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View Extra Bluetooth Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to view a few additional items in the Bluetooth menu. Specifically, it enables you to open three utility applications: Bluetooth Explorer, Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility, and PacketLogger. These are likely of interest primarily to experts, but if you're having troubles with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility in particular may be useful. (These tools are available only if you've installed Apple's Developer Tools.)

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Freeway 1.0: DTP Merges with Web Publishing

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SoftPress Systems has shipped the $299 Freeway 1.0, software that uses a page and pasteboard metaphor to create Web sites. Items on pages come from master pages or are inserted into special boxes, such as GIF boxes or HTML boxes. Freeway has tremendous appeal for desktop publishers who want to use existing skills and who require a great deal of layout flexibility and control; however, those who like to putter in their HTML will shy away from Freeway's table-based HTML. Freeway competes primarily with NetObjects Fusion, which also renders layouts in HTML via extensive table tagging. We spent hours working with Fusion for a review in TidBITS 391 earlier this year; having spent only a preliminary half-hour with Freeway, we already feel more comfortable with it than we ever felt with Fusion. Freeway requires at least a 68040-based Mac and 5 to 9 MB RAM, depending on your processor. A 30-day demo is available as a 5 MB download.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>