Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

So accord­ing to Dar­ing Fire­ball Apple’s new iPhone Devel­oper Pro­gram License Agree­ment effec­tively bans Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone compiler.

CS5 is this­close to release and the iPhone com­piler is the flag­ship fea­ture in this ver­sion of Flash. They’re pretty much roy­ally fucked.

Plus Apple has already made its posi­tion clear on Flash. Per­son­ally, since I’ve never been a slave to brands, I don’t have much of a stake in either com­pany unless one of my mutual funds hap­pens to invest in one. Yet, the way I see it, Adobe can really give Apple the big “Fuck You” if it wanted to, sim­ply by no longer pro­duc­ing any of its Adobe soft­ware for OS X. Now see­ing how design­ers and design houses invest heav­ily in Macs sim­ply to run Adobe soft­ware, should that plat­form no longer become avail­able, what do you think is going to hap­pen? Is the entire graphic design, web, print, and pub­lish­ing indus­tries going to aban­don all its invested know-how and sim­ply pick a new defacto indus­try stan­dard, or are they going to switch to Windows?

I read an arti­cle titled, “Mod­ern CSS Typog­ra­phy and Font Styling Exam­ples”, and though mis­takes and omis­sions weren’t major, I felt com­pelled to com­ment on them. My com­ment got so long, I fig­ured a quick blog post would be bet­ter than a long-winded comment.


Do you like typog­ra­phy? Are you tired of ragged right text? Do you have a Word­Press blog? Go here now! wp-Typography is the merger of wp-Typogrify and, more impor­tantly, wp-Hyphenate. I do LaTeX type­set­ting, and as a result, I’ve acquired an appre­ci­a­tion for prop­erly for­mat­ted text. If you ever tried using the CSS prop­erty text-align, you inevitably are dis­ap­pointed with the results because it resem­bles noth­ing like what LaTeX can pro­duce. You often have to make your text eye-jarringly wide to make it use­able, and that doesn’t always work. This is because the browser lacks built-in sup­port for hyphen­ation. This plu­gin makes up for this browser defi­ciency by insert­ing hyphen­ation hints, known as soft-hyphens, which the browser does under­stand. The algo­rithm is based on the one used in TeX to boot! Brilliant!

I helped deploy a Magento store today, but the client did not have all the prod­ucts entered in the data­base, and won’t be ready to launch that part of the site for another month. So they wanted a “Com­ing Soon!” splash page to be at the sub­di­rec­tory where the store is and pass­word pro­tect every­thing else. To do that I had to recon­fig­ure the .htac­cess file.