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iCal Alerts You Can't Miss

Did you miss that tiny little iCal alert dialog? Use a more prominent Open File alarm.

First save an image, text file, sound, or movie that will really fill your screen and grab your attention.

Select an iCal event and choose Open File as the alert type. Choose your unmissable file as the one to open.

Set more alerts with more files to open for the same event if you like. You won't miss an appointment with one of these alerts!


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WriteNow Bugs

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We've heard of a few weird bugs with WriteNow after our generally glowing review of the program some months back. John Tynes reports that WriteNow often hangs and crashes when you frequently use the shift-arrow key combination to select text. Apparently the screen begins to flash, with shafts of black and white scrolling across your document. It does this for five to fifteen minutes, at the end of which you return to your document either without any problems or with a crash, the latter being more frequent under 3.0. T/Maker knows about the bug, according to John, but has been unable to fix it (or has assigned it a low priority due to the relative paucity of users who select text with shift-arrows).

David Voth has a more general problem, claiming that WriteNow crashes frequently on slower Macs like the Plus, Classic, and SE. He too said that T/Maker had confirmed that they knew about the bug but didn't plan to fix it in the immediate future. David considers this a shame since WriteNow is a great word processor for slower Macs. T/Maker didn't respond to our queries about these problems.

Finally, Tad Davis offers, "There is an easy workaround for the problem of starting headers on the second page in WriteNow. At the very beginning of the document, create a blank header, followed immediately by the header you want to start on the second page. It works perfectly from that point on because WriteNow, according to the manual, always prints the first header defined on a page at the top of that page. Once the blank header gets printed, the second one takes over. You don't have to worry about finding page 2 and hoping it doesn't shift around as you revise."

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