Extensis on Wednesday announced the availability of Universal Type Server. The company's client-server font management application will begin shipping a week from now on June 18.

First showcased at this January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Universal Type Server manages fonts for multiple users, ranging from small workgroups to large corporations. It uses a Java-based architecture built on top of open-source technologies to offer stability and scalability. Other features include automatic font classification and font family grouping as well as dynamic smart sets and shared sets.

When Extensis announced Universal Type Server in January, it said the product would replace both Suitcase Server X1 and Font Reserve Server.

Universal Type Server supports both the client and server versions of Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. It runs on G5 and Intel-based Macs and requires at least Safari 2 or Firefox 2 as well as Adobe Flash Player 9.

The product comes in Professional and Lite versions. Universal Type Server Professional costs US$1,800 for the server plus $165 for each client connection. The Lite version costs $1,395 and comes with 10 client connections. Font Reserve Server and Suitcase Server customers under a current annual service agreement will get the server and clients for free. Users of either Font Reserve Server 1.5 and higher or Suitcase Server 11.0.4 and higher are eligible for upgrade pricing.