August 31st, 2010 by Jim Kidwell
Today we released new font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 for Suitcase Fusion™ 3. The plug-ins automatically activate the exact fonts required for each file using the patented Font Sense™ technology to create a unique fingerprint for each font.
We understand that Photoshop is a core part of many designer’s daily workflow, and these plug-ins bring powerful auto-activation to the industry-standard imaging application.
The new plug-ins are available for our Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager on both Macintosh® and Windows® operating systems. The full list of auto-activation plug-ins now includes:
• Adobe InDesign® CS5, CS4 and CS3
• Adobe Illustrator® CS5, CS4 and CS3
• Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 (32 and 64-bit versions)
• QuarkXPress® 8 and 7
If you already have Suitcase Fusion 3, you can download the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3. If you haven’t purchased yet, all new versions automatically include the new plug-ins.
Please join us for a one-day training conference in Boston for creative professionals working with Adobe® Dreamweaver®.
We’ll be featuring WebINK and showing how using real fonts brings new creative freedom to the Web. Join us for a web font presentation over lunch to see the latest in font management technology for all of your web design needs.
- Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
- Location: Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown Campus, Boston, MA
- Font Management Lunch Presentation at MOGO Media Boston Dreamweaver Seminar
- For more information visit: MOGO Media
About the seminar:
For only $149, attendees will spend the day learning how to be more effective and productive while working with Adobe Dreamweaver and will receive online access to a digital recording of the seminar at no additional charge. Attendees will walk away with valuable tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of their Adobe software.
August 25th, 2010 by Jim Kidwell
A keyword list is a series of words or phrases used in a digital asset management (DAM) system to organize metadata tags and simplify file searches. Extensis has created a keyword list of terms inspired from our experience with graphic design and marketing communications workflows. The list could also be used for PR, advertising, print and publishing, retail, and media workflows.
A master keyword list includes a predefined list and taxonomy of search terms. This provides users with the convenience and consistency of choosing from an existing list of tags when applying keywords or other metadata to images, photos of people or products, videos, marketing collateral, and sales literature. With keyword lists users can quickly choose from a menu of available keywords instead of manually typing in search terms.
Our sample keyword list for creative workflows can be used as is, or as a starting point. The list can be edited using any text editor or within many DAM systems after import. We recommend reviewing the list with stakeholders, especially those who will be searching or tagging assets. Remove any terms that do not apply, add any relevant terms that were not included, and rename terms as needed to fit your organizational vocabulary. For example, “Customer Story” could be called “Customer Profile” in your organization.
August 24th, 2010 by Jim Kidwell
I’m happy to announce that Extensis Universal Type Server 2 has been selected as one of the very best print publishing products by Mac User’s editorial team. It’s now in the running for Print Publishing Product of the Year, and we’d like your vote to obtain product of the year.
Voting for the product of the year takes place from the 7th of July through through the 19th of September.
If you vote, you are entered automatically into a prize draw to win prizes worth £4,400.
To vote click here. https://www.demographix.com/surveys/TWHI-SO67/8VAB7EAK/?par
August 23rd, 2010 by Jim Kidwell
At the beginning of September, Thomas Phinney, Extensis Product Manager for Fonts and Typography will be speaking at the ATypI conference in Dublin, Ireland. The Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) is the global forum and focal point for the type community and business, and this is the annual ATypI conference.
Thomas will be speaking about the business of web fonts, how we came to develop our web font rental service, WebINK, and the issues that type foundries need to consider when publishing their fonts for use on the web. Here’s a bit about his presentation.
Type foundries considering the world of web fonts face a dizzying array of questions. The most challenging are not technical issues, but business questions. It’s not just “how big is this market and how fast is it growing?” but other complex issues of the business model: what is the ideal level of font protection? What’s appropriate pricing? Rental or one-time fee? Is it bad business for the type industry to serve raw desktop fonts as web fonts? Extensis’ Thomas Phinney tackles these questions with plenty of audience participation and discussion.
For more information about the conference, and to register, see the ATypI site.
On Tuesday, August 24th, I’ll be holding a webcast to show you how to get up and running quickly with modern web fonts from WebINK.
I’ll go over the selection of web fonts, setting up an account, and implementing the CSS that makes it all happen.
- Tuesday, August 24th
- 11:00 a.m. PST, 2:00 p.m. EST
If you’re not able to attend, please go ahead and sign up anyway. We’ll shoot you an email when a recording of the webcast is available to view at your convenience .
In the fast paced world of design, keeping your design tools current and compatible is important. That’s why our powerful single-user font manager Suitcase Fusion 3 is now fully compatible with the most current design applications in Adobe CS5.
Whether you spend all of your time laying out projects in InDesign, or creating custom drawings in Illustrator, Suitcase Fusion 3 will automatically activate fonts for your documents using a new set of plug-ins for CS5 applications.
Using Font Sense technology, the plug-ins accurately identify the exact font required for a document. This can be critical in workflows where accurate character spacing is very important to prevent text container overflow, and costly document reprints.
To take Suitcase Fusion 3 and the new plug-ins for a spin, download a free trial of Suitcase Fusion from the Extensis website.
August 18th, 2010 by Jim Kidwell
Making Faces is a film about the creation of metal type in the 21st century will be screened at the upcoming Typecon event in Los Angeles. It features the metal typography work of the late Jim Rimmer and is for all who love their typography on the heavy side, the heavy metal side that is! (OK, bad joke, I take it back.)
Our Product Manager for Fonts and Typography, Thomas Phinney will be in Los Angeles this week at one of the most influential conferences on typography and fonts, Typecon.
He is participating in a couple of events while there, we hope that you get a chance to see him.
Friday, August 20th, 5:15 p.m. – Web Fonts Panel Discussion
To start it out, Thomas is part of a panel discussion on Web Fonts that includes many luminaries from type foundries, web font services and more. He’ll share experiences in developing the WebINK web font service, and how we see web fonts changing the landscape for typography on the web.
Sunday August 22nd, 2:15 p.m. – Typography in Caldecott-Honored Children’s Books
The Caldecott Medal is the top award for American children’s picture books, and the winners are often best-sellers. Thomas Phinney and Dr. Lesley Colabucci studied the typography of the 88 books honored from 1990–2010. Phinney will share their analysis in this presentation, along with some thoughts on the state of typography in books for children in general. The results of their research will also be published later this year in Children & Libraries, a journal of the American Library Association.
Need to know more about Adobe InDesign as well as beef up your font management skills? We’re partnering with MOGO Media for a one day training seminar in Los Angeles.
Join us for a font management presentation over lunch where will be showing you the latest in font management technology in Suitcase Fusion 3. We’ll also introduce WebINK and show you how real fonts bring new creative freedom to the Web.
- Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2010
- Location: University of Phoenix, Culver City Learning Center
- Font Management Lunch Presentation at MOGO Media Los Angeles InDesign Seminar
- For more information visit: MOGO Media
About the seminar:
These days, you need to learn how to be more efficient than ever. Join us in this fast-paced, full-day seminar full of tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of Adobe InDesign. Whether you have upgraded to CS5 or are still working in CS4 or CS3, you’ll learn many important skills for boosting your productivity. Taught by world-renowned experts whose lively presentations promise to keep you awake, this is an event you can’t afford to miss.