Lunchtime Links

Macworld has an article on Twitter for Mac Creatives. I found the comments interesting too. There’s definitely a line in the sand between those who “get” Twitter and those who don’t. As with anything, YMMV, but I think those who complain about the lousy signal-to-noise ratio just aren’t following the right people. Sure, there’s a lot of “I like bacon” tweets. But there’s a ton of good stuff too. Don’t throw the baby out with the TweetWater.

Following up on Eric’s Why XML? post, here’s a link to the slides from O’Reilly’s Start With XML one-day conference that was held in NYC on January 13th.

Speaking of O’Reilly, the annual Tools of Change conference is coming up: Feb 9-11, also in NYC. MarkLogic, Adobe, <oXygen/> and Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing. I’ll take it, with an everything bagel, to go. Of course, if you can’t make it, you can follow the conference on Twitter. SeewhatImean?

While you’re at it, you can follow me. I promise not to tweet about bacon. I don’t even eat the stuff.

MarkLogic announced the MarkLogic Toolkit for Word, which is a free open source means for developers to build applications directly bridging Microsoft Office Word 2007 and MarkLogic. Makes you go <hmmm/>.

Last but not least, GeoEye has some photos of yesterday’s inauguration, taken by Google’s new satellite. See how SkyNet, er, Google views 1.something million people: as a bunch of ants. That reminds me, I should put Judgment Day in my iCal. Thanks for the tip goes to John Nack at Adobe, whose Photoshop blog is required reading for everyone in my household, even the cats (how do you think they put those lightsabers in their paws?). Actually, they use FriskiesPix.

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MathType + iWork = ?

Huh. Just saw that Design Science, makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, and MathBurger (just kiddin’—I’m hungry), announced that MathType works with Apple’s iWork ’09 suite. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers now all support MathType. Apparently it was announced at MacWorld in SF, but I didn’t know till now. This is weird. For years I have wished for some of MathType’s capabilities in InDesign, and now I get them in iWork. Wished for a pony, got a puppy. That’s OK, puppies are cool. Of course, I’ll hold off on joy till I see how this puppy works. Seems like I can save iWork as Word. But maybe not .docx? Dunno. I’ll find out because I’m going to get Apple’s “Box Set” of iLife, iWork, and Leopard. I’m notorious for losing my OSX install discs, so having a back-up is good, and the kids are pining away for the latest versions of all the iLife apps. Whatever happened to crayons? When I get iWork working, I’ll try out MathType with it and report back here. Man, what’s next—DITA support in GarageBand?