The Extensis Community Blog
October 29th, 2014 by Richard Turgeon
Do you have a font collection, or font chaos?
Designers know how painful it is to love fonts and typography, but manage them in a way that’s… well, manageable. The average number of active fonts on a designer’s computer is a whopping 681. The average font collection is 4,512. The largest we’re aware of is 231,994 (see more fun font library stats in our “Font Groupie” infographic). Here are some of the biggest pain points I’m sure you’re all familiar with:
- Quickly finding the right font when you need it
- Finding similar fonts for comparison
- Experimenting with font pairs without hopping from app to app
- Easy access from a centralized location, desktop or the cloud
- Discovering new fonts to try in your own creations
October 22nd, 2014 by Jim Kidwell
Suitcase Fusion 6 available today
Today we released the newest version our powerful single-user font manager, Suitcase Fusion.
Built for demanding, professional design workflows, we integrated the most efficient tools to keep you creative and productive.
- Apple OS X Yosemite support.
- Optimized for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 with fast, reliable font auto-activation and fast in-application font panels.
- Keep two machines in sync with cloud-based archive and restore to Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Advanced, automatic font corruption detection
- Efficient organization tools
- Retina-crisp font previews
- Typographic inspiration from the Fontspiration pane.
October 22nd, 2014 by Richard Turgeon
With the explosion of digital assets and media over the past decade, companies struggle with how to keep files organized, accessible, and properly managed. More files means more inefficiencies in the form of lost time and money spent trying to find them.
Our newest release of Extensis Portfolio™ couldn’t come at a better time. In the words of our esteemed Product Manager of Digital Asset Management Solutions, Maxwell Mabe, “This is the most significant update to Portfolio since its inception, addressing core DAM functionality with an emphasis on workflow and user experience.” Built for collections of up to 10 million assets, Portfolio gets them organized into a meaningful, usable collection, and lets you find what you need, fast. Continue Reading »
Support for Extensis products is as follows:
Suitcase Fusion 6, released on Tuesday, October 21 is compatible with Yosemite.
Universal Type Server
Both Universal Type Server and associated Clients are being updated. Yosemite compatible versions will be released in the coming weeks.
Portfolio does not currently support Yosemite. A future release is planned to add Yosemite support.
Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Like most other things, this may be true for letterforms as well, but examining the parts can lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the whole.
The most basic element of typography is the letter, each composed of unique shapes. Because it’s hard to discuss those shapes without specifying which part of the letter we mean, a specialized vocabulary has evolved to describe the anatomy of letters.
Master the Terminology That Makes the Type
For graphic designers, the following terms may not come up in everyday conversation, but a solid grasp of the parts that make up letterforms will help you have a conversation with a famous typographer the day you run into her/him. Perhaps more importantly, understanding the anatomy of letters will also help you choose the right typeface for the right project, since you can better define and articulate the characteristics of the message. And of course knowing letterform anatomy vernacular will help you in your own type designs, should you ever decide to follow that noble but incredibly painstaking pursuit.
So without further ado, we give you the terminology that makes the type…