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.
As longtime word-processing wonks, we've watched as Google Docs and others take writing and editing online. But what if you want to work on something where you don't have Internet access, such as on a plane? Adam looks at how Google Gears and its new implementation for Safari give Google Docs offline capabilities. Sticking with the text editing theme, Adam then digs into Bare Bones Software's latest release, BBEdit 9.0. Also this week, Glenn Fleishman looks at the reports of Google's forthcoming Web browser, called Chrome, and the comics that explain it. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of Final Cut Express 4.0.1, VMware Fusion 2.0 RC1, Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0, Coda 1.5, and RapidWeaver 4.1.1. Lastly, TidBITS is hiring at our global headquarters in Ithaca, NY.
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Google says it has a vastly improved architecture for its new Chrome Web browser, improving speed, reliability, and security. They decided to hire comic artist Scott McCloud - author of books on explaining comics - to explain their new technology.Show full article
Bare Bones Software has tweaked and polished the venerable BBEdit text editor, adding productivity-enhancing features for Web developers, programmers, sysadmins, and writers alike.Show full article
Google has quietly released Gears support for Safari, making it possible to use Google Docs even when you're not connected to the Internet. Learn how to install, configure, and use Google Gears with Safari.Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include Final Cut Express 4.0.1, VMware Fusion 2.0 RC1, Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0, Coda 1.5, and RapidWeaver 4.1.1.Show full article
This week's discussions cover odd bug-related behavior with screen savers, Eudora and sleeping, and an iMac starting up on its own. Readers also discuss VNC under Tiger, charging a laptop on an plane, and finding the latest App Store releases.Show full article