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.
Confused by fonts in Mac OS X? Us too, but thanks to Matt Neuburg's review of DiamondSoft's Font Reserve 3.0 for Mac OS X, we now know where to turn to eliminate font duplication and confusion. Matt Slot of Ambrosia Software then joins us with a revealing look at how Ambrosia recently dealt with the problem of casual software piracy. Important new releases this week include Virtual PC 5.0.2, EIMS Server 3.1.1, and Lasso Professional 5.
Virtual PC 5.0.2 Improves Performance -- Connectix has released Virtual PC 5.0.2, a free update to the company's PC emulation software for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X (see "Virtual PC Adds Features, Mac OS X Compatibility" in TidBITS-610)Show full article
EIMS Server 3.1.1 Available -- Glenn Anderson has released EIMS 3.1.1, a free update to his Mac OS mail server. (See "Two Mac Mail Servers Go Home Again" in TidBITS-613.) Version 3.1.1 fixes a handful of bugs and includes a workaround for some problems with command pipelining with some other SMTP servers (most notably those at Yahoo)Show full article
Blue World Releases Lasso Professional 5 -- Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 5, the latest version of its database middleware for Internet publishing and development (see "WebObjects: WO Is Me, Part 1" in TidBITS-584 for an overview of what programs like Lasso do)Show full article
Argh! Forgot the easyDNS Link! Well now, don't we feel stupid. Somehow our article on easyDNS ("Make DNS Easy with easyDNS" in TidBITS-619) managed to go through writing, technical editing, staff review, and three copy editing passes without anyone noticing that it didn't include a link to easyDNS's Web siteShow full article
Font Reserve, from DiamondSoft, is a font management utility to which I've been enthusiastically addicted for years. Simply put, it stores your fonts (or aliases to them), helps you explore them, and activates and deactivates them as neededShow full article
It's a rare day when a shareware programmer gets firm statistics on the extent of software piracy, but just recently, I got that chance. You see, the company I work for - Ambrosia Software - writes and publishes shareware - software that encourages users to make lots of copies and share them with friendsShow full article