TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apr 94 Newsbits
Volume Number:10
Issue Number:4
Column Tag:Newsbits

Related Info: Resource Manager Help Manager List Manager Scrap Manager


By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

Another New Inside Macintosh

Apple Computer, Inc. and Addison-Wesley Publishing Company have announced another volume in the new Inside Macintosh series, a completely revised and restructured edition of Apple’s definitive guide to developing software applications for Macintosh computers. Inside Macintosh is a series of books documenting the tools and resources incorporated into the Macintosh system software that enable programmers to develop creative and intuitive applications. The next volume of the new Inside Macintosh series is now available. It is Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox.

A companion volume to Inside Macintosh: Toolbox Essentials, Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox explains important features of the Macintosh Toolbox that enhance the usability of applications. This book describes important Macintosh features such as how to support copy and paste, provide Balloon help, and create control panels. The managers discussed include Help, List, Resource, and Scrap. Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox also provides detailed information on how applications can create and use resources. Together these two volumes constitute the complete and authoritative reference to the Macintosh Toolbox. Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox retails for $34.95, is 912 pages long and is available now.

For more information, contact Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1 Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867, Voice: 617/944-3700.

[You can get all of the Inside Macintosh volumes at your local bookstore or delivered to your door through the MacTech Magazine Mail Order Store. See Page 77 for more information. - Ed. nst]

Magreeable with you

(M)agreeable Software, Inc. has announced the release of B-Tree HELPER™ 2.1, the inexpensive database engine for Macintosh programmers.

B-Tree HELPER is now available as source code for both Think™ C and Think Pascal. It costs $150 for either version including shipping and handling. B-Tree HELPER is also available as DCOD resources to use with FutureBASIC™. The FutureBASIC version costs $75 including shipping and handling.

B-Tree HELPER gets space in a file in contiguous fixed length blocks; you determine block size at file creation, from 9 to 16,388 bytes. It releases space back to the free block pool. It expands the file as necessary, up to the maximum available on the media. It contracts files when possible.

B-Tree HELPER inserts keys in one or more B-Trees in one or more files; keys may be strings, integers, or any other data. It finds keys equal to, less than, or greater than a given value in a few hundredths of a second. It finds lists of records whose keys are equal to, less than, or greater than a given value or are in a range of values. It deletes keys.

B-Tree HELPER’s new FileMgr functions create or open files with a StandardFileReply record instead of an FSReply record or open files with shared access permission. (Sorry, shared writing is not implemented.)

The new search functions help you find a list of records. These functions include Find_All, Find_Equal, Find_Less, Find_Greater, and Find_Range and support functions to help you create complex searches.

For more information, contact (M)agreeable Software, Inc., 5925 Magnolia Lane, Plymouth, MN 55442-1573, Voice: 612/559-1108, AppleLink: MAGREEABLE, America Online: MAGREEABLE, CompuServe: 72167,1700.

68k Assembler porting tool

MicroAPL Ltd of London, England, has announced the general availability of PortAsm, a source-code translation tool which converts 680x0 assembly language applications to run native on Apple Computer Inc.’s next-generation Power Macintosh computers.

PortAsm takes assembly-language source code, and translates it to PowerPC RISC assembler source which is then assembled and linked using Apple’s standard tools to produce a fully native application. By analyzing the context of the 680x0 instructions, efficient PowerPC equivalents are emitted. In addition, the translator automatically adjusts parameter passing to adapt to Apple’s new runtime architecture for Power Macintosh systems. Assembly-language code which calls or is called by C is fully supported. Symbolic debugging, using the original 680x0 source file, is available in conjunction with Apple’s PowerPC debugger.

Already in use by major Macintosh developers (i.e., WordPerfect), PortAsm will now be made widely available running under the Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop.

PortAsm prices start at $750 for developers who have small amounts of code to translate. MicroAPL also provides consulting, training and porting services to assist in the transition to Power Macintosh, although PortAsm is easy to use and special skills are not generally necessary.

For more information, contact MicroAPL Ltd, South Bank Technopark, 90 London Road, London SE1 6LN, United Kingdom, Voice: (+44) 71 922 8866, Fax: (+44) 71 928 1006, AppleLink: MICROAPL.

PreFab for Script writers

PreFab Software has announced PreFab Player which adds to Frontier or AppleScript the ability to control applications, desk accessories and control panels that lack sufficient Apple event support. Player is the first user interface automation utility that is tightly integrated with standard system-level scripting products. Script writers do not have to learn a new language, or switch back and forth between their familiar scripting environment and an external macro program to create workarounds for missing Apple events. Like a player piano, PreFab Player mimics user input, choosing from menus, selecting items in dialog boxes and typing into documents. Mission-critical applications can be automated today, without waiting for developers to add support for Apple events.

PreFab Player works around these problems by directly driving the user interface. Choose menus, set check boxes, select radio buttons, choose from pop-ups, click buttons, navigate a file dialog, type text - all under script control.

Unlike QuicKeys and Tempo, which are stand-alone macro utilities, Player is a supplement to Frontier or AppleScript. Each macro program has its own environment for creating & editing scripts, its own method for storing & exchanging scripts, and its own set of extensions & utilities. Player leaves these issues to a standard system-level scripting system.

PreFab Player consists of a system extension and either a Frontier UCMD or an AppleScript OSAX. It is priced like a runtime product: $25 for quantity 1, $20 each for 10 or more. Player will ship in the first half of 1994.

For more information, contact PreFab Software, Inc., 34 Bartlett St., Somerville, MA 02145, Voice: 617/628-9555, Fax: 617/628-9555, CompuServe: 70214,424.

EZ-Script for TCL

GUI Dude Software has announced TCL EZ-Script, a Think C library that adds Frontier/AppleScript Scripting and Recording to applications written using Symantec’s Think Class Library. The $349 library, which comes complete with royalty-free source code, helps developers support Apple’s Core Suite as defined in the AppleEvent Registry maintained by Apple. TCL EZ-Script leapfrogs the several-month learning curve developers must go through to implement object-model compliant applications, and provides a true object-oriented class hierarchy extensible with custom objects and messages. Saving trees, time, and shipping costs was another goal so TCL EZ-Script (including documentation) ships online.

For more information, contact GUI Dude Software, 667 Corte Raquel, San Marcos, CA 92069-7320, AppleLink: GUI.DUDE, CompuServe: 73061,2270.

Apple spins out user groups

Apple Computer, Inc. has announced it has negotiated a three-year contract with User Group Connection. User Group Connection is a privately held company that was formed out of the nucleus of Apple’s former user group department.

The contract provides for User Group Connection to continue overall management of the Apple user group program and to maintain the relationship between Apple and user group members. In addition, the User Group Connection announced several new marketing opportunities for vendors.

By making the internal user group management function an independent company, user group members get access to expanded information. User Group Connection continues to interface closely with Apple to provide Apple-specific product and program information, but has the additional advantage of providing information from other companies as well. For example, User Group Connection distributes a monthly mailing that includes detailed information about software solutions from outside vendors in addition to Apple hardware products.

User Group Connection broadens visibility and elevates interest in user groups as a qualified target market. User Group Connection has devised several new programs to reach this target. These programs include customized mailings to user groups; sponsorship of the Macworld user group breakfast meetings in San Francisco and Boston; and promotion of developer products on UG-TV, a periodic satellite broadcast to user groups.

An additional benefit to user groups is the User Group Member Purchase Program. This program allows members of Apple Authorized user groups to buy refurbished Apple equipment at reduced rates.

User groups interested in becoming Apple Authorized should call 800/538-9696, ext. 500. Vendors interested in exploring marketing opportunities through User Group Connection can call Sam Decker, Manager of Vendor Relations, at 408/461-5725.

For more information, contact User Group Connection, Voice: 408/461-5700, AppleLink: USER.GROUPS, America Online: APPLE UGC.


Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various... | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your... | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »

Price Scanner via

Holiday weekend: Apple Watch on sale for $50-...
B&H Photo has the Apple Watch on sale today for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - Apple Watch Sport: $50 off - Apple Watch: $50-$100 off Read more
Holiday weekend: iPad Air 2s on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $459 $40 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $569 $30 off - 128GB iPad Air... Read more
Holiday weekend Mac sales roundup: B&H Ph...
B&H Photo continues to have all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina... Read more
iMobie Releases its Ace iOS Cleaner PhoneClea...
iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
U.S. Cellular Offering iPad Pro
U.S. Cellular today announced that it is offering the new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels — the most ever in an iOS device. U.S. Cellular... Read more
Newegg Canada Unveils Black Friday Deals for...
Newegg Canada is offering more than 1,000 deep discounts to Canadian customers this Black Friday, available now through Cyber Monday, with new deals posted throughout the week. “Black Friday is... Read more
Black Friday: Macs on sale for up to $500 off...
BLACK FRIDAY B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
Black Friday: Up to $125 off iPad Air 2s at B...
BLACK FRIDAY Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $399, save $... Read more
Black Friday: iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 o...
BLACK FRIDAY Best Buy has iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store for Black Friday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad mini 4 WiFi: $299.... Read more
Black Friday: Apple Watch for up to $100 off...
BLACK FRIDAY Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers:... Read more

Jobs Board

Specialist *Apple* /Mac Desktop - University...
…technical support, expertise and user training for a variety of Apple /Macintosh hardware, software and devices.Researches, analyzes and resolves complex Apple Read more
*Apple* Site Security Manager - Apple (Unite...
# Apple Site Security Manager Job Number: 42975010 Culver City, Califo ia, United States Posted: Oct. 2, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Apple Site Read more
WiSE *Apple* Pay Quality Engineer - Apple (...
# WiSE Apple Pay Quality Engineer Job Number: 44313381 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Nov. 13, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Join our Read more
Holiday Retail Associate with *Apple* Knowl...
…and assertive.Someone who can troubleshoot iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and Apple Mail issues.Someone who can offer solutions.Someone who can work weekends.Someone with Read more
*Apple* Systems Engineer (Mclean, VA and NYC...
Summary:Assist in providing strategic direction and technical leadership within the Apple portfolio, including desktops, laptops, and printing environment. This person Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.