Free And Open-Source Fonts Served Alongside The Proprietary, In A Surprising Twist
Since launching the WebINK web font service, Extensis has concentrated on building a library of fonts drawn from the proprietary type community, building on long-standing relationships developed through Extensis’ other font and design products: Suitcase Fusion (a desktop font manager) and Universal Type Server (a server-based font library and font license manager for workgroups).
But they haven’t left it at just being another service operating in the shadow of (now Adobe) Typekit – as services like Fontdeck, WebType, and others have done. From day one, I’ve personally seen them strive to find new ways to meet the needs of web designers with innovative software tools that, in combination with their hosting service, make the use of a font service – as opposed to shopping the web for suitable fonts and then self-hosting – a much easier and useful proposition. They’ve continuously shown up at the major web conferences to promote, of course, but also to watch and learn and listen. What’s sets them apart is that they turn around and act on that knowledge in creative ways.
Riding Piggy Back On Google’s Web Font Initiative
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