Extensis Announces Universal Type Server at Macworld Expo
Macworld Conference and Expo, SAN FRANCISCO, CA., January 15, 2008 — Extensis, a brand of Celartem Inc., today announced Universal Type Server, its next generation server-based font management solution for both Macintosh and Windows environments. Universal Type Server will benefit creative professionals, workgroups and IT administrators alike by offering three editions of the solution: Universal Type Server Lite, Professional and Corporate editions. Extensis will be showcasing Universal Type Server at its Macworld Expo booth #1020 this week.
Universal Type Server is Extensis’ next generation font server capable of handling all font-related issues that may arise while working in font-intensive workflows. Universal Type Server provides an easy-to-use and intuitive tool for creative users and a robust, scalable and flexible solution for IT administrators. Universal Type Server offers:
- Simple server and user administration via web-based applications
- Stable and fast Java-based server with a secure SQL backend
- Active directory integration
- Support for both Mac and Windows clients independently or simultaneously
- Support for mobile users: administrators can work from anywhere; users can go ‘offline’ and still access the fonts they need
- Font license tracking
- Fast type activation
- Fast, customizable previews driven by Apple’s Core animation technology
- Automated organization of font libraries via classification, foundry, file type, custom keywords, etc.
- Elegant, intuitive client interface
- Native support for Intel-based and PPC-based Macs
- Font Sense powered auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS3/CS2 and XTensions for QuarkXPress 6.5/7
“Universal Type Server is more than just a combination of our popular Suitcase and Font Reserve Server products.” said Martin Stein, Extensis Vice President of Products and Services. “It was built from the ground up, utilizing the most up-to-date technologies and open architecture platforms. We’ve combined the strengths of both existing products while adding reliability, stability, greater performance and improved scalability, as well as cool new features, all within a new and modern architecture. This is the most significant font management product ever developed by Extensis.”
Universal Type Server will support Extensis’ patented Font Sense technology offering users the ability to automatically activate the exact versions of fonts used in a document when that document is opened. Unlike basic auto-activation, Font Sense works seamlessly to allow for a deep level of font analysis instead of simply selecting and activating the first font with the same PostScript or font menu name. Font Sense avoids silent font substitution, incorrect glyphs, text re-flows, and layout issues, resulting in greater efficiency and automated workflows.
Universal Type Server Lite – Designed to be robust yet affordable, this edition allows customers to use up to 10 concurrent connections. The Lite edition is ideal for smaller creative workgroups or design firms that need to have access to and share fonts.
Universal Type Server Professional – Is the natural upgrade edition for existing Suitcase Server X1 and Font Reserve Server customers. The Professional edition allows up to 250 concurrent connections and is an ideal and affordable solution for mid-size organizations that do not require external databases.
Universal Type Server Corporate – Is ideal for large corporate workgroups. It allows for more than 250 concurrent connections and includes Active Directory and External Database (MS SQL 2005) functionality.
Pricing and Availability
Universal Type Server is currently beta testing and is expected to ship in Spring 2008. Universal Type Server and all clients will be available free-of-charge to existing customers under a current Annual Service Agreement (ASA). Pricing for all versions, including upgrades, will be announced prior to product availability.
Universal Type Server will be available in English, French and German.
For information on where to purchase the Universal Type Server family of products visit http://www.typeserver.com
Universal Type Server will support Mac OS X v10.4, 10.4 Server, 10.5 or 10.5 Server; G5 or faster processor; 1 GB RAM; 250 MB Hard Drive space + space for fonts; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.
Universal Type Server will also support Windows 2000 Server, Server 2003, XP Professional; P4 or faster processor; 1GB of RAM; 250 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.
Universal Type Client for Macintosh will support Mac OS X v.10.4 or 10.5; 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; 256 MB RAM; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.
Universal Type Client for Windows will support Windows XP Professional or Vista P4 or faster processor; 256 MB RAM 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7; Microsoft .NET 2.0 for Windows XP installations.