Aladdin Systems has the hot new program of the week with the free StuffIt Expander, but Apple may have stolen everyone’s thunder by announcing significant enhancements to the Mac operating system. We try to explain why you will care, and we also have some updated information on Macworld Expos around the world, followed by a review of ProVUE’s blindingly fast database, Panorama II. Read on, Macduff!
VIM explanation -- Roger D. Parish writes:
I heard a good explanation for the "VIM" acronym at the SHARE IBM mainframe user's group conference in Anaheim last week:
Vendors Ignoring Microsoft :-)
A while back we ran an article about Downline, a utility that does a wonderful job at decoding Binhex files and StuffIt 1.5.1 archives. Of course, it would be nice if Downline understood Compact Pro and StuffIt Deluxe as well, since many people use those formats
When NeXT or Amiga owners feel the need to disparage the Mac in conversation, they often mention the fact that Mac doesn't have "true" multitasking, tacking a little verbal sneer on the tail end of "true." That generally means that the Mac uses what's called "cooperative multitasking" instead of "pre-emptive multitasking."
I'm telling you this because Apple announced last week that it will be remodeling the Macintosh operating system to add pre-emptive multitasking and other operating system goodies including multi-threading, memory protection, support for dynamic link libraries, and some new I/O (input/output) features that will help peripherals to keep up with the CPU
Those of you who try to make it to every MACWORLD Expo possible have probably noticed that it's becoming harder and harder as World Expo increases the number of expos around the world
I think it's fair to say that everyone has need of some sort of database software, even if only for keeping track of names and addresses. I'll admit that I'm no database guru, although I have worked with Double Helix a bunch, rescued some data from an old version of R:Base, and fiddled with various other programs.
For a long time I used HyperCard to do all my database work, but I was always frustrated by the way my stacks looked and worked, not to mention the fact that HyperCard is not exactly speedy