MindVision Updates to MindControl 1.1 -- MindVision Software has released MindControl 1.1, a more polished version of their command-line launch utility for the Mac (see our write-up of it in "Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives" in TidBITS-513). MindControl 1.1 is better about keeping file paths up to date, provides access to enclosing folders, has a quick reference guide, can show items from your Favorites folder, now provides some mouse control, and offers a translucent interface appearance. Although we've found MindControl useful, especially on laptops where trackpad use can be difficult at times, MindControl 1.1 doesn't offer features that could be extremely welcome, such as providing a keyboard-based search of the hard disk (type "? somefile" to search for "somefile"), extending such a search to Web search engines (type "google Gettysburg Address" to search for a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Google), or providing a different activation hotkey that would send the typed word to your default Web browser (rather than making you switch to the Web browser first). Perhaps MindControl 2.0 will offer such enhancements. The update to MindControl 1.1 is a 486K download and is free to registered users; new copies cost $20. [ACE]
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.
- Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives (17 Jan 00)