MindVision Software has announced a free license that makes their Installer VISE installation software available for free to freeware and shareware developers. Installer VISE 5.0.1 offers numerous advanced features, such as a Web-based installer, precise icon positioning, user-defined forms, integration with MindVision's Updater VISE technology, and online product registration. At a time when Apple is changing its developer support programs to focus on the 100 largest Macintosh developers (see "Furor Over Developer Programs & QuickTime" in TidBITS 425), it's good to see other members of the Macintosh industry helping out small developers.
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.
Add a VISE to Your Freeware or Shareware
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