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How do you improve font management with your new MacBook?

Mac OS Font Management Best PracticesYou’ve got that snazzy new MacBook on your desk. You’ve figured out how to use the new Touch Bar, and are now ready to get that machine primed and ready for you to be productive.

I recommend that you take a moment to look at how your fonts are handled on your machine. Where they’re stored, how many are kept active, and how best to manage them.

To help you get started, we’ve created a Font Management Best Practices Guide that is specifically focused on macOS. We recently updated this guide to cover multiple versions of macOS, including Sierra v10.12.

This free guide will help you make the most of that machine, and keep it from being bogged-down with unnecessary font clutter.

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Apple releases their newest operating system, macOS Sierra on September 20, 2016.

As we know that many users are excited to update as quickly as possible, we have been testing Extensis software with Sierra. The following are current details about compatibility.

 

Suitcase Fusion

  • Suitcase Fusion 7 (v18.1.1 and newer) has been tested and is compatible with macOS Sierra (v10.12)
  • Previous versions of Suitcase Fusion have not been tested, use at your own risk.

 

Universal Type Server

  • Initial tests of Universal Type Client 6 indicate that the current version (v6.1.0) is compatible with macOS Sierra.
  • Due to new macOS permissions, Universal Type Server may encounter a service interruption after upgrading to macOS Sierra.
    Installing the latest Universal Type Server 6.1.1 release over your current installation will restore all functionality without causing data loss.

 

Portfolio

  • There are no known issues with users accessing Portfolio catalogs with the web clients on macOS Sierra.
  • When installing macOS Sierra on a server running Portfolio 2016, the server will stop functioning. Re-install Portfolio 2016 on the machine and functionality will be restored without any data loss.

 

For the most current information about supported software configurations see these pages:


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Make Fun Holiday Cards to Impress Friends & Family

There’s nothing that’s gives us the warm-and-fuzzies like holiday-inspired typography. And there’s no denying that holiday cards for friends and family are more impressive with custom typography and animation. So when you find yourself hanging out waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven, check out our free and user-friendly Fonspiration app (available for iPhone in the iTunes store).

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Confession: We’re huge type nerds.

It’s an incredible phenomenon to watch the rest of the world as it begins to catch up to the font-centric universe we inhabit. Typography is trending.

Typography Trends: Get the Full Report

 

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It’s here! The newly (re)versioned Portfolio is packed with new features that promote shared content development and teamwork. Ever wish you had a time machine so you could travel back to get a previous version of a file? Portfolio 2016 is your gateway! Struggle to coordinate edits among teammates during the creation process? Portfolio’s check-in/check-out will put an end to the mayhem that ensues with simultaneous changes. Try it for 45 days – on us, and read on to see how Portfolio 2016 will turbocharge your workflow.Portfolio 2016: Turbocharging Digital Asset Management

 

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el-capitan

UPDATE 10/15/2015: The El Capitan version of Universal Type Client 5 (v5.2.1) is now available. This is a free update for all Universal Type Server 5 users. Download the update here.

UPDATE 10/8/2015: The El Capitan version of Suitcase Fusion 6 (v17.3) is now available for download as a free update for all existing Suitcase Fusion 6 users. Download the free update.


See the following Extensis software compatibility pages for more information:

Is your current font collection getting out of control? Perhaps you should consider a professional font manager. Whether you have hundreds or even thousands of fonts, Extensis has a font management tool to help you streamline your workflow so you can focus on what’s really important: doing great creative work!

Try a free trial of Suitcase Fusion today or download our Best Practices for Font Management guide to learn about different ways you can implement a more efficient process for your team.

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As a slightly less than metrosexual guy, I believe there are three key elements a man needs for his overall presentation: a good haircut, a decent watch, and nice shoes. Of course clothes and grooming matter, but these three items are key in presenting ourselves in a way that’s polished, professional—and, let’s face it—pretty.

Let’s extend that analogy to graphic design. There are a few key elements that define a brand, most notably logo, positioning, editorial voice, design approach, and color. Once that’s been established, we’re all ready to go out into the world in the form of a site launch. Right?

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Two low-rent scripts that match the garish and tacky character, Saul Goodman. (Script Natural & Dancing Script)

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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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MavericksAn update to Suitcase Fusion 5 is available today that provides support for Typekit Desktop fonts, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Windows 8.1.

Download the 16.0.4 update from the Suitcase Fusion 5 support page.

Adobe recently brought new desktop fonts to Creative Cloud subscribers. This update to Suitcase Fusion 5 (v16.0.4) adds support for these new desktop fonts, enabling you to view your Typekit desktop library in Suitcase Fusion 5 as well as browse, preview, search and compare the synched fonts.

Suitcase Fusion 5 Typekit Desktop Fonts

You don’t need to do anything special to enable this feature. When you sync Typekit fonts to your desktop, the new Typekit library in Suitcase Fusion automatically is created and populated with your new fonts.

Extensis panel in Photoshop showing Typekit desktop fontsWith this update, you are also able to preview and apply Typekit desktop fonts from the Extensis font panels in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. This makes it easy to do your design work and apply fonts without switching back and forth to your font manager to preview fonts.

This functionality is in addition to the already existing connection to the WebINK web font library in the Extensis panel. WebINK web fonts can be used in Photoshop for free when mocking and comping websites for clients.

Also, if you haven’t enabled a connection to the Google Font library, you can easily do so by selecting File > Enable Google Web Fonts. This creates a dynamic connection to the open source Google font collection that Suitcase Fusion keeps up to date. Every time a new font is added to the collection, it’s automatically downloaded to your Google font library.

Coming Soon: Universal Type Client support for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Windows 8.1 and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop fonts.


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MavericksApple announced today the availability of OS X Mavericks (10.9). This update includes a number of new features that can affect the performance of Extensis software.

We know that many organizations rely upon digital asset management and font management from Extensis. We have been testing beta software from Apple, and are now building and testing with the final release versions.

Suitcase Fusion

An updated version of Suitcase Fusion 5 will be available in 3-4 weeks that includes OS X Mavericks compatibility. Previous versions of Suitcase Fusion will not be updated, please upgrade to version 5 if you require Mavericks compatibility.

UPDATE: Suitcase Fusion 5 is now compatible with Mavericks.

Download the most current version of Suitcase Fusion 5.

Universal Type Server

An updated Universal Type Client 4 will be available in about a month that supports OS X Mavericks.  There are no known issues with the Server running on OS X Mavericks.

Extensis Portfolio

We will be releasing updates to Extensis Portfolio Server and the NetMediaMax add-on by the end of the year, 2013. These updates will include compatibility with OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1, and Windows 2012 R2. There are no known issues with the Portfolio Desktop Client running on Mavericks.


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