In an effort to

  • make you, the reader of this web site, happier,
  • satisfy my ongoing urge to do mildly fiddly things with CSS, and
  • most importantly, give away something really cool like PDFpenPro for FREE,

I'm doing a survey. Huh? Just wait a second, but yes, you read that last bullet right. The awesome folks at Smile have agreed to give away a license for one of my all-time favorite Mac applications, PDFpenPro (normally $99.95).

Okay, okay. Settle down.  Let me tell you how this is going to work.

I've been thinking about running all the serifs out of this here web site and going with a cleaner font that may just be more readable than what's here now.


5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . . Open Sans

Update: Apparently Google Fonts, including this one, don't always get along well with with Firefox in Windows, so you may not be seeing what you're supposed to see. Sorry about that.

Be sure to leave your cozy RSS app for a minute and actually visit directly because this text is in a different font than the previous paragraphs.

I'm not going to get all fancy schmancy with font talk because honestly I'd be pretending to know something about stuff I don't.

I just want to make Practically Efficient as readable as possible. Period. End of agenda.

But before I just up and made the change, it occurred to me that you might want some say in the matter. After all, you read this thing. So I'm taking a poll—a super simple, one-question survey—to see which you would prefer: what's been here a while now (Georgia), or what you're reading right now (Open Sans).

Be sure to provide your email address when you vote if you want to be entered in the drawing for a free PDFpenPro license. I will randomly select the winner on Saturday, June 4, so cast your vote before then.

Unfortunately only one person will win a free PDFpenPro license, but if you work with PDF on your Mac often, I highly recommend at least trying out a trial copy of PDFpen or PDFpenPro. It offers a powerful set of features at just a fraction of the cost of Adobe Acrobat for Mac. I use it regularly to fill out PDF forms, annotate PDF, OCR (creatively sometimes),  redact sensitive parts of PDF, and even encrypt PDF.