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August 1998

by Louis Bookbinder


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This month's Free Sample Shareware is no longer available. Please see the column for the current month. -------------------------------------------------

SMUG August '98 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Thomas Carlson

C-Futuro™ Justice
Kaleidoscope (1.8) scheme.

Chiper's Platinum 2
Kaleidoscope 2 scheme.

This is Enemy Balloon Bombers. No readme. A strange version of space invaders. Great graphics. Cost? Got me!

Kaleidoscope scheme.

Kaleidoscope 2.0
The different user interfaces offered by Kaleidoscope are specified by plug-in Scheme files. Kaleidoscope 2.0 comes with several schemes, including Scherzo and Antique. Kaleidoscope 2.0 also supports older schemes designed for Kaleidoscope 1.5 or later. For over two thousand third party schemes, visit the Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive (KSA) <>. You can keep the schemes anywhere on your hard drive. $25.

Mercutio Guard.
There is a piece of software named the Mercutio MDEF, which allows Mac programmers to more easily customize the look and feel of their menus. The number of developers using it is quite extensive. Unfortunately, Mercutio causes lots of system crashes. This fixes it. Free

Muninn Tech 0.5
Kaleidoscope scheme

Kaleidoscope scheme

OT/PPPremier Timer
OT/PPPremier Timer is a nifty gizmo that has a real function: it allows you to quickly and easily open and close your PPP connection on your Macintosh, while keeping track of how much time you accrue online. OT/PPPremier Timer's best feature may be its streamlined customizable appearance--it looks just like the display on your VCR or clock radio. You can also choose any sound you like to play when PPP opens and closes. Free.

Rhapsody DR1
'Rhapsody' is a rendition of the Apple Greyscale/Platinum Appearance found in MacOS 8 and shown in early versions of Rhapsody. This scheme is based on a screenshot of Mesa (a spreadsheet for Rhapsody) running on a early Developer Release build. For Kaleidoscope 1.7.1.

Scrollability gives you faster, more intuitive ways to scroll through documents than the scroll bar and keyboard do. The best way to see what Scrollability can do is to open up the control panel and play with it &emdash; you'll be able to use Scrollability in a scrolling information panel, without needing to restart. $10

Sleeper is a control panel for desktop Macs that spins down the hard disk, dims the screen, and powers off Energy Star compliant monitors after periods of inactivity. Separate "sleep" times can be set for the different features. Setting up via the control panel is straightforward, and there is help available by clicking the "Help" icon. $25

Virtual Viagra
Well, lets just say you will really get a rise out of this. Watch what you do with that cursor! Free, and worth every penny!

"Welcome" is a simple system extension which speaks "Welcome to Macintosh" early in the start-up process when you boot up your Mac. This is especially good when you have onlookers (particularly PC users who always say "Gee, why dosn't my PC say anything like that?"). PostCardWare

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Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

If your computer attempts to rebuildthe desktop each time it starts up, the problem may be with the MacOS Easy Open control panel. If this happens to you, the solution is to restart with all extensions disabled except MacOS Easy Open and manually rebuild the desktop (by holding down command-option just before the Finder loads). Then restart again normally with your normal set of extensions. -------------------------------------------------


Mac basics we sometimes forget

What is a clean install? Basically, it is an install of system software which does NOT replace old system software. That's right - it does NOT replace it.

All system software is in the System Folder. When you buy a new MacOS and do a clean install, it renames the old System Folder to "Previous System Folder" and builds a new System Folder from scratch. EVERYTHING in the new System Folder is new, control panels, extensions, and preferences, included. Nothing in the Previous System Folder has been moved over. Doing that is up to you. Just be sure you do not replace any new item (which comes with the new MacOS) with an older item.

Please note - a new installation does not change the Previous System Folder in any way. This means that if, for some reason, your mac cannot find the new System Folder, it will run off the Previous System Folder. If you don't want this ever to happen, create a new folder in the Previous System Folder, called "Finder Hides Here", and put the Finder in it. Or just trash the Previous System Folder (if you are sure there is nothing there you want to keep).

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

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Bare Bones BBEdit 4.5.3 - enhances built-in FTP tool and Find Differences feature

Golive CyberStudio 3.1 - HTML layout, source code editing, and Web site management tools

St. Clair Default Folder 2.9 - enhances Open and Save dialog boxes to be more effient & easier to use

NetObjects Fusion 3.0 - now shipping software for designing, building & updating sites

Userland Frontier 5.1.2 - automated content management system for building and managing websites

GraphicConverter 3.3.1 - for picture image editing and format conversions

Internet Config 2.0 - allows internet apps to use the same preferences stored in one place

Greg's Shareware Kaleidoscope 2.0.1 - the ultimate in interface customization for System 7 and Mac OS 8

Mariner Write Lite 1.0.3 - full featured word processor

Tex-Edit Plus 2.3.2 - scriptable styled text editor with many excellent features

URL Manager Pro 2.0.5 - extensive bookmark manager for Netscape & Internet Explorer

Tiger Technologies Window Monkey 1.2.4 - allows a choice of background patterns in the Finder windows

Iomega Zip & Jaz Tools 6.0 - driver 6.01, Tools 6.1, FindIt 2.0, Copy Machine 1.28: 2 parts 6.0a & 6.0b


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