updated 02:55 pm EST, Tue January 15, 2008
Universal Type Server
Extensis (booth #1020) has announced its Universal Type Server, a next generation server-based font management solution for both Macintosh and Windows environments. Universal Type Server will be available in three editions: Universal Type Server Lite, Professional and Corporate editions. The font server application lineup is designed to handle all font-related issues in font-intensive workflows and offers simple server and user administration via web-based applications; a "stable and fast" Java-based server with a secure SQL backend; active Directory integration for enterprise networks, support for both Mac and Windows clients (independently or simultaneously); support for mobile users; font license tracking; fast type activation; automatic font previews and organization, and native support for Intel-based and PPC-based Macs.
"Universal Type Server is more than just a combination of our popular Suitcase and Font Reserve Server products." said Martin Stein, Extensis Vice President of Products and Services. "It was built from the ground up, utilizing the most up-to-date technologies and open architecture platforms. We've combined the strengths of both existing products while adding reliability, stability, greater performance and improved scalability."
Universal Type Server will support Extensis' patented Font Sense technology offering users the ability to automatically activate the exact versions of fonts used in a document when that document is opened. The company claims that unlike basic auto-activation, Font Sense works seamlessly to allow for a deep level of font analysis instead of simply selecting and activating the first font with the same PostScript or font menu name. Font Sense avoids silent font substitution, incorrect glyphs, text re-flows, and layout issues, resulting in greater efficiency and automated workflows.
The three editions are:
- Universal Type Server Lite – Designed to be robust yet affordable, this edition allows customers to use up to 10 concurrent connections. The Lite edition is designed for smaller creative workgroups or design firms that need to have access to and share fonts.
- Universal Type Server Professional is created as the upgrade edition for existing Suitcase Server X1 and Font Reserve Server customers. The Professional edition allows up to 250 concurrent connections and is an ideal and affordable solution for mid-size organizations that do not require external databases.
- Universal Type Server Corporate – Is ideal for large corporate workgroups. It allows for more than 250 concurrent connections and includes Active Directory and External Database (MS SQL 2005) functionality.
Universal Type Server is currently beta testing and is expected to ship in Spring 2008. Universal Type Server and all clients will be available free-of-charge to existing customers under a current Annual Service Agreement (ASA). Pricing for all versions, including upgrades, will be announced prior to product availability. It will be available in English, French and German and will support Mac OS X v10.4/10.5 (Client/server); the software requires a G5 or faster processor and 1GB RAM.