August 13th, 2013 by Jim Kidwell
We were recently awarded three patents that cover font management and web font technologies. These new patents add to the Extensis portfolio of more than 20 patents gained over 20 years, spanning both font management and digital asset management technologies.
The new patents include:
- Patent No. 8,488,886 for “QuickMatch”, a powerful font comparison technology which can tell designers almost instantaneously which fonts in their collection contain similar glyph traits. QuickMatch is featured in Extensis’ recently released professional-grade font manager, Suitcase Fusion 5.
- Patent No. 8,413,051 for “Contextually Previewing Fonts,” allows designers to preview fonts from their collection side-by-side using any text, as well as tear-off font previews that hover over all other applications in the Operating System.
- Patent No. 8,438,648 for “Preventing Unauthorized Font Linking,” a font security and watermarking technology found in the WebINK web font service that prevents piracy. This protects both the work of the designer and Extensis’ foundry partners.
“The number one mission of Extensis is to develop breakthrough technology that fosters the creative process, and enables users to be confident that their creative choices are protected,” said Chad Slater, Director of Extensis Engineering. “The issuance of these patents reinforces this commitment.”
This adds to Extensis’ library of font management patents already awarded, which includes: simultaneous font previews, font activation, font corruption detection, and Font Sense™ for unique font identification.