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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.


Palm Buddy Update Adds Converters

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Palm Buddy Update Adds Converters -- PalmPilot or Palm III owners who use Macs can download Palm Buddy 1.1, Florent Pillet's invaluable utility for backing up and installing PalmPilot files (see "A New Buddy for PalmPilot Users" in TidBITS-436). The new version adds plug-ins for two Palm-based database programs, JFile and MobileDB, which enable you to install tab-delimited text files by dropping them onto Palm Buddy's window on the Mac. Version 1.1 also adds the capability to drop folders onto Palm Buddy, enabling users to restore a previous backup in a single step. Numerous bug fixes, support for faster serial connections, and plug-ins for non-Roman languages round out the update. The $20 shareware program is a 1.2 MB download; upgrades are free to registered owners.


In related PalmPilot news, a public beta of the new Macintosh Palm Desktop 2.0v2 will appear in early November, according to Doug Wirnowski of Palm Computing/3Com. The software is built upon Claris Organizer, which 3Com bought from Apple (see "Palm Organizer for Macintosh: Details Emerge" in TidBITS-432). [JLC]



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