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Insider Software Releases FontAgent Pro 3(January 12, 2005)
Insider Software announced today the release of FontAgent Pro 3, the only Mac OS X native application that provides integrated font management, diagnostics, optimization and repair. FontAgent Pro 3, the successor to last year's Macworld Showtime Best of Show Award winner, adds extensive font management and performance features while providing a suite of essential management tools for administrators and IT managers.
Major Update Adds Extensive User and Performance Features
The latest version of the industry's premier font management software adds to its portfolio of powerful features. Release highlights include:
-- Powerful live searching and fast filtering of font metadata. The new search feature examines fonts, weights, italics, families, libraries, foundries and custom comments and instantly displays results as the user enters criteria. Filtering can include activation date, shared date and file format.
-- User-configurable startup sets that allow users to create and maintain an unlimited number of startup sets.
-- A new Setup Wizard that walks users through installation and setup for the ultimate in customization.
-- A new interface design that allows library and font set creation and activation with drag-and-drop simplicity.
-- Multiple WYSIWYG font views for fast font identification and selection.
-- The ability to protect sets and libraries from accidental deletion with new font and set locking.
-- The ability to create standard environments with lockable startup sets and preferences.
-- Significant increases in auto-activation speed and database performance.
-- Additional user interface improvements that simplify font management and organizational tasks.
-- Automatic persistence of window, tab and column positions from session to session.
-- A new font diagnostic algorithm that improves performance and font-checking, further enhancing the industry's most reliable font analysis engine and eliminating font problems.
-- Automatic database optimization maintains efficiency and performance over time.
Administrative Control Over Font Usage Provides Organizational Uniformity and Supports Enterprise Standards
FontAgent Pro 3 also addresses requests made by administrators and IT managers who strive to maintain standard configurations across user systems. The new version enables them to stop users from adding, removing and renaming fonts, sets and libraries, as well as lock configuration settings for startup sets and preferences.
"FontAgent Pro's rich feature set, extensive administrative controls and speed of deployment have been made possible by our use of Cocoa, the most advanced desktop application framework available," said Robert Leeds, Insider Software's vice president of Sales and Marketing. "Creating Cocoa applications with Xcode is faster and more affordable than any other desktop solution available. It is powerful and elegant, and writing for it is as natural and intuitive as application development can get."
"We're delighted with how the power, open development environment and core graphics capabilities of Mac OS X have been harnessed to address the needs of the creative community," said Ron Okamoto, Apple vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "FontAgent Pro 3 provides an excellent example of an application with a great depth of features enabled by Mac OS X."
Early Positive Feedback from Users and IT Organizations
Beta tester Jonny Shaw of StormDesigns.com noted, "Other font managers I have tried were bulky and cumbersome compared to Font Agent Pro. Its simple interface enabled me to immediately improve my creativity and productivity by allowing me to quickly review fonts, match font types, create and track multiple projects and simply do work that has been nearly impossible with other products. Not only has my output improved, but I actually find FontAgent Pro actually makes font management a pleasure."
FontAgent Pro 3 requires Mac OS X version 10.2 or later, 3 MB of disk space and 7 MB of memory.
Pricing and Availability
FontAgent Pro 3 has a suggested retail price of $99.95 and can be downloaded for $89.95 from www.insidersoftware.com. FontAgent Pro Workgroup Edition with serverless font sharing is priced at $129.95. Both versions are on sale at Macworld Expo. Users owning licenses of earlier versions of FontAgent Pro can upgrade to Version 3 Standalone Edition for $49.95 US. Upgrades to the workgroup edition are $64.95. CD versions of the release are available for $10 more plus shipping.
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