Apple has released HyperCard 2.4.1, a minor update to its long-lived authoring and scripting tool. HyperCard 2.4.1 fixes problems when using HyperCard with drives larger than 2 GB, and removes the persistent display of the "Get QuickTime Pro" movie when using HyperCard 2.4 with QuickTime 3.0. (HyperCard 2.4 was released under Apple's original, poorly-received QuickTime 3.0 licensing terms; see "Apple Releases HyperCard 2.4" in TidBITS 427 and "Apple Revises QuickTime 3 Licensing" in TidBITS 430.) HyperCard 2.4.1 is available for $99 via the Apple Store; owners of HyperCard 2.3, 2.3.5, and 2.4 can download a free 5.2 MB update from Apple. HyperCard Player 2.4.1 (1.6 MB) is also available.
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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- Apple Releases HyperCard 2.4 (27 Apr 98)