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Universal Type Server Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Universal Type Server product overview

What is Universal Type Server?

Universal Type Server is a font management software that helps businesses in the publishing industry maintain consistent typography and fonts across designs to ensure compliance with brand guidelines. Supervisors can store all fonts in a centralized database and automatically detect duplicates to streamline font distribution processes.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Chat

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Live Online
Webinars

Universal Type Server pricing information

Value for money

5.0

/5

12

Price starts from

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Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Universal Type Server features

Functionality

4.5

/5

12
Total Features3 1 categories

Most valued features by users

Reporting/Analytics
Compliance Management
Trial License

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Universal Type Server users reviews

Overall rating

4.8

/5

12

Positive reviews

92%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.4/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
When using the fonts on the user side their fonts turn on and off automatically so you are not having too many activate fonts at a time. This has been a great benefit to our business.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

The ease of use when adding to the library and the ability to share with our other departments. The administration console is simple to use.

AR

Amos R.

We were happy with Font Reserve, we finally were able to manage our fonts remotely and the user interface was nice for our staff, it was a game changer for us.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons
This is frustrating and time-consuming and I am constantly asking my superiors why we have this software that seems to not do the only thing it was made to do.

DL

Doug L.

I've had to restart numerous times since the program wasn't responding. Not sure if it's a "me" issue, but my coworkers have had similar problems.

JK

Jenny K.

Auto-activation is frustratingly inconsistent. Font sync between computers can also be tricky.

DL

Doug L.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Simple, no-hassle, server-based font management.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Universal Type is a huge help for managing fonts for multiple workstations and multiple workgroups, both Mac and PC. I don't have to visit everyone's computer just to add or remove fonts, I can do this easily from my copy of the Universal Type Client.

Pros

I manage a variety of server-based systems, and this is one that I rarely have to do anything with to keep it working. Also, software upgrades/updates are extremely easy, just run the installer and after a minute or so you have a newer version installed and running. I don't think I've ever had to reboot for an update/upgrade and there has been very little downtime overall for this software.

Cons

I suppose it would be that it has the occasional bug requiring a workaround or an update to fix, but their support team always does a good job helping out with that.

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I can not say enough about the Universal Type Server and Client software.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Before the publishing company I work for switched from ATM (Adobe Type Manager) to UTC we would have our IT technicians going through 200 plus Mac desktops throughout the company verifying that everyone had the same fonts in the same location on their local machines, this was a logistics nightmare. Anytime an account would hand us a new font they wanted to run in their ad we would have to deploy a...

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Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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I thought font software was supposed to be helpful...

Reviewed 3 years ago

We use UTS in a production environment, where the same file might be opened by different users on different machines. I might work on a file and save it. A different production artist may then open it the next day to make additional changes. UTS has a feature where it will auto-activate the fonts used in the document, as long as those fonts are available on the Type Server for the user to access. In theory, this is a great feature. In reality, I find myself having to activate fonts myself a good portion of the time. It seems to choose when it wants to work or not. This is frustrating and time-consuming and I am constantly asking my superiors why we have this software that seems to not do the only thing it was made to do.

Pros

When it works, the auto-activation feature is great. The ability to search is nice as well.

Cons

Auto-activation is frustratingly inconsistent. Font sync between computers can also be tricky.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Managing Fonts and Allowing users to get work done at a great overall value.

Reviewed 4 years ago

The biggest benefit is company wide management of our fonts to make sure that we have the correct licensing levels. Additionally we have one central repository for our fonts that our creative users can pull from. From the IT side of things this makes managing our fonts much easier and much more streamlined while reducing font corruption to a zero. For our users they have an easy to access and use font library that is catered to the needs of their specific department or group. When using the fonts on the user side their fonts turn on and off automatically so you are not having too many activate fonts at a time. This has been a great benefit to our business.

Pros

Makes managing fonts is rather easy. From the user side they really don't have to do much in order for the software to work. From the IT side server setup is a breeze and rather lightweight.

Cons

The only con I can see comes from having to make sure that your version of Universal Type is up to speed with the version of the applications, Adobe CC, that you use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Helpful but glitchy

Reviewed 4 months ago

If you're a graphic designer at a company I highly recommend UT. Really great tool to consolidate all your fonts that your company licenses.

Pros

My company uses UTC to help consolidate all of our fonts and this program is really helpful! I love the option to be able use a font "temporarily" instead of "permanently". Obviously we can't have all the fonts activated at once or my computer would shut down, so this program is really great. Also love the feature that you can group fonts into personal folders!

Cons

UTC does seem glitchy as times. I've had to restart numerous times since the program wasn't responding. Not sure if it's a "me" issue, but my coworkers have had similar problems.

Universal Type Server FAQs and common questions

Universal Type Server has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: One Time License
Free Trial: Available


Universal Type Server has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Universal Type Server supports the following languages:
English


No, Universal Type Server does not have an API available.


Universal Type Server offers the following support options:
Chat

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