July 8, 2007 in Software (F)
[prMac.com] XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release and availability of new FontAgent(R) Pro Server 2.0 adding scalability, speed, security, stability, and simplicity to the popular font management application. FontAgent Pro Server 2.0 delivers professional font management, augmented by integrated diagnostics and repair, to entire departments and enterprises. FontAgent Pro Server furnishes administrators with consistency and control over font use by providing designers with access to only those fonts that have been designated for specific users, groups and projects.
The new release of FontAgent Pro Server 2.0 includes an advanced, multi-threaded architecture that takes full advantage of Apple's new Intel-based, multi-core Macintosh platform, resulting in a 5–10-fold increase in font-server speed and scalability. FontAgent Pro Server 2.0 expands the capacity of font libraries to tens of thousands of fonts and supports ten times as many users as previous versions. The more efficient architecture also moves fonts to and from the server faster and more efficiently, eliminating I/O bottlenecks that slow down users and tie up servers.
FontAgent Pro Server 2 stores purchase and license information for purchased fonts so organisations can ensure they can manage and re-order fonts easily. The Server also tracks license usage and sends warnings to administrators if license limitations are exceeded and performs smarter, smaller, incremental updates of font libraries on both clients and servers. The more compact updates enable server-client font synchronisation to use far less network bandwidth and occur at blazing speeds. The increased performance and efficiency benefit everyone in the organisation, especially remote and travelling users utilising low bandwidth connections.
The new release includes an all-new, more efficient transport layer that uses open-standard XML and TCP/IP to provide important configuration and maintenance benefits. The new communications stack allows administrators to automate disk-image distribution of FontAgent Pro software to client machines across large networks, as well as the use of custom ports for tighter security control, including http-standard port 80. To ease administration of large user communities and to provide users mobility, the new FontAgent Pro Server release permits the same user to log in from more than one client machine.
FontAgent Pro offers the only font server that runs natively on Intel Macs and takes full advantage of the latest Macintosh multi-core architecture, making it the most advanced font-server technology on the market.
Mac OS X version 10.3 or later, 30 megabytes of disk space and a server with at least 256 megabytes of memory. No dedicated server hardware is required, although FontAgent Pro Server supports a range of Macintosh hardware, from dual G4 systems up to and including Apple's Xeon-based servers such as the XServe and 8-core Mac Pro multi-processors.
FontAgent Pro Server 2.0 is available now through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.
XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer 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.