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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.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 May 2011

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Sandvox 2.0 -- Karelia Software has launched a major new version of their Sandvox Web site creation software. Sandvox 2.0 adds more than five dozen new features, including a new interface for quickly choosing a basic site design; a more intuitive WYSIWYG interface; plug-in support for Facebook and Twitter; and the capability for power users to insert raw HTML, JavaScript, PHP, or other Web code (Sandvox even checks inserted code for validity and for standards compliance). Comment support is also now available via Disqus, IntenseDebate, and Facebook Comments. Sandvox 2.0 sites are built to support modern Web technologies like HTML 5, and offer rich interaction through JavaScript libraries like jQuery. Karelia is offering a $10 discount on new purchases and upgrades through 20 May 2011. ($77 new, $47 upgrade, free upgrades for purchases after 5 January 2011, 28.7 MB)

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iPhoto 9.1.3 -- Apple has released iPhoto 9.1.3. According to the release notes, the update addresses only a single problem that could cause some events merged in the company’s photo management software to be split back out into individual events after syncing to an iOS device. ($14.99 new, free update, 106.3 MB)

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Corel Painter 12 -- Corel has released version 12 of Corel Painter, one of the longest-running graphics applications for the Mac. The new release comes with a number of enhancements, including much-improved performance and a user interface that can be fully customized to fit each user’s needs. The main new feature, however, is Painter’s support for new realistic brushes, which, according to the company, reproduce the “movement and feeling of traditional art on canvas” when used with a graphics tablet. A free 30-day trial version is also available. ($429 new, $229 upgrade, 297 MB)

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Mactracker 6.0.1 -- Canadian developer Ian Page has released a maintenance update to his popular Apple hardware reference app Mactracker. Version 6.0.1 includes details for the white iPhone 4 (see “White iPhone 4 Finally Arrives,” 27 April 2011) and the recently released iMacs (see “New iMac Gains Thunderbolt, FaceTime HD, and Quad-Core CPUs,” 3 May 2011). In addition, the release adds the capability to create personalized records of models you own directly from their entries in the app’s database, the capability to import lists created by Apple Remote Desktop, and several other minor additions and fixes. (Free from Ian Page’s Web site or from the Mac App Store, 27.7 MB)

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Snapz Pro X 2.3.0 -- Ambrosia Software has released version 2.3.0 of Snapz Pro X, its popular screen capture software that can both take still screenshots and record video in Mac OS X. According to email sent to the company’s announcement list, the update introduces several enhancements, including support for additional audio formats, better handling of multiple monitors, improved robustness of video capture, Sparkle-based auto-updating, and elimination of audio lag in lengthy recordings, along with numerous other fixes. ($69 (image + movie) / $29 (image only) new, free update, 8.5 MB)

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Acorn 3.0.1 -- Flying Meat Software has released version 3.0 of Acorn, its increasingly powerful graphics editing app for Mac OS X. The new release brings a smorgasbord of new features, including layer styles, live gradients, instant alpha, a variety of new filters, and compatibility with Photoshop’s PSD file format. The 3.0 release was followed in short order by a minor bump to Acorn 3.0.1, which comes with over thirty bug fixes and corrections. ($49.99 new from Flying Meat’s online store or from the Mac App Store, $19.99 upgrade, 14.8 MB)

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