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Death of the MarketPlace!

It's nowhere nearly as tragic as "Death of a Salesman," but Lotus announced on the 23rd of January that it has canceled Lotus MarketPlace:Households

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DeskWriter & HyperCard

Among the mini-debates currently raging (if that is the word ;-)) in the comp.sys.mac.hypercard group on Usenet is one concerning the Hewlett- Packard DeskWriter printer's inability to print half-and quarter-size HyperCard cards

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FlexiTrace Details

FlexiTrace v1.01 Tree Star, Inc. 116 Memory Lane Campbell, CA 95008 408/371-8343 Rating: 8 Penguins out of a possible 10 Summary: -- FlexiTrace does one thing quite well, it converts existing graphs and plots into digital data, i.e

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Background Info

I started by purchasing FlexiGraphs, TreeStar's business graphics application, not for generating graphs, but for a crude, yet effective, data digitizing feature

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What FlexiTrace Does

FlexiTrace is an application for digitizing data. In scientific/engineering work one often needs to digitize line plots, something versus time is typical, that were generated by others, or the original x-y data points are otherwise not available, e.g

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How FlexiTrace Works

After launching FlexiTrace use the OPEN... option under the FILE menu to open your scanned image or one of the sample images that accompany FlexiTrace

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FlexiTrace Pros

Easy to use! Does the job at hand with a few features that make the result impressive, rather than acceptable.

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FlexiTrace Cons

The $249 list price is a bit high. I paid (me, not my company) $149 for FlexiGraphs and did not blink an eye because FlexiGraphs did what I needed to have done, and there was no more cost-effective solution

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Suggested Improvements

I would like to be able to edit the digitized data, i.e. delete, add, or modify points and see where the modified data appears relative to the scanned image

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FlexiTrace Summary

Overall, what I like best about FlexiTrace is that it does the job just the way I want to have it done, simple yet effective. As a user I have the impression that the developers actually USED this software

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Double Stuff

I've used Salient Software's Disk Doubler since Macworld Boston last summer. It has worked completely as advertised, transparently compressing files to save precious hard disk space, and I suspect I've compressed over half of the files on my hard disk

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ThoughtPatterns

A friend of mine and I once shared file space on a network. We each had our own folder and there were no space restrictions so long as everyone had a decent amount of working room

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More MarketPlace Dirt

We didn't exactly say nice things about Lotus MarketPlace:Households the last time we wrote about it several weeks ago. It seems now that even more dirt has surfaced

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Tower of Macintosh

The Usenet rumor mill is slowly gearing up for the introduction of a new Macintosh. This isn't the long awaited Portable or anything on the low-end; this will be the Mac to humble existing Macs from the specs that are being bandied around

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GraceLAN

Mark H. Anbinder wrote about some network management packages at Macworld Expo last week, but didn't see GraceLAN (through no fault of his, Technology Works may not have shown up)