August 1999

by Louis Bookbinder





This month's Free Sample Shareware has not been selected. -------------------------------------------------

SMUG August '99 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Owen Saxton

AppWatcher 2.1
AppWatcher is a system that records usage information about the applications running on a Macintosh. A system extension gathers the information at regular intervals, while the AppWatcher application displays the data. It can be useful to just the merely curious, as well as to people who have a more compelling interest on how their Macintosh spends its time, such as parents or business managers. Shareware fee $10.

Audiocorder 1.0.0
Audiocorder allows your Mac to automatically start recording sound to a disk file. The recording process is triggered when the volume exceeds an initial threshold, for a specified minimum amount of time. It then continues to record until the volume drops below a second threshold for a minimum amount of time. Each sound file is stored in AIFF format and its name contains the date and time the recording began. Shareware fee $20.

Audio Visualizer 0.8
Audio Visualizer is a program which analyzes and displays the frequency content of sounds, such as music from a CD. The program shows the frequency content of both the left and right channels of stereo sound. The program performs its calculations in "real time" and lets you see the results as the sounds are being played. Freeware.

Cion 1.0b
Cion is a simple game in which the goal is to remove all the blocks at the top of the window by bouncing a ball off a paddle at the bottom of the window. The speed and direction of the ball are influenced by the way you hit it with the paddle. The ball is also subject to gravity. Freeware.

ColorMusic 1.1
ColorMusic generates notes from a picture as the mouse cursor is moved around the picture. The pitch, velocity (loudness) and duration of each note are determined by the color of the pixel under the cursor at the time the note is generated, with the rules used being fully configurable. The resulting note sequence may be saved as a Midi file for later playback. Freeware.

Countdown Reminder 1.5
Countdown Reminder is a small utility program that takes in a single date and displays the number of days until that date. It is best run from the Startup Items folder. Freeware.

Days To Go 2.1.1
Are you worried about the Millennium Bug, and frantically trying to count the number of days left before the end of the world? Have you planned a big holiday, and want to count the days remaining until you can escape from work? Wondering how many days it has been since you were married? Then this program is for you. Days To Go is an application and a system extension that can be used to display at system startup how many days it is until a specific date, or how many days it has been since a specific date. It can handle multiple dates. Shareware fee $10.

Ephemerid 1.2
Ephemerid is a control panel that provides the user with a simple and fast way of displaying the current date and time in a pop-up window. It is specially useful when the screen monitor has a low resolution and the menu bar is almost full: the system cannot show the clock to the left of the help menu icon. The date and time can be displayed either as text or graphically. Freeware.

JustaCalendar 1.0.1
JustaCalendar displays a calendar page for any selected month of any year. It provides easy navigation from month to month as well as a quick return to the current month. Freeware.

Praxis Splasher 1.0
Praxis Splasher lets toddlers have fun on the computer. In a safe environment, they can type away on the keyboard and click and move the mouse. When they press a key, they are rewarded with a large, colorful representation of the letter, number, or symbol on a black computer screen &emdash; as well as a musical note, if Apple's QuickTime is installed on your computer. If they move the mouse, the letter moves around the screen. If they click the mouse, the letter changes color. Shareware fee $12.

SuperHex 1.0b6
SuperHex is a hexadecimal file editor. It can be used to edit the data and resource forks of files of any size. The data fork of a file is edited as a whole, while the resource fork is edited as separate resources, so that the resource structure is not compromised. Freeware.

YellowView 2.1.2
Do you need a fast way to build stand-alone multi-page documentation? Or a reference system? Or a help system? Then YellowView is what you want. The document/applications produced by YellowView are readily navigated from the menu bar, can be searched, and can have embedded objects such as images, sounds or QuickTime objects. They also support AppleScript commands for searching and navigating, making them useful in help and reference systems. Shareware fee $10.

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Some conflicts:

NOTE: Quicken Y2K fix CD installs AppleScript 1.1. MacOS 8.6 installs AppleScript 1.3.7. Make a backup of AppleScript before installing the Y2K fix. -------------------------------------------------

Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

What settings do you lose when you zap the PRAM (Parameter RAM)?

Mouse speed.
Keyboard settings.
Monitor colors.
Desktop pattern.
Startup disk.
Printer selection.
Network settings.

Note: You can zap the PRAM during a restart as well as initial bootup, EXCEPT on PCI macs. On these you must shut down completely, then start, holding down command-option-P-R.

I mentioned a few months back that clippings were very handy for moving text around. I hope I mentioned that under MacOS 8.5 and later, clippings of URLs gave you special icons with a special property - double clicking them did not open a text window, it actually launched an application for the URL. -------------------------------------------------


Mac basics we sometimes forget

Some other things you can do at startup (besides shift = no extensions and command-option = rebuild desktop)

option = normal startup except close all open windows
command = turn off virtual memory
"C" = boot from the CD-ROM
command-option-shift-delete = reboot from somewhere besides the normal boot disk
command-option-shift-delete 1 (or 2 or ...) = reboot from drive #1 (or 2 or...)
command-option-"P"-"R" = zap the PRAM. Wait for the SECOND chime.
spacebar = bring up Extensions Manager to change loaded inits
mouse button = eject floppy (even if it has a system on it)

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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....

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Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 - ROM v1.6 for iMac, blue G3, bronze PowerBook

MRJ 2.2ea1 - Mac OS Runtime for Java & SDK: PowerMacs with OS 7.6.1 or better

QuickTime 4.0.1 - whole file so an install doesn't require a net connection

BareBones BBEdit 5.1.1 - popular HTML & text editing tool, update release notes

BeHierarchic 4.01 - displays submenus for items located in the Apple Menu Items

Metrowerks CodeWarrior 5.0 - now shipping the software development tools

Default Folder 3.0.3 - enhances Open/Save dialog boxes for more efficiency & ease of use

Eudora Pro 4.2.1 - popular email client

File Buddy 5.3.1 - excellent utility to find info or edit attributes on files, folders or desktop

Lasso 3.5 updates - fixes for named token encoding, String GetField & more

Symantec NAV (Norton AntiVirus) virus defs July - virus definition update files

Symantec SAM virus defs July - virus definition file for SAM

Virex Virus Update July - virus definition file for Virex 5.9.x

Casady & Greene SpellCatcher 8.0 - multi-lingual spell checker, dictionary, thesaurus...

Tex-Edit Plus 2.6 - excellent text editor with all the features for most text file needs

Adaptec Toast 3.5.7 - CD-ROM mastering/burning software


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