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Plus, unclutter your desktop. Sure, it takes effort and initiative to clean your house, but at least you can organize your fonts with relatively little pain. Insider Software has added a bevy of features to its font management utility, FontAgent. Adding to its existing support for PostScript Type 1, Macintosh TrueType and OS X fonts, the spiffy agent now supports OpenType and Windows TrueType fonts. The utility gets fonts in order with a number of features, including definition of multiple libraries and reorganization of scattered fonts into libraries. It also repairs or eliminates corrupt, partial and unmatched fonts, and eliminates those pesky unnecessary point sizes (Geneva at 84 point, anyone?). The $89.95 utility is available for download on Insider Software’s site.

Apple’s new OS 10.2–nicknamed “Jaguar”–will add a number of features, but will also subtract one longstanding component: an installation disk for OS 9. The ability to pop into the OS 9 environment has been present in all past versions of OS X. This gave users the freedom to have a Classic compatibility layer for legacy applications. Lovers of the Classic life can still purchase OS 9 for $99, but Apple seems eager to push its devotees into the Jaguar world, where OS 9 is a thing of the past. In fact, at a developers conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs read a eulogy for the outdated operating system, saying that although OS 9 is still very much alive to customers, developers should consider it dead.

For those who have stepped up to electronic organization of their music collection (not taken from Napster, right?) and put everything on MP3, Apple has released iTunes 3.0. The program works with all Mac computers that have built-in USB ports and use Mac OS X version 10.1.4 or later. A number of features have been added to the digital music library organizer, including the ability to: create a smart playlist to automatically build a list of songs based on your descriptions of music; rate songs on a scale of one to five stars, which can then sort the songs in order of preference or ranking; and listen to audible spoken word files, including audio books, magazines and radio programs. The program can be downloaded from the Apple site.

If all your files are spic and span, perhaps it’s time to unclutter your desktop. Six Degrees software from Creo promises to help you maintain an organization strategy with a variety of tasks. It can locate files with similar names or file revisions, show all email threads related to any file or person your desktop, and view all the files a person has sent you, regardless of where the files are stored. The software can also find misfiles and attachments without the use of desktop search options. The software works with all Macintosh systems, and is priced at $99, but a 30-day free evaluation can be found at Creo’s site.

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