TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Oct 85 Mousehole
Volume Number:1
Issue Number:11
Column Tag:Mousehole Report

Mousehole Report

By Rusty Hodgee, Mousehole BBS

Pagemaker Boo-Boo

MacGeorge

Dave must have them pretty shaken up at Aldus with all his bug reports [during beta testing -Ed.]. It seems Aldus has a batch of Pagemakers 1.0 shipped to dealers which contain nothing but demo disks (I got 2). If you buy a pagemaker, check the system disk at the store and make sure it's not a copy of the demo!

Long Beach Apple Fest Mousehole

Rusty Hodge

Okay, here goes: Sunday, 15 Sep, 7:30 pm the (and I quote) "MouseHolePizzaFest" (yes, 1 word), is set for Me'n'Ed's Pizza. Bring your own power strip. More later this week.

Apple's Hard Disk Rumors

Mac Scotty

I talked to someone at Apple today and was told that the new 20 meg hard disk [from Apple] will be released sometime around Sept. 16. The price is around $1600! The sales reps are going in for training on Monday!!

Helix versus OverVue

Bob Denny

Use Helix! OverVue is a distant 2nd for small jobs. By the time you get good on it, version 2.0 (I am beta testing it now!) will be out with 25 new tiles, picture fields and maybe some speed-up. You won't regret it.

Bizarre Occurrence

Fred Condo

Chalk this up to weird stuff: My internal drive suddenly decided that all disks, formatted or not were unreadable, and that, futhermore, nothing could be formatted. In a last ditch attempt to allude an Apple Dealership's inflated repair prices, I yanked the battery, thereby clearing the parameter RAM. A MIRACLE! Yup. Fixed it! Now all I wanna do is get my hands on the programmer whose program (I don't know which it was) fooled with my sacred parameter RAM...

More on Data Bases

Deirdre L. Maloy

So far as I know, Omnis 3, Helix and MacLion are currently the only RELATIONAL databases. Omnis 3 really isn't as powerful as it is billed to be; MacLion has a powerful but frustrating programming language; Helix is very Mac like. I use MacLion myself (c'mon, how many databases give you toolbox access??)

Japan Macs

MacGeorge

Next time you are in Japan, check out their Macs. In order to fit the Japanese Kantana into the Mac, Mac's in Japan come with Hyperdrives from Apple!

Searching Resource Files

Burrill Smith

I have a resource file and I want to see if it contains a CODE resource with an ID of 1. If I do an _OpenResFile(Filename) and then a _GetResource( Code, 1), the resource manager searches all the resource maps. I can do a _HomeResFile and see if the CODE 1 resource it finds belongs to me, but I'd rather restrict the search to just my resource file. _UseResFile restricts the search, but since my resource file was opened last, it gets eliminated from the search first. Is there a simpler way?

There is no simpler way. Why the concern about restricting the search (the maps are all in memory)? Note that if you only want to know whether a certain resource is in a file, but don't want to actually load it into memory, _SetResLoad(False) before calling _GetResource and then _SetResLoad(true) when you want to return to normal resource operations.

-Steve Brecher

Microsoft's Typographer

Tim Celeski

Typographer, for those of you that are interested is a new composition program from Microsoft. I've been alpha and beta testing the program for some six weeks now. Cost is a major difference between it and pagemaker as it is $195. It has unlimited document size, whereas Pagemaker is limited to 16 pages. It has increased ability to deal with headers and footers, automatic baseline jump, adjustable word spacing (kerning though slightly limited in this release), footnoting capacity, indents, tabs, search and replace and increased ability with hyphenization. I think it has a very nifty way of re-fiting text, which is a little awkward with Pagemaker. It is as simple as drawing a box; it fills with text - if you don't like it, you simply change the size or shape of the box, and it re-fills it!

The real comparison is how is it different to use? From my own graphic designer's point of view, Pagemaker is easier to design in. Typographer's text handling is quite sophisticated (it doesn't use word wrap, rather it uses a much more sophisticated technique common to real typesetting equipment - the author wrote software for Allied linotype - consequently the whole line and each word in it is taken into consideration in regards to spacing). Another advantage may be speed - it was done entirely in assembly.

Draw Bugs

MacoWaco

When I group two boxes with some text and then move the group around, the text shifts and changes position. I then have to ungroup and realign the text. Is this a bug or what?

You aren't dreaming. I detest that text positioning bug. It's a crippling problem It also shows up if you duplicate a group containing text objects several times (to place multiple copies at evenly spaced locations, right?) The damn text drifts out of line. No way to use grid either, as it doesn't seem to snap to it.

-Bob Denny

MacFest Boston Report

Steve Brecher

(via MAUG by Tom Dolby)

Here's a few things at Boston that cought my eye: Challenger showed a MacDraw like program in 3-D that allowed stretching a whole side of a house from plane or vertex of lines. Mac to midi interface with overlay of up to 32 tracks on the Mac with perfect replay. Outrageous! Tpypographer from Microsoft that looks like MacPublisher and Pagemaker fused together. Abatron was the hit of the show with a conversion program that translates Apple 6502 assembly programs into Mac 68000 programs automatically. Only ten minutes to create a running Mac version of an Apple game. Bill atkinson was sitting on the floor in front of me and was impressed as I. Apple games Robotron and Sabotage were converted from scratch. Abatron also showed a Scantron 300 for $2400 that scans at 300 dots per inch (like thunderscan) and makes postscript, paint or pagemaker compatible output file for the laserwriter. Microconversion has a four megabyte RAM board that is Hyper compatible! The new 20 meg hyperdrive was shown (20% speed increase).

Amiga Reaction

Rusty Hoge

What do you think of the Commodore Amiga?

(1) Commodore what???

(2) Sorta like a toy Mac - like it but not serious

(3) Love it!

(4) Don't like it (generic negative reaction)

Mousehole Voting record: 55 total votes to date: 1. 5% 2. 52%

3. 23% 4. 18%

 
AAPL
$105.22
Apple Inc.
+0.39
MSFT
$46.13
Microsoft Corpora
+1.11
GOOG
$539.78
Google Inc.
-4.20

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Ember 1.8.2 - Versatile digital scrapboo...
Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant... Read more
Tonality Pro 1.1.2 - Professional-grade...
Tonality Pro gives you the power to create stunning and dramatic black & white images. This is a complete monochrome image editor with more than 150 one-click style presets, totally unique... Read more
VueScan 9.4.49 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
OS X Server 4.0 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemit...
Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone,... Read more
TotalFinder 1.6.12 - Adds tabs, hotkeys,...
TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them. Tab-based... Read more
BusyCal 2.6.3 - Powerful calendar app wi...
BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. BusyCal's unique... Read more
calibre 2.7 - Complete e-library managem...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital... Read more
Skitch 2.7.3 - Take screenshots, annotat...
With Skitch, taking, annotating, and sharing screenshots or images is as fun as it is simple.Communicate and collaborate with images using Skitch and its intuitive, engaging drawing and annotating... Read more
Delicious Library 3.3.2 - Import, browse...
Delicious Library allows you to import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library. Run your very own library from your home or office using our... Read more
Art Text 2.4.8 - Create high quality hea...
Art Text is an OS X application for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, Web site elements, and buttons. Thanks to multi-layer support, creating complex graphics is no... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Rami Ismail Opens Up distribute​() for D...
Rami Ismail Opens Up distribute​() for Developers Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 24th, 2014 [ permalink ] Rami Ismail, Chief Executive of Business and Development at indie game studio | Read more »
Great Hitman GO Goes on Sale and Gets Ne...
Great Hitman GO Goes on Sale and Gets New Update – Say That Three Times Fast Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 24th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Rival Stars Basketball Review
Rival Stars Basketball Review By Jennifer Allen on October 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: RESTRICTIVE BUT FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Rival Stars Basketball is a fun mixture of basketball and card collecting but its... | Read more »
Rubicon Development Makes Over a Dozen o...
Rubicon Development Makes Over a Dozen of Their Games Free For This Weekend Only Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 24th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
I Am Dolphin Review
I Am Dolphin Review By Jennifer Allen on October 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NEARLY FIN-TASTICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Swim around and eat nearly everything that moves in I Am Dolphin, a fun Ecco-ish kind of game... | Read more »
nPlayer looks to be the ultimate choice...
Developed by Newin Inc, nPlayer may seem like your standard video player – but is aiming to be the best in its field by providing high quality video play performance and support for a huge number of video formats and codecs. User reviews include... | Read more »
Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Wi...
Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch Review By Jennifer Allen on October 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: CLASSY STORYTELLINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch is a sterling... | Read more »
A Few Days Left (Games)
A Few Days Left 1.01 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.01 (iTunes) Description: Screenshots are in compliance to App Store's 4+ age rating! Please see App Preview for real game play! **Important: Make... | Read more »
Toca Boo (Education)
Toca Boo 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: BOO! Did I scare you!? My name is Bonnie and my family loves to spook! Do you want to scare them back? Follow me and I'll... | Read more »
Intuon (Games)
Intuon 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Join the battle with your intuition in a new hardcore game Intuon! How well do you trust your intuition? Can you find a needle in a... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Weekend sale: 13-inch 128GB MacBook Air for $...
Best Buy has the 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz 128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849.99, or $150 off MSRP, on their online store. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid... Read more
Nimbus Note Cross=Platform Notes Utility
Nimbus Note will make sure you never forget or lose your valuable data again. Create and edit notes, save web pages, screenshots and any other type of data – and share it all with your friends and... Read more
NewerTech’s Snuglet Makes MagSafe 2 Power Con...
NewerTech has introduced the Snuglet, a precision-manufactured ring designed to sit inside your MagSafe 2 connector port, providing a more snug fit to prevent your power cable from unintentional... Read more
Apple Planning To Sacrifice Gross Margins To...
Digitimes Research’s Jim Hsiao says its analysts believe Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has recently fallen into decline. They project that Apple’... Read more
Who’s On Now? – First Instant-Connect Search...
It’s nighttime and your car has broken down on the side of the highway. You need a tow truck right away, so you open an app on your iPhone, search for the closest tow truck and send an instant... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $949,...
Best Buy has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro available for $949.99 on their online store. Choose free shipping or free instant local store pickup (if available). Their price is $150 off MSRP. Price is... Read more
Save up to $125 on Retina MacBook Pros
B&H Photo has the new 2014 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $125 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. They’ll also include free copies of Parallels... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available sta...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for up to $60 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $255... Read more
Textilus New Word, Notes and PDF Processor fo...
Textilus is new word-crunching, notes, and PDF processor designed exclusively for the iPad. I haven’t had time to thoroughly check it out yet, but it looks great and early reviews are positive.... Read more
WD My Passport Pro Bus-Powered Thunderbolt RA...
WD’s My Passport Pro RAID solution is powered by an integrated Thunderbolt cable for true portability and speeds as high as 233 MB/s. HighlightsOverviewSpecifications Transfer, Back Up And Edit In... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple Inc. (U...
…important role that the ASC serves is that of providing an excellent Apple Customer Experience. Responsibilities include: * Promoting Apple products and solutions Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Project Manager / Business Analyst, WW *Appl...
…a senior project manager / business analyst to work within our Worldwide Apple Fulfillment Operations and the Business Process Re-engineering team. This role will work Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.