made two announcements today at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York. One involves their first Mac OS X compatible product for the Portfolio product line — Portfolio Server for OS X. The second is an InDesign plug-in for their font management product, Suitcase.
With Portfolio Server for OS X, Portfolio Server now supports both Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server in addition to Mac OS 9 and Windows. It’s free to all registered owners of Portfolio Server 6 via electronic download from the Extensis Web site. According to Craig Keudell, Extensis general manager.
Portfolio Server offers workgroups the ability to:
Publish shared image catalogs over large networks using TCP/IP networking;
Expand workgroup environments by simply adding more copies of Portfolio 6 client software;
Connect with existing SQL databases for larger, more powerful catalogs using optional SQL Connect module;
Scan multiple catalogs over a network to instantly locate images based on any criteria.
Portfolio Server 6.1 is available now for download from the Extensis Web site and is available for a suggested retail price of US$2,499.95 for the full product and includes five free copies of Portfolio 6.1 for Macintosh. Portfolio Server 6.1 is available to all registered owners of Portfolio Server 6 at no additional charge. Portfolio Server 6.1 is available to registered owners of Portfolio Server 5 for a suggested retail price of $799.95.
Portfolio Server 6.1 will support Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 and Mac OS X (10.1.5 and higher) and requires a Power Mac.
The free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe InDesign automatically activates fonts used in InDesign documents. The plug-in ensures that any time an InDesign 2.0 file is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated, according to Michael Wong, Suitcase product manager.
The plug-in will be free to registered Suitcase 10 users utilizing Mac OS X, and will be available in early August through the Extensis Web site.
The Suitcase 10 plug-in utilizes the FontSync font matching technology developed by Apple that’s built into every version of Mac OS 9 and above, including Mac OS X. It offers a way to identify fonts beyond simply the font name. Identification is based on the content of the font, such as whether or not the font is Postscript or TrueType, what the kerning has been set to, and which ligatures it includes. Using Apple’s FontSync in conjunction with Suitcase 10 ensures the exact font used to create a document is used when the document is edited at a later date.
The English version of Suitcase 10.1.2 is available now for download from the Extensis web site. Suitcase 10.1.2 is available for a suggested retail price of $99.95 for the full product and $49.95 for upgrades from previous versions of Suitcase, and competitive upgrades at a suggested retail price of $59.95.
Suitcase 10.1.2 supports Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 and Mac OS X (10.1.1 and higher) and requires a Power Mac, 14MB of hard disk space, and 32MB RAM for Mac OS 8.6 -9.2.2 or 128MB RAM for Mac OS X. The Suitcase Plug-In for Adobe InDesign requires Adobe InDesign 2.0 or higher and Mac OS X.