MacDirectory Magazine

Fall-Winter 2011

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FEA TURE REVIEW of the Pen Mini to the point where it's almost as small as the XZ-1. Yet it retains all the Leica-like luxurious feel and ease of handling the Pen series is known for. Sony has been competing in this category for all its worth, and that's a lot. But Sony doesn't have compact camera DNA in its corporate genes the way Olympus does. (On Sony's new NEX series cameras, you can't get fast autofocus unless you spend an additional $400 for a cumbersome lens adapter and yet more for additional lenses. Why pay a grand more for what Olympus delivers out of the box for $500?) Nikon doesn't have compact genes either. Nikon has been making the world's best SLRs since 1959. But it has never made a great compact camera yet, and from the prototypes we've seen this year, it looks like it will struggle to do so in the future. Wrong DNA. Olympus's new autofocus system is not just fast, it's silent, great for the full HD movies it effortlessly records. Considering everything, we think the Pen family is the best compact camera system yet made. QuarkXpress 9 2011 is also Quark's year. We've been Quark fans throughout the tough times, but QuarkXpress 9 is what made the world sit up and say, hey, this is a great program, why would anyone use anything else? pointedly gave it the two highest awards it could. was a shade grumpier; regardless, everybody loves Quark 9. The basic difference between Xpress and InDesign is that Quark gives customers what they want, and InDesign gives customers what Adobe thinks is good for them, whether they want it or not. A clear example is in the simple attribute . Every text processing system since day 1 has an italic attribute. When you click on the italic attribute, text is set in italic . If there is no linked italic font installed, then the normal text is slanted by 12 degrees. Way back when, in the 1980s, when Postscript RIPS, printer drivers, and font management were still dodgy, Adobe got several customer complaints from users who were seeing slanted regular type when they wanted to see true italics. It turned out in most every case that these customers hadn't installed the italic weight of the font. Or that the italic had got 'corrupted' in the quaint way that fonts could get corrupted on pre-OSX Macs. (Windows never had this problem.) Simple, end of story. Those customers learned how to manage fonts properly. But Adobe's effronterous InDesign team thought they knew a better way to solve the problem. Vaccinate the italic attribute altogether! Ban it! So, in a 500 page book with a lot of italics, you painfully change the font to Times New Roman Italic each time you want to use italic, instead of pressing command-I the way every other program in the world works. Worse is to come. Suppose you used Times and want to try out Palatino? In Quark or Word, you select all, the entire 500 pages, change the font to Palatino, job done with one keypress in one second. Times Italic automatically changes to Palatino Italic. But if you do that with MacDirectory 101 M M a c w o r l d U K a c w o r l d U S i t a l i c n m a t t e r w h a t f o n t y o u ' r e u s i n g o

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