The Chronicle

The Chronicle Saves Countless Hours with Universal Type Server

Industry: Printing & Publishing

Product Line: Server Based Font Management


Where they started…

Holding the seat as the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for the education and philanthropic sectors, The Chronicle produces the “go-to” sources for these markets- The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Maintaining the leadership position requires developing the best online and print content in the industry.

With content come fonts… and at The Chronicle, they use a lot of them.

Prior to implementing a font management solution, The Chronicle IT team loaded fonts on each individual machine. When they purchased a new font, they had to load the font on every workstation in the office. This required coordinating the installation with the user, often requiring IT to work over lunch or after hours. With 80 users across four departments, this was a tedious, time-consuming operation.

Over time, it took its toll. So they decided to put an end to it and went in search of a font management solution.

What they did…

Being involved in academia, The Chronicle team naturally “read up” on the topic.  They needed to find a system that would:

  • Centralize their fonts into a single, secure location, ensuring that everyone on the team has access to the same licensed fonts
  • Manage multiple font collections for different types of workgroups, while providing efficient user access
  • Integrate into a cross-platform environment
  • Offer easy server configuration and management for the IT group

Testing the Extensis font management products, The Chronicle found a good match for their font distribution and management needs. Proceeding in with a full implementation and deployment across the organization, Universal Type Server currently runs on a Mac Mini that serves 80 users.

Where they landed…

By deploying Universal Type Server, The Chronicle has:

  • Saved countless hours with the ability to quickly load fonts onto a single server, and easily manage access for both Mac and PC users from this central location.
  • Created different groups of users based on their needs, offering different font sets for different users and user groups. 
  • Streamlined the process for IT, allowing the team to focus in on other priorities.

With Universal Type Server, font management is no longer an arduous task. And IT is happy to report fonts are no longer keeping them after hours.

Where they’re headed…

For the future, The Chronicle plans to continue expanding their font collection, adding new fonts to Universal Type Server to ensure fast, reliable access for everyone in the creative workflow. As The Chronicle grows, they will add new users to the server to get them up and running quickly.