|San Francisco, CA — March 4, 2003 — DiamondSoft Inc. today announced the availability of a significant update to Font Reserve Server, the company’s award-winning font management system for workgroups.
Font Reserve Server 1.6 introduces client software for Mac OS X, while continuing to provide font management for Mac OS 9 and Classic environments. To help administrators address the challenges of managing fonts in users’ many System Fonts folders — especially in Mac OS X — the update provides sophisticated system font handling.
Version 1.6 also adds system-wide automatic font activation and allows administrators to activate fonts on client systems. Font Reserve Server 1.6 is available today and free to all customers who purchased it within the last six months (since Macworld New York, July 2002). For more information about upgrade pricing, visit cde.extensis.com.
“As publishers start to adopt Mac OS X as the de facto standard in publishing, we are right there, providing for all their font management needs,” says Brian Berson, president and founder of DiamondSoft. “With the introduction of our Mac OS X server product last year, and now with the Mac OS X client, we address all the challenges and opportunities of using fonts in this new publishing environment.”
What’s New in Font Reserve Server
Lauded with a Macworld Eddy upon its initial release, Font Reserve Server has for two years now combined its administrative controls over users, workgroups and permissions with the power of its unique font database. This update boasts a clean, sleek, new client interface to ensure that the user experience is seamless and intuitive. In addition, improved server architecture provides the processing power at the enterprise level to jump start speed, improve concurrency and deliver better throughput.
Enhancements in version 1.6 are targeted to improving administrative controls and easing users’ workflows while maintaining a flexible, customizable system. New features include the ability to:
- Manage fonts in Mac OS X with the revamped Font Reserve Client application. The client now supports Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar) along with Mac OS 9.1 and 9.2.
- Activate fonts simultaneously for both Mac OS X and Classic applications via the Classic Activator to maintain your publishing workflow.
- Activate fonts automatically as documents are opened in most Mac OS X applications. Updated Font Sense plug-ins for high-end publishing applications — including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXPress — continue to guarantee absolute font fidelity.
- Specify the fonts allowed in users’ System Fonts folders to prevent confusion and font conflicts. This no-risk feature knows which fonts are required by Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and Classic, so the administrator is never in danger of moving necessary fonts.
- Set user permissions to specify how each user’s system fonts are handled. This allows users with special needs to use additional system fonts while preventing other users from using incorrect fonts.
- Allow the administrator to specify font sets that automatically and permanently activate when users connect. The administrator can keep certain fonts active on client systems without any action or interference from the users.
- Use fonts in OpenType, Windows TrueType and Apple dfont formats in addition to all the standard Macintosh font formats.
- AppleScript the connection process in addition to all other features of the client and server applications.
True Client-Server Features
An outgrowth of DiamondSoft’s groundbreaking flagship product, Font Reserve Single User, Font Reserve Server is the only true client-server font manager on the market. The product works by consolidating all the fonts in the company into a database and providing users with access via the local network or the Internet. Significant features include:
- Users and Workgroups: To control font access, an administrator divides fonts into workgroups for specific positions or projects, then assigns users to the workgroups. Workgroup permissions control whether users can add, delete or activate fonts. User permissions control font management activities such as sharing font sets with a workgroup.
- Database Integrity: As with single-user Font Reserve, the database provides a clean, hierarchical structure for font files, prevents font corruption and collects font information such as type, version and foundry to help differentiate multiple versions of the same font.
- License Tracking: To prevent unlicensed fonts from slipping into a workflow, administrators can tag fonts with license information. Color coding makes unlicensed fonts immediately apparent. To ensure compliance with font licenses, administrators can set up workgroups that restrict font access.
- Keywords: Users can tag incoming fonts with keywords to track fonts by customer, job and more. This indispensable searching and sorting information makes it clear where a font came from and why you have it.
- Universal Access: Administrate the system from any client application anywhere at anytime. Live updates offer users continuous access to new fonts and changes in permissions, guaranteeing that users are always accessing the correct fonts.
- Feature-Rich Client: The intuitive client application makes it easy for users to find, preview, create sets, activate and sort fonts any way they want. The wealth of information collected by Font Reserve Server provides insight into a font’s version, class, foundry and more. In addition, the built-in Character Map and Key Caps features provide instant access to special characters within fonts.
- Platforms: The database runs on Mac OS X or Windows and communicates with Macbased clients over TCP/IP. Platforms for the server include Mac OS X v10.2, Windows 2000 and Windows NT; platforms for the client include Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X v10.2. A Windows client for Font Reserve Server is currently in development.
Who’s Using Font Reserve Server
Font Reserve Server users include major publishers, advertising agencies, educational institutions and retailers. As publishers consider the time and expense involved in managing fonts for a workgroup, they are increasingly embracing the solution provided by Font Reserve Server.