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TypeStyler upgrades for Mac OS X

updated 05:10 pm EST, Wed November 4, 2009

App seven years in development

Following a seven-year development delay, Strider Software has released a Mac OS X version of TypeStyler. The software generates text using a variety of different shapes and layouts. It newly supports both PowerPC and Intel Macs, along with Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. Similarly, modern technologies such as Quartz, Core Image, OpenGL, Unicode and QuickTime have been integrated.

Among the new features in the app is container text, which allows objects to be filled using various schemes. One option includes images from iPhoto, which can be set to span across a complete object or only individual characters. Another added component is the Visualizer, used to simulate the look of text in different scenarios. Several 3D templates are available, ranging from boxes and bags to jars and teapots.

TypeStyler is a $180 download, or $200 for a forthcoming boxed copy. Those with the Classic version of the app can upgrade for $100, or in varying discounted amounts if they purchased the program after 2003.

by MacNN Staff





  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too bad

    I thought this useless piece of type-mangling c*** that only added to the uglification of typography had died. Guess not.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Double Jinkies and triple zoinks!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I know

    The original program was coded in Think Pascal. So they started to to convert it using MPW. But then OS X came about, and that got killed, so they looked at converting the Pascal to Carbon. And they were just about to bring that out when they kept reading on MacNN that Cocoa was the way to go. So they killed the Carbon version and reconverted the pascal to Objective C. Then Apple announced the Intel transition. Damn! Back to the beginning, because their programmers did everything in PPC assembly language. Finally, they're ready to go, then Apple announced 64-bitness, and they knew they'd have to make it 64-bit compliant (again, so the people on MacNN wouldn't get on their case!), so back to do the updates again.

    They finally got it finished. Some were concerned they were rushing out the release, but you know those marketing people. Ship it first, ask questions later.....

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