Mac OS X users who've made the plunge to Tiger (10.4.X) are exploring the world of "widgets," useful little programs, that run from Tiger's new Dashboard feature:
A starter set of widgets are included with the Tiger install. They're general purpose ones like a mini-iTunes controller, a unit converter, and a translator. Cutting edge, eh?
InDesign's Find Font and/or Find/Change (set to Search: Document) commands are the fastest way to change text formatting throughout a document. Both automatically search and replace in Master pages as well as document pages, and both can find text formatted with a missing font and change its typeface to one available.
Tiplet: Bet you didn't know that Find/Change's Find Format Settings, revealed by clicking More Options in Edit -> Find/Change, could find missing fonts, did you? If missing fonts are called for in the document, their names appear in brackets at the very end of the dropdown menu of typefaces in the Basic Character Formats panel. If you don't see yours, try choosing any font from this menu, click in another field, then go back to the dropdown menu and look at the bottom ones again. It's like a mini-Refresh … your missing fonts should now appear.
Find Font and Find/Change Format are also great for changing all usage of a Type 1 or TrueType typeface to an Open Type version. A lot of clients moving to InDesign/InCopy workflows are doing this to their publication templates to make cross-platform work easier. (The same Open Type font can be used as is on both Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP.) And many other places are moving to Open Type to take advantage of OT-only features:
http://www.senecadesign.com/designgeek/opentype.html more >
Every day in my normal workflow, as I come across interesting web sites that may be worthy of a DesignGeek story, I add them to an ever-growing list of URLs I maintain just for this purpose. I've been collecting these URLS over a year now — the dropdown menu for them goes way beyond the bottom of my screen — and really only about 10% of them ever make it into an article.
So much content, so little time.more >
During all the years that people worked on Macs, up until OS X, they could open bitmap font suitcases and do things with the innards.
Bumming around the Apple site the other day, I noticed that there's two recently-revised "Technology Tour" papers (aka "Manuals We Should Have Included") of interest to designers working in OS X:
Color Management with OS X Panther (June 2004)
Advanced Typography with Mac OS X: Using and Managing Fonts (July 2004)
http://images.apple.com/pro/pdf/L303878A_Font_TT_v3.pdf more >
The first concept new Quark 6.1 users need to get their heads around is this program's unique (as far as I know) ability to combine multiple client projects in one file.
The file that you create in 6.1 by going to "File -> New" is called a Project (a project can contain multiple projects?) which doesn't help. :-)more >
If you're running Mac OS X Panther, your Software Update should catch this, but if not:
About the Mac OS X v10.3.4 Update
While the press releases and hoopla have died out to a great extent, many companies are just now getting around to updating to the Adobe Creative Suite.more >
Designers, are you tired of the same old color combinations in your projects? Would you like some help?
I've recently come across two neat, elegant utilities — one for Mac users, one for Windows users — that help you out here. Each has a free, fully-enabled demo you can download, so there's no harm in giving them a shot.
Color Consultant Pro 1.1 (Mac OS 9 and OS X)
No version of OS X to date has included the ability to print the contents of a Finder window as we had in OS 9. I have no idea why this is apparently such a tough nut for the wizard programmers at Apple.
Many workarounds abound, but none achieve the simplicity of making a window active, pressing Command-P, and getting a printout of the entire contents of the window, including what was hidden in the scroll bars, and including all the columns (date, size, etc.).more >