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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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CE Ships QuickMessenger

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Fulfilling an old promise to allow integration between QuickMail and non-mail applications, CE Software recently announced QuickMessenger, an API (or application programming interface) that will allow developers to enable their applications to send QuickMail messages.

QuickMessenger includes eleven routines that may be called by any application to perform such operations as sending messages or files, searching for user addresses via the NameServer, looking up the contents of QuickMail address books or groups, and obtaining lists of MailCenters and zones. According to QuickMessenger engineer Van Kichline, the API "is designed to be a simple but very robust step toward providing complete QuickMail access to third party applications." QuickMessenger does not yet allow applications to receive messages, but the Inside QuickMail API, which allows developers to create gateways, bridges, or other utilities that run within QuickMail itself, does allow third-party software to receive and process messages.

One third-party product that will take advantage of QuickMessenger is QM Log Translator, from MDG Computer Services. This is a customized 4th Dimension database that summarizes the mail activity logs typically sent to the QuickMail custodian. The database can generate reports and can send notices to users who are taking up more than their share of space on the server's hard disk.

Another utility that QuickMessenger will enhance is DiskTwin, an expansion card (in NuBus and PDS configurations) from Golden Triangle Computers, Inc., that allows a Macintosh to write all data to two hard disks simultaneously. With this product, QuickMessenger will allow a network manager or system administrator to receive instant notification in the event of a disk failure.

The QuickMessenger software developer kit, including documentation, source code examples, and the QuickMessenger Tool Kit, is available from CE for $125. The Inside QuickMail API is still available for $100. Purchasers of either package must sign a trade-secret agreement with CE Software because of the nature of the information that is included in the documentation.

CE Software, Inc. - 515/224-1995
MDG Computer Services -- 708/818-9991
Golden Triangle Computers, Inc. -- 619/279-2100

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Sue Nail -- CE Software

 

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