Insider Software has released FontAgent Pro Server 2.5, which delivers professional font management with integrated diagnostics and repair to departments and enterprises. FontAgent Pro Server gives administrators consistency and control over font use by providing access to only those fonts that have been designated for specific users, groups and projects.

The new version can access user information stored in Active Directory servers. By automatically tying into existing directory servers, FontAgent Pro Server accesses users, groups and passwords to save administrators from the chore of configuring font users. To further ease font server administration, the FontAgent Pro Server installer handles all directory services setup.

FontAgent Pro Server 2.5 has been updated to take advantage of Mac OS X 10.5, Apple's Leopard operating system, and does not require the server version of the OS. The new version also continues to run on Mac OS X 10.4, Apple's Tiger operating system.

Insider says that FontAgent Pro Server is the only font server that takes advantage of Apple's latest Intel multi-core processors to boost font-server performance. The latest server release increases server synchronization speed and permits administrators to fine-tune performance for network speeds at various remote locations on enterprise networks.

By storing purchase and license information, FontAgent Pro Server 2.5 enables organizations to manage and re-order fonts easily. It also tracks license usage and warns administrators when license limitations are exceeded. In addition, the license manager tracks an array of font information including vendor, date of purchase, foundry information, storage location of the original media or download location, purchase order information and more.

FontAgent Pro Server uses smart, incremental updates of font libraries to enable server-client font synchroniza¬tion to use little network bandwidth and occur at blazing speeds. This superior performance benefits everyone in the organization, especially remote and travelling users utilizing low bandwidth connections.

FontAgent Pro Server provides an efficient transport layer that uses open-standard XML and TCP/IP to provide important configuration and maintenance benefits. The new communications stack allows admins to automate disk-image distribution of FontAgent Pro software to client machines across large networks, as well as the use of custom ports for tighter security control, including http-standard port 80.

FontAgent Pro Server 2.5 is priced at $1,695 (around £865) per server. Each user connecting to the server requires a licensed version of the FontAgent Pro connected client, whose retail cost is $129.95 (£66) per seat.