This month's Free Sample Shareware is no longer available.
Please note you need to use Stuffit Expander 5.0 to expand some files. It is included in a self-extracting archive; This means you can copy it to your hard drive and double click it. It will then be ready for you to use. And, if you were at the December general meeting where Aladdin exhibited Stuffit Deluxe, you also know that Stuffit Expander 5.0 will not expand certain (non-stuffit) archives without either DropStuff 5.0 (not out yet) or Stuffit Deluxe 5.0. If you have a problem expanding with Stuffit Expander 5.0, try an earlier version.
DarkSide is an application screen saver that requires System 7. DarkSide gives you a high degree of compatibility, along with using very little of your system's resources. Freeware
The Merry Christmas Gifs Collection
A collection of gif and animated gif images ready for the use in Web pages. The Merry Christmas Gifs Collection brings the Christmas spirit to the Web. $20.00
Sherlock Search indexes
This is a collection of search indexes. Put them in the Internet Search Folder in the System Folder. Free
Raul's 8.5 Patches
Patches for Finder 8.5, OT/PPP Strip, and Emailer 2.0x. These extend the command key functionality. Free
Scrollability give you faster, more intuitive ways to scroll through documents tahtn the scroll bar and keyboard do. Supports MacOS 8.5. Shareware $10
Yo! enables you to have multiple sound files randomly play as your Mac's alert sound, also known as system "beep." Shareware $20 / $30 w/ a cd rom w/1,000+ alert sounds
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For a great deal of discussion about problems with MacOS 8.5.1, see Troubleshooting MacOS 8.5.1
Clippings - this from MacTip #40 at the Macintosh Guy <http://www.macnn.com/MacTips/>
If you don't already know, you can easily save a bit of text from many applications by simply selecting it and dragging it onto the desktop or any other finder window (MacOS 7.6 or later) to create a clipping. This does not work with web browsers, unfortunately. To do this with web text, select the text, copy (command-C), then paste in a clipable application like SimpleText, the Scrapbook, Stickies, or even the Note Pad. THEN drag to the desktop or finder window.
Why do this? For one thing, clippings are terribly easy to create: select, drag. Secondly, you can see the clipping any time, just double-click. Third, you can clip anything which will go in the scrapbook - essentially turning your desktop or a finder window into a free-form scrapbook - text, sounds, picts, movies. Then double-click to read the text, hear the sound, see the pict, or watch the movie. Finally, when you decide where you want them to go, just drag them back into a new document (in a clipable application, naturally). For instance, tired of entering your email address in a zillion places? Clip it, then drag it in next time. Or if you have a document with 5 paragraphs you want to rearrange, clip them, then drag them back in the correct order.
Minor problem, however, alluded to at our September shareware demo - before MacOS 8.5, all clipping files have the same name: "text clipping" (or Pict clipping or sound clipping....). We showed a little extension called Clipping Namer to help fix this. Well, as you guessed, MacOS 8.5 gives better naming.
That's not all! Mac OS 8.5 makes handling Internet URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) much easier. It checks clipping contents for certain types of Internet Locations including http (for web pages), ftp (for transferring files), file (for files on your hard drive or local network), email (for email addresses), nntp (for usenet news URLs), afp & AppleTalk (for locations on Macintosh networks). Then double clicking a clipping file containing an email address will open a new email addressed to that address. Double clicking a clipping file that contains the URL for a Web page will open your web browser and load that web page over the Internet. You can even drag a server from the Network Browser out as a clipping file that can be double clicked to open a window in the Network Browser with all the Volumes available from that server. The application selected is controlled by settings in the Internet control panel (which now has most of the capabilities of Internet Config, a SMUG shareware standard). And each different type clipping has a different custom icon. Try it!
Is there any way to increase an app's memory size when it is run from a locked volume like CD? Normally, no. To change the size, normally, you open the info window and change the minimum and preferred memory size. Then close the get info window, and start the app. But on a CD, everything is fixed on the disc, and writing does not work - in other words, you cannot change the size recorded in the info dialogue. But there IS a way:
What you need is AppSizer, which lets you set an application's memory partition size when you launch 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
® means update to recently released DOM item. Wish we could catch them all....
AppleShare Client 3.8.1 - (same version OS 8.5 has) requires OS 7.6 or later and OT 1.1.2
AppleShare IP 6.1 - server software: new features, enhancements & OS 8.5 compatibility
AppleShare IP First Aid 1.0 - repair-backup utility for AppleShare 5.0 &6.0 data files
At Ease for Workgroups 5.0.2 - many improvements & OS 8.5 support
Disk Copy 6.3.2 - mount or create disk images & make exact copies of floppies
Mac OS 8.5.1 - fixes several bugs and adds new Sherlock plug-ins
FWB HardDisk Toolkit 3.0.1 - now includes RAID tools from RTK, fix for disappearing icons.
MetaCreations Kai's Power Tools 5.0 - now shipping the new Photoshop Plug-ins
Intuit MacInTax '98 - tax preparation software
Symantec NAV-SAM virus definitions -Dec - click for NAV or SAM virus defs
Net-Print 8.1 - lets you print or save selected text from web pages
Connectix Speed Doubler 8.1.2 - many fixes & improvements
Aladdin StuffIt Deluxe 5.0.1 - fixes for the StuffIt Browser, Engine & PowerPlug ®
URL Manager Pro 2.5 - extensive bookmark manager for Netscape & Internet Explorer
Virex Virus Update -Dec - December virus definitions only for version 5.9 of Virex
Tenon WebTen 2.1.7 - Mac based Apache web server
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners - updated 20 December 98