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With the explosion of digital assets and media over the past decade, companies struggle with how to keep files organized, accessible, and properly managed. More files means more inefficiencies in the form of lost time and money spent trying to find them.

 

The Ultimate Digital Asset Management (DAM) System Has Arrived: Introducing Extensis Portfolio

Introducing Extensis Portfolio

 

Our newest release of Extensis Portfolio™ couldn’t come at a better time. In the words of our esteemed Product Manager of Digital Asset Management Solutions, Maxwell Mabe, “This is the most significant update to Portfolio since its inception, addressing core DAM functionality with an emphasis on workflow and user experience.” Built for collections of up to 10 million assets, Portfolio gets them organized into a meaningful, usable collection, and lets you find what you need, fast. Continue Reading »


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Today is Friday and maybe you have some “extra” time before the weekend. Why not try a free Portfolio Server demo before you leave the office today? Here’s how you can try Portfolio Server in 4 easy steps.

(I recommend listening to this song while following these steps)

Step 1

Go here and sign up to download the Portfolio Server installer.

Step 2

Download and install supporting software:

QuickTime® (Windows only, QuickTime is built into OS X)

Adobe® DNG Converter

Step 3

You will receive a serial code for Portfolio Server and NetMediaMAX in an email. Install the Portfolio Server and add serial codes, catalogs and accounts using the Portfolio Server Admin:

http://localhost:8091

(replace “localhost” in the link above with the IP address of your server if you are administering it from another computer)

Username:administrator
Password:password

Step 4

Connect to Portfolio Server using the Web Client and begin adding files.

http://localhost:8090
(replace “localhost” in the link above with the IP address of your server if you are administering it from another computer)

Username: administrator
Password: password

That’s it! Have a great weekend!


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The Portfolio Server Web Client provides easy access to all of your cataloged assets. This video shows you how to use the web client to organize and convert all of your files.


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If your organization struggles with any of the following font issues, you’ll benefit from learning more about server-based font management:

  • Keeping fonts on multiple machines in synchronization
  • Ensuring that you have purchased the appropriate number of font licenses
  • Keeping unlicensed fonts from entering your workflow
  • Remotely managing user access to font assets
  • Ensuring that both Mac and Windows users have the right fonts

Attend this HOW DesignCast to find out how a font server can address the needs of your team.

  • February 8, 2011
  • 1:00 PM (Pacific) / 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Duration: 1 hour, including Q & A

Register for the DesignCast Today

A recorded webcast will be emailed to you if you register but can’t attend.


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2010 could easily be called “The Year Typography Came to the Web.” You may have heard about web fonts, and want to start using them in projects, but aren’t sure just how to do so.

In this DesignCast, I’ll show you how web fonts function, describe some of the challenges of implementation, and show you how a web font service can be used to bring real fonts to your web projects.

DesignCast details:

  • Thursday, November 18, 2010
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PST, 4:00 PM – 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Register Here

I hope that you’ll join me next week!


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Extensis software webcastsA few upcoming webcasts to note, this time for those of you who speak French and German.

On January 20th and 21st, we’ll be demonstrating how NetMediaMAX can assist in image processing workflows.

NetMediaMAX allows users to:

  • Create composite PDF proofs from various files without opening multiple applications.
  • Batch resize your images, convert to a different file format and resize for Web usage and save your preferences.
  • Deliver digital files via self-service web portals and allow others to export low-res files of the originals on-the-fly.
  • Automatically create multiple derivatives of your originals and even apply destructive watermarks for protection.

Register for one of our two webcasts. Choose the appropriate event based on language:

Extensis products are localized so that they run in many different languages. For most of our products, we support English, French, German and Japanese languages. In addition, we are working to expand the language support for many of our products to include Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.


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Extensis software webcastsOver the past year, we’ve covered a wide range of digital asset management and font management topics in our webcasts. If you missed out viewing these live, I’m happy to share that we’ve provided a wide variety of these webcasts free of charge on our website.

So if you’re looking to improve your digital asset management workflow, investigate font management best practices, or just see what’s new in our products, we’ve got a webcast for you.

Use the links below to launch our most popular webcasts:


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Suitcase Fusion 2 for Windows weabcstWondering what’s new in the Windows version of our single-user font manager, Suitcase Fusion 2? Well, there’s a whole lotta good stuff, and we’re just itching to show it off to you.

This upcoming Tuesday we have two webcasts that will provide you with a complete overview of all of the new features, and how they can make your font management experience better and more fun. There will be a Q & A period following the demo, so be sure to stick around so that we can answer any of your font management questions.

Please register for one of these upcoming webcasts. We look forward to it!

North American Webcast

  • December 15, 2009
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Register Here

European Webcast

  • December 15, 2009
  • 10am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) / 11am CET (Central European Time)
  • Register Here

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Portfolio NetMediaMAX for digitial asset managementLast week we released a new addition to our digital asset management product line, Portfolio NetMediaMAX. This Thursday we’ll be demonstrating how NetMediaMAX assist in image processing workflows.

NetMediaMAX allows users to:

  • Create composite PDF proofs from various files without opening multiple applications.
  • Batch resize your images, convert to a different file format and resize for Web usage and save your preferences.
  • Deliver digital files via self-service web portals and allow others to export low-res files of the originals on-the-fly.
  • Automatically create multiple derivatives of your originals and even apply destructive watermarks for protection.

Register for one of our two webcasts. Choose the appropriate event based on your location.

European Webcast

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009
  • 10 a.m. GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), 11 a.m. CET (Central European Time)
  • Register Here

North American Webcast

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009
  • 11:00 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Register Here

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HOW Design Conference 2009

On Friday, June 26, I’ll be speaking at the HOW Design Conference in Austin, Texas (which runs from Wednesday through Saturday). My talk is entitled “10 Things You Didn’t Know Fonts Could Do.” Here’s the blurb from the conference program:

  • Join type guru Thomas Phinney on a whirlwind tour of advanced typography using OpenType, from the incredibly useful to the bizarre. You’ll learn how advanced typographic effects formerly only available to experts can now be automated, and see how cutting-edge fonts can do everything from emulate realistic handwriting to translate languages. You’ll get plenty of tips and tricks (including tips for more legible type in print and onscreen), and there will be time set aside for Q&A—so be sure to bring your burning type questions.

I’ll also show a bit on using fonts to defeat evil and stop crime, and fonts that censor themselves! I promise this is a not-to-be-missed show. Most folks have never seen anything like some of the things I’m going to show here.

Oh, yeah, and somewhere in there I’ll have a little bit on server-based font management.

If you’re at the show, please feel free to accost me to chat about anything font related, including of course Suitcase Fusion 2 and Universal Type Server 2.


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