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February 1998

Thanks for the NT stories. 2/27/98 -- Thanks to everyone who sent me their Macintosh-Windows NT integration stories. After our break, we'll compile them and share them with you.

Rhapsody development tool. 2/27/98 -- AAA+ Software announces release 1.08 of Joy Explorer and Joy Developer, the company's developer productivity and rapid application development tools. Joy applications run on Windows 95/NT, Apple Rhapsody, and OPENSTEP/MachOS with out porting or compiling. A free demo is available.

Be to release BeOS for Intel. 2/27/98 -- Be, Inc. will release the finished version of Be OS for Intel at the Be Developer Conference, on March 19-20, at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, California. Attendees will recieve a free copy of the new OS.

ACI announces 4D Server for Rhapsody. 2/27/98 -- ACI's 4th Dimension Server, a cross-platform database and web server, will run in native mode under Rhapsody. ACI said it would ship 4D Server version 6 for Rhapsody just after Apple ships the first customer release of Rhapsody.

Apple TIL articles on Open Transport 1.3. 2/27/98 -- Last week, Apple published two articles on Open Transport 1.3, Mac OS's networking software. One is called Technical Information (#24383), while the other is Read Me - Part 2 (#30412).

Another problem with Mac OS 8.1 and NT Server. 2/26/98 -- A reader reports a consistant problem when Macs running Mac OS 8.1 log into a Sevices for Macintosh NT server Chooser. The problem occurs when the user enters the wrong password for a specific volume (as specified in the NT Macfile Properties). If the user hits canel or escape, the Chooser will then freezes up every time (Norton CrashGuard does not catch this). Has anyone else seen this?

Minor update for Insignia's RealPC, SoftWindows. 2/26/98 -- Insignia Solutions has posted free upgrades to SoftWindows 95 5.0.2 and RealPC 1.0.2 . Support has been added for ODI networking on G3 Macs, PowerBook 3400 PCMCIA Ethernet and other 3rd party Ethernet cards. Along with bug fixes, there's also improvements to joystick support in Windows 95, and you can now record sound within RealPC.

Tip for speeding NT Server SFM. 2/26/98 -- Rob Simons sent us this tip for improving the performance of Windows NT Server running Services for Macintosh.

-Set the Server/Properties in Network Prefs to "Maximize for Network Applications." The common sense answer is to set it to "Maximize for File Sharing Throughput." But if you read between the lines, Services for Macintosh is actually a Network Application. Also, add a ton of RAM - 300+mb to be accurate, as Services for Macintosh is RAM hungry.

Simmons also asked how one would raise the priority of the SFM service from normal to high. Good question. If anyone's done this please send us the procedure.

Equilibrium ships Debabelizer 3 for Mac. 2/26/98 -- Equilibrium has shipped DeBabelizer 3 for Macintosh ( $599.95, upgrade $149), which brings the Mac version of the automated graphics processing package closer to the capabilities of the Windows NT version. New features include a reworked interface, CMYK support and easy-to-use "language free" conditional scripting.

In addition to it's automation and palette optimization features, Debalizer has also been a very useful for cross-platform file translation. DeBabelizer 3 supports over 100 Mac and Windows bitmap graphic file formats. New formats include DeBabelizer 3 QuickTime 3.0, Windows BMP 16 and 24 bit, animated GIF, and progressive JPEG.

Radius quitting--Orange Micro to be the only supplier of PC compatibility cards for Mac. 2/25/98 -- Once Radius is sells out its inventory of Pentium cards for the Mac, it will no longer be in the PC compatibility business. Radius told us that the current inventory includes 7-inch PCI cards at 133 MHz and 166 MHz--the 12-inch PCI cards are gone.

Farallon offers free network consulting for education. 2/25/98 -- The Farallon division of Netopia Inc. is providing education with a free consulting plan called Dr. Farallon. School and district technology coordinators can get advice on E-Rate Universal Service Funding as well as help with specifying their network, optimizing network performance, and connecting to the Internet.

DenebaCAD 1.5 translates 2-D, 3-D DXF for AutoCAD compatibility. 2/25/98 -- Deneba has released DenebaCAD 1.5 ( $799.95 ) for Mac OS, an architectural drawing and rendering program. The company says that the new version has DXF and DWG I/O capabilities that "rival AutoCAD itself, with complete and accurate translation of all 2-D, 3-D, and text-object data during any file import and/or export operation." There are also new tool options. The upgrade is free to registered owners of DenebaCAD.

Send us your NT war stories. 2/22/98 -- We're collecting war-stories about Mac-to-Windows NT integration. If you had a troublesome problem, tell us about it. Be sure to tell us about the solution, if you found one.

MacWindows Tips Page reorganized. 2/22/98 -- The MacWindows Tips page has been reorganized into a section of several pages. Bookmarks to specific tips on the tips page may no longer work. Links to specific tips in past MacWindows news items have been updated and should work.

Windows NT jumping icons Hotfix installer has bugs. 2/22/98 -- Nate Caplin reports that when trying to install the unofficial Microsoft Hotfix.exe to correct the jumping icon problem , he got an error message saying that the Hotfix.inf setup info could not be found, even though such a file existed in the Jump_86 folder. Microsoft told him that the fairly new Hotfix.exe installer program still has some bugs. Caplin had to manually replace the sfmsrvc.sys file with the one included in the Jump_86 folder. After rebooting, the jumping icons and list views on Macs disappeared. (Call Microsoft at 800-936-5900 to receive the Hotfix.)

It also should be noted that most of the non-Microsoft sources for the Hotfix (including the site we've previously mentioned don't include the installer.

Solutions update: cross-platform file, print services for UNIX server. 2/22/98 -- We've added Syntax TotalNET Advanced Server (TAS) to the product listings MacWindows Solutions. TAS allows a UNIX server to act as a file, print and application server to Mac OS, Windows, and OS/2 clients. Currently, Macs are supported only over AppleTalk, but Dr. Ian Wells tells us that Syntax claims to have an IP client for the Mac under way to complement the existing AppleTalk one.

New Tip: using the Mac to program the Timex Datalink Wristwatch. 2/19/98 -- Mark Booth has sent us a new tip for using the Mac for programming the Timex Datalink Wristwatch, which holds telephone numbers, appointments, etc. The watch is designed to be programmed by holding up to a PC screen, but Booth figured out how to program it using Insignia's Real PC running on a Mac.

Keyboard/Monitor updates. 2/19/98 -- Once again, we've updated the MacWindows Solutions list with more device listings. We've updated the Monitor/keyboard sharing special report with more sources for high-quality monitor cables to prevent ghosting, and here's another source that explains general causes for the monitor ghosting problem, though not specifically in a sharing setup.

Source of inexpensive super-shielded video cables. 2/18/97 -- Steven Hughes found a source of $10 super-shielded cables to solve the ghosting problems of his monitor shared by a Mac and PC. The source is Cables N' Mor of Sterling, Virginia (703)925-9530, Fax (703)925-9231, . They also carry $11 VGA switch boxes.

Audio defect in 166 MHz Apple PC Compatibility card? 2/18/97 -- George Goldmark noticed distorted sound in his 166 MHz PC Compatibility card after he installed a serial/parallel adapter card. He contacted Radius, which now supports the card. The tech support maven told him that there is a known flaw in the circuit design of this card that prevents the sound from working properly with this adapter attached. Has anyone heard this, or not seen this problem with the adapter? Let me know.

Aladdin Flashback for Windows supports Mac files. 2/18/97 -- Aladdin FlashBack for Windows ($69.95) allows users to recover previously saved versions of any FlashBack-protected document, including Macintosh documents, even if the original file is lost, damaged, overwritten or erased. The product will ship in mid-March.

Cross-Platform medical billing software now available. 2/18/97 -- The d.i.d.Circle Organization has released The Medical Billing Circle for Mac and Windows, software that provides multitasking medical billing and scheduling functions. You can download a free demo from the d.i.d. Circle link above, or email the company for info.

Netscape for Rhapsody Project looks for a few good coders. 2/18/97 -- The web site has announced that a team is forming to bring Netscape Communicator to Apple's upcoming Rhapsody. The Netscape for Rhapsody Project is made up of looking of members from the Netscape Communicator for Unix and others, and is looking for volunteer programmers.

Further updates to the keyboard/monitor sharing special report. 2/17/98 -- We've added a new section to the keyboard/monitor sharing special report called Mouse/Keyboard Troubleshooting, in which Henry Norr gives his tips on how to solve common problems that tend to pop up when using a single keyboard and mouse to run a Mac and a PC. The MacWindows Solutions list now contains another sharing device, which a reader told us about.

New Iomega Mac Zip/Jaz driver supports PCs. 2/17/98 -- You can download Mac Zip/Jaz drver 5.5.1. It includes Tools 6.1, which lets you format a Zip or Jaz cardtridge in DOS format if you use the "long erase" option.

VirtualPC 2.0 w/graphic card runs 3Dfx games smoothly. 2/16/98 -- Lara Croft's ponytail bounced smoothly as she ran, jumped, and shot endangered species in a demonstration Connectix gave us. The game was Tomb Raider II, the OS was Windows 95 running on a beta of the upcoming Virtual PC 2.0 and the TechWorks' Power3D graphics accelerator card, which accelerates PC games supporting the 3Dfx standard. Video performance was smoother than any game we've seen on an emulator. The background video was perhaps just slightly jumpier than on a PC when we made Lara pivot around, but playing the game was completely smooth, with no waiting for the computer to catch up.The demo took place on a Power Mac 7300 with a Newer Tech MaxPowr G3 processor card at 640x480 pixels and 40 MB allocated to Virtual PC.

Insignia's SoftWindows 5.0 now supports the TechWorks 3Dfx card (see news item 2/13/98). However, Connectix claims that when Virtual PC 2.0 is released at the end of the month, it will support any PCI 3Dfx graphics card sold for PCs, as well as the TechWorks card.

Personal Web Sharing, sharing PDF files on an Intranet. 2/16/98 -- A new Apple TIL article 24363 explains how enable web browser users to see PDF files on a client Mac using Mac OS 8.x's Personal Web Sharing. The procedure involves setting MIME as a preference in Personal Web Sharing.

Sharing keyboard/monitor special report updated. 2/16/98 -- We've updated the keyboard/monitor sharing special report with information Henry Norr has sent us. You'll also find part numbers for super-shielded cables to solve ghosting, as well as additional ideas on solving the problem. We've also added information about mice with more than 2 buttons and we've added devices sent in by readers to our MacWindows Solutions list.

New Power Mac G3 Ethernet info from Apple. 2/16/98 -- A new Apple TIL article 30394 says you need to physically disconnect a LocalTalk Connector when you switch to Ethernet on a Power Macintosh G3 due to a software problem.

Beta release 3.0 b2 is now available. 2/16/98 -- Orange Micro now has OrangePCi v3.0 b2. (B2 is at the bottom of the Orange Micro page.) This beta release includes changes in the 32-bit NDIS3 Ethernet driver and improve network compatibility and performance, according to the company.

New version of Linux for Macintosh available. 2/16/98 -- LinuxPPC 1998 is now available ($32 for CD-ROM). The CD includes with Netscape Communicator and development tools.

SoftWindows, RealPC now support graphics accelerator card with free download. 2/13/98 -- Insignia Solutions is now offering a free 3Dfx enabler that will power SoftWindows 95 5.0 and Real PC with the TechWorks' Power3D graphics accelerator card ( $224.95). Insignia claims that on Macs with the card, the emulators will run DOS- and Windows 95 3Dfx-enabled games at speeds similar to that of PCs with 3Dfx cards installed. (The card won't accelerate non-3dfx applications.) You can download the enabler for Real PC and enabler for SoftWindows, and read the Insignia press release.

Connectix also announced plans to support the TechWorks' Power3D in Virtual PC 2.0 when it ships later this month. (See MacWindows News item, 2/3/98.)

Dancing icons update: new site for NT Hotfix. 2/13/98 -- A reader has posted the unofficial Hotfix for Microsoft NT server that fixes the problem of jumping icons reported. The Hotfix was available for a little while (see News item of 2/3/98), but removed at Microsoft's request. This new reader tracked down and posted the file after Microsoft tech support told him that it would cost $190 to talk to a technician.

Paul Kaiser had a better experience. After calling Microsoft at 800-936-5900, he was transferred to a group that did require a credit card number, but told him his money would be refunded. The Hotfix not only fixed the jumping icons problem, but increased AppleShare speed (800 to 1300 k/sec over 100BaseT, 290 k/sec over 10BaseT). However, Kaiser did notice that his DAVE 2.0 clients are now slow.

Even Mac-to-Mac keyboard/monitor sharing can be trouble. 2/13/98 -- Ric Ford of Macintouch told us that he's found it quite a hassle just to control several different Mac servers from one keyboard and monitor. He problems include keyboards don't switch well or at all and monitors that work only on certain Mac models, and not on others.

New special report: Sharing a keyboard and monitor between Mac and PC. 2/12/98 -- MacWeek's Henry Norr shares his experience with devices that let you use a single keyboard and monitor to run a Mac and PC simultaneous. Henry has written about the topic in MacWeek several times. In our special report, he presents alternative schemes and solves common problems.

PC MACLAN for Windows NT now widely available. 2/12/98 -- After a few delays, Miramar's Windows NT version of its 2-way cross-platform file sharing software in now in general distribution.PC MACLAN for Windows NT is an AppleTalk-based file, drive and printer sharing package for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation or Server and Macintosh communication.(800) 862-2526.

Miramar PC MACLAN line to support IP networking. 2/12/98 --Miramar Systems announced that its PC MACLAN networking products will work over TCP/IP in addition to AppleTalk, starting with the Windows 95 version in March or April, and Windows NT during the second quarter of 1998. This will allow Windows PCs to access Macs and AppleShare servers over the Internet or an ethernet IP network. Miramar will add full bidirectional IP support to PC MACLAN Pro for Win 95 and NT in the second quarter.

Orange Micro explains the G3/IPX/emulator/Compatibility Card problem. 2/12/98 -- Craig D. Petersen, a software engineering manager has given us a technical explanation of the problems with Novell IPX networks that owners of emulators and coprocessor cards on Power Mac G3 systems have been having from the Windows side. The problem also occurs on some PCI Ethernet and token ring cards. Currently, the Apple PC Compatibility Cards, the Reply cards, Virtual PC 1.0.x, and SoftWindows 95 4.0.x have this problem. Not affected by this problem are Orange Micro's current Orange PC cards, SoftWindows 95 5.0, and the upcoming Virtual PC 2.0. Petersen explains:

" We, as I assume the rest of the emulators use a function of Open Transport called "Raw Mode". This function passes back the data to us just as it was received off the wire.

"Most of the other functions just pass the data part of the [IPX] packet back and chop off the address and protocol information, whereas Raw Mode leaves it intact. Apple has now moved to the DLPI Specification, which adds more information to the packet that is returned. Without supporting DLPI Specification and allowing for this, the data packet probably looks like junk to the PC. Thus the PC will throw away the packet.

"The DLPI Specification is new on an Apple G3 Macintosh, but Asante has had this feature in their Ethernet Card Driver for at least a year.

"The bottom line is that if your networking does not work on a G3 Macintosh and the software you are using does not support the DLPI Specification, this is definitely the problem. The current shipping version of the OrangePC software (version 2.2) supports DLPI."

Power Mac G3s, Windows emulators, and IPX. 2/11/98 -- Several readers have reported being unable to access Novell IPX networks from the Windows 95 side using Virtual PC, SoftWindows, and Apple's PC Compatibility card, even when using the Novell MCLUPD3.BIN patch mentioned in the news item of 2/6/98. (We don't know if these readers used the procedure recommended by Mr. Reynolds in the news item of 2/10/98 below.) One reader said that Insignia Solutions told him that Power Mac G3 networking was different that SoftWindows 95 5.0 doesn't have this problem.

More PC Compatibility Card and Novell problems. 2/11/98 -- Bill Reynolds reports problems with Apple's P166 Compatibility Card and networking with Intranetware 4.11.The old MacODI driver doesn't seem to work with newer client software, though he can see a folder on the Mac as a mapped drive on the PC side. Mounting Netware volumes on the Mac and mapping them (or subdirectories) as drives on the PC side works, too, but you can't set them to map at (PC) startup.

Microsoft telephone number for "Jumping icon" fix. 2/10/98 -- Several readers have requested the Microsoft telephone number to call for the unofficial Windows NT Server patch for the "jumping icons" problem previously reported here for Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 users logged onto NT Services for Macintosh. (See MacWindows Tips.) The number is 800-936-5900. The patch is called "Hotfix."

New Tip: InfoWave's PowerPrint can help printing from Windows emulators. 2/10/98 -- Roderich Bott sends us this tip for improving print output from Virtual PC and SoftWindows by using InfoWave's PowerPrint. Now in MacUser tips.

More on Novell Mac Client 5.11. 2/10/98 -- In addition to updating MacIPX with Novell's patch (see news item 2/6/98, below) Bill Reynolds recommends the following:

"Users on an ethernet network should open the MacIPX control panel, COMMAND-Click (not option-click) on the Ethernet driver, turn OFF auto-sensing, and choose the frame type appropriate to their network (802.3 for us).

"Administrators might want to do this for ALL their mac users. I had to make these changes for my 7300/180 when I upgraded to OS 8. But when I added two G3/266 desktop macs, OTHER users began to be affected! I'm slowly making the rounds and resetting MacIPX on all the Macs. Even then, I suspect I need to patch (upgrade) MacIPX on all the Macs, whether they're running OS 8.x or 7.5.5. (Similar to running different flavors of AppleShare client...a definite no-no.)

"BTW, the Netware client install requires (and installs) the older version of AppleShare (AppleShare Workstation ZM 3.6.1)"

MacDrive 98 supports Mac disks on Windows NT. 2/9/98 -- Media4 Productions is now shipping MacDrive 98 ($70.00 list) for Windows 95 and Windows NT, which enables both platforms to read, write, and format all types of Macintosh HFS disks. The successor to MacDrive 95, MacDrive 98 gives users full access to Mac disks from the desktop, Explorer and directly from any software. In addition, MacDrive 98 can decode MacBinary (.bin) and BinHex (.hqx) files. Supported Mac disks include floppies, external SCSI drives, and removable media on SCSI and parallel-port, including Zip, Jaz, SyQuest, magneto optical and CD-ROM. It also works with Mac multi-session CD-R or dual-format disk. Registered MacDrive 95 users can upgrade directly for $22.00 (free if purchases after Nov. 1 '97) plus shipping and handling. (For contact info, see MacWindows Solutions.)

Low-cost monitor/keyboard sharing. 2/9/98 -- A small German company called Dr.Bott KG is producing a low-cost box for sharing a monitor, keyboard, and mouse between a Mac and a PC. The product is called MoniSwitch (web site in German only, but a new site is under construction). Dr.Bott KG sells MoniSwitch2 (US$95, 169 DM) for 2 computers, and MoniSwitch4 (US$140, 249 DM) for 4 computers. (For contact info, see MacWindows Solutions.)

One more monitor/keyboard sharing box. 2/9/98 -- Morten Ryg points out that Rose Electronics makes a several devices that lets you connect multiple PC and Mac (and Sun and IBM RS/6000) computers to a single keyboard and monitor. (For more details and contact info, see MacWindows Solutions.)

New MacWindows Solutions category: NT application servers. 2/9/98 -- We've added Windows NT application servers to our Solutions page on running Windows on Macintosh. These products allow a Mac (or computers running other operating systems) to view and control Windows NT applications over a network. The applications actually run on the NT server. Insignia's NTrique fit in this category.

IBM and Motorola prepare G4 processors. 2/9/98 -- A MacWeek story reports on the next generation processor after G3 -- the G4.

New tip: Mac G3 and Apple PC Compatibility Sound. 2/7/98 -- Cliff Harlow thought he had a bug when the Apple 12" P166 PC Compatibility Card wouldn't produce sound in his Power Mac G3/233. Then he realized the audio from the PC card comes through the CD connection on the motherboard (a cable put in during installation). So for the PC sounds to play though the Mac, the Sound Input setting of the Monitors and Sound control panel must be set to "Internal CD" not "Microphone" or "None."

Imation Color Central 3.02 improves Mac/Windows NT TCP/IP printing. 2/7/98 -- Imation Publishing Software has released Color Central 3.02 for Mac and Windows NT Server. The update for Windows NT addresses the issue of printing over TCP/IP, allowing clients to print to remote locations via TCP/IP. There are a number of other new features and bug fixes as well. Owners of Color Central 3.0 can get a free upgrade by calling 800-685-6736, or registering at the Imation site.

Fix for G3 Macs and Netware, and Netware Mac Client 5.11 bug with OT, PCI adapters. 2/6/98 -- Novell has published a document called PCI Net adapters with IW Client Mac 5.1x which says that NetWare Client for Mac OS 5.11 does not support PCI Ethernet and token ring adapters on Power Macs using Mac OS's Open Transport networking software. Novell recommends that you use the Macintosh Client updates (MCLUPD3.BIN or later - MCLUPDx.BIN), which will support PCI & ComSlot II Bus Based Macs for EtherTalk. However, TokenTalk is still not supported. This software is part of the Mac Client update 3.

However, Ken Emery has used this file to fix his problem with Power Mac G3's and Netware (see news item from 2/2/98). He reports:

"Apple seems to have used a different low-level Mentat driver for the G3 and it looks like Novell's older MacIPX was too specific to the older driver.

"The required MacIPX extension comes with CLT511.bin and CLT511.exe (different release dates) but the one that worked is part of mclupdt.exe which you would not guess by looking up "MacIPX" on Novell's search engines. (By the way, it looks like there are several date-stampings on the same version# .., and only one works.) I finally tracked down the one that worked. [mclupd3.bin]."

Emery also points out that a message on Apple's Tech Exchange forum had a message (posted 2/2/98) reporting a PowerBook 3400 problem with Netware. It said the new PB 3400 uses a "3400/G3 Ethernet" system extension.

Further info: Apple has posted a TIL article on the MCLUPD3.BIN file and Netware Client 5.11, and Ric Ford's MacInTouch column in MacWeek covers current Macintosh-Netware issues.

New MacWindows Solutions page for keyboard, monitor sharing. 2/5/98 -- MacWindows now has a new Solutions page for keyboard and monitor sharing devices. The new page lists products that let you use PC keyboards, mice, trackballs, and other input devices with Macintosh computers. It also lists products that enable you to use a single keyboard and monitor to control a Mac and a PC. Like other MacWindows Solutions pages, the new page provides descriptions of products, contact info, and links to vendor and product web pages.

New Macintosh-Windows NT networking products in Solutions page. 2/5/98 -- We've updated the Solutions Networking page with two products from Imation Publishing Software. Color Central is an AppleTalk print/OPI (Open Prepress Interface) server software for Windows NT or Mac OS that provides automated image and print management for high-speed production. OPEN is a "process server" used to control applications on both Mac OS and Windows NT in a workflow situation, supporting supports AppleScript, OLE, and Visual Basic scripting.

Vicom Internet Gateway 4.5 now available. 2/5/98 -- Version 4.5 of the Vicom Internet Gateway ($249) adds AppleScripting, blocking of Web, FTP, News, email, telnet and chat protocols, and multihosting. The Gateway is Mac-based software that allows a network of Mac OS and Windows PCs to share one Internet account over a variety of links, as well as providing a firewire.

Insignia RealPC also will support graphics accelerator. 2/4/98 -- Insignia Solutions told MacWindows that a free Real PC upgrade will support the TechWorks' Power3D graphics accelerator card for playing DOS or Windows 95 games. Yesterday, we reported that Connectix Virtual PC 2.0 will support the same card (see News item below). The graphics card support should dramatically increase the speed of games in both emulators. Details for the RealPC/Power3D deal will be announced later this month.

Jumping icons fix for Alpha NTs, but Hotfix no longer available on Web. 2/4/98 -- Richard Holdman told us that there is now a fix for the jumping finder problem on alpha NT servers. He had posted the fix, along with the fix for Pentium NT, at However, Microsoft asked him to remove the files. If you want the fix, you have to call Microsoft support--the company is not posting these still unofficial Hotfixes on line.

NT and LPR for TCP/IP printing--not so difficult. 2/4/98 -- Yesterday, we reported "However Windows '95 and NT(workstation and server) don't support LPR easily without third party solutions." Tim Winders thinks that the LPR support in Win NT isn't that difficult. "You have to go to the Network Control Panel and add the LPR Printing Service, then Win NT can print to any TCP/IP printer. We do this to print to all of our JetDirect devices. You can then share this printer under Win NT and print from Win 95 or Mac. It works great."

Orange Micro beta tests 32-bit drivers for coprocessor boards. 2/4/98 -- Orange Micro is conducting an open beta test on 32 bit bit drivers for its OrangePC 400/500 series PC compatibility cards. Owners of an Orange PC board can download the OrangePC 3.0 beta software at Orange Micro's download page. The final release of OrangePC v3.0 software will cost $39.00. There will be a free upgrade for OrangePC 400/500 owners who purchased after Dec. 1, 1997.

Virtual PC 2.0 will support graphics acceleration hardware. 2/3/98 -- Connectix announced that Virtual PC 2.0 will support TechWorks' Power3D graphics accelerator card for playing 3Dfx-enabled DOS and Windows 95 games. The replacement of VPC's graphics emulation with the actual graphics card in a Mac should dramatically increase the speed of these games.

Virtual PC 2.0 will ship at the end of February, starting at $49 (DOS version). The TechWorks Power3D Mac graphics card currently sells for $224.95, including four 3Dfx Mac games. Connectix will list PC-based 3D games that it has tested at its web site when VPC 2.0 ships.

"Jumping icons" update: beyond NT. 2/3/98-- The problem of "jumping" icons on a Windows NT server volume mounted on a Mac keeps expanding in scope as MacWindows readers report more details. The file icons in the server window "jump" around, making it difficult to select them. People also report being unable to hold keep the window in list or icon view.

Here is a summary of new and old information:

TCP/IP printing with Mac OS 8.1, adding LPR to NT. 2/3/98 --Stephen Smith of ICE Inc.reports that TCP/IP printing with Mac OS 8.1 works fine. He also sent us a tip on how to make it work with Windows NT 4. LaserWriter 8.5.1 (which comes with OS 8.1) uses the LPR protocol to send Postscript jobs to printers setup for IP printing. Several LaserWriters and many newer high end printers support LPR. However Windows '95 and NT(workstation and server) don't support LPR easily without third party solutions. Some of these are ACITS LPR Remote Printing for Windows NT 4.0 and the Windows LPR Spooler. Smith writes:

"After installing these drivers and then printing normally from a Mac to an NT 4.0 (ServicePack 3) server via AppleTalk, the NT machine will then spool and communicate with the printer using LPR quite nicely. PC workstations using normal SMB print spooling to NT 4.0 will then nicely get LPR communications to the printer as well."

For more on TCP/IP printing, see Apple's LaserWriter 8.5.1 Readme.

G3 Macs problems with IPX, NT. 2/2/98 -- Apple's Ethernet 2.0.1 driver update for G3 is supposed to fix Ethernet problems with Apple's new machines, but several readers are reporting problems even with the new driver. One reader reports that he hasn't gotten any G3 Mac to use Novell's IPX protocol (using MacIPX) over Ethernet. If anyone is using IPX on Power Macintosh G3, please let us know.

Another reader reports that his G3's have very slow (over 4 MB/min) connections to Windows NT Services for Macintosh volumes (over AppleTalk). The G3's can share files with older Macs, which have no trouble with the NT Servers.

SheepShaver to run Windows on Mac OS on Be OS. 2/2/98 -- A new SheepShaver web site has a screen shot of Real PC running on Mac OS on Be OS. Sheepshaver, first shown at Macworld Expo (see MacWindows News Archives, 1/xxx/98), is a Mac runtime environment for Be OS. There are no public beta copies yet, but the developers say Sheepshaver runs Mac OS 7.5.2 and later. The site uses the word "emulator," but SheepShaver is not an emulator, but is rather similar to Apple's Blue Box for Rhapsody.

Frontier 5 now available for Windows, Mac. 2/2/98 -- UserLand Software has released Frontier 5, which is free for downloading. Frontier 5 integrates a scripting language, runtime environment, database, and outliner, for use in web site and intranet content management. Frontier 5 is the first version to have a Windows 95/NT version as well as a Mac version.

Connectix says G3 ATAPI CD-ROM has a bug--VPC 2.0 to avoid problem. 2/2/98 -- Connectix has told MacWindows that problems with Power Mac G3 and Virtual PC that was solved with FWB's CD-ROM Toolkit are due to a bug in the G3's ATAPI CD-ROM driver. (See MacWindows news items of 1/22/98.) Jorg Brown, the Project Lead for the upcoming Virtual PC 2.0 told us:

"The problem is that when Windows asks for the "table of contents" information on the CD, the data is returned in the wrong format. Technically speaking, data which should be returned in BCD format (8, 9, 10, 11) is returned in hex format instead (8, 9, A, B). From what you report, it sounds like FWB doesn't have this bug. Hopefully Apple will release a fix in the next system release; in the meantime, Virtual PC 2.0 will work around the problem."

Jumping NT icons also on 8.0, UNIX. 2/2/98 -- A reader reports that the "jumping icon" problem of Mac OS 8.1 and Windows NT volumes (see news item directly below) also occurs with OS 8.0. He also sees it with a Unix server (Scitex Repro Server), though not as much as with NT Server. He reports: "We have experienced just the opposite fix. Our icons jump in the icon view - to fix it, we shift to list."

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