TweetFollow Us on Twitter

MacWorld Expo
Volume Number:4
Issue Number:10
Column Tag:Show Review

MacWorld
Expo Happenings

By David E. Smith, Editor & Publisher, MacTutor

Object Oriented Compilers

TML Pascal II Compiler

The most exciting news at Boston this year is the arrival of object oriented compilers from Symantec and TML. Tom Leonard of TML showed off his new TML Pascal II compiler, which is an MPW tool that uses the MPW linker, and compiles object pascal. It also supports MacApp. But the best thing about it is that the low price of $99 includes MPW! This is by far the cheapest way to get into MPW and we expect it will greatly expand the number of MPW users. It includes a custom user-friendly front end called the project manager that Tom added to make MPW more palatable to those of us who think line oriented operating systems are a dirty word. In fact, a lot of interest was expressed in getting Tom to release this project manager as a separate product. It really is much better than Apple’s brain damaged commando hack. The new TML Pascal II compiler and MPW shell and linker are available from MacTutor’s mail order store or direct from TML.

Think’s Lightspeed Pascal 2.0

Think has finally announced their long awaited upgrade version 2.0 and this baby is really worth the wait. Like the new TML version, this one also supports object pascal but the full MacApp support will have to wait for the next release. A good friend of mine is working on the MacApp problem so I know it’s coming, but apparently there is a conflict over the linking order and segmentation of MacApp that may require a change in the way Lightspeed’s linker works. Presently, the Lightspeed linker cannot create two different code segments within the same physical source code file. And changing this is a major effort. However, the sentiment at the MacApp User’s Group Meeting was that Think had better make this change if they want any MacApp members to take them seriously.

Probably the most important change in version 2.0 is that the code size and speed are now said to be equal or better to the code size and speed of the MPW Pascal compiler. The product is now a two-pass optimizing compiler. The 68020 and 68881 chips are now supported. Some of the code restrictions have been fixed so large programs can be created, and variables are no longer constrained to 32K. The built-in debugger has been expanded even more so that now it acts like a mini-MacNosey in displaying Macintosh data structures on the heap. The product is now in beta test. A friend of mine managed to crash it a couple of times so they still have some work to do. More on this product when it completes beta testing. The upgrade costs $50.

Lightspeed C has also been upgraded and the new version has been shipping for a month or two. But the product is getting a lot of flack over the fact that it needs two megs of memory or more to use the source-level debugger! With Apple encouraging developers to get a refund and shop elsewhere for memory, getting two megs in your Mac is a major headache. Both the C and Pascal support multi-segmented DA’s.

Apple & DataCopy Scanners

Apple did release one new thing at the show: a new scanner but it only does 16 gray scale levels. It appears Apple is purposely not positioning this product as an aggressive price/performance leader. They only want it so they can open the doors of large accounts that demand an Apple label product line.

DataCopy is one example of a company going beyond 16 gray levels. Their 830 scanner is 300 dpi with 64 gray scale levels. A new image processing software program called MacImage 2.0 allows extensive grayscale image-processing including gamma correction and full halftone contrast. They also have text scanning software called MacOCR that can scan text and create MacWrite documents. If you’ve got the money and the memory, you can go to their 840 scanner which handles 400 dpi with 8 bits or 256 gray scale levels! DataCopy is a Mountain View, California company.

Color Separations

Now that color is available on the Mac, there remains one important hole. In order for color to be useful, you have to be able to print it. And that requires color separations. One shot color prints are only useful for verification, admittedly an important task. But the really vital step is creating 4-color separations so that the color image can be re-produced by the printer.

LaserPaint Color II

LaserWare has introduced a new version of their LaserPaint program that does full PANTONE 24 bit color separations for a 4-color process. This requires a Mac II and the RasterOps TrueColor 24 bit color board. The image processing capabilities and color separation available from this product look very impressive. The only drawback is that it is copy protected, which could cause problems with Apple’s changing system software. However, a company spokesman informs me that an unprotected disk is available to registered users. An added feature is that the fantastic Sharp JX-450 color scanner can be driven directly from LaserPaint. We would love to hear from any of our readers who have had direct experience with the color separation ability of this product. LaserWare is a San Rafael, California company.

The Real Backup Solution

Removable Hard Disks

After you shell out the big bucks for your RasterOps color board, you can move on to Mass Microsystems new removable hard disk product. We’ve tried Apple’s tape drive and got burned. We backed up our hard disk to tape, reformatted the disk and guess what? When we tried to recover from tape, the software program we were using turned out to be buggy and wouldn’t restore our disk! A trip to the company in question recovered about half the contents. In exchange for helping me, I promised not to reveal the company name until they have the next version ready. In any case, I’m pretty fed up with tape drives so if you are not planning on buying Irwin Magnetics new 80 meg tape drive, you might take a look at this new removable hard disk technology. Mass Micro has several configurations, but the dual disk unit seems ideal. It has two removable 45 meg disk drives. You take out the cartridge and store it away. The safety of a tape system with the speed of a hard disk system. The cartridges hold a single hard disk platter. Another advantage of this system over tape is that you can check the results of the copy by looking at the finder desktop! You know at once if the copy was successful. The cartridges are reportedly $100 each, which is not bad considering you get 45 megs of high speed disk space. Mass Microsystems is a Sunnyvale, California company.

Tape Drive Done Right

If you must have a tape drive, the only one that looks like it was done right is Irwin Magnetics new 80 meg tape drive. Doug Houseman of MacHack fame is one of the principles on the project and he showed off the software they created for the drive. I’m convinced this unit is solid, and fast. Doug is one of the good guys, and he’s got some great developer pricing so give him a call before you buy a tape drive. Irwin Magnetics is located in Ann Arbor, MI.

Handy Dandy Plotter DA

For those of you who like to plot equations, as I do, a neat little DA caught my eye. Spectra Blue of Tucson AZ has a nifty daMath program that plots and computes functions of up to three variables. Data can be imported or exported from spreadsheets and the plots can be cut and pasted to layout programs. It will also do families of equations on a single plot. This one looks very handy and only $50.

If you are looking for a more powerful equation solver, Paracomp of San Francisco, CA has what they call a WYSIWYG mathematics processor named MILO. This program provides complete text editing, equation solving and plotting capability using a “smart piece of paper” methodology. Paracomp also has some other impressive engineering software including a 3D modeling program and a VLSI chip layout program for designing CMOS custom chips. The program supports the CIF format used in Carver Mead’s book on VLSI design. This is particularly impressive to me because I’ve always wanted to design such a program.

If you go back far enough to remember the great equation solver from Software Arts, you might be interested in Borland’s new Eureka equation solver. This looks like a great re-implementation of the old Dan Bricklin program. Funny thing, but Borland didn’t even bother to show up at Boston. Anybody know why? I was hoping to find out about Turbo Pascal’s next update and their Reflex Plus Database. When a company as big as Borland misses a show as important as MacWord Expo, you have to wonder what’s going on.

WriteNow Goes to 2.0

My favorite word processor has been upgraded to 2.0. As their advertising says, Andy Hertzfeld and I both have something in common: WriteNow is our favorite word processor! The biggest change is that text and MacWrite formats can be imported and exported directly without the use of the translator program. However it still doesn’t import Word 3 files directly. Those have to be saved from Word in either RTF format or MacWrite format. The most useful feature for those of us who use Pagemaker is that the leading of WriteNow is easily set and is recognized by Pagemaker. This feature alone makes WriteNow the word processor of choice for use with Pagemaker. In contrast to Word, WriteNow wins converts by it’s simplicity. There are no bonehead design decisions like making you type shift-command-B to get bold printing. Just try doing that quickly with one hand, I dare you! Did Microsoft and Aldus really test that feature with real people? Like MacPaint, WriteNow is an obvious tool with an uncluttered design. And it even does columns on screen! WriteNow is published by T/Maker Company of Mountain View, CA.

Lisa Life?

If you thought the Lisa was dead, you didn’t see Sun Remarketing’s booth. They had Lisa’s all over the wall! Is there life after death for old computers? After talking to the people at Sun, I’m beginning to think so. Looks like they have bought up every Lisa still in existence and have upgraded and restored them to full functionality. A new version of MacWorks has been created that is fully HFS and MultiFinder compatible. Sun also sells parts, disk drives and everything else needed to support the old machines. If you have a $10,000 doorstop sitting in your room, you might give them a call and see if you can restore your Lisa or Mac XL to a useful computer again. Sun is a Logan, Utah company.

Present Yourself Right

If you’re in the habit of giving presentations to colleagues, symposiums, meetings, etc., then Aldus seems to have a good presentation tool kit for you. Aldus Persuasion is for those people who are called on short notice to give a presentation. Rather than cranking out a few notes on a word processor, Aldus Persuasion lets you choose a template and gets you started on writing up the outline of your ideas. Then this application takes those notes and automatically creates slides which you can further revise.

There is a complete set of tools for adding logos, diagrams, and special effects. With Persuasion, you can import a variety of formats including PICT, PICT2, EPS, WKS, and so forth. This means you can bring in your spreadsheet data from Excel, graphics from Adobe Illustrator, diagrams from MacDraw, and your text files from your favorite word processor (which can be spelling checked in Persuasion). There is support for 35mm slides, laser printers, and film recorders so you can produce notes, handouts, and slides.

More Room For Junk

Are you like me? My office tends to get cluttered rather quickly with tech books, manuals, press releases, disks, and so forth. It seems this is the curse of the developer. You’ve got your favorite reference books out for development work plus all your other papers, reports, and so on that you need to run your business all on you desk. The clutter is even infecting my home as my desk has become a “toxic waste dump” for reoprts and listings. Sound familiar?

Well, if you think it is bad now, just wait a minute. Ergotron of Eagan, MN has come up with a terrific product called the Mac II Workstation. This little baby looks like something NASA or George Lucas developed. What you’ve got are two long legs that attach to a shelf to put your processor on above your work area. Then an arm that can swivel comes down to eye level to place your monitor on. This arm can hold a 12" to a 19" monitor and can rotate 360° and tilted ±10°. It looks and feels high tech like a product should be for developers of our standing. Good work, Ergotron!

Ergotron also has a line of accessories to make your developer life better. But I’m not to sure about that. I can see this little baby will empty a space on my desk, but nature abhors a vacuum. So what will go there? More junk.

A Step Beyond Scanners

I love optical scanners! They are great for scanning those pictures and articles you want. They just seem to be lacking one aspect - page recognition. Page recognition would give your scanned document some meaning. Taking a snapshot of your grandmother’s life history that she cranked out on a typewriter is nice. But what if you want to edit it? You were forced to sit down by your keyboard and type it up again. Now there is salvation.

OmniPage by Caere Corporation of Los Gatos, CA has come to the rescue! This little application lets you read your scanned image. Now you can scan those favorite articles of yours and keep a computerized version of it on file - both text and graphics! It will handle multiple columns, different point sizes, kearned characters, different styles, and so on.

This seems to be a natural for those data entry clerks and desktop publishers who quake pull their hair out when given some published material to enter. Beware, though, all you plagiarists and pirates. Illicit duplication is illegal. Still, that personal database of articles is very attractive to me.

LADY CHAT

Shellie Hunt & Alice Thompson

Shellie & Alice wanted to share some of the highlights from the MacWorld Expo/Boston, so here they are:

• Alice is still trying to figure out why Roy would bring a raincoat to the BMUG party. Not wishing to be left out, Ramie brought his too!

• We want to thank the Bayside Exposition Center for insufficient air conditioning, making possible the impromptu wet T-Shirt contest at the MacTutor booth.

• We want to thank Alan Wootton for escorting us to the HyperCard birthday party. The kitchen excursion was a little worrisome. We have never seen a suit move that way before!

• Chris Derossi, we like your new image! Thank you and the Apple people. We had a great time at the Comedy Store. We’re still laughing!

• Special thanks to James Plamondon who made a fashion statement; Paul Sniveley for his dancing moves; Mark Marlow, thanks for a good time at the Micro-D party; and Phil Lipetz just for being you.

• Fred Stauder, the “pahty” coordinator. What happened to those tickets?

All in all it was a great show, we hope to see you all in San Francisco in January!

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Capo 3.2 - Slow down and learn to play y...
Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram... Read more
OmniOutliner 4.2.3 - Organize your ideas...
OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's... Read more
pwSafe 4.0.1 - Secure password managemen...
pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is... Read more
WALTR 1.5.4 - Drag-and-drop any media fi...
WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4,... Read more
Audio Hijack 3.1 - Record and enhance au...
Audio Hijack (was Audio Hijack Pro) drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio... Read more
PopChar 7.1 - Floating window shows avai...
We're also selling a 5-license family pack for only $25.99! PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to... Read more
BBEdit 11.1.1 - Powerful text and HTML e...
BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a... Read more
Picasa 3.9.139 - Organize, edit, and sha...
Picasa and Picasa Web Albums allows you to organize, edit, and upload your photos to the Web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their... Read more
Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0.5 - Copy, backup,...
Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few... Read more
NetShade 6.2 - Browse privately using an...
This promotion is for NetShade and 1 year of Proxy and VPN services NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN... Read more

Block Fortress has a Big New Update for...
Block Fortress is a survival-style game that's as fun as it is blocky. It's also just gotten a rather sizeable update that adds a lot more cool stuff. [Read more] | Read more »
Simple and Surreal Star Base Sim rymdkap...
I really like rymdkapsel. Not just because I'm a sucker for games that are cleverly simple or highly stylisitc, but because it's fun and challenging. Actually it's extremely challenging, which is why I was excited to learn that it's getting a couple... | Read more »
Check out the anticipated Angel Stone in...
Fincon has finally revealed Angel Stone in action in the first ever official gameplay trailer for the anticipated hack and slasher. Angel Stone is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity is in danger of being wiped out by the demonic... | Read more »
Moleskine Timepage is an All-New Calenda...
Moleskine Timepage is a bit of a departure for the notebook manufacturer (since it has little to do with notebooks), but it certainly carries their simple and elegant style quite well. [Read more] | Read more »
Jog on Over and Check Out the New Runtas...
Runtastic has put out a fair number of apps to help you sleep, track excercise, and train various parts of your body. Now it's time for your legs to have their own time in the spotlight with Runtastic Leg Trainer. [Read more] | Read more »
It's Lights Out in the Upcoming Pla...
Ember’s Journey is a stark puzzle platformer with a twist: the entire game is played in darkness. The only light you can see by is the one emanating from your own character. [Read more] | Read more »
MooVee - Your Movies Guru (Entertainmen...
MooVee - Your Movies Guru 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Entertainment Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: MooVee helps you effortlessly manage your movies, on your iPhone. | Read more »
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Games)
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Enjoy the next chapter in the award-winning Geometry Wars franchise and enjoy stunning, console-quality... | Read more »
CHAOS RINGS Ⅲ (Games)
CHAOS RINGS Ⅲ 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $19.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The newest addition to the popular smartphone RPG series is finally here! ・CHAOS RINGS Overview | Read more »
The Popular Insight Series of Travel Gui...
Getting around in a country when you can't understand the primary language can be tough. Fortunately there are several options available to help wold travellers with the important stuff like giving directions to a cab driver or asking where the... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Top Markets Saturation To Slow Global Smartph...
According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 11.3% in 2015 — down from 27... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 13-inch Retina MacBook...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
What Would the ideal Apple Productivity Platf...
For the past four years I’ve kept a foot in both the Mac and iPad camps respectively. my daily computing hours divided about 50/50 between the two devices with remarkable consistency. However, there’... Read more
PageMeUp 1.2.1 Ten Dollar Page Layout Applica...
Paris, France-based Softobe, an OS X software development company, has announced that their PageMeUp v. 1.2.1, is available on the Mac App Store for $9.99. The license can be installed on up to 5... Read more
Eight New Products For USB Type-C Application...
Fresco Logic, specialists in advanced connectivity technologies and ICs, has introduced two new product families targeting the Type-C connector recently introduced across a number of consumer... Read more
Scripps National Spelling Bee Launches Buzzwo...
Scripps National Spelling Bee fans can monitor the action at the 2015 Spelling Bee with the new Buzzworthy app for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. The free Buzzworthy app provides friendly... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $120 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $979 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this model (except for Apple’... Read more
27-inch 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899, $10...
B&H Photo has the new 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Save up to $50 on iPad Air 2, NY tax only, fr...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more

Jobs Board

*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
Program Manager, *Apple* Community Support...
**Job Summary** Apple Support Communities ( discussions. apple .com) helps customers get the most from their Apple products and services by providing access to Read more
Senior Data Scientist, *Apple* Retail - Onl...
**Job Summary** Apple Retail - Online sells Apple products to customers around the world. In addition to selling Apple products with unique services such as iPad Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Watch SW Application Project Manager...
**Job Summary** The Apple Watch software team is looking for an Application Engineering Project Manager to work on new projects for Apple . The successful candidate Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.