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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 

 

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Canvas 7.0.1 Fixes Bugs, Improves HTML Export

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Canvas 7.0.1 Fixes Bugs, Improves HTML Export -- Deneba Software has released Canvas 7.0.1, a free update to the company's Swiss Army knife graphics program (see Matt Neuburg's "Canvas 7 - Not Quite Heaven" in TidBITS-517 for a full review). Along with a variety of bug fixes, improvements in Canvas 7.0.1 include an automatic update feature that checks for new releases (supposedly on every launch), simplified access to Canvas's painting tools, an option for using an Internet Explorer 5.0-like 96 pixel per inch (ppi) resolution for better compatibility with Windows applications, and the capability to select objects behind the transparent area of another object. Perhaps most significant, though, is Canvas 7.0.1's optional use of tables when exporting HTML; we had pointed out that Canvas 7.0's reliance on CSS level 2 absolute positioning was problematic, since CSS2 is not widely implemented among Web browsers. Canvas 7.0.1 requires a PowerPC-based Mac with Mac OS 8.5 or later and 32 MB of RAM. Registered users can download the update or order it on CD-ROM for $15. [ACE]

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