custom styles, classifications, or keywords.
TeamSync and TypeSync cloud-based libraries don’t have to be collected out of the font vault; they will be recreated automatically. Local libraries have a dark gray folder icon in SF7, and older versions of Suitcase Fusion did not have cloud-based libraries.
- Open Suitcase Fusion
- Select your local font library
- Choose File > Collect Fonts for Output; you will be asked to select a location for the collected fonts
- Select your desktop and click Collect
Suitcase Fusion creates a Collected Fonts folder and place copies of your fonts inside. Rename this folder to “All Suitcase Fusion Fonts” for later.
This method can be used to collect sets, as well.
- Select a font set in your Font Library
- Go to File > Collect Fonts for Output
- Select your desktop again and click Collect. Suitcase Fusion creates another Collected Fonts folder, but the fonts are placed in a subfolder with the same name as the collected set.
Repeat these steps for each set you want to preserve. Once you are done, rename the Collected Fonts folder to “Suitcase Fusion Sets”.
Note: If you have more than one local library, the previous steps should be repeated for each library. Label your collected fonts and collected sets according to the library they come from. We recommend that you zip up copies of your collected fonts and sets and keep them in a safe place.
Installing the new version of Suitcase Fusion
Once you’ve finished preparing for the upgrade, you can remove the old version of Suitcase Fusion if you are upgrading on the same machine. For more information, go to Uninstalling Suitcase Fusion.
You may need an uninstaller for older versions of Suitcase Fusion:
- Suitcase Fusion 9 uninstaller
- Suitcase Fusion 8 uninstaller
- Suitcase Fusion 7 uninstaller
- Suitcase Fusion 6 uninstaller
Once the old version has been removed, you can install Suitcase Fusion v21 normally. When you log in to the new version of Suitcase Fusion, TypeSync will recreate any cloud-based libraries.
Recreating your font vault by hand
Drag your “All Suitcase Fusion Fonts” folder onto your Font Library to have Suitcase Fusion add the fonts the library. Once you have added the fonts, you can remove the “All Suitcase Fusion Fonts” set without removing the fonts from the font vault.
Open the “Suitcase Fusion Sets” folder and drag the set folders onto your Font Library. Suitcase Fusion will create sets with the same name as the folders, and add the fonts to their respective sets.