Our New Year’s resolution is to clean out our article database, so this week brings you lots of little bits, including news of LaserWriter upgrades, a Lotus upgrade deal, an ATM patch, IIvx and A/UX incompatibilities, assorted bugs, random rumors, and a few fun notes. There’s something for everyone in here, so dive in and enjoy. Next week, Macworld SF! NOTE: If you get this as a StuffIt file, it is now in 3.0 format, so use the free Expander.
Happy New Year everyone! Our first New Year's resolution is to clean out the nooks and crannies in our article database, summarizing topics we planned to cover but never found the room
Easy View response time -- Akif Eyler recently mentioned that email to his address in Turkey can take up to ten days to deliver, so if you have questions or comments about Easy View, don't worry if he doesn't reply immediately.
Akif Eyler -- [email protected]
When asked by a CompuServe user about a DAT drive advertised for a unexpectedly low price, Larry Zulch of Dantz Development wrote:
The picture in the 09-Nov-92 issue of MacWEEK of the NuDesign DAT reveals that it is a WangTek DAT drive mechanism (with an optical drive on top of it).
Ben Wang (no relation to the Wang Laboratories that made word processors) started WangTek, which Rexon bought
Not surprisingly, ATM 2.0.2 (and probably 2.0.3, which I've had for some time) doesn't recognize the new Fonts folder in System 7.1. Fortunately, Adobe has a $7.50 upgrade to a version that supports the Fonts folder; however, if you don't want to wait, here's a way to fix the problem yourself
If you have problems with your LaserWriter IIf or IIg, you may be eligible for a free ROM upgrade. The upgrade fixes a bunch of problems, including:
Inability to place the LaserWriter IIg in different zones or to rename it on an EtherTalk network.
Inability to return proper font outlines to a limited number of font manipulation packages using the PostScript "pathforall" operator.
Incompatibility with spoolers, resulting in incomplete print jobs, printing errors, and the inability to capture the printer on the spooler.
Serial port errors because the printer echoes an extra, end-of-file indicator (Control-D)
Gizmo Technologies has upgraded their ShadowWriter software, which allows people to share "personal" direct-connect printers among computers on a network
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc.
Excited by the chance to have a Unix box with a CD-ROM drive built in? Well, hold your horses..
I tried out the new Compatibility Checker 2.0 (now on ftp.apple.com). and it looks nice. Good interface, and it is now a self-standing application, rather than a HyperCard stack
Farallon announced on 07-Dec-92 the availability of version 3.0 of their PhoneNet Talk software. Upgrades are available free to orders purchased after 15-Oct-92.
Farallon -- 800/678-5075
After a flashy Comdex announcement last year (and by the way, the prototype shown there and in the press was purely a prototype and not a production design at all), little more has been heard about Apple's Newton project
Who says Prodigy is completely useless (and they claim that they will soon offer a true Macintosh interface and an Internet email gateway)? Joseph Gannon writes on Prodigy, "After posting a note on a local BBS to a Lotus software engineer stating I was going to sell my copy and go to Excel (giving the reasons why, of course - $119 for a maintenance upgrade) he forwarded my and another soon-to-be ex-Lotus user's comments to Lotus' marketing department
Apple and America Online (AOL) recently announced an agreement in which Apple will use AOL technologies in future online services managed and marketed by Apple
Frankly, there isn't a lot to say about AutoDoubler 2.0 except for the fact that it's easier to configure, noticeably faster on my SE/30, and includes the extremely cool CopyDoubler extension for speeding up Finder copies
If you run a BBS using any commercial software other than FirstClass, SoftArc has an upgrade program that allows you to trade in your master disks and get the FirstClass software at a $100 discount or get a larger system (more licensed users) for the price of a smaller system
People have gotten sick of how long it takes the Finder to copy files, hence the appearance of the shareware SpeedyFinder and several other neat utilities