MAC’s Time Machine Backup

MAC’s Time Machine backup is the ultimate backup solution. In its own way, it’s as revolutionary as the introduction of graphical interface was a couple of decades ago. It defies any comparison to any Windows backup utilities or software, and is completely unique. It provides the complete solution to backing up files by making the whole process both intuitive and fully automatic.

In a nutshell, the Time Machine creates a “snapshot” of your system and then makes it possible for you to “go back in time” and retrieve a setting, program, folder or file from any time in the past – be it last week or last year. Technically, it’s a system that makes incremental backups – it makes a complete copy of your system, and then when there is any change it backs it up.

The Time Machine runs conveniently in the background, and within a 24-hour period makes backups every hour. At the start of each following 24-hour period, you then start with a full backup from the day before, and the process starts over again. Daily backups are each saved for a full month. At the end of each month, the system saves the last backup in increments of a week. So you can access any backup older than one month during that week.

The amount of storage space used by the Time Machine is dependent on the capacity of the external storage device used for saving your backups. If, for instance you have used about 80 GB of your Mac’s hard drive, a 1 TB external drive would let you save almost three months worth of backed-up data. In effect, if today were September 8, 2010, you would have the ability to retrieve files or programs from as far back as June 21, 2010. As your backup device becomes full, the oldest data is discarded in order to make space for the more recent.

As soon as your new external drive is plugged into your Mac, the Time Machine plugs itself into it immediately. The initial backup will obviously take some time, but after that you can let tit just do its thing in the background. You’ll see an icon at the top of your desktop on the main menu bar. When the Time Machine is bust backing up, the icon, which is in the shape of a small clock, will appear to run backwards. To enter the main program, simply click on the icon.

Retrieving a lost file is a simple process. Just open the folder where it was located, open Mac’s Time Machine backup, and you’ll see a number of Mac folders in decreasing sizes open up. Open the window that contains the program or file that you want to restore by clicking on the time bar, on the right hand side, then then click on the object you want to restore, and it will immediately be restored to its original location. If you have a more recent version of a file, you can choose not to overwrite it, but to instead save two versions. If you can’t recall the file’s original location, just use the Spotlight finder and then start up the Time Machine.

A User Review of Fontographer for MAC OS

Fontographer used to be the prime choice for font designers, both amateur and professional. This was mostly because it was easy to use. When Macromedia bought it from Altsys, though, it languished, until it was bought by FontLab, and version 4.7 was released, which ran on OS X. Fontographer 5 is still user-friendly, and it’s font-generating engine has been replaced with FontLab’s own engine. It has a number of new features, such as support for OpenType.

The new Fontographer has all the tools you need to create fonts from scratch, as well as tools that will be very helpful for designers. For onstance, if a font has both thin and thick versions, but you’re looking for something inbetween the two, Fontographer will generate it for you. It can also condense fonts without just scaling them horizontally. If necessary it can create new spacings, or add glyphs to a font, like logos or icons. These features can be incredibly useful if the font you’re working with isn’t exactly right for what you’re doing.

The Font Window will display all the components of any font. You can filter views in different ways, such as by width, Unicode value, Keystroke or Character. Fontographer also makes it easy to convert fonts to different formats. You can convert to a number of different formats, including PostScript Type 1 or 3, TrueType or OpenType.

Many of Fontographer’s advanced features for layout are used by programs like QuarkXpress and InDesign to replace characters automatically with alternate glyphs. Users experienced in Fontographer will also appreciate such as the ability to export and import specific projects using the FontLab Studio format, making collaborations much easier. You can also now zoom in on fonts by 1600 percent, display outlines with smooth anti-aliasing, and there are expanded encoding and Unicode tables, as well as intelligent renaming of font families, a robust Glyph search, and the ability to autotrace most bitmaps. The new version can also produce fonts with characters in excess of 20,000.

As well as all the new features, there is a manual of 525 pages that contains a good deal of information on technology and font features, clearly and concisely laid out, as well as useful tips from established font designers. The appendices steer you to the best resources and books that are available.

There are a number of sample files included that can prove quite helpful, like different scanned characters, accents, fonts and .eps files that you can use for practice. There is also a text file to help you determine the best pairings for kerned letters, and to test the appearance of existing kernings.