Resistance Is Futile... You Will Be Assimilated -- Stairways Software has released the shareware Assimilator 2.0, which helps manage groups of Macs in situations such as student labs, testing labs, and stores that rent Macs to the public. In essence, Assimilator ensures that the disks in a large number of Macs contain almost identical files (preferences files may need to be different), all copied from an AppleShare server over the network. New features in 2.0 include support for multiple partitions, support for AppleShare IP over TCP/IP, and new customization features based on feedback from the MacLabManager mailing list. For a brief discussion of Assimilator, read "InterviewBITS with Peter Lewis" beginning in TidBITS-304. Assimilator 2.0 costs $10 for individuals, with site licenses available for $500 and multiple site organization licenses for $2,000. Upgrades are free to those who registered after 01-Jan-98; otherwise upgrades cost $5 per machine. [ACE]
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.