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See All Your Books in iBooks

The iBooks app for iOS lets you assign your books to different collections, but does not have any obvious way for you to see all of your books, regardless of the collection you have put them in. There is, however, a workaround that can show you just about all of your books at once: reveal the search field at the top of any collection in iBooks and type a single space into that field.

With this search, iBooks lists all of the books that have a space either in the title of the book or in the author's name. Other than the rare book that has a one-word title and a single-name author, you end up with a list of all of your books.

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David Roth writes, "I've been trying to use Professional Composer on a Mac Plus running System 6.0.5 to generate PostScript files to be printed on other systems with PostScript printers. When I used the LaserWriter drivers that come with System 6.0.5, I didn't get usable PostScript. Acting on a tip from Apple I replaced the driver on the Mac Plus with the LaserWriter driver from System 7.0.1, and it worked even though I'm only using System 6.0.5! The best part about it is that I don't have to do command-f or command-k; I just select PostScript from the LaserWriter driver's print dialog box instead of letting it default to "Print". Professional Composer doesn't work on System 7 so upgrading was out of the question." [Adam: Upgrading to 6.0.8 might have worked as well, since 6.0.8 is simply 6.0.7 with the System 7 LaserWriter drivers, but it would have been more work and Professional Composer might not have worked with 6.0.8 either. It's nice to know that the System 7 drivers will work with 6.0.5 and may produce better straight PostScript output files.]

Information from:
David Roth -- david!david@cis.ohio-state.edu

HP Printer Drivers -- Ever in search of the truth, or at least what passes for it this week, I asked a source at Hewlett-Packard about the DeskWriter and DeskWriter C drivers, since many people have had trouble with them. Evidently the folks in Vancouver who work on the DeskWriter drivers have recently made some public statements. Here's the latest scoop:

  • The new DeskWriter and DeskWriter C drivers will be fully System 7 compatible.

  • They will support background printing under both System 6 and System 7.

  • The DeskWriter driver will support gray-scale output on a monochrome DeskWriter.

  • They should be available around the end of next month.

Information from:
Marshall Clow -- marshall@sdd.hp.com

 

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