We hear you! part 6: Interface sneak peek
Let’s get right to it–Here’s the first peek at the end user interface for the new Type Server Client.
I do feel this doesn’t do it justice, after all, a font manager looks a lot like a font manager. It is what’s under the hood that makes the big difference.
For the end user, here’s the short list:
- Multi-face previews combined with QuickType. You can even set preview point size by line. Plus, previews are even better and faster than Suitcase Fusion.
- Smart sets: save your search criteria as a set and the smart set will automatically find the fonts for that set- dynamically- each time the set is selected.
- Search on multiple criteria. Can’t remember the name of that typeface? Then narrow-in by searching on what you know:
- OpenType + Humanist sans + Adobe = whoops, there it is.
- Granular font information. You can see file type, date added and by whom, version number, unique Font Sense ID, workgroup, classification, etc.
- Type Server auto-classifies your fonts when they are added- style, foundry, etc. And yes, you can also add your own custom keywords, as well.
- Highly accurate activation with unique Font Sense ID’s.
- Activate either the entire family or just individual faces.
- My favorite fine-tuning thingy: adjust preview size on the fly with the preview size slider (see bottom right of the screen shot above).
- Did I mention ‘faster’?
If you want to see the new Type Server in action, come check out our booth at Macworld Expo in January. We will be showing the new Type Server on the floor. If you don’t have tickets yet, stay tuned to Manage This. We’ll be giving away tickets to the exhibit floor as we get closer.
There is a lot more to show before then, however. Next up: we’ll talk about what’s under the hood for administrators- and a UI sneak peek for IT types is right around the corner.
As always, let me know if there is something you want to see.
(*This is Alpha, so I make no promises that things won’t change a bit between now and then. After all, this is software.)