WebSTAR V Ships for Mac OS X -- 4D, Inc., is now shipping WebSTAR Server Suite V for Mac OS X, marking the move of another long-time Mac OS Internet server to Apple's new operating system despite its built-in set of Unix-based Internet servers. WebSTAR V is now native for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server and claims to outperform Apache, thanks to multiprocessor support and improved caching. In another distinction from Apache, 4D concentrated on ease of use, with delegable administrative authority to virtual hosts and full remote administration. Other new and improved features include a significantly faster search engine, built-in WebDAV file sharing services, support for Unix and Perl CGIs, enhanced security options with SSL support, unattended monitoring and relaunching of the server as necessary by WebSTAR Admin, and an FTP server that can listen on multiple IP addresses. WebSTAR V requires Mac OS X 10.0.3 or later with at least 128 MB RAM and 50 MB of free disk space. Upgrades from WebSTAR 3.x cost $300 or $200 for owners of WebSTAR 4.x. New copies of WebSTAR now cost $400 (down from $600), and come with support and updates for a year, after which annual renewals to receive continuing support and future updates cost $180, although unrenewed copies continue to operate without updates. A free demo is available. [ACE]
Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly
This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.