Product Line: Server Based Font Management
The Languages and Documents Division at UNESCO looks after the organization’s design of reports, administrative papers and publications. The teams in this department consist of 80 people working in six different languages, including Russian and Arabic. However, the configuration of workstations of the unit could only install one language per computer and, in turn, only the fonts for that language.
In addition, Desktop Publishing is used InDesign and QuarkExpress, so different versions and additional plug-ins needed to be installed in order to manage all the languages. To circumvent these problems, the team tended to download new fonts, and sometimes without the proper certification.
To solve this problem for good, UNESCO turned to Universal Type Server. Originally deploying 40 clients, the software was operational immediately.
Hadi Faraj, Network Administrator for the Conferences, Languages and Documents Unit for UNESCO France, states: “The introduction of Extensis’ Universal Type Server has allowed us to organize, standardize and streamline our entire font management process. We have also become more efficient. The software is particularly user friendly. The set-up of a client takes us less than fifteen minutes, which represents a time saving of 70 percent.”
Universal Type Server makes 3000 fonts available on a single server, which has dramatically reduced technical problems. If there are any issues, another server is already configured and takes over without affecting the team’s workflow. In fact, fonts are installed on virtually all workstations, which prevents data loss during any outage or a change in position.
The new font system is also much simpler. IT problems are reduced by 80%, and thus any conflict or duplication is avoided.
Before the introduction of Universal Type Server, the installation of a font required two versions by postscript.
Today, every font is installed on the server and thus makes it accessible from all workstations. All fonts are Mac and PC compatible and can be used both for screen viewing and printing. In addition, Universal Type Server enables the purchase of original fonts directly from the foundry, enabling a 100% reduction in font compliance issues.
Having recently upgraded to Universal Type Server 4, the UNESCO team is focused on ensuring the team is fully utilizing the new features.
Faraj notes: “Compared to the previous version of the software, Universal Type Server 4 includes two particularly interesting new features for our team. First, Universal Type Server 4 is now compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud, which facilitates our creative work. Then the QuickCOMP option allows us to compare several models of fonts based on our models of pagination. Newsletters, brochures, books … it is the most suitable in the blink of an eye model.”