Agfa Monotype Ltd. has launched
Fontwise from Monotype, a service for auditing, managing and purchasing font licenses. Fontwise offers client-server font discovery software, a license reconciliation service and online font database creation and management.
The Fontwise client-server software scans a network at intervals that you determine and reports on all font files found. This info can be added to a company’s software inventory or used as the starting point for a full font audit. When you’ve determined which fonts to keep, the Fontwise software can be used to delete all unwanted fonts. You provide font licenses for all wanted fonts to Agfa Monotype, which reconciles this record with the list of files found. Any gaps in licensing can then be advised and updated directly with Agfa Monotype or the relevant font supplier or publisher.
An online company font database can be created for ongoing maintenance. You can refer to the database for viewing available fonts and checking their licensing position. For example, if your company has purchased 10 licenses and only one is in use, you can see that there’s no need to buy a new license.