Month: April 2009

Popchar 4.2 adds reverse search

Ergonis Software constantly and almost continuously updates its flagship utility Popchar. We are now at Popchar 4.2 and while I refrained from writing up each of Popchar's update, the newest version has a nifty new feature that makes it even more a must-have for editors and anyone who uses typography in his/her job.I reviewed Popchar X in 2007, and it’s still an incredibly useful utility. In fact, it has only become more useful with every update it has received in the meantime. The new feature is reverse search—reverse lookup would have been a better name to call it in my opinion—where you can simply select a context menu item called “Mark fonts containing xyz” and see the font list in Popchar be populated with a mark for every font containing that glyph or character. This is very useful to say the least, and a feature that I for one have been waiting for, for a long time. For example, if you want to add a capital (Greek) delta symbol to your document, and you are …

What users want: the driving force behind iStudio Publisher

iStudio Publisher, the new layout design application, struck us as an intelligent move and we wanted to know more about the developers. We had an e-mail based interview with Andy Carrott from c:four, the company that develops iStudio Publisher. The interview is short and the Q&A basic, but it gives some insight in c:four’s targets and where this company is going.If you want to know more about iStudio Publisher’s roadmap, go grab it from c:four’s web site; it is well worth a visit. IT Enquirer: What exactly were the reasons to start with your own layout design application? c:four: Some of the existing professional publishing products are difficult to use, expensive, and have a steep learning curve. With iStudio Publisher we have set out to reverse all of these issues. The ethos behind iStudio Publisher is to make DTP available to a wide range of users by offering an intuitive interface, whilst at the same time providing sufficient functionality to create professional looking documents. One of our primary design goals for iStudio Publisher is to …

Review: Layers, a high-quality screenshot creation tool

A Spanish company by the name of Wuonm Web Services created the best screenshot creation tool I’ve ever come across, Layers. Layers adopts a completely new approach to screenshot taking, making the job of educators, editors and everyone else who is involved with screenshot creation on a regular basis a lot easier and efficient. The secret of Layers is not just ‘photographing’ what you see but grabbing what is there. When you use Layers as a simple screenshot utility, you can just hit one of the key combinations on the keyboard and have the complete screen or front most window captured to an image file. The difference between the two modes is that a full screen capture results in a Photoshop PSD file, and a front most window in an ordinary PNG or JPEG, or whatever you have set as default capture format. Layers doesn’t know about other modes, such as different key combinations to capture menus, and it soon becomes clear why not. The concept of Layers is not based on taking a snapshot of what …