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Disable Caps Lock

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.

 
 

Greeting Card Deal

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For those of you who enjoy creating holiday greeting cards, Aldus has a special offer of $88 for Personal Press 2.0 through 31-Dec-92. The offer includes 100 sheets of Holiday Paper from PaperDirect, 50 matching green envelopes, 50 foil envelope seals, 30 suggested holiday greetings (for greeting-card-writer's block), holiday templates, and 30 T/Maker ClickArt images.

I've never seen Personal Press, so I don't know if I would recommend it or not, but I approve of easier desktop publishing for people who couldn't give a whiz about high-end features like kerning to the millionth of a point and 17-color separation. I have used TimeWorks' Publish-It Easy slightly, and it definitely fits in the same class of low-fuss, low-budget page layout programs. The special price comes in about $10 cheaper than mail order, so it might be worthwhile.

Although a tad expensive, PaperDirect has gorgeous paper and card stock, all designed to work with laser printers. Some are specific for the holidays, some more normal but equally classy. If I did more desktop publishing I'd order more from PaperDirect; instead, I merely drool on their catalog. I'm sure if you call or fax them they'd be more than happy to send you a catalog.

I don't know what sort of clip art comes with the Personal Press deal. I've seen T/Maker's ClickArt Artistry & Borders package, a collection of high quality Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files - though, as with any clip art package whether or not you'll like the images depends on your individual taste. My only complaint is that all the filenames fit DOS's eight character limitation since EPS is cross-platform and that saves T/Maker some work.

Aldus -- 800/888-6293 ext. 2
PaperDirect -- 800-A-PAPERS -- 201/507-1996
201/507-0817 (fax)
T/Maker -- 415/962-0195 -- 415/962-0201 (fax)

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