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Extensis Ships New Suitcase Server and Suitcase 10.2 Client

Portland, Ore. — December 18, 2002 — Extensis today announced the release of a powerful new Suitcase Server and an update to the Suitcase client that previews, organizes and activates fonts. The new enhancements to the world’s best selling font management tools provide users with increased functionality such as additional auto-activation support in Mac OS X as well as a brand new version of Suitcase Server

The Suitcase client (version 10.2) is a free upgrade for registered Suitcase 10 users and both Suitcase 10.2 and Suitcase Server products are available now through the Extensis website at http://cde.extensis.com/suitcase.

“The release of these two new ‘updates’ to the Suitcase product line are a clear demonstration of Extensis’ commitment to provide our users with the ultimate set of font management tools,” said Craig Keudell, C.E.O. for Extensis. “Our Suitcase Server has been dramatically updated based on user feedback in order to provide a solution to the problems surrounding font management for workgroups of all sizes.”

Suitcase 10.2
Suitcase 10.2 is a free upgrade for registered Suitcase 10 users. New features included in this upgrade include additional system-wide auto-activation support in Mac OS X as well as AppleScript support in Mac OS X.

The auto-activation functionality allows users to simply open any document in a supported application and if the fonts needed for the document are not already active or available, Suitcase will activate the fonts for the user automatically. Supported applications in Mac OS X include:

  • Adobe GoLive 6
  • AppleWorks 6
  • BBEdit 6
  • CorelDraw Suite
  • FileMaker Pro 5 & 6
  • Final Cut Pro 3
  • iMovie 2
  • Microsoft Entourage v.X
  • Microsoft Excel v.X
  • Microsoft PowerPoint v.X
  • Microsoft Word v.X
  • Macromedia Freehand 10
  • Macromedia Fireworks MX
  • TextEdit

Additionally, Suitcase provides three auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign 2.0, Adobe Illustrator 10 and QuarkXPress 5 that utilize Apple’s FontSync technology and provide additional functionality.

Suitcase 10.2 users also have the advantage of utilizing added AppleScript support in Mac OS X. This feature allows users to automate Suitcase functionality for seamless integration into automated workflows.

Suitcase Server
The new Suitcase Server is more scalable and flexible than ever before. The Server runs on Mac OS X Server as well as Windows NT, 2000 and XP Servers. Currently users connect to Suitcase Server from a Macintosh running Suitcase 10.2 over TCP/IP. An updated Windows client will be available early in 2003 that will allow for cross-platform use and administration.

In addition, Suitcase Server adds the following new features:

    • Support for Users & Groups — Create individual users and assign them to a specific group or groups. Administrators have the ability to control access permissions for each user and what fonts they have access to.
    • Font License Tracking — Suitcase Server helps users manage font licenses and stay in compliance like no other solution available. Suitcase Server will keep track of font licenses and alert administrators if the number of users who have access to a font or fonts exceeds the license for that font.
    • Secure & Centralized Font Database — Suitcase Server keeps font files in a secure and centralized database. This database is available only via the new Suitcase Server administration tools so users are assured their fonts are safe and sound.
    • New Administration Tools — Suitcase Server now comes with an all-new set of tools to help users administer the server. Create users and groups, manage font licenses and designate access privileges for fonts and sets.
    • Cross-Platform Solution — Suitcase Server runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows server platforms, so no matter what a user’s preferred server platform is, Suitcase Server is available.
    • Cross-Platform Clients — Because Suitcase Server supports both Macintosh and Windows font formats, including OpenType & PostScript fonts, Suitcase Server is the ideal solution for workgroups that have a cross-platform workflow. Users of Suitcase for Macintosh or Suitcase for Windows can both connect to the new Suitcase Server. (Windows clients will be available early in 2003).
  • Remote Administration — Suitcase Server utilizes industry standard TCP/IP protocol in order to allow quick and easy remote administration. Administer the server from either the Macintosh or Windows Suitcase client. (Windows clients will be available early in 2003).
  • Continuous Updating — Workgroup members will always be able to keep up with any changes made on the server with the new Continuous Updating feature. Changes made by an administrator to font sets appear almost instantly to the users who have access to those fonts.
  • Fonts Are Always Available — Fonts from the Suitcase Server are always available to workgroup members so there’s no need to worry about workflow disruptions in the event of network downtime or for remote users who may not be connected to the server at all times.
  • Ease of Use — Even though Suitcase Server provides an incredible amount of control for workgroup font management, it is extremely easy to set up and use. The administration tools are just as powerful and intuitive as the features in the award-winning Suitcase client.

Linotype, one of the largest font libraries in the world, understands the particular font management challenges of designers and typographers, especially related to font licensing compliance issues.

“As Linotype offers more than 5500 fonts in its continuously enhanced library, we are pleased to recommend the exceptional functionality of Extensis Suitcase 10.2 client and server offerings in combination with our own Premium Product Linotype GoldEdition 1.7 to the thousands of partner designers and typographers we work with worldwide,” said Otmar Hoefer, director of product marketing, Linotype. “With new enhancements such as auto-activation and font licensing capabilities, we are excited to see Extensis offer such a robust feature set to meet the exacting font management needs of both individual and workgroup users.”

About Suitcase 10
Extensis Suitcase 10 is the best way to manage fonts. Packed with automated features that help preview, organize and activate fonts, Suitcase 10 makes it easy to find the right font fast. Activate only the fonts needed, preview fonts in several different ways, collect fonts for output, and create sample pages-Suitcase does it all. For additional information on new Extensis Suitcase 10, visit: http://cde.extensis.com/suitcase. For information on font management and Mac OS X, visit: http://cde.extensis.com/products/2d.html.

Pricing and Availability
The English version of Suitcase 10.2 is available now for free to registered Suitcase 10 users by download from the Extensis website. Suitcase 10.2 is available for a suggested retail price of $99.95US, and $59.95US for upgrades from previous versions of Suitcase.

The English version of the new Suitcase Server is available now by download from the Extensis website. Suitcase Server is available for a suggested retail price of $999.95US and includes five free copies of Suitcase 10.2. Upgrades from previous versions of Suitcase Server are available for a suggested retail price of $499.95US.

A Windows version of Suitcase 10 will be available early in 2003.

System Requirements
Suitcase 10.2 will support Macintosh Operating System 9.2.2 and Mac OS X (v 10.1.5 or higher) and requires a Macintosh PowerPC or equivalent, 45 MB of hard disk space and 32 MB RAM for Mac OS 9 and 128 MB RAM for Mac OS X.

Suitcase Server will support Macintosh Operating System X (v 10.1.5 or higher), Mac OS X Server (v 10.1.5 or higher) and requires a Macintosh PowerPC or equivalent, 10 MB of hard disk space and 128 MB RAM, and additional hard disk space to store fonts. Suitcase Server will also support Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, and requires a Pentium II or higher, 128 MB RAM, 10 MB of available hard disk space and additional hard disk space to store fonts.

 
 
About Extensis, Inc.
Extensis is a leading publisher of software and tools that extend the capabilities of creative professionals. Extensis’ award winning and industry standard products include: Suitcase for font management, Portfolio for asset management, PrintReady for preflight and file delivery, plug-in enhancements for Photoshop (Mask Pro, Intellihance, PhotoTools, PhotoFrame), and productivity enhancements for QuarkXPress (QX-Tools, QX-Effects, BeyondPress) Extensis was founded in 1993, by creative professionals for creative professionals, and is based in Portland, Oregon and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Celartem Technology USA Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information please visit our website at http://cde.extensis.comor call 1-800-796-9798.

About Celartem
Celartem Technology Inc. was established in 1996 to conduct research and development into storage and distribution technologies for digital images. It has developed, and sells VFZ technology, which allows digital images to be stored and distributed without any loss in resolution, and the Protected Archive Image Distribution System that allows digital images to be distributed over networks in a secure manner at original resolution. On December 11, 2001, Celartem was listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules Market (Hercules: 4330). Please visit http://www.celartem.com for more information

 
 
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