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I'm organizing all the JPEGs I have of old type, adding tags as I go. The function that I'm trying to achieve is that through the filter function of Bridge be able to sort out the documents that contain the specific letters that I need so that I later can bring them into Illustrator and vectorize them.

To clarify, here is an example: Let's say I have a bunch of old woodtype samples, and I got the word Entertainment in one file and the word Literacy in another and Kong in the third. I need letters for the word ELK, and ointment. My current system is as follows that each tag is just for one letter. I.e E, n, t, e, r, a, i, m, (since Entertainment contains duplicates) and I've done this across all files.

Can anyone advise as to a "best practices" when managing the fonts on one's system?
I am going bonkers these days trying to manage all my typefaces. I use Linotype's Font Explorer, but it doesnt seem to do the job or i am doing something wrong. Of particular frustration is when running into multiple versions of one typeface (i.e. Futura — I have cuts from several different foundries and have to use them on different jobs, so i cant just trash the others— i turn them on and off as needed). And secondly, is there an alternative to Font Explorer? Do any of these Font Management Systems really beat all the others? Or are they all just the same? Which one is truly the BEST? Surely someone on Typophile can answer this?

There is a job opening for a Font Administrator at the Penguin Group USA, based in New York. Below is a link to the information on their website and an overview of the requirements:

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/aboutus/jobopportunities.html#job05

We are currently seeking a Font Administrator to support the design, marketing and managing editorial communities throughout the company by managing the processes for procurement, accessing and archiving all licensed fonts.

Specifically, the Font Administrator:

1. Negotiates agreements and interacts with our contracts department to ensure their compliance with our requirements.
2. Uploads and activates fonts on our corporate server and grants access as per the licensing agreements.

I'm starting to get more and more fonts built up in my library. Believe it's time to outgrow Font Book and look for something more professional.

I'm on Snow Leopard (Mac) and the tools I use are Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and a lot of Fireworks CS4.

What I'm looking for specifically is a font management application that allows for auto activation for any program that I use on my system. For example, if I open up a project in Fireworks, or even Microsoft Word or Excel, and have used a font that is no longer activated as of right now that it will automatically activate the font for the time being just for that particular program.

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