Extensis Buys DiamondSoft -- Just a few days after Apple revealed that Mac OS X 10.3 Panther would feature a font-management utility called Font Book, Extensis (makers of Suitcase) announced that it was buying DiamondSoft (makers of Font Reserve). Coincidence? Yes, actually, since corporate acquisitions take more than a few days to arrange. Nicole Andergard of Extensis confirmed that the acquisition had been in the works for some time, and the announcement of Font Book had come as a surprise to both companies. She also said the point behind the acquisition was eventually to combine Suitcase's strengths on the client side with Font Reserve's server-side capabilities to create the most powerful font-management solution for publishing professionals. Also, although Apple hasn't provided many details about Font Book, Nicole said they had been led to believe that it was more of an entry-level font-management program that would be unlikely to cannibalize professional users from Suitcase. [ACE]
Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly
This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.