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X-Ray MagazineFor those of you who are fans of all things Quark, you’ll be happy to hear that the definitive QuarkXPress publication, X-Ray Magazine is once again being published in PDF format.

This issue covers a wide range of topics, from using AppleScript with images to a review of 7 common Quark XTensions.

Download the newest issue of X-Ray here (PDF, of course).

As a related issue, if you rely upon XTensions to auto-activate fonts in QuarkXPress , be sure to check out the following page for the most current versions compatible with version 7.


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Quark Symposium 2007As you might remember, we’re proud sponsors of the current Quark Symposium 2007 Conference series. If you’re a Quark user, or want to know more about the Quark technology, this is a good, FREE event to attend.

After the first two symposium stops, we can tell you that they’re becoming quite popular. In New York, a record was set for this type of event with over 540 people attending. In Montreal, event sessions were presented in both English and French.

Craig Lanning’s session on typography was packed, and he spent a great deal of time answering customers questions after the session about typography, fonts and effective font management. Craig will also be presenting a typography session at all of the upcoming tour stops.

Also, at the end of each typography session, we’re giving away a few copies of Suitcase Fusion to selected attendees. Stop on by for your chance to win free software.

These are the four remaining stops on the symposium tour.

  • Houston, Hyatt Regency, June 6, 2007
  • Orlando, World Marriott, June 19, 2007
  • Los Angeles, Westin Bonaventura, June 27, 2007
  • Chicago, Navy Pier, October 30, 2007

This event is free to attend, so check out the Quark site for registration information.


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Quark Symposium 2007Today we announced our sponsorship of the Quark Symposium 2007 Conference Series. This North America series includes presentations, product demonstrations and hands-on training for Quark products.

The free symposium features sessions for designers, production managers, and output providers. You can participate in sessions covering design best practices, typography and color management.

Here are the dates and locations of the tour:

  • New York, Metropolitan Pavilion, May 9, 2007
  • Montreal, Hyatt Regency, May 16, 2007
  • Houston, Hyatt Regency, June 6, 2007
  • Orlando, World Marriott, June 19, 2007
  • Los Angeles, Westin Bonaventura, June 28, 2007
  • Chicago, Navy Pier, October 30, 2007

For conference registration and more info:
http://www.quark.com/about/events/symposium/

This symposium is FREE to attend, so check it out.


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Font Sense LogoToday we announced a new patent for the Extensis Font Sense™ technology that allows you to activate the right font when you need it.

While it might not be immediately apparent, the Font Sense technology is at the heart of accurate font activation. Font Sense is built into the Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase for Windows and Font Reserve line of products, and it’s the Font Sense technology that inspects, accurately identifies and embeds font tracking information into each of your documents. This way, font sense works like a fingerprint for your fonts. A fingerprint that travels with your document ensuring that the right fonts are used each time the document is opened.

Font Sense technology is used by our auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and QuarkXPress. And, this information is compatible with all cross-platform documents. So, if you create an InDesign document on a Mac using Suitcase Fusion, providing that you are using cross-platform fonts, you can open the identical document in Microsoft Vista using Suitcase for Windows.

We remain committed to update font activation plug-ins and XTensions as required to maintain compatibility with the most popular design applications and operating systems. We are currently working to finalize changes to our plug-ins to maintain compatibility with the updated Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS3, and will provide updated plug-ins shortly after CS3 ships.

Check out these links for more info on Font Sense:


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Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced that Lars Thunstrom, Northern European Business Manager for Extensis will present a session titled “Become an Expert in Managing Your Fonts” at a series of three events across Scandinavia later this month. The “Stand Out From the Crowd” half-day seminar series includes sessions and demonstrations presented by Quark, Apple and Extensis in conjunction with Network Innovations.

In his session, Lars will examine the unique requirements of a creative typography workflow. He will discuss how the use of thousands of fonts in a creative workgroup presents challenges to the creation of a flexible, yet controlled computing environment. Lars will also present and demonstrate proven workflow solutions for creative professionals.

For more information and registration:

Tuesday 27th March in Stockholm

Wednesday 28th March in Oslo

Thursday 29th March in Copenhagen


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Quark logoQuark has announced that they’re working on a version of QuarkXPress that will be Microsoft Vista compatible. They plan to have it available within 30 days.

If you’re a QuarkXPress user, and rely upon Suitcase for Windows for font management, rest assured that we’re diligently testing our QuarkXPress XTensions to ensure full compatibility with the updated version.

For the complete scoop, see the Quark website.


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Nothing seems to bring out the consternation of software users more than the details. Right now one of the biggest controversies in the design world deals with product icons. For the next release of the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe has done a complete conceptual redesign of all of their icons based on a color wheel / periodic table model. It’s an interesting concept, yet has left many users feeling that their favorite applications are now branded with a boring, nondescript chip of color.

New Adobe CS3 icons

In what seems to be an effort to sway Adobe’s mind about their choice of icons, the site Quark vs InDesign is holding an icon design contest. There are quite a few fabulous prizes (OK, here’s a question, why are prizes always fabulous? Can’t they be something else? I think that I’ll make up a word here… Jamtastic! Yeah that’s it.) So, there are many jamtastic prizes, some of which we contributed!

Creating good icons is a skill that I highly admire, and unfortunately do not possess. So, if you’ve got the creative chops to work on a pixel-by-pixel basis, I recommend checking out the contest.


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Suitcase for WindowsToday we announced the next version of our professional font management for
the Microsoft Windows® platform.

This release of Suitcase™ for Windows® adds a number of new font auto-activation plug-ins, an innovative font vault, as well as compatibility with the next operating system, Microsoft Vista.

Auto-activation plug-ins can be extremely helpful. Basically, when you open a document, the auto-activation plug-ins use our Font Sense technology to ensure that you’re using the exact version of the font that was used when the document was created. We’ve created plug-ins for the most popular design utilities. These include in Adobe InDesignCS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2 and QuarkXPress 7.

For the full scoop, read our official press release.


Macworld Expo BUZZ Blog

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MacWorldBUZZYou want to go, we know it. And of course you want to stay abreast of the most important happenings, changes and improvements at the Expo. And who better to keep you informed than the Paul Kent, the VP in charge of the event. So why don’cha check out his Macworld Conference & Expo BUZZ blog. It’s chock full of bloggity goodness and helpful info.

Oh, and don’t forget, if you want to get a free pass to the Exhibit Hall, be sure to leave a comment on the previous post. We hope to see you there!


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MacworldIt might seem a bit early to most of you out there, but we’re already thinking about an important annual Mac event. An event so huge that it’s often referred to as the Mecca for Mac-heads, yes, it’s Macworld Expo.

Since its inception, we’ve had a booth at the Expo to tout our wares to the legions of fellow Mac-o-philes, and this year is no exception. In addition to letting you know what fine, fabulous products we have, this year we’ll be hosting a number of panel discussions and informational presentations.

Our two panel discussions will be staffed with industry experts, and will feature lively discussions about fonts – how they are created, as well as utilized in applications.

The first panel is called Working with Type in Design Applications. This panel will consist of our very own Extensis VP, Martin Stein as well as other industry experts. The focus of this panel will be about how these critical design applications interact with fonts.

So, here’s where your input comes in. To help use make the content of the panel the most helpful for you, and to guide our planning, we’d like to know what you want to ask our panelists.

For example:

  • How does each respective design application choose and display font menu names?
  • Do you have an application specific engine for rendering or managing fonts?
  • Does your company have a philosophy for how to handle fonts in your applications?

We hope to generate a lively discussion, and your help is definitely appreciated.

And, to show you just how much we appreciate your help, we’re giving away free passes to the Macworld Expo Exhibit Hall to the first 50 people who post a relevant question in the comments of this post.

Be sure to enter your email address correctly, so that I can send you an email with instructions for redeeming your free pass.


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