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Extensis DAL.ppt

  1. 1. DAL July 14th, 2004
  2. 2. Font Management <ul><li>50,000 fonts and more developed every day </li></ul><ul><li>Designer’s love ‘em and want more </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts make work distinct, give it style and are every bit as important as any other graphic element </li></ul><ul><li>Designers play with fonts to get just the right mood for a design piece </li></ul><ul><li>Designers want to see fonts in style, at different sizes, juxtaposed and in context </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fonts - a brief history <ul><li>Cavemen, papyrus, wood, hot metal, Letraset, photosetting…. </li></ul><ul><li>Before PostScript - less than 3000 fonts (security coding - no copying, specialists users - repro houses,printers etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe/PostScript - no security, printer based licensing, users adopt fonts, repro houses and printers don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Font manufacturing increases, prices fall through the floor, fonts become a commodity and perception of value declines. Largest manufacturers ‘pool’, piracy! </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts supplied with software and OS’s, perpetual licensing but perception remains…. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fonts today <ul><li>Fonts are software too (they are a digital asset!) </li></ul><ul><li>They have a value </li></ul><ul><li>They must be managed - like any software </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fonts in OSX <ul><li>TrueType (Mac/Win) preferred for OSX </li></ul><ul><li>PostScript (Type 1 or Type 3) bitmap/ATM </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Master (Adobe) for ‘pro-intermediate’ </li></ul><ul><li>OpenType (Mac/Win) MSFT and ADBE </li></ul><ul><li>Data Fork (Dfonts) newer Apple TrueType </li></ul><ul><li>Bitmap separate files for each size </li></ul>
  6. 6. Migrating to OSX <ul><li>Avoid OS9 fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid any old fonts if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Re-build libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Take the opportunity to consolidate licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Many creatives are transitioning to OpenType </li></ul>
  7. 7. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>System [/System/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Local [/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Network [/Network/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Classic [/System Folder/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Home [User/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul>
  8. 8. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>System [/System/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Shouldn’t be moved. These fonts are essential for the OS to run menu’s and dialog boxes </li></ul>
  9. 9. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>Local [/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Any user can use fonts in this folder - this is the recommended location for fonts shared by users and applications </li></ul>
  10. 10. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>Network [/Network/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>For fonts shared among all users on a LAN - usually managed by an adminstrator </li></ul>
  11. 11. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>Classic [/System Folder/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts used by the Classic environment. OSX can use these fonts when Classic is inactive </li></ul>
  12. 12. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>Home [User/Library/Fonts/] </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts available only to that user. User can add and remove fonts as desired. This is how a non-administrative user can add fonts </li></ul>
  13. 13. OSX - where are my fonts? <ul><li>Other places……. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications for OSX have their own font folders - Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and more. Fonts are copied to the Home Directory the first time Office is launched </li></ul>
  14. 14. OSX - Managing Fonts (FontBook) <ul><li>Simple font manager to clear up confusion and attempt to giver at least OS9 features </li></ul><ul><li>Only works on System font folders </li></ul><ul><li>Removing a font deletes it </li></ul><ul><li>One font only previewed </li></ul><ul><li>No extra info </li></ul><ul><li>No pro features and no Server </li></ul>
  15. 15. OSX - The need for Pro <ul><li>Auto Activation (no missing font issues!) </li></ul><ul><li>Preview multiple fonts (essential for deisgners) </li></ul><ul><li>Manage large font databases </li></ul><ul><li>Add fonts temporarily (it’s the way we work) </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced tools - corrupt/duplicate/system prob </li></ul><ul><li>True client/server, cross-platform management </li></ul>
  16. 16. Drinks - oh and a quick look at NetPublish