August 2000

by Louis Bookbinder




SMUG CD-ROM of the Quarter - Summer

August Demo by Owen Saxton

Audio CD Labeller 1.0.1
Give your CDs an identity! This extension will allow you to name your CDs that you play via your Mac's AppleCD Audio Player. Rather than the ubiquitous "Audio CD x", that appears on your CD desktop icon, you'll get the name of the CD you entered everytime you pop in that CD. 68k and PPC compatible running System 7.0 or later. Freeware.

Desktop Icon Manager 1.3.1
Tired of various programs changing your monitor resolution only to find that when you switch back to your usual resolution, all of your icons show up scattered across your desktop? This AppleScript will save and restore the icon positions on your desktop no matter what screen resolution you change your monitor to. 68k and PPC compatible running Mac OS 7.0 or later. Requires AppleScript. Freeware.

FastOpen 3.1
This system utility will allow you to open any document with the application of your choice, quickly and instantly, using the contextual menu. For each file type, FastOpen will let you add a customized list of applications to use in opening that particular kind of file. Requires a PPC running Mac OS 8.1 or later. Shareware $10.

Finder Workspaces 2.1
Finder Workspaces gives you any number of Workspace settings: what windows are open and where they are onscreen, and desktop icon positions. It instantly opens any arrangement of deeply nested folders; supports every kind of Finder window including popup and collapsed windows, clipping and suitcase files. It saves a great deal of time. Freeware

iOrganize 2.5.0
Perhaps you have noticed the MacOS Notepad no longer comes installed with MacOS 9. Or is your current NotePad too limited for your needs? That made me think about developing a more convenient NotePad, which has become iOrganize, a new multipurpose software package! It contains three separate modules: NotePad, the Mac NotePad replacement; ContactPad, an easy-to-use address book; and AliasPad, which keeps track of file aliases. Shareware $15.

PlayerPRO 5.6.1
If you're looking for an easy-to-use and affordable multitrack music editor, this one is truly amazing&emdash;and it's free! Record from your MIDI setup or import sound files without any extra hardware. This latest version is a major update and now features multi-channel per tracks support, crop and bit depth function for creating samples, an equalizer, new sound filters, global panning settings, and more. It supports most sound formats. Edit via the onscreen Digital Editor, by notation, or via a MIDI keyboard, plus it has tons of other cool features. Requires a PPC running Mac OS 8.0 or later and 16 MB RAM. Freeware.

Poor Man's Solitaire 1.0
Here's a solid Solitaire game that will give you nothing but the straight gameplay without all the fancy bells and whistles. It features nice graphics that will allow you to play nine different versions of Solitaire, some with variations, including Klondike, Baker's Dozen, Corners, Idiot's Delight, Osmosis, and more. Requires a 68020 or faster Mac running Mac OS 7.5 or later. Postcardware.

Presentation Prompter 2.0.1
Presentation Prompter is a prompting utility. It can take any bit of text, allow you to set it up best for the environment you plan to present it in, and scroll it smoothly at the speed you desire. It has just about all features other programs of it's kind has, and a little more. If you are part of a small studio, classroom speech and debate teacher, or even professional newscaster and don't have a lot of money to spend, Presentation Prompter is the perfect tool for you! Shareware $15.

Reaper 1.3.2
The Reaper is a Control Panel that allows you to control the heap allocation for applications that you may not otherwise adjust. Examples are CD-ROM applications, the Finder and Background applications. It also features a RAM Charger like expansion of the heap of applications you choose. Freeware.

Shadow Maker 1.2
If you're looking to add cool drop shadow effects to your graphics, check out this barebones program that will let you do just that without the expense of a full-fledged graphics application or staggering system requirements. Customize the effect attributes by controlling the shadow's offsets, the amount of blur, the ratio of the effect, and transparent color. 68k and PPC compatible running Mac OS 7 or later and QuickTime 2.5 or later. Donationware.

Simple Browser 2.0.1
Simple Browser is a file browser (à-la-NeXT) with some nice add-ons. Simple Browser is a simple but powerful tool to manage files on your hard disk and across a network. Simple Browser is designed for users who want to easily navigate through their files as well as for 'power-users' who want to change file properties or need to administrate many computers on a network. Shareware $15.

Spy 2.52
Spy is a program that allows you to display and control the processes running on your computer. It shows all processes, including background ones, with details such as launch time, memory usage and used CPU time. It also allows you to bring a process to the front or to kill it. Shareware $10.

UtilityDog™ 1.1
This is a file utility with unprecedented power and ease of use. It has a powerful search engine that finds files and folders using arbitrarily complex criteria that you specify and can save for quick reuse later. It can browse a disk's contents easily. It can display pictures, text, and other items without launching auxiliary applications. It can find duplicate items, display file lists sorted by amlost any file attribute, edit the attributes of a file, and synchronize the contents of two folders. It also has powerful backup capabilities. Requires MacOS 8.1 or later. Shareware $39.95.


A revised complete list of CDOQ contents:

Apple Contents
Disk Copy 6.3
Ethernet Update 1.0.smi
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
MacsBug 6.6
OpenGL 1.1.2.smi
ResEdit 2.1.3
TomeViewer 1.3d3

Stock Contents
CorelDRAW™ 8 LE
Free Nisus Compact

GifBuilder 0.5
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US 68k
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US PPC
jade1.2 Folder

Anarchie 3.7 Installer
AOL InstantMessgr4.0.972
Better Telnet
Communicator™ 4.73 Complete
Eudora 4.3.2
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Fetch 3.0.3 Installer
Internet Explorer 5.smi
MACAST Lite 2.000
Macster PR4
MT-NewsWatcher 3.0
niftytelnet-1.1-ssh-r3 Folder
Outlook Express 5.smi
RealPlayer Installer

DarkSide of the Mac 5.0.6
Extension Overload 4.8
GURU 2.8
Kaleidoscope 2.2.2 Installer-US
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
Mariner folder
MP3 Rage 2.1.1

Acrobat Reader 68k Installer
Acrobat Reader PPC Installer
Aladdin DropStuff 5.1 Installer
Aladdin Expander™ 5.5 Installer
BBTidy 1.0b6
PopChar Lite 2.7.2
PrintToPDF Folder
SCSIProbe 5.1.2
ShrinkWrap™ 2.1
TechTool® 1.2.1
Tex-Edit Plus 3.0.2 Installer
textSOAP 2.6.2 Full Installer

New Contents

Audio & Music
Audio CD Labeller 1.0.1
BladeEnc 1.0
Coaster 1.0.6
PlayerPRO 5.6.1 Freeware
SoundRecorder 1.0
Ultra Recorder 2.4.1

Fetch-O-Matic 2.2
NetFinder v2.1
Networkz 2.0b2
NoCookie V2 Installer
PageSucker Mac 2.2.2
Sherlock II Creator 2.0.1
Snak 4.0

Design & Graphics
clip2icns 1.5.1
PhotoPage 1.2.1
Shadow Maker 1.2
Web Album Wizard 1.0.2

HTML Optimizer 3.03
JChecker2.1 Folder
Meta Tag Manager 2.0.1

Fun and Games
Classic Cribbage 1.4.2
Cyberopoly 3.1
Dominoes 1.2
iPoker 2000 1.1
Magic Fortune Teller 1.0
On-Line Joke Book 6.0
Poor Man's Solitaire 1.0
Reversi Unlimited 1.0
Ultimate Pool 1.2
Vanessa Chess 1.5.1

Akua Sweets 141
Desktop Icon Manager 1.3.1
FastOpen 3.1
Finder Workspaces 2.1
HandyMan 2.0.6
Mega Channels 1.0
Reaper 132
Setting Sun 1.3.2
Simple Browser 2.0.1
SwitcherMaster 1.3
Title Free 1.3

Kitchen Sink
BarWare 4.5
Biorhythms 8 Installer
CookWare 6.1
MPj Astro 1.5.2
Orrery 1.2
Seismic Duck 1.4

Animation Maker 3.2.2
BetterPlayer 1.0.2
DoItAllText™ 3.0.9
OneApp Slide Show 5.3.3
Tiff-Sight 1.0.3

AutoTextTyper 2.2.1
DragThing 2.8 Installer
iOrganize 2.5.0
isaBook 2.0b3 US
MoosePad™ v1.1 Installer
Presentation Prompter 2.0.1
QuickFinance 2.8.1
QuoEdit 0.65
TextWorks Office 2.0

CDFinder 2.8
CyberViewer 1.4
DiskCatalogMaker 2.3.5 folder
DiskTracker 2.0.2 Installer
Preference Packer 1.1
Spy 2.52 US
Stella's Mover 255 folder
UtilityDog™ 1.1
VSE Update Finder 2.1


Security Alert!

From Your Shareware Team

Nothing this month.-------------------------------------------------

Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

What do you do when your Desktop Pictures stop working?

Check these possible solutions:

  1. Make sure that QuickTime is turned on.
  2. Make sure that AppleScript is installed. Desktop Pictures uses Applescript to change the pictures.
  3. Old versions of Conflict Catcher can also stop Desktop Pictures from working.
  4. Delete your Desktop Pictures Preferences file that is located inside the Preferences folder.
  5. Finally, as a last resort, go ahead and reinstall Desktop Pictures from your CD-ROM.

As a final note, Desktop Pictures requires OS8 to work. Some people have copied the Desktop Pictures control panel from OS8 and installed it on an earlier system such as 7.6. This will not work. If you do have an earlier system, you can still have pictures for your desktop pattern by using one of several shareware programs such as Decor. -------------------------------------------------


Mac basics we sometimes forget

Rich Tucker inspired this: " I have a friend who has a Mac formatted Zip disk (100MB) and wants to read that data into a PC. Should they just shove the disk into the PC & expect it to see everything fine; or is there a special process that needs to be followed??".

Answer: NO, but there is a way.

<- PCExchange icon

PCs will not read Mac-formatted Zip disks, or any Mac formatted disk. They are too dumb. Macs, on the other hand, will read PC-formatted disks just fine (if they have a ZIP drive) with the help of a standard Mac control panel, PC Exchange. So how to do the other direction?

Well, you don't. What you do is get a new ZIP disk and format it as a PC-formatted disk. Simple:

  1. Insert the disk.
  2. Select Erase Disk on the Special menu.
  3. Select PC format (this is where the PC exchange control panel comes in)

When this finishes, you have a perfectly good PC-formatted disk (ZIP, 1.4Mfloppy, it doesn't matter). Now just copy your stuff from the Mac-formatted disk to your PC-formatted disk and move it to the PC. Or just format the disk on the PC in the first place, then take it to your Mac, copy the stuff onto it, and you are ready for the PC.

DONT FORMAT THE DISK WITH THE ORIGINAL DATA!!! Format another disk, or at least copy the data to your Mac. FORMATTING DISKS DESTROYS DATA. That is why you use the Erase Disk option on the Special menu.



My choices, only, out of hundreds of items every month. Drop me a note for YOUR favorite. Links below are either info about or actual downloads, and include commercial products, as well as shareware. These do NOT include demos or beta releases. You might check out Version Tracker for more.
® means update to recently released DOM item. Wish we could catch them all....

Where are all the links, you may ask? I am leaving them out. My source now uses Java to handle download requests, which means I essentially have to load the items to get the URL! Since with my slow 28K connection this often takes 20 minutes or more! I will not do this any more. YOU go to Version Tracker and fight with THEM!

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iMovie 2.0.1 - Digital video editing system (not for v1.0.2)

MRJ 2.2.2 - Mac OS Runtime for Java to run Java apps & applets

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) 4.0.1068 - instant chat/voice notification utility between online users

Netscape Communicator 4.7.4 - popular web browser

Conflict Catcher 8.0.7 - startup file management and conflict testing utility

DragThing 2.9 - launcher palette for files, folders, disks, servers and URLs

Extension Overload 5.2 - Details info for extensions, control panels & error codes up to OS 9

Userland Frontier 6.2 - web site content management system

GraphicConverter 3.9.1 - view, edit, and convert most any graphic file formats

Newer GURU 2.9 - info on every possible RAM & VRAM configuaration for every Mac & clone

IomegaWare 2.5 - Zip and Jaz drivers & software tools

Lasso 3.6.5 - fixes for Lasso & String tags modules

Norton Utilities 5.0.3 - disk repair & data recovery tool (now avail. for download)

Now Up-to-Date & Contact 3.9.2 - scheduler/contact/PIM/calendar/organizer/Palm manager tool

Dantz Retrospect 4.3 - updates for the app, client and Advanced Driver Kit

MicroMat TechTool Pro 3.0 - hardware/software diagnostic tool (ships July 29)

IBM ViaVoice Enhanced Edition 1.0 - voice dictation software

And as usual, be sure to catch the VIREX and Norton Antivirus updates for this month.

Microsoft Word/PowerPoint 98 updates - fixes for the popular Office 98 components SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy


©copyright 2000, Louis Bookbinder -
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 21 July 2000


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