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How do you improve font management with your new MacBook?

Mac OS Font Management Best PracticesYou’ve got that snazzy new MacBook on your desk. You’ve figured out how to use the new Touch Bar, and are now ready to get that machine primed and ready for you to be productive.

I recommend that you take a moment to look at how your fonts are handled on your machine. Where they’re stored, how many are kept active, and how best to manage them.

To help you get started, we’ve created a Font Management Best Practices Guide that is specifically focused on macOS. We recently updated this guide to cover multiple versions of macOS, including Sierra v10.12.

This free guide will help you make the most of that machine, and keep it from being bogged-down with unnecessary font clutter.

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How many emojis do you use on a daily basis? If you’re like us, you generally rely on a small number that you feel best convey your particular attitude, style, or tone. They can be used for punctuation, or for anything that the written word doesn’t quite convey.

apple-gun-emoji-2-1By now the new iPhone emoji, which come with iOS 10, are old news. Many publications have reported on the changes to emoji that came with the new iPhone operating system, from more gender equality among the professions to more options for different skin tones, and the controversial replacement of a handgun with a squirt gun (reportedly due to lobbying by the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence). And the response has not been 100% positive.

Emoji, of course, were originally derived from emoticons. And emoticons were originally designed specifically not to be ambiguous. Rather, they were meant to clarify the tone of written language. If you know something about the history of the Internet, you may know that the computer scientist Scott Fahlman was the first documented person to use typographic symbols to express specific emotions. His original proposal was posted on the computer science general board at Carnegie Mellon back in 1982:

19-Sep-82 11:44

From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: : – ) 

Read it sideways. 

Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends.  For this, use : – (

Within a few months, those smile and frown emoticons had spread to the ARPANET and Usenet. Variations quickly followed. It was useful for people who were communicating primarily through text, rather than speech, to have a way to convey tone, in addition to simple information.

bn-cc138_emotic_d_20140326032830The first real emoji were created by Shigetaka Kurita, a developer on the team that created the mobile internet platform NTT Docomo. Kurita and his team’s 176 pixelated symbols include faces that not only expressed happiness and anger or frustration, but also worry, surprise, goofiness (winking with a tongue out), a music note, an umbrella, a penguin, phases of the moon, astrological symbols, and more.

By bringing in symbols that do more than convey the tone of a written statement, Kurita created a new role for images to play in written communication. As linguist and cognitive scientist Neil Cohn says, Kurita’s emoji filled “a very effective role for communication that’s natural,” but separate, from the role of language itself. “Because of that, they aren’t really going to be a (passing) fad.”

This may help to explain why the general reaction to iOS’s new predictive emoji is less than enthusiastic. The vast majority of people who text don’t actually use emoji to replace specific nouns and verbs, as the new iOS would have us do. Said another way, we’re not replacing words so much as adding an extra layer to our communications.

Zoe Mendelson of Slate is of the opinion that the new, bigger, shinier, simpler, predictive emojis of iOS 10 have ruined emojis altogether. The way the images have been simplified, she points out, makes them less flexible. Take the grin-grimace emoji, for example, which used to convey a “slightly-guilty-slightly-pleased-slightly-embarrassed-but-still-excited expression.” In the new operating system, it has become a much simpler smile. For Mendelson, the ambiguity of the original “made it a favorite, I suspect, because we often experience this dynamic maelstrom of feelings in real life.”

The evolution of the grin-grimace, image courtesy of Emojipedia.

The evolution of the grin-grimace, image courtesy of Emojipedia.

She also argues that the new predictive functionality ruins all the original fun of finding a funny image that added new meaning to one’s written communication, rather than just illustrating it. “More cultural fetish than a tool,” she writes, the emojis of iOS 9 were great because they were so random and decontextualized. “They were extremely unlikely everyday vocal candidates. Floppy disk. Fishcake. Space invader. Old-school mailboxes. Barely recognizable houseplant cactus. It was deliciously random.” For an English-speaker, because “emoji effectively did not have fixed meanings,” they invited testers to play with ambiguity, and with the element of interpretative surprise.

Like them or hate them, it seems that the new emoji are here to stay. But it seems to us that most people don’t have quite the passionate response that Mendelson and others have. According to a Twitter poll we posted this month, the response of the vast majority of folks to the new predictive emojis is… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


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macOS-Sierra

Apple releases their newest operating system, macOS Sierra on September 20, 2016.

As we know that many users are excited to update as quickly as possible, we have been testing Extensis software with Sierra. The following are current details about compatibility.

 

Suitcase Fusion

  • Suitcase Fusion 7 (v18.1.1 and newer) has been tested and is compatible with macOS Sierra (v10.12)
  • Previous versions of Suitcase Fusion have not been tested, use at your own risk.

 

Universal Type Server

  • Initial tests of Universal Type Client 6 indicate that the current version (v6.1.0) is compatible with macOS Sierra.
  • Due to new macOS permissions, Universal Type Server may encounter a service interruption after upgrading to macOS Sierra.
    Installing the latest Universal Type Server 6.1.1 release over your current installation will restore all functionality without causing data loss.

 

Portfolio

  • There are no known issues with users accessing Portfolio catalogs with the web clients on macOS Sierra.
  • When installing macOS Sierra on a server running Portfolio 2016, the server will stop functioning. Re-install Portfolio 2016 on the machine and functionality will be restored without any data loss.

 

For the most current information about supported software configurations see these pages:


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el-capitan

UPDATE 10/15/2015: The El Capitan version of Universal Type Client 5 (v5.2.1) is now available. This is a free update for all Universal Type Server 5 users. Download the update here.

UPDATE 10/8/2015: The El Capitan version of Suitcase Fusion 6 (v17.3) is now available for download as a free update for all existing Suitcase Fusion 6 users. Download the free update.


See the following Extensis software compatibility pages for more information:

Is your current font collection getting out of control? Perhaps you should consider a professional font manager. Whether you have hundreds or even thousands of fonts, Extensis has a font management tool to help you streamline your workflow so you can focus on what’s really important: doing great creative work!

Try a free trial of Suitcase Fusion today or download our Best Practices for Font Management guide to learn about different ways you can implement a more efficient process for your team.

Suitcase Fusion 7 - Free Trial


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Our new Portfolio release adds support for the latest OS X, advanced reporting features, and more

With the explosion of digital assets and media over the past decade, companies are struggling to keep them organized and accessible while ensuring version control. Locating and distributing files has become a major time and productivity killer.

Fortunately, Extensis Portfolio™ makes digital asset management (DAM) affordable for companies of all sizes. Originally released in October 2014, Portfolio transformed the user experience with suggested, guided search capabilities, millisecond results, a sleek new user interface and elegant thumbnail views. It’s used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies. And it’s just been updated to make it better than ever.

Get Your Assets in Gear with Portfolio 1.5

Portfolio has added full compatibility with Apple® OS X® Yosemite (v10.10) and advanced reporting options. It’s also faster than ever, with new features that increase the efficiency of importing, copying, updating, converting and exporting assets.

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Finding fresh fonts—an endless effort

If you’re a designer and you’re reading this blog, chances are you love typography and fresh new fonts. If you’re like me, you call out fonts you like and dislike in everyday use for your loved ones (They love this, trust me… just ask my wife). You bookmark good “new free fonts” lists. You hoard way too many on your hard drive.

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YosemiteToday Apple released a free update to their OS X operating system, version 10.10, known as Yosemite.

Support for Extensis products is as follows:

Suitcase Fusion

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

Support for the current version of Portfolio is as follows:

  • Portfolio Web can be used to connect to Portfolio on OS X Yosemite from any supported browser. See this page for browser requirements.
  • Portfolio, Portfolio NetPublish and Portfolio Express are not supported for use on OS X Yosemite. We expect to release compatible versions during the first quarter of 2015.

Previous versions of Portfolio Server have not been tested in an OS X Yosemite environment, and are not supported.

DAM Best Practice Guide - Free Guide


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MavericksApple announced today the availability of OS X Mavericks (10.9). This update includes a number of new features that can affect the performance of Extensis software.

We know that many organizations rely upon digital asset management and font management from Extensis. We have been testing beta software from Apple, and are now building and testing with the final release versions.

Suitcase Fusion

An updated version of Suitcase Fusion 5 will be available in 3-4 weeks that includes OS X Mavericks compatibility. Previous versions of Suitcase Fusion will not be updated, please upgrade to version 5 if you require Mavericks compatibility.

UPDATE: Suitcase Fusion 5 is now compatible with Mavericks.

Download the most current version of Suitcase Fusion 5.

Universal Type Server

An updated Universal Type Client 4 will be available in about a month that supports OS X Mavericks.  There are no known issues with the Server running on OS X Mavericks.

Extensis Portfolio

We will be releasing updates to Extensis Portfolio Server and the NetMediaMax add-on by the end of the year, 2013. These updates will include compatibility with OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1, and Windows 2012 R2. There are no known issues with the Portfolio Desktop Client running on Mavericks.


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News broke recently that Apple lost it’s appeal in the the intellectual property infringement case with Samsung in the UK.

While Apple was awarded $1.05 Billion in damages in the US, the case was decidedly different in the UK.

What’s most interesting in the case for me was the fact that the Apple is being forced by the High Court of Justice to apologize in newspapers and on the web using the Arial typeface in at least 14 points.

Heck, if I were the judge, I would have had the sensitivity to Apple’s branding to require them to use Myriad. (Tongue planted firmly in cheek.)


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Today we released an update to the Universal Type Client (v3.3) that adds full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), adds a new font auto-activation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS6, and fixes a number of known issues.

The update is available free of charge to all existing Universal Type Server 3 customers.

To take advantage of the new features, download and install the updated client software.

Download the update here.

NOTE: To take advantage of the Adobe CS6 plug-ins, be sure to install the CS6 first, followed by the update to the Universal Type Client. The client installer automatically locates your CS6 applications and places the new plug-ins in the appropriate locations.


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