Easier Than Upgrading a PC -- Connectix has released the Virtual PC 1.0.1 Updater, which makes Virtual PC easier to use and fixes a number of small problems, including setting modem speeds incorrectly and many game-related issues. The new version offers faster floppy disk access and makes it simpler to use Virtual PC with multiple operating systems, in addition to better support for Ethernet adapters and printing. Virtual PC 1.0.1 also addresses a problem that we missed in our review (see TidBITS-397). Pressing Option while launching Virtual PC brings up a Preferences dialog before Virtual PC launches Windows 95; this enables you to change D: drive settings and other behavior that requires a reboot of the virtual machine. Version 1.0.1 now allows you to choose Shut Down inside Windows 95 and then press Option to access the same feature. The updater is about a 3 MB download and comes in different versions for Windows 3.11 and Windows 95. [GF]
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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