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I want to move my font vault for Suitcase Fusion for Mac OS from one computer to another

Description of Issue

I want to move Suitcase Fusion to a new Mac, or move my Suitcase Fusion font vault to a new user account on my existing Mac.

Description of Environment

This article applies to Suitcase Fusion 2 and later on all supported versions of Mac OS.

How to Resolve the Issue

The instructions below refer to the “source Mac” and “destination Mac”. These instructions can also be used to restore a backup of your font vault from Time Machine or third-party backup software, or to copy your vault between user accounts on the same machine. If you are moving Suitcase Fusion between user accounts, or restoring a font vault folder from a backup, the source Mac and destination Mac will be the same computer.

Suitcase Fusion 7 introduces TypeSync, a cloud-based syncing and storage feature. If you enable TypeSync in Suitcase Fusion 7 then your fonts and sets will be uploaded to the cloud. Any copy of Suitcase Fusion 7 you sign in to using your Extensis account will use TypeSync to download the fonts and set information automatically. The instructions below can be used if you are not using TypeSync, don’t have access to the internet, or must move your Suitcase Fusion 7 font vault by hand.

Suitcase Fusion 6 has a backup feature; you can use it to create a backup file that can be restored to another copy of Suitcase Fusion 6 or 7. For more information, see Archiving your Font Vault. The instructions below can be used if you are restoring your Suitcase Fusion 6 font vault folder from a backup, or can’t create a backup file for some reason.

Confirm the versions of Suitcase Fusion and Mac OS

If you are moving from an older mac to a newer Mac, or upgrading the operating system on your current computer, make sure that the version of Mac OS on the destination Mac is supported with the version of Suitcase Fusion you are installing.

Make sure that the version number of Suitcase Fusion on the destination Mac is the same as or greater than the version on the source Mac. We do not support using a font vault in an older version of Suitcase Fusion, even if the version number difference is minor: a vault created in Suitcase Fusion 18.2 is not supported in version 18.1.

You can go to your My Products page to get the latest installer for all of your registered versions of Suitcase Fusion. If you are installing Suitcase Fusion 6 or earlier, make note of your license key; you will need it after installing Suitcase Fusion.

Preparing the font vault on the source Mac

  1. Open Suitcase Fusion
  2. Go to Suitcase Fusion > Suitcase Fusion Preferences
  3. Click on the Type Core tab
  4. Note the location of the font vault under Font Vault Location; you will need this later
  5. Click “Stop Type Core”

When the type core has stopped, Suitcase Fusion will close. There is no Type Core tab in Suitcase Fusion 7; the Font Vault Location and Stop Suitcase Fusion Type Core button are on the General tab of Suitcase Fusion Preferences.

Go to the location of the font vault location from Suitcase Fusion Preferences; by default, this is /Users/username/Library/Extensis/Suitcase Fusion/. Control-click on the vault file, then select Compress “Suitcase Fusion.fontvault”. (Older versions of Mac OS will have a Create Archive From “Suitcase Fusion.fontvault” option instead.) Copy the zip archive to the destination Mac.

NOTE: In Mac OS X 10.7 and later the user’s Library folder is not visible in the Finder. To reach the Library folder, hold the Option key down and click on the Go menu in the Finder; there will now be a “Library” menu option with no keyboard shortcut.

The Library option in the Finder's Go menu is selected

Selecting “Library” takes you to the user’s Library folder.

Moving the font vault to the destination Mac

Unzip the zipped font vault from the source Mac.

  1. Install Suitcase Fusion if it is not already installed
  2. Open Suitcase Fusion; you will enter your license key for Suitcase Fusion 6 and earlier, while Suitcase Fusion 7 requires you to sign in with your Extensis account
  3. Go to Suitcase Fusion > Suitcase Fusion Preferences
  4. Click on the Type Core tab
  5. Note the location of the font vault under Font Vault Location; you will need this later
  6. Click “Stop Type Core”

When the type core has stopped, Suitcase Fusion will close. There is no Type Core tab in Suitcase Fusion 7; the Font Vault Location and Stop Suitcase Fusion Type Core button are on the General tab of Suitcase Fusion Preferences.

  1. Go to the location of the font vault location from Suitcase Fusion Preferences; by default, this is /Users/username/Library/Extensis/Suitcase Fusion/
  2. Drag the existing Suitcase Fusion.fontvault to the Trash and replace it with the copy from the source Mac.
  3. Open Suitcase Fusion; Suitcase Fusion will update the vault if needed, then you should see your Font Library, fonts, and sets

Cause of the Issue

The font vault holds the Suitcase Fusion database and copies of all of your fonts. In Suitcase Fusion 5 and earlier versions, you must move your font vault from your old Mac to your new Mac in order to retain all of your fonts and settings. Suitcase Fusion 6 has an archive feature makes migrating between Macs easier, and Suitcase Fusion 7 can use TypeSync to store your fonts and set information in the cloud.

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  • Topic #: 58278-1098
  • Date Created: 10/20/2015
  • Last Updated: 03/24/2017
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I want to move my font vault for Suitcase Fusion for Mac OS from one computer to another
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Topic 58278-1098

I want to move my font vault for Suitcase Fusion for Mac OS from one computer to another