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Today we released updates to our font managers to support Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. In addition a new XTension for QuarkXPress 9 was added to the Universal Type Client.

The updates are available as a FREE downloads for Suitcase Fusion 3 and Universal Type Server 3 on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

This release updates Suitcase Fusion 3 for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). Universal Type Server and the Universal Type Client were previously compatible with Lion

Adobe Creative Suite auto-activation plug-ins for all applications now include:

  • Adobe InDesign CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS5.5
  • Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.1 (shipping with CS5.5)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS5.1 (shipping with CS5.5)

Universal Type Server also includes additional plug-ins to support Adobe InCopy CS4, CS5 and CS5.5, as well as a new XTension for QuarkXPress 9

Download the updates from the Extensis website:

If you already have Suitcase Fusion 3, you can also get the version through Check for Updates feature of Suitcase Fusion 3:

  • Choose Suitcase Fusion 3 > Check for Updates (Mac OS X)
  • Choose Tools > Check for Updates (Windows)

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With Universal Type Server, you have control over how fonts are downloaded and stored on the Client machines.

The three replication modes are:

  • All – where all fonts are downloaded and cached on the Client machine the first time the user connects to the server.
  • On Demand – fonts are downloaded only when necessary to preview or activate the font, and are cleared off the Client machine when no longer in use.
  • On Demand Local Cache – fonts are downloaded when required, then cached on the Client machine indefinitely.

This video describes how font replication also affects how font licenses are consumed and enforced.

See the Extensis website for more information about Universal Type Server.


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We’re throwing a cocktail party, and you’re invited!

In August, we’ll be hosting a party just before the web design conference, An Event Apart. It’s a great conference where you can learn a ton about new CSS techniques, and gain inspiration for your creative work.

If you’re attending the conference, or even if you’re just in the Minneapolis area, we’d love to have you join us.

Sunday, August 7
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall, Clubhouse
Minneapolis, MN

We will also be showing off our new web font technology at the party. So if you’ve got a hankerin’ for something other than Helvetica on your website, come check it out!

Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there!


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We’ve met some really great folks at FOSE this week. There are a wide variety of government and private industry groups who have come from the Washington DC area and beyond to learn more about the technologies that can make their workflows better.

If you’re in the DC area, you can get a free pass to the expo hall floor of FOSE for Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Extensis booth 1506 to chat with Jeremy Godfrey and me about digital asset management and font management.

With your free pass, you’ll also be able to see the Closing Keynote presentation by GSA Administrator Martha Johnson. We hope to see you today!


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Today Apple released the latest and greatest version of their operating system, Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Now that the cat’s out of the bag, here’s the scoop on Lion compatibility with Extensis products:

[NOTE: Updated versions now available of Suitcase Fusion and Universal Type Server]

Suitcase Fusion
We plan to release a Lion compatibility update for Suitcase Fusion 3 within the next few weeks.

Universal Type Server

Universal Type Server 3 is compatible with Lion, but requires the separate installation of Java runtime because Lion no longer ships with Java pre-installed. We plan to release a Lion compatibility update for Universal Type Client 3 within the next few weeks.

Portfolio Server
The Web Client is Lion compatible, and viewing NetPublish sites from a web browser running under Lion is also compatible. We plan to release a Lion compatibility update for the Desktop Client (v10) this summer followed by a Lion compatibility update for Portfolio Server 10, NetPublish (v10) and the NetMediaMAX External Media Engine (v10) in autumn.

Portfolio Standalone
Portfolio Standalone (v8.5) users should download the v8.5.6 update.


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What’s your title?

Sales Engineer

How long have you been with Extensis?

8 Years.

How do you apply your talents at Extensis?

‘A bit of everything’. Pre-sales, post-sales, working with partners, working with customers, training, seminars, demonstrations on-site installs, customer service, technical support. I’ve even done order processing on occasion, so have dabbled in ‘a bit of everything!’.

Favourite Extensis Product

The next one I sell!

If you were a font what font would you be?

Comic Sans – loud, misunderstood, throwing a bit of humour everywhere, even in serious issues and the way that people say ‘not Comic Sans again’ resonates nicely!

What is something that people generally don’t know about you?

I sleep in the recovery position which seems contradictory to aiding sleep. I figure it helps me to actually get up in a morning, though a cup of tea helps make sure I am awake!

In a former life you were?

I was Spock, anybody else would be illogical, captain.

What’s your hidden talent?

Not really a talent, but I like to experiment with mixing cuisines from different countries. For example Udon Bolognese, Garlic Mushroom Sushi, Penne Pad Thai (remove the noodles, use Penne Pasta!). Some work, some don’t but you gotta love variety!

What was the last book you finished?

In Search of Captain Cook: Exploring the Man Through His Own Words

What’s your biggest vice that you have no intention of giving up?

Association Football (soccer!)

What was the last amazing meal you had? Who cooked?

Singapore Sizzler – the Pub Chef

What was the last movie you watched that you’d refer to a friend?

The Departed

Describe your perfect vacation.

Somewhere with museums and galleries for culture and history, shopping for souvenirs and goodies, and the sea for sunbathing, snorkeling and scuba diving

What’s your biggest fear?

Drowning. (Quite odd that I like scuba diving so much yet can’t hold my breath for any decent amount of time and don’t get scared doing it!)

What website do you visit most often?

Google. First place I look for answers.

What’s currently playing in your car audio system?

iPod Shuffle…I like variety.

If you were restricted to one television station for a year, what would it be?

Sky Sports. They broadcast most of the main sports I like to watch.

Who is the one person you admire most, and why?

No one person specifically…lots of things from different people that I try to take on in my own life.

If you could choose another career, what would it be?

Professional Football Player, given how much they get paid and the joy of doing something you love. But even scoring 4 goals last week at 5-a-side is unlikely to get me a professional contract, especially at my age!

If you could interview anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Myself, to see how annoying I can be to talk to!


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While they’re small and easily portable, fonts are licensed just like any other piece of software, and should be treated as such. Universal Type Server allows you to keep track of your font licenses, and understand how those fonts are used in your workflow, ensuring that you’re only using fonts that are appropriately licensed.

All font licenses are managed at the server level with Universal Type Server. This video shows how you can create and manage licenses for your fonts using the administration web interface.

See the Extensis website for more information about Universal Type Server.


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Want to see the new new video, iPad and Active Directory features in Portfolio Server 10?

We will be hosting a webcast next Thursday and the following Tuesday about the new features in the latest version of Portfolio Server. You’ll see how new levels of speed and instant access via the web or mobile devices with Portfolio Server 10 can improve efficiency for your workgroup or organization.

Webcast Details

North American Webcast
July 21, 2011
11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
Duration: 45 minutes, including Q & A
Register

European Webcast
July 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. GMT Summer Time
Duration: 45 minutes, including Q & A
Register


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It’s been less than a year since the last release of Portfolio Server, but the development team at Extensis has been hard at work and today we’re introducing the latest version of our digital asset management software Portfolio Server 10!

Catalog Anything. Find Everything.

Portfolio Server has always been about quickly finding the right files, and in version 10 it’s all about finding any type of file from anywhere. Portfolio Server now has comprehensive support for video files and a new Tablet template for NetPublish that’s optimized for the iPad. We’ve also made the easiest DAM software available even easier to use with custom views in the web client, a new batch find feature for searching for a list of values, and a fast create PDF contact sheet option.

Better, Faster, Stronger

Cataloging thousands or millions of files can take some time, and if you add video to the mix processing takes even longer. That’s why one area we focused on was performance. Portfolio Server 10 processes files faster than ever before with an optimized media engine meaning you can catalog files, batch convert, rename, generate PDF contact sheets, and embed metadata in record time. And if you’re looking for seriously high-performance speed, check out the new NetMediaMAX which uses the computing power of multiple computers to form a media engine cluster (think “DAM supercomputer” built out of 2 or more inexpensive computers).

Admiration for Administration

Power users and IT pros will love the powerful yet simple administration options we’ve added. Support for Active Directory and Open Directory makes the system easier to administer in corporate environments. You can take greater control of the visual representation of files by applying custom thumbnails and preview images for any file. There’s also a new permission to allow Editor and Reader level users to download alternative formats via the presets menu while restricting access to high-res originals.

Upgrades

If you’re a current ASA subscriber for Portfolio Server you’ll receive your serial numbers and download links for version 10 in a few days. We also offer upgrade pricing from past versions of Portfolio Server – just contact us for more info.

For more information on Portfolio Server 10 head over to the Portfolio Server page, check out the “what’s new” page, or read our press release.


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The acquisition and organization of content is a common issue in any organization. Government agencies have a higher level or scrutiny and responsibility to manage public assets well. Extensis software is designed to make managing digital assets, and controlling font compliance easy for anyone. Next week we will be at FOSE, the place to go for technology used in governmental organizations.

If you’ll be at the show, please take a moment to stop by the Extensis booth. We will be demonstrating how any organization can get a handle on their digital assets using Extensis Portfolio Server. In addition, you can also learn how to minimize your team’s legal risks introduced through the use of illegal and unapproved fonts by using a font server, such as Universal Type Server.

We also will be holding a drawing to win a new tablet computer – your choice of an Apple iPad, HP TouchPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab! Drop by the booth before Thursday at 1:00 p.m. for a chance to win!


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