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Microsoft Windows 10 officially became available today.

The following is the current support for Extensis products and Windows 10.


Font Management Products

Suitcase Fusion

We are currently testing an update to Suitcase Fusion 6 with Windows 10 and expect this free update to be released in the coming weeks.

Universal Type Server

Universal Type Client

We are testing a new version of the Universal Type Client with Windows 10 and expect a free update to be released in the coming weeks.

Server

The Server requires a server-class operating system and hardware. It is not supported for use on Windows 10. See this page for supported configurations.


Digital Asset Management Products

Portfolio

Portfolio Web

Windows 10 includes an entirely new browser, Edge. We have begun testing Portfolio Web with Edge and have not found any significant issues as of yet. If we do, we will release updates accordingly. In the meantime, if you use Edge with the Web Client, you may experience unexpected behavior.

Portfolio Express

We are testing Portfolio Express in Windows 10 and will release an update if required.

Server

The Server requires a server-class operating system and hardware. It is not supported for use on Windows 10. See this page for supported configurations.

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This week, CIO.com published an article debunking a commonly held misconception in the world of software development. While many big legacy companies banish agile development and strategy to few departments to avoid any reverberating hiccups affecting other operations, with improved communication and a far-reaching, believable vision, developmental agility can be an incredible asset to a large company.

Enter: us! Author Sharon Florentine cites Extensis’ organization-wide transition from a top-down, authoritative-driven developmental model to a more nimble and agile mode of operation. Toby Martin, VP of Products & Strategy explains, “We wanted to get more nimble and agile with our releases…and get or new products to the market faster.”

“Legacy,” and “Agile” Aren’t Mutually Exclusive for Extensis

 

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Question: What happens when you mix a smarter-than-your-professor engineering brain with a creative’s awareness of typographical design and then toss it in the oven for fifteen minutes at 325 degrees?

Answer: Dutch food-and-type designer, Printmeneer.

Printmeneer is a business sprouting from one man’s homemade 3D printer and an inkling that cleverly designed cookie cutters would be a hit with both lovers of design and lovers of glutinous treats. Built with a naval architect’s know-how and a baker’s precision, these cookie cutters come in a myriad of funky shapes and sizes, but we, font geeks that we are, were stopped in our tracks when we saw his Garamond, Baskerville, Futura and Helvetica cookie cutter series.
Printmeneer cookie cutters - Extensis (1)

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In most disciplines, you need to know the rules before you break them. Typography is no different. There are rules, and following them correctly results in a clean, professional appearance. Breaking them deliberately and correctly can also have nice results, making your type unique and maybe even out-of-the-box brilliant.

To help designers and developers put their best foot forward, we’re happy to present “Tips for Better Typography,” where we’ll cover some basic rules of typography and related tips to help you set type in a way that’s professional and beautiful. Below, we’ll cover some tips and guidelines around line measure, line-height, kerning and special characters.

Line Measure

The width of a body of type, or line length, is also known as the measure. In content-heavy design especially, you don’t want to make your lines of copy too long; it can cause eye fatigue and make the reader lose interest. A good rule of thumb is to limit lines of copy to around 65 characters per line, including space and punctuation. Another good rule of thumb is to increase your leading in proportion to the measure.

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If you are a font nerd like us, being able to easily access a wide range of font options from the application you are working in is bliss! If you’re a Google® Docs™ user, we are excited to unveil a new font panel just for you!  And it’s free!

Available as an add-on, Extensis Fonts is a dynamic new panel allows you to browse, review and apply fonts directly in your Google documents.

 

Extensis Fonts for Google Docs

 

With Extensis Fonts you can:

  • Immediately access the entire Google Fonts collection of over 1200+ fonts
  • Select any text and with one click apply a font
  • Easily browse font options with large, easy-to-inspect font previews
  • Search for fonts by popularity and trending status
  • Browse fonts by style

Find out more at www.extensis.com/extensisfonts

Extensis Fonts is a continuation of our mission to empower creativity and the access to a breadth of typography options from the industry’s most popular applications. Other recent examples include the release Suitcase Attaché (font panel for Windows and PowerPoint), and the Fontspiration app for font inspiration on the go.

Check them out… and may the font be with you!

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