This issue is also available online:
 New Releases: Display Enabler 2.4.1; Convert2DOS 1.0;
Macintosh DVD-Video Kit; International Versions of iMac Update 1.1 and
iMac Firmware Update 1.0; Mac OS Update 8.5.1/Chinese Traditional and
 Technical Q&As Published This Week
 New Mac OS Listings in the Tech Info Library
 Mac OS Tool News: BBEdit 5.02, StuffIt Expander 5.0.2,
StuffIt Expander 5.1, MindExpander 0.91, UUIDLib 1.0, BugLink 1.1.1
 Java Tool News: MacJikes Java Compiler 1.0
 Interactive Media Tool News: FullPixelSearch 3.0, CineSlider
 Internet Tool News: HELIOS Mac OS X Server
Support, NITRO 2.2
 New Hardware Products: Adaptec SCSI Cards, iPort 1.2
 iMac Tops Fourth-Quarter PC Sales in United States
 Apple's HAL Commercial to Air During Super Bowl
 Apple Asia-Pacific News
 Check Your Macintosh Products Guide Listings
 In-Box Resource Guide and Ad Discounts from Co-Media
 Access to Venture Capital
 MACWORLD Expo Tokyo Registration Information
 New Releases:
Display Enabler 2.4.1; Convert2DOS 1.0; Macintosh DVD-Video Kit; International
Versions of iMac Update 1.1 and iMac Firmware Update 1.0; Mac OS Update
8.5.1/Chinese Traditional and Simplified
Enabler 2.4.1 fixes a problem that sometimes occurs after Mac OS
8.5 is installed on a PowerBook G3 Series computer: ixMicro ix3D Road
Rocket video cards no longer allow external monitors to sleep.
1.0 takes MacDraw Pro files and creates a set of files in an IBM-compatible
format, allowing you to open your original MacDraw Pro files in ClarisDraw
for Windows or ClarisImpact for Windows.
The Macintosh DVD-Video Kit
contains a PowerBook G3 Series DVD-ROM Expansion Bay Module, a Macintosh
PowerBook DVD-Video PC Card, and Apple DVD Player software. The DVD-ROM
expansion module can play CD-ROM, audio CD, Photo CD, CD-i, and CD-R
discs, as well as DVD discs. You can special-order the kit (M6664LL/B)
by calling 800-795-1000 or visiting the Apple Store.
British, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Korean-Hangul, Norwegian, and Spanish versions of iMac
Update 1.1 and iMac Firmware Update 1.0 were posted to the Apple
web site this week, along with the Chinese
Traditional and Simplified versions of Mac
OS Update 8.5.1.
Q&As Published This Week
Technical Q&As include information on new Apple technologies, programming
tips, code snippets, and FAQs written by Apple's technical support engineers.
Between iMac Models
New Mac OS
Listings in the Tech Info Library
Apple's Technical Information Library (TIL) is a central listing of product
information, technical specifications, and troubleshooting tips for Apple
Maximum Number of Items in the Fonts Folder? (#24791)
Articles Moved to TIL Archive (#24792)
POWER MACINTOSH G3
and White: Connecting Rev. A Apple Studio Display (#58257)
and White: Certain Keyboards Disallow Open Firmware Booting (#58248)
and White: Imation SuperDisk Driver Compatibility (#58251)
and White: Cannot Boot From a RAID Striped Volume (#58258)
and White: Read Me (#58260)
Server G3: Read Me (#58261)
Troubleshooting "Modem Not Responding" (#30893)
Troubleshooting: Cannot Load Web Pages After Connecting (#24793)
Updater: Revised Read Me (#24773)
Premiere: Sync Problems When Exporting Using DV Plug-in (#24785)
Video: Movies Look Bad When Played Back on Mac (#24787)
Video: Export Difficulty With Some Sony Devices (#24786)
Mac OS Tool News: BBEdit 5.02, StuffIt Expander 5.0.2, StuffIt Expander
5.1, MindExpander 0.91, UUIDLib 1.0, BugLink 1.1.1
BBEdit 5.02 is Bare Bones Software's
update to its text and HTML editor. This version incorporates a number
of repairs to the core application and HTML tools. Bare Bones recommends
that all users of BBEdit 5.0 and 5.0.1 update to this version.
Aladdin Systems' StuffIt
5.0 compression format is now being accepted and widely distributed
in all of CompuServe's Macintosh forums, further extending the new format.
Only the free StuffIt Expander opens StuffIt 5.0 archives.
StuffIt Expander 5.1
from Aladdin Systems (available in February) will offer free access
to all popular Mac OS and PC compressed and encoded files, including
StuffIt 5.0, Zip, and UUEncode archives.
is MindVision's update to its free file-decompression utility. MindVision
recommends that all current users of MindExpander get this update. (You
can also register to win an "iBeetle" car from MindVision's site.)
UUIDLib 1.0 from PandaWave
is an open source code shared library for generating Universal Unique
Identifiers (UUIs), which are "guaranteed to be unique across all platforms
throughout the world."
from PandaWave is a client/server bug-tracking environment. This minor
update is free to registered users.
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 Java Tool News: MacJikes Java Compiler
Java Compiler 1.0 from MacJikes includes a Java compiler that conforms strictly to the Java language specification. This US$ 15 shareware product was written completely in C++, and, because it compiles natively for PowerPC and 680x0 systems, is extremely fast.
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Interactive Media Tool News: FullPixelSearch
3.0, CineSlider 4.2, iShell
from Avian Systems is an image search and analysis program. This tool
enables scientists, physicians, engineers, digital artists, and other
users to automate the process of searching digital images for specific
objects. It employs fuzzy logic and other techniques to recognize and
find objects automatically. Version 3.0 implements batch processing
and can generate results by searching large directories of images for
CineSlider 4.2 is the latest
version of OneApp Software's slide show and presentation tool for multimedia
files, QuickTime movies, sounds, and images. It lets you personalize
a presentation with color backgrounds, patterns, a soundtrack, and names
of the images or movies that are being shown. This version features
a floating, full-featured movie control palette.
iShell from Tribeworks is
a high-end multimedia development tool that exploits the full power
of QuickTime and allows you to create powerful applications that dynamically
update from the web. iShell is free to anybody who registers. (This
wasn't clearly stated in last week's newsletter.) Tribeworks also offers
a US$ 2000 a year full membership, which includes the SDK, engineering
and technical support, co-marketing, and other services.
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Internet Tool News: HELIOS Mac OS
X Server Support, NITRO 2.2
HELIOS Software GmbH presented its high-performance AppleShare file
and print server product, EtherShare 2.5, as well as its prepress products,
EtherShare OPI, PDF Handshake, and Print Preview, on Mac OS X Server
during MACWORLD Expo. All present and future server-based
products from HELIOS will be fully supported on Mac OS X Server.
NITRO 2.2 from ClearWay
Technologies enhances the performance of WebSTAR, WebTen, and compatible
web servers. It accelerates operations by 200 percent or more through
advanced memory management and thread scheduling. This version delivers
higher performance, increased RAM efficiency, and improved compatibility
with Tenon Intersystems' WebTen web server.
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 New Hardware Products: Adaptec SCSI Cards, iPort 1.2 Drivers
Adaptec has released Mac OS drivers
that make the Adaptec 2906 SCSI card compatible with the new blue-and-white
Power Macintosh G3 systems. The 2906 card supports SCSI and Fast SCSI
(SCSI 2) connections, and includes an external peripheral connector.
iPort 1.2 drivers for its serial/video iMac connector allow you
to use LocalTalk for both AppleTalk and LocalTalk printing, enabling
you to file share and connect to external modems via Remote Access.
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Tops Fourth-Quarter PC Sales in United States
Apple's iMac computer was the top-selling PC through retail and mail
order channels during the 1998 holiday season (October through December
1998), according to PC Data's December Retail/Mail Order Hardware Report.
The iMac accounted for 6.2 percent of all unit sales in the fourth quarter,
as well as 7.2 percent of the dollar volume. "Not only was iMac the leading
SKU during the holiday buying season, but it is the only product to break
into the top five best-selling PCs for five months straight," said Stephen
Baker, senior hardware analyst at PC Data.
HAL Commercial to Air During Super Bowl
Apple and its advertising agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, have created a 60-second
television commercial to announce that the Macintosh does not suffer from
the Y2K problem that is plaguing the rest of the world's computers. In
Apple's creative tradition, the message is delivered by HAL, the computer
from Stanley Kubrick's classic motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Apple's Asia-Pacific growth in the first quarter was 33 percent, in spite
of economic problems in the area. Second-quarter growth in the region
is expected to be more in line with that of Europe and the United States
(55 and 54 percent, respectively), according to Graham Long, president
of Apple's Asia-Pacific operations.
In addition, Apple has just moved its Australian-based Asia-Pacific headquarters
and its Hong Kong marketing and advertisement departments to Singapore.
This week Apple officially launched the new iMac and blue-and-white G3
Power Macintosh computers in Singapore.
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 Check Your Macintosh Products
Now that the flurry of activity surrounding MACWORLD Expo has subsided,
you might want to check that all your new product releases are correctly
listed in Apple's Macintosh Products Guide. (There is no charge for this
In-Box Resource Guide
and Ad Discounts from Co-Media Marketing
When it comes to print advertising, the best return on your advertising
investment comes when you run your ads in highly focused, targeted mediums.
Wouldn't it be great if you could get your ad included in the boxes of
some of the Mac OS platform's most popular products? Now you can reach
this target market through Co-Media Marketing, the producer of in-box
resource guides for a wide range of popular products from FileMaker, Umax,
and Corel. In association with the Apple Developer Connection, Co-Media
Marketing is offering generous in-box resource guide ad space discounts
to all ADC Select and Premier members. What's more, Co-Media Marketing
can also produce a self-funding in-box resource guide for your product
line. In many cases, depending on size of the print run, there is no cost
to your company. And Co-Media Marketing takes care of securing all ads,
art, and ad copy.
This special promotion cannot replace, nor can it be combined with, any
existing contracts with Co-Media Marketing. Worldwide members wishing
to take advantage of this special offer should contact Gary Munsinger
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-381-375-3800.
Access to Venture Capital
Growing a company takes much more than great products and a talented
staff; you need access to other essentials that give you the best chance
for success. The Software Development Forum (SDF) in San Jose, California
provides these things and much more. And as a major sponsor of SDF, Apple
will substantially underwrite SDF memberships for all interested ADC Select
and Premier members. As a member of SDF, you have access to:
Venture capital one-on-one meetings where developers can sign up with
a venture capitalist for feedback and potential funding.
A curriculum of entrepreneurial business seminars taught by business
professionals and service providers on how to start, fund, and grow
a technology venture.
Practical hands-on technical workshops and seminars taught by Silicon
Valley's elite technical professionals on various Internet related topics,
such as enterprise Computing, enterprise JAVA, and electronic Commerce.
A self-service, multivendor testing and porting lab, with dozens Of
Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX systems. Lab resources are available both
on a walk-in basis and in secure, custom configurations.
Major networking events, conference rooms, a resource library, and
For membership details, visit the Apple
Developer Connection web site.
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