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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Eolake Stobblehouse


ClarisWorks Rave

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This is not a review but a rave. It takes a lot to impress me these days, but I've been impressed by ClarisWorks. I'm not even all that likely to use it since I mostly do a ton of writing in Nisus and uAccess, but I suspect that if I need to do a compound document I'll use ClarisWorks. In this day and age of 1.4 MB programs that prefer 8 MB of RAM, ClarisWorks is a mere 562K and likes only 900K of RAM. For all that you get word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, database, and communication capabilities. Taking each alone, the modules are fairly unimpressive, but when you use them as they were meant to be used, they're great.

Start a letter. Draw a whimsical scrawl right in the letter without changing windows. Remember that you need to include some simple numbers, and draw out a spreadsheet as easily as you would draw a rectangle. Decide you'd like to graph those numbers and it's a two-step process. Scale the graph and add a legend as an independent text block with the text tools. Move all these objects around as in a page layout program. Run the spelling checker on the whole thing, including text in the spreadsheet. You can do all of this without changing windows or documents or modules - just select an object and the appropriate tools are present.

Of course, now that I've raved about it, let me emphasize that if you have sophisticated needs, you'll outgrow ClarisWorks quickly. I'd like to see the same sort of tool-based philosophy - "What You Need When You Want It" - with all engines at full power. Let's face it, I want Nisus's text-processing power, Excel's or Resolve's numeric capabilities, FileMaker Pro's or Panorama II's database skills, MicroPhone II's communication abilities merged with uAccess's UUCP connectivity, and Canvas's drawing power to top it off. Oh, and it would be nice to have all of this in a pasteboard-style environment from PageMaker or XPress, but that might be asking too much for tomorrow. :-)

Seriously, folks, ClarisWorks is good. I've heard good things about BeagleWorks too, but haven't had a chance to see it yet. I hope that I'll be able to say similar things about it. I said at first that this is not a review, but we do have a full review of ClarisWorks coming out soon as a special issue, so stay tuned to the network ether.


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