Bare Bones Releases BBEdit 7.0 -- One wouldn't expect to make a big deal out of a text editor, yet we've run across people who think the Finder is nothing more than an obstacle to launching BBEdit. Bare Bones Software has updated its flagship application to version 7.0, incorporating a number of improvements such as making it easier to work on files from multiple Web sites, support for editing rectangular regions of text, Quartz text smoothing, a Paste Previous Clipboard command, and more. A full version of BBEdit 7.0 costs $180; owners of BBEdit Lite, Adobe GoLive, or Macromedia Dreamweaver can cross-upgrade for $120. Those upgrading from earlier versions can pay $50 until 31-Dec-02, or $60 after 01-Jan-03 if you're running BBEdit 6.1 or earlier (BBEdit 6.5 owners retain the $50 pricing going into 2003). If you happened to purchase and register BBEdit 6.5 on or after 01-Sep-02, disregard the previous details and expect your free upgrade within the next two to three weeks. [JLC]
Access OpenType Font Features
OpenType fonts (.otf) often have special features, such as swashes and alternate characters, that are accessible in any app that uses the OS X font panel, including Pages and TextEdit. To access them, type and select your text, press Command-T to open the font panel, and then choose Typography from the Actions pop-up menu. That shows the Typography panel, where you can toggle available options for the font and characters you've selected.
- BBEdit 7.0.1 Available (25 Nov 02)
Bare Bones Releases BBEdit 7.0
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