In this first issue of 1999, we welcome the new year with information about several software updates including new versions of BBEdit, Conflict Catcher, PaperPort software, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. We also bring news of PhotoScripter, scripting software for Photoshop; a look at what’s up with running Linux on your Macintosh; and the beginning of an in-depth examination of the world of digital cameras.
Conflict Catcher 8.0.4 for Mac OS 8.5.1 -- Casady & Greene has released a free Conflict Catcher 8.0.4 update that adds support for performing a Clean-Install System Merge under Mac OS 8.5.1, includes Base and All extension sets for Mac OS 8.5.1 (which could be lost using previous versions of Conflict Catcher), and updates the reference library with additional file descriptions (including Sherlock plug-ins)
PaperPort Update for Mac OS 8.5 -- Visioneer has released a 2.1 MB update to its PaperPort software to resolve crashing problems using PaperPort 5.0 or higher under Mac OS 8.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 to Ship at Macworld -- At Macworld Expo this week, Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 4.5 for the Macintosh. Several new features have stood out in our testing of pre-release versions, including AutoFill for automatically filling out basic contact information in Web forms, AutoComplete for completing frequently used text in forms, print preview, and the capability to shrink Web pages to fit when printing (it's ideal for printing directions from a Web mapping service)
Thirteenth Annual Macworld SF Netters Dinner -- Mark your calendars if you're going to Macworld Expo in San Francisco this week. The tireless Jon Pugh is organizing the 13th Annual Netters Dinner in the traditional style, which means it will be held at the Hunan on Sansome and Broadway on Thursday, 07-Jan-99
A New Script for Photoshop -- If your life revolves around Adobe Photoshop and Macintosh scripting, Main Event Software may have released your Holy Grail with PhotoScripter 1.0, a plug-in that makes Photoshop 5.0 AppleScript-aware
A little over a year ago in TidBITS-407, I wrote about how to run Linux on your Mac. In case you haven't heard of it, Linux is a freely distributable clone of the Unix operating system that's gaining significant momentum, particularly in corporate and Internet arenas - and it's always been popular with programmers and Unix advocates
Since last year at this time, the winds of change have swept though the digital camera industry, blowing away most of the first generation failures and replacing them with a solid base of megapixel digital cameras that are a hair's breadth away from producing film-quality images