Whew, we made it back to Portland with all of the booth materials in tow. I’m still sifting through all of the great materials and information that I received while at the event. So, I’ll have a few more posts about content coming later this week, but in the meantime I thought that I’d share a few images that my coworker Yoshiyuki Shiraishi (Yoshi for short) took at the Typecon 2007 closing night event at the Cornish College of the Arts.
Extensis, as represented by yours truly, just returned from the Campus Technology conference in D.C. which was the latest stop in what seems to be the summer-o-events. The conference is completely dedicated to bringing together experts in higher education technology to discuss the latest and greatest innovations and of course, to have some fun in our nation’s capitol.
Portfolio was a draw for this audience however, for a completely different reason than we would have imagined….most attendees approached the booth expecting that we were an ePortfolio company. To their credit, after learning that we did not in fact offer that exact service, most were still kind enough to hear what it is we actually do. Many of them admitted that digital asset management was something that they should probably be looking at, if they weren’t already. One gentleman from a large east-coast university told me about a plan they have in place to digitize all their slides and photos of university events from the past 80 years in hopes of preserving them. He was, of course, interested in anything that would help make this daunting task a bit easier.
The other milestone of this event had to be the heat. Maybe I’m just a weenie after having only lived in relatively dry climates, but east coast humidity is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The one upside is that D.C. offers complimentary public transportation when temperatures and humidity rise above a certain level. Definitely something to keep in mind and take advantage of if you have plans to visit the city anytime soon.
Yesterday at TypeCon (right here were we are!), Apple and Microsoft announced something pretty useful to most people-font licensing. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing, but if you didn’t have any of these fonts anymore, think how different things would be. From the press release:
Under the agreement, Apple and Microsoft are extending the seamless Web and software experience Apple users have enjoyed for years when using and viewing popular Microsoft fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial and Verdana. Apple customers, developers and Web designers can safely specify fonts knowing that their documents, presentations and Web pages will appear as they are meant to be seen on screen and in print.
I don’t know about you but I do a lot with Arial and Verdana, so I’m glad to see I’ll be able to keep using them. They give me a quick and clean cross platform option when I’m working on something and I’m unsure of the destination OS.
Ever since Adobe announced the “Send to FedEx Kinko’s” option in Adobe Reader and Acrobat this past June, the printing community has been pressuring the software giant to rethink its strategy and remove the controversial button.
Apparently, Adobe was listening as they officially distributed a formal mea culpa this week by announcing plans to develop new versions of Acrobat and Reader (v8.1.1), this time without the FedEx Kinko’s button. The timing for the updates should hit in approximately 8-10 weeks.
The family truckster made it up to Seattle safely and Kelly and I have the Extensis booth setup at the event. We’re in the room on the third floor of the Crown Plaza hotel that has a number of great book vendors, paper companies, as well as a great SOTA auction that contains a slew great things all benefiting SOTA.
We’ve got two great posters, headphones and the chance to win a copy of Suitcase Fusion at our booth. If you’re at the event, be sure to stop by and spin the prize wheel for your chance to win.
Of course, we’ve also got information about all of our font management products, Font Reserve Server, Suitcase Server as well as the two single-user desktop products. Come on by and check out the booth.
Creative Guy extraordinaire James Dempsy has written a great piece for MacWorld that talks about the variety of locations where you can find new fonts – both free and commercial. He’s developed a great list of websites from which you can browse quality fonts – many of which we mentioned in our Free Fonts post not too long ago.
I’m always happy when I discover new sources of fun fonts. My current favorites new locations to peruse creativity in the font world are:
Oh, and if you haven’t seen Robert Bolesta’s work yet, it truly “beefs up” typography – though it isn’t an actual font yet as far as I can tell.
[Tip of the hat to QA Engineer Scott Lindahl for the link]
August 1st, 2007 by Jim Kidwell
Every summer Extensis employees make the annual migration from the office down to the banks of the Willamette River where they partake of the beloved brews of the great state of Oregon at the Oregon Brewers Festival. This annual tradition started way back in 1993 when Extensis was founded, and has happily continued until this day.
It’s a great opportunity to get people out of the office and to loosen up and get to know each other a bit better. It’s also an opportunity to meet co-worker’s significant others. I like to think of it as a great mid-year holiday party.
For those that aren’t all that partial to alcohol, or for designated drivers, the Brewers Festival also included a root beer tent. Designated drivers where were given free root beer floats to help keep us all safe.
If you’re not familiar with Oregon beer festivals, they are spectacular, and there are quite a few of them:
- Oregon Brewers Festival – the largest festival and has been around for 20 years.
- Portland International Beer Festival – my favorite small beer festival where you can try a little glass of beer from bottles and kegs that are unique and fun to try.
- Holiday Ale Festival – the annual festival of yummy winter dark beers. Actually held outside in downtown Portland under a tent in the middle of Oregon’s rainy winter.
- North American Organic Beer Festival – billed as the largest organic beer festival in the country, this new festival is quickly growing to be a popular one. (I can’t find an “official” website for this one – if anyone knows it, please let me know.)
Here are a few pictures from our trip down to the festival this past Friday.