Skype, now owned by Microsoft, has released Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, adding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and support for HD video calls when a sufficiently capable webcam is used. A number of other changes have reportedly been made to Skype’s user interface, but since there’s no list of changes, it’s difficult to know exactly what they are, though we did notice that the design of the contact list has changed. Given the obtuseness of the Skype interface (see “Skype 5 for Mac: A Huge Step Backward,” 2 April 2011), it’s worth reading the company’s tips and tricks page; we can guarantee you’ll learn some things you didn’t know. (Free, 23.3 MB)
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.
- Skype 5 for Mac: A Huge Step Backward (02 Apr 11)
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Just tried it just now for my desktop iMac and I now can't download without /logging in/ first - simply to download the installer/updater! No more anonymous downloads?
My previous comments relate to downloading the installer/updater from their web site.
I have since discovered that I can get the update from within the Skype application itself.
I know that meant that I was authenticated to them to get the download after all - the very thing about which I was just complaining. However, the subtle difference is that I accept that when I'm logged into their app. But not on a 'casual' visit to their web site.
Okay - I think that's all I have to say to the subject this time! We now return you to the InterestingBITS... :-)
Is there a secret to doing both at once?
Why, oh, why...