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Feb 05, 2016 - 02:58 AM
To manage font s effectively you need to consider a number of areas.
Firstly, are users allowed to install software (including fonts) on their devices? This is perhaps the biggest challenge but without a locked down environment everything else is going to be very difficult.
Depending on your size and purchasing requirements, look to source the majority of fonts from a single supplier - Monotype for example sell fonts from many foundries and can do so under a more structured use right model. if you can get a godo discount this will encourage users to go there to get their fonts. And yes I know there will always be exceptions, but at least you get more control through a common purchasing channel
Font management software - Extensis, Monotype and other sell some pretty good products. Centralise your fonts and entitlements and serve them out to users on an as-needed basis.
Finally, you can use inventory tools to capture font installation data and compare this periodically against what is in your font server. You'll definitely need to do this if you let users install their own fonts. Then put together a process and policy for removal of unauthorised fonts or a charge back mechanism for those that are essential