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With the explosion of digital assets and media over the past decade, companies struggle with how to keep files organized, accessible, and properly managed. More files means more inefficiencies in the form of lost time and money spent trying to find them.

 

The Ultimate Digital Asset Management (DAM) System Has Arrived: Introducing Extensis Portfolio

Introducing Extensis Portfolio

 

Our newest release of Extensis Portfolio™ couldn’t come at a better time. In the words of our esteemed Product Manager of Digital Asset Management Solutions, Maxwell Mabe, “This is the most significant update to Portfolio since its inception, addressing core DAM functionality with an emphasis on workflow and user experience.” Built for collections of up to 10 million assets, Portfolio gets them organized into a meaningful, usable collection, and lets you find what you need, fast. Continue Reading »

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YosemiteToday Apple released a free update to their OS X operating system, version 10.10, known as Yosemite.

Support for Extensis products is as follows:

Suitcase Fusion

Suitcase Fusion 6, released on Tuesday, October 21 is compatible with Yosemite.

Universal Type Server

Both Universal Type Server and associated Clients are being updated. Yosemite compatible versions will be released in the coming weeks.

Portfolio

Support for the current version of Portfolio is as follows:

  • Portfolio Web can be used to connect to Portfolio on OS X Yosemite from any supported browser. See this page for browser requirements.
  • Portfolio, Portfolio NetPublish and Portfolio Express are not supported for use on OS X Yosemite. We expect to release compatible versions during the first quarter of 2015.

Previous versions of Portfolio Server have not been tested in an OS X Yosemite environment, and are not supported. 

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Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Like most other things, this may be true for letterforms as well, but examining the parts can lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the whole.

The most basic element of typography is the letter, each composed of unique shapes. Because it’s hard to discuss those shapes without specifying which part of the letter we mean, a specialized vocabulary has evolved to describe the anatomy of letters.

Master the Terminology That Makes the Type

For graphic designers, the following terms may not come up in everyday conversation, but a solid grasp of the parts that make up letterforms will help you have a conversation with a famous typographer the day you run into her/him. Perhaps more importantly, understanding the anatomy of letters will also help you choose the right typeface for the right project, since you can better define and articulate the characteristics of the message. And of course knowing letterform anatomy vernacular will help you in your own type designs, should you ever decide to follow that noble but incredibly painstaking pursuit.

So without further ado, we give you the terminology that makes the type…

Learn the Anatomy of Letters; Arches & Ascenders

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In our first post, we covered the fundamentals around the art of self-promotion, including tips on what questions to ask yourself, how to build your visual identity, and the various channels to explore in promoting yourself.

For Part 2 in our series, we’ve interviewed four damn good designers we’ve worked with from all over the world on our Fontspiration project—a showcase of the designers’ favorite fonts to help inspire your own work. We asked our designers—Jose, Rosa, Amanda and Justin—how they self-promote, with questions running the gamut from how often they update their portfolio to the best places to showcase their work to how often they network.

One thing we found is that, not surprisingly, there’s no magic bullet, and everyone has their own preferences and does things in a way that works for them. That said, there are some common threads. We’d like to share some insights that stood out for us to help frame how you might think about your own self-branding efforts.

4 Damn Good Designers Tell Us: How to Self-Brand & Promote,  Justin Freiler's website

Justin Freiler updates his portfolio site when Jupiter and Uranus align.


 
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Recently a bug in the BASH command-line interpreter was discovered that affects Unix-based machines, including Apple’s OS X. This vulnerability, named Shellshock, can open up your computers to attack.

Extensis products are not affected by this bug.

Apple is recommending that you patch all affected systems.

Download updates from Apple at the following locations.

 

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