March 13, 2013


Hi to all. Its a bit time I'm not writing something new into this blog, but I was really busy, I swear.

From about 4 months I've started developing Mac OS X applications and today I want to talk about my first creation: FontStudio.

I think that FontStudio is the easiest way to choose the right font for your text.

Do you have to choose the right font for the text you are writing? 
FontStudio allows you to quickly see your text formatted with all the fonts you have into your Mac. Instead of selecting a text and apply a font repeatedly until you find the right one, use FontStudio to see how the text typed into the text preview or dropped in it from another app appear in all the different fonts you have installed. Customize instantly the font format to see your text as appear.
You can easily apply formatting options to all the fonts and see how your text looks like, then when you have done and selected the right font, simply drag away the formatted text into the destination word processor application like Pages or Text Edit. Downloading and installing on your Mac the FontStudio Service at this link ( Open selected text in FontStudio ) you have the possibility to launch FontStudio on the selected text so to have always the application available where ever there is a selected text.

FontStudio lets you:
  • Visualize the text formatted with all the font installed in your Mac
  • Apply quickly the formatting options directly to all the fonts
  • Assign tags and notes to the selected font
  • Rate the fonts
  • Hide unused fonts
  • Drag into the word processing application the formatted text maintaining the format
FontStudio ( 4,99$ ) is available for sale now on the Mac App Store ( AppStore link ) and you can read more about it at my website ( ). 

You can find more screenshots here ( ).

Thanks for reading.

February 14, 2011

Airport Express & LAN

Today I wanna share with you a tip on how to configure the Airport Express to create a NATted network and share the same public IP through all the computers connected to the LAN.
In this way you can have a bit of more security toward the outside computers on the internet.

The creation of a local area network is really easy using the Airport Express, and if you want to use it to connect just a computer to internet through a modem it is straight forward:
  • connect the modem to the rear WAN port of the Airport
  • connect your RJ45 cable to the Airport switch or go wireless
  • turn on the Airport and it will perform all the adjustment to find the internet connection and configure it as a bridge for connecting the computer to the internet.

In this way each computer (configured in DHCP) will have an IP assigned by the router.

To create the NATted network with the Airport Extreme and hide your computers from the outside internet network open the Utility Airport on your Mac or Windows Machine and go to the Internet tab and select “Share a public IP address” from the “Connection sharing” combo like in figure below.

In this way the Airport Express will assign the IPs to the connected computers and outside the network will be seen as a single connected computer, hiding the others.


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November 25, 2010

Maf Event Bus

MAF v3 Framework (Part 2)
The cross-platform MAF Event Bus make use of Qt Signal/Slot to dispatch events between objects locally and remotely. Qt mechanism has been extended to manage also a remote communication transparently to the EventBus users and decouple the sender from the receiver allowing sending events remotely using different network connectors expandable through the strategy pattern.
Other information on MAF v3 framework can be found here: MAF Site
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April 28, 2010

f8 Conference

Today I watched Mark Zuckerberg presenting at the f8 Conference (recorded on 21st April 2010).
It was very interesting to listen on how Internet could become with connections between different social network. We could have a better social experience and retrieve information from the Internet in a manner that is tailored just for us.

Enjoy the movie and thanks for reading :)

Watch live streaming video from f8conference at
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March 3, 2010

Touch screen on skin

Researchers at Microsoft are working on ways to bring about any type of surface (in this case the skin) touch screen technology.
To achieve this goal, the researchers used a pico-projector and a special microphone that allows you to intercept the pressure on the skin through your fingers. The system is called Skinput.

The projector can display the user interface, while the microphone determines the position based on the physical principle of transmission of waves transmitted through the body.
The video below shows how to create touch screen interface using the arm of a person as a "screen" touch.

Thanks for reading :)

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