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Extensis Universal Type Server

Spring has sprung and beta is in the air. I am somewhat belated in posting, but yes, the Universal Type Server beta is operational and being tested by the best and the brightest: our customers.

We have reached out to our power users across the globe to test out Universal Type Server in as many representative work environments as possible. We calculated every permutation of small team/ large team/Mac/Win/US/Europe…yada yada. You get the idea.

Industries currently testing Universal Type Server include:

  • Printing
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Education

…and more. We’re feeling confident we’ve got you covered. So thank you in advance to all of our customers- for their input on the product, and their feedback on how it is performing. You help us do better and keep us honest. Fingers crossed that it works as well for you as it has for us. I’ll surely keep you posted.

* The Universal Type Server beta comes to you courtesy of a very hard-working development and product management team that has been living on Starbuck’s and the occasional doughnut. We thank them all so very much. You know who you are.


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Macworld Encore - view presentations from Macworld 2008 and beforeDidn’t have a chance to make it to Macworld 2008? You can now get some of the same benefits previously only available to attendees. Videos of many of the presentations are now available free of charge on the Macworld Encore site. These presentations cover many topics, including Photoshop tricks, design workflows, e-learning, photography and so much more.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Andrew Shalat’s Photoshop presentation
  • Chris Orwig’s presentation about The Art and Craft of Digital Photography
  • Merlin Mann’s Living with Data presentation

Also, if you missed Macworld, you also missed your chance to see Universal Type Server in person. We’ve posted some short videos over on YouTube and Viddler, as well as some more in-depth demonstrations at Typeserver.com if you’d like to take a gander.


Creativity Day in Milan

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Extensis sponsors Creativity Day in Milan

Milan is well known for it’s contribution to the fashion industry. There are many other creative professions in Italy, and Creativity Day was organized as gathering place for those in the graphic design, photography and digital arts industries. The entire day is dedicated to free seminars, training courses and an exhibition, covering all aspects of design, digital arts and communications.

If you’re in need of a creative re-tooling, or maybe just an excuse to bop out for your fix of Risotto Milanese, take a moment to sign up for Creativity Day.

In addition to being an event sponsor, we are previewing the next innovation to our client/server font management product line, Universal Type Server. Be sure to stop by for a chance to check it out in person.


Typography T’s

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A year ago (or more) while working on some print ads with our friends at ZIG (who also have a nice blog), we discussed the possibility of using a well-known typographer for some of the artwork. And while that didn’t pan out for that project, in the back of my mind I knew we would want to call on Carlos Segura at some point.

Bingo! An opportunity presented itself as we were leading up the Macworld show. We needed to design a t-shirt that would be part of a campaign to the press and corporate customers around the unveiling of Universal Type Server. So I picked up the phone and called Carlos.

Carlos is more than just a designer. He and his team are typographers, type designers, and also the owners of T 26 type foundry. In short- these guys really know type.Typography Tshirt by Carlos Segura Inc.After some discussion they produced this T for us, which we delivered to the press in that safe we wrote about a while back. We also used this design on our booth shirts (seen in this post). And we gave some out as prizes in the theater.

I’ve said this before, but I don’t know what it is about T-shirts. People gotta have ’em. This is a well-documented phenomenon. Suffice it to say we received a lot of comments on them. People wanted to know where to get them. Finally, I have an answer for that question. Stay tuned- we’ll be running a promotion through which you can get your hands on a limited supply.

Many thanks to Carlos and his team. They are a great bunch to work with. Put them on your short list. (and if you don’t have a list–never too late to start one).


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While at Macworld 2008, we took the opportunity to record a few quick demonstrations of features included in Universal Type Server. I asked people who were staffing our booth to each describe a different feature of the product in 60 seconds or less. These short little videos give you a quick look into the features of the product.

Product Marketing Manager, Cindy Valladares demonstrates the backup feature.

Megan Banman shows off the Smart Set feature of Universal Type Server in this video.

In this one I describe the benefits of the font license tracking feature.

Claire Taylor demonstrates the keywording feature.

Marisela Alzuhn describes the QuickFind feature, and how it helps you to quickly locate fonts in the Universal Type Client.

Also, if you missed it, this earlier post contains videos about the Previewing capabilities of the Universal Type Client as well as the web based server administration tools.

Stay tuned to Manage This for more product demos and information about release dates.


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Macworld 2008 ended last Friday. It was a great place to show off Universal Type Server for the first time publicly.

I had a bit of time this past weekend to upload some additional videos. Here’s what the show floor looked like just 30 minutes after the show floor closed. It’s amazing how quickly everything comes apart. It’s all basically all held together with velcro, gaffer tape and zip ties.

Stay tuned for more Universal Type Server videos as well as videos of other items on the show floor.


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The Unofficial Apple Weblog folks stopped by the Extensis booth and chatted with Kelly Guimont for a few minutes about Universal Type Server. Check out their short video:

Also, be sure to check out the blog post.


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We’ve been showing off Universal Type Server all day for the past week at Macworld 2008, and it seems that everyone has a different opinion about what’s the best new feature of the product.

Previewing fonts in the Universal Type Client is fast and has a really slick interface. Ed Smith shows off this feature.

Server admins often complain about having to stand next to the physical server box to administer it. After Universal Type Server in installed, all administration takes place via HTTP through a standard web browser. In this video Technical Support Lead, Kelly Guimont shows off the admin interface.

For more info about Universal Type Server, be sure to check out typeserver.com.


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Universal Type Server continues to be well received on the show floor at Macworld 2008. You don’t have to take our word for it, when you get a chance bop on over and read this early review of Type Server.

Our favorite quote in the article – “Blazingly fast… It was like going from dialup to broadband all over again.”

Continuing on with the photos from the show floor, here are a few of the more interesting things in the Expo Hall. The Extensis booth looks great, but you already knew that, of course.

Herbie Hancock stopped by the Best Buy booth for a quick photo shoot yesterday.

Macworld 2008 - Herbie Hancock drops by the Best Buy booth for a photo shoot

NEC has this very cool, and HUGE curved monitor.

Macworld 2008 - NEC’s super HUGE curved monitor

A bit different than the Crumpler castle, Intego has their own huge, green castle.

Macworld 2008 - Intego’s huge green castle booth

The always popular Google booth.

Macworld 2008 - The always popular Google booth

Here’s the difficult to photograph well Apple demonstration stage.

Macworld 2008 - The Apple demonstration stage

The Filemaker booth features perhaps the tallest podium known to man. I’d feel like everyone was looking up my nose if I were on that podium!

Macworld 2008 - The Filemaker booth

And the award for the strangest booth structure goes to Booq who has these faceless mannequins at their booth that left me with a somewhat creepy feeling.

Macworld 2008 - The Booq booth

You’ve just gotta love these little rubber USB flash drive penguins.

Macworld 2008 - Cute little flash drives encased in a candy cute rubberized shell

It’s the attack of the POD people!

Macworld 2008 - The Macworld Napping Lounge is the attack of the POD people

No, wait, it’s the attack of the USB people.

Macworld 2008 - USB people

And, of course the little USB people need their own little USB fridge, right?

Macworld 2008 - The USB people need their little USB fridge, right?

And finally, a USB rocket launcher, cannon, kitty, chess game, and well, anything else you can dream up.

Macworld 2008 - USB rocket launcher, and well, everything else


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Type Server reflectionMacworld Conference and Expo, SAN FRANCISCO, CA., January 15, 2008 — Extensis, a brand of Celartem Inc., today announced Universal Type Server, its next generation server-based font management solution for both Macintosh and Windows environments. Universal Type Server will benefit creative professionals, workgroups and IT administrators alike by offering three editions of the solution: Universal Type Server Lite, Professional and Corporate editions. Extensis will be showcasing Universal Type Server at its Macworld Expo booth #1020 this week.

Universal Type Server is Extensis’ next generation font server capable of handling all font-related issues that may arise while working in font-intensive workflows. Universal Type Server provides an easy-to-use and intuitive tool for creative users and a robust, scalable and flexible solution for IT administrators. Universal Type Server offers:

  • Simple server and user administration via web-based applications
  • Stable and fast Java-based server with a secure SQL backend
  • Active directory integration
  • Support for both Mac and Windows clients independently or simultaneously
  • Support for mobile users: administrators can work from anywhere; users can go ‘offline’ and still access the fonts they need
  • Font license tracking
  • Fast type activation
  • Fast, customizable previews driven by Apple’s Core animation technology
  • Automated organization of font libraries via classification, foundry, file type, custom keywords, etc.
  • Elegant, intuitive client interface
  • Native support for Intel-based and PPC-based Macs
  • Font Sense powered auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS3/CS2 and XTensions for QuarkXPress 6.5/7

“Universal Type Server is more than just a combination of our popular Suitcase and Font Reserve Server products.” said Martin Stein, Extensis Vice President of Products and Services. “It was built from the ground up, utilizing the most up-to-date technologies and open architecture platforms. We’ve combined the strengths of both existing products while adding reliability, stability, greater performance and improved scalability, as well as cool new features, all within a new and modern architecture. This is the most significant font management product ever developed by Extensis.”

Universal Type Server will support Extensis’ patented Font Sense technology offering users the ability to automatically activate the exact versions of fonts used in a document when that document is opened. Unlike basic auto-activation, Font Sense works seamlessly to allow for a deep level of font analysis instead of simply selecting and activating the first font with the same PostScript or font menu name. Font Sense avoids silent font substitution, incorrect glyphs, text re-flows, and layout issues, resulting in greater efficiency and automated workflows.

Universal Type Server Lite – Designed to be robust yet affordable, this edition allows customers to use up to 10 concurrent connections. The Lite edition is ideal for smaller creative workgroups or design firms that need to have access to and share fonts.

Universal Type Server Professional – Is the natural upgrade edition for existing Suitcase Server X1 and Font Reserve Server customers. The Professional edition allows up to 250 concurrent connections and is an ideal and affordable solution for mid-size organizations that do not require external databases.

Universal Type Server Corporate – Is ideal for large corporate workgroups. It allows for more than 250 concurrent connections and includes Active Directory and External Database (MS SQL 2005) functionality.

Pricing and Availability
Universal Type Server is currently beta testing and is expected to ship in Spring 2008. Universal Type Server and all clients will be available free-of-charge to existing customers under a current Annual Service Agreement (ASA). Pricing for all versions, including upgrades, will be announced prior to product availability.

Universal Type Server will be available in English, French and German.

For information on where to purchase the Universal Type Server family of products visit http://www.typeserver.com

System Requirements
Universal Type Server will support Mac OS X v10.4, 10.4 Server, 10.5 or 10.5 Server; G5 or faster processor; 1 GB RAM; 250 MB Hard Drive space + space for fonts; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Server will also support Windows 2000 Server, Server 2003, XP Professional; P4 or faster processor; 1GB of RAM; 250 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Client for Macintosh will support Mac OS X v.10.4 or 10.5; 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; 256 MB RAM; Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7.

Universal Type Client for Windows will support Windows XP Professional or Vista P4 or faster processor; 256 MB RAM 50 MB of hard disk space + space for fonts; Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0 or higher; Adobe Reader 7; Microsoft .NET 2.0 for Windows XP installations.


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