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Adobe Phasing Out "PostScript" Type 1 Fonts

by Thomas Phinney

Adobe stopped developing new Type 1 fonts in 1999, and introduced its first OpenType fonts in 2000. As we converted our type library to OpenType, we made the corresponding Type 1 fonts much less prominent on our web site. Now that we have our whole library in OpenType, people really have to go out of their way to get Type 1 fonts. This has been true for several years now. Continued here...

Burning Multiple Times to the Same CD


enerally, when you burn files to a CD once, you’re done — you can’t burn to that CD again. Unless you use this little trick: First create a new folder and give it a descriptive name (something like “burn baby burn!” Kidding). Now put the files you want to burn into that folder, then go to the Applications folder and open the Utilities folder. Double-click on Disk Utility. When it comes up, go under the File menu, under New, and choose Disk Image from Folder, and then when the Open dialog appears, find that folder with the stuff you want to burn and click the image button. A Save dialog appears in which you can leave the name as is or choose a new name (leave the other controls alone), and then click Save. In a few moments, a disk image of your folder’s contents will appear in the list on the left side of the Disk Utility dialog. Click on that icon, and then click the burn button at the top left of the Disk Utility dialog.

When you click the Burn button, a dialog will appear asking to insert a disc. Do so, and then click once the blue downward-facing triangle on the right side of this dialog to show more options. Click on the checkbox for Leave disc appendable, then click the Burn button. Your data will now be written to that CD. To add more files later, just insert that same CD and then you’ll use this same process all over again, but when you get to that final burn dialog, the button won’t say “Burn” this time, instead it will say “Append” because you’re adding these files to the same disc. By the way, don’t forget to remove the files you already burned to this disc from your “burn baby burn!” folder (and the DMG file it creates) before you make your next disc image.

Mac OS X: About This Mac window provides computer serial number

You can use the About This Mac window to find your computer's serial number when started up from Mac OS X 10.1 or later.

Follow these steps:

Choose About This Mac from the Apple Menu.

Double-click the version text,
for example "Version 10.1".

Your computer's serial number now appears where the version text had been.

Note: Some earlier Mac OS X-compatible computers do not have their serial numbers stored in a way that allows this feature to work.

Lack of this feature on your computer does not indicate any software or hardware failure.

How to change the volume on your Mac without that little sound


epending on the type of keyboard you have, you may be able to use the volume keys on your keyboard (the ones with a speaker icon) to change the volume of your computer’s speakers. When you press one of these keys, normally you hear the alert sound play to let you hear the new volume. If you want, you can prevent the alert sound from playing when you change the volume.

To turn off the volume keys’ sound feedback, choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Sound. Click Sound Effects and deselect the “Play feedback when volume keys are pressed” checkbox.

To temporarily turn off the volume keys’ sound feedback, hold down the Shift key when you press a volume key. Not all keyboards have volume keys. If you don’t see keys with speaker icons, you cannot change your computer’s volume using your keyboard.

Who Says Macs Aren't Used In Businesses?

Arik Hesseldahl

I was at the Hewlett-Packard analyst's meeting today and a funny Mac-related thing happened. I happened to sit right behind a four people folks from Soleil-Cross Research, three of whom were typing notes on MacBook Pros.


Apple gains control of critical digital download patent

By Kasper Jade

A recent out-of-court settlement between Apple Computer and a Vermont-based inventor has landed Apple the rights to a prestigious software design patent that may allow the company to seek royalties on a broad spectrum of digital downloads.


Consumers are viewing Apple computer products as a user-friendly alternative to Microsoft's

Consumers are viewing Apple computer products as a user-friendly alternative to Microsoft's Windows operation system, explained Dan de Grandpre, founder of Shipments of Macintosh computers rose 33 percent this year, almost triple the 12 percent rise in overall U.S. sales of personal computers, according to market research company IDC.


Where Did That Download Come From?

If you download a file from the web, you can usually find out exactly where that downloaded file came from (including the exact web address) by pressing Command-I when you have the file selected.

Once the info dialog appears, click on the right-facing arrow beside More Info to expand that panel and it will display a Where from header, and to the right of that it will show the exact web address from which the file was originally downloaded.

U.S. Copyright Office issues new rights

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer - Wed Nov 22, 7:24 PM ET

Cell phone owners will be allowed to break software locks on their handsets in order to use them with competing carriers under new copyright rules announced Wednesday.


Apple's New Mac Pro Blows Away The Competition

Apple's latest desktop proves itself a winner in design, performance and flexibility.

Nov. 16, 2006 By Richard Hoffman - Courtesy of InformationWeek


fter two weeks with one of the new Mac Pro desktops, I've got only one word: "Wow. The new Apple Mac Pro desktop is one of the best-designed, highly-performing desktops currently available at any price. Not only does it run Mac OS X and OS X applications at absolutely blazing speeds, but if you install Parallels Desktop for Mac (or Apple's Boot Camp), the Mac Pro makes a better Windows workstation than almost any other Windows desktop out there.


The best keyboard Apple ever made rises again.

The Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard is built from the same premium keyswitch technology that Apple used in its original Apple Extended Keyboard, widely viewed as the best keyboard Apple ever made.


Apple To Deliver Seamless iPod Integration

Apple Teams Up With Ford, General Motors & Mazda
To Deliver Seamless iPod Integration

Over 70 Percent of New Automobiles in US Will Offer iPod Integration in 2007

CUPERTINO, California - August 3, 2006 -


pple® today announced it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod® integration across the majority of their brands and models, making it easy for iPod users to enjoy and control their iPod's high-quality sound through their car's stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration.