March 2002

by Louis Bookbinder





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

SMUG CD-ROM of the Quarter - Winter 2002

The List:

New Contents

Audio & Music
Amazing Slow Downer 1.1.5
iCDc 2.1.1
OneshotRecorder 1.4.1

iGetter 1.5
Lestrade 3.0.5
Mactella 1.3.5
Newswatcher-X 2.2.3b2 (Carbon)
Thoth 1.4.3 Carbon
Transmit 1.7b2

Design & Graphics
Digital Design Buddy 2.5
FuturePaint 2
Lemon 1.1
Starfish Pro 1.0

Smile 1.8.4

Fun and Games
Acronyms 3.0
Cat and Mouse 2.1
Khufu 0.9.1b
Netrikulator 1.0.2
Nevermind 1.1
Qube 1.1
WingNuts 1.0 Carbon

CSManager 2.0
Desktop Pets 1.0
Grabby Window 1.0b5
Holiday Lights 5.2
SpeedApp 2.2.1
TypeRecorder 1.2.1
WorkStrip 1.5.1

Kitchen Sink
Auction Action Tracker 2.9.2
CarCare 3.3
Crossword Express 5.5
Customer Tracker 2.5.1
GolfMeister 3.0.1
Language Assistant 2.5
NP Grade 1.5.1
QuickFinance 3.5.1
Son of Weather Grok 4.1.3
Stargazer's Delight 5.1

Goldberg 2.2 Carbon
Goldberg 2.2.1 Updater Carbon
Ptah 1.4.3
simpleSlide 2.16

Ämazing Slow Downer 1.1.5 OSX
Auction Action Tracker 2.9.2 Carbon
Cat-in-the-Dock 1.2
ClipWorks 2.0.1 OSX
Customer Tracker 2.5.1 Carbon
Desktop Pets 1.0 OSX
DiskCatalogMaker X 2.5.1
Dock-It 0.6.5
Get Info 0.9.2
Goldberg 2.2 OSX
iCDc 2.1.1 OSX
IconCleaner 1.1 Carbon
iGetter 1.5 OSX
iOrganizer 2.1 Carbon
Listen&Type X 1.0
MacReporter 1.03
Mactella 1.2b1 OSX
myPong 1.00
Nevermind 1.1 Carbon
NP Grade 1.5.1 OSX
Password Retriever 2.6.7 Carbon
Personal Organizer 4.0 OSX
Plasma Tunnel Screensaver 1.2.3
PrefsOverload 3.5pr2 OSX
simpleSlide 2.16 Carbon
Snard 0.9
SSH Helper 0.2
TinkerTool 2.0
TransmitX 1.7b2
Watson 1.04
Wreath-in-the-Dock 1.0
XRay 1.0b6


CCN Plus 1.6
Coffee Break Pro 1.0
Email Magician 1.0.6
iOrganizer 2.1
Listen&Type 2.21
Personal Organizer 4.0

Asynckeys! 1.5
ClipWorks 2.0.1
Dated Folder 2.6
Disk Watcher 1.0.6
DiskCatalogMaker 2.5.1
IconCleaner 1.1
icWord 2.0
iDisk Manager 1.0
iDisk Mounter 1.8
MacSentry 1.0.1
Nimda Cleaner 1.0b3
OTTool 1.2.1
Password Retriever 2.6.7
PrefsOverload 3.5pr2
typeXchanger 3.0
Web Confidential 3.0 Carbon

Stock Contents

CorelDRAW™ 8 LE
Nisus Compact 1.0

GifBuilder 1.0
GraphicConverter 4.2 68K *
GraphicConverter 4.2 PPC *
GraphicConverter 4.2 Carbon *
Jade 1.2

AOL Instant Messenger 4.3.1232
Better Telnet 2.0b4
Eudora 5.1
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Fetch 4.0.1 PPC *
Fetch 4.0.1 68K*
Interarchy 5.0.1 *
Internet Config 2.5d2
Internet Explorer 5.1 *
MACAST Lite 2.1
MacSSH 68K 2.1fc2 *
MacSSH PPC 2.1fc2 *
MT-NewsWatcher 3.1
Napster 1.0b1.1
Netscape Communicator™ 4.7.9 *
Netscape Communicator™ 6.2.1 *
Netscape Communicator™ 6.2.1 OSX*
Netscaoe MRJ Plugin 1.0b2 *
Niftytelnet SSH 1.1r3
NiftyTelnet 1.1 FAT
Outlook Express 5.0.3 *
RealPlayer 8 6.0
Windows Media Player 7.01

DarkSide of the Mac 5.0.6
Default Folder 3.1.3 *
Disinfectant 3.7.1
Extension Overload 5.9.4 *
GURU 2.9
Kaleidoscope 2.3.1
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
Mariner LE 3.1.4
MP3 Rage 4.1 *
SoundApp68K 2.7.3
SoundAppPPC 2.7.3
SoundJam MP Free 2.5.3

Acrobat Reader 3.0 68K
Acrobat Reader 5.0.5 PPC *
ADBProbe 1.0.3
Aladdin DropStuff 6.0.1
Aladdin Expander™ 6.5.1 *
Andrew's Disk Copy Scripts 2.1.1 *
BBEdit Lite 6.1.2 *
BBTidy 1.0b9
FinderPop 1.9.2
PopChar Lite 2.7.2
PrintToPDF 2.3 *
SCSIProbe 5.2
ShrinkWrap™ 2.1
Sleeper 3.5
Snitch 2.6.5
Snitch 2.6.6 Updater
TechTool 3.0.1
Tex-Edit Plus 4.1.2 PPC
Tex-Edit Plus 4.1.3b3 OSX*
textSOAP 3.1.2 *

Apple Contents

Carbonlib 1.0.4
Carbonlib 1.5 *
Disc Burner 1.0.1
Disk Copy 6.3.3
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
iMovie Update 2.1.1 *
MRJ 2.2.5
OpenGL 1.2.1
ResEdit 2.1.3
* New or updated since the previous CDOQ


March Demo by Owen Saxton

Clipworks 2.0.1
ClipWorks 2.0.1 OSX

ClipWorks is a simple utility which allows you to quickly edit the content of the clipboard, either text or graphics. It is very useful because it allows you to modify the clipboard before pasting its contents, and this may make your work faster and more efficient. ClipWorks has also advanced feature to clean text, like removing forwarding characters or fixing spaces, and can apply filters to images like blur, pixellize, noise, tint, etc. Requires OS 7.6 or higher, or OS X. $10.

Coffee Break Pro 1.0
Coffee Break Pro is an application designed to prevent (or improve) repetitive stress injuries. It does this by making the user take periodic breaks. It also provides some basic user activity data, such as key presses or mouse clicks per second. Requires OS 7.6.1 or higher. $20.

Desktop Pets 1.0
Desktop Pets 1.0 OSX

Little animal icons which follow your cursor around. Totally useless. Free.

Digital Design Buddy 2.5
Digital Design Buddy is a small application that offers several utilities of interest to graphic design and production artists. DDB features:

Requires OS 7 or higher. Free.

FuturePaint 2
Move over, Photoshop! There's a new kid in town and he's got pixel power to spare. If you liked DeskPaint, you'll love FuturePaint 2. In fact, there are so many great features that we can't possibly document them all on our web site. But here are a few things that will make you salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs:

Graduated fill for any shape, Rubber band selections, Magic wand, Rubber stamp, Color palette adjusts to current depth, Editable patterns, Adjustable opacity, Anti-alias lines & text, Transparent or opaque editing, Smudging, Twain acquire from scanners, Adjustable color depths, Adjustable dpi, Zoom 1:16 to 16:1, Diffused or posterized dithering, Great text handlers, Palette shows mouse position, selection size, etc., Spray paint, Great options for paint brushes, Lighten/darken, Image control filters, Sharpen, unsharpen, Twist selection to any shape, Rulers, more. Free

GolfMeister 3.0.1
GolfMeister is a program used to record and analyze golf scores. It keeps statistics on such things as greens in regulation, drives in fairway, eagles, birdies etc. GolfMeister also allows you to print out various reports on items entered. It can print a course listing, a round listing (complete and by course) and various copies of the cards entered. Requires OS 7.0.1 or higher. $20.

Khufu 0.9.1b
Khufu is a puzzle game designed with a pyramid shaped board and pieces. We believe it is the first of it's kind, as we have not seen any similar puzzle games that use this approach. It features 2 player simultaneous, competitive game play, and rich 16-bit color graphics. Requires OS 8.6 or higher. $15,

Qube 1.1
Qube is an addictive action puzzle with a twist. The object of Qube is to keep a well clear of "qubes" by arranging falling pieces to form solid rows. Some pieces contain qubes that are not solid. These partially solid qubes, "partials," must be combined with other partials to form solid qubes. Partials will move through other partials but not solids. A row can not be removed if it has one or more partials. Qube requires strategy, patience, and of course quick fingers. It is the perfect piece of anti-productivity software. Suitable for the whole family, even Grandpa. Requires OS 8.6 or higher with CarbonLib. $15.

Starfish Pro 1.0
Starfish generates unique wallpaper patterns for a lively, colourful, and eye-catchingly unique desktop. Starfish creates its images from scratch, mixing layers of fractal and trigonometric algorithms with colour gradients and alpha-channel blending. Starfish Pro is a new interface to the powerful Starfish engine, allowing a new degree in flexibility when rendering patterns. GNU open source, so it's free.

Stargazer's Delight 5.1.1
See the night sky from any location on Earth at any given time. Zoom in and out, display or hide stars, constellations, deep sky objects, planets, constellation boundaries and so on. Animate the sky and see the stars wander about the sky, see the twilight and the sun rising. $29

TypeRecorder 1.2.2
TypeRecorder is a utility that records everything that you type on your computer. Every keystroke is saved to a daily file on your computer, available for immediate retrieval. This is especially useful if you want to have some degree of insurance in the case of system crashes, power outages, or any problem that would cause you to lose data. Any data that you enter with a keyboard will be discretely saved. TypeRecorder is also helpful in monitoring unauthorized use of your computer, as it can log the time and application being used when any key is pressed. Requires OS 7.5 or higher. $15.


Security Alert!

From Your Shareware Team

Beware geeks bearing grifts.-------------------------------------------------

Tip O' the Month

Burning CDs for backup

CD-Rs are Compact Disks which can only be written to once. Well, sorta. If you HFS-format the disk, you can write only once, and create a single directory. But there are other formats. For instance, with PC Exchange, you can see most PC formats as well as Mac formats. Indeed, you can ISO 9660 format the CD-R in Toast, and some of the limitations are gone. For instance, you can archive half a gig on a CD-R and then modify the contents. Really, what you are doing is adding new tracks and directories and the old stuff is marked as deleted. You will quickly use up all the space on the CD-R (after which you can no longer add or modify stuff), but at least until then you have as much flexibility as a floppy.

You might also look into software such as DirectCD which uses UDF packet writing. This minimizes the cost of rewriting the directory each time. Also, check out WriteCD-RW, a utility which does all the nitty gritty for you to make the CD-R act just like a floppy (a very big one!). Of course, if you use a real CD-RW, you can use the same CD until it reaches its rewrite limit (about 10 times). Check out



Mac basics we sometimes forget

Installing new software

DID YOU READ THE INSTRUCTIONS? NO? Shame on you. And you complain about problems! Tsk, tsk.

Almost always the instructions ask you to start up without extensions. (Actually, you cannot even RUN the system without the Appearance control panel, so, naturally, it is difficult to turn this one off without actually moving the extension to the disabled folder!) Once you decide to install the new software, reboot. When the smiley mac appears (telling you the disk and memory are working OK), hold down the shift key. Soon you will get a message telling you the mac is starting up with extensions off. Let go of the shift key. (The Appearance control panel will be installed anyhow) When the startup is finished, run the installation. Then reboot without holding down the shift key. The software installer may force the reboot.

Note that if you are installing from a CD and are using a third party CD utility, and you reboot with shift down, you may not be able to see the CD any more. If this is the case, you can't install, so reboot, COPY the installer to your hard drive, reboot with shift down, install from the copy.


NEW PRODUCT RELEASES 01/28 thru 02/08

My choices, only, out of hundreds of items every month. Drop me a note for YOUR favorite. Not listed are important monthly updates for anti-virus software: McAfee, Norton, VirusBarrier, Virex. 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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BBEdit 6.5.2 - popular HTML & text editing tool

iCab 2.7.1 - lean, popular alternative Web browser

Mozilla 0.9.8 - preview version of's next generation browser

Microsoft Office X 10.0.2 - Network security update for the office suite

MP3 Rage 4.2.1 - Gnutella/Napster client, MP3 tag editor, player, cataloger...

TechTool Pro 3.0.6 - hardware/software diagnostic tool

TechTool Lite 3.0.2 - analyze system for damage, info, zap pram, rebuild desktop SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy


©copyright 2002, Louis Bookbinder -
other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 8 February 2002


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