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Font Wrangling and Problem-Solving Made Easy

Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats, but you can now corral your fonts with our latest ebook, Take Control of Fonts in Leopard, and its sidekick, Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard. Written by Sharon Zardetto, these up-to-date ebooks cover not only the various versions of Leopard up through 10.5.5, but also special font situations in applications such as Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife ‘08, iWork ‘08, and Safari. Here’s the scoop on each ebook, along with notes on a special money-saving bundle:

Take Control of Fonts in Leopard: In this 227-page 1.1 update, Sharon extends all her useful advice about installing, managing, using, and removing fonts with specific coverage of what has changed with font handling in Leopard since 10.5.0, along with details of how fonts work in Leopard with Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and iLife ‘08 and iWork ‘08. If you work with fonts professionally or just want to get more out of your fonts, this $15 guide has all the information you need.

Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard: In this new edition, Sharon provides 151 pages of tips for avoiding font problems, troubleshooting advice, and specific steps for solving problems. Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard focuses on font-related issues that might arise generally while using Leopard or while working with fonts in Font Book, Character Palette, and Keyboard Viewer. It also examines font-related oddities and problems you might experience in Adobe CS3 and CS 4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and Safari.

We designed these ebooks with the idea that many people will want to read both, and the problem-solving ebook assumes that readers have achieved some degree of competence with font management. In fact, were we producing traditional printed books, we’d combine all this information in a single title. However, the total length would have approached 400 pages, which is just too long for a PDF aimed at on-screen reading. To encourage you to get both titles, we’re selling them together in a bundle for $5 off. To get the bundle, visit one of the linked pages and then look for a “Buy Both” option in the left margin.

If you own one of our previous Take Control ebooks about fonts, look in your email for upgrade information or open your existing PDF and click Check for Updates on the first page.

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Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update

According to Microsoft’s Web site the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update, “contains several improvements to enhance stability, compatibility, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” Additionally, this small update fixes crashing bugs in Excel 2004 and Word 2004 when you open or close documents, and updates time zone information in Entourage 2004. It’s a 15.1 MB download from Microsoft’s Web Site, and should soon be available via the Office 2004 version of Microsoft AutoUpdate.

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Fix Your Clicks With Klicko

In the switch to Mac OS X, what’s the worst change, overall, that Apple made to the interface? It’s clickthrough. At long last, there’s a utility that blocks it. Matt Neuburg, author of Take Control of Customizing Leopard, takes a look at Klicko in his TidBITS article Fix Your Clicks With Klicko.

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Screensavers for the 21st Century

Unsatisfied with Leopard’s standard screensaver selection? Fear not! There’s a whole world of interesting screensavers out there, ready to customize and enliven your idle screen. I went searching for the best screensavers I could find, and reported back on my favorite ones in the TidBITS article Top 10 Screensavers for the 21st Century. Enjoy!

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Where’s AirPort Admin Utility?

If you’re using an old graphite or snow base station and thus need the older AirPort Admin Utility, but you can’t find it, note that it may still be on your Mac, but with a new name. When you install AirPort Utility or upgrade to Leopard, the original utility gets renamed “AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow” (find it in /Applications/Utilities).

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Microsoft Office and Spaces

If you’re having trouble with Office 2008 in Spaces, you’re probably not alone. Erik Schwiebert, Senior Development Lead for Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit recently wrote a blog post discussing bug fixes in Office and - toward the end of the post - talking about how Microsoft has handled problems with Office 2008 and Spaces. You can read it at http://www.schwieb.com/blog/2008/10/23/risks-and-rewards/. Erik also linked to a fairly cut-and-dried description of common problems you might encounter with Office 2008 and Spaces; you can read it at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/help.mspx?target=c3f299e3-aa15-40f4-b3cc-1a6e9eb38cf81033&clr=99-4-0&ep=11&CTT=Category&MODE=pv&locale=en-US&usid=0f7ed450-1b63-4b7e-9733-146430521c0b

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Old News for “Take Control of Your iPhone,” First Edition

(odd date placement due to conversion to new back-end system, sorry)

Fix 5002 Error When Updating iPhone Apps

For the last week or so users have been experiencing an App Store error when updating their apps in iTunes 8. Apple’s discussion boards have discovered several fixes for the problem. You can read about it in my _TidBITS_ article, Fix 5002 Error When Updating iPhone Apps.

Power Adapter Recall for iPhone 3G

September 22, 2008 – Apple has recalled the subcompact power adapter that ships with the iPhone 3G. You can read about it in Glenn Fleishman’s _TidBITS_ article, Apple Recalls Its Supercool iPhone 3G USB Power Plug. Apparently the new plugs will have green dots on them, in order to differentiate them from the old ones.

Free SMS on Your iPhone via AIM

July 29, 2008 – If you’re contending with paying for text messaging on your new iPhone 3G, check out Jeff Carlson’s recent _TidBITS_ article, Send SMS for Free via AIM on iPhone, to learn whether iChat/AIM could keep those messages flowing at no charge.

Review of iPhone Headsets

July 28, 2008 – _TidBITS_ recently published Hands-Free iPhone Options for the Car, which looks at headset options from Apple, Plantronics, Belkin, Monster, and Parrot.

Dealing with iPhone/touch App Crashes

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p>July 28, 2008 – If you’re having trouble with your iPhone, and if you think it’s app related, check out Ted’s recent Macworld article, Bugs & Fixes: Dealing with iPhone app bugs and crashes. He tells you when (and how) to restart, advises you to stay up-to-date, and suggests that you get rid of problematic apps (by deleting them; he explains how to delete ‘em and notes that you can get a deleted app that you paid for back later for free).

Wi-Fi Security Tip

April 30, 2008 – According to security expert Rich Mogull, you should consider the security implications of letting your iPhone “know” about Wi-Fi networks that it has previously connected to, especially if your iPhone memorizes a Wi-Fi network configured with a common name, like tsunami. To remove a Wi-Fi network from an iPhone’s list of known networks, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, tap the More Info icon for any listed known network, and tap Forget this Network. For more info, see Rich’s recent article, iPhone Security Tip: Never Memorize Wireless Networks.

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Explore Using the iPhone App Store with Ted Landau

The App Store isn’t hard to use, but as with so many things Apple does, the devil is in the details. Ted Landau, author of Take Control of Your iPhone, has been hard at work figuring out everything about the App Store. You’ll learn how to install apps, share apps with a friend, delete apps, reinstall deleted apps, update apps, and get answers to a wide variety of questions about how the App Store works. Ted has written the equivalent of 15 ebook pages on this topic, and although those pages will end up in the second edition of Take Control of Your iPhone, for now they are available to anyone who has the first edition, via the Check for Updates link at the upper right of page 1 of the PDF. You can even ask questions and leave comments in this excerpt! Also, if you buy Take Control of Your iPhone now, you’ll get the second edition free. Rumor has it that another chunk of draft content is coming soon, since we know that iPhone users out there have lots of questions that need answers.

Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

Sharing Update in Mac OS X 10.5.5

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p>Apple made a minor change to how the File Sharing service displays shared volumes, along with the accompanying explanation, in its Mac OS X 10.5.5 update that incorporated Security Update 2008-006 on 15-Sep-2008. Before this update, the list of Shared Folders excluded Public Folders in other user’s home directories. Those now appear.

Apple also improved the text that explains what’s shared. An user account with administrative access enabled can access any mounted volume, including the hard drive from which Mac OS X started up. This wasn’t indicated prior to 10.5.5, and is a minor security flaw by omission.

The view before 10.5.5:

The view starting with 10.5.5:

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Converting between Word 2004’s .doc Format and Word 2008’s .docx Format

I’ve been working in Word 2008 for a few months now, and I’ve had good success in saving my files in .doc format so that I can work easily with people who are still using Word 2004. However, if you’re working in a mixed Word 2008/2004 environment, you may find that it’d be nice to have a .docx converter for Word 2004. To get that converter, you need to do two things first, update your copy of Office to version 11.5.0 and, second, install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.

Alternately, for a quick conversion without doing all that installing, check out Zamzar, a Web-based file-conversion service. (Thanks to TUAW Tips for the Zamzar suggestion.)

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