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Using fonts in video compositions with Adobe After Effects can be a real PITA. It’s often difficult to locate where fonts are missing, and often leads to choosing pre-rendered video rather than messing with live fonts in video.

Suitcase Fusion 7 makes it a bit easier to work with live fonts by providing a font auto-activation plug-in for Adobe After Effects. When you open a composition, the plug-in automatically locates and activates required fonts. Check it out in this video.

Ready to check it out with your copy of After Effects?

Download a free 30-day trial of Suitcase Fusion 7.


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Suitcase Fusion 7 Takes Fonts to the Cloud & Brings Font Management to Adobe After Effects

Attention fellow font nerds! Today we have released Suitcase Fusion 7, our professional font manager which takes the effort out of managing your fonts so you can reclaim more time for design.

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What’s New?

For those of you who are long-time Suitcase Fusion users, the big advancement in Suitcase Fusion 7 is cloud synchronization. That’s right! With Suitcase Fusion 7, you can sync your entire font collection to the cloud using our TypeSync technology. This allows for no-touch backup and synchronization of your font collection to any machine. If you are on the move or working off two machines, Suitcase Fusion 7 has your entire collection at the ready. And you won’t have to lose sleep over worrying about ever losing your fonts- TypeSync will keep them safe and sound.

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Motion Graphic Designers Rejoice!

We’re also thrilled to report we’re extending reliable font management to motion graphics artists with the industry’s first font plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Fonts play an integral role in motion design, and until today, it has been a laborious process to search for and activate fonts. Suitcase Fusion’s Font auto-activation ensures that fonts will always be immediately accessible directly within After Effects.

Adobe After Effects font plug-in and auto-activation

 

Adobe After Effects joins our collection of auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 applications – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InCopy – and QuarkXPress.

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Update: Installers now available with updated panels. Downloads new installers from product name links below. 

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We’d like to make you aware of an issue that affects the Extensis Font Panels included with our font managers.

The Extensis font panels provide quick access to your font collection within the Adobe Creative Cloud applications – Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Today, the security certificate used to verify the validity of our application expired. If you attempt to load Extensis Font Panel in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator Creative Cloud 2014 or 2015 you will receive the error “The Extensis extension could not be loaded because it was not properly signed.”

This issue only affects the panel and does not affect font auto-activation by the plug-in. We know that these panels are popular and this is why we are being proactive about notifying you.

We are aware of the issue and will be issuing updates for all of our currently supported products affected. (Updates now available from links below)

We expect to release patches to fix this issue within the next few days.


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Fonts in Automated Publishing Workflows

Extensis recently held a webcast with the PPA, the UK’s Professional Publishers
Association, to discuss the common problems publishers face with fonts in
automated publishing workflows.

In workflows that use Adobe® InDesign Server®, Extensis’ new module for Universal Type ServerFontLink – automatically preflights fonts in documents, eliminating missing or incorrect fonts, regardless of workflow complexity.

An on-demand, recorded version of this webcast is available for your viewing pleasure!

To End the Struggle, click here: Watch the Webcast.

 


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Fonts are critical to all steps in the publishing process. They can also be the source of major headaches, as having incorrect fonts can quickly derail automated processes and pull resources away from critical tasks.

Which is why we are thrilled to announce we have released the next version of FontLink, our module for Universal Type Server that delivers fonts for documents in automated publishing workflows that use Adobe® InDesign Server®. FontLink 1.1 offers a direct integration for companies using vjoon K4, the globally renowned cross-media publishing platform used by publishers across the world.

The New FontLink Is Here; Join The Webcast

With this integration, customers can incorporate font management into their publishing workflows and eliminate the problems fonts can inflict upon the automated process.

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Earlier this month, we announced FontLink, an all-new module for Universal Type Server. FontLink examines and gathers fonts for Adobe® InDesign® documents before they are handed off to InDesign Server, removing manual document processing tasks for output.

This Thursday I will host a live Webcast, giving a tour of the new module (Update: the Webcast recording is now available here).

Details:

  • Thursday, April 23
  • 11:00 a.m. Pacific; 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Register here.

Join me and you will learn how:

  • To alleviate missing & incorrect font-related pains in automated workflows
  • FontLink automates font preflighting
  • To ensure precise font usage, even in complex workflows
  • Universal Type Server serves fonts to designers & publishing systems

At the end of the presentation, my colleague Chris Meyer (Product Manager for Font Management Solutions) and I will be available to answer your questions.

If you cannot attend but are interested, please register and the recording will be sent to you after the event.

I hope you can join us!

Related info:

Recent Blog Post on FontLink

Our Best Practices Guide for Server-Based Font Management

What’s the best way to organize fonts for your team’s workflow? How can you keep your team running smoothly and avoid costly font-related lawsuits? Learn how to assess your needs, create an effective font licensing and reporting strategy and more with our handy, free guide.

 


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Today we’re proud to announce our newest release of Universal Type Server, which solves common font distribution and synchronization issues and helps mitigate licensing risks for teams.

Keep Your Team’s Fonts on the Same Page with Universal Type Server

No matter how large your organization’s collection is, Type Server helps you centralize, synchronize, organize and distribute your font libraries while offering secure, reliable font management and compliance for your team.

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A few weeks back, we released a new update for Suitcase Fusion™ 5, which integrates fonts right into your workflow. To inspire your typographic creativity, we’ve created our Fontspiration panel—a window into the latest, most cutting edge typography, in addition to vintage design gems.

We worked with artists all over the world on the following Fontspirations.

Introducing Fontspiration—New to Suitcase Fusion—WebINK Fontspiration by Sabeena Karnik

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Welcome to Dig This Design. Each month, we’ll showcase pioneering websites crafted by our peers—the creative teams and companies that push the envelope in our industry. Let’s dive into some inventive work that has recently caught our eye.

Dig This Design: Jack In The Box, Warby Parker, Jet Blue

Jack is Back (with extra bacon)

There’s no denying the gastronomic beauty of bacon. That’s why we’re excited about the new Bacon Insider from Jack in the Box. It’s the first burger to mix three full strips of bacon right in the patty. Now that’s smart! But what’s more appealing than the extra flavor is the campaign page they created for the 2014 Super Bowl. It entices with a rich, bright design reminiscent of a blue bird day on the farm. The entertaining, scroll-triggered motion design and a “Bork Blaster” arcade game will have you pining for a bacon-filled bite.

But let’s talk type. The main font is Halis Rounded by Ahmet Altun. This lovely typeface isn’t available as a web font, but our WebINK library has similarly stunning specimens such as Co Headline, Metallophile and Hermes Optimo.

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UTS4-Resources-Videos-WhatsNewWe released an update to our flagship font server, Universal Type Server recently.

This release included a number of new and updated features, including:

  • Adobe® Creative Cloud® auto-activation plugins: InDesign®, Illustrator®, Photoshop® and InCopy®.
  • QuickComp™ for fast font pairing prototypes.
  • Enhanced license management.

I gave a webcast where I went over all of the features in detail, and answered a wide range of attendee questions.

Watch the What’s New in Universal Type Server 4 webcast recording here.


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