FontAgent Pro 5 Delivers Features, CS6, Mountain Lion

August 1st, 2012

Insider is proud to announce the availability of FontAgent Pro 5 for Macintosh, which delivers a bevy of new features to streamline your creative workflow including new font viewers, 650 open source fonts, Smasher, and support for Adobe CS6 and the Mountain Lion.

New in FontAgent Pro 5

  • Adobe CS6 auto-activation plug-ins for InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy
  • Automatic Smasher integration for font, print and application cache maintenance
  • Improved and simplified user interface
  • Glyph Player with drag-and-drop character insertion
  • Updated FontSavant and MagicMatch for precise font selection
  • Streamlined Font Player operation with auto-play, speed-control and one-click font sample book creation
  • Enhanced support for Apple’s high-res retina displays
  • 650 open source fonts from the Google web fonts collection
  • Enhanced font integrity checking
  • Auto-gather all fonts on your Mac
  • Font activation and usage report for tracking font license compliance

New User Interface Provides Easy Font Access

The new UI in FontAgent Pro 5 provides easy access to smart tools and complex font searches. Manage projects faster using customizable toolbars and extensive help screens. Take full advantage of the new high-res retina displays from Apple. V5 also includes an all-new Glyph View, which works like the Font Player, enabling you to display glyph sets for any font and play through all your fonts with a click.

 

 

Free, Open Source Print and Web Fonts

FontAgent Pro 5 also includes 650 free print and web fonts from the Google open source fonts library. We’ve already verified the integrity of the fonts and eliminated corrupt and low-quality one that would cause snags in your workflow.

System Support and Requirements

• Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6 or later
• Supports all Mac OS X fonts – Open Type, Type 1, dfont, Mac and Windows TrueType
• Supports local and networked home directories
• Auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe CS3 to CS6, and QuarkXPress 6 to 9

FontAgent Pro 4 users can upgrade to V5, Smasher and the open source fonts in the Insider online store for US$49.95. FontAgent Pro 3 users can upgrade at US$49.95 until October 31, and other users can get the new release for US$99.95.

Announcing the First Cloud-Based Font Server

June 5th, 2012

Insider is proud to announce FontAgent Pro CloudServer, the industry’s first and only cloud-based font server and the latest member of its industry-leading font-server family. Insider’s new CloudServer brings easy, economical font management to enterprises, agencies, departments and businesses of all sizes. It delivers font-management consistency, power and expandability across entire organizations while providing users the font search, preview and activation power they require—all in the cloud!

Eliminate Infrastructure and Administration Costs via the Cloud

With FontAgent Pro CloudServer you don’t need to purchase, manage and maintain hardware to implement a font-server solution. Instead, you can manage fonts across your organization using cloud-based services over the Internet. No server software installation and no network configuration required. Just log into the CloudServer from a Mac or Windows client and start managing your fonts.

FontAgent Pro Cloud Server is perfect for creative groups that want the benefits and power of a professional font server without the associated hardware and administrative costs. At the same time, the CloudServer is a dependable, cost-effective solution for IT groups wishing to outsource their organizations’ font-management infrastructure.

Simple, Powerful Font Server Solution

FontAgent Pro CloudServer delivers the simplicity and power required to manage fonts across enterprises of any size. Its comprehensive capabilities empower you to:

  • Maintain a centralized, cloud-based library of verified fonts
  • Synchronize fonts across all their users
  • Forego the cost and administration of font server hardware and software
  • Get free client and server software updates as they become available
  • Enjoy free access to a wide range of free fonts including Google web fonts
  • Subscribe to font management services for a low, predictable fee

Latest Member of the FontAgent Pro Server Family

FontAgent Pro CloudServer joins the FontAgent Pro Server family of products, which includes an Enterprise Server for installation on enterprise networks, and a TeamServer for use in agencies, businesses and workgroups. All of these FontAgent Pro Servers enable organizations to automate the distribution and updating of fonts, manage font licenses, and ensure smooth creative workflow.

For more information on FontAgent Pro CloudServer, click here or contact Insider Software.

Layers Awards 5 Diamonds to FontAgent Pro Server

February 22nd, 2012

Enterprise Server

Layers Magazine has awarded FontAgent Pro Server 5 Diamonds–its highest rating. Layers is created by the Kelby Media Group, the same people that bring you Photoshop User magazine, Photoshop World, the Adobe Seminar Tour and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, of which many members are already loyal FontAgent Pro users.

David Creamer of Layers cited FontAgent Pro Server 5′s speed, simple setup, ease of use, directory services, license tracking, auto-activation, J2EE architecture and client-sync model as the reasons for the server’s top rating.

Click here to view the summary of the review in Layers. Or click here for more information about FontAgent Pro Enterprise Server or TeamServer.

Font Licensing is a Serious Issue

December 22nd, 2011

Virtually all graphics workflows include fonts, but very few organizations do an adequate job tracking font usage throughout their enterprise. Unfortunately, their lack of ability to track their fonts is a ticking time bomb.

In 2009 NBC was sued by Font Bureau alleging that the broadcaster did not secure sufficient rights for fonts used in several advertising campaigns for their shows. Font Bureau claims that in some instances NBC paid for one copy of the fonts then copied them to many computers, and in another case, the fonts were not licensed at all. Font Bureau asked for $2 million for the infraction.

This is only one example of what can happen when font license agreements are not closely monitored.

Understand Font License Terms Before You Purchase

Fonts are software and their use is subject to restrictions that are similar to software licenses. When you purchase a font, you do not own it; just as in a software application, you are allowed to use the font as long as your comply with the font vendors’ licensing terms.

First, you need to be aware of the terms of your licenses. Font vendors have different terms in their license agreement. For example, Adobe Systems allows for the subset embedding of fonts in pdf documents, but Emigre only permits this only if you purchase an extension to the original font license.

For this reason, before purchasing a font, you should always examine the terms its license and make sure you can comply with its restrictions in your workflow.

Many Free Fonts Have License Restrictions

Many sites on the Web offer so-called “free” fonts. If you examine their license terms closely, you’ll often find that many of these fonts are free for personal use, but require you to purchase a license if you use the fonts for commercial purposes.

For example, one small foundry requires commercial-use customers to send the foundry copies of documents in which the font is used, and then pay the foundry a fair-charge amount for the use. Very few commercial organizations could use such a font under such license terms; the legal fees required to review each use would dwarf the font license fees.

Make Sure Your Current Fonts Are in Compliance

Unless you have been carefully monitoring and enforcing font license compliance in your organization, chances are your font collection isn’t “yours.” It is likely be a mix of:

  • Legally licensed fonts that could easily be installed on more devices than you have licensed
  • Fonts introduced to your workflow by users who found and selected them for a design project
  • Fonts legally purchased by single users, but that have spread across the organization
  • Free fonts that people have downloaded off the Internet
  • Fonts introduced and copied among machines because users thought they had the right to do so
. This commonly occurs when freelance designers assisting on projects bring their own font collection—which may or may not be properly licensed—into your organization to create their designs.

In short, your entire current font collection might need to be evaluated for license compliance.

Get Control of Your Financial and Legal Exposure

If you’re not tracking font usage in your organization, you could have significant financial and legal exposure. In a future posting, The Inside Scoop will show how you can use Insider products to get control of your fonts now.

For more information on how Insider can help you with enforcing license compliance and your 
other font management challenges, or for a free 30-day trial of Insider products, please visit
 www.insidersoftware.com or contact us.