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We’d like to bring your attention to three leading magazine publishers that are using Universal Type Server to manage and distribute fonts to their publishing groups across the globe to secure font compliance across their organizations. Washingtonian Magazine, MetroCorp and Future Publishing have selected Universal Type Server to ensure font compliance and avoid multi-million dollar font lawsuits as recently experienced by NBC

As you may know, font license agreements are just as strict as other software license agreements and come with substantial legal implications for misuse. NBC was recently served with a lawsuit for $2 Million by the Font Bureau Inc., a typographic design firm, which alleges that the network infringed the firm’s fonts in marketing material used to promote its shows.

Companies across the world rely on Universal Type Server to ensure font compliance and avoid these costly oversights.

Washingtonian Magazine, MetroCorp (publisher of Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine) and Future Publishing have all recognized the benefits of a server-based solution over decentralized font management solutions in ensuring font compliance.

Ed Haynes, IT Customer Services Manager at Future Publishing states, “We publish over one hundred titles and Universal Type Server gives us consistency across all of them and provides us with font usage reporting, which is essential for us to monitor our compliance.”

As font use is a key element in the day-to-day running of these publishers, a system that ensures consistency and efficiency without inhibiting creativity is vital.

Colin McSherry, Associate Art Director/ Mac Tech Support at Philadelphia Magazine agrees, “Universal Type Server allows us to delegate a large portion of font management responsibilities to a server that monitors font compliance.”

According to Paul Chernoff, Director of Information Technology at Washingtonian Magazine “Universal Type Server makes it easy for The Washingtonian to distribute fonts used only for a specific article. Recording the font license directly in the server ensures that we don’t accidentally exceed the font’s license.”

Chernoff added, “Before we had Universal Type Server, we always bought licenses for our entire staff; Type Server has made it possible to buy fewer licenses by making font management easier.”

To learn how to keep your creative workflows safe and legal with effective font management, join Thomas Phinney (@thomasphinney), Extensis Senior Product Manager for Fonts and Typography, for this webcast recording that takes an insightful look into the world of font licensing.

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i.Business Magazine, a new Apple-related business publication, has just released their premiere issue featuring an article I wrote on digital asset management.

About i.Business:

The only Apple-related business magazine. We focus on vertical markets such as Retail, CAD, Real Estate, Legal, Manufacturing, Shipping & Transportation, Scientific Computing, Medical, Automotive, Manufacturers, Accounting/Finance, Print & Graphics and Security & Surveillance. Our content focuses on a solution-based approach to productivity, workflow management and tips & tricks. Magazine articles are contributed from a plethora of industry experts with years of experience.

You can preview the first issue of i.Business magazine and my article on Zinio

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MacUser Five Mouse Rating

There is nothing mousy about receiving MacUser’s perfect five mouse rating for Suitcase Fusion 2. This month, two premier Mac-focused publications, Macworld and MacUser, have published favorable reviews on Suitcase Fusion 2:

Keith Martin from MacUser says, “The real icing on the cake, and what sets this version of Suitcase ahead of the pack, is the preview features it offers.”

While James Dempsey of Macworld states, “To my delight, Fusion 2 has done a remarkable job in stability, speed and usability.”

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Today we announced that three highly-acclaimed and well respected professional photographers all trust their image collections to Extensis Portfolio.

Steve McCurry is best known for his award-winning color photography who shoots in an intense documentary style that captures both the joy and heartbreak of the human condition. Steve has covered world events including the Iran-Iraq war, disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, the Gulf War and many others.

Steve McCurry’s evocative imagery from Pakistan

Mary Ellen Mark was voted the most influential woman photographer by American Photo Magazine. She is known for her images that fall between social photojournalism and portraiture.

“I often get requests from clients for my images,” says photographer Mary Ellen Mark. “Portfolio’s extensive archiving and retrieval capabilities enable my staff to find the right image in a timely and efficient manner and track its usage.”

Mary Ellen Mark’s evocative twin photo series

Scott Markewitz has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest adventure photographers. His work has appeared on over 350 US and international magazine covers. He is best known for his amazing ability to capture the impossible as it happens on skis.

Scott Markewitz has captured the most amazing feats on skis

Meet Jim Parkinson

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Rolling Stone 40th Anniversary Cover (1 of 3) I am a HUGE music geek so I have seen that logo over there in loads of versions-not just in previous incarnations as it has evolved over the years, but also in different colors, behind people, over people, it’s been played with quite a bit. But it always looks like Rolling Stone, and it has for more than a thousand issues over the last forty years. It turns out there’s a reason, and it is Jim Parkinson. has a monthly newsletter called Creative Characters where they interview interesting “type” folks. You can suggest people to them and subscribe to get the newsletter each month, if you so desire. Somehow I missed out on April until just this week. I cant imagine how, but it’s a really interesting read. Aside from Rolling Stone, Jim has done work for Hallmark, Esquire, and Newsweek, so even if you don’t read RS you have likely seen his work someplace.

What I liked in reading about this was finding out his process and understanding designing with type a little more-you never (ok, maybe you did, but *I* never) thought about the word “Newsweek” at the top of the cover each week as design, let alone as type design. Plus I love hearing about process when people create things, and seeing a bit of how he gets things started and having some insight into how things really get going is endlessly fascinating.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m finding that working at Extensis has made me a LOT more aware of type and how it’s used, and I’m finding all kinds of examples. It’s sort of a case of “blue car syndrome” (you start noticing blue cars and suddenly they are everywhere) but also an extension of spending all the livelong day surrounded by fonts, since my job includes supporting a font manager (and no I don’t mean my boss!).

Where have you noticed type for the first time lately? If you can’t remember, take a good look around today and come back and tell me tomorrow. Go ahead! I’ll check back and if you all have interesting things to report I will tell everyone about it next week!

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DG Call for Entry

The publishers of DG magazine – formerly Design Graphics – are currently calling for entries into their annual publication DG Portfolio 2008. As always, the DG Portfolio will showcase a wide range of images from around the world.

The DG Portfolio 2008 will feature rich computer graphics, imagery from design and advertising studios, internet and new media design, photography and illustration. The contest is open to designers, design studios,advertising agencies, corporate marketing departments, clients,digital artists, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators. If you are in this market, check it out as it is a great vehicle for exposing your talent to a worldwide audience. The deadline is April 11, 2008 – entry form can be found here.

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cover_issue.jpg I must admit I feel a little weird writing a whole post about me. I mean, I do write some personal blog posts for myself from time to time, but those are things about what I ate today or this thing that makes me cranky, not usually posts about the awesome thing I did, and I think this is pretty awesome.

I have written a couple of small articles for Mac|Life, the magazine that used to be MacAddict. I did some Shareware Pick Of The Month columns-they were a small portion of a page-but for someone who only ever had something published in a now-defunct local publication (ComputerBits, in case you’re local too) it was pretty cool to be asked, let alone to actually write it!

Anyway! A few months ago they asked me if I would write a font management article. Of course I would! It just so happens that I know an awful lot about the subject, what with my day job being what it is. So I got to work turning all the random font management and tips and tricks rattling around in my head into a piece of writing that met a word count limit (something blogs thankfully don’t have!) which was new. Not to mention I had to make it coherent and interesting to someone who had never managed a font before, but also make it handy for someone who has a grasp of the whole font management thing. It was a challenge I actually enjoyed.

So I wrote and wrote and deleted a bunch and wrote it again and obsessed over word count and tweaked and edited until it was finally a document I could live with, and I sent it off. I got a couple of small changes to make, made them, and waited (and waited and waited and waited, which I’m bad at) until the February issue appeared in our office, and the Learn: section is my article! Two full pages of stuff I wrote. So I got to make an awesome phone call to my mom, who likes the internet and sort of gets the blog thing but is way more excited about being able to go to the store and buy a magazine I am in.

Self-promotion aside, I really do think it’s a good article and if you would like a nice compact overview of how to start managing your fonts and stop letting your fonts manage you, this is a great way to start. You can actually do all of the “work” parts of this article in a very small amount of time, and it really is possible to bend your font collection to your will. If you subscribe or you happen across a copy, let me know what you think!

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Like anyone else in this game of commerce that we play, we like to create work that resonates with our customers. We communicate through all of the standard means – our website, blog, events, and our advertising efforts. We try to create fun and interesting advertisements that will leave a positive impression with our customers and future customers. Yet, it’s often difficult to know how our target audience is responding.

Fortunately, one of our favorite magazines, Communication Arts does a reader survey every so often that allows us to get a glimpse into how people respond to our advertisements. Most recently, we placed our “Street Fight” font management advertisement in a recent issue that was part of the survey. The messaging impact study, performed by Readex Research, covered both quantitative (believability, information value, etc) and qualitative (what feeling did they get) information from readers.

The final 19 page report is a treasure trove of charts tables and reader quotes. I’m happy to report that our creative endeavors paid off with the ad receiving the second highest rating in the entire issue.

Suitcase Fusion Font Conflicts advertisement

What’s even more fun than the charts of data are the reader quotes. These really give an insight into the thoughts of individual readers. Here are a few that I’d like to share:

  • “The personification of type is very clever. It’s creative, which gives the feeling that these people know how to use type, which in turn helps convince me of buying the product.”
  • “They might have a solution for the problem I have.”
  • “Familiar and trusted products. This supports the playful computer needs with headline as payoff— works.”
  • “Fresh. Modern. Eye catching.”
  • “I think this ad is very unique and attention getting.”
  • “Image is clever. Use of fonts is amusing. Would file for use later.”
  • “Interesting. Clever. Made me curious about the product.”
  • “It’s a little gloomy and very dark image for fonts, but the fonts do have a twist on it which helps. Brings fun into it, but you have to look twice at it.”

Overall, we’re very happy with the final results. Do you have a favorite ad that you’ve read, created or reviewed?

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Communication Arts CoverBack in the early days of my employment with Extensis, the first task I was assigned was to review industry publications to look for any mention of Extensis products (for you Extensis-buffs, this was back when we still sold Photoshop plug-ins so this task was more extensive than it would be today).

Through this process, I was exposed to a number of very badly-executed publications, a large number of mediocre ones, and a small handful that I actually enjoyed reading. My personal favorite from the latter category was Communication Arts.

Filled with uniquely-themed design galleries, awards for the best interactive websites and other fun features, I would always find myself putting this publication at the bottom of the pile as a treat for the very end.

If you’re looking for a nice distraction during the day, I highly recommend checking it out. They even seem to have added a typography section which contains interesting editorials and galleries on all things type.

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As you may have already heard, Leopard, or Mac OS version 10.5, is going to be released in a little more than a week. You can hit Apple’s front page and count down for yourself if you like, I’m sure by now you can get a widget or two counting down the seconds. Can’t you? (taptaptaptap) Oh look! You can! And then of course if you live someplace with an Apple store or with an Authorized Reseller you might have a full-on party of your own to go to. That graphic above is part of the invitation to an OS release party at MacForce our local (and my favorite) Mac joint. How can you resist an invitation THAT adorable?

So if you can NOT freaking wait for the new update, then there’s a few suggestions I can make that might help pass the time. My first and of course most important suggestion is to go look at TidBITS since they have a post with some ebooks about upgrading and how to customize your installation. Also you can check out the opinions of readers of MacWorld magazine, they took a survey and published the results for you, in an article with good links to features in the new OS. You can also check out Apple’s Install Support Page which has some tips as well.

And being the first Mac OS upgrade since the other guys released Vista, I would be shirking my fangirl duties if I didn’t link to a graphic showing the upgrade path. You can also check out The Unofficial Apple Weblog (or TUAW) and see what they have to say about Leopard.

Where will YOU be at 6 next Friday?

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