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February 1998

by Louis Bookbinder


save the mac


According to a reliable source, "AT&T WorldNet Service, the largest Internet Service Provider in the United States, will be dropping all Macintosh support as of January 31st, 1998."

Booo, Hisssssss



This month's Free Sample Shareware is no longer available.-------------------------------------------------

SMUG February '98 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Henry Polard

Acme Filters-236
Acme Filters takes the place of many separate freeware/shareware utilities you may be currently using. Currently, Acme Filters includes the following filters:


Buzzword Bingo is a HyperCard stack that generates random Bingo cards from a list of words either typed in by the user or imported from a text file. I suppose this stack could be used to generate legitmate Bingo cards, but it would not be half the fun of generating Buzzword Bingo Cards to be used at staff meetings! Thanks to Dilbert for the inspiration for this stack... free

CDFinder 2.0
This easy-to-use and fast application creates catalog files of CD-ROMs, hard disks, floppies, ZIPs and almost everything that spins. Using the powerful search functions you can easily locate and display files or folders. $15

CookieCommander 1.0.1
CookieCommander is an application that cleans the Cookies file that a web browser maintains. Like its predecessor, NoMoreCookies, CCommander allows you to delete the file at once. With CCommander, a user can choose which cookies to keep and which to throw away. Cookies can be selected as "Gourmet" which will make CCommander skip over them when cleaning the file. Many options are customizable. For instance, you can choose to have CCommander simply delete the file when run or clean the file getting rid of non-gourmet cookies. In this case, the application would run in the background and not show the cookie window. $10

Delete Now 1.0
Delete Now is a Contextual Menu Manager plugin, designed to be used with Mac OS 8. It allows you to permanently delete individual files and folders from the Trash. No longer do you have to empty the entire trash, just to delete one large file. $5

EcoMunch 1.0
EcoMunch is a simple predator-prey simulation extended from an old Scientific American article (Mathematical Games or one of its successor columns, I don't remember which). The original simulation had two species and no terrain. EcoMunch has four species and four types of terrain. Free

Enigma 2.7
Enigma is an application designed to completely protect your privacy at very low cost. If you would prefer your neighbors not see your personal finance data, your coworkers not see your performance appraisal, or your competitors see your trade secrets then Enigma is an application you will find very valuable. $20

MacOS8 CMM Expansion Pack v1.1
The OS8 CMM Expansion Pack was written to expand the functionality of the MacOS8 contextual menu which is acessed by holding down the control key while clicking on anything in the OS8 Finder. Two plugins are provided, Finder Info 1.0 and Set Custom Icon 1.1. Additionally, the pack includes a small utility, Visibility 1.0. $10

MovieUtilities CMM 1.1
These plug-ins let you manipulate QuickTime movies in many useful ways. You can:


Orniwell is a unusual text viewer which lets users view very large text files and navigate inside them using keywords. Orniwell can color the text according to the keywords, all without opening any dialog. $16

Put Away CM 1.0b
Put Away CM is a Contextual Menu plugin for use with MacOS 8 on a Power Macintosh. With Put Away CM, you can easily move selected files to folders of your choice, on any volume available, with just one click! Free

Trilite is a shareware game similiar to tic-tac-toe, but much more fun and challenging. The object is to get three adjacent squares set to your color. These squares may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. On your turn, click on any empty square to fill it with your color. Sound simple enough? Well, here's the trick: you may only have three squares at a time. Once you click on a fourth square, the first one you selected becomes empty again, allowing your opponent to make a surprise move. You may play against another person or a computer player (with two levels of difficulty). $5

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Several folks noted a conflict between Conflict Catcher 4.1 and Global Village Toolkit extension. Turns out the problem is with Global Village Toolkit alone - unless it loads really early in the startup process, it will not be able to allocate enough contiguous workspace (only about 2 Megs) to function properly. Conflict Catcher just triggers the fault faster than most other applications.

MacOS 8.1 will provide a new file format - HFS+. Current utilities like Hard Disk Toolkit and Norton Utilities have only prepared for HFS+ in that they will not attempt to work with it - they can not. Previous versions will crash with HFS+.

Eudora Pro 4.0b57 (a LOT of betas!) replaces Apple's Appearance Manager 1.0 with version 1.0.2. BUT, it also installs the Appearance Manager when running under system 7.6 or earlier, which will crash the system on startup. If you HAVE to use the beta, remove the Appearance Manager if you are running 7.6 or earlier.


Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

In OS 8's Appearance control panel you have the option to change the system font - the Charcoal and Chicago fonts are the usual two choices. A message in the control panel tells us that you must restart for the change in fonts to take effect. Nonsense. Just hold down the Option key when you select another font and the change takes place immediately. - TipWorld

If you travel with a PowerBook, keep these power-saving tips (from TipWorld) in mind:



Mac basics we sometimes forget

If you have an older 68030 or 68040 machine and you notice that your System software is taking up nearly every megabyte of RAM in your Mac (and we're talking an inordinate amount, such as 14MB out of an available 16MB) it's likely that you've neglected to turn on 32-bit addressing. To do so, open the Memory control panel, locate the 32-bit addressing button, and click it on. If you have a Mac such as a IIcx that doesn't support 32-bit addressing you'll need to download a copy of Mode32, a control panel that makes these older machines "32-bit clean" and adds the 32-bit addressing option to the Memory control panel. (TipWorld)

Sometimes errors in your system defy analysis: Fonts change unexpectedly, your trash warning comes back, icons move. The information in PRAM could be mucked up. We've told you how to fix that already. Finder preferences such as fonts and the trash warning are determined by the finder preferences file, not by PRAM. What you have to do is trash the finder preferences file in the preferences folder, empty the trash, then restart, and the finder will make a new preference file. Your settings will probably be saved from then on.

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My choices, only, out of hundreds of items every month. Includes commercial products, not just shareware. These do NOT include beta releases. You might check out Version Tracker for more.
® means update to recently released DOM item

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MRJ 2.0 - Mac OS Runtime for Java

AND COMING SOON: ---- MacOS 8.1 !!!!!

Alpha 7.0 - text editor including macros for LaTeX and syntax colors TeX code -info

CanOpener 4.0 - universal file opener reads any file - perfect for recovering text from damaged files

Conflict Catcher 4.1 - Mac OS 8.1 support, updated reference library, enhanced conflict test...

GoLive CyberStudio 2.0.2 - HTML layout, source code editing, and Web site management tools

Macromedia Director 6.0.2 - serial number required to download update

Eudora Pro 4.0 - email client - demo availble

File Buddy 4.3.1 - find info or edit attributes on files, folders or the Desktop

FinderPop 1.5.5 - improves and extends the Mac OS 8 Contextual Menus

GraphicConverter 3.1 - for picture image editing and format conversions - mirror

GURU 2.6 - info on every possible RAM and VRAM upgrade for every Mac & Clone

FWB Hard Disk ToolKit 2.5 - now shipping formatting software optimized for MacOS 8.0

Claris Home Page 3.0 - now shipping - design, publish and manage dynamic Web sites

ClarisImpact 2.0v3 - creates organizational flow & data charts, network diagrams, project time lines & more - updater

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 - final version of the browser is ready for download or CD order

Navigator Button Editor 1.3.4 - customizes Navigator buttons or Communicator Guide menu

Symantec Norton Utilities 3.5.2 - update for 3.5.x versions

Now Utilities - 6.7 to 6.7.1 Updater

Microsoft Office 98 - now taking orders and offering an online demo

Adobe PageMaker updates - Spreadsheet & Word 97 Import Filters, Export PDF 3.01 plug-in

Intuit Quicken 98 R2 - finance software

La Cie Silverlining 5.8.2 - also available Silverlining Lite & Silverlining Lite SQ versions 2.2

SimpleText Color Menu 3.3 - greatly enhances SimpleText

Insignia SoftWindows 95 5.0 - now shipping

Alladin Stuffit Expander 4.5 - an essential utility

MicroMat TechTool Pro 2.0 - now taking orders for their premiere trouble-solving utility

McAfee VirusScan 3.0.0 - virus protection software

Symantec Visual Page 1.1 - wysiwyg web page authoring

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other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 16 Jan 98


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