Extensis Launches Free Web Fonts Photoshop Plugin
The new plugin makes it possible to choose from thousands of web-safe fonts when designing sites in Photoshop.
Extensis is a software developer known for its Universal Type Server for server-based font management, Suitcase for single-user font management and the Portfolio suite for digital asset management. Last year it launched the WebINK service, with the goal of providing designers with the ability to employ a wide variety of commercial-grade fonts on their sites without worrying about supported font formats or font licensing issues. It offers several ways for users to manage their webfont collections, from an online interface or through WebINK features integrated into Suitcase Fusion, Extensis' single-user font-management solution. Using a preview feature in Suitcase Fusion, any page can be previewed without changes to the website code, to show how it would look using WebINK fonts.
WebINK's W3C standards-compliant implementation of the @font-face tag is said to include support for a wide variety of web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome. Font formats such as TTF, EOT, WOFF and SVG are served to the appropriate browsers, allowing designers to focus on the design, rather than the technical details of making things work. The WebINK site makes available thousands of fonts, with full localization and French and German support. Users select the number of glyphs to include on a website — from the full font character set that supports a wide variety of languages, or if preferred, a subset of the font glyphs that includes only Western European or English characters.