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Universal Type Server FAQs

Friday July 11th, 2008 by Cindy Valladares

Universal Type Server font management from ExtensisHere at Extensis we’re pretty excited with the release of Universal Type Server. This brand new server-based font management is fast, flexible, powerful and very user friendly. I love to demo the product — since we use modern architecture and the latest technology out there (like Adobe Flex), it shows off really nicely.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been giving many presentations to press, existing customers and potential buyers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

  1. Is Universal Type Server cross-platform?
    Yes, both our server and client software will run in a Windows or Macintosh environment (Windows client coming in Summer ’08).
  2. How will you handle font corruption and repair?
    Type Server comes with pre-built functionality to prevent font corruption and perform font repair. No rogue or orphaned fonts will be added to the server.
  3. What are your system requirements?
    System requirements and other important information are specified in the Technical Info tab of the Type Server Professional and Type Server Lite pages.
  4. I’m a current customer, do you have upgrade options?
    Yes, current Font Reserve Server and Suitcase X1 Server under annual service agreements (ASA) will obtain the product at no extra charge. If you’re not under ASA, or have our standalone products (Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase for Windows), you are eligible for special pricing. Please contact your sales manager to help you with your specific needs.
  5. Can Universal Type Server help me with font license compliance?
    Type Server comes with several options to help you be compliant with end user license agreements of the foundries. A user with permissions can enter license information such as vendor, cost, PO#, number of licenses, purchase date and any additional data you may want to track. That information can later be applied to selected fonts meeting that criteria. Smart sets (like Playlists on iTunes) can be saved to track fonts under that category. With the flexible user settings of Universal Type Server, an administrator can also allow/restrain users from adding/deleting fonts to the server, giving administrators more control over which fonts enter the corporate workflow. And lastly, your environment can be organized in different workgroups (mini-databases of fonts and users) to only give the right fonts to the right people.

If you haven’t seen Universal Type Server in action, we’re holding live demos every other week, where you can have an opportunity to ask your own questions. You can sign up for these or view the on-demand recorded demo at our webcast series page.