FontAgent Pro Server
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Server for Font Agent Pro.   Demo ($1,695.00)
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FontAgent Pro Server optimizes, repairs and manages licenses for your font collection. It connects with Font Agent Pro clients and provides a complete font management system. It also lets you diagnose, repair, select, create font books, and design tools in a user-friendly interface.
What's New
Version 5.0:
  • Includes Smasher for automatic font and cache maintenance.
  • Adobe CS6 auto-activation plug-ins for InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy.
  • Improved and simplified interface.
  • Glyph Player with drag-and-drop character insertion.
  • Streamlined Font Player™ slide show operation.
  • Enhanced support for Apple's retina displays.
  • 650 open source fonts from the Google web fonts collection.
  • Enhanced font integrity checking.
  • Auto-gather all the fonts on your Mac.
  • Active fonts report.
Version 5.0:
  • Includes Smasher for automatic font and cache maintenance.
  • Adobe CS6 auto-activation plug-ins for InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy.
  • Improved and simplified interface.
  • Glyph Player with drag-and-drop character insertion.
  • Streamlined Font Player™ slide show operation.
  • Enhanced support for Apple's retina displays.
  • 650 open source fonts from the Google web more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac running OS X 10.6 or later.
  • Supports all Mac OS X fonts



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FontAgent Pro Serv... User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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wade dansby reviewed on 13 Mar 2008
Version 2.5 is a good step up. Being able to control font licenses is a great feature ... although there is a problem with selecting one font at a time to assign licenses. They also fixed a lot of bugs from v1.1. No more phantom user log outs (that was a dangerous bug). But they still have not gotten the synchronize scheduler to work correctly. Another huge innovation is Directory Access. Being able to integrate with OSX server access groups is very powerful.
[Version 2.5]


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wade dansby reviewed on 23 Aug 2006
Am using version 1.1 right now

It is the right tool for the job of managing large amounts of fonts in a multi-user environment. Stable. Several interface tweaks would make it perfect.

I love, love, love being able to create new sets that everyone accesses.

FApro server seems to have a little bit of trouble with editing existing fonts. Like discovering a bad font and removing it or replacing it with a good one of the same name. In short, the synchronize (auto and manual) seems to only be good for adding fonts that had not existed in the library before. The library on the client's computer seems to need purging before recognizing that an existing font has been changed or deleted. But I think all of this may be related to OS X's problems with font caches.

Also I would like a way of puching new libraries to users, instead of relying on them to activate them.

But on the whole, it is a must have for any graphic design shop.
[Version 1.1]

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wade dansby replied on 14 Sep 2006
I may have written too quickly before.

After the install of the FApro server, we seemed to have less problems for awhile. Then, all the old problems began to occur again. Fonts not activating, Fonts activating but not being available in Adobe CS2 inDesign. It is almost completly unworkable.

i wonder who else is having these problems.

What a disastrous piece of software. I wish I could edit my previous review ... or at least delete it.
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donmontalvo replied on 14 Jan 2007
i don't have any collegues who have deployed fontagent server. i'm glad you posted your followup. i'm not interested in bleeding for a company who hasn't properly tested their product before releasing to the public.

don

don montalvo, nyc
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wade dansby replied on 14 Jan 2007
I should have followed up to this post again. FA pro got significantly better with version 1.3. And it turned out that Adobe apps were the real culprits in the scenario I outlined. It seems that Adobe CS2 apps had a built in "font activator" that interfered with FApro, which they finally disabled in an update. And the Adobe apps also had font caches that become corrupted and have to be purged on a regular basis. I would reccomend FApro now (after about 6 months of pain). I use suitcase at home and have no problems whatsoever ... however, that is a single computer. Our computers at work are on a network and are imaged machines .... and I believe that permissions problems have exacerbated the Adobe font cache issue.
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donmontalvo replied on 14 Jan 2007
interesting. i wonder if there's a comparison of fapro server, suitcase server and fontreserve server (fusion server will combine the last two but isn't out yet).

looking for granular control at the workgroup admin level...and for the server to warn if the 26th person tries to load that 25 user font.

don

don montalvo, nyc
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wade dansby replied on 20 Dec 2007
The newest version of FApro server 2.0 is head and shoulders above the last. It keeps track of user licenses for fonts. Synchronization works much more smoothly now. No more log in woes. But the big news for us is that we are having a no more font caching problems. Now I do not know if it is because of FApro server 2.0, or if the latest sys OSX updates made a difference ... but it is so much better than it was.

I do slightly resent the feeling that we were beta testing the first version of this software ... and there are still things i would like to see fixed/added ... but it definitely has improved a significant amount and is very worth the upgrade.
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falconneil replied on 14 Jan 2008
Have you ever tried Suitcase Server? I've found it to be super reliable, and have it installed at numerous clients. No real issues at all.
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Version Downloads:254
Type:Utilities : Font Tools
License:Demo
Date:02 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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FontAgent Pro Server optimizes, repairs and manages licenses for your font collection. It connects with Font Agent Pro clients and provides a complete font management system. It also lets you diagnose, repair, select, create font books, and design tools in a user-friendly interface.


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