updated 05:30 pm EDT, Thu June 12, 2008
Universal Type Server
Extensis has announced availability of Universal Type Server, its next generation server-based font management solution. Shipping on June 18, 2008, Universal is client/server solution that manages fonts and font metadata such as licenses, classifications, foundries and keywords. Using granular and role-based permissions, Universal Type Server manages font licenses and compliancy by ensuring that users have access to only the fonts they are licensed to use, and that rogue fonts cannot be added to the system. It also makes use of automatic font classification and font family grouping, dynamic smart sets and shared sets.
Universal Type Server utilizes a Java-based server architecture built on top of open source technologies. Administrators can manage the server and users from anywhere via the web-based administration interface, and package-based installers distribute the client software from a central location. Active-Directory import and automated backup are also included.
The client provides an offline mode for mobile users who are not connected to the network but need access to fonts while on the road. The Universal Type Client includes a SQL-based architecture that runs as a background application. Users also have access font previews, immediate font activation / deactivation, and superior metadata handling and searching capabilities.
Also included in the product are all new auto-activation plug-ins which automatically turn fonts on and off within Adobe InDesign and Illustrator and QuarkXPress.
Universal Type Server is available in two different versions: Universal Type Server Professional for larger departments and corporations and Universal Type Server Lite for small environments up to 10 users. Universal Type Server Professional is available at an estimated retail price of $1,800 for the Server plus $165 per Client Connection.