March 31st, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
You’ve got to make the tough choices, and perhaps that means that you can’t upgrade to Apple’s latest and greatest OS just yet. To help keep you going with professional font management, we’ve updated our single-user font manager, Suitcase Fusion 2 to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger.
Version 13.1 also includes a number of new features and fixed issues. This includes:
- New ability to search for fonts by the “Date Added” to Suitcase Fusion.
- Added ability to search by “Keyword” with the QuickFind tool.
- New “Library” column in the Fonts pane shows where your fonts are located.
- Updated font corruption warnings when adding fonts.
- Ability to disable warnings from Suitcase Fusion 2.
- Plug-in manager improvements, including the ability to install more than one copy of a plug-in for multiple versions of a host application.
- Automatic removal of obsolete plug-ins.
- Suitcase Fusion 2 users on Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) now have access to plug-ins for Adobe CS4 and Quark 8.
This is a free update for all current Suitcase Fusion 2 users. It’s easy to upgrade your current installation if you have Suitcase Fusion 2 currently installed. To update, from the Suitcase Fusion 2 menu, choose Check for Updates and follow the instructions to download and apply the update.
March 24th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
Kinetic typography has been all the rage lately. And while this isn’t exactly the same as other videos, it does show how prolific and extensive the creative use of typography has become.
Now that it’s trickled down to the kid-consumer level, I wonder what other projects will soon include the extensive use of type? Perhaps baby bottles?
There are all sorts of interesting iPhone applications coming down the pipe. And, when it comes to design and typography related apps, there are some defintely useful ones, such as MyFonts.com’s What the Font and FontShop AG’s FontSuffle.
Here’s one that made me chuckle a bit. Created by Jason Franzen and Adrian Johnson, in the game KERN a word with a missing letter drops down the screen. You position the letter at the bottom of the screen appropriately before it reaches the bottom, and then it’s scored by how appropriately it’s kerned with the other letters in the word. Looks a bit challenging to me.
Check out this video of the game in action.
[via the FormationAlliance]
February 4th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
Are you tired of all of your friends and family saying things like “What’s up with you and fonts?!” or perhaps “I just don’t get why fonts matter so much!” Well, here’s some ammunition for you to fire back across the dinner table.
Apparently a letter that was recently uncovered from long-deceased Dallas Cowboy Bob Hayes. Now the authenticity of that letter is being called into question because it uses the font Calibri, which wasn’t even introduced to the public until after Mr. Hayes death.
So, it looks as if there’s a controversy brewing, and you can point directly to the typeface in use. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, eh?
[Thanks to Support Technician Jeff Williams for the tip!]
You asked for help, and we listened. We recently published a new document to our website, the Universal Type Server, Server Administration Quick Start Guide. This document covers all of the basics that you’ll need to get up and running quickly with our server-based font manager.
If you’re wanting to try out Type Server for your business, or just want to quickly configure a server using the basic settings, the is the document that you’ll want to follow.
For more complicated configurations, we highly recommend reading the Server Administration Guide and the Users and Workgroups Administration Guide and taking some time to plan out your server configuration. These guides walk you through multiple implementation strategies, as well as detail all of the server settings.
So, if you’ve been wanting to try out a client/server font manager, we’ve just made it a bit easier to get up and running. Come check it out.
Have you ever spent time at Yay!Monday? It’s a neat site that showcases all manner of images, and you can click on the image and go off to that person’s site and see more of their work. As you can probably guess by the name of that site, it’s only updated on Mondays.
Well thanks to my friend and local blogger The Silicon Florist, I discovered two interesting things about Yay!Monday. First, I discovered that Chris Kalani, who is behind Yay!Monday, is in Vancouver WA, which is right next to Portland (for those who aren’t local). Then I also found out that apparently Yay!Monday wasn’t enough so now there is also Yay!Everyday which will feature submissions from folks specially selected to contribute.
This is really interesting to me because there appears to be a nice mix of contributors so you never know what you’ll get next. And of course there’s always the chance I’ll get a random illustration or photograph that happens to involve things I really like. Such as Tim Burton movies. I found this image on Yay!Everyday, and at first it doesn’t seem all that interesting (if you’re me and know the person on the right is the director of a film featuring the person on the left). But look closer. See the expression on the kid’s face? Is that because he’s covered in chocolate or because he’s standing next to Tim Burton? Who knows?
So if you are one of the few who likes Mondays because that’s when Yay!Monday is updated, now you can look forward to each day. If you have a stash of bookmarks for design and/or inspiration, you can certainly add these to that folder. And if you live or work in the Portland/Vancouver area, take an extra measure of enjoyment in the “Surf Locally” aspect of the site.
Most prominently, of course, is the design surrounding President Barack Obama’s campaign. Shepard Fairey / Obey created the first iconic red, white and blue poster image.
Now Paste magazine has created a nifty online tool that allows you to make your own icon, using only your webcam or an uploaded image. I think that my cat deserves her own cool icon.
January 19th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
Yup, kinetic typography is entirely and officially mainstream now. My mother-in-law just sent me a link to a recent Starbucks advertisement that’s promoting a coffee giveaway in return for donating some of your time for national service this week. It’s a great idea for Starbucks to promote themselves and philanthropy in this way.
The ad features MC Yogi and is in fact quite catchy. Check it out.
[Thanks for the tip Kim!]
Updates in this release include:
- Fixed an issue affecting some configurations of Mac OS X 10.5.6 that would prevent Suitcase Fusion 2 from launching.
- Fixed an issue reported through the crash reporter to increase application stability.
To download the update, from the Suitcase Fusion 2 menu, choose “Check for Updates.”
Otherwise, you can download the update directly from the Extensis website: http://www.extensis.com/en/support/updates/SF2-13-0-2.jsp
January 14th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
Historic events are typically surrounded with much pomp and circumstance. The inauguration of a new president is definitely one of those occasions. And, while most of us won’t be receiving an invitation to an inauguration in our lifetime, the printer who worked on the invitations was kind enough to take some photos to share the design with the world.
The Red Stamp blog contains full details about the paper weight, size and so forth. Most of our readers will likely just want to know which typefaces were used, and those were slightly modified versions of Shelley Allegro and Kuenstler. No word on exactly what modifications were made, but I bet with some careful examination some of you will be able to tell.