Update: Friday, November 16, 2012. New Fontcase release imminent.
Received an email from Pieter Omvlee. An update for Fontcase has happened, but is being held up in Apple’s review process.
Due to Sandboxing issues, we need slightly more permissions than Apple seems willing to give us.
You can however download a beta directly from their site: www.bohemiancoding.com/fontcase/beta
The beta fixes issues in font activation, makes Fontcase work (and look) better on Retina Macs and has more general fixes and improvements overall.
Plus we get some reassurance on their commitment to Fontcase development:
Lately Sketch has taken up most of our time, but we haven’t forgotten about Fontcase at all; we’re still committed to continue improving it.
I’ve worked as a commercial graphic designer for 14 years. I started out designing print ads for real-estate agents with Quark XPress. I now design web apps for mobile devices. Woop-de-dah.
Regardless of the medium I’m designing for, I need Frank (pictured).
Frank is the quiet little subordinate dude. He’s always pushing his glasses up his nose. He shies away from conversation. I’m not sure he even has a personality, but that’s cool. Because he does his job real well. Quietly. Reliably. The stuff you need is always there when you need it.
The first Frank I had came from a place called Extensis Suitcase. Excellent for years before he got a bit old and senile. We had to get rid of him.
Then the new replacement Frank showed up, he came from Linotype Font Explorer. He really gave it his best shot in the beginning. Okay he was a bit uptight, but Employee of the Month six times running? Sheesh. You can’t beat that can you.
Then something happened, some cracks started to show in Frank’s professional veneer. To be honest his customer service was always a bit off. Then it all came to a head when I caught him trying to shag the photocopier at the 2011 Christmas Party. We had to let him go.
The new Frank showed up. He’s from a place called Bohemian Coding. His friends call him Fontcase.
This Frank’s got style. Cambridge bow ties and a lovely Argyle sock collection. He started out so amazing. Quietly. Reliably. Everything was always there when I needed it.
But it’s what’s inside that counts, and I’ve got to say Frank, you’ve let me down. You’ve developed a habit of breaking my concentration. I find myself having to help you with your own petty issues instead of solving my own creative problems. All I need is someone to go about their job and get it done without any fuss. If you did your job well I might even be happy to turn a blind eye if you enjoy the occasional stick-your-jolly-roger-in-an-office appliance thingy.
I want to believe in you Frank. I certainly can’t go back to the old Franks. When I mailed you explaining these issues, your assistant replied (bold italics mine):
From: Pieter Omvlee
Subject: Various bugs in Fontcase
There are known bugs in Sketch and we are working on an update to fix them. 2.1.2 is waiting for review and after that we might get round to fixing these.
My apologies for the inconvenience.
Not cool Frank. I had no idea you were working a second job. I need you 100% on my font management. You “might get around to fixing” my issues? What the hell am I paying you for?
So let’s get this straight. Are you still committed to font management? Should I wait around for you to lift your game, or go and find another Frank while you fret about your second job? Are they cool with your photocopier thing?
C’mon Frank, square with me.