Stairways Software Releases Greebles -- In a departure from their focus on Mac Internet tools like Anarchie, NetPresenz, and Internet Config, Peter Lewis's Stairways Software has released their first game, called Greebles. Stemming from the two-dimensional maze and block-pushing genre of the arcade game Pengo, Greebles ups the ante with over a dozen types of blocks, numerous types of Greebles (the bad guys), both friendly and nasty computer players, and 100 built-in levels. As you'd expect from Peter Lewis, although you can play Greebles alone, it's also a multi-player game with up to four people playing on a single computer and up to nine computers connected over the Internet (unfortunately 33.6 Kbps modem connections don't provide sufficiently high throughput or sufficiently low latency - see Stuart Cheshire's Bandwidth and Latency articles in TidBITS-367 and TidBITS-368). A Greebles Tracker Web page displays public Greebles games so you can join network games in progress. Greebles requires a 68040 or PowerPC-based Mac; System 7.0 or later; 3 MB of RAM; and a 640 by 480, 256 color-capable system. Network play requires Open Transport 1.1 or later and a TCP/IP network. Greebles is $15 shareware with multiple copy discounts available, and registered users can build their own levels.
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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