Extensis Announces Universal Type Server

Extensis, a brand of Celartem, has announced Universal Type Server, its next-generation server-based font management solution for both Macintosh and Windows environments. Universal Type Server will benefit creative professionals, workgroups and IT administrators alike by offering three editions of the solution: Universal Type Server Lite, Professional and Corporate editions.

Universal Type Server is Extensis' next generation font server capable of handling all font-related issues that may arise while working in font-intensive workflows. Universal Type Server provides an easy-to-use and intuitive tool for creative users and a robust, scalable and flexible solution for IT administrators. Universal Type Server offers:
- Simple server and user administration via web-based applications;
- Stable and fast Java-based server with a secure SQL backend;
- Active directory integration;
- Support for both Mac and Windows clients independently or simultaneously;
- Support for mobile users: administrators can work from anywhere; users can go "offline" and still access the fonts they need;
- Font license tracking;
- Fast type activation;
- Fast, customizable previews driven by Apple's Core animation technology;
- Automated organization of font libraries via classification, foundry, file type, custom keywords, etc.;
- Elegant, intuitive client interface;
- Native support for Intel-based and PPC-based Macs;
- Font Sense powered auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS3/CS2 and XTensions for QuarkXPress 6.5/7.

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. 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.

Universal Type Server Lite

This edition allows customers to use up to 10 concurrent connections. The Lite edition is ideal for smaller creative workgroups or design firms that need to have access to and share fonts.

Universal Type Server Professional

Is the natural upgrade edition for existing Suitcase Server X1 and Font Reserve Server customers. The Professional edition allows up to 250 concurrent connections.

Universal Type Server Corporate

Is suited 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 will be available in English, French and German.

System Requirements

Universal Type Server will support Mac OS X v10.4, 10.4 Server, 10.5 or 10.5 Server; G5 or faster processor; 1 GB RAM; 250 MB Hard Drive space + space for fonts; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Server will also support Windows 2000 Server, Server 2003, XP Professional; P4 or faster processor; 1GB of RAM; 250 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Client for Macintosh will support Mac OS X v.10.4 or 10.5; 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; 256 MB RAM; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Client for Windows will support Windows XP Professional or Vista P4 or faster processor; 256 MB RAM 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7; Microsoft.NET 2.0 for Windows XP installations.

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