RIT Receives Gift of Extensis Software

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., recently received gifts of Extensis Suitcase Fusion and Portfolio 8 software to support its Arts and Imaging Studies program.

The software, worth an estimated $13,000, provides professional design solutions for font management to assist design professionals. Whenever designers, desktop publishers, print media specialists, and Web designers or developers create a new document, it involves organizing dozens, sometimes hundreds, of “assets” such as type fonts, a huge array of files and file-types. Suitcase Fusion is specifically designed to handle the thousands of type fonts available in an organized and easily accessible manner. Portfolio 8 helps to organize all the assets used by designers.

“These very generous donations of Suitcase Fusion and Portfolio 8 are wonderful enhancements to our arts and imaging programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students,” John Cox, chairperson of NTID’s Arts and Imaging Studies Department, said. “These applications will allow students to become experienced in cutting-edge organization and the efficient use of fonts and other digital assets. As graphics professionals are well aware, this efficiency represents a significant savings of time and resources. As a result of these donations, our graduates will be better prepared to function effectively in the graphics workplace. We are very grateful to Extensis for this gift.”

Extensis is a software solutions company that allows creative workgroups and professionals to streamline their workflow and secure their brand by efficiently and effectively managing their creative assets and fonts. Extensis’ award-winning client/server and desktop products are used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies and include Suitcase, Suitcase Fusion, and Font Reserve for font management and Portfolio for creative assets management. Extensis was founded in 1993 and is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a division of Celartem, Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information, visit or call 1-800-796-9798.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and for providing unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where more than 1,100 students with hearing loss from around the world study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.