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When deciding how you implement a font server to manage and distribute your fonts, it’s important to identify who will use your fonts and how they will use them. Different team members play vital roles at various stages of the creative process and will work more effectively when they have tools that are right-fitted for their responsibilities. When roles and usage needs are better defined, you can ensure a cost-effective and productive implementation of your solution, while ensuring font compliance and brand consistency across your organization.
Alongside Universal Type Server, there are two ways different types of users can access and work with the fonts for available to the organization:
The Universal Type Client (UTC) is perfect for designers, publishers, and anyone who needs full access and control of a wide range of fonts from your organization’s collection. It has all the visual bells and whistles to inspire creativity with type, while supporting productivity.
For example, someone using UTC can:
The Type Core Client is a scaled down version of the full UTC, without its full user interface. It provides a streamlined and no-nonsense access needed to users who work on or with “created” content.
To match the role and responsibilities to the appropriate user profile in Universal Type Server, here’s some examples to guide you.
|Universal Type Client||Type Core Client|
|Graphic Designer (full-time, part-time, permanent, or contractor) creating pieces for clients and maintaining the files, including artwork and fonts|
|Software UI designer building user interface for software programs and applications|
|Prepress staff who receive files to be printed and need to ensure the right versions of the right fonts are available to the projects so they print correctly|
|Editor/proofreader reviewing content and layout of a publication for brand consistency|
|Sales, marketing, administration, and finance teams creating documents, in standard office applications, such as PowerPoint presentations, sales quotes, form letters, and annual reports, using corporate fonts for brand consistency|
|Executive staff presenting PowerPoint presentations using corporate fonts for brand consistency|
|Account and Project Managers coordinating project development and delivery between creative groups and clients—overseeing technical details, such as font usage, for brand consistency|
The 2 types of Universal Type Server clients can help right-fit our font management solution to your needs and budget.
|Universal Type Client||Type Core Client|
|Stay in sync|
|TurboSync, fast font synchronization|
|Access only approved fonts by user|
|Controls user font access|
|Prevents unlicensed font use|
|Active directory / open directory integration (LDAP)|
|Kerberos secure newtwork authentication|
|Activate fonts on demand|
|Browse and preview any font|
|Auto activate with plug=ins for adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, InCopy, After Effects and QuarkXPress|
|Preview any text with QuickType custom previews|
|Find similar fonts fast with Quickmatch|
|Group fonts into sets|
|Create dynamic 'smart sets'|
|Share sets with workgroup members|
|Cleans problematic font caches|
Amy Chan – Sr. Product Marketing Manager
Amy Chan is a tenured marketing leader with more than two decades developing brands, campaigns, and go to market strategies for a diverse spectrum of technology solutions. In her current role at Extensis, Amy leads the marketing initiatives for the company’s Digital Asset, Font, and Image Management lines of business. These solutions are used by creative teams and agencies across the globe, giving her an acute view into creative workflows, the challenges and needs of this community, and the important role technology can play in making productivity a competitive advantage. In her free time, Amy dabbles in travel, landscape, and food photography, gets lost in the rabbit hole of YouTube animal videos, and is attempting to make Instagram stars of her own tabby cat and Froston (French Bulldog + Boston Terrier), #Murph&Beans. She does also venture outside to garden and for casual bikes rides and event-hopping around the city.
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