System font for iOS9, Watch OS 2, and OS X El Capitan available to developers
Today, Apple made a new system font available to developers that, in an unusual move, will unify the default system font on all three of the company's platforms -- OS X, iOS, and watchOS. It's called San Francisco, and it will formally arrive with the public release of the next upgrade to each of the thee platforms. The typeface is a sans-serif style with spacing and line heights that adapt to the font size, a useful feature for a font that will appear on everything from an Apple Watch to a 5K monitor.
Google makes Roboto font open source
Roboto, the font used throughout Android, Chrome OS, and a number of other Google products has been made open source. Originally released under the Apache license as part of Android 4.0 in 2011, Google has now made it, and the toolchain used for its creation, into an open source project hosted on Github. Google has also added Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters found in Unicode 7.0, with the total number of glyphs increased from approximately 13,000 to more than 40,000 as part of the effort.
Faster sync, real-time reports, more
Insider Software has released version 5.0 of FontAgent Pro TeamServer, its turnkey font server solution for Mac that allows small groups of users on local networks the ability to search, preview and activate fonts from a centralized library at low costs. Version 5 moves to an all-new high-performance Java-based architecture, allowing a one-click installer for both the TeamServer and the J2EE environment, and manages fonts automatically with administration from any Mac or Windows client.
Aids in font license policing, management, more
As noted last month, Extensis has now officially upgraded its Universal Type Server font server software to v3, which enables companies to control font usage and enforce font licensing, adds support for Adobe InCopy, introduces "failover" support in case access to the primary Universal Type Server is lost, bolsters auto-activation within Adobe CS products and even helps uses find new fonts or other fonts similar to the ones they are using, among other features.
FontDoctor 7.6 unveiled
Morrison SoftDesign on Thursday unveiled FontDoctor 7.6 for Mac, offering users a number of application-specific fixes, user interface updates, and other issues.
The update includes improved support for Quark, Microsoft, and Adobe font caches, and older font suitcases. Support for PostScript file name repair has been enhanced, as well as diagnosing Mac OS X font compatibility issues. FontDoctor 7.6 is available for $70 from Morrison SoftDesign's website.