Insider Software Brings Automatic Preventive Font Maintenance to Leopard

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[prMac.com] Los Gatos, CA - December 5, 2007 - Insider Software, the makers of FontAgent(R) Pro, announced today the immediate availability of Smasher Version 1.6, its multipurpose font utility that enables creative professionals to extract optimal performance from their design applications. Smasher 1.6 brings the world's first preventive font maintenance solution to Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

Smasher automatically takes corrective action to eliminate common font problems such as garbled text and erroneous font substitutions, as well as display and printing problems. After simple setup, Smasher automatically addresses common font problems that can arise while using leading creative applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office, and the Mac OS X operating system.

Enhanced Cache Management for Leopard OS and Applications

In addition to Leopard compatibility, Smasher 1.6 adds new capabilities, including:
* Automated clearing of font caches in Adobe CS3
* Automatic CUPS spool file removal
* Enhanced system font cache management to handle new Leopard OS caches

The updated version also corrects an error in which scheduled cache smashing did not operate correctly for non-admin users, and another minor fix in its internal license key management.

Eliminate Font Problems by Automatically Maintaining Healthy Fonts.

Smasher enables users to view all fonts in a suitcase, including legacy Mac OS 9 suitcases that can contain numerous fonts from a multitude of families and foundries and smash the suitcases into their smallest components for efficient use in Mac OS X.

Other features and benefits of Smasher include:
* Use smashed fonts with any font management utility or design application
* Avoid wasting system resources by activating individual fonts rather than entire suitcases
* Improve system stability and reliability by verifying basic font integrity
* Simplify font menus by creating smaller, more precise suitcases for activation
* Examine and simplify Multiple Master fonts to extract them intact from suitcases
* See individual fonts in their native typefaces
* Compare contents of multiple suitcases
* View file permissions and foundry information with a click
* Keep bitmap and printer fonts together to ensure proper printing and PDF generation
* Create Mac TrueType versions of Mac OS X dfonts for running Mac OS 9 and Classic applications

Pricing and Availability:
Smasher retails for $49.95 and is available immediately from Insider Software and resellers worldwide. Smasher requires a Macintosh computer running Mac OS 10.3 or later, 7 megabytes of RAM and 5 megabytes of storage space. Smasher is also available at a special bundled price of $24.95 to purchasers of FontAgent Pro or FontAgent Pro Server.

Insider Software is known for products that streamline the creative process, including FontAgent Pro, the award-winning font management application for Mac OS X systems. FontAgent is a registered trademark, and FontAgent Pro, Insider, Smasher and the Insider logo are trademarks of Insider Software. Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress and Microsoft Office are trademarks of their respective owners.

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