Jan 01

Here is an excellent guide to getting those dictionaries out. Then you can put the .dic and .aff files into ~/Library/Spelling and you can use them in Apple Pages and TextEdit.

Oct 06

Steve Jobs made so much possible for so many. I can hardly imagine my work with Unicode or as a publisher without his innovation. Farewell, Steve. Oṁ maṇi padme hūṁ.
Sad Mac

Dec 14

The recent update of Quark XPress brings with it a nasty error caused by what I guess is some sort of arithmetic problem.

In my Print dialogue settings you can see the document’s metric settings. These are perfectly normal and correct for the size of the book. Or are they?

It turns out that these settings caused the problem. A workaround is to go to QuarkXPress > Preferences… > Print Layout > Meaurements and change from millimetres to inches:

Now, when we return to the Print dialogue, we see what appears to be a rounding error:

But if you manually change these measurements as shown below, you will be able to print a .ps file which will distill using the PDF/X-1a:2001 setting.

“But wait,’ you say, “140mm really is 5.512″, and 216mm really is 8.504″.” That may be so, but previously I was able to use the metric sizes and print to .ps files which would distill properly.

Apr 03

Today I was looking at some pretty old documents and was not sure what they’d been created in or how to open them. I fired up Classic and tried opening them in ClarisWorks, MacWritePro, and MacWrite II. No luck. I wondered about the filetype… so I opened ResEdit (it’s been a long time since I did that). Back in the Old Days, you see, Mac documents had a Creator Type and a File Type. I found that the File Type and Creator Type were PWWC and OBOB. I googled PWWC and found nothing. But OBOB looked familiar… I opened ClarisWorks and created a new document, then opened that with ResEdit. It turns out that a ClarisWorks word-processing document for instance, has a File Type CWWP, and the Creator Type is BOBO. and so, somehow, these documents had gone Through the Looking-Glass. Changing them back worked a dream. I thought I’d blog it in case anyone else ever needed to google for PWWC and OBOB.

I am of course updating the document to Pages ’09.

Dec 15

Samuel Klein discovered my font Everson Mono recently and likes it very much! Indeed he likes its lower-case g, which some people have been less enthusiastic about….

Apr 12

I have a nice little Sony Vaio TX which I use from time to time for font development or to run Unibook. I find Windows to be unintuitive and generally icky. But the good folks at FlyAKiteOSX.com have a splendid and wonderful OS X skin which takes much of the pain and alienation away. And it really does make it easier for me to get things done under XP!

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