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by Louis Bookbinder
Ooops. I seem to be getting into the habit of apologizing for shortcomings in our DOM presentations. Somehow we left Dream Weaver off of the DOM. Pretty dumb. My fault, alone, since I had the disk for almost a month after Thomas gave it to me and I gave it to Rich for mass duplication. During that time, we had to remove one item which Ziff Davis did not allow us to share (only Ziff Davis can share it), and I must have removed Dream Weaver during that time. Mea Culpa. But we will include it on the April DOM and demo it April 1. Maybe some other surprises, too.
The big item this month is QuickTime VR. Henry put together a whole disk of VR items. Makes a great demo, if nothing else. Included documentation gives you a head start in creating scenes that literally takes Mac ONE STEP BEYOND!:
QuickTime VR is an application, not an extension like QuickTime. In fact, you must have QuickTime 2.0 installed in your extensions folder in order to run QuickTime VR. Start QuickTime VR and open the "movie" of your choice. Point the Mouse in the middle of the scene and press down to move right or left, up or down. You can also use the arrow keys to maneuver through the scene. Press the OPTION Key to Zoom In, Press the CONTROL Key to Zoom Out.
Movies are in a separate folder on the disk they include:
A 360° view of Monument Valley. Breathtaking!
A model of an F18 fighter plane. You grab the scene not to look around, but to rotate the model.
A totally synthetic scene as in KPT Bryce, but 360°
A 360° view of Picadilly Circus, London.
A manikin (looks like a Transformer) which is kind of hard to
AND, the promised
Dream Weaver is a little program that demonstrates a variety of simple visual illusions (caused in some cases by 'faults' in the biological structure of the retina, in others by 'limitations' in the brain's visual center, and yet others by a combination of physical and mental processes), and includes a short background on each one.
Every month the shareware team helps members sell equipment, software, and hardware they no longer need. Please keep this a success by visiting our tables and bidding on these items. Here is how it works:
PLEASE NOTE: We will make every effort to keep your item secure. However we take no responsibility, and theft is your risk alone. We suggest you keep easily stolen items, like SIMM chips, with you and just leave the auction sheet.
Sorry, we cannot provide electrical power to demo hardware.
We cannot be held responsible for items forgotten by their
Some ways to eject a floppy:
More to come.
PopChar conflicts with GX fonts. In fact, almost everything conflicts with GX fonts.
Have you always thought that your WWW surfing was confidential and private -- just you, your computer, and the world? Well as it turns out, this may not always be the case. Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer and other WWW browsers place a special file on the users hard drive that gives Web Sites the ability to store information about your visit for future reference. The file, usually called cookies -- MagicCookie in Netscape -- can keep track of your activities while visiting a particular site. The marketing advantages to such a record is obvious, but the privacy issue raises some rather serious questions about what is invasive and what is not. The other troubling thing about this whole process is the ease by which an outside party can gain access to your hard drive to store and retrieve information. Netscape officials, addressing the concerns raised by this, have said that there are legitimate uses for cookies, but are reevaluating the way in which it is done.
By the way, there isn't much point erasing the MagicCookie file in
your Netscape folder; it'll just come back the next time information
is stored. Anybody have a nifty script for erasing MagicCookie each
time you run Netscape?
Need a list of every item in a folder? Open the folder, select all
(Command-A), copy (Command-C), and paste (Command-V) into your
document! Doesn't matter what view is set - you get just the file or
folder names in alphabetical order. Note that leading blanks in names
may mess up the order some.
(On web page, vendor name hotlink only takes you to vendor home page)
Adobe has withdrawn the latest release of PageMill (1.0.1) web authoring tool due to bugs. Expect a new release in a few weeks. (The new release is now out: PageMill 1.0.2)
Adobe also released FrameMaker 5.1
Apple is putting Inside Macintosh, its programmer's bible, on the Web. Check http://dev.info.apple.com/insidemac/
Apple has upgraded
to version 1.1.6. Also update 2 for System
7.5 (to make it 7.5.3) was released 11 Mar. It is comprised of 14
disks!!! Here is the press release:
System 7.5 Update 2.0 will be distributed electronically at no additional charge via the following Apple Internet sites: ftp.support.apple.com, ftp.info.apple.com, http://www.support.apple.com, http://www.info.apple.com, and Apple Computer Higher Education gopher server (info.hed.apple.com). The system update also will be posted on several online services including: AppleLink, America Online, and CompuServe. Customers who do not have access to an online service or the Internet can order the update on CD-ROM or floppies in the U.S. for a $13 shipping and handling fee. The number to call in the United States to order the update is 1-800-293-6617, ext. 984. The number to call in Canada to order the update is 1-800-361-6075. Localized versions of the system update will be available to international customers in many countries by the end of the second quarter of 1996. Apple also plans to update the Macintosh System 7.5 retail upgrade package to incorporate the improvements in System 7.5 Update 2.0 by the end of the second quarter of 1996 in the U.S.
In light of this, the Shareware Team will NOT sell you a set of disks of this update. At $13, Apple sells them at near cost (especially to us)!
Apple, under competitive pressure from Microsoft, has released its plans for Quicktime. Version 2.2 will release in May. Midi and MPEG enhancements are included.
Apple threw in the towel on eWorld. Service ends at the end of March. Apple and AOL will be forging stronger links, instead.
Apple also released Open Transport 1.1b16 Public Beta
Take a look at Apple's new MessagePad 130. It has a backlit screen, among other things. Still $799
BestWare released MYOB 6.0
Connectix has announced they will market a color version of their popular black and white QuickCam in the second quarter of 96. Price: about $300.
Connectix confirms a problem with Ram Doubler 1.6.1 on PowerBooks under System 7.5.3, producing a Type 8 crash when waking if Macsbug is not installed. You'll need an AppleShare 3.6.1 patch with System 7.5.3, too, but Connectix reports no other incompatibilities.
Dartmouth's Fetch 3.0.1 ftp software is out of beta testing. Works GREAT. However, a very obscure bug encourages you to try their 3.0.1beta 2 which fixes it.
Electric Magic Co. released NetPhone 1.2.4. Several telephone carriers have petitioned the FCC to limit the use of such products. Wonder why?
Kitchen Sink has released ServerStat - a web contact counter. A shareware version is available
Macromedia releases (31 Mar) version 5 of Macromedia Director
Metatools has released Bryce 2.0, its 3-D landscape generator with vastly improved user interface and feedback.
Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 2.0 beta 3. Also FoxPro 3.0
Netscape, on the otherhand, has released a
beta. They immediately upgraded to extend the expiration date to
1 July. Needs a PPC.
And you can download an updater to change Navigator version 2.0 to 2.01 or get version 2.01 directly. NOTE: this involves security features (presumably encryption) so only the US version may be updated and both are available only to US users. The security upgrade does not apply to the Java-enabled beta
Nisus released Nisus Writer 4.1.5
NOW UTILITIES 6.0 will present a whole bunch of new features, such as Autotype, Shortcuts, and Tabs (drag your windows off the bottom of the screen, and NOW leaves a tab there for easy access)
Symantec has released an updater for Symantec Anti-Virus for Macintosh (4.0.8) as well as a new virus definitions file. Version 4.0.8 of SAM has a Virus Definition for the FormatC Word macro Trojan Horse, added repair capability for all Word macro viruses and Trojans (Word Macro 9508 & 9509, DMV, Colors, and FormatC). Note: SAM 4.0.8 is required to repair macro viruses, but the 4.0.8 Virus Definitions file will detect macro viruses using SAM 4.0.7 and earlier versions.
Working Software has released version 2.0 of the Spellswell 7 spelling checker for Macintosh computers. Spellswell is the spell checker packaged with Eudora Pro.
WWW Weaver 1.1.1 fixes a bug (but is STILL incredibly slow)
You can sign up for a free service informing you of updates to products you specify. Log on to VERSIONS on the Web (http://www.versions.com)
I found out the other day that I am the ONLY Internet tutor at the Mitchell Park branch library. In a couple of weeks, the Library will be installing several Web-capable machines with Web access and I cannot possibly meet the demand by myself.
I must admit they will probably put in Windoz machines. But if you can stand that, they can sure use you! And while tutoring, you can PLUG SMUG! And Macs, of course.
Drop in at the Mitchell Park branch, or give me a call.
Louis Bookbinder work: 725-0639 home: 494-1589