Extensis has announced the release of Universal Type Server 2.0, its font management system for Mac OS X and Windows workgroups. It's priced starting at $1,395 (around £856)

Universal Type Server helps creative businesses and workgroups handle font-related workflow issues and problems. It lets companies centralize font libraries, users and permissions, helps to eliminate font conflicts, supports font previews and auto-activation, checks fonts for integrity and corruption before distribution, and works with Adobe and Quark applications.
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New to the 2.0 release is support for Active Directory and Open Directory, an External Database Module that supports Microsoft SQL Server, report generation on font license compliance; support for "system font policy," font previews with "tear off" functionality, and auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CS2, CS3 and CS4, as well as QuarkXPress 7 and 8. Other new features have also been included.

Universal Type Server comes in two versions: A $1,395 ((around £856) "Lite" edition that is suitable for workgroups of 10 users or fewer (it includes the server software and a 10-user license), and an $1,800 (around £1,104) 'Professional' version suitable for larger workgroups (it costs $165 -- £100 -- per client connection, as well).