I reviewed Suitcase Fusion 4 just about a month ago and mentioned that Adobe CS6 compatibility was surely on the way. This week, Extensis released an update that does just that.
The update brings auto-font activation to InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS6, as well as the new Font Panel plugin for ID and AI (a Photoshop version is in the works).
If you’re a current Suitcase Fusion 4 user, simply visit the Suitcase Fusion menu and select Check for Updates to get the latest update. If you haven’t tried Fusion 4 yet, download the demo and give it a shot.
Extensis, makers of Suitcase Fusion 4, is hosting a free instructional webcast about managing fonts in the creative workflow. In this webcast, Extensis font expert Jim Kidwell will show you practical management techniques and helpful tips that can tame your unruly font beast.
Jim Kidwell will be available for a live Q&A at the end of the webcast
Managing Fonts in Modern Digital Design Workflows
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern
To participate: www.extensis.com/sf4-design
Extensis has unveiled groundbreaking changes to their leading web font service, WebINK. If you are a seasoned web developer or just getting started in the fast-paced world of web design, it’s time to check out WebINK.
WebINK brings fonts to your website design, quickly, easily and affordably. You just select your fonts, drop the provided CSS into your site code and publish. It really is that simple.
- WebINK plans start at $20 per year
- Access to the entire WebINK font catalog of 4200+ web fonts
- Unlimited web sites
- FREE live site prototyping
- Unlimited fonts per site
- No repeat visitor penalties – plans based on unique visitors, not page views
- Easily transfer complete projects to clients
I use WebINK to power the fonts used here at The Graphic Mac. I can tell you that it truly is as simple as Extensis claims. (more…)
By Jim Kidwell
Product Marketing Manager at Extensis
Quite a few of you, that’s who! They can be long, boring, and filled with legalese, but reading them can save you from costly missteps.
They’re font licenses, also known as the End User License Agreement (shortened to EULA). These documents cover what you can and cannot do with the fonts that you licensed. While typeface designs cannot specifically be copyrighted in the USA, the software that’s used to make them display properly on your computer can. This is why fonts are pretty much licensed like other pieces of software.
The company that I work for, Extensis, makes the font management utilities Suitcase Fusion and Universal Type Server. During a recent webcast about Server-based Font Management, I surveyed attendees and asked them the following question:
When you purchase a font, do you read the font license?
I was happy to see that almost half of the survey group actually read them. Since the survey was of people who are specifically interested in managing their font collection using a server, I was happy to see these results. That being said, in the wider market I’m not as confident that we would see as much interest in reading the details of each font license. I would definitely like it to see that percentage even higher.
Many type foundries (those who create and sell fonts) have worked to make their EULAs simpler and easier to understand. That being said, there are still many situations where you may need to purchase an extended or modified font license.
Some of the conditions that may or may not be permitted, or where foundries may require you to purchase an extended license include:
- Embedding into a PDF
- Embedding into an distributable application – “there’s a font for that!”
- Embedding into an eBook
- Utilizing a single character or glyph prominently in a logo design
- Selling a product that consists primarily of featuring the font (such as a mug with an inscription, a shirt with a phrase on it, or magnetic letters for a fridge)
- Converting a font from one format to another
- Modifying the font in a font editor
- Using a font as a web font
These conditions vary by foundry. First step is to definitely read the EULA that came with your font. Can’t find a copy? Check with the foundry. While foundries vary in size, so you may be communicating directly with the creator of your favorite fonts.
So, if you’re already on top of this, good job!
If you’re “less than confident” about your licenses, I encourage you to take that first step today. Knowing what your rights and responsibilities are will help you create with confidence.
Once you’re started down the right path, you might want to centrally manage your fonts and font licenses. We’ve created a document at Extensis that will help you determine if and how server-based font management could fit into your team. Take a minute to check out the Server Based Font Management Best Practices Guide
Using fonts on your website was a pipe-dream just a short while ago. Plugins were introduced that allowed you to use Flash to load fonts on the fly, but the results were less than spectacular, and quite cumbersome to work with. But recently introduced technologies have made it possible for designers to display fonts on your web page using little more than a snippet of code.
Designers have been able to use actual fonts in their websites for quite a while now, but integrating web fonts at all points throughout the creative workflow has been a challenge until now. Extensis closes the web font gap in the traditional web design workflow by adding Google Web Fonts to their plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Extensis’ Web Font Plug-in already provides web designers with free access to thousands of WebINK web fonts, and now adds convenient access to hundreds of fonts from Google Web Fonts.
The advantage of using Extensis’ WebINK technology with the Web Font plug-in is that you can design your site mockup in Adobe Photoshop even if you don’t already own and have installed the actual web font you want to use on the site.
The free WebINK Photoshop Plug-in is included with Suitcase Fusion 3. If you’re not already a Suitcase Fusion user, you can download the trial version. The free plug-in will continue to work even if you choose not to keep Suitcase Fusion 3.
The Extensis Web Font Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop allows you to use WebINK fonts in the creation of website mock-ups in Photoshop. Extensis offers the WebINK service which allows you to easily use high-quality fonts on your website through their Suitcase Fusion font manager. The significance of this free plug-in is that you don’t have to already own or have installed the fonts during the design process.
Most of the Foundries available in the WebINK service have made their fonts available for use in the Photoshop plug-in, and more are being added. The fonts are available in an easy to use Photoshop panel after signing-in to the service right in the panel.
To use the free Web Font Plug-in, you need to download and install the Suitcase Fusion font manager demo, and set up a free WebINK account. If you already own Suitcase Fusion, you can simply update the app. If you don’t want to use the Suitcase Fusion app to manage your fonts, the plug-in will continue to work after the demo expires.
Font Dropper 1000 is the easiest way to test or design with web fonts from WebINK by Extensis. Just open FontDropper 1000 on any web page and start dropping fonts. See your changes instantly. Adjust font size, color, spacing and more.
The Font Dropper 1000 service is a simple bookmarklet that works in Safari, Chrome and Firefox. You should check it out, it’s pretty cool for web designers!