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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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Java for OS X 2013-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13

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Apple released two Java updates shortly after the company disclosed to Reuters that a small number of its employees’ Macs had been hacked via the same vulnerability within the Java plug-in that had been used against Facebook. Java for OS X 2013-001 is for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion while the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13 is specifically for 10.6 Snow Leopard; both bring Java SE 6 up to version 1.6.0_41. The updates are available via the App Store app or Software Update and direct download, and Apple reminds you to quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing either one. With multiple vulnerabilities listed on Apple’s page outlining the security content for these releases, it’s a good idea to grab the Java update for your system as soon as you can. (Free, 66.6 MB and 72.4 MB)


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Comments about Java for OS X 2013-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13
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I'm so confused by Java on my mac now. I installed the Oracle one recently because I couldn't use Wordle without it. It's still there in System Preferences, which opens the separate Java Control Panel & tells me it's Java 7 and up to date. But then Software Update tells me to install this new Java for OS X 2013-001 1.0. I'm worried about collisions or accidentally downgrading so I've ignored the latter for now. Meanwhile in terminal I run java -version which delivers the following
java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)

Take Control of Java on your Mac anyone?!:)