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XChange International Releases FontAgent Pro 3

The new face of font management and repair (March 11, 2005)

XChange International, a leading distributor of QuarkXPress, QuarkXTension technology, Photoshop and PDF Plug-ins, design and publishing utilities and royalty-free images, announce the release of the new FontAgent Pro 3. FontAgent Pro organises all of a user’s fonts and provides cutting-edge features to maintain their integrity, and lets users easily preview and print font books fast, and share them within a workgroup — without a server.

FontAgent Pro delivers drag-and-drop simplicity that enables users to stop unpredictable font behaviour by discovering problem fonts, and eliminates crashes by removing corrupt font files. Users can build and view any number of optimised and organised font libraries, as well as define sets of fonts that make managing projects and documents a snap. FontAgent Pro allows for activation of only the fonts needed, saving resources and simplifying font menus, and users may select fonts easily with powerful previewing and cataloguing functions. FontAgent Pro is a 100% Cocoa application built from the ground up for Macintosh OS X. It sports an Aqua interface that features OS X toolbars, sheets, and advanced controls. Under the hood, FontAgent Pro provides unrivalled compatibility with OS X. Its straightforward approach to font management and intuitive interface make it an indispensable tool for Mac OS X users.

FontAgent Pro quickly finds all font files in user-definable locations. It enables the user to easily scan folders, hard drives, CDs, networked Macs, and Windows volumes. FontAgent Pro scours the hard disks and CDs and finds all the fonts located anywhere in the specified locations. This frees the user from having to locate or open fonts manually and eliminates the risk that fonts may be overlooked.

Most users have had their fonts for awhile. They've been through many Mac OS versions and crashes. Some fonts may be corrupt from the abuse they've been through. FontAgent Pro performs a thorough verification on each font and ensures that each font is pristine. Fonts are verified automatically when they are imported into a FontAgent X library and before they are activated. FontAgent Pro sorts fonts and automatically removes unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts, and more. This indispensable product finds bitmapped fonts without matching PostScript fonts and vice versa. These incomplete fonts go into a problem-fonts folder, enabling users to add counterparts later.

FontAgent Pro intelligently compares comprehensive font information to determine exact duplicates and keeps the most complete or newest font. It even keeps fonts from different foundries and fonts in both Type 1 and TrueType formats. In addition, FontAgent Pro removes redundant font data and extra point sizes which means fonts use less system resources.

FontAgent Pro builds clean, organised font libraries, and then maintains those libraries. After optimising the fonts, it places an entire font family in its own folder, and places that folder in the appropriate alphabetical folder, all contained in the font library's folder. There are no suitcases in Mac OS X, so FontAgent Pro breaks up the old suitcase files into multiple font files and labels the files with the font's name and style, the preferred file format for Mac OS X. Importantly, FontAgent Pro's libraries are accessible from the [finder] so users still have access to physical font files. And, FontAgent Pro provides many options for creating font sets.

New to FontAgent Pro 3 for Mac OS X:
* Automatically compact and clean font database at regular intervals
* Create sets from fonts selected in font lists and Font Compare panes
* Search by font, family, foundry or library name, as well as comments
* Filter displayed fonts by format (Type 1, OpenType, TrueType, dfont, etc.)
* Filter fonts by sharing status (Workgroup Edition only)
* Filter displayed fonts by activation status
* Prohibit unauthorised changes to fonts, sets and libraries
* Enable admins to implement standard configurations, libraries and sets
* Password-protect configuration settings for each user
* Define startup sets that automatically open when system starts
* Improved auto-activation is more accurate and faster
* Remember locations of panes and tabs from session to session
* Wizard/assistant for initialising font libraries and preferences
* Reorder font information columns via drag-and-drop
* View WYSIWYG typefaces in variable sizes
* Improved WYSIWYG, Font Player, and Font Compare rendering
* Click to import shared fonts

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later, 7 MB RAM, 5 MB disk

FontAgent Pro 3 is available through XChange International for a limited time when purchased online at the XChange online store, for the special price of £ 55.00, normally £65.00. To order, or for more information, users can visit or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455.

About XChange International
XChange International are a leading distributor of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange source extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.

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Related Keywords:XChange International, FontAgent 3, font management, QuarkXPress, QuarkXTension, Photoshop, PDF, publishing, FontAgent Pro 3, font libraries, Cocoa, FontAgent X, PostScript, TrueType, Type 1,

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