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Insider Software Updates FontAgent ProImproves font sharing and management solution for QuarkXpress (July 20, 2004)
Insider Software announced today the immediate availability of FontAgent Pro version 2.1.1, the most powerful and full-featured font management and repair utility for individuals and workgroups. The new release has been optimized to enhance the performance of QuarkXpress in Panther by making QuarkXpress font activation faster and more reliable. The workgroup edition, also released today, boasts improved performance, and takes advantage of Apple’s Rendezvous technology to permit zero configuration, zero administration, automatic discovery and font sharing.
FontAgent Pro 2.1.1 follows the recent release that added a number of updated features and enhancements, including:
* Support for font-activation in Classic mode, enabling users of applications that rely on Classic to operate in Mac OS X, while maintaining compatibility with older applications
* User-configurable startup actions that provide several options for the user to determine which fonts will be activated at startup
* New aqua user interface that improves ease of use
* Extensive drag and drop support for creation of sets and libraries
* Support for cloning of installations to better support IT departments in large organizations by enabling distribution using utilities such as FileWave
* Improvements to WYSIWYG font display options, including updates to FontPlayer and FontCompare
The New Face of Font Management and Repair
Font Agent Pro has been dubbed the new face of font management and repair for its innovative approach to font organization, optimization, repair, and management. By providing all of this functionality in a single package, Insider has combined a number of diverse and often daunting tasks into a simple, unified solution that packs tremendous power yet is incredibly simple to use.
Industry’s Most Advanced Font Diagnostics, Optimization, and Management
With a few clicks, it repairs or eliminates corrupt fonts, partial and unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts, unnecessary point sizes, and builds optimized, organized font libraries. It enables users to build multiple font libraries and cascading font sets, automatically activate fonts, preview fonts in various typefaces, and save system resources and time by opening only the fonts required for current projects. In addition, FontAgent Pro can display fonts in WYSIWYG mode and offers a blazingly fast search engine making any font just a few keystrokes away. Users can instantly create and print a font book showing different text and styles, and the amazing Font Player lets users display and preview text in context, even permitting modification of font colors and backgrounds, point sizes, and more.
Auto-activation that Surpasses Other Products and Includes Photoshop Support
FontAgent Pro also offers the most extensive array of automatic font activation capabilities of any product on the market. Not only does it automatically activate fonts in Panther-compliant applications, it also offers special plug-ins for Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXpress, and Adobe Photoshop.
World’s First Peer-to-Peer Zero Configuration Font Sharing
Among its other unique features are peer-to-peer font-sharing that is automatically enabled without any user intervention so it just works! FontAgent Pro’s cascading sets feature further sets it apart from outdated font managers that only allow a single hierarchy, thereby limiting the effectiveness of a designer’s organization efforts. With its ability to nest sets within sets, users can organize by client, projects, or any other criteria they desire.
Industrial Strength SQL Database Engine is Speedy, Robust, and Powerful
FontAgent Pro’s SQL database provides the power and speed necessary for an industrial strength application. Launch times are incredibly fast and new data algorithms only read data as required, resulting in much lower memory requirements, the ability to handle huge font collections, and crash protection to protect the font database from damage. In addition, users can view font diagnostic reports and see essential facts about their fonts. Users can even add their own custom comments to the database to help pick the perfect font for the job.
Industry First Font Activation that Doesn’t Require the Application to be Running
FontAgent Pro stands out from other products with its ability to activate and share fonts even without launching the application, so the benefits of font organization can be realized without being forced to run an additional font management application
FontAgent Pro 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later, 3MB of disk space, and 7MB of memory.
Pricing and Availability
FontAgent Pro 2.1.1. is priced at a suggested retail of $99.95 ($89.95 for electronic download). FontAgent Pro WE is priced at a suggested retail of $149.95 ($139.95 for electronic download). Users of the standalone version can update to the workgroup edition for $49.95. FontAgent Pro is available from Insider Software and resellers everywhere, including MacConnection, MacZones, and MacMall. Upgrades are free for users of FontAgent Pro version 2.0 or later. The new release can be downloaded at:
About Insider Software
Insider Software, founded in 1993 and based in Los Gatos, California, creates software for creative professionals and those who support their efforts.
For more information visit www.insidersoftware.com.
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