TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Jun 93 Editorial
Volume Number:9
Issue Number:6
Column Tag:The Editor's Page

Everyone’s got a Sermon
Now you can grab the pulpit!

By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

Each of us has our own sermon/ message. All you have to do is talk to any owner of a Macintosh. As the editor of this magazine, I get quite a few people telling me that I should do this or that I should do that. I like it, I expect it, it’s your obligation to the Macintosh community - remember, we’re supposed to be religious fanatics (at least that is what Apple says).

As David says in his column this month, we would like you all to continue writing to us. For those of you who have a complaint about the magazine - you have no right to complain unless you have told us your suggestion - then you can complain all you want. (Maybe I shouldn’t say that). I do read every letter and I do respond personally to many of them. So, you have no excuse.

Ok now what?

Now that we’ve produced a dozen MacTech Magazines (aka MacTutors) since we took it over, we would like to focus even more on the editorial direction of the magazine. By the time you read this, the new writer’s kit will be complete. If you have ever preached about a Macintosh development topic, now is the time to share your knowledge. Everyone’s ideas are welcome - commercial developers, professional developers and in-house corporate developers are obviously encouraged. But, novice programmers, scriptors, database programmers, hobbyists are welcome too. How often do you get your own pulpit?

But Neil, what do I talk about?

A lot of people ask me for ideas on articles. They want to write, but just don’t know what to write about. First and foremost - you should write about what you know. If you are a first time TCL programmer, you shouldn’t be authoring an article on designing a new class library - you probably don’t know enough. Yet, if you are the author of some hot little action game, you probably know a thing or two about animation.

My second suggestion is to browse some of the online services in both the MacTech Magazine areas as well as the other developer areas; see what people are asking about.

Third: Look at some of the hot development topics of the Macintosh universe. Apple and others are continually coming out with new tools and technologies. Ok you want some ideas, here I go (take a deep breath first, otherwise you’ll run out of air!). Bedrock, AppleScript, Frontier, 4th Dimension, QuickTime, Newton, PowerPC, PowerOpen, Taligent, C++, AOCE, Telecom, Comm ToolBox, QuickDraw GX, Voice Recognition, WorldScript, Agents, Human Interface design, Text-to-Speech, Cross-platform development, Hardware design and implementation, Client/Server topics, DAL, System Extensions, Networking, AppleTalk, HyperCard, ScriptX, Debugging, MacApp, TCL, Using Virtual User, prototyping, resources, memory issues, macro development, compression, installer scripts, bug report collection techniques, testing issues, SQA tools, imaging, visual programming, copy protection, animation, drawing methods, and the list goes on. I’m not trying to provide you with an exhaustive list - just a few ideas.

Fourth: We are looking for qualified product reviewers. No you won’t be reviewing the latest copy of Crystal Quest, but you will be looking at some hot development tools.

A good review can be extraordinarily helpful to the community. If a tool is good, it can help a developer get their project done much faster. More software is good for the community. Reviewers help people find the right tools and stay away from the wrong ones.

An open invitation

Ok, enough said. Now let me ask outright. You have an open invitation to submit articles. Ask us for a writer’s kit. Choose a topic. Research it. Send me an outline to get some feedback. Write the article. Submit it and let us have a chance to review it. And if you want the secret of how to communicate with me best it’s electronic mail.

As the magazine continues to grow, we’re going to want to make it bigger each month. To do that, we’ll need more articles. Who knows, you might even win one of our new contests! (See David’s article).

Product of the month

Just a quick aside. When was the last time you pulled a product out of it’s box and had it work the first time - no hassles and completely transparent? Well, we had it happen. Shiva Corporation was nice enough to send us a FastPath 5R router. This device is a LocalTalk to EtherNet router. We plugged it in, it configured itself, and that was it. I’m not sure why we bothered reading the documentation! If you want more information on their products, call Shiva at 617/252-6300.

I’m waiting for your articles

Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

The Publisher's Column

A year of Issues, changes and feedback
Now we want more!

By David Williams, Publisher

One year of issues ago, Neil made me buy this magazine. Then, Neil made me write my column on the new Macintosh he made me buy. Since then, my Macintosh has undergone a series of changes, each of which made it faster and better to use than it was. During the same time, we’ve made a much larger number of changes in the magazine. We’ve changed the format, the appearance, the editorial policy, and finally, the name (to MacTech Magazine) - all to more closely reflect the needs of our readership. Along the way, we have tried to respond to input from readers, and have repeatedly asked for more. Fortunately, I have come to like the Macintosh much better than my now obsolete PC, and our readership seems to like the new magazine, as we continue to grow in subscribers and in advertising.

We wouldn’t have been able to make all this happen without support from a great number of people. Specifically, I refer to our readers and our authors. The focus of this publication is to provide a forum for programmers to tell other programmers about new techniques and solutions to problems. MacTech is, in essence, a journal of an ongoing dialogue between a vast array of active programmers. Our goal is to continue to improve the usefulness of the magazine, and to do that, all that is required is to expand the dialogue. The more readers we have, the more articles we can print; more articles generate more comment, and the quality rises for everyone.

So, after one year, thanks to all of you who sent in your hard-earned money. Now, don’t get me wrong, the search for subscribers is truly endless, so please tell all your friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Believe me, we can use their money too, because also endless is Neil’s search for the latest and greatest equipment (he just got an 800 [a requirement for anyone using Quark XPress regularly - Ed.]), more software, more nodes, more modems, more programming, more storage You get the idea.

Now that we have a stable, growing readership, our next task is to expand editorial content. Put bluntly, what that means is that we need more articles. We need to get our readership interested in writing. So, to do this we have decided to have three contests. Why three? Because we have three types of authors. Some authors produce one or more articles each year, and so contribute to the dialogue on a regular basis. Others write a single article, on a specific subject, and still others provide smaller pieces such as for the Tips and Tidbits section. So, the three contests are:

Best Author

Best Article

Best Tip

Each contest will have its own prize and associated award, in addition to one year’s free subscription and an All of MacTech Magazine CD. The winner of the Best Author award will be given the title of 1993 Top Contributor, which will show on our staff page, and will be given preferred status when allocating article space, for one year, in addition to the actual prize. The other two winners will be honored in the magazine, in addition to prizes.

So, as usual in my column, I’m asking something of you again. Write something. And with your submission, we’d like to hear comments on what the prizes should be. Now, don’t get carried away here, we can barely afford Neil’s equipment habit, so we won’t be giving away his new 800, or a trip to Tahiti. This is, after all, a technical journal. Our VP Finance, Andrea, says that the Best Author’s prize should be worth about $1,000 and the Best Article should be worth $250 and the Best Tip, about $100. We have found it painful to contradict Andrea, so those are the numbers.

The contest will be over the course of a year and the winners and runners-up will be listed in the magazine.

Our new writer’s kit will be available by the time you read this, so e-mail, write, or call for one, and then write an article!

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Google Earth 7.3.0.3830 - View and contr...
Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more. Google Earth combines... Read more
Transmit 5.0 - Excellent FTP/SFTP client...
Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 (Amazon.com file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the... Read more
iMazing 2.3.2 - Complete iOS device mana...
iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
Cocktail 10.4.1 - General maintenance an...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more
Backup and Sync 3.35.5978.2967 - File ba...
Backup and Sync (was Google Drive) is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a... Read more
Adobe Lightroom 6.12 - Import, develop,...
Adobe Lightroom is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/month bundled with Photoshop CC as part of the photography package. Lightroom 6 is also available for purchase as a... Read more
Apple iTunes 12.6.2 - Play Apple Music a...
Apple iTunes lets you organize and stream Apple Music, download and watch video and listen to Podcasts. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and... Read more
Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.6 - The latest...
With Apple macOS Sierra, Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent... Read more
VMware Fusion 8.5.8 - Run Windows apps a...
VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro--the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting--include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan, and the... Read more
Apple Safari 10.1.2 - Apple's Web b...
Note: The direct download link is currently unavailable. It is available in the OS X 10.12.6 release, as well as in the Apple Security Updates. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The best deals on the App Store this wee...
There are quite a few truly superb games on sale on the App Store this week. If you haven't played some of these, many of which are true classics, now's the time to jump on the bandwagon. Here are the deals you need to know about. [Read more] | Read more »
Realpolitiks Mobile (Games)
Realpolitiks Mobile 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: PLEASE NOTE: The game might not work properly on discontinued 1GB of RAM devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad... | Read more »
Layton’s Mystery Journey (Games)
Layton’s Mystery Journey 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $15.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: THE MUCH-LOVED LAYTON SERIES IS BACK WITH A 10TH ANNIVERSARY INSTALLMENT! Developed by LEVEL-5, LAYTON’S... | Read more »
Full Throttle Remastered (Games)
Full Throttle Remastered 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Originally released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim... | Read more »
Stunning shooter Morphite gets a new tra...
Morphite is officially landing on iOS in September. The game looks like the space shooter we've been needing on mobile, and we're going to see if it fits the bill quite shortly. The game's a collaborative effort between Blowfish Studios, We're Five... | Read more »
Layton's Mystery Journey arrives to...
As you might recall, Layton's Mystery Journey is headed to iOS and Android -- tomorrow! To celebrate the impending launch, Level-5's released a new trailer, complete with an adorable hamster. [Read more] | Read more »
Sidewords (Games)
Sidewords 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Grab a cup of coffee and relax with Sidewords. Sidewords is part logic puzzle, part word game, all original. No timers. No... | Read more »
Noodlecake Games' 'Leap On!...
Noodlecake Games is always good for some light-hearted arcade fun, and its latest project, Leap On! could carry on that tradition. It's a bit like high stakes tetherball in a way. Your job is to guide a cute little blob around a series of floating... | Read more »
RuneScape goes mobile later this year
Yes, RuneScape still exists. In fact, it's coming to iOS and Android in just a few short months. Jagex, creators of the hit fantasy MMORPG of yesteryear, is releasing RuneScape Mobile and Old School RuneScape for mobile devices, complete with... | Read more »
Crash of Cars wants you to capture the c...
Crash of Cars is going full on medieval in its latest update, introducing castles and all manner of new cars and skins fresh from the Dark Ages. The update introduces a new castle-themed map (complete with catapults) and a gladiator-style battle... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

DEVONthink To Go 2.1.7 For iOS Brings Usabili...
DEVONtechnologies has updated DEVONthink To Go, the iOS companion to DEVONthink for Mac, with enhancements and bug fixes. Version 2.1.7 adds an option to clear the Global Inbox and makes the grid... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro, Apple refu...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro. An Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.3GHz Silver MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the new 2017 13″ 2.3GHz/256GB Silver MacBook Pro (MPXU2LL/A) on sale for $1399 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple Tackles Distracted Driving With iOS 11...
One of the most important new features coming in iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb while driving, intended to help drivers stay more focused on the road. With Do Not Disturb while driving, your iPhone can... Read more
iMazing Mini for Mac: Free Automatic and Priv...
Geneva, Switzerland-based indie developer DigiDNA has released iMazing Mini, their free macOS utility designed to automatically back up iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network. The app offers users... Read more
Clearance 2016 13-inch MacBook Airs, Apple re...
Apple dropped prices recently on Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs, with models now available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
9.7-inch 2017 iPads available for $299, save...
B&H Photo has 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi iPads on sale for $30 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and pay sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 32GB iPad WiFi: $299, $30 off Read more
Welcome to the new MacPrices.net!
Welcome to the newly redesigned MacPrices.net! MacPrices has been comprehensively redesigned from the ground up over the past couple of weeks. The new design is cleaner, with less clutter, minimal... Read more
Clearance iMacs available for up to $370 off...
B&H Photo has clearance 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs available for up to $370 off original MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $1929 $370 off... Read more
Sale! 15-inch 2.8GHz MacBook Pros for $100 of...
B&H Photo has the new 2017 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $... Read more

Jobs Board

Search, Recommendation & Personalization...
Job Summary Apple is seeking a product manager for Search, Recommendation and Personalization for our media products. This includes Apple Music, Podcasts, iBooks Read more
Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
*Apple* Customer Experience (ACE) Leader - A...
…management to deliver on business objectivesTraining partner store staff on Apple products, services, and merchandising guidelinesCoaching partner store staff on Read more
Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple Inc. (U...
…about helping others on a team while also delighting customers? As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC), you will discover customers needs and help connect them Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.