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A Great Tool For Programmers To Read More Comfortably

A Great Tool For Programmers To Read More Comfortably

A new typeface by Font Bureau is out to help coders or programmers to develop apps and programs. Called Input, it is a family of fonts designed exclusively for writing code. Input is so interesting and easy to use that it can be used by people who wouldn’t know a line of C++ from a command line. Input serves as a great tool for programmers to read easily. According to Font Bureau, Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code. What it offers is both monospaced and proportional fonts for richer code formatting.

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    Why will Input make programmers’ lives easier?

    When writing a story a writer chooses a font because he wants the character to communicate their text. However a programmer chooses a font for directly the opposite, he wants a generally characterless font that wouldn’t distort the massive bodies of code. With Input, a new kind of monospaced design, such as generous spacing, distinguishable characters, and large punctuation is adopted to allow each character take up the space that it requires.

    Mosnospaced fonts in the past have had shortcomings such as low resolution fonts; since they were designed from traditional computer terminals and could not be used on modern machines. They were also hard on the eyes during marathon programming sessions. Such monospaced fonts also made it difficult for typos to be spotted when skimming code, although they offered large punctuation and uniform indentation.

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    What the designer of Input, David Jonathan Ross, had to do differently was to come up with a typeface that took its aesthetic cues and merits from monospaced pixel fonts that coders already use. Thus he also made sure he disposed the technical limitations that restricted them. By drawing each letter on a standard 11-pixel grid; he begun the process of designing Input as a pixel font. To invent a typeface that would be effective on modern devices, Ross drew the outlines of the finished letter on top of each grid.

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      What does Input offer?

      Input may feel like a coding font when you consider the completely straight sides and its mechanical curves. Yet even though rugged, Input feels very modern. Input comes in 168 different styles, optional serified and sans serif varieties, with multiple widths. It can also be displayed in proportional and monotype styles.
      The proportional styles offer a more comfortable option to the monospaced fonts which you can use for text composition and correspondence to code. The capitals get wider so they can be felt at home with the lowercase. Alongside the Normal width the condensed styles can work together. The Serif provides an alternative texture to the Sans and the Bold weight gets wider so it can be as comfortable to use as the Regular.

      These features provide writers who want their text to be more prominent than their typeface. You can say it is appealing and incredible for programmers who rely heavily on formatting.

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      It is the belief of Input, technically speaking, that a superior alternative will improve typography in the coding world. According to the makers of Input, the Font Bureau, “by mixing typographic variation with the power of syntax highlighting, by composing text that transcends a fixed-width grid, and by choosing and combining multiple font styles, we can end all up with code and data that is ultimately easier to read and write.” Input hopefully is a sign that there will be a typographically rich future when coding environments, that programmers will overcome technical constraints and have full control over their display.

      If you visit the marketing page of the Font Bureau you will find a live preview of the font with real code. Input is available for free download for private and unpublished usage.

      Featured photo credit: Lazy Morning Programming in A Bed/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

      1. Zoho Notebook
        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
      2. Evernote
        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
      3. Net Notes
        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
      4. i-Lighter
        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
      5. Clipmarks
        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
      6. UberNote
        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
      7. iLeonardo
        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
      8. Zotero
        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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