The Extensis Community Blog
August 6th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Company presents in panel discussion with Apple, Linotype and other font industry leaders.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced that Halstead York, font solutions product manager for Extensis will present in a panel discussion in conjunction with TypeCon2006 — The Boston T Party, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston.
On Friday, August 11th from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., York will discuss font management in OS X by participating in a panel session titled “Demystifying Font Management in OS X.” The session will be moderated by well-known book designer and typographer Kent Lew; other panelists in this session will include Peter Lofting of Apple Computer, Bruno Steinert of Linotype and Stephen Coles of FontShop/Typographica.
Extensis will also have a presence on the TypeCon2006 exhibition floor. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Extensis booth and take the Extensis Font ID Challenge to win prizes. The event runs from August 9-13th, 2006.
TypeCon2006 is the eighth annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.
August 1st, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
More than 30,000 images of the World Series Championship team are catalogued and distributed across multiple departments using Extensis Portfolio.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced the Chicago White Sox organization upgraded to Portfolio as its digital asset management solution, managing images of the World Series Championship baseball team. Despite housing more than 30,000 images in just one of the many White Sox catalogs, Portfolio allows instant access to the team’s image library from multiple departments within the organization, including public relations, sales, corporate partnerships, scoreboard operations, publications, design services, and marketing. Implementation is underway for Portfolio NetPublish Server which will allow outside partners, vendors or sponsors access to White Sox images via a dynamic website.
An Extensis customer since 1999, the White Sox organization began the implementation of Portfolio as a solution for the team photographer to manage the hundreds of images collected during each game. Before long, Portfolio Server was installed, enabling dozens of additional users to access the photographs without requiring the photographer to find and manually distribute them.
“When people learned how easy it was to access my images using Portfolio, it took a lot of the work off of my back and allowed our departments to self-manage themselves in regards to the photographs they required,” said White Sox team photographer, Ron Vesely. “I would always rather work smart than hard, and Portfolio helps me work smart.”
In addition to facilitating the internal distribution of images, Portfolio is also used for external distribution of images to partners, sponsors, and members of the press. Using Portfolio’s email feature, it is easy to email original files, or dynamically generate low-resolution preview files, directly from within the program.
“It can be hard to quantify value when it comes to a sponsorship deal. Using Portfolio, the White Sox are able to easily show our partners photographic documentation of what their sponsorship includes,” reports Jorie Sax, coordinator of corporate partnerships for the White Sox. “Portfolio has been in the organization since I was hired and I can’t imagine not having it.”
The Chicago White Sox are just one of the many professional sports teams to use Portfolio for its digital asset management needs, including the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
July 27th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Free update adds support for Intel based Macs as well as improved performance and stability for Portfolio 8.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a free update to Portfolio 8 – the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client, Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.
Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.
“Extensis welcomes Apple’s move to Intel and has already successfully enabled our Suitcase Fusion product to work within an Intel-based Mac computing environment,” said Martin Stein, Director of Product Management for Extensis. “Releasing this UA version of the entire Portfolio 8 product family was the logical next step for Extensis to support its customer base and provide leading technology solutions for creative professionals.”
Some of the thousands of companies with multi-workgroup implementations of Portfolio Server include: Christian Aid, Conair Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Ducati Motors, MTV Networks, Chicago White Sox, REI and Young & Rubicam.
July 6th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Free update adds improved performance, increased enhancement and further support functionality for Suitcase Fusion.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released a free update to Suitcase Fusion – Extensis’ next-generation, single-user font manager. This update adds native support for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC systems. Extensis also adds support for Apple’s Migration Assistant and enhanced AppleScript support for Suitcase Fusion. Additionally, Suitcase Fusion now includes a Competitive Products Manager feature for eliminating unexpected font management issues and has added a Transportable Font Vault for empowering moveable backups of a user’s font library, including custom metadata.
Registered owners of Suitcase Fusion are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/suitcase.
“Extensis is excited to release Suitcase Fusion as a Universal Application, bringing the best performance to both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs,” said Martin Stein, Director of Product Management for Extensis. “As an organization focused on its customers, it was imperative to deliver these performance-driven updates. We are focused on providing the same quality update for our digital asset management product, Portfolio, in the near future.”
May 23rd, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Free XTensions software for Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase Server, and Font Reserve Server enable automatic activation of fonts in QuarkXPress 7.
Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., and Quark Inc. today announced that Extensis is now offering QuarkXPress 7 XTensions modules for all Extensis font-management products, providing the world?s most advanced font activation and deactivation for QuarkXPress 7. The XTensions software ensures that any time users open a QuarkXPress 7 project, fonts are automatically and accurately activated or deactivated. The modules extend support to the Suitcase Fusion Single User, Suitcase Server X1, and Font Reserve Server 1.7.4 font-management products.
â€śQuarkXPress continues to be a leading layout and design solution for creative professionals,â€? said Brian Berson, vice president of corporate solutions for Extensis. He added that a key need for QuarkXPress users is the ability to ensure that the same font they designate in a project is activated each time they open the file. â€śExtensisâ€™ professional font managers equip QuarkXPress users with the only font-management solutions that ensure the correct font will be automatically activated every time,â€? he said.
The ability to automatically activate and deactivate fonts is possible through the power of the Extensis Font Sense technology. Font Sense ensures a smooth workflow by identifying, locating, and activating the exact fonts used in a document. Because of this one-of-a-kind technology, Extensis font managers no longer simply identify fonts by name; they create unique identifiers that guarantee font fidelity. This technology enables Extensis to offer the only font managers that can successfully manage multiple fonts with the same name to ensure that an application can activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense is available in Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve and allows for true font identification in QuarkXPress documents.
â€śFont Sense is an ideal complement to QuarkXPress 7,â€? said Richard Pasewark, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Quark. â€śExtensis and Quark share a desire to improve creative workflows; together these products help design and print professionals move toward an error-free workflow.â€?
The free XTensions modules for QuarkXPress 7 are available now for download from the Extensis Web site. The Suitcase Fusion XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 and the Font Reserve Server Client XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 are available for QuarkXPress 7 or QuarkXPress Passport 7 and run on PowerPC-based Mac OS systems. The Suitcase Server X1 Client XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7 will be available by the end of this quarter.
Later this year, Extensis will release its Universal Application XTensions software, which will run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac OS systems. The Extensis font-management XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 is available in English, French, and German.
Download the Extensis font-management XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 from the Extensis Web site at http://www.extensis.com/support. For more information about the Suitcase Fusion XTensions module for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at http://www.extensis.com/support/suitcasefusion. For more information about the Suitcase Server X1 Client XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at http://www.extensis.com/support/suitcaseserver. For more information about the Font Reserve Server Client XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7, visit the Extensis Web site at http://www.extensis.com/support/fontreserveserver.
Free update includes added RAW camera and MS Office support for digital asset management needs.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today released two free updates to Portfolio 8 – the leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals. These updates include two file format support filters, which add support for Microsoft Office allowing users to catalog, find and view files from Microsoft Word and Excel on the Windows platform. Additionally, Extensis has added support for 22 new camera Raw formats on both Mac and Windows versions of Portfolio. Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrades immediately through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.
â€śThese free updates demonstrate Extensisâ€™ commitment to supporting the file formats that matter most to our customers,â€? said Dan Harlacher, Extensis Portfolio product manager. â€śWe added MS Office support and updated the Portfolio Raw Filter so that our customers can more effectively utilize Portfolio in their daily workflow from cataloging to finding to viewing the files and images that are most critical in their day-to-day business.â€?
The Portfolio Raw Filter 3 update adds support for the following cameras, bringing the total number of supported professional digital cameras to more than 80.
|Canon 5D||Pentax *ist DL|
|Canon 1D Mark II n||Pentax *ist DS2|
|Nikon D50||Sony DSC-R1|
|Nikon D70s||Leaf Valeo 11|
|Nikon D200||Leaf Valeo 17|
|Olympus E500||Leaf Valeo 22|
|Olympus SP310||Leaf Aptus 17|
|Olympus SP350||Leaf Aptus 22|
|Olympus SP500UZ||Leaf Aptus 65|
|Epson R-D1||Leaf Aptus 75|
|Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D|
|Konica-Minolta Maxxum A200|
For a complete list of supported file types please visit: http://www.extensis.com/portfoliofilesupport
The Portfolio Raw Filter is powered by technology from Bibble Labs, one of the leading developers of raw image processing software.
â€śRaw support is more important than ever, and we are proud to continue our relationship with Extensis to develop and use our industry-leading Raw processing engine,â€? said Eric Hyman, President of Bibble Labs.
Some of the more than 4000 companies with multi-workgroup implementations of Portfolio Server include: Christian Aid, Conair Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Ducati Motors, MTV Networks, REI and Young & Rubicam.
Pricing and Availability
The Raw Filter and MS Office updates for Portfolio are immediately available via download from the Extensis website and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product.
French and German language versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for download from the Extensis website. Japanese language versions of the Portfolio update are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.
For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio
February 14th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Release of digital asset management solution — Portfolio 8 — fuels record sales for Extensis.
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced sales for its digital asset management (DAM) solution – Portfolio, have surpassed Extensisâ€™ existing record for quarterly net revenue. Extensis finished the 2005 calendar year with a 39 percent growth over the preceding year for Portfolio sales while increasing the product’s total corporate workgroup revenue 204 percent over the same period.
“Extensis is encouraged by its strong financial performance coming into 2006,” said Kevin Hurst, Vice President of Marketing for Extensis. “We have worked very hard to service the growing needs of creative professionals through the release of Portfolio 8 at the end of last year. Our continued investment and commitment to this market has brought us profitability, gold-standard products and exceptional customer service for our users.”
Extensis purchased the very first digital asset management program, then titled Aldus FetchÂ®, from AdobeÂ® in1996. After a complete engineering rewrite, the product was re-launched under the Extensis brand as Portfolio. In the past decade, Extensis has added cross-platform parity, engineered a workgroup focused, Server-based solution and has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Most recently, Extensis shipped version 8 of the Portfolio product family earning a much-coveted “Best in Show” award at the 2005 MacExpo event in the United Kingdom.
“Celartem is very pleased with Extensisâ€™ dramatic impact on the digital asset management market,” said Carlos Domingo, CEO of Celartem Inc. “Extensis continues to deliver quality products and break sales records. In fact, we have seen the Portfolio product line more than double its annual revenue since we acquired Extensis in 2002.”
Extensis also develops and sells the top selling professional font management products Suitcase Server, Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve Server. Extensisâ€™ current customers include the cream of the crop in advertising, publishing, services and manufacturing. Included, among many others, are Fed-Ex, Ducati Motors, Pearson Publishing, Hallmark, MTV Networks and Ogilvy & Mather.
January 9th, 2006 by Jim Kidwell
Suitcase Fusion combines the power of Suitcase and Font Reserve to deliver industrial-strength font management for Mac OS X.
Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., today announced Suitcase Fusion, its highly anticipated, next-generation, single-user font manager. Suitcase Fusion integrates the strength and power of the two leading single-user font managers, Suitcase X1 and Font Reserve 3. By combining the much-desired user interface and ease-of-use of Suitcase, the capability and back-end power of Font Reserve, and the inclusion of additional font management capabilities and features, Extensis has created a tool uniquely suited to the needs of creative professionals.
Suitcase Fusion emerges as Extensisâ€™ first product in its next-generation font management software family. Suitcase Fusion is the upgrade path for both Suitcase and Font Reserve stand-alone users, and will allow both sets of users to easily upgrade their existing font databases to Suitcase Fusion.
“When Extensis undertook the task of combining Suitcase and Font Reserve, we went straight to our existing customer base for feedback,” said Halstead York, Product Manager for Font Solutions. â€śWe took the best attributes from both solutions and delivered the Ăśber Font Manager – Suitcase Fusion. As the only solution using Font Sense(TM) technology – we can ensure the highest level of reliability, quality and stability for all Suitcase Fusion users.”
Suitcase Fusion, a Mac OS X, single-user font manager, makes the many hassles of managing fonts effortless by including a central font repository, face level activation, font corruption checking and font identification technology. With Suitcase Fusion, users are provided automatic font activation so that they never have to think about activating the right fonts. By simply opening a document, a userâ€™s fonts are automatically activated by Suitcase Fusion. To meet professional font userâ€™s standards, Suitcase Fusion automatically categorizes fonts by classification, foundries, and font families to provide more font information. Additionally, users can create their own classifications and foundries and change them anytime. Suitcase Fusion also brings working with multiple font previews, collecting fonts for output, and organizing fonts via nested sets and keywords to the level that creative professionals demand.
Suitcase Fusionâ€™s Font Sense technology ensures a smooth workflow by identifying, locating and activating the exact fonts used in a document. Because of this one-of-a-kind technology, Suitcase Fusion goes beyond identifying fonts by name; it creates unique identifiers that guarantee font fidelity. This enables Suitcase Fusion to be the only font manager that successfully manages multiple fonts with the same name while enhancing the capability of an application to activate the exact version of a font. Font Sense is available in all Suitcase Fusion plug-ins and allows for true font identification within QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustrator documents.
By utilizing Suitcase Fusionâ€™s centralized font repository called the Font Vault, Suitcase Fusion offers an industrial-strength approach for professional font management. The Font Vault is a managed repository that integrates with the Suitcase Fusion database and makes font management predictable and reliable – especially when users have multiple versions of fonts with the same PostScript name. The Font Vault utilizes the Font Sense technology to allow true font identification and professional duplicate font management.
Suitcase Fusion also offers improved font handling through Type Face Activation that allows creative professionals to be more efficient in their daily workflow. Suitcase Fusion automatically splits up font suitcases when fonts are added to the Font Vault. By activating fonts on a typeface level, Suitcase Fusion allows users to be more flexible and enables faster font-activation.
In addition, Suitcase Fusion users will receive a free copy of Morrison Softwareâ€™s Font Doctor 7 for built-in corrupt font detection and repair. Existing Font Reserve users will also benefit from a separate upgrade application to easily and seamlessly transfer fonts and metadata from the Font Reserve Single user 3.x database to Suitcase Fusion.