November 28th, 2012 by Alexandra Barltrop
Last week we attended Mutec, the international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology in Leipzig, Germany for the first time and found it to be fascinating and hugely beneficial. There was a steady stream of visitors to our stand, who were all interested in how Portfolio Server could benefit their museums and other cultural organisations.
Mutec is one of a few major shows globally which offers a comprehensive range of innovative products, technical solutions and trendsetting developments for museum experts, curators, restorers, monument conservators, designers and constructors. Since we are seeing an interest from the heritage and culture market for Extensis DAM Solutions, we were keen to attend the show.
Although the show is dedicated to technology in the heritage and culture sector, it is not just focused on digital technology, so there were several stands showcasing conservation techniques, furniture making and other traditional pastimes, such as weaving and pottery. It was an eclectic mix!
Extensis’ booth was between those of Adlib and zetcom, Collection Management Software developers with whom we have built strong working relationships. Torsten Köbel, Country manager of Extensis Germany even presented with Norbert Kanter, Director at zetcom, a case study of how the Courtauld Institute of Art in London is using Portfolio Server in conjunction with zetcom’s MuseumPlus CMS system, which was well received.
The seminar programme and presentations were informative and the theme “The Future of Museums” fit well with the tone of the show.
We also did a bit of networking meeting with existing Portfolio Server users, prospective customers, and even had a nice dinner (and a few beers!) in a traditional German Ratskeller with the guys from zetcom.
We really enjoyed our time at Mutec and hope to attend again when it next runs in 2014.
November 28th, 2012 by Jim Kidwell
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** While supplies last, offer valid for electronic delivery of a single full or upgrade product purchase of Suitcase Fusion 4 or Portfolio Standalone only via the Extensis online store. Valid on new purchases or upgrades from November 27, 2012 to December 7, 2012. Purchaser must be located in the United States. Reimbursement for any returned Extensis product purchased during this offer period will be reduced by the amount of the gift card received. This offer is not valid with past purchases, volume licenses, servers or other offers.
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November 27th, 2012 by Jim Kidwell
Today we released an update to Universal Type Server.
This free update is highly recommended for both OS X and Windows versions of Universal Type Server.
The update contains:
- Updates to the directory services connection
- Performance enhancements
- Additional fixed issues
November 22nd, 2012 by Alexandra Barltrop
Join Extensis at Mutec, the international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology, where we will be demonstrating Portfolio Server at stand MU103
Extensis will demonstrate how to integrate Portfolio Server with other IT business systems and leverage the benefits of digital asset management across your organisation. Developers can use the Portfolio API to create custom integrations for sharing assets and metadata with your Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Content Management (CMS), Collection Management, or other business systems.
Torsten Köbel, Country Manager of Extensis Germany will also be presenting, in partnership with zetcom, a case study on how the Courtauld Institute of Art in London is using Portfolio Server in conjunction with zetcom’s MuseumPlus CMS system.
The presentation will take place in Hall 2 at 5pm on 22nd November.
We hope to see you there! For tickets, please click here.
November 20th, 2012 by Thomas Phinney
Just last week we got your votes as to which asterisk I should submit for Font Aid VI, the project where a font is constructed from donated glyphs with all proceeds to hurricane Sandy relief. This time it’s all asterisks. I designed three, and you picked one.
Here are the designs again:
And here are the results:
It looks like a strong lead (and even a majority of total votes) for “medium,” which was also my favorite choice.
But I was intrigued that the comments from the backers of my Cristoforo font were 1 for spiky, 5 for rounder and 1 for medium. Maybe it was too small a sample, but I’ll take that as indicative that perhaps the folks backing my font have a different preference than the overall tally. So while I went ahead and submitted the “medium” asterisk to Font Aid VI, I am making “rounder” the default asterisk in Cristoforo.
November 20th, 2012 by Alexandra Barltrop
Join Square on Tuesday November 27th from 10am to 1pm to learn how you could improve productivity and efficiency in your creative workflow, featuring Extensis, Adobe and Wacom.
Ideal for both Studio Managers and creatives, we’ll uncover some of the myths behind licensing and the experts will be presenting some top in-app time-saving tips.
The experts from Extensis will be there to present the secret weapon in the eternal struggle between creative libraries and compliance demands – Universal Type Server 3. The world’s leading font server. Plus, learn how Suitcase Fusion 4 will enable you to assume complete control over your desktop and web fonts – delivering the fonts you need, where you need them. We will also touch on the ‘window’ into WebINK and webfonts…..
The event is taking place at:
The Moving Picture Company (MPC) Screening Room,
127-133 Wardour Street,
To sign up and attend for free, please click here.
We look forward to seeing you there.
November 19th, 2012 by Edward Smith
Thomas Phinney and I were in the Windy City this last Saturday along with AIGA Chicago to conduct a (sold out) web font workshop. The idea for the workshop was simple: get a bunch of designers and their laptops into a classroom, and walk them through the process of using real web fonts on a website.
Before the hands-on part of the workshop, Thomas also primed the class on interesting and useful topics related to web fonts such as the history of typography on the web, advanced OpenType and CSS3 features, and how to choose fonts and set type.
My favorite part of Thomas’s presentation was when he demoed a self-censoring font: type in a swear word and the font automatically “translates” the curse into something more socially acceptable.
As for Tori R. from Chicago, I’m guessing her favorite part was when she won an iPad Mini (congrats Tori!)
A big thanks goes to AIGA Chicago and Artisian Talent for helping put on the event, as well as Starter League (formerly known as Code Academy) who hooked us up with classroom space at 1851—a hip co-working center for digital startups.
Are you interested in a web font workshop in your city? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
November 19th, 2012 by Jim Kidwell
We were happy to hear that TypeCon 2013 is coming to Portland, Oregon. It’s where the Extensis headquarters is located, and we’re happy to be involved with the planning of the event.
To kick it off, we’ll be
hosting catering a planning meeting at the Extensis offices Art Institute of Portland next week:
- TypeCon Town Hall
Extensis headquarters, 1800 SW First Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR
- CHANGE OF VENUE! There were so many RSVPs that we moved to…
- Art Institute of Portland
- 1122 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209
- 7:00 p.m.
- Dinner/drinks included
All are welcome to attend. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know you’re coming.
November 15th, 2012 by Thomas Phinney
The good folks at the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA, the organization that runs TypeCon each year) have organized Font Aid VI, a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. Font Aid is an irregular charitable project. Basically a bunch of type designers create a single glyph each, and the resulting font is sold with all the proceeds going to charity. This year it’s a font of asterisks.
I thought I would contribute something, but I quickly found myself with three different asterisks. However, Font Aid only takes one glyph per designer. Will y’all help me choose which one of the three asterisks above is the best? The deadline for voting is Friday Nov 16, 2012 at noon Pacific Time.
I’m excited to announce that two of our session proposals for the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival have been accepted. A big thanks goes out to everyone who voted for us!
Our resident font guru Thomas Phinney will be presenting Font Detective, Extra Bold—a session which investigates clues and conclusions from several cases where Thomas has been called in as a font gumshoe.
I’m also totally stoked that I will be leading a discussion about digital asset management called Are You a Digital Hoarder?—a five step program to help digital hoarders get their collection of rich media files in order
We hope to see you in Austin this spring during these sessions and our SXSW Trade Show booth. Stay tuned for more details.