StarNine Rockets Out of Quarterdeck -- Last week, Quarterdeck sold StarNine Technologies - best known for WebSTAR, ListSTAR, and other Internet-related products - to Platinum Equity Holdings. StarNine will be preserved as an independent company, operating with hands-off support from Platinum. The StarNiners now have added incentive to ship WebSTAR 3.0 quickly (currently in public beta) so they can focus on new opportunities provided by Platinum. The sale also means that StarNine's current products have a better chance to flourish in a more supportive environment. History buffs will recall that Quarterdeck purchased StarNine in October of 1995 (see TidBITS-297). Since then, StarNine has remained profitable, but suffered as a result of Quarterdeck's losses and lack of focus. [TJE]
Fixing Save as Adobe PDF Crashes
There have been many reported instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF" workflow crashing regardless of application, but precious few workarounds or resolutions. In troubleshooting, I discovered that there were three instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF.action" in three different locations: /Library/Automator; ~/Library/Automator; and /System/Library/Automator. By eliminating all except the version in /System/Library/Automator, the workflow started behaving, and I was able to cut PDFs directly from the Print dialog.
- Quarterdeck Acquires StarNine (02 Oct 95)
StarNine Rockets Out of Quarterdeck
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