Font management with Dropbox and Suitcase

I’ve struggled with font management when using multiple machines in the past, but the sweet sweet combination of¬†Dropbox and Suitcase make all those problems go away.

Since I’m usually designing on 3 computers (laptop/work/home), I need to have all my fonts synced up to make sure I don’t have any issues when working on a project from multiple locations. This is where dropbox saves the day. I like to keep my fonts pretty organized, so I have them listed out in the following categories in my dropbox folder :

Whenever I get a new typeface, I make sure it’s in the right category and it will automatically¬†sync across all my other computers. Now say I reformat my home PC and I need to get all these organized like I had them before. The first thing I have to do is install Suitcase (which will look empty at this point because I’ve got nothing installed).

Now I simply just drag the categorized folders into my font library in suitcase, and it will automatically organize everything just like I have in my dropbox folder.

Another great part about this system is how easy it is to manage fonts that you’ve recently added to your library. Say I add 3 fonts into my dropbox folder at work for a project I’m doing, then can’t remember what the names of them are a week later when I’m trying to wrap up the project at home. All I have to do is drag over all the font categories from dropbox into suitcase and it will just add the files it sees as new. Then I can just open Photoshop or Illustrator and bam, the fonts get activated automatically.

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  2. David Levin    December 23rd, 2013 at 05:32pm

    Thanks for the tip! I use Dropbox to sync my fonts from my Desktop to my Laptop and it works very well! It’s too bad Suitcase Fusion doesn’t allow you to store the database in a shared location like a dropbox folder with relative links to the font files. Maybe someday. :)