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December Demo by Bob Markevitch
Nothing this month.
Simpletext, which came in with MacOS 7, replaced TeachText, but the file types are the same. So how does the OS know to use SimpleText instead of TeachText? By the date installed. If, for some odd reason, you wish to use TeachText instead, take a copy of TeachText and move to another drive or a floppy, then copy back to your boot drive. Now all such documents will open in TeachText. Or you might find you somehow are using TeachText and prefer SimpleText. Do the same for SimpleText. If you only want to do this for one document, drag and drop on the appropriate utility.
A quiz in TidBITs showed how you can make an alias to the startup items folder in just 3 mouse clicks. 2 if you don't mind an icon on the desk ending up in the startup items folder. This depends on 3 features of the finder: "spring-loaded" folders, proxy icons, and command-option-drag. The article stated that the proxy icons and command-option-drag were new features in MacOS 8.5. Well, I have 8.1 and I also have command-option-drag (which lets you put an icon in another folder as an alias in one step). So that seems wrong. I don't have proxy icons - little icons on the left of the title bars that let you move the folder or create an alias to the folder in one step. But I do have "spring-loaded" folders - I think they came out in MacOS 8.0. You use them one of two ways. To just open a folder and any sub-folder (as far down as you have sub-folders) just "click-and-a-half" on a folder icon. You will see the pointer turn to a magnifying glass. Continue to hold down the second click and move to the sub-folder you want to open, which it will, then the sub-sub-folder, etc. To put an icon in some sub folder, click and drag to a folder icon, wait, it will open, drag to a sub folder, wait, it, too, will open, drag to a sub-sub-folder, etc. When you let go, the icon will be left in the sub folder you ended up with. All the other folders you opened will close. Nice, huh?
The shareware team regularly offers several shareware bookmark utilities. But, really, you don't NEED them to manage your bookmarks. They make it easier, but there are several things you should do ANYHOW to keep on top:
1) Understand how to add, arrange, and remove
Netscape: (differs depending on version) The first option on the Bookmark menu item (a little green flag) is Add Bookmark. When you find a web page you want to get back to quickly, click on this item. Done. To remove bookmarks, go into the Netscape menu (the Netscape icon) and click on the Bookmarks item. This gives you a new window containing just the bookmark items. To delete a bookmark, select it, hit the delete key. You can rearrange them by merely selecting one and dragging it to a new position. You will see a black bar where the bookmark will go - when this is in the right place, release. If you have a folder into which you want to place the bookmark, drag it until that folder highlights and let go. To create a new folder, look in the file menu for New Folder. Click this, name the folder. You can now drag the folder to where you want it, and drag items into it. You can also drag items out of it. If you see a bookmark with a question mark (?) by it, do not worry, Netscape is telling you that you set the bookmark but never used it. The question mark will disappear next time you use it. If you don't like the name Netscape gives your bookmark, select it, Get Info, change the name in the resulting dialog, close Get Info.
Internet Explorer: (differs depending on version) Bookmarks are called Favorites. To save a bookmark, go the web page you want, select Add Page to Favorites from the Favorites menu. From this menu you also access the bookmarks, of course, and you can Open Favorites to get a window of bookmarks. This is where you can arrange the bookmarks very much like you do in Netscape. To create a new folder, you do this back in the original Favorites menu.
2) Organize your bookmarks.
Keep your bookmarks in folders. Within each folder, put them in alphabetical order. Put the folders in the order you need. For instance, I have the following folders: Mac, PC, Search tools, jobs, other tools, education, earthlink, remodeling, space&science. In each one I have 3-15 bookmarks. If you have more than 15, you may want sub-folders. By the way, I don't always put bookmarks immediately into folders. Sometimes none of my folders fits. And sometimes I want to see if I will really need that bookmark.
3) Keep your list up-to-date.
This means two things: remove bookmarks you don't need and remove bookmarks which no longer point to the desired web page. The Web is HIGHLY fluid. Only a small fraction of web pages (and addresses) last for more than a year. Some change day to day. When you use a bookmark and it gives you a 404 (no such link), get rid of the bookmark. If the link forwards you to a new address (the web will usually tell you this), copy down the new URL, link to the new address, then save as a new bookmark. Remove the old bookmark. Put the new one in its place. The forwarding service usually lasts only a few weeks, so keep ahead of the game. And keep your bookmarks to a minimum. Can you really revisit 20,000 sites each month? Maybe, but it will be a lot easier if you keep the number down. If you have several bookmarks from the same site, maybe all you need is the home page in the site.
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
® means update to recently released CDOQ item. Wish we could catch them all....
Extension Overload 5.5 - detailed info for extensions, control panels, CSM, CMM & error codes
GraphicConverter 4.0 - View, edit, and convert most any graphic file format
Mactella 0.9.8 - Client for the Gnutella file sharing system ®
Netscape Navigator 6.0 - new advanced version of the popular browser
PopChar Pro 1.3 - installs menu showing all characters in a font for easy insertion in docs
PrintToPDF 2.1.4 - Creates simple PDF files from any app
Connectix RAM Doubler 9.0.1 - Enhanced virtual memory tool
SoundApp 2.7.3 - plays or converts about all existing sound file formats
Tex-Edit Plus 4.0.3 - excellent text editor with all the advanced features
Adaptec Toast 4.1.2 - For Deluxe & standard versions of the CD recording software
Handspring Visor 1.1 - Palm OS update for the Visor Platinum & Prism
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners - updated 31 October 2000