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DiamondSoft — makers of font management software — say that Font Reserve Single User for Mac OS X is right around the corner.
The Mac OS X version of Font Reserve Single User, officially version 2.6.5, takes full advantage of the new operating system’s elegant and intuitive Aqua user interface. All registered purchases of the full Font Reserve 2.6 product will receive a free upgrade to the Mac OS X version.
Font Reserve is designed to help users organize their fonts and troubleshoot problems caused by corrupt fonts. fonts. You can use it to activate, view, sort, and copy fonts.
Meanwhile, the company’s Font Reserve Server, running on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, is available now. The product provides a “complete Macintosh solution for meeting the challenges involved in managing fonts for workgroups,” according to DiamondSoft.
Font Reserve Server is designed to provide font management across an entire design and publishing workgroup with Font Reserve’s client/server technology. With it, all the fonts in a company are stored in one central location. An administrator manages the font files, access, and usage. Users access fonts through their own Font Reserve Browsers, which continually update to reflect changes to fonts on the server.
DiamondSoft indicated that font management in Mac OS X is more important than ever. Although the new operating system has significantly improved the way fonts are handled within the operating system, and integrated certain key technologies — such as the ability to handle PostScript fonts directly in the OS — many of the day to day font management issues remain, they say.
Fonts reside in at least four different locations in Mac OS X, for example. Thousands of fonts can be used simultaneously, but users may still want to opt for a font manager to activate and deactivate those fonts as needed. Figuring out which specific version of a font that’s being used can also be a trial. All of these issues can be resolved by using Font Reserve, according to the developer. The new Font Panel is Mac OS X provides some font management features, but it’s only accessible to Cocoa-based applications, and it doesn’t provide the same level of functionality as Font Reserve, said DiamondSoft.