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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.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 May 2012

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GraphicConverter 8.0 -- Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.0, a major new release for the well-regarded graphic conversion and editing utility that now supports the latest 64-bit Intel-based Macs, as well as file sizes larger than 16 megapixels. GraphicConverter 8.0 brings several new batch processing capabilities, including highlight and shadow, histogram equalization, and scale to size with crop. It also adds EMF and EMZ import capabilities, an option to show elapsed time in a slideshow, and an option to replace an underscore character with a space when creating an HTML catalog. GraphicConverter 8.0 is a free update for owners of GraphicConverter 7, but it requires a paid upgrade of $29.95 for users with versions 1 through 6. Lemkesoft also notes that users who purchased GraphicConverter 7 from the Mac App Store may have to wait between 2 to 3 weeks to receive the update to version 8.0 due to Apple’s review process. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or from the Mac App Store, free update from version 7.x, $29.95 upgrade from versions 1 through 6, 136 MB, release notes)

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TextWrangler 4.0.1 -- Following up its recent major upgrade (see “TextWrangler 4.0,” 11 April 2012), Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 4.0.1 with no new features added to the free general-purpose text editor — just a smörgåsbord of fixes. The highlights include a fix for a bug with Replace All operations that chewed up too much memory while processing a large quantity of files; a fix for a bug that displayed unusably tiny windows on a display that was disconnected; fixes for a couple crashes that occurred when running DragThing; and the addition of a few more recognized file types. (Free from Bare Bones Software and the Mac App Store, 5.2 MB, release notes)

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