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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.

 
 

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Fred Showker <afashwkr@aol.com> writes:

Color It has been in my tool box for some time, and I can report from personal experience that it is a smooth operator. I have used it in many projects for which Photoshop was too cumbersome. My children's LC II (4/80) system would not even launch Photoshop 2.0 until I downgraded to System 6.0.8, and even then it would only run on a skeleton set of plug-ins and small 16-bit color images. Color It, on the other hand, opens and manipulates larger files handsomely on the same machine.

Color It's airbrush and paint brush tools work more fluidly and seem to run faster than Photoshop's on non-muscle Macs, as do its virtual memory functions. Color It is also much easier to use in terms of palette setups like blends and gradations - they're much more intuitive and responsive. Magic wand, multiple-selection tools, and selection feathering are all included for photo retouchers. Color It also requires little drive space. The full package, including tutorial files, occupies just over one megabyte.

Keep in mind folks, that I'm talking about the previous version of Color It - not the upgrade! I'm looking forward to tablet support, expanded scanner support and the other features adorning Color It 2.3. Even though it's considered un-hip to chat about anything other than Photoshop, for "the rest of us" (those of us who don't have muscle Macs) Color It will be a welcome addition.

[Also note that a reader confirmed that the special offer on Color It that we reported on in TidBITS #199 includes the manual on disk, not in printed form. -Adam]

 

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