November 2000

by Louis Bookbinder





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

SMUG CD-ROM of the Quarter - Autumn

November Demo by Thomas Carlson

AceReader 2.3
Use AceReader to break several bad habits: (1) Subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind while you read), and (2) Re-Reading (letting your eyes wander back and re-read text that you previously read). AceReader paces you to read at higher speeds. At these higher speeds it becomes physically impossible to subvocalize. Because AceReader displays text by flashing word sets, you will be forced to read ahead and will not have the opportunity to re-read. Shareware fee $24.95.

Echo 0.8b1
A cool Kaleidoscope theme. Freeware.

Finder Windows Pro 2.0
Add a pulldown menu in which you can switch between open windows on the desktop. A great shortcut instead of shuffling through all those open windows on the desktop! Compatible with System 8. Freeware.

Free Guard 1.3
Use Free Guard to hide files and folders. It is password protected at application startup. Nothing is encrypted, and someone could still make the files and folders visible without too much trouble. It is based on the "if they do not know its there, they wont look for it" theory. Freeware.

iCab Preview 2.1
A preview version of a small but fully functional Web browser. Freeware.

Mactella PPC 0.9.2
Use Mactella, the Mac version of Gnutella, an open-source, file-sharing network, to exchange an assortment of file formats with other users. It can operate on any port and has no centralized server. This program is capable of transferring any type of file that users put on-line, including ZIP, MPEG, ASF, MOV, QT, HQX, EXE, JAR, and SIT. Additionally, Mactella cannot be blocked by the traditional means used against Napster. Each user is connected to other users, who in turn pass along the other hosts on the network. Once you've connected to other servers, you will be on GNet and ready to search. Freeware.

MazeBall 1.5
Remember that wooden labyrinth game with two handles on the sides, where you had to reach the exit without falling into the holes? That was one of my favorite toys, and it inspired me during the creation of this game. I took the liberty to add more excitement and variety, in order to make this wood toy an entertaining computer game. Enjoy! Shareware fee $20.

PICTify 1.5
Use Pictify to capture the entire screen, a selection that you define, the front most window, or a pulled-down menu (including popup menus) to a file or to the clipboard. If you choose to save the snapshot to a file, you have the option of saving it to a TeachText™ PICT file or to a ResEdit™ file which will contain a 'PICT' resource and a couple of other resources which define the dimensions of the PICT. The latter option is essential for capturing pictures you've drawn to include in about boxes or other parts of programs. Freeware.

SoundApp 2.6.1
Ever download a sound file from the Internet and not know what to do with it? Want to create a sound file for your WWW site or to give to your PC friend? SoundApp is the solution you have been looking for! Freeware


And once more, the contents of the entire CDOQ: * in the Stock section indicates new or updated items since the summer CDOQ.

Note- This CDOQ includes iCAB, Photozest, and Simpsons Studio demoware. We do not usually include demoware on our discs, but we wanted to let you see these important new products. Tell us what you think!

New Contents

Audio & Music
MusicMatch JukeBox 1.01

Ampcaster 2.0
ConneXcellent 1.2
Download Deputy 3.2
Flash NP-PPC 5.0d25
Furi 0.6.4
HeftyFTP 1.0
iCab Preview 2.1 PPC
iCamMaster 1.6.0 IP
Addresser 1.2
MacHeadlines Lite 1.8
Mactella PPC 0.9.2
QuickGo 1.1
VivoActive Player 2.1
WannaBe 68k 1.0a44
WannaBe PPC 1.0a44
YA-Newswatcher 5.0.1

Design & Graphics
PhotoZest® 2000 Demo

JavaScript for OSA 1.0b5

Fun and Games
Book of Changes 3.3.2
MazeBall 1.5
Runestone 1.0
Simpsons Cartoon Studio™ Demo

A Better Finder Attributes 1.6
A Better Finder Creators & Types 2.1
A Better Finder Info 1.1
A Better Finder Rename 3.2
A Better Finder Select 2.1
Echo 0.8b1
Finder Windows Pro 2.0
Haunted Hallween Icons
Haunted House Kaleidoscope Scheme
Rearrange Folders 1.1.4

Kitchen Sink
AceReader 2.3
Computer Cuisine Deluxe 2.0
Mac Internet Time 1.0
Simple Uptime 1.0

DropImage 2.5

800-SAY-WHAT 2.1
ClipClap 1.0
iOrganizer 1.2.1
LineSort 4.8b3
Link Gardener 1.0
MyMonEE 1.0 FAT
Package Tracker 2.5.3

Drag'nBack 3.4.1
Drag'nBack Lite 3.4.1
Outlook Email Archive 1.9
FolderGuard 1.8
Free Guard 1.3
PICTify 1.5
Synchronize! 3.9.1
WCCacheCleaner 1.8.2 PPC
Web Confidential 2.1

Stock Contents * indicates new or updated items since the summer CDOQ.

CorelDRAW™ 8 LE
Nisus Compact 1.0

GifBuilder 1.0 *
GraphicConverter 3.9.1 68k *
GraphicConverter 3.9.1 PPC *
Jade 1.2

AOL Instant Messenger 4.1.1068 *
Better Telnet 2.0b4
Eudora 5.0 *
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Fetch 3.0.3
Interarchy 3.8 *
Internet Explorer 5
MACAST Lite 2.1 *
Macster PR5.5 *
MT-NewsWatcher 3.0
Netscape Communicator™ 4.75 *
Niftytelnet 1.1 ssh r3
NiftyTelnet 1.1 FAT
Outlook Express 5
RealPlayer 8 *
Windows Media Player 6.3 *

DarkSide of the Mac 5.0.6
Default Folder 3.0.7 *
Disinfectant 3.7.1
Extension Overload 5.3 *
GURU 2.9 *
Kaleidoscope 2.2.4 *
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
Mariner LE 3.1.4 *
MP3 Rage 2.8 *
SoundAppPPC 2.7.2 *
SoundJam MP Free 2.5.1 *

Acrobat Reader 3.0 68k
Acrobat Reader 4.05 PPC
ADBProbe 1.0.3
Aladdin DropStuff 5.5 *
Aladdin Expander™ 5.5
BBEdit Lite 4.6
BBTidy 1.0b7 *
FinderPop 1.8.9 *
PopChar Lite 2.7.2
PrintToPDF 2.1 *
SCSIProbe 5.2 *
ShrinkWrap™ 2.1
Sleeper 3.2.2 *
Snitch 2.6.5 *
TechTool 1.2.1
Tex-Edit Plus 4.0.1 *
textSOAP 2.6.2

Apple Contents

Disk Copy 6.3.3 *
Ethernet Update 1.0
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
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

Nothing this month.-------------------------------------------------

Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team

Lessons from MacOSX (and MacAddict)

This applies mainly to OS X, but maybe it will apply to previous OSs: When you install OS X (the beta at this writing) be sure not to have a partition called Applications. One reader found that the Applications folder created by OS X did not have the applications it was actually running! He renamed the partition to Apps and re-installed OS X and the new standard apps appeared in Applications as advertised.

Also with the new beta, a user discovered that although the maximum allowed characters in a filename has indeed been expanded to 256, only 22 show under the icon. But Apple isn't cheating - you can see all 256 (should you give it that many!) by clicking on the name as though to edit. It would be nice to be able to change the default count, of course.... The full name will show up in various table lists/views if you give the name column enough space. I suggest you keep them short.



Mac basics we sometimes forget


Mac users have it pretty easy on hard disks - if you need a new one, you put it in, boot from a CD or another good hard disk, run the disk formatter, and you are in business.

Please don't get upset if your formatter tells you you have bad sectors. This is not unusual on new disks and normally the few bad sectors are a tiny fraction of the total space on your disk. For instance, if you have 500 bad clusters, how big a piece is this of a disk with 600,000 clusters? Just tell the formatter to disable those clusters, and you may never see the problem again. The directory ignores the missing pieces of disk and everything works smoothely.

Some basics: Hard disks are HUGE. Each unit - 5 to 50 gigabytes (billion bytes or so) has thousands of cylinders, each having maybe a dozen tracks, each having 20 to 50 sectors, each having 512 or 1024 bytes. Multiply it out - that is a LOT of data storage. Access to this storage is semi-random: in a fraction of a second you can read any sector on the disk, among millions! It is only SEMI-random, because access to different cylinders depends on the precise movement of tiny armature motors, and then the drive must wait for the correct sector to move under the read head. But those motors are FAST, so the delay is in milliseconds. Typical rotation speed of the disks, 10,000 rpm, put the outer edges close to the speed of sound! And the armatures move much too fast for the eye to follow. Also, the head is REAL close to the disk platter - much closer that the width of a speck of dust - which is why the disks are enclosed in tightly sealed containers - NO DUST! If you could open the container you would automatically void the warranty. Shops which fix disks do so in clean rooms.

Did you know that the first Macs did not have hard drives! Thank goodness that did not last long!

Final Note: Format any big drive or partition as HFS+. Access is slightly slower than the old HFS, but files are a lot smaller. One user reported that when he moved 1.4 GB of files to a big 20.5 GB drive, they expanded to 5 GB! Had he been using HFS+, his original files (probably using less than 1 GB) would not have expanded noticably. But you probably don't need HFS+ on any disk less than 1 GB.



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

Where are all the links, you may ask? I am leaving them out. My source now uses Java to handle download requests, which means I essentially have to load the items to get the URL! Since with my slow 28K connection this often takes 20 minutes or more! I will not do this any more. YOU go to Version Tracker and fight with THEM!

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MRJ 2.2.3 - Mac OS Runtime for Java to run Java apps & applets

BareBones BBEdit 6.0 - popular HTML & text editing tool

Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 6.0 - application development environment

Extension Overload 5.4.2 - Details info for extensions, control panels & error codes ®

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) 4.2.1147 - instant chat between online users

Lotus Notes Domino 5.0.5 - Client for the messaging & collaboration system

IomegaWare 2.7 - Zip & Jaz drivers & software tools

Microsoft Office 2001 upgrade - all-new version of the popular office suite

PrintToPDF 2.1.2 - creates simple PDF files from any app

SETI@home 3.0 - Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence client SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy


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other sources credited where known. Trademark credits, where omitted, remain with their owners  -   updated 21 September 2000


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