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If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 
 

Wrangle Your Fonts with "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard"

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Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats (all those Fonts folders!), but you can now corral your serif and sans-serif felines with our new "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard." Written by Sharon Zardetto, this 225-page ebook covers not only everything you need to know about fonts in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard, but also special font situations in software such as Adobe CS4 and CS5, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife, and iWork.

Important topics covered include:

  • Where your fonts reside, in what order they load, and what - if anything - you should do about it

  • The ins and outs of different font installation methods

  • Using Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts

  • Making the most of character-rich Unicode fonts

  • Using Apple's Character Palette/Viewer and Keyboard Viewer to insert and explore special characters

  • The quirks of fonts from Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and which ones you should keep around

  • Organizing fonts from Adobe CS2, CS3, CS4, and CS5 so they are available where you need them

The ebook costs $15 and includes a coupon worth 20 percent off on any purchase from Ergonis Software, makers of the font utility PopChar X and other software.


 

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