Extensis Releases Universal Type Server 4; Brings Professional Class Font Management to Adobe’s Creative Cloud

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Auto-activation plug-ins provide access to fonts from popular professional creative applications; enhanced font licence management safeguard teams from legal risks

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Universal Type Server 4 is built to make font management simple, so creative users can focus on what they do best— create

Today, Extensis announced the immediate availability of Universal Type Server 4, the latest version of the professional-grade font server which helps organizations manage, organise, and distribute their font libraries. Offering powerful new features such as font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe® Creative Cloud™, enhanced font licence management for mitigating legal risk, and QuickComp™ for fast and easy font selection, Universal Type Server 4 offers improved access to fonts and the ability to use them effectively.

“For companies working with large collections of fonts, a solution to manage them is not only critical for efficiency, but also for ensuring that the licensing parameters are clear so no one steps on a legal landmine,” said Chris Meyer, Sr. Product Manager for Font Management. “Universal Type Server 4 is built to make font management simple, so creative users can focus on what they do best— create.”

Making the Leap to Adobe Creative Cloud

Universal Type Server 4 delivers brand new auto-activation plug-ins for the recently debuted Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign®, Photoshop®, Illustrator® and InCopy®. Extensis will be delivering regular plug-in updates to ensure compatibility with the continuous flow of real-time Creative Could updates. With plug-ins designed to work on both Mac and PC platforms, it doesn’t matter what operating system teams choose, Universal Type Server has them covered.
Universal Type Server 4 also includes a full array of plug-ins for previous Adobe Creative Suite™ Applications.

Enhanced Font Licence Management

Font licence management is only effective if designers actually know what they can do with each font. Major global brands have been subjected to million dollar lawsuits from font misuse, a price that need not be paid when the proper tools are in place.

Universal Type Server 4 enables administrators to track font licence information and then expose that information to members of the creative team. Creative users can easily see the details so they know how each font can be used and continue with their work.

QuickComp for Fast and Easy Font Selection

Selecting typefaces that work well together is often the first thing creative teams do when starting a new project. QuickComp makes it easy to test, experiment and select font pairs. Designers can quickly create side-by-side samples right within the Universal Type Client. Sample templates cover the most common design jobs, making it easy for teams to select fonts that work well together for headlines, body copy, captions and more.

Additional New Features

Extensis has packed Universal Type Server 4 with many additional improvements; some user-facing, and some that are operating under the hood for maximum performance. These include:

  •     A new PostgreSQL Database for increased speed and stability
  •     Font Cache Cleaning improvements for optimised stability and repair of cache corruption issues (Mac only)
  •     Updated font corruption and integrity checking ensures a smooth creative workflow, free of corrupt fonts
  •     Enhanced Font Info panel, offering font information in a convenient and easy way
  •     Interface improvements to QuickMatch searches to locate similar fonts faster than ever
  •     Modern OS support for Windows 8 and OS X
  •     More engaging font previews with new Custom Colour Previews in the client

Pricing & Availability

Universal Type Server 4 is available immediately in three versions: Lite, Professional and Enterprise. Upgrades from Universal Type Server Professional 3 to Universal Type Server Professional 4, including client upgrades, will be available free-of-charge to existing Universal Type Server Professional customers under a current annual service agreement (ASA). Universal Type Server Lite has an estimated retail price from US $1395, with an upgrade price from $698 US.
Pricing for Professional and Enterprise editions is available from Extensis corporate sales.
Universal Type Server is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Upcoming Webcast: “What’s New in Universal Type Server 4”

Extensis will host a Webcast for anyone interested in learning more about what’s new in Universal Type Server 4.

Date:        Thursday 17th October, 2013
Time:        11 a.m. BST (GMT +1)

For more information and to register, click here.

About Extensis
Celebrating 20 years in business, Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding. Used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies, Extensis’ award-winning server, desktop, and web service products include: Portfolio Server® for digital asset management, Universal Type Server® for server-based font management, Suitcase Fusion™ for single-user font management, and the WebINK® web font rental service. Founded in 1993, Extensis is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. For additional information, visit http://www.extensis.com

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