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  • Postscript is gone, long live TrueType and OpenType

    Fantastic article - thanks for the memories.

    Postscript is not dead - it lives on as a compressed format called....PDF.   
    I work with Raster Image Processors (RIPs) that drive the print industry in Newspaper publishing and magazine work. 
    The only fonts we really encounter in professional pre-press these days are TrueType fonts - nearly always embedded within the PDF.

    We still very occasionally have to write tiny bits of postscript code that we feed to the RIP to rasterise into bitmaps that are added to templates that surround printed copy required for industrial equipment with very fine tolerances... eg.  :smile: 

    statusdict begin
    /jobname (RegisterMark) def
    end

    /in {72 mul} def
    /mm {25.4 div in} def

    << /PageSize [ 6 mm 1 mm] >> setpagedevice

    % Register is two 1mm dots 5mm centres in a 6 x 1 mm box

    0 0 translate
    0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0 360 arc
    0 0 0 1 setcmykcolor
    fill

    5.5 mm 0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0 360 arc
    0 0 0 1 setcmykcolor
    fill

    showpage


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  • Dystopian cat adventure game 'Stray' coming to Mac

    My kids loved this on the PS4.  It's a really nice little game.  
    Spitbath
  • Broadcom announces plan to buy VMWare in $61B deal

    My experience with Broadcom taking over Symantec's Enterprise Security Division business back in 2019 was a bit of a disaster, at least in terms of the migration/integration of Symantec into their system/support infrastructure. They've just recently offloaded the software support role for those products to another company ( Arrow ) - maybe that will be an improvement...  We deploy VMware in our Cloud Infrastructure/data centers  ( as I'm sure many do) ,  let's hope this acquisition will be a smoother transition for VMware customers.
    techrider
  • UK blames Apple for issues with iOS 'Brexit' app over lack of iPhone NFC access

    Brexit. The gift that keeps on giving... 
    MacPro
  • Apple issues AirPort Express firmware update adding support for AirPlay 2

    Fantastic to see this!  Thanks Apple! Both of my units updated without a hitch. They are ethernet wired and simply used to drive hi-fi systems in the kitchen and dining room.  Great to now be able to select both and have individual volume controls ( and global ) and walk between rooms with sound beautifully in sync. Yay!  :smiley: 
    zroger73watto_cobra