Macware offering 40 free fonts
Runecats has launched a new versions of Roccat and Roccat Connect. Roccat is a desktop web browser for Macs that features the option to backup open tabs, bookmarks, settings, and more to the cloud. The latest release adds support for Retina displays, and also includes webGL, Facebook integration, and a new feature called Flick. Flick allows users to quickly share webpages with other users on the same network. Meanwhile, Roccat Connect is an iOS version of the browser that lets users access any tabs open on the desktop client.
Font manager now packed with features
Over time, designers often buy and use a large and growing library of fonts, most of which are not in use at any given time. Once Font Book is no longer adequate, it's time to step up to a professional font manager. Extensis' Suitcase Fusion was recently updated to version 4.0 and is a cross-platform, cross-media font library tool that offers many powerful features. But does it do the job smoothly? Find out in our exclusive review.
Manages, protects fonts from being copied
Enterprise font software maker FontGear has debuted FontPad Server, an internet server that both manages and protects web fonts used on web pages. The software allows users to specify what domains or pages are allowed to use which fonts, and then serves encrypted font data that prevents viewers from copying the commercially-licensed fonts used. The program gives designers the freedom to use custom fonts without worry.
FontPack Pro promotion
Fruux, a tool that was originally launched as a Mac to Mac syncing service, has been updated with support for iOS and Android devices. The utility is based on open standards, such as CardDAV and CalDAV, which allow users to sync both contacts and calendars between a number of devices. An automatic setup process is offered for OS X Lion and iOS, while other devices require users to perform a manual setup. Fruux can be downloaded for free from the company's website.
Replaces 'Chalkboard' as new font for notes
Apple has registered a "blind" trademark filing, asserting ownership of the term "Noteworthy" with the European Trademark Office based on a Jamaican application filed in November 2010, Patently Apple reports. The class descriptions associated with the filing leave few clues as to its nature, but interestingly one of the classes is reserved for "printer's type; printing blocks; printing fonts; typefaces," making it likely that it relates to the new, original "Noteworthy" font used in very recent iterations of the Notes app on newer iOS devices.
Includes Typesetter, a new font preview tool
Fontcase, a Apple Design Award-winning font manager from Bohemian Coding, has been upgraded to version 2.0, bringing with it a major re-design of the user interface, Typedia integration and a new method of previewing fonts the company calls Typesetter. Fontcase focuses on metadata, allowing users to assign tags, genres and other info like designer and foundry, or let the Typedia integration fill all that in automatically. The program features strong comparing tools to let users compare fonts and has been improved over the previous version in speed and performance.
Paper, ink font comparisons, Growl support in v3
Monotype Imaging has launched an update to its font manager, FontExplorer X Pro 3. The software can manage, activate and organize existing font collections and find new fonts via an integrated store. Version 3 adds a feature, called a character toolbox, that shows available languages and can filter fonts for specific characters. The ability to compare fonts by paper or ink usage is new, while a transparent slideshow automatically overlays various fonts until the user sees the right look.
Repair charts, one-on-one comparison tools added
FontGear has launched an update to its font repair utility, FontDoctor 8. The software scans local and networked font folders, diagnosing and repairing problems such as missing fonts, bitmaps, and corrupt or damaged fonts. Version 8 adds a new interface, along with faster diagnosis and repair times. It comes with new charts for repair reports and adds a font-comparison tool for direct comparisons between similar fonts.
Free fonts from Macware
In brief: Izatt International will be running an evening course designed to help grow the iPhone development community in Utah. The courses will be run in the evening from June 23rd to the 26th and all day on the 27th. A new partnership has brought 10 new travel guides to the App Store. Dorling Kindersley and Coolgorilla joined together to release a series of travel guides for the iPhone and iPod touch that cover some of the world's most famous cities. Meanwhile, Macware has announced that its updated website is now online. The company is also currently offering several free fonts as a preview of their upcoming MacFont 3 and MacFont 4 font collections.
Friar Pro Font
In brief: A new iTunes visualizer, TRAKART has been released as a public alpha. The visualizer builds slideshows based on a song's lyrics, analyzing each track to extract keywords which it then uses to search Flickr. Images are then arranged into a slideshow which plays along with the song. Three guides have been released by Peachpit which teach users how to make better use of iLife '09, iWork '09 and GarageBand '09. The guides cover the basics of using each application, along with tips to create more professional products. Meanwhile, Ascender has released a new font style that is based on one of Goudy's original typefaces. The Friar Pro font is based on the original Friar typeface that was lost in a fire at Goudy's studio in 1939.
Mac Restart, Schmierzettel
EasyFrame 2.3 ($15) is a simple utility for quickly creating basic frames around images. The application comes with a built-in library of frames and also allows users to build their own or download additional frames from the web. Version 2.3 has added a Photo Browser to make image selection easier and has also rearranged some menu items to be more consistent with other applications. [Download - 6.4MB]
CheckUp 2.1 ($25) is a tool designed to check and monitor the behavior of a Mac system, either locally or remotely. The software scans a computer and provides information on the systems functionality and overall performance and can also allow any unused applications to be removed. The latest update includes a revised interface, support for Raid disks, improved support for Spaces and a better memory test. [Download - 17.4MB]
FontXChange updated to 1.5
Morrison SoftDesign has released FontXChange 1.5 for Mac OS X. The font-format converter has updated its Unicode support to 5.1 and improved its parsing and rendering tools. The 1.5 update can generate .AFM files, can rebuild a damaged font and has new naming options available. FontXChange converts between OpenType, PostScript Type 1, TrueType for Mac and Windows and many other font-types and it supports font encoding for Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman and others. It offers a batch processor and a preview window for inspecting fonts.