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Adam Engst


Apple promises future PowerPC upgrades for specific Macintoshes, announces that they turned a small profit last quarter, and officially terminates its relationship with John Sculley. Filling out the issue, we have the latest on Adam’s…

Adam Engst


Matt Neuburg’s investigation into Inspiration 4.0 and other outliners anchors this issue, aided by Mark Anbinder’s article on the Newton and some competition from EO. We also have bits about the Color Classic, one possible…

Adam Engst


Want to download commercial software for free, legally? In this issue, Matt Neuburg explores the curious case of obsolete and unsupported software, some of which (like the popular outliners MORE and Acta) you can have…

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TidBITS History

The first issue of TidBITS is dated 16-Apr-90. I sit here, four years later, working on our 222nd issue, and think about all that has changed and all that has remained the same

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Two Hundred Issues?

I'm astonished. Two hundred issues is a lot, and I had no idea we would reach this mark, not because I ever planned to stop publishing TidBITS, but because I seldom think about the future in that respect

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Best Footnote Forward: Papyrus 8.0.7

Throughout my Classics career, the hardest part of scholarly writing was managing the bibliography. My thesis was particularly nightmarish. Like most humanities Ph.D

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Poll Results: Long in the Tooth

Last week's poll asking about your oldest regularly used program proved fascinating in a number of ways, not the least of which was in the enthusiasm it generated on TidBITS Talk, where we heard about the many old programs still in regular use throughout the Macintosh world

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.0: The Review

After years of lagging behind its Classic predecessor, Nisus Writer Pro is back with a vengeance. Joe Kissell puts version 2.0 through its paces and makes some surprising discoveries.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Oct-04

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. Overwhelmed by TAO -- Following Matt Neuburg's article about TAO in TidBITS-750, a couple of readers wonder whether the outliner's interface hinders its utility

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DealBITS Drawing: A Sharp’s Opal

I introduced last week's DealBITS drawing for Rogue Amoeba's Fission audio editing program by talking about how good it was to see simple, focused programs returning to a field after the major applications had become more complex than was desired by many early users

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/05-Nov-07

This week in TidBITS Talk, readers bat Leopard issues back and forth, asking about issues of compatibility with older programs and reporting some early bugs and questions.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/02-Jun-03

Classical music for the digital lifestyle -- Annoyed at how the digital lifestyle seems to favor rock and pop over classical music? So are some TidBITS Talk readers, and Greg Sigman's manifesto may be the seed of a future article about the problem and how to fix it

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2003 Software Gift Ideas

Our first inclination when suggesting software is to recommend useful utilities that prove invaluable every day. But software is a big field, with room enough for utility and whimsey, both of which are represented this year

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WriteRight: The Writer’s Word Processor

Please accept my sincere apologies if the title of this article has raised your pulse along with your hopes. There is no WriteRight, and, speaking as a professional writer, with thousands of articles and numerous books under my belt, I'm comfortable saying that the Macintosh world doesn't have a word processor that's designed for writers

Adam Engst


The Macworld Expo season is starting, and we offer tips on figuring out what you’ll want to do and see at Macworld Expo and in New York City. Also this week, Adam starts an article…