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Firefox extension wishlist

Fantasy Firefox extensions

This is just a bit of speculative fantasy on my part but if you could have an extension for the brilliant Firefox browser what would it be?

There are already a bunch of Extensions that I cannot do without when developing for the web or simply browsing around;

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FontExplorer X

FontExplorer X active window

For anyone wondering what to use for there font management needs under OS X Linotype have just released a new version of Font Explorer for OS X. Even more interesting is that they have released it as a completely free product.

It seems to be bastard child of iTunes and Suitcase. It has all of the important features of Extensis's $100 product and includes features from iTunes such as smart folders and an integrated online store for browsing and purchasing new fonts.

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iPod Nano

[EDIT]
WOOPS didn't see Jammos entry. can't beat a bit of repetition ;)

iPod Nano

The new iPod is absolutely gorgeous. How do they get the workings into that wafer thin design?

Up to 4Gb too which makes it more viable than a shuffle for everyday use. Lovely to get a good colour screen on something that small too.

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Modern Graph tool?

Illustrator graph tool

When will Adobe finally get round to giving us a useful grown up graph tool for Illustrator. I'm a bit sick of upgrading only to find that one of the tools I use most in print design is as it was when I first started in the design industry way back in the midst of time.

At the moment M$ products have more features for creating graphs than Illustrator. I'm not saying that they create graphs that are well designed, they just simply have more options.

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Zen and the art of InDesign workspaces

Hopefully anyone that has been using InDesign for a time will have found this alread but for newbies or those who don't fiddle with apps…

One of the best things about InDesign over Quark for me is the ability to really control your workspace and keep things hidden and within easy reach at all times. I find it's much easier to work when your workspace is uncluttered and only the panels you need are permanently active. The rest I dock to either the left of the right of the screen.

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InDesign Interchange format

Corrupt file?
Bloated documents?
Need to send a big document over email?

These are all things that may occur rarely or often depending on how much you use software as complicated as InDesign. This is where the Indesign interchange format comes in.

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Linux for human beings


As an ardent follower of the open source community I have been on the look out for a useable flavour of Linux. On one of my trawls of the interweb I came across a project called ubuntu which is heavily based on Debian. The thing that separates them from other builds is that they have put a lot of effort into the interface and general usability.

I saw that you could order Install CDs so promptly filled in the form sat back and waited…

A few weeks later I received a package with my disks and a few more good measure.

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Forget Keycaps there’s a new kid in town

character palette

I've heard the odd person moaning that Apple no longer include Keycaps in their new all singing all dancing OS. This just isn't true, like a lot of things in OS X you just need to know where to look.

If you open up the International settings in System Prefs you should switch on 2 options in the 'input menu' tab; Character Palette and Keyboard viewer.

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