January 2001

by Louis Bookbinder





This month's Free Sample Shareware is. See for details. -------------------------------------------------

SMUG CD-ROM of the Quarter - Winter 2001

January Demo by Owen Saxton

Preliminary list:

Appearance Menu 1.1
Appearance Menu installs a System-wide menu that contains a shortcut to the Appearance control panel as well as a list of all Appearance "Themes" that are available on your computer. You can also disable or enable the Sound Track.

Appearance Menu will allow you to more quickly and conveniently change the currently selected Theme from any running program without resorting the somewhat slow and cumbersome Appearance control panel.

Themes are collections of color, font, background patterns or images, sound and Appearance settings such as Platinum or Paper introduced in Mac OS 8.5.

Requires a Power PC running Mac OS 8.5 or higher. Shareware $5.

Auto Typer 1.4.0
AutoTyper is a drag&drop utility to fix type and creator codes of files you have downloaded from the internet or non-MacOS file systems. When you drop a file on its icon or on its window it examines the file name extension and fixes the file's type and creator code without further request.

AutoTyper supports recursive processing of folders and whole disks. It does not follow aliases.

AutoTyper can be taught new file types, either if you miss a certain file type or because you prefer other applications for some file types.

Requires a Power PC running Mac OS 7.0 or higher. Free.

BubbleX 1.0
Bubblex is a simple, yet addictive puzzle game. You have to get the highest score possible by eliminating as many bubbles as you can. The game even has skins, so you'll never grow tired of its appearance. If you are feeling creative, you can even make your own skins! Requires a Power PC running Mac OS 8.6 or newer with CarbonLib installed. Free.

ClixSounds Web Sample
This is a collection of interesting sounds downloaded from ClixSounds web site. Free.

Installer Observer 3.0.3
Installer Observer is a program designed to aid a user in determining exactly what an installer has done to his or her computer. Installer Observer can discover all changes that an installer has made by essentially comparing before and after states of the system. From this comparison, Installer Observer locates all files that have been added, changed, or removed, and presents them to the user in a neat, comprehensible format. Requires Mac OS 7.0 or higher. Free.

KitchenTimer 2.0b05
Did you like Pizza Clock? Then you will love Kitchen Timer! Kitchen Timer is a 5 in 1 Alarm Timer for the kitchen. Included in Kitchen Timer is the "Stove & Oven Timer" with 5 timers, including one for each stove plate and another for the oven. Pizza Clock is also an essential part of Kitchen Timer and the new Tea Timer which you will love if you are into Tea, Egg Timer and even a timer to watch over your laundry... all with an easy interface that you will enjoy. Balloon Help is supported. Requires a Power Mac running Mac OS 8.5 or higher. Shareware $5.

MacCRO 2.1.2
MacCRO is a simple, easy-to-use oscilloscope and spectrum analyser for the Macintosh. It works at audio frequencies only, but it has a major advantage over a "real" oscilloscope: low cost. While a typical, cheap 20MHz scope may cost a few hundred dollars, MacCRO is only $20 shareware. Requires a Power Mac running Mac OS 7.1.2 or higher. Shareware $20.

OmegaWindow+ (OW+) is a mouse-free window manager. It allows you to resize, move, zoom, collapse, close, toggle, restack, swap windows without ever touching your mouse. It relies on user-defined hot keys to provide a consistent way of manipulating any application or Finder window. Requires a Power Mac running Mac OS 7.0 or higher. Shareware $25.

Simon 1.0b1
Simon is an adaptation of one of the first electronic games: Simon. Requires a Power Mac running Mac OS 7.0 or higher. Free.


New Contents


Aladdin Tuner 3.1 Demo
DownloadAssistant 2.6.4
Excite Assistant 1.0.4
FTP Wizard 2.0
Glooton 1.3
Google Plugin for Sherlock
iPObox 2.0
MacTelnet 3.0a19
Mail Siphon II 2.0.2
VersionTracker Sherlock plugin 1.0
WebSiteManager 1.7.1


BBEdit 6.0 Demo
HyperCard of 2.5
MacPython 2.0

Fun and Games

BubbleX 1.0
Fortune Cookie 2.1
Frog Xing 1.4
Presidents 3000 1.03
Simon 1.0b1
Space Invaders 2000
States 3000 1.0.1


Appearance Menu 1.1
ClixSounds Web Sample
Drop Drawers 1.5
Holiday Lights 5.1
Launch Key 4.0.1
Matrix Screensaver 2.0.1
OmegaWindow+ 1.3
OpenStrip (OS X)
OS X Icons
TaskMenuBar 2.3.0
Webshots 1.0.2

Kitchen Sink

Forest 1.4.1
JanusNode 1.10
KitchenTimer 2.0b05
MacCRO 2.1.2
MyWill 2.0
Orbit 1.3


ImageBuddy 1.2.0
ImageVice 2.0.5
Prowlet 1.2
SuperGIF 1.0r5


Account Buddy 1.0
CNN+ 1.0 68K
CNN+ 1.0 PPC
ForgotIt? 1.2.2
IdeaKeeper 2.1b7
Pads 1.0.2
Pads 2.0


Auto Typer 1.4.0
Burn 2.5
ClippingConverter 1.0.1
Copilot 1.3 free
Cyclone 1.4
Dumpster 4.0
Extension Wizard 1.0
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6
FontViewer 1.3.4
G4Strip 1.1.4
Ghost 3.5
Iconographer 2.0.1
Installer Observer 3.0.3
NetChronometer 1.4.6
OneApp Secret Folder 1.4.2 PPC
OneApp Secret Folder 1.4.2 68k
PGP Freeware 6.5.8
QuickEncrypt 3.0.3
REMEdit 1.2
Screen Ruler 2.0.5
USB Overdrive 1.3.7

Stock Contents (*=new or updated since last CDOQ)


CorelDRAW™ 8 LE
Nisus Compact 1.0


GifBuilder 1.0
GraphicConverter 4.0.1 68k *
GraphicConverter 4.0.1 PPC *
Jade 1.2


AOL Instant Messenger 4.2.1193 *
Better Telnet 2.0b4
Eudora 5.0.1 *
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Fetch 3.0.3
Interarchy 4.0 *
Internet Explorer 5™
MACAST Lite 2.1
MacSSH 68k 2.1a3 *
MacSSH PPC 2.1a3 *
Napster 1.0b1 *
MT-NewsWatcher 3.0
Netscape Communicator™ 4.76 *
Netscape Communicator™ 6.0 *
NiftyTelnet 1.1 ssh r3
NiftyTelnet 1.1 FAT
Outlook Express 5
RealPlayer 8
Windows Media Player 7.0 *


Darkside of the Mac 5.0.6
Default Folder 3.0.9
Disinfectant 3.7.1
Extension Overload 5.6.1 *
GURU 2.9
Kaleidoscope 2.3 *
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
Mariner LE 3.1.4
MP3 Rage 2.8
SoundApp 68k 2.7.3 *
SoundApp PPC 2.7.3 *
SoundJam MP Free 2.5.2 *


Acrobat Reader 3.0 68k
Acrobat Reader 4.05 PPC
ADBProbe 1.0.3
Aladdin DropStuff 6.0 *
Aladdin Expander™6.0 *
BBEdit Lite 4.6
BBTidy 1.0b8 *
FinderPop 1.9.2 *
PopChar Lite 2.7.2
PrintToPDF 2.1.6 *
SCSIProbe 5.2
ShrinkWrap™ 2.1
Sleeper 3.2.2
Snitch 2.6.5
TechTool 1.2.1
TexEdit Plus 4.0.3 *
textSOAP 2.6.2

Apple Contents

Disk Copy 6.3.3
Ethernet Update 1.0
Font Manager Update 1.0 *
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
MacOS 8.6 Update *
MacsBug 6.6.3
MRJ 2.2.3
OpenGL 1.1.2
ResEdit 2.1.3
TomeViewer 1.3d3


Security Alert!

From Your Shareware Team

----------- E-Mail Harvesting Virus ---------------

The Hybris worm continues to plow its way through newsgroups, harvesting email addresses and posting them in binary format to alt.comp.virus for self-updating. Some victims report hundreds of infected attachments per day. The most prevalent message body text is a lead-in about Snow White and the seven dwarfs. It won't hurt your system, per se, but it will send you junk every time you post to an infected newsgroup. Just don't send on an attachment without knowing what it is. And NEVER open unknown attachments. -------------------------------------------------

Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

You know how to make a pop-up tab out of a folder window: drag the title of the window to the bottom of the screen, it turns into a tab. It only works for folder windows, however. It does not work for the notebook window or any other application window. It also works for any volume window. But, since icons for volumes already appear on the desktop, why bother?



Mac basics we sometimes forget

Save As (from Cindy's World)

Most applications which create documents have both a SAVE option (command-S) and a SAVE AS option. What is the difference?

If you are creating a brand new document, nothing. Save and Save-As do the same thing. But if you open an existing document, Save updates the disk copy of your document, Save-As asks you first, or lets you save as a totally new document. Why do this?



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 CDOQ item. Wish we could catch them all....

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FinderPop 1.9.2 - improves & extends features in contextual menus

GraphicConverter 4.0.1 - view, edit, and convert most any graphic file format

Adobe Illustrator 9.0.1 - Popular vector graphics creation tool

Nisus Writer 6.0.1 - Full featured, multilingual word processor

Macromedia Shockwave player 8.0.205 - Browser plugin to view shockwave media

SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy


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other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 1 January 2001


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