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We hear you! part 7: A peek at the Type Server architecture

When talking about our new Type Server, we get this question a lot: “What’s under the hood?”

Where do I start? As Mac OS X is to the world of operating systems, the new Type Server is shaping up to be the same for the font management world – a powerful product that is easy to use with a beautiful interface.

In general, the driving rule that every team member has followed during development is very simple, “Be a great IT citizen.” This means that all of the choices that we made along the way, from server traffic to ease of installation and setup all followed this rule.

In addition, the Type Server is being built from the ground-up using industry-proven technologies. This allows us to focus on what we know best: the business of managing fonts.

The server is a J2EE environment utilizing embedded SQL. But if you’re not a whiz, don’t let that scare you off. You don’t need a PhD in IT to install and use the Type Server. The installers are logical and easy to use, even if you don’t have an in-house administrator. With this in mind, here are the facts:

  • Modern server architecture: Open source foundation, JAVA-driven application server, web service enabled
  • Web-based administration (see screen shot below)
  • An Adobe FLEX application for user-management
  • SOAP-based communication (http/xml) between the client and server
  • Optional SQL database embedded on the server
  • Optional external databases: MSSQL, etc.
  • ACL-based permission
  • Active Directory integration
  • Enabled with server-based command line tools model.

Type Server Administration - Users page

If you’re intrigued, please be sure to visit us at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January. We will be showing off the new Type Server in the Extensis booth. Until then, stay tuned to Manage This for more info.

As always, if there is something you want to hear about, please drop me a line.