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Font-fixer Smasher gets new interface in update

Smasher, a program that automatically fixes font problems that can result in garbled text, has been updated with a redesigned user interface, improved support for Adobe CS 5, and a new range of font preview capabilities.

Insider Software took the wraps off Smasher 2 on Tuesday, announcing that the updated program features a redesigned interface that includes expanded font preview capabilities and new icons that are "easier to view and recognize." The program now features a WYSIWYG font list that displays typefaces in their native outlines--making it easier to eyeball a document and know it's displaying correctly.

Insider Software says it upgraded Smasher's font verification engine to identify and eliminate font problems before they become an obstacle in the publishing process. The update also includes new support for the CS5 versions of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, on top of the existing support for earlier versions of the Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office applications, and CUPS spool files.

Smasher 2 costs $35--$25 for users upgrading from the original software--and is compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The program requires 32MB of RAM and 44MB of storage space.


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