Extensis Releases Universal Type Server 4
Extensis has announced the immediate availability of Universal Type Server 4, the latest version of their font management solution for creative teams. (If you’re interested in a font management solution for individual users, check out our review of Suitcase Fusion 5.)
New features of Universal Type Server 4 include enhanced license management, which allows administrators to track font license information and make that information readily available to members of the creative team. So at a glance designers will know exactly what they can do with each font.
With a tool like this in place, NBC Universal could have probably avoided a $3.5 million lawsuit for font misuse.
Also new is Creative Cloud support via brand new font auto-activation plug-ins for applications like InDesign, InCopy, Photoshop, and Illustrator on both Mac and Windows.
Extensis plans to work closely with Adobe to deliver regular plug-in updates and ensure things keep working smoothly with each new update of the CC applications. Universal Type Server 4 also includes a full set of plug-ins for previous Adobe Creative Suite Applications.
And finaly, Universal Type Server 4 includes the new QuickComp feature for fast and easy font selection. With QuickComp designers can test, experiment, and select font pairs using common design templates. Designers can quickly create side-by-side samples right within the Universal Type Client.
Other new features include:
- A new PostgreSQL Database for increased speed and stability
- Font Cache Cleaning improvements for optimized 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 Color Previews in the client
Universal Type Server 4 is available in three editions: Enterprise, Professional, and Lite.
For a quick visual introduction to what’s new with Universal Type Server, check out the video below.
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