This is the first regular quarterly CD-ROM, which we have labeled the CDOQ (CD-ROM of the Quarter). We organized it in 3 folders, Apple, Stock, and New. Apple is Apple software - No MacOSs are included. Stock is stuff we hope to bring you every month. We usually will not demo anything in stock unless we add something great or a great new upgrade comes out. Or you can ask us to demo something (please ask BEFORE the General Meeting where you want us to demo!). And finally the New section contains new software we have not demoed before.
Here is the list:
Disk Copy 6.3
Ethernet Update 1.0
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
CorelDRAW 8 LE
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US 68k
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US PPC
Communicator 4.73 Complete
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Internet Explorer 5
MACAST Lite 2.000
Outlook Express 5
DarkSide of the Mac 5.0.6
Extension Overload 4.8
Kaleidoscope 2.2.2 US
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
MP3 Rage 2.1.1
Acrobat Reader 68k
Acrobat Reader PPC
Aladdin DropStuff 5.1
Aladdin Expander 5.5
Tex-Edit Plus 3.0.2
Audio & Music (was sound & video)
Audio CD Labeller 1.0.1
Ultra Recorder 2.4.1
Sherlock II Creator 2.0.1
Design & Graphics
Shadow Maker 1.2
Web Album Wizard 1.0.2
HTML Optimizer 3.03
HTML OptimizerPro 1.7
Fun and Games
Classic Cribbage 1.4.2
iPoker 2000 1.1
Magic Fortune Teller 1.0
On-Line Joke Book 6.0
Poor Man's Solitaire 1.0
Reversi Unlimited 1.0
Ultimate Pool 1.2
Vanessa Chess 1.5.1
Akua Sweets 141
Desktop Icon Manager 1.3.1
Finder Workspaces 2.1
Mega Channels 1.0
Setting Sun 1.3.2 Ä
Simple Browser 2.0.1 Ä
Title Free 1.3
Biorhythms 8 Folder
MPj Astro 1.5.2
Seismic Duck 1.4
Animation Maker 3.2.2
OneApp Slide Show 5.3.3
isaBook 2.0b3 US
Presentation Prompter 2.0.1
Spy 2.5.2 US
TextWorks Office 2.0
Preference Packer 1.1
Stella's Mover 255
VSE Update Finder 2.1
I want to especially commend Bob Markevitch for coming up with WAY more shareware than he could demo, and Owen Saxton for working through EVERYTHING and weeding out garbage, demos and junk. NOW we have nothing but quality!
Every month I will put up a brief blurb here about some of the software - the software which will be demoed next meeting. Next meeting Thomas will do it again - he will demo:
OpenGL for Macintosh enables your computer to display three-dimensional graphics using applications designed to take advantage of OpenGL.
The following is required to install and run OpenGL for Macintosh:
EUDORA LIGHT 3.1.3
Eudora Light is the free version of one of the best E-mail clients anywhere. It has all the functionality of the commercial version less a few bells and whistles like filters.
To use Eudora Light for Macintosh, you must have the following:
FinderPop is a control panel that extends Mac OS 8 or 9's contextual menus using a FinderPop Items Folder, much as the Apple Menu Items folder does for the Apple menu. Some people think of it as a launcher that takes up zero screen real estate, merely a click on any blank area of menubar away. Others see it as a handy filesystem browser, allowing quick and easy access to their files in the Finder, as well as enhancing navigation in the Standard File and Navigation Services dialogs, as well as in "Path Popups." Still others see it merely as a means to get a Windows menu in the Finder by option-clicking a blank area of menubar, or an Applications menu by command-clicking a blank menubar area. A few foolhardy souls claim that the FinderPoplets and the Set File Type mechanism are worth a mention. A few more think that control-free popup also works fairly well. $8
PageSucker is a utility to download entire page hierarchies from the World Wide Web automatically and modify them in such a way that they can be viewed later, when off line. PageSucker © 1998 Joel Francois New Media Group Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor. $10
Better Player 1.0
BetterPlayer is a simple freeware movie player without the clunky user interface. This freeware program can play about any file format supported by QuickTime.You can change the creator types of BetterPlayer and even change them back to their original creator, this requires that the file has a resource fork. FREE
DragThing is an application dock designed to tidy up the icons littering your desktop. Simply drag an application from the Finder onto an empty square in a dock and then drag documents onto it as normal. Click a docked application to launch it or bring it to the front. $30
DiskTracker is a disk cataloger that records the directory structure, but not the contents, of a volume. The saved directory structure of a volume is called a disk catalog.Since loading a disk catalog is much faster than loading the directory structure from the actual disk, searching and browsing a disk catalog is much faster than searching or browsing an actual disk. More important, a disk cataloger can store disk catalogs for more than one volume. And, a volume does not need to be mounted on the desktop while you are browsing its catalog. This allows you to have a single disk catalog containing the library of all of your CD-ROM's, removable media volumes, and floppy disks.Using a disk cataloger you can, in one motion, search all of your volumes, be they mounted on your desktop, in a box next to your machine, or at the office on the other side of town. And, because only the directory information -- not the actual volume data -- is saved, disk catalogs are quite compact. $30
In August Owen Saxton will demo, and in September, Bob Markevitch.
In October we will present a new CDOQ. The Apple and Stock sections should remain much the same, but the New section will feature, naturally, New stuff.
Please note that we have a LOT more stuff on a CDOQ than on a DOM. In fact, there is too much to demo! So we will only demo some of the new stuff, and almost none of the rest. If you want to see how it all works, you will have to buy the disk. Of course, you will then be able to use shareware we have not yet demoed, or never will demo. Or you can wait until the end of the quarter to buy, but, again, we might not demo a lot of the contents.
As usual, we are open to suggestions. With 650 Megabytes or room on a disk, an extra 1 or 2-meg item is no problem. We have certain restrictions so as to keep quality up (and also avoid legal trouble). Please ask. Before now we could only include your requests if we had room.
For now, while the total quantity of shareware is much less than 650Meg, we have put all of it on the disks uncompressed (unless it came as installers). This should make it a lot easier to use than the old DOMs.
The CDOQ costs $10 - less per quarter than the costs of 3 months' DOMs. The nifty coupons you get for renewing your membership are good for half off on a CDOQ. Present 2 of them for a free one! Those of you with one year subscriptions will still get a year's worth, plus one more CDOQ to show our appreciation. And you get a lot more stuff. Yes, the actual cost to produce a disk is only a dollar or so, but it takes hours of work to put it together. The shareware team used to take a tiny bit of the profit for pizza, but even that is gone. Shareware proceeds now make up about a quarter of the club budget and it is all equivalent to our sweat over hot keyboards, cruising the internet for the best shareware we can find.
We are new to this, so we are not sure you have the final contents. We shall have correct contents and demo sheets at the shareware table.
If a CDOQ does not work, for any reason, bring it back for a refund or replacement.
Thank you for your patronage!
Nothing this month.
Most Macintosh users know about holding the Shift key down to prevent extensions from loading, but there are numerous startup modifiers that affect the state of the system after the boot process finishes.
* Shift causes the Mac to boot without extensions, which is useful for troubleshooting extension conflicts. If you hold down Shift after all the extensions have loaded but before the Finder launches, it also prevents any startup items from launching.
* Spacebar launches Apple's Extensions Manager early in the startup process so you can enable or disable extensions before they load. Casady & Greene's Conflict Catcher, if you're using it instead of Extensions Manager, also launches if it sees you holding down the spacebar, or, optionally, if Caps Lock is activated. Conflict Catcher also adds the capability to configure additional startup keys as ways of specifying that a particular startup set should be used. Choose Edit Sets from the Sets menu, select a set in the resulting dialog and click Modify. In the sub-dialog that appears, you can specify a startup key and check the checkbox to make it effective.
* Option, if held down as the Finder launches, closes any previously open Finder windows. On stock older Macs, holding down Option does nothing at startup by default, although some extensions may deactivate if Option is held down when they attempt to load; see below for Option's effect on new Macs and Macs with Zip drives.
* Control can cause the Location Manager to prompt you to select a location. Although Control is the default, you can redefine it in the Location Manager's Preferences dialog, and since Control held down at startup also activates Apple's MacsBug debugger, you may wish to pick a different key combination.
* Command turns virtual memory off until the next restart.
* Shift-Option disables extensions other than Connectix's RAM Doubler (and MacsBug - see below). To disable RAM Doubler but no other extensions, hold down the tilde (~) key at startup.
* Command-Option rebuilds the desktop files on disks when they're mounted. This can happen when you insert removable media, or at the end of the startup process as the Finder launches. Holding down these keys while all your extensions load may disable some of them - it's best to press the keys between when you see your last extension icon appear and before the Finder launches.
* Command-Option-P-R "zaps" the Mac's Parameter RAM, or PRAM, which contains a variety of low-level settings. Zapping PRAM was the subject of an earlier quiz and followup article in TidBITS-506_.
* The mouse button causes the Mac to eject floppy disks and most other forms of removable media, though not CD-ROMs.
* The C key forces the Mac to start up from a bootable CD-ROM, if one is present, which is useful if something goes wrong with your startup hard disk. This key doesn't work with some older Macs or clones that didn't use Apple CD-ROM drives; they require Command-Shift-Option-Delete instead.
* Option activates the new Startup Manager on the iBook, Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics), PowerBook (FireWire), and slot-loading iMacs. The Startup Manager displays a rather cryptic set of icons indicating available startup volumes, including any NetBoot volumes that are available. On some Macs with Iomega Zip drives, holding down Option at startup when there is a Zip startup disk inserted will cause the Mac to boot from the Zip disk.
* Command-Shift-Option-Delete bypasses the disk selected in the Startup Disk control panel in favor of an external device or from CD-ROM (on older Macs). This is also useful if your main hard disk is having problems and you need to start up from another device. (On some PowerBooks, however, this key combination merely ignores the internal drive, which isn't as useful.)
Many applications keep a list of the last few documents created by that application in the File menu. Examples are MSWord, Claris Home Page, others I'm sure you've come across. The list is really much like the "Recent Documents" list menu in the Apple Menu which shows recent documents for several applications. These are really aliases put in a special folder in the Apple Menu Items Folder. But the lists in a File menu are not. They are real memory in the preferences file.
Be aware that this list is good only as long as the actual documents are where they were last used by the application. Move them, and the list is garbage. You can even put an alias in where the document used to be and the application will STILL get confused. So be careful, when you move things, to remember where you put them, because the application's memory may not be able to find them.
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....
AirPort 1.2 - for the AirPort wireless networking system
AppleWorks 6.0.4 - combined word processor, spreadsheet, database, drawing tools...
Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 - fixes & improvements for the video editing app
FireWire 2.4 - drivers for FireWire equipped Macs
USB Printer Sharing 1.0 - share USB printers using TCP/IP on Ethernet & wireless networks
Extension Overload 5.1 - details info for extensions, control panels & error codes up to OS 9
FinderPop 1.8.9 - improves & extends features in contextual menus
Macromedia FreeHand 9.0.1 - popular illustration tool, downloadable version
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners - updated 11 May 2000