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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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The Adobe/Macromedia merger isn't even near completion, and already a product has spun off (see "Adobe Swallows Macromedia" in TidBITS-777). The hoary and lovely Fontographer type design program will be licensed by Macromedia (which acquired it along with Altsys in 1995) to Fontlab, the software's only real competitor. Fontlab will offer upgrade paths for users of Fontographer and their own products. Fontographer 4.1 for Mac and Windows costs $350; registered TypeTool users can buy Fontographer for $250.

<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08077>
<http://www.fontlab.com/The-News/Announcements/ Fontographer-Has-a-New-Home-at-Fontlab- Ltd./>
<http://www.fontlab.com/Font-tools/Fontographer/>

I have fond feelings for Fontographer, as I used it as a critical part of my senior project in graphic design at Yale College. At the suggestion of a mentor, I recreated the Berthold Wolpe typeface Albertus with some tweaks to make it slightly more modern and regular. I documented the drawing, scanning, and font-creation process, and received an A-minus on the project.

<http://www.linotype.com/7-624-7/ bertholdwolpe.html>

The font was released as shareware under the name Furioso in honor of the university printer who had suggested the idea to me, Roland Hoover. "Orlando Furioso" is an epic poem, which translates to Roland the Berserker, hence the name. As an early shareware product in 1990, I wound up receiving nearly $500 in checks from well-wishers. This was a godsend to someone just graduating from college.

<http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/Orlando/>

The shareware version was $10 and I released just the titles for free; I sent a disk out with the full typeface for dollars. So it was really an early demoware or partialware rather than true shareware. It's still available for download. In 1994, I let the font go for free, asking people to donate $10 to NPR in memory of Berthold Wolpe.

<http://www.erik.co.uk/font/serif.html>
<http://www.npr.org/>

 

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