October 2000

by Louis Bookbinder





This month's Free Sample Shareware is iOrganizer 1.2.1. See below for details. -------------------------------------------------

SMUG CD-ROM of the Quarter - Autumn


New Contents

Audio & Music
MusicMatch JukeBox 1.01

Ampcaster 2.0
Download Deputy 3.2
Flash NP-PPC
Furi v0.6.4
iCab_Pre2.1_English_PPC Folder
IP Addresser 1.2
MacHeadlines Lite 1.8
QuickGo 1.1
ya-nw 5.0.1

JavaScript for OSA 1.0b5

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

A Better Finder Attributes 1.6
A Better Finder Info
ABF Rename 3.2 Installer
Echo 0.8b1 Release
Finder Windows Pro Installer
Haunted Hallween Icons
Haunted House Kal. Scheme
Rearrange Folders English

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

DropImage 2.5

800-SAY-WHAT 2.1
ClipClap 1.0
iOrganizer 1.2.1
Link Gardener v1.0
MyMonEE Submittal FAT
Package Tracker 2.5.3 Installer

Drag'nBack 3.4.1
Drag'nBack Lite 3.4.1
Outlook Email Archive 1.9
Free Guard
MZS FolderGuard 1.8
PICTify 1.5
Synchronize! Folder
Web Confidential Installer

Stock Contents

CorelDRAW™ 8 LE
Free Nisus Compact

GifBuilder 0.5
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US 68k
GraphicConverter 3.8.2US PPC
jade1.2 Folder

Anarchie 3.7 Installer
AOL InstantMessgr4.0.972
Better Telnet
Communicator™ 4.73 Complete
Eudora 4.3.2
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Fetch 3.0.3 Installer
Internet Explorer 5.smi
MACAST Lite 2.000
Macster PR4
MT-NewsWatcher 3.0
niftytelnet-1.1-ssh-r3 Folder
Outlook Express 5.smi
RealPlayer Installer
Windows Media Player 6.3

DarkSide of the Mac 5.0.6
Extension Overload 4.8
GURU 2.8
Kaleidoscope 2.2.2 Installer-US
MacUser's Kaleidoscope Winners
Mariner folder
MP3 Rage 2.1.1
SoundAppPPC Folder
SoundJam MP Free v2.5.1 Installer

Acrobat Reader 68k Installer
Acrobat Reader PPC Installer
Aladdin DropStuff 5.1 Installer
Aladdin Expander™ 5.5 Installer
BBTidy 1.0b6
PopChar Lite 2.7.2
PrintToPDF Folder
SCSIProbe 5.1.2
ShrinkWrap™ 2.1
TechTool® 1.2.1
Tex-Edit Plus 3.0.2 Installer
textSOAP 2.6.2 Full Installer

Apple Contents
Disk Copy 6.3
Ethernet Update 1.0.smi
HyperCard Player 2.4.1
MacsBug 6.6
MRJ 2.2.smi
OpenGL 1.1.2.smi
ResEdit 2.1.3
TomeViewer 1.3d3

NOTE: since we create the actual CDOQ just before the next General Meeting, versions on the CDOQ may be different from those listed here. -------------------------------------------------

October Demo by Owen Saxton

A Better Finder Attributes 1.6
"A Better Finder Attributes" is a contextual menu plugin for the Macintosh Finder, which allows users to quickly change properties such as creation, modification and backup dates and times, file locks and the so-called Finder flags of multiple files. "A Better Finder Attributes" is a simple tool that can save many hours of tedious work to Macintosh users who deal with large numbers of files or who frequently transfer files from PCs, Unix machines or the internet. Shareware fee $10.

A Better Finder Creators & Types 2.1
"A Better Finder Creators & Types" is a contextual menu plugin for the Macintosh Finder, which allows users to quickly change the creator and type properties of multiple files. "A Better Finder Creators & Types" is a simple tool that can save many hours of tedious work to Macintosh users who deal with large numbers of files or who frequently transfer files from PCs, Unix machines or the internet. Shareware fee $10.

A Better Finder Info 1.1
"A Better Finder Info" is a contextual menu plugin for the Macintosh Finder, which supplements the Finder's "Get Info..." feature and provides additional information about files and folders. It allows users to display and change file attributes such as Finder flags, file creator and type codes, etc.. Shareware fee $10.

A Better Finder Rename 3.1.1
"A Better Finder Rename" allows users to quickly rename multiple files without leaving the Finder. "A Better Finder Rename" is ideally suited for Macintosh webmasters, users who need to transfer files from Windows or UNIX, as well as for all other Macintosh users who deal with large numbers of files. Shareware fee $14.95.

A Better Finder Select 2.1
A Better Finder Select is a utility which allows you to quickly select all the files matching a given criteria in the Finder. With this user interface enhancement you can, for instance, select all the GIF format picture files in a directory at a stroke. "A Better Finder Select" is a simple, yet surprisingly powerful tool. Shareware fee $9.95.

Drag'nBack 3.4.1 Drag'nBack Lite 3.4.1
Drag'nBack is a full-featured backup program using Finder-mountable disks as the backup medium. It supports straight backup (keeping only one version of a file) as well as incremental (keeping multiple versions). Backup files may be verified, compared, encrypted or compressed., and will be split among multiple disks if necessary. Sets of files and folders to be backed up are saved and can be recalled as required. Logs of all backups can be kept. Shareware fee $35, lite version $20.

DropImage 1.0
DropImage is a program for viewing images and exporting them in various formats. Unlike some other viewing programs it has several viewing modes that affect the relationship between the image and the viewing window. In particular, it allows the size and aspect ration of an image to be altered at will. Shareware fee $5.

FolderGuard 1.8
Want to prevent nosy co-workers from messing with your files? Is your family constantly making a mess of your private folders? If the answer is "yes", then FolderGuard is for you. It allows you to hide (in other words, make invisible) an unlimited amount of folders. Shareware fee $10.

iOrganizer 1.2.1
iOrganizer is a pioneering organizational application that helps you keep up with your busy world of contacts, websites, and events. No longer will you have to shuffle through business cards, post-it notes and scrap paper to find the information you need - iOrganizer includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list. iOrganizer can also import contacts, bookmarks, events, and file URLs from a variety of formats; search, sort, and print lists; launch your e-mail client to send a message to a contact; open a website in your web browser; and internally download files from FTP or HTTP servers. Shareware fee $18.

IP Addresser 1.2
IP Addresser is a simple application whose only purpose is to provide your IP address to you upon request. Freeware.

Mac Internet Time 1.0
Mac Internet Time is a simple application that displays the current time in Swatch Universal Time, a metric alternative to standard Universal Time. In this system a day is divided into 1000 Swatch beats, and the time is displayed as the number of beats since midnight Central European time. Freeware.

Package Tracker 2.5
Package Tracker is designed for businesses and home users for tracking letters, packages, documents, and other parcels from major U.S. and Canadian shipping carriers. The software helps to organize lists of tracking numbers, easily attain the status of individual parcels or groups of parcels, gather summaries of shipping statuses, and save/print reports for later reference. Package Tracker currently supports Airborne Express, BAX Global, CON-WAY, DHL, Federal Express, FedEx Ground, Purolator, United Parcel Service, and the United States Postal Service. Shareware fee $15 lite, $35 pro.

Simple Uptime 1.0
Simple Uptime is a very simple application. It launches a floating palette that shows how long your computer has been on in years, months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes. It's small and easy to use. Freeware.

Synchronize! 3.9.1
Synchronize! automatically keeps the documents on two or more Macs up to date, by copying the newest version of those documents to the other Mac. It makes sure your desktop Mac and your PowerBook, or your Mac at home, have the most recent versions of your documents. Synchronize! will also backup a folder or an entire disk to another, replacing any files which don't exist on the primary disk. Only the files which are different are copied, making the backup quick and easy. An activity log records the date, time, and results of all your synchronizations. Shareware fee $29.95.

Web Confidential 2.1
Web Confidential is a Macintosh password organizer with strong cryptography (448-bit encryption). With Web Confidential you can organize and save all your passwords, account names and user ids, software keys, serial numbers, ATM and PIN codes etc. in one convenient place. You can then protect your data with very strong cryptography (the Blowfish algorithm). Shareware fee $20.


Tip O' the Month

From Your Shareware Team


To my surprise, I found out something about plugging in or unplugging peripherals from the May 15 TidBITs <> I always thought it was not safe to plug in ADB devices (like keyboards and mice) from live Macs but was safe to plug in SCSI devices. Not so. Apple even made it safe to plug in ADB devices on some powerbooks, but never did the same for SCSI. It is especially dangerous on the end of a longish SCSI chain, because there termination is important, and you can muck up devices and directories with unterminated power surges.

So far I have always gotten away clean with hot attachement, but won't try any more. I've even done it in front of SMUG on occasion (tricky devil!). Stop me next time. Oh, it is OK to attach things to serial ports or USB or firewire or ethernet. Just not SCSI and ADB. And any time you detach any disk or even turn it off, it is essential to dismount it first (drag to trash does the trick).



Mac basics we sometimes forget

Email (and newsgroup) Etiquette

DON'T TYPE THE MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS! This is the Internet equivalent of shouting at the person. It also means I AM LAZY!

Spelling, Punctuation and capitalization - or lack there of. Just as in the analog world, these basic components of communication are critical for getting your point across. (i am amazid by how miny massages i get that make a mokery of the engilish langage)

Long-winded messages - e-mail is meant to be short and sweet. Get to the point, as many people get dozens, if not hundreds of messages a day.

Refrain from attaching large files (over 50k) to an e-mail message unless the recipient is aware that it is coming. Sending a picture of "Muffy with Santa" may seem fun to you, but your recipient may not be amused when they see what a 20-minute download produces!

Don't leave the subject line blank - many people will simply delete any message that has no subject line. Make it short and descriptive, so the recipient can make a quick decision about the message without having to open it.

Read over your e-mail before you send it, especially if it is an inflammatory message. Don't go down in flames! E-mail is a permanent record and is being used in many legal battles. (Just ask Bill Gates.) And despite the urgent pace of our times, you almost NEVER have to reply RIGHT NOW!

BTW, use acronyms and emoticons :-) sparingly. They do help to make a message shorter and to the point, but can often be overused. Too many will make your message so silly people end up ROTFL.

Don't believe everything that you read and don't forward it to everyone you know! E-mail hoaxes are getting worse because of all of the gullible users that mindlessly send the message without doing any research. If a message contains the line "Send this to everyone you know" it is almost always a hoax.

Don't repeatedly send jokes to anyone without first getting their permission. I receive the same joke dozens of times from dozens of well meaning people, but it is more of a nuisance than it is worth.

Learn how to cut and paste items to put into a new message, instead of just forwarding the original message. This will keep you from having the long list of previous addresses from appearing at the top of the message that you send. -------------------------------------------------


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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GameSprockets 1.7.5 - Game libraries: Draw, Input, Net & Sound Sprockets

Mac OS X 1.0b1 - Public beta of the next generation OS

BareBones BBEdit 6.0 - popular HTML & text editing tool

Bryce 4.1- graphics effects tool

Default Folder 3.0.7 - Enhances Open/Save dialog boxes for better ease of use

Eudora 4.3.3 - Popular email client - also Eudora 5.0

GifBuilder 1.0 - The venerable tool for creating animated GIFs

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 - Graphics tool

Interarchy 3.8 - used to be Anarchie, the powerful FTP client

Intuit Quicken Deluxe 2001 - Finance management software

Tex-Edit 4.0.1 - a great text editor

USB Overdrive 1.3.7 - Universal USB driver for any USB mouse, gamepad or joystick SMUG Navigation Bar

Andromeda Galaxy


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


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