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January 1998

by Louis Bookbinder


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

SMUG January '98 Disk of the Month

Assembled by Larry Hutnik

Disk 1:

Two Kaleidoscope Schemes

Alex Gray 1.8

This is a simple gray and light blue color scheme that is very easy to look at, and causes no eye strain. It's also not likely something you will get tired of looking aat too soon.

Alex Gray was originally adapted from two color schemes created by Greg Landweber and Frederick Bass, but now also by the distinguished Arlo Rose. - Freeware.

HotSpurs 1.5.4

A Kaleidoscope scheme for that chromatic air-brushed look. And although the name is inspired by the English soccer team, Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club, HotSpurs denies any connection whatsoever. Except, Go, Spurs, Go!!! - freeware

MT-NewsWatcher 2.3.5

MT-NewsWatcher is a Usenet news reading application for the Macintosh, based on John Norstad's NewsWatcher application. MT-NewsWatcher adds to the basic NewsWatcher a number of useful features that make reading news faster, and more pleasurable. These features are:


Startup Doubler 1.0

Startup Doubler makes for quicker startups! Its software acceleration compensates for sub-optimal disk performance to make extensions and control panels load faster. Startup your powerbook faster at airports (and everywhere else!), zap through all those startup icons! Save time each time you startup your Mac! Those seconds spent waiting really add up: Startup Doubler makes startups up to twice faster, depending on the performance of your startup disk and the number of Extensions and Control Panels in your System! $20

Disk 2:

More Kaleidoscope schemes:


The author, Pierre Bouvier, made this scheme because his hobby is astronomy and he's a startrek's fan. It's just fun for friends. FPU is the French translation of UFP (United Federation of Planet). Freeware.

Halfpipe 1.8.1

This scheme was designed with MacOS 8's "Lime" and "Plum" accents' desktop patterns in mind. Freeware.

Simplex 2D 1.5 and 2.0

This scheme is meant to be as functional as the ubiquitous "grayscale" schemes, while retaining a sober cleanliness. Every not obviously needed visual element is eliminated &endash; scroll bars in unactive windows, pseudo-3D effects, etc. The intent is always to make the contents of the windows to come more into first plane, where they belong. Freeware.


The Kaleidoscope 1.8 installer just in case.

Greg's Browser 2.5.5

Displaying multiple folders in a single window, Greg's Browser lets you simultaneously see the contents of a folder, its parent, and a subfolder, providing a quick and easy way of moving both up and down through your folder hierarchy. Greg's Browser can open StuffIt™ and Compact Pro archives, and it uses Aladdin's "StuffIt Engine™" for stuffing, binhexing, and expanding files. Greg's Browser also uses "Macintosh Drag and Drop" for inter-application dragging. $20


MaBaSoft Quit Control Strip Module 1.0.1

MaBaSoft Quit Control Strip Module enables you to quit one or all running applications without having to make them active. It optionally displays current largest unused memory block and application sizes. $5

PictFader 1.0

PictFader™ is an application/screensaver that displays slideshows of PICT and JPEG ( PICT in JPEG type) files. It has relatively low memory requirements considering the high standard of display that is achieved. It can be customised to fade after a period of inactivity. $10

Ultimate Label Printer Pro 5.0.1

The Ultimate Label Printer Pro prints labels for Compact Disk jewel cases, as well as Zip, Audio Cassette, Jaz, SyJet, EZ Flyer and others on plain paper. Simply cut out the labels and fold them into your cases. Because the Ultimate Label Printer Pro uses a Plug-In technology, support for new media types can easily be added to match your exact needs.

The Ultimate Label Printer Pro supports different font, style, size, justification, and color control for the text on the front and back labels, as well as for the rotated text on those labels that require it. High resolution graphics can also be added to the labels, and can be scaled and repositioned. $20

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A lot of developers, including Adobe and Netscape, are using a little code module called Mercutio MDEF which alters some basic OS routines used in QuickDraw. Mostly this will never cause a problem, but it WILL cause a crash when encountered. See If you crash a lot, this may be why. A patch exists, and developers are beginning to use a fixed MDEF. But it will take a while.

Micro$oft's Internet Explorer web page may crash your web browser. I won't give you the URL....

There is a bug in Stuffit Deluxe 4.5. Some users have reported seeing a multi-colored patch appearing in the menu bar after selecting certain menu commands. A system crash may soon follow. Other users have experienced a Finder quit or a series of Finder quits. Alladin recommends disabling the Magic Menu portion of True Finder Integration (in the Configure section of the contol panel). This should alleviate the problems.


Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

It is rumored, and partly confirmed by Rick Kubota, that an ADB cable (like on your keyboard) is also an S-VHS cable (which you use with VCRs). If you can't get an S-VHS cable from a video store, use an ADB cable, or vice-versa.



Mac basics we sometimes forget

Usually you can move around the screen with arrow keys in some applications, like Word. What about the FINDER, though? Yes. Say you have an open folder window. If you have a file or folder there selected, right-arrow will select the item to the right, instead, down-arrow will move selection down, and so forth.

You can also use the Command (Apple/cloverleaf) key to navigate folders. Selected a folder? Command down-arrow opens it. Want to go back to the original window? Command up-arrow does it. If you are in list view and have selected a folder, Command right-arrow opens the heirarchical listing (like clicking on the triangle). Command left-arrow closes it. And here is a really cool trick: if you want to hide the windows for the current application, you can Option-click on the desktop. Thanks again, Thomas!

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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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2400/3400 Graphics Update 1.0 - for PowerBook 2400/3400 & external monitors

CD-ROM 5.4 - note: version 5.3.1 from System 7.6 is better for 3rd party CD-ROM drives

LaserWriter 8.5.1 - printer driver adds support for IP printing, custom page size, PostScript 3

Adobe Acrobat Distiller 3.02

Agent Audio 1.2 - view, play or replace sounds embedded in programs ®

Netscape Communicator & Navigator 128-bit 4.04 - strong encryption version for US & Canadian users

FinderPop 1.5.3 - improves and extends the Mac OS 8 Contextual Menus

Kaleidoscope 1.8 - interface customization for System 7 and Mac OS 8

MicNotePadLite 4.3.0 - speech recording software ideal for transcription, can be voice activated

RealNetworks RealPlayer 5.0 - client that plays RealAudio, RealVideo, and now RealFlash

SoundApp 2.4.2 - plays or converts many different sound file formats

Farallon Timbuktu Pro 4.0.2 - remote control and file transfer software

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Andromeda Galaxy


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