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June 1998

MS Word Security bug. June 30, 1998 -- Macintouch , and Bugnet are reporting a security problem with Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. Word files from several versions of Word include data from your hard drive that you had deleted. Word includes data from the entire sector containing the file, so that deleted email, Word files, or other text is encoded in the Word file. The reports explain that text utilities can extract this extra data from the Word files. The Microsoft spin puts the blame on the way Mac OS and Windows 95 store files on hard drives. (The Word problem does not occur with Windows NT.)

New emailing list to to focus on integration issues. June 30, 1998 -- Marc Bizer is starting a new email discussion list called WinMac, dedicated to issues of Windows95/NT and Mac OS integration. Discussions will be moderated by Steve Hyman. Email here to subscribe. Send email here to switch to digest mode. To unsubscribe, send email to

PowerPC seed in Fusion 68040 emulator? June 29, 1998 -- Reader Hsuan-min Chou may have found something in the demo of Microcode Solutions' Fusion 68040 emulator that may indicate that the company is working on a PowerPC emulator. Without reading the docs on PPC-incompatibiliy, he attempted to use the Fusion ROM utility to create a ROM file from his Powerbook 1400, which, of course, did not work with the emulator. However, the utility did yield a message "This ROM is Fusion PPC Compatible." We wonder if Fusion will be the first PowerPC emulator.

Batch Conversion of Mac type and creater codes. June 29, 1998 -- Shareware programmer Tom Riley has created Mini Conversion 1.0, utility for converting the type and creator codes of multiple files. This is useful when moving a bunch of Windows files to Macintosh. Mini Conversion presents the user with multiple windows (pads) onto which files can be dropped and changed.Mini Conversion can also make files invisible, stationery, or name locked.

Hard-to-find Mac software. June 29, 1998 -- We're often asked if there is a Mac program that does something that a Windows program does. One place to look is MacTreasures, a web site that sells virticle, hard-to-find Macintosh software, products NOT found on retail shelves.

Microcode ships 68040 emulator for Windows. June 26, 1998 -- We've added Microcode Solutions' Fusion ($85) to the MacWindows Solutions list of 68000 emulators for Windows. Like some of the existing products, Fusion will not run PowerPC-native software, though it will run Mac OS 8.0. (For more info, see our emulator list.)

MacWindows Network Solutions Update: Windows Proxy Server. June 26, 1998 -- We've added a proxy server, aVirt Gateway Server, to our list of Windows NT client/server products on our Network Solutions page. aVirt claims to have good support for Macintosh clients.

FileMaker Pro "Windows 98 Ready." June 26, 1998 -- Claris claims that FileMaker Pro 4.0 and FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition are "Designed for Windows 98 and Windows NT." This means that existing customers installing the Windows 98 upgrade will have not problems. At least not with FileMaker Pro.

Microsoft alias problem is widespread -- no solution yet. June 24, 1998 -- MacWindows readers are reporting in large numbers that they too are experiencing the alias problem after updating their NT Servers with the most recent Microsoft multi-bug-hotfix for Services for Macintosh. (See news item of June 18 below.) MacWindows reader Chris Lee says he's been building AppleScripts on each Mac to mount Win NT SFM directories. We've had no word on a fix yet. We will keep you posted.

Fix for Win NT SFM printing bug. June 24, 1998 -- Microsoft has reported that it has a fix for a bug that Windows NT Server 4.0 Services for Macintosh that cause printing errors. Microsoft describes the problem in Knowledge Base article Q184414 :

"When you use a PostScript driver, such Adobe's PostScript version 3.0 printer driver, and print to an AppleTalk printer, you may receive an access violation in Sfmmon.dll or Spoolss.exe."

The fix is a replacement file for Sfmmon.dll (time stamp 04/01/98). The file is not available at the Microsoft Web sit. You can only obtain it by calling Microsoft technical support.

Mac Coprocessor card for PCs? June 24, 1998 -- Rob Neary pointed us to the web site of Siamese Systems Ltd, which is promising to deliver a Mac processor card that runs on in the PCI slot of Windows 95 and NT machines. The card, the Siamese PCI 68040/60, is termed a "migration card," which implies that you'll have to supply you're own Macintosh ROMs. Siamese says the card will start at $499 U.S. without the processor. We'll report back with more info if we hear back from the company.

Fixes due for Outlook for Macintosh. June 24, 1998 -- A source reports that Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Outlook Exchange Server Edition for Power Macintosh is due out at the end of the month. The update will include some bug fixes for the Mac client, but no changes in functionality. From the readme file:

"Microsoft Outlook Exchange Server Edition for Power Macintosh adds support for Apple Power Macintosh computers running Apple's MacOS 8 system software, including version 8.1. Outlook functionality that was disabled when the previous version of Outlook was used with MacOS 8 has been restored. This release is also supported on the model 68K Macintosh. Push notification support on the client currently requires AppleTalk. Microsoft is working with Apple to develop a way to implement push notification over notification over TCP/IP."

Work-around for Xinet Postscript file problem. June 24, 1998 -- On June 9, we reported a problem with the Xinet server in which the server converts all of the carriage returns to line feeds when you print-to-file. (See news item below.) Apple TIL article 22187 suggests some solutions, but Stephen Smith has another one:

"There is an undocumented option in Xinet Ka-Share called "donttranslatetext" that turns off translation of TEXT files. You use this configuration by adding the -donttranslatetext option to the ksd line in the services file located in /var/adm/appletalk/."

DataViz looking for a few good beta testers. June 24, 1998 -- DataViz is looking for a limited number of beta testers for the next version of MacLink Plus, the file translation software. You can apply to participate by visiting the MacLink Plus Beta Test Program web page. All applications must be received by noon Friday, June 26.

3D Graphics Calculator 2.0 ships for Mac & Windows. June 24, 1998 -- Math fans should check out Graphics Calculator 2.0 ($39.95) from Pacific Tech, now shipping on Mac and Windows. The WYSIWYG utility lets you type in equation and see an interactive 3-D graph. Version 2.0 adds more types of 2D and 3D graphs (including vector fields), new coordinate systems (polar, spherical, and other), and new types of numeric solutions. Version 1 was included with Mac OS for many years, but Apple declined to pick up version 2.0. Developer Ron Avitzur almost didn't do a Mac version of 2.0, but user response prompted him to go ahead with it.

Shareware database of Type and Creator codes. June 24, 1998 -- Type / Creator Database v3.2 ($15) by Ilan Szekely contains a listing of over 18,000 Macintosh Type and Creator codes and 1700 equivalent PC file name extensions. The file types include business files, multimedia, graphics, and games.

Opera web browser to port to Mac OS. June 24, 1998 -- Opera Software has announced that it will port its web browser, Opera, to Mac OS. PC World recently awarded the Opera for Windows ($35) an award for "Most Promising Web Newcomer," saying that Opera is small and fast. A Linux is also in the works, according to the company.

Alias problem with recent NT SFM hotfix. June 18, 1998 -- Darryl Lee reports an apparent indexing problem he is having with the recently posted Windows NT Services for Macintosh Hot fix (see news item of June 3 below). After installing the hotfix, aliases pointing to shared volumes on Mac clients on the NT Server began to point to the wrong items. Lee says:

"When we do a Get Info on the aliases in question, say, 'Operations,' it says that it's pointing to: '*:NTMAC:Corporate.' Very strange. It happens to aliases that are created automatically (the Recent Servers folder in the Apple menu), as well as to aliases that were created manually."

One of the knowledge base articles accompanying the SFM hotfix mentions that indices are now rebuilt automatically after a crash. We wonder if this is related. If anyone has seen this problem, or knows of a solution, please let us know.

Microsoft Win NT Server 5.0 white papers. June 18, 1998 -- Microsoft has posted several new white papers about Windows NT Server 5.0 in anticipation of the Windows NT 5.0 Deployment Conference June 30 - July 2 in San Jose, Calif. There are also new papers about NT 4.0 which claim performance superiority over UNIX and Netware. The white papers are all downloadable .exe installers, so casual Mac users can't read them without a PC emulator.

Tip: Software on CD-ROM often contains dual-platform. June 18, 1998 --When Alan Gould accidentally put his Claris Home Page 3.0 for Mac CD-ROM in his Windows machine, he was surprised to discover that the disc also contained the Windows version. This is actually not uncommon, as it is sometimes less costly to put both versions on the same CD than to manufacture separate CDs. Although some software vendors advertise on the box "for Windows and Macintosh," many don't. The reason has to do with retail shelf space. Vendors found that boxes marked as cross-platform often get stocked on the Windows shelves, where Mac shoppers never look. We should warn that the software license may not let permit you to install both Mac and Windows versions, so be sure to read your licensing agreement.

Another utility to rename Mac files to DOS 8.3. June 17, 1998 -- Darryl Lee says he recommends Chaotic Software's Drop Rename 3.5 to convert the names of Mac files to the DOS 8.3 format (with 3-character extensions). Drop Rename 3.5 is $10 shareware. We've added Drop Rename to the MacWindows File Integration Solutions page, where another renaming utility, NameCleaner, is also listed.

Be, Inc. releases free updated to BeOS 3.1 for Pentium and PowerPC. June 16, 1998 -- Owners of BeOS 3.0 can download a BeOS 3.1 upgrade at Be, Inc.'s web site. BeOS Release 3.1 is available for both Intel Pentium and PowerPC systems. The new version includes support for DOS FAT16 and FAT32 drive formats on both hardware platforms (in addition to Mac HFS, Be and ISO 9660 formats). Other improvements include "preliminary" support for DHCP addressing on TCP/IP networks, and support of Intel Dakota (440LX) motherboards. You can see BeOS 3.1 at PC Expo in New York (Booth 1640).

Orange Micro posts sound driver update for 620 board. June 12, 1998 -- Orange Micro has posted a beta release of new sound drivers for the OrangePC 620 card. The new software support DirectX sound, MIDI sound, and improved sound quality overall, according to Orange Micro. This upgrade includes a new OrangePCi application.

Cross-platform Medical billing software gets an update. June 12, 1998 -- The d.i.d. Circle Organization has introduced Medical Billing Circle 6.2, medical billing database software based for Windows and Macintosh. The new version includes a full E-mail client in the program. Instead of placing email in one or more In boxes, MBC 6.2 automatically routes email to the Contacts database. MBC handles medical billing, insurance profiles, patient scheduling tasks.

Apple ships RealPC with PowerBook G3 in Asia Pacific. 6/11/98 -- Insignia Solutions has announced that PowerBook G3 Series sold by Apple's Asia Pacific group will include a copy of Insignia's RealPC DOS emulator.

Apple PC Compatibility Card bugs with Studio Display. 6/10/98 -- A new Apple TIL article 22201 reports of a problem with the PC Compatibility Card that prevents the installation of the Windows 95 .INF file included with the Apple Studio Display. Also discussed is a problem that prevents you from adjusting the display tracking or positioning when from Windows. The article suggests work-arounds for both problems.

Netware to hand off Mac OS client development to ProSoft Engineering. 6/9/98 -- On May 12, we reported that a MacWindows source reported that Novell is getting ready to hand-off development and support of its Mac client to a "well-known Mac networking company." Macintouch has reported (June 5) that the company is ProSoft Engineering. According to Macintouch, ProSoft will create a "NetWare client to address long-standing issues," a "native-IP NetWare client," as well as updates to other products.

FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition ships. 6/9/98 -- FileMaker, Inc., is shipping FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition ( $499), a database development tool kit for corporate and professional database developers that runs on Windows 95, Windows NT and the Mac OS. The new developer edition features an open API (application program interface) that allows developers to write External Functions for FileMaker Pro 4.0 databases. Also included is FileMaker Pro Binder software, with which developers can used to create royalty-free FileMaker Pro solutions that users can run without having FileMaker. There's also Java Classes that enable developers to access to FileMaker Pro databases over any Java-enabled operating system, such as Windows 98, Mac OS as well as most Unix and Solaris Systems.

Problems Copying or Saving Postscript Files to an Xinet Server. 6/9/98 -- Apple Technical Info Library article #22187 describes a problems if you "print to file" and then drag or copy that file to a Xinet server. The Xinet server automatically converts all of the carriage returns <CR> in the file to line feeds <LF> which causes these jobs that contain binary data to fail. The article suggests some solutions.

Global Village 56K software doesn't like Virtual PC 2.0. 6/9/98 -- MacFixIt is reporting that Global Village's 56K modem software doesn't work properly in Windows with Virtual PC 2.0.

QuickTime is the #1 Non-Bundled Windows Application. 6/9/98 -- A report by Media Metrix of the Top 50 owned and used software ranks QuickTime as the number 1 non-bundled Windows software. The report says:

"The largest single owned software application or utility product outside those bundled with the Windows operating system is Apple's QuickTime which is installed on 23.9 million Windows PCs or 67.6 percent of the 35.3 million Windows PCs installed in March 1998."

Connectix on Virtual PC FPU and Japanese Visual Basic. June 5, 1998 -- Connectix' Jorg Brown writes about the Virtual PC FPU imprecision we reported on June 2nd. Brown says that the Virtual PC FPU error occurred in the Japanese version of Visual Basic, and that the impact is smaller than one caused by a bug in the Pentium processor. He also gives some interesting comparisons between the two.

VPC 2.0.1 in German and French. June 5, 1998 -- Connectix has posted the Virtual PC 2.0.1 updater for German and French versions. Like the previously release English 2.0.1, this version fixes the G3/IPX problem as well as some other minor bugs.

New Apple Netware NDS FAQ. June 4, 1998 -- Apple has posted a new Tech Info Library article on Apple Network Utility for NDS, software that becomes a part of the NetWare Administrator Utility for your NetWare server. It lets NetWare administrators set up and use the LaserWriter 8500, 12/640, and 16/300 printers with NetWare Directory Services (NDS) on a NetWare 4.1 or 4.11 server.

Keyspan announces a USB card for PCI Macs and PCs. June 4, 1998 -- Keyspan has will ship a Universal Serial Bus (USB) card this September. The card will enable Macintoshes with Mac OS 7.6 or later and PCs with Windows 98 to run USB peripherals. USB is a new standard created by Intel and being adopted in Apple's upcoming iMac. USB is a 12 Mbit/sec port that allows up to 127 devices to run simultaneously on a single port. USB supports keyboards, mice, printers, storage drives, scanners, joysticks, audio, and other devices. You can read the press release here.

Wall Data sells MacRUMBA to Cel. June 4, 1998 -- Wall Data has sold it's Mac RUMBA mainframe client and gateway software line to Cel Corporation. A Mac running Mac RUMBA can open multiple SNA sessions to a combination of IBM AS/400 and mainframe systems. Mac RUMBA began at Apple as the SNAps product line.

Updated Services for Mac hot fix fixes multiple bugs. June 3, 1998 -- An updated Microsoft Services for Mac hot fix for Windows NT Server includes old and new fixes for at least 9 Services for Mac bugs, including the jumping icon problem. One new fix is for the disappearing icon problem, which occurs when Windows NT Server crashes. With the hot fix, SFM will now automatically rebuild the index for the Mac volumes.

An Explanation for the Quark behavior. June 3, 1998 -- Dan DeSimoni informs us that the problem with Quark Xpresss and NT Server reported yesterday is not a Y2K artifact, but that standard Quark behavior:

"Whenever Quark realizes that the time is different it will say the images have been modified. This can been be done by working in quark on one Mac station and then saving the page on the server and then reopening the page on another station with one hour difference. At our company, every time daylight savings occurs the pages that we worked on previously will come up with 'the images have been modified.'"

Apple discontinues MAE Mac on Unix. June 3, 1998 -- Apple has posted a notice describing the company says it has discontinued its Macintosh Application Environment (MAE) for Sun and HP workstation. MAE was not an emulation product, but a runtime environment (similar to Rhapsody's BlueBox) that provides a Macintosh environment in an X Window. (See Macwindows Operating Systems Solutions for MAE info and links.)

Small FPU math bug in Virtual PC. June 2, 1998 -- Ken Kiukchi's web page discusses a Virtual PC bug in which Visual Basic reports the number 10 to the power of 4 as 9999.999999999999 instead of 10,000. Connectix confirmed that Virtual PC 1.x and 2.x has a minor bug in the way it emulates FPU (floating point unit) math. The company is working on the fix.

Reader reports Y2K problem with NT Server, Quark Xpress for Mac. June 2, 1998 -- Johan Kvarnhammar was doing some year-2000 testing with Windows NT Server 4.0, Service Pack 3, an found an odd quirk with printing Quark Xpress for Mac. He created a Quark document including a pair of images located on the server and then saved the Quark document on the server. After disconnecting from the serve, Kvarnhammar changed the date on both client and server to 2000-01-01 (time is always synchronized). When trying to print, a message tells him that the images have been modified or are missing. Changing the dates on the Mac client and NT Server back to before the 2000 enables to document to print without the error message.

Network Solutions Update: ISDN cards for Mac. June 2, 1998 -- We've included information on Hermstedt Leonardo series ISDN cards for Mac PCI slots in our Network Solutions page.

Netopia Timbuktu Pro 4.5 compatible with MS NetMeeting. June 1, 1998 --Farallon is shipping Timbuktu Pro 4.5, or more formerly, Timbuktu Pro with Microsoft NetMeeting Compatible Application Sharing. The new version of the remote-control software allows a Mac to share and application with a group of Windows machines running Microsoft NetMeeting or other T.120 compatible software. Other new features are an Invitation Service, which sends a message to Windows users inviting them to log on to the Mac, and Shrink-to-Fit screen resizing. Netopia offers a downloadable evaluation copy.

MS Outlook for Mac and Windows use incompatible calendars. June 1, 1998 -- Reader Hillary Postman comments on the inability of Mac & PC versions of Microsoft Outlook to use the same schedule:

"I understand you cannot get them to work because they are using two different versions of the calendar. The Mac version essentailly uses (what was equal to) Windows Messaging while the PC side uses Outlook.They are 2 different programs and you can't share calendars even if you were both PC using the different versions."

We hunted down a Microsoft web page that discribes all the differences between the Mac and Windows Exchange clients. You can read it here. Unfortunately, some of the links on the page are broken. Fortunately, the article numbers are listed, so you can get around the broken links by searching the MS web site for the article number.

Microsoft releases list of NT 4.0 SP3 hot fixes. June 1, 1998 -- Microsoft has published a new list of hot fixes, including the jumping icons fix, sfm-fix, for Window NT 4.0, Service Pack 3. The document lists the order in which they should installed. There is this warning, however:

"Microsoft recommends waiting for Service Pack 4 unless you are currently running into a specific problem resolved by one of these fixes."

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