Extensis® Universal Type Server® 2.0 Font Server Upgrade Delivers True Active Directory and Open Directory Integration
|PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2009 – Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced Universal Type Server 2.0 Professional and Lite. Universal Type Server 2.0 Professional is the only server-based font management solution that offers secure and dynamic integration with Microsoft’s Active Directory and Apple’s Open Directory. This functionality will be available to new and existing Type Server Professional customers at no additional cost for a limited time—a $3500 value.
“The Directory Integration Module offers administrators the easy user management they need in today’s fast-paced work environments,” said Brian Berson, General Manager at Extensis. “This goes far beyond the LDAP functionality available in the market. We’re excited to offer our customers a secure way to simplify and automate user management.” Users on both Mac OS X and Windows benefit from “single sign-on,” leveraging Kerberos secure network authentication, providing an end-to-end solution for client deployment.
Universal Type Server 2.0 has new font license compliance capabilities: using a simple web interface, administrators can tell if their fonts are compliant with their licenses. “Font access reporting, along with the ability to control system font folders, ensures maximum license compliance,” said Thomas Phinney, Senior Product Manager for Font Solutions at Extensis. Through the new system font management feature, Universal Type Server prevents users from installing unlicensed or unapproved fonts directly into the system font folders of the operating system, thereby circumventing the font management system.
With this release, Extensis builds on its commitment to industry standards and proven open source technologies to deliver the best flexibility and performance. A new optional External Database Module, supporting Microsoft SQL Server, will offer increased scalability for demanding environments.
The new version of the Type Client provides Mac and Windows users with an improved experience, including the ability to view all glyphs of a font and print font previews. Users can also “tear-off” a font preview and float it on top of any document to easily compare fonts in any application. With this release, Extensis also provides faster font auto-activation for more applications, with Mac and Windows plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator® and InDesign® CS2, CS3 and CS4, as well as QuarkXPress® 7 and 8.
Universal Type Server is the only client/server font management solution that maintains one true source of data, offering a live, collaborative system. All fonts and font metadata, including classifications, keywords, and regrouped families, are stored in a central location on the server, available to users automatically. Supporting Macintosh and Windows systems on both the server and client, Type Server allows organizations to manage users and fonts for compliance and consistency, as well as centrally store, update and control type libraries for efficiency and security.
Pricing and Availability
Universal Type Server is expected to ship in June 2009. Extensis will begin taking pre-orders for the product immediately. Migration pricing for current FontReserve Server, Suitcase Server, and volume license customers is available. Universal Type Server 2 upgrade, client access license upgrades and the new Directory Integration Module will be available free-of-charge to existing Universal Type Server Professional customers under a current annual service agreement (ASA). In addition, the Directory Integration Module will be offered free of charge for all new Universal Type Server 2.0 Professional customers through the end of 2009. Pricing for all versions, including upgrades, will be announced prior to product availability.
Universal Type Server will be available in English, French and German.
For more information on Universal Type Server family of products, visit cde.extensis.com/typeserver.
About Universal Type Server
Design, print and publishing businesses face many challenges managing their font workflows for consistency, compliance and efficiency. Universal Type Server is the world’s leading client/server font management solution that handles all font-related issues for all types of creative workflows. Small-to-medium sized workgroups—even those with little-to-no IT support— have a powerful, yet cost-effective, server solution that delivers efficient, easy-to-deploy, easy-to-maintain font management. Larger corporate environments benefit from a robust, stable and high-performing solution that hits the mark with both font administrators and creative users. Macintosh and Windows systems are fully supported both on the administrator- and client-side.
Extensis is a software developer that allows creative workgroups and professionals to streamline their workflow and securely manage their digital assets and fonts. Extensis’ award-winning client/server and desktop products are used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies and include Universal Type Server for server-based font management, Suitcase for single-user font management and the Portfolio suite for digital asset management. Extensis was founded in 1993 and is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a division of Celartem Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information, visit cde.extensis.com or call 1-800-796-9798.