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Workarounds for Outlook/Exchange disappearing cursor bug. October 29, 1999 -- We've received two very different workarounds to disappearing text cursor problem with Outlook Exchange client 8.2.x for Mac:

  • Mark Caldeira says: Go to Tools>Options...>Spelling tab and toggle "Always suggest replacements for misspelled words". Uncheck the option, recheck it, and close out of options.
  • Paul Dormer says: Disable ATI graphics.

The readers full statements on our Outlook for Exchange page.

StuffIt Deluxe 5.1 application incompatible with Mac OS 9. October 29, 1999 -- Aladdin's StuffIt Deluxe 5.1 application is not compatible with Mac OS 9. According to the company, a free update is in the works, but not yet available. Mac OS 9 comes with DropStuff 5.1.2 and StuffIt Deluxe 5.1, and the StuffIt Engine 5.1.3, which are compatible with OS 9.

PowerPrint 5.0 to add multifunction printer support. October 29, 1999 -- Infowave announced PowerPrint 5.0 (US $99), a new version of its Mac software for printing to PC printers that will ship in November. (PowerPrint also comes with a serial-to-parallel or USB-to-parallel converter cable.) The new version will add support for multifunction printers, including scanning support for HP and Canon printers. There will also be improved print speed for Canon BubbleJet printers.

Prosoft to upgrade to NetWare Client for Mac due soon. October 28, 1999 -- Prosoft Engineering told us that it is planning to release an upgrade to its NetWare Client for Mac OS within the next two weeks. NetWare Client 5.13 for Mac OS adds some new features and bug fixes, including the following:

(Thanks to Ken Maritch for alerting us to this item.)

Confirmation of Outlook/Exchange Missing text cursor. October 28, 1999 -- Another reader has reported the disappearance of the blinking text insertion cursor in Outlook/Exchange for Mac 8.2.1 while composing e-mail messages. Jeremy West has seen this problem with all of his Mac users. We first reported the problem on October 26. We've added West's message to our Outlook Exchange page.

Reader reports Outlook Exchange problem with Power Mac G4s. October 28, 1999 -- Reader Khang Than-Trong reported some problems with Outlook for Exchange Server 8.2 a pair of new Power Macintosh G4s. His report is on our Outlook Exchange page.

ExtremeZ-IP problem with extensionless Mac files. October 28 -- Tamara Curtin reports of a problem with the ExtremeZ-IP file server for Windows NT and Mac files that don't have a DOS extension in their file names. If such a file is moved or modified by a PC, it looses its Macintosh type and creator code (and become generic icons.) She says:

As I'm sure is the case with many mostly Mac shops, designers and prepress people have their own naming schemes, our prepress department routinely names mechanical files .mech, final files .final, etc. ExtremeZ does allow you to identify DOS extensions creator codes, but only 3 letter extensions.

(See our AFP-over-IP servers for Windows NT page for more on ExtremeZ-IP.

Update on Retrospect NT report. October 28, 1999 -- Rich Ailes has sent us some more comments about using Retrospect for Windows NT, including some performance numbers: "My speed for a DDS2 DAT has consistently been 48 mb/min and sometimes as high as 70 mb/min across a 100 Base-T net." You can read the rest of his report on our NT SFM Backup page.

Windows 2000 ship date set for February, 2000. October 27, 1999 -- A ZDnet report claims that Microsoft has set February 17, 2000, as the release date for Windows 2000. This is within the timeframe that Apple has said Mac OS X would ship. Microsoft has previously said that the new OS would ship before the end of this year.

Blue Label PowerEmulator works on OS 9. October 27, 1999 -- Jose Sanchez Nunez wrote to tell us that Lismore's Blue Label PowerEmulator running Windows 95 runs well on Mac OS 9. (He has a Power Mac 6500/250).

More on Retrospect for NT. October 27, 1999 -- Rob Smithers sent us this update about Retrospect for NT:

Bruce Robertson mentioned on October 25 that a "user must be logged into the server in order for backups to occur." I've been testing it for a couple of weeks, and have had several scripted backups run fine with no user logged in to the server. I am usually logged in; but, on a few occasions, I have logged out. The script always runs anyway. (I double-checked this last night.)

(See our NT Server Backup page.)

Virtual PC 3.0 upgrade available for $39. October 27, 1999 -- Connectix is offering a specially priced upgrade to Virtual PC 3.0 for registered users until November 1. When you upgrade online, Connectix will take US $5 off the regular price, for an upgrade at $39.

Hacker defaces Microsoft web sit. October 27, 1999 -- ZDnet reports that for the first time, a hacker broke into Microsoft's web site and left a message. The according to the report, the hacker broke into the site, as well as several U.S. government sites, through Windows NT Server.

Peachpit Press chat with The Little Network Book authors. October 27, 1999 -- Tonight at 6:00 PM pacific/9:00 p.m. eastern, PeachPit Press presents a chat with the authors of The Little Network Book for Windows and Macintosh, Lon Poole and John Rizzo. You can participate in the chat with a JAVA-enabled browser (Netscape 3.0+ or IE 4.0+ running MRJ 2.1.1 recommended). You can also submit questions before the chat.

A solution for an older Quark NT unsolved mystery. October 26, 1999 -- Torben Friedrichsen has submitted a solution to an NT Unsolved Mystery involving Quark Xpress, a mystery that was submitted almost a year ago to this day. The problem was that with large, complex Quark 3.32 documents, Quark would claim linked files were all "missing." Friedrichsen said the problem is lack time synchronization with Mac and NT Server, and that solution is to use a timeserver. (The full problem and solution are described at the link above.)

ShareWay IP 3.0 "upgrades OS 9." October 26, 1999 -- Open Door Networks is now shipping ShareWay IP 3.0, a gateway software product running on a Mac that allows Macs to browse access any AppleShare-compatible file server over TCP/IP (including Windows NT Server). Open Door is the creator of Mac OS 9's Internet file sharing feature, and Open Door claims that ShareWay IP 3.0 is an "upgrade to Internet file sharing."

New features in version 3.0 enhance the security of Mac OS 9's Internet features:

Open Door Networks also announced the beta release of DoorStop Personal Edition, firewall software designed for use with ShareWay IP. The release version is expected to ship in November.

Upgrades to ShareWay IP 3.0 is available users of Mac OS 9, as well as to users of ShareWay IP 1.0 and 2.0. ShareWay IP Personal Edition starts $79 ($69 educational), upgrades $39 ($34 educational). ShareWay IP Standard Edition, for use with servers such as AppleShare, Windows NT and NetWare is available at $249 ($179 educational).

Open Door also announced free Mac OS 9 updates to ShareWay IP Pro 2.0.1 and DoorStop 1.0.2.

Outlook Exchange text bar disappears. October 26, 1999 -- Mary Halligan reports an odd problem with Microsoft Outlook for Mac 8.2.1 (Exchange Edition):

The flashing vertical line that tells me where my cursor is, has disappeared. I actually have the pointer and cursor, but as soon as I click on something, the flashing line that shows you where you are on the document, does not appear.

She's run Disk First Aid and Techtool Pro, and reinstalled Outlook, to no avail. If you've seen this problem, please let use know. Halligan's full report is on our Outlook Exchange page.

Bug fix update to Mac-like UI for Windows. October 26, 1999 -- Jeff Bargmann has posted an update to MacVision, a program that makes Windows look and act more like Mac OS, including the addition of an Apple menu. Bargmann calls the new release version 0.8.204, which adds some bug fixes. (See the MacWindows User Interface Solutions page for more software that makes Windows look like Mac OS, and software that makes Mac look like Windows.)

Aladdin goes public. October 26, 1999 -- Yesterday Aladdin announced that it had become a publicly traded company. Aladdin makes cross-platform compression and encoding software, including StuffIt, DropStuff, and Expander for Mac and Windows.

DAVE 2.5 released: support for OS 9, Win 2000. October 25, 1999 -- Thursby Software Systems today officially announced that it is shipping DAVE 2.5 ($149), network software for Macintosh that makes it compatible with Windows file and print sharing networks. (DAVE installs the Microsoft SMB and CIFS file sharing protocols using NetBIOS over TCP/IP.) We first reported on October 18 that resellers had begun to take orders for the new version.

New features of DAVE 2.5 include:

Updates are available as a free download for people who purchased DAVE 2.1 after August 1, 1999 and for those under maintenance agreements.

Apple releases OS 9: Some cross-platform improvements. October 25, 1999 -- Apple's Mac OS 9 ($99) became available in North American stores this weekend. Availability to worldwide could be as late as November. Hidden among the dozens of new features are some cross-platform improvements (listed on our Mac OS 9 page), including better DHCP compatibility with Windows NT DHCP servers and bug fixes with File Exchange and mounting PC disks. (On October 22, we noted that Netopia has released a Mac OS 9 update, Timbuktu Pro for Macintosh 5.21.)

Update on Retrospect for NT report: some missing features. October 25, 1999 -- We've updated our NT Server Backup page with a report from Bruce Robertson, who compares the features of the new Retrospect 5 for NT with some other products that can backup NT Services for Macintosh directories. Robertson discusses six areas:

We've also added a note from Erik Smith about the lack of an Exchange backup agent or open file agent. You can read both Smith's and Robertson's full reports here.

Voodoo3 3000 graphics cards may come to Mac. October 25, 1999 -- Lori Wright of The Moose News cross-platform site alerted us to some sightings of evidence of an upcoming Mac version of a Voodoo3 graphics cards:

Apparently, the Voodoo3 3000, which was originally only available as an AGP card, is now available in PCI. When the Voodoo3 released, the 2000 was the only model available in PCI. We saw comments about the V3 3000 PCI on Mac Gamers Ledge, thought it was a typo, but we saw it listed as an option in 3dfx's tech support form. We've seen no other mention of it.

We looked around the net, and found some other references to it. The Macs Only site claims to have the specifications for three models of the new card.

GraphicConverter 3.7.2 adds new translation formats. October 25, 1999 -- The and update to the shareware graphics translation utility for Macs, GraphicConverter 3.7.2. The new version adds new cross-platform formats, including PGC, PGF added wbmp (wireless bmp) (type 0), TIFF with 48 bit added, YC TIFFs, and others. There are also a number of bug fixes.

NT Service Pack 6 in beta. October 22, 1999 -- Several people have written to say that a beta version of NT Service Pack 6 in now included on the September issue of Microsoft's TechNet CD. (On October 6 we reported that Microsoft has posted a hotfix for NT 4 SP 6.)

Netopia upgrades Timbuktu Pro for OS 9. October 22, 1999 -- Netopia has released Timbuktu Pro for Macintosh 5.21, an upgrade of its cross-platform remote control software for Mac OS 9. The new version is Mac OS 9 compatible and implements a number of new OS 9 features, including password support for the Keychain and IP Browser support that detects Timbuktu users on a TCP/IP network. The new version also has up to 200 percent faster remote control performance over modem connections, according to the company.

DAVE 2.5 may be required upgrade for OS 9. October 22, 1999 -- The upcoming DAVE 2.5 from Thursby Software Systems may be fix to support OS 9, which Apple will release on October 23. A reader said Thursby's customer support department send him this message:

DAVE 2.1 is not supported with Mac OS 9. DAVE 2.5 is supported with that OS but is not yet available. When DAVE 2.5 is available (later this month), we will post upgrade information on our web site and email all registered users of its availability.

We reported on October 18 that MacWarehouse has begun to take orders for the new version.

Fix for NT SFM blue screen: disable "Gatherer." October 22, 1999 -- Stephen Baxter's Windows NT Sever 4.0 SP4 was crashing when Mac users were copying files to the server. We've reported extensively on this problem, on our NT Unsolved mysteries page, and there is a known problem with some virus software described on the MacWindows Server Tips page.

However, Baxter wasn't running virus software. The blue screen reported and error in an AppleTalk module. The fix was to disable the Gatherer Service, part of SiteServer. (You can read Baxter's full report here.)

We're not too familiar with the gatherer service, but a search of the Microsoft site points towards a data-gathering capability over a network. If you have any knowledge of the Gatherer server or a conflict with NT Services for Macintosh, please let us know.

More on Retrospect for NT backup software. October 22, 1999 -- Bruce Robertson alerted us to a recent PC Week labs review on Dantz Retrospect for NT backup software. He also sent these comments:

I just read your NT backup page. I also can verify that Backup Exec is horrible. That is what we are trying to migrate away from. It is the worst. I also have worked with Retrospect on the Mac for many years, and I must say that I am praying that it is up to the task because it has a wonderful interface. I only wish it would switch tapes on my autoloader on restore jobs.

Managing NFS export directories in Mac OS X Server. October 22, 1999 -- A new Apple Tech Info Library article 60559 describes two methods of manually managing NFS exports without running the NetworkManager File Sharing utility.

AppleShare IP 6.3 rumored to be in the works. October 21, 1999 -- MacWeek's Mac the Knife column reports a rumor that Apple is readying AppleShare IP 6.3, which would have new administration tools.

Microsoft releases IntelliMouse Explorer for Macintosh. October 21, 1999 -- Microsoft has released a Mac version of it's high-precision, optical IntelliMouse Explorer (US $74.95). The USB mouse includes two functioning buttons and a scrolling wheel. If you already own the mouse (for PCs), you can download the IntelliPoint Mac drivers without charge.

Sun acquires X-platform Java development. October 21, 1999 -- ZDnet reports that Sun Microsystems has acquired NetBeans, a cross-platform Java development environment.

Be growing. October 21, 1999 -- Be Inc., maker of Be OS for Macintosh and Intel platforms, reported and 82 percent increase in revenues (to $1,621,000) from a year ago.

Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 offers cross-platform attachments. October 20, 1999 -- Yesterday, Microsoft released Outlook Express 5.0. Among the new features are "Smart Attachments," which Microsoft says "ensures files will be accessible by users of either the Macintosh or Windows operating systems." Microsoft says that you can choose the encoding that will work for the sender's platform "without needing to know complex terminology." (CE Software's QuickMail Pro for Windows and Macintosh has a similar feature.)

Xinet FullPress OPI server for Win NT uses AFP-over-IP. October 20, 1999 -- Xinet's FullPress for Windows NT ($7500 for 6 users) is an AppleShare based OPI server ported from the company's server for UNIX servers. FullPress for NT adds an AFP-over-IP file server as well as an OPI server to NT. For UNIX, Xinet sells the AppleShare-compatible file sharing server without the OPI server as a package called K-AShare. However, it is not selling a K-AShare file server product for NT.

Jamie Stotz points out FullPress for NT constitutes a third entry in the AppleShare-over-IP for NT category, though a high-end one, since it includes the OPI server. The other two are MacServerIP and ExtremeZ-IP (see our AFP-over-IP page).

Insignia to handle SoftWindows support for now. October 20, 1999 -- Insignia Solutions has posted a notice saying that SoftWindows and RealPC owners can continue to contact Insignia support. Product updater files are still available from Insignia. (Two days ago, Insignia announced that it has sold the PC emulators to FWB Software.) Insignia also said that there will be a transition period. Meanwhile, FWB has posted a press release about the purchase of the product line.

Miramar ships PC MacLAN NT 4.1 with utilities, cuts price. October 19, 1999 -- Miramar Systems is now shipping PC MACLAN for Windows NT 4.1, the latest version of it's AppleTalk/AppleShare file and print sharing software for Windows NT. Included with the software is Miramar's PC Migrator utility and DataViz's MacOpener. PC Migrator is a file renaming utility that removes illegal charactors and adds DOS extensions. MacOpener enables Windows to recognize and use Macintosh disks. PC MACLAN 4.1 for NT sells for US $199, $50 less than previous versions.

Plugin gives FileMaker Pro 5 access to serial devices. October 19, 1999 -- From Troi Automatisering is the Troi Serial Plug-in 2.0 (US $69, $25 upgrade) for FileMaker Pro 5 for Mac OS and Windows. It can read from and write to the serial ports of a computer directly from FileMaker Pro. This enables FileMaker Pro 5 to use for electronic weighing scales, credit card swiping, and data acquisition and transfer and device control.

Orange Micro announces X-platform PCI card with USB and FireWire. October 19, 1999 -- Orange Micro has announced the OrangeLink FireWire/USB Board (US $159), a 7-inch PCI board for Macs and PCs with 2 USB and 2 FireWire ports. The board will ship in November.

LATE POST: Insignia sells SoftWindows. October 18, 1999 -- Insignia Solutions has sold its line of PC emulators to FWB Software. This includes SoftWindows for Macintosh, Real PC, and SoftWindows for UNIX. (See the story at PR NewsWire. Thanks to Monty Solomon for the lead.)

DAVE 2.5 to be released soon. October 18, 1999 -- A reader named Matthew called MacWarehouse to order Thursby's DAVE 2.1. MacWarehouse said they no longer carried DAVE 2.1, but sold him DAVE 2.5--which hasn't been announced yet.

ACI offers competitive upgrade to 4th Dimension for FileMaker users. October 18, 1999 -- ACI is offering users of FileMaker Pro 4 and 5 a copy of its 4th Dimension cross-platform relational database for $99. You can also a download a free demo copy (Windows version is 15 MB, Mac version is 5.5 MB).

Win 98 SE Internet Connection Sharing works fine. October 18, 1999 -- Pete Morris reports not a problem, but the fact that he uses his PC laptop to share an Internet connection with his Mac using the Internet Connection Sharing feature of Windows 98 Second Edition:

I currently have a PC laptop as well as a 1400. The PC is connected using a TA to ISDN. Using ICS in Win98 SE, and setting TCP/IP on my PowerBook to DHCP, I can use the ISDN connection through an Ethernet hub to the PC. A great feature in the Mac/PC world.

MacBochs PC now emulator a Pentium/586 processor. October 15, 1999 -- The shareware PC emulator MacBochs has now been upgraded to MacBochs 991012. It now emulates a Pentium/586 processor and fixes some bugs.

Microsoft working on Outlook 8.x "mouse click" problem. October 15, 1999 --Rob Eberhardt reports that he has been working with Apple and Microsoft on a problem he originally reported to us last February in which Outlook for Mac temporarily hangs the system. (A click of the mouse anywhere on the screen will allow the system to continue on for a few seconds and then stop again.) Eberhardt says he's enabled Microsoft to reproduce this problem with Outlook Exchange, IE and IE Download Manager. Eberhardt's report is on the MacWindows Outlook Exchange page.

Mac OS 9 won't correct non-English language bug with Win NT/2000. October 15, 1999 -- Rob Newberry of Group Logic, the developer of ExtremeZ-IP (the AFP-over-IP server for Windows NT), wrote us about yesterday's reported NT problem with non-U.S. English Mac OS clients. Microsoft says that the problem is caused by the lack of Unicode support in Mac OS. We commented that Mac OS 9 supports Unicode. However, Newberry says Mac OS 9 stills will have this problems. Newberry explains why on our Mac OS 9 Issues page.

SoftWindows doesn't run on Mac OS 9. October 15, 1999 -- Yesterday (Oct. 14), MacFitIt reported that Insignia Solutions confirms that current versions of SoftWindows are not compatible with Mac OS 9.

Preventing hackers from relaying mail in AppleShare IP. October 15, 1999 -- Apple Tech Info Library article 31108 describes the procedure to prevent unauthorized mail relaying (and SPAM) on the AppleShare IP mail server.

Updated to cross-platform medical database software. October 15, 1999 -- Beta 4 of medXS Version 4.5 is now available. medXS is a client/server medical database program for Windows and Macintosh designed for surgical departments "to provide hospital staff with up-to-date information about patients before and after surgery. The main functions are scheduling and documentation of surgery with coding of diagnoses and therapy, tissue banking, e-mail, on call scheduling, and clinical word processing." The software works over TCP/IP, AppleTalk, and IPX networks.

Windows 2000 on Virtual PC slow, but works. October 14, 1999 -- After some effort, Nick Reeve succeeded in installing Windows 2000 on Virtual PC:

Just thought I'd drop you a note to say that I have Windows 2000 RC2, which just arrived in my October Technet, running on Virtual PC3. The install took a deathly 4 hrs, but it went OK. You need 649 Mb [hard disk space]... yes 649 for for the install. The setup.exe is a Windows program and will upgrade or do a clean install. I added a new hard disk file of 750 Mb and it automatically picked this for the \WINNT folder. So now I have a dual boot Win 95/2000 install.

I'm running it on a StarMax G3/240 with 96 Mb RAM. It's slow but manageable.

Windows 2000 SFM problem with non-US Mac OS. October 14, 1999 -- Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q239474 describes a problem with Windows 2000 Server and Services for Macintosh that Microsoft is caused by lack of Unicode support in Mac OS. The problem has to do with "localized" (non-English) versions Mac OS not being able to see file names on Win 2000 SFM shares. (Mac OS 9 will support Unicode.)

Vicomsoft updates DHCP Servers for Mac, Windows. October 14, 1999 -- Vicomsoft DHCP Server v6.5 (US $95) is now available for Mac OS and Windows 95/98/NT. The new version adds remote administration with encrypted password security.

Special report: Cross-platform improvements in Mac OS 9. October 13, 1999 -- We've put together a new special report on cross-platform improvements in Mac OS 9, which is supposed to ship to distributors on October 23. Cross-platform features include

Shipping details of NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare. October 13, 1999 -- Prosoft Engineering told MacWindows that NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare (which we reported on yesterday) can be purchased and downloaded now at the Prosoft online store. It will ship on CD-ROM on October 22. A protect demo is available by calling Prosoft at (925) 249-4200.

Keyspan ships hand-held remote for digital movies. October 13, 1999 -- Keyspan is now shipping a hand-held remote control unit for operating DVD movies, CD, MP3, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, PowerPoint presentations, and other software running on PCs and Macintosh.Digital Media Remote ($79) consists of a 15-key infrared remote and an infrared receiver unit that connects to the USB port on a Windows or Mac OS computer.

Prosoft to ship NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare NLM. October 12, 1999 -- Prosoft Engineering is taking orders for NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare ($495; Education price is $295 ), an AppleTalk-based NetWare-loadable module for Novell's NetWare server. The NLM provides an AFP file server, PAP print server, and AppleTalk router. The print services enables PC clients to print to AppleTalk printers. The NLM, which has been in beta for several months, is due to be shipped next week. Prosoft also sells NetWare Client 5.12 for Macintosh, an IPX-based client for Mac OS. (NetWare 5 Services for AppleShare has been added to our product listings on the MacWindows Network Solutions page.)

Another instance of NT SFM hogging server processor. October 12, 1999 -- On our NT Unsolved Mysteries page, we've added comments by Paul Williams on the problem of Services for Macintosh slowing NT Server. He's tried the suggestions from other readers but has not fixed the problem. Let us know if you have a solution.

Reinstalling Windows fixes DAVE stalling on Mac. October 12, 1999 -- Charlie Marorelli, who yesterday was the latest reader complaining of DAVE stalling on his Macs, discovered that reinstalling Windows 98 fixed the problem.

New versions of Mac disk tools for Windows. October 12, 1999 -- Logiciels and Services Duhem has released MacDisk and MacScuzzy version 5, which enable Windows to access Mac disk media. MacDisk drives Mac floppy disks, CD-ROM, and Zip drives. MacScuzzy, a superset of MacDisk, drives all kinds of Macintosh media.

The new versions offer improvements in handling long filenames, can hand CD-ROMs that contain PC-illegal characters in file or directory names, and handle NTFS volumes managed with Services for Macintosh.

3-OS's-in-one fun. October 12, 1999 --Lori Wright of Moose News told us about this cross-platform screen shot of LinuxPPC running Mac OS via SheepShaver and Windows. At first, one might thing that Windows is running in SoftWindows in SheepShaver, a Mac OS run-time time environment. (We have seen such a demonstration on the the BeOS version of SheepShaver.) On closer inspection, however, it appears that Windows in on top of the SheepShaver window, not inside of it.

Microsoft Exchange Service Pack 3 released. October 11, 1999 -- Several weeks ago, Microsoft posted Exchange 5.5, Service Pack 3. The new version includes some bug fixes, a new administration feature called Mailbox Manager, as well as some other features. Outlook 8.2.1 for Macintosh is also part of SP3, though it preceded SP3's release by a month. It also includes Outlook 2000 for Windows. The SlipStick SP3 page has a good summary of what's new.

New Outlook for Mac client to support X-platform calendars. October 11, 1999 -- MacInTouch reported last week (Oct. 7) that Microsoft announced that it is working a new version of the Outlook client for Macintosh that would be fully compatible with Windows clients calendars. The announcement came at the Exchange Conference in Atlanta. The new client is due next year.

Rumors of Windows NT Service Pack 6 abound. October 11, 1999 -- We continue to receive messages from readers about rumors of the imminent release of a Windows NT Service Pack 6. (Last week we report that Microsoft has released a post-SP 6 hotfix for NT 4.

Update for cross-platform file decoder. October 11, 1999 -- Etresoft has posted Decoder 2.0.6 for Mac and Windows, an upgrade to utility for decoding Mac and PC encoded files, such as those received as email attachments. Improvements include better BinHex decoding and some user interface changes. Other formats include AppleSingle, MacBinary (I, II, and III), UUencoded, and MIME.

Another opinion about DAVE stalling. October 11, 1999 -- Charlie Marorelli sent us another possible explanation for the problem of Thursby's DAVE stalling that we've been reporting. He said that Thursby tech support told him it was a problems with clocks being out of sync. Marorelli set the clocks of the Mac and Windows PC to the same time and the problem disappeared, but reappeared a week later.

We've had other possible solutions reported to us, the last one on October 8 below.

Apple creates MP3 site. October 11, 1999 -- Apple now has a web site with information about using and creating MP3 sound files.

Microsoft creates Y2K portal page. October 11, 1999 -- Microsoft has created a Year 2000 Portal Page with news, information, and links about Y2K and Microsoft products.

Utility fixes icons on Mac, Windows, and emulators. October 11, 1999 -- Developer Alex Grec of Kanex Group Inc. told us that he wrote Restore Desktop 1.0 (US $10) for working with Virtual PC on a Mac. Restore Desktop for Macintosh and Windows is a contextual menu plugin that restores Desktop icon positions after changing screen resolutions or other actions that cause them to move. Grec said he was frustrated that desktop icons in Virtual PC would not stay put.

New hotfix for NT Services for Macintosh blue screen bug. October 8, 1999 -- Microsoft has identified bug in NT 4.0 Services for Macintosh that causes a blue screen with the error message

STOP 0x00000050 : 0xa63cb000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x0000000 sfmsrv!AfpLookupIcon "

Microsoft has created a hotfix for the problem, but has not posted it. To get it, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. (Thanks to Scott Krajewski, who first saw it at Windows NT Magazine.)

Dantz ships Retrospect 5 for Windows 95/98/NT. October 8, 1999 -- Dantz Development has begun shipping Retrospect 5.0 for Windows, a line of backup software that can run on Windows and now Windows NT Servers. (Retrospect has been available for Mac for years.) A Mac server is no longer required to backup Windows clients, and NT Server is now supported directly. Retrospect Server Backup includes 100 client licenses and can back up client workstations and servers across multiple IP subnets. (We've added Retrospect to our list on the MacWindows Network Solutions page.)

Rich Ailes recently switched from Seagate Backup Exec 7.2 to Retrospect Server Backup for his NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 5. You can read his comments here.

More on DAVE stalling. October 8, 1999 -- Responding to our Sept. 27 report on stalling with DAVE 2.1, James L. Loeb offers this advice:

Make sure the LMHosts File is in the correct directory.
Also make sure that the NT server is NOT multi-honed. DAVE had a problem with this. This is most likely the problem.

(Thursby Systems' DAVE is an SMB/NetBIOS over TCP/IP client for Macintosh.)

No Jumping icons with NT SP 5, readers report. October 8, 1999 -- Several readers responded to our report of a reader (Oct. 6) who had multiple cases of of the jumping icons problem with NT Service Pack 5, even though SP5 was installed after Services for Mac was installed first. No one reported seeing the problem with SP5 or could offer an explanation. A typical response was Richard Laframboise:

I have at least 25 sites now running on NT SP5 with no jumping icons problem, I would recommend to Jesper to reinstall SFM and to reapply SP5. Also to make sure that he is using AppleShare client 3.8.3.

ShareWay IP browsing technology in Mac OS 9. October 8, 1999 -- Open Door Networks has announced that it's ShareWay IP will be included in Mac OS 9, which will ship to distributors on October 24. The technology will enable the Mac OS Network Browser to see TCP/IP file servers. (A current deficit in Mac OS networking is the inability to list file servers without the use of AppleTalk.) IP file service browsing is enabled using the Service Location Protocol (SLP) that Open Door helped to develop, and which is used in ShareWay IP. ShareWay IP is a gateway that enables any AppleShare-compatible server to be made available (via the Chooser) over a TCP/IP local area network, or over the Internet itself.

Free Mac file name utility adds PC suffixes, removes illegal characters. October 8, 1999 -- Name2Win 1.0 is a free utility that adds the correct PC suffixes to file names and removes characters (such as the slash) that are illegal in Windows. The software includes a predefined list of the most common cross-platform file types that can be customized. We've added Name2Win to our list of file renaming utilities on our File Solutions page.

A Better Finder Creators & Types 2.0 posted. October 8, 1999 -- The Mac utility A Better Finder Creators & Types 2.0 ($10) has been posted. The software assigns Mac type and creator codes to PCs files. Version 2.0 can process files within subfolders.

Bug-fix release for TextSpresso. October 8, 1999 -- TextSpresso 1.5.2 ($20 this week) is the latest version of this text-cleaning Mac utility. Taylor Design says "The update includes two bug fixes, one involving filtering the clipboard and one involving the Clear Characters command."

Lossless compression utility for Mac and Windows. October 6, 1999 -- BitJazz Inc. announced the availability of PhotoJazz v2.0 for Mac now, and PhotoJazz 2.0 for Windows next month. The new version offers an averaging 2.5X compression for photo-quality images with no degradation in image quality. Version 2 adds support for QuarkXPress and QuickTime, which makes it PhotoJazz accessible to other applications. Pricing is from US $29 to US $99.

Reader reports Jumping icons reoccurring with NT SP5. October 6, 1999 -- Jesper Jurcenoks reports that the installation of NT Service Pack 5 brought a return of the jumping icons problem that was fixed with NT Service Pack 4. He confirmed this on two sites he administers. He says he installed Service Pack 5 with Services for Macintosh and Service Pack 4 already installed. If you've seen this, please let us know.

Orange Micro introduces USB/FireWire card for Mac and PC. October 6, 1999 -- Orange Micro has announced the OrangeLink FireWire/USB PCI Board ($159 ) for Mac and PCs, to be shipped in November. The board contains both FireWire and USB ports. The Mac version comes with Adobe Premiere LE video editing software, and the PC version comes with Ulead Video Studio.

Microsoft posts NT hotfix--for Service Pack 6. October 5, 1999 -- In a possible signal that a NT Service Pack 6 is on its way, Microsoft has posted a hotfix for NT 4 Service Pack 6 at its FTP site. (Service Pack 5 is the most recently released SP for Windows NT, and was to have been the final NT Service Pack before Windows 2000 shipped.) The hotfix deals with security. A MacWindows reader also reported hearing a rumor that Service Pack 6 is about to be released.

QuickTime for Windows problem with Flash. October 5, 1999 -- Jacques R. Blier was having a problem with QuickTime 4 for Windows and Macromedia Flash 4 and Adobe Premiere 5.1 on NT Workstation. With QT4, these applications and QT Player didn't work. Bier said:

When trying to start any of these three applications a Dr. Watson Dialog Box will show up with the following message:

"An application error has occurred and an application error log is being generated. Flash.exe Exception: access violation (0xc0000005), Address: 0x1c201988"

Even if we deinstall QuickTime 4, Flash and Premiere are still unusable.

Fortunately, Blier found a solution: delete a dll file MSVCRT1.DLL. After that, Premiere, Flash, and QuickTime all worked as advertised. (QuickTime 4 for Windows installs it's own Flash components, even in the minimal install.)

Unzipping problem fixed for AppleTalk utility for NT. October 5, 1999 -- Programmer David Foster has fixed an unzipping problem with his free utility AppleTalk Info for Windows NT (ATInfo), which we reported on September 27. ATInfo is a utility for Windows NT that collects information about AppleTalk networks.

Patrick Peccatte has tried ATInfo and offers these comments:

ATInfo is a tool similar to Atanlyzr.exe which is available on the Microsoft Resource Kit for NT 4.0. AtInfo is an "as-is" tool and has a "rough" aspect; for example, it is not possible to sort the listings and Macintosh Unicode names are not translated (these features are available in Atanlyzr.exe). But it could be a useful tool because it is possible with it to make a "pseudo-ping" to the AppleTalk devices (which is not possible with Atanlyzr.exe).

Reader reports NT Server prints dozens of copies. October 4, 1999 -- Reader Roger Zions reports that when a Mac user prints to his Windows NT 4 Server, about a hundred copies of the same document get printed. He's run Norton AntiVirus, but the problem still exists.

MacDOScard switches from email list to web forums. October 4, 1999 -- Anthony Chan is ceasing publication of his MacDOScard Mailing list, and is replacing it with the MacDOScard Web Forum. MacDOScard deals with issues related to the now-defunct Apple DOS and PC Compatibility Cards, and their clones from Reply and Radius.

Tips for Mac OS X Server and Darwin. October 4, 1999 -- A web site called Missing Link now has tips for Mac OS X Server, Darwin, and WebObjects. (Darwin is the open source version of MAc OS X Server.)

Microsoft releases Win 2000 Release Candidate 2. October 4, 1999 -- Microsoft has released Windows 2000 Release Candidate 2, which came after beta 3. PC Week has a review. Another PC Week story says Win 2000 has made companies more conservative about updating.

New Tip: Configuring Virtual PC BIOS. October 1, 1999 -- Victor Yanagida sent us a tip on configuring the MRBIOS of Virtual PC. Unfortunately, you can's save any changes you've made through a restart. We've posted the tip on our Emulator Tips page.

Dantz releases new versions of Retrospect client and server. October 1, 1999 -- Dantz development posted new versions of its cross-platform backup software, Retrospect 4.2 for Macintosh and Retrospect 5.0 for Windows. Client versions are available as Retrospect Client Updaters, which contains updates for both platforms, updating the client software to Retrospect Client 4.2A for Macintosh and Retrospect Client 5.0 for Windows. New features include a shift from client licenses to application-based licenses, which integrates Mac and Win clients in administration. There are also improvements in networking, including support for DHCP networks. Administrators define IP address ranges, and Retrospect backs up clients in those subnets.

New Zip compression utility for Mac. October 1, 1999 -- Vampire Software's SmartZip 1.0.1 ($18) is a new shareware zip compression utility for Macintosh. Vampire says it is compatible with WinZip for Windows and maintains Mac file information when moving to PCs. Vampire also says it is fast an has an easy-to-use interface (screen shots at the web site). We've added SmartZip to our list of cross-platform compression utilities on the MacWindows Compression Solutions page.

Netopia offers SNMP add-on for netOctopus. October 1, 1999 -- Netopia, Inc. released a new netOctopus add-on called netOctopus SNMP Discovery Module (US $749) for gathering and analyzing SNMP data on cross-platform networks of PCs, UNIX, and Macs. With netOctopus and the new SNMP modules, netword administrators can centralize the network asset management of multiplatform networks from either a Windows console or a Mac.

Be widens BeOS distribution, goes retail. October 1, 1999 -- Be, Inc., announced yesterday that it is making it easier to get BeOS Release 4.5 by signing a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro, the worlds largest software wholesaler. You can now also be able to buy BeOS from retail stores, including Best Buy, Border's, Fry's, and J&R Music and Micro Center. Previously, BeOS was only available from the Be web site.

MacFixIt reports and end to Home Page. October 1, 1999 -- MacFixIt reports that FileMaker Inc. will no longer produce for Home Page, and easy-to-use web page creator for Mac and Windows. (We use Home Page to do much of the work of

Mac file, folder naming rules stay the same in Mac OS 9. October 1, 1999 -- The file, folder, and volume naming rules for Mac OS 9 won't be different than current restrictions. File and Folder names: 31 characters maximum. Volume names: 27 characters. File names cannot include a colon (:).


Answer to Apple DVD and mounted network volumes. September 30, 1999 -- A problem reported yesterday--about a DVD conflict when an NT volume set to mount as a registered user (not guest) at startup-- turns out to be a known problem with DVD and any server set to automatically mount. Apple recommends turning off automounting (in the Chooser). (Thanks to John Wolf for pointing this out.)

Update released for MacBochs PC emulator. September 30, 1999 -- MacBochs version 990925 is a new update to the shareware PC emulator. The BIOS was updated in the new version, which includes support for more VGA graphics modes and support for 1.7 MB DMF (Distributed Media Format) floppies. MacBochs now emulates a 486 (up from 386 emulation); Pentium emulation is in the works. There is still no support for CD-ROM.

Update for FileMaker Pro Web Companion released. September 30, 1999 -- FileMaker Inc., has released FileMaker Pro Web Companion 5.0v2, an update for new version released a few days ago. (Meanwhile MacInTouch has an interesting discussion of the new version of the cross-platform database.)

Web site with Mac networking info. September 30, 1999 -- Lori Wright of The Moose News (a cross-platform-focused web site) pointed us to 3 Macs and a Printer, with info on Mac and cross-platform networking.

[Update: The 3Macs and a Printer link no longer works, but this one does.]

Aladdin comments on MindExpander. September 29, 1999 -- On September 27 (below), we said that the new MindExpander decompression utility for Windows and Mac does not support the current SIT 5 format. Jennifer Lyng of Aladdin Systems says that MindExpander only works on one SIT version:

For further clarification, MindExpander not only does NOT access the current SIT 5 format, but most other versions of StuffIt either. We are looking at their product in depth, but I think MindExpander only tries to access 4.5 archives.

Update on problems with Outlook for Mac and ATM. September 29, 1999 -- We've added to our discussion of problems with Outlook and Adobe Type Manager. Ed Hagihara offers his take on the problem of too many fonts, as well as reports of a problem with the Myriad multiple master font that comes with ATM.

Apple DVD conflict with mounted NT SFM volume. September 29, 1999 -- Ed Hagihara found a conflict with the Apple DVD player and NT Services for Mac volumes:

Another little known bug that I discovered in my own time at home - on my B&W G3 w/Mac OS 8.51 & DVD, if you have an NT volume set to mount as a registered user (not guest) at startup, the Apple DVD player will claim that you don't have the CD/DVD driver loaded. This is probably a little obscure,but I was able to replicate it on one of our work machines.

Win NT Service Pack 5 and ATM on Mac clients. September 29, 1999 -- Bob Heeth reports of a problem with fonts and ATM since installing Service Pack 5 on the server:

We use NT Server 4.0 with SFM as file servers for our Macs. On our Macs for font management we use ATM 4.0.3 with fonts being stored on a read-only volume on the NT server. This weekend we installed Service Pack 5 on the server, which was previously on Service Pack 3. This morning we have experienced very strange behavior with ATM. For example, selecting the font to activate it changes its name to another font. Various fonts appear duplicated, and fonts are reported missing when in fact they do exist in the font database. The only way to correct the problem is to trash the existing known fonts from the ATM known fonts menu on each Mac and replace them with the font folders on the server.

Please let us know if you've seen this behavior.

Microsoft posts new Y2K fixes for Windows NT. September 29, 1999 -- Microsoft has posted several new Y2K hotfixes for Windows NT Service Pack 5. One is related to the /times switch; another deals with posting a message to a Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) server.

FileMaker Pro 5 drops X-platform focus, aims at Windows users. September 28, 1999 -- FileMaker, Inc. ($249) is aiming FileMaker Pro 5 squarely at Windows users, with Windows 2000 compatibility, the abandonment of its user interface in favor of a MS look and feel, and the apparent abandonment of cross-platform standards on its web site. (The server and developer versions are not yet shipping.) New features include:

Some Mac users are having problems accessing the newly rewritten FileMaker web site. Many screen shots at the web site are now in the PC BMP format, rather than the cross-platform GIF standards, and Mac users reported not being able to access many of the product information pages.

AppleTalk fixes Outlook Type 3 error. September 28, 1999 -- Terry Knudtson is another reader who reported a Type 3 error with Outlook. He found that the problems disappeared when he switched to AppleTalk. Knudtson's message is on our Exchange/Outlook page. Yesterday (below) we reported that another reader found that AppleTalk "fixed" a freezing problem he had with Outlook.

MacFixIt posts troubleshooting Virtual PC 3.0 page. September 28, 1999 -- A MacFixIt Troubleshooting Virtual PC 3.0 page was put up yesterday with some information on a variety of problems. (Of course, you can always send us your VPC 3.0 comments.)

Quantum file server appliance supports Windows, Mac, UNIX. September 28, 1999 -- We've added Snap! Server ($995-to-$2495) from Quantum to our Network Solutions page. Snap! Server is a line of file server appliances that supports Macintosh Windows and UNIX clients using the SMB, AFP, NFS, and NetWare file sharing protocols over TCP/IP, IPX, NetBEUI, and AppleTalk. The server computer can store up to 32 Gigabytes of storage. Quantum describes is as " single-board, 32-bit computer, running a compact, 32-bit multitasking OS kernel plus network protocol stacks and file system management tools," all stored in FLASH memory that can be upgraded.

Outlook schedule corruption eludes analysis. September 27, 1999 -- Hal Taylor is another reader reporting schedule corruption with Outlook 8.2, and has been testing for corruption with 8.2.1. Like other readers, Taylor doesn't get schedule corruption every time but sees it on 3 out of 4 users. He said he reported the problem to Microsoft, "but it seems that they do not believe there is a schedule corruption issue with 8.2." Another reader also told us that Microsoft told him that they haven't been able to reproduce the problem. (Taylor's full report on our Outlook/Exchange page.)

Outlook hangs with attachments: AppleTalk seems to fix September 27, 1999 -- Jon Burns says that some of his Macs hang when 8.2.x tries to forward an email attachment, or cut and paste from Word to Outlook. The strange thing is that connecting via AppleTalk clears up the problem.

New Tip: DHCP problem fixed in router. September 27, 1999 -- Rick Lawsha just solved a long-time problem with Mac clients and a DHCP server on Windows NT. Turns out neither Mac nor NT was the problem, but in a CISCO router. A "clear arp" command was what was needed. More info on our Server Tips page.

Windows NT utility gathers info about AppleTalk networks. September 27, 1999 -- Programmer David Foster has written AppleTalk Info for Windows NT, a free Windows NT utility that collects information about an AppleTalk network. (Patrick Peccatte reports a problem with unzipping the file, however, and we did receive a warning while unzipping.)

Reader reports stalling with DAVE Sharing extension. September 27, 1999 -- B.J. Stahlin is having this problem with DAVE 2.1:

Has anyone reported a problem with the DAVE Sharing Extension? Our corporation is using DAVE v2.1 (Client 2.1p). Our corporation's symptoms is a system stall. When command-option-shift is pressed the offender is always the DAVE Sharing Extension.

Thursby claims this is a WINS issue. However, the LMHost file is accurate, as well as the WINS configuration throughout the NT domain.

We are using DHCP, quite successfully, on NT 4 (sp4). Whether or not sharing is disabled in the control panel seems inconsequential.

If you've seen this problem, please let us know.

ZipIt 1.4 for Mac. September 27, 1999 -- Tom Brown has released ZipIt 1.4 ($15), the latest version of the Mac shareware utility for compressing and decompressing .zip archive files. (ZIP is a common compression format used on PCs.)

MindVision releases MindExpander for Mac and Windows. September 27, 1999 -- MindVision has released MindExpander 1.0 for Windows and Macintosh, a free utility for expanding and decompressing in .sit, .sea, .zip, .bin and .hqx formats. It does not, however, support the current SIT 5 format. (Stuffit Expander for Windows and Mac support more formats.)

Reader says Apple confirms "Too many items in this folder" a Mac OS problem. September 24, 1999 -- We've been reporting a problem with saving to folders containing 500 items from within an application, where users get an error message saying there are too many items. Thomas Vanderlinden reports that Apple told him that is indeed a Mac OS problem:

This message appears in Open and Save dialog boxes using the "standard file" software (that's been part of the OS since 1984) when there are more than 680 files in a folder. "Navigation Services" which is available as an option under 8.1 and is preinstalled on 8.5, does not have this limitation. Unfortunately, most applications are not yet taking advantage of Navigation Services.

Update: NT Event ID 12053 when Macs disconnect. September 24, 1999 -- Paul Sonntag added a note to our discussion about Macs that are disconnected from NT Server with event ID 12053 and 12054. He noticed that he doesn't have this problem on his G3 Macs, but does on a pre-G3 model. (All are running Mac OS 8.6.)

Ex-Connectix engineer explains Virtual PC 3.0; reader reports PowerBook glitch. September 23, 1999 -- Ex-Connectix developer John Malm (now at Apple) explains the differences between Virtual PC 3.0 and Insignia's SoftWindows 5.x.

We've also received a report from a reader about a VPC 3.0 problem with PowerBook expansion bay drives, a problem the reader did not have with VPC 2.1.x.

Confirmed bug in MacaNTee Macintosh client. September 23, 1999 -- Michael Perbix found a bug in the MacaNTee Macintosh client, confirmed by Alaran, as well as a workaround:

If you try to log out from the Menubar icon you get a type 1 error and get caught in a loop.

The workaround for the time being is to either use the Left CTRL, Left Option, L key combination, or use the menubar icon, to go the status screen, then use the logout from there.

MacaNTee is software for Mac, Win NT Server, and AppleShare IP that integrates Macs into NT domains. (See Network Solutions for a more detailed description.)

Correction to report on Outlook Type 3 errors. September 23, 1999 -- Jeff Lucia sent us a correction to yesterday's post on Outlook Type 3 errors:

The "Exchange Files" folder is in the Preferences folder in the System Folder, not the Extensions. It is required for Outlook to run, which is why if it gets corrupted sometimes crashes with Type 3's. Trashing this folder, AND the other Exchange items in the Preferences folder before reinstalling Outlook should help the Type 3 errors.

(Note: we've received a lot of reader reports regarding Outlook for Mac, which we haven't had time to sort through yet. We hope to get it organized and posted tomorrow.)

QuickTime 4 streaming server for Win NT in beta. September 23, 1999 -- The Entera Lightweight Streaming Application Server (ELSA Server) is the first QuickTime 4 streaming server for Windows NT. It is now in beta, and can be downloaded and used for 30 days.

PowerLogix to bundle LinuxPPC 1999 with G3/G4 upgrade cards. September 23, 1999 -- PowerLogix is bundling LinuxPPC 1999 with it's PowerForce G3 and G4 upgrade cards.

Animated GIF creator for Windows and Mac. September 23, 1999 -- Boxtop Software's GIFmation (US $49.95) for Macintosh and Windows NT/95/98 lets you create animated GIF files optimized for small size. Version 2.3 for Mac adds QuickTime 4 effects, and improves image quality. The current PC version is GIFmation is 2.2.

Bugnet reports data-loss bug in NetWare 5. September 23, 1999 -- BugNet has a report about a bug in Support Pack 3 for NetWare 5 that can result in the loss of data.

VPC 3.0 adds limited support for Linux, NT SP4 and 5; $10 upgrade offer. September 22, 1999 -- The recently released Connectix Virtual PC 3.0 PC emulator for Mac can now run Windows NT Service Packs 4 and 5, as well as some versions of x86 Linux. (Connectix dropped Linux support with version 2.1.3). However, Connectix is only supporting DOS and Win 95/98. From the VPC 3 readme file:

Virtual PC 3.0 works with limited distributions of LINUX, including RedHat and Mandrake; however, Connectix does not actively support OSes other than Windows 98, Windows 95, PC DOS 7, and PC DOS 2000.

Some distributions of UNIX may function under Virtual PC 3.0; however, some, such as FreeBSD do not.

Virtual PC is not compatible with BeOS 4.5

Using multiple OS's is easier with a Configuration Manager. (Other previously reported features include features Insignia Solutions SoftWindows has had, including Windows USB support and AppleScript support.) The emulation engine was not made faster. (Thanks to Victor S for his help.)

In other news, Connectix has posted a coupon for a $9.95 VPC 3 upgrade (free software, $9.95 shipping) for US and Canadian customers who bought Virtual PC between 6/18/99 and 12/31/99.

500 files in a folder not limited to NT; May be related to old app code. September 22, 1999 -- We've said before that the problem of saving to folders containing 500 items from within an application may be a Mac OS problem, not an NT Server problem. It now seems that the problem may not be network problem at all. Two readers suggest that the problem is caused by old code in some Macintosh applications.

We've moved this discussion from NT Unsolved mysteries to our Mac OS page.

Description of the Outlook 8.2, ATM problem, and more solutions. September 22, 1999 -- Jeff Lucia offers a description of what's behind the Outlook /ATM Deluxe conflict we've been reporting on, and offers some more workarounds to the problem. The problem, Lucia says, is caused by the fact that "Outlook 8.2 uses the same bogus font manager that MS Word 6.1 did, therefore activating too many fonts causes it to die." You can read Lucia's tips on the MacWindows Outlook/Exchange page.

New Tip: Outlook for Mac Type 3 errors. September 22, 1999 -- Jeff Lucia offers another solution to the problem of Type 3 errors with Outlook for Mac on our Outlook/Exchange page. It has to do with the location of Outlook's preference files and other files in the System folder.

Outlook confuses calendars on Mac with two users. September 22, 1999 -- Jeff Lucia (who has sent us serveral solutions today and in the past) has one unsolved Outlook problem:

I have two users setup on the same machine. I created two profiles and each users logs in with their own ID. Sometimes, Outlook takes the name of User 1 and places it on the Calendar for User 2. Another words, when viewing the calendar as User 2, it really shows User 1's name. Yet it's User 2's Calendar (I swear, I'm not taking any drugs here). It works correctly except for the name. Any ideas? I have done complete rebuilds (reformat, new OS, etc.). It seems to happen over time almost like the calendar information is being corrupted by the Exchange Server.

If you've seen this, please let us know.

New Tip: disappearing files when NT Server crashes. September 22, 1999 -- Chris Pepper sent us a way to clear the problem with Windows NT 4 Server of files disappearing from mounted server volumes on Macs

Extensis renames itself September 22, 1999 -- Extensis, maker of prepress and web publishing tools for Mac and Windows, has renamed itself, after the portal web site it recently launched. The Extensis Products Group will continue with the software development.

New version of Mac/NT domain integrator adds news features, fixes bugs. September 21, 1999 -- Alaran, Inc. has posted MacaNTee 1.22, an upgrade to the software that integrates Mac clients and AppleShare servers into Windows NT domains. (See Network Solutions for a more detailed description.) The new version upgrades the Windows NT Server 4.0 component , the Windows NT Manager, and the Mac client component. MacaNTee user Michael Perbix describes the new version, starting with Manager on Windows NT:

The new Windows NT Server component adds support for home directories and fixes a bug where a user may be able to log on without a password. The Macintosh component supports automounting of Home directories as defined in the User and fixes an installer bug that would trash the preference file.

Update on saving to NT volume with more than 500 items. September 21, 1999 -- Two more readers wrote in to describe their experiences wit the problem reported yesterday with saving a file from within a Mac application to an NT volume that has more than 500 items. One reader reports that Apple said it was a Mac OS problem, not an NT bug, and suggests a workaround. You can read their comments on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Update on DHCP dropouts with DAVE and NT4 servers. September 21, 1999 -- Paul Dormer of the BBC reports further on the DHCP dropouts on his Macs running DAVE getting IP addresses from NT DHCP servers (see news Sept. 13 below). He said that it only happens on certain types of networks. His comments are now on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Reducing font suitcases in ATM Deluxe helps Outlook. September 20, 1999 -- Dieter Gohl found another solution to the Outlook /ATM Deluxe conflict we've reported. Gohl was having crashing problems with Outlook 8.2.1 on over 100 Mac's in his network. Disabling ATM Deluxe (4.0.3, 4.5.1) avoided the problems, but he eventually narrowed the source to active font-suitcases. With more than 128 active font-suitcases on a system, Outlook crashes with different messages. It doesn't matter whether the fonts are activated by ATM, Suitcase or directly by the system. With less than 128, all works fine.

Work-around for NT Permission problem. September 20, 1999 -- Richard Gynes has a work-around for the problem of Mac clients needing admin permissions in order to log onto NT Server Services for Macintosh. He turns off "remember recently used items" in the Apple Menu Options control panel. Gynes' report is on the NT Unsolved Mysteries page.

Saving a file to NT volume with more than 500 items. September 20, 1999 -- When B. Gary tries to save a file from within a Mac application to an NT volume that has more than 500 items, an error message tells him "There are too many items in this folder." If you've seen this, please let us know.

Mac OS X won't run on other platforms; no Sherlock for Windows. September 20, 1999 -- MacWeek reports that Mac OS X will not run on IBM's open source PowerPC motherboard design (CHRP). The story also says that Apple will not develop a Windows version of the Sherlock Internet search software.

New versions of Mac-PC file name conversion utilities. September 17, 1999 -- There are new upgrades to two inexpensive shareware Mac OS utilities for converting Macintosh file names to legal PC file names by removing illegal characters.

Sig Software has released Name Cleaner 2.0 (US $20) for Mac. Version 2.0 adds Mac OS 8.x contextual menu support for converting file names right from the Finder. It also works on folders of files.

Frank Reiff has posted A Better Finder Rename 2.5 (US $15), a file renaming utility which is entirely a Mac OS 8.x contextual menu plugin. According to Reiff, "This new release extends the string manipulation capabilities of the tool by offering automatic file and folder extensions substitution." (There is also a Better File Rename for Windows (US $10).)

These and other file renaming products are listed on the MacWindows File Solutions page.

Connectix ships Virtual PC 3.0 upgrade. September 17, 1999 -- Connectix today began shipping the upgrade for Virtual PC 3.0 (upgrade $44) for owners of VPC 1.x and 2.x. The full version 3 of the PC emulator for should be available next week.

MacServerIP supports NT Cluster Services. September 17, 1999 -- John Wolf points out that Team ASA's MacServerIP supports Microsoft's cluster services for NT. The company says:

Optimized for Windows NT cluster servers; MacServerIP is currently the only AFP/IP server which allows to use only the Virtual IP number of the cluster software, this feature is required for a cluster fail-over solution.

MacServerIP is a 3rd-party alternative to NT Services for Macintosh that works over TCP/IP networks.

Diamond Ships cross-platform USB home networking interface. September 17, 1999 -- Diamond Multimedia is now shipping a cross-platform home network product called HomeFree Phoneline USB (US $69.95 ). HomeFree uses in-wall telephone wires for networking, and connects to a Mac or PC's USB port. (The PCI card version of HomeFree PhoneLine is available for Windows only.) We've added Diamond's offering to the listings on the MacWindows Network Solutions page.

Aladdin offers special price on StuffIt Deluxe. September 17, 1999 -- Aladdin Systems is offering its Mac utility StuffIt Deluxe 5.1 for US $59.95 (regularly US $79.95) through Digital River. StuffIt Deluxe can compress/decompress and encode/decode files in several Mac, Windows, and UNIX formats.

BeOS available at Dell's and on PCs at iDOT. September 17, 1999 -- You can now buy BeOS Release 4.5 at Dell's web site. The site is selling the Intel version only for $41.45. (BeOS is also available for Macintosh. (requires cookies for access) has just begun shipping PCs preloaded with BeOS. The BeOS-Series system ($449) includes an AMD 333 K6-2 processor, 32MB of SDRAM 100MHz, and 4.3GB hard drive.

BeOS can run on a PC or Macintosh running Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac OS, or any other Operating system.

Macs and MS Cluster Services. September 16, 1999 -- We've received some responds to our question about whether Mac clients will be disconnected when one server goes down in a MS Cluster Service setup. We've posted some of them on a new MCS page.

c|net compares Apple and Dell plans for wireless networking. September 16, 1999 -- A c|net story compares Apple's and Dell's plans for implementing the cross-platform IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard. (Apple's version is Airport, Dell's is AiroNet.)

Real Networks releases streaming server for Mac OS, Windows, Linux. September 16, 1999 -- Real Networks has released RealProducer G2 6.1, a free streaming video server for Mac OS, Windows and Linux (v6.0 for Linux). There's also a $150 RealProducer Plus that adds more codecs and other features.

New Tips: Solutions for Outlook problems. September 15, 1999 -- Solutions to Outlook for Macintosh problems sometimes come from unexpected places. Here are a couple of solutions to Outlook we have posted on our Outlook/Exchange page:

Mac-to-mainframe software moves to new vendor. September 15, 1999 -- A reader points out that Celcorp has acquired Mac RUMBA from Wall Data, which acquired it from Apple when it was called SNA*ps. The product line, which Celcorp has renamed Celview the new Mac RUMBA, includes a terminal emulator for "IBM Mainframes and AS/400s via direct and AppleTalk LAN gateway connections using SNA, TCP/IP or AppleTalk protocols." There is also an SNA Gateway Edition, which is "the only Macintosh APPC and APPN connectivity solution to support IBM 3270 and 5250 data streams over SNA protocol."

TextSpresso 1.4 adds AppleScript support. September 15, 1999 -- Taylor Design posted TextSpresso 1.4 ($29, free upgrade), which has added AppleScript support for automatically cleaning up text. TextSpresso is a Mac utility that includes filters for PC text files.

LinuxPPC Q3 includes x86 emulation software, B/W G3 support. September 14, 1999 -- LinuxPPC Inc. has released LinuxPPC Q3, the latest version of its Linux for Macintosh. The new release includes the open source Bochs x86 PC emulator that runs under Linux. LinuxPPC Q3 also includes support for features of the Blue and White G3, including support for RAGE 128 graphics card. According to LinuxPPC "There's new kernels for the Revision 1 and 2 Blue & White G3s, and a special kernel for the 1999 PowerBook G3."

More Outlook 8.2.x system errors. September 14, 1999 -- Mark Caldeira reported a problem that sounds similar to problem with Type 3 errors with Outlook for Mac, but with some differences:

We ran into a similar problem installing Outlook 8.2.1 on a few of our desktop G3 266 running MacOS 8.0. On 3 out of 5 machines, after authenticating the user with the exchange server using outlook settings, Outlook would crash on launch, giving either a type 1 or 2 error. We are still in the process of troubleshooting what exactly is going on.

(For more Outlook problems and some solutions, see our Exchange/ Outlook page.)

Need info on MS Cluster Services and Mac clients. September 14, 1999 -- Several readers have written to inquire about Microsoft NT Cluster Services and Mac clients. Unfortunately, we don't have any information about this. Readers have asked about the level of support for Mac clients, and support in Services for Macintosh and AFP-over-IP servers. For instance, one reader asks:

We are not sure whether both (SFM & ExtremeZ-IP) will disconnect clients when one server goes down and if the AppleShare client is smart enough to reconnect to the other machine of the cluster.

If you've had experience with MS Cluster Services and Mac clients, we'd like to hear from you.

AG Group releases EtherPeek 4. September 14, 1999 -- Yesterday the AG Group began shipping EtherPeek 4 for Macintosh ($994), a protocol and packet analysis software package. The new version is complete rewrite with dozens of new features, including the ability to display packet capture in different windows simultaneously, allowing you to capture AppleTalk traffic in one buffer and IP traffic into another. The Windows version of EtherPeek was not upgraded at this time.

Update on PC emulators and G4 processors. September 13, 1999 -- A number of readers have asked about how PC emulators will run on the new Power Mac G4. We have asked around, and here's what we found out.

The bulk of the G4 processors speed increase comes from a new vector processing unit, which Apple calls the Velocity Engine and which Motorola calls AltiVec. Although Apple has rewritten some OS math code to take advantage of the AltiVec, the consensus among the experts is that PC emulators don't use much of Apple's math code, and will need to rewrite some code to take advantage of the Velocity Engine. (In order to make Photoshop take full advantage of AltiVec, Adobe wrote a plug-in, which Apple will ship with every PM G4.) That means current versions of SoftWindows, Virtual PC, and Blue Label PowerEmulator won't be all that much faster on the new Power Mac G4s.

None of the PC emulator developers has announced upcoming support for Velocity Engine/AltiVec at this point. However, when we asked, they are neither confirming or denying that they are working on the project. Our guess is that they are. How long it takes depends on how much of the emulator a developer ports to Velocity Engine/AltiVec. For instance, porting of MMX emulation to AltiVec might be a goal, since Intel's MMX is a vector processing unit similar to AltiVec in the Pentium. Therefore, we may G4 AltiVec support in PC emulators roll out a little at a time over time.

Thursby responds to DAVE permissions and Views issue. September 13, 1999 -- Thursby Software Systems' Customer Support Manager Carl Ketterling responded to our news item Sept. 10 (see below). When a user expands a folder on a network volume, other users accessing that volume they can see the expansion. Ketterling explains:

This situation is not considered a bug. View settings are saved with the folder, so that if a user has write privileges to a network folder, any view settings he sets will be saved (for all users). One customer compared our product to Services for Macintosh in this scenario and pointed out that with SFM, views are not saved unless the user 'owns' the folder. Unfortunately, we are not able to find such information from the Windows network.

I apologize if any of your readers have been mislead, and we welcome any suggestions your readers may have related to this problem.

Reader reports Outlook 8.2 Type 3 errors. September 13, 1999 -- Jerome Skrdla reports getting Type 3 errors with Outlook 8.2 for Macintosh:

We are having a problem with Outlook 8.2 on new iMacs running OS 8.6. After completing setup, and then closing out, the next time we try to open Outlook we get a type 3 error. This has not been consistent on every machine although 7 of 10 computers experienced the problem.

Have you seen this before? Let us know.

Reader reports DHCP dropouts with DAVE and NT4 servers. September 13, 1999 -- Paul Dormer in London describes IP DHCP dropouts on his Macs running DAVE getting IP addresses from NT DHCP servers.(The clients loose their IP addresses.) They symptoms are reminiscent of a problem reported at MacFixIt a few months ago. We've posted Dormer's full report on our NT Unsolved Mysteries page, though the problem may lie with Mac OS 8.6. If you know what's going on, please let us know.

More on 12053 and 12054 NT SFM errors. September 13, 1999 -- Peter Dodge sheds some more light the 12053 and 12054 errors we report last week (September 10). You can read his comments on the Server Tips page.

Graphics Converter 3.7.1 bug fix update posted. September 13, 1999 -- Lemke Software has posted Graphics Converter 3.7.1, and update to version 3.7 released last week (see News, Sept. 7 below.) The new version fixes some bugs. Graphics Convert is a Mac OS utility that can convert between a large number of Mac and Windows graphic file formats.

Thursby confirms DAVE bug with permissions and views. September 10, 1999 -- A reader reports a problem with DAVE that has been confirmed by Thursby Software Systems. It is a problem with permissions on the desktop database. When a user expands a folder on a network volume, other users accessing that volume they can see the expansion. There is no way to prevent this. Thursby plans to fix this in its next release.

New TIP: NT Event ID 12053 and 12054 when Macs disconnect. September 10, 1999 -- Microsoft KnowledgeBase article Q136300 reports of the NT Event Viewer error IDs 12053 and 12054 created when a Services for Macintosh connection is lost. The article describes how to reproduce the problem. Reader Paul Sonntag describes some of the symptoms:

There seems to be a variety of symptoms from server slow downs to lockouts to crashes... It doesn't seem to matter which SP is running on NT or which MacOS is running on the Mac.

The only fix Microsoft offers is to "make sure you close all files and connections to the computer running Windows NT Server before you shutdown your Macintosh client." (We've add this to our Server Tips page.)

Making Windows more Mac-like: WinShade, Windowshade for Windows. September 10, 1999 -- We've added Blue Carpet Software's WinShade to our User Interface Solutions page. WinShade is a Windows version of Mac OS's Windowshade feature. When you double-click the title bar, it minimizes the window to just the title bar. WinShade 3.0 supports all three mouse buttons and has a new Maximize Vertically command. Registered users are entitled to free upgrades. (Thanks to Mark Reijnders for pointing this out to us.)

Microsoft denies rumors of Windows-based game console. September 10, 1999 -- A CTW magazine story reports of a rumor that Microsoft is preparing a gaming console system based on Windows to be manufactured by Dell and Gateway. Microsoft denies the existence of the project, code-named X-Box.

Network Solutions page reorganized. 9.9.99 -- As the number of products listed on the MacWindows Network Solutions page has increased, the page had grown into somewhat of a jumble. We've reorganized the products into six tables: Peer-to-peer, Client/server Intel/Alpha/Mac, Client/server UNIX/Linux, Miscellaneous, Sharing an Internet connection, and Ethernet Alternatives. (There's also a link to thin-client solutions on another MacWindows Solutions page.)

We've also added the Helios server products for UNIX servers (supporting Mac and Windows clients) to the listings.

Tip: Outlook 8.2.1 schedule corruption and schedule synchronization. 9.9.99 -- Jake Mowrer reported having the Outlook 8.2.1 schedule corruption problem we reported on Septerber 3 (below). Additionally, Mowrer found that some Mac clients can no longer synchronize their schedules with the server even after he deleted the schedule file. He found a solution to the synchronization problem in a Microsoft Knowledge base article. The problem and the solution are described on our Outlook/Exchange page. Unfortunately, there is still no know way to prevent the corruption of the shedule file.

Tip: Update rule-of-thumb for NT updates also applies to other Mac OS X Server. 9.9.99 -- Chris Carlton says that yesterday's recommendation to reinstall NT service packs after installing new software also applies to Mac OS X Server:

Regarding the way NT service packs should be reapplied after installing or updating services: This same practicality applies to our own beloved Mac OS X Server, ie: reapply the update if you install new services (like Web Objects, NetBoot, etc.).

QuickTime 4.0.3 update for Mac and Windows. 9.9.99 -- The Apple QuickTime web page is now offering QuickTime 4.0.3. The TV two new QuickTime TV providers in the Favorites drawer, Rhino Records and Warner Brothers Records. Some minor bugs were fixes, and audio/video synchronization in live streaming events was improved. There is also some improvements in the QuickTime Updater.

TextSpresso on sale. 9.9.99 -- Taylor Design is selling its text cleaning utility for Macintosh, TextSpresso, at one-third off its regular price until September 14. TextSpresso (Regularly $29, $19 during the sale) can convert text from the Internet and PC texts, as well as convert plain text to HTML. TextSpress includes over 95 built in filters.

Update on NT Service Pack 5 issue. September 8, 1999 -- Bryce Steiner commented on a workaround to a problem with NT SP5 and LaserWriter 8.6.5. He may sound picky, but he brings up a good point about NT Service Packs in general:

There is one problem with how Chris went about this. In NT you should always reinstall the service pack AFTER installing a service or new software. Otherwise the newly installed SP files get overwritten by the older buggier files.

Cross-platform message broadcaster works without servers. September 8, 1999 -- Advanced Ideas InformUser ($125 for a 25 user license; 10 user license is free) is a TCP/IP network administration tool that can broadcast messages to Mac and Windows users without requiring users to be logged on to a server. The system administrator's module is available on both Macintosh and Windows, and can send messages to and set of machines. Mac and Windows clients run Receiver software.

GraphicConverter upgrade beefs up graphics conversion. September 7, 1999 -- Lemke Software has released Graphics Converter 3.7, which adds several dozen new formats and features, as well as bug fixes. GraphicConverter is a Macintosh utility that can convert between Mac and Windows graphic file formats.

Up to 13 PowerPC processors for Linux. September 7, 1999 -- Total Impact announced last week that it will integrate its TotalMP multiprocessor hardware for Linux with IBM's PowerPC Open Platform (POP) motherboard. The TotalMP Linux system, to ship the first quarter of next year, will allow users have between 5 and 13 PowerPC processors for Linux system. IBM's POP motherboard is an PowerPC design that IBM is giving away. It isn't clear yet whether Mac OS will be able to run on POP.

Update will be required for Mac OS X Server on G4. September 7, 1999 -- Apple reports that the Mac OS X Server 1.0-2 is not yet supported on the Power Mac G4 models. On update to the software will be released in the future.

QuickTime Streaming Server Update 1.0.2 adds "Playlist" features. September 7, 1999 -- Apple has posted QuickTime Streaming Server Update 1.0.2 for Mac OS X Server. The server streams live or canned audio/video to Mac and Windows clients running QuickTime 4. The main new feature is the Playlist described by Apple as:

a list of movies in a predefined or random order. The client can activate the Playlist feature by requesting a single file, and the movies appear as a live broadcast, meaning all clients will receive the same content at any given moment. As an example, this feature can be used to create a virtual radio station or a program that simulates a TV broadcast.

TextSpresso 1.3.1 fixes bugs. September 7, 1999 -- Taylor Design has released TextSpresso 1.3.1 ($29), a Macintosh text-cleaning utility that can be used for converting text files between Mac and PC users. The new version fixes problems with the Macintosh-PC conversion filters, the cursor display, drag and drop, and some other issues.

Late breaking news: Intergraph drops out of PC business, faults Intel. September 3, 1999 -- Intergraph, maker of the MacFriendly line of Pentium/Windows NT workstations aimed at Mac users, has dropped its line of PCs. The company blames Intel, and has an ongoing anticompetitive suit against Intel filed in Alabama federal court, which has imposed an ruling that asked the maker of the Pentium to provide chip samples to Intergraph. Intergraph claims that Intel is not living up to the ruling. A TechWeb provides more details on Integraph's abandonment of the hardware business.

News from the Seybold San Francisco Conference

NT workstation hardware vendors retreat from Seybold show. September 3, 1999 -- Two years ago at the Seybold San Francisco Publishing conference, it was easy to find sessions migrating from Macintosh to Windows NT. This week, the session speakers emphasized integrating systems. But the most striking change this week is the lack of PC hardware vendors on the show floor. The only computer manufacturer we could find was Apple, right in front of the main door with a Macworld Expo-sized booth, the largest booth by far on the Seybold floor.

The most commonly found NT box on the show floor was SGI's Visual Workstation, which SGI had placed in many vendors booths--some of them running Linux. But SGI did not have booth itself. SGI recently announced that it is spinning off the Visual Workstation line as a joint venture with another (unannounced) company (see News Archives, August 11).

Also missing this year is Intergraph, a big presence in recent years with its MacFriendly line of NT workstation PCs aimed at and configured for Macintosh users. PC heavyweights such as Dell and Compaq are also not present at the show.

Intel does have a booth, and Microsoft demonstrated Windows 2000 at its booth. There are also companies demonstrating publishing servers that only runs on NT Server.

Xinet ships new versions of UNIX OPI server for Mac and web clients. September 3, 1999 -- Xinet is now shipping FullPress 10, a UNIX OPI (prepress) server for Mac clients, and Web Native 2.0, an HTML service that enables any client with a web browser to access Full Press. The new versions improve speed and add several new features. One new feature adds an extension for Quark Xpress that lets you drag and drop an image stored on the server from a web browser to Quark. The file will download, decompress, and be placed in Quark automatically.

(Xinet has not updated its web site with information on the new version.)

More news from Seybold below

DAVE and TunnelBuilder conflict? September 3, 1999 -- A reader at the MacFixIt cross-platform forum reported a problem with Thursby System's DAVE and NTS' TunnelBuilder (for putting Macs on virtual private networks.) Thursby tech support responded to the report.

Reader has second thoughts on Outlook 8.2.x. September 3, 1999 -- Frequent contributor John Wolf has rethought his opinion of the recent Outlook for Mac clients:

OK, so I thought Outlook 8.2 was wonderful. I take it all back. Outlook 8.2 (and 8.2.1) has been relegated to the trash can.

It eats shared calendars for lunch, it has more pauses than a first grade reader, and I suspect it of making network volumes disappear off the desktop. All in all, a ripe piece of software.

(For other reader Outlook comments and tips, see our Explorer/Outlook page.

News from the Seybold San Francisco Conference

DAVE 2.5 to add new features, ease installation. September 2, 1999 -- We spoke with Thursby Software Systems, who told us that the company will ship DAVE 2.5 in October. (DAVE implements Windows file sharing on Macintosh.) The new features include:

  • Easier configuration through a Setup Assistant. The assistant provides screen shots and advises users on what IP address settings to use (192.168.x.x for private networking, for instance.)
  • A new Copy Utility to share files without using the Chooser. It also lets you browse a Windows network without having to mount volumes on the desktop. Also included is an option to strip out the resource fork of a Mac file when copying it.
  • No longer needs AppleTalk for printing to Windows NT printers.
  • PowerPC native code for faster performance
  • Improvements in DHCP
  • Support of the Location Manager for PowerBook users
  • The print client now lets you print binary data
  • Support for Mac OS 9 and Windows 2000

This information is not yet up at the Thursby web site.

Turnkey Linux file server for Mac clients includes hardware and software. September 2, 1999 -- Torque Systems introduced the HotVU Linux Graphics Server ($5995), a preconfigured Linux server for Mac clients. HotVU includes a 500 MHz Pentium PC running Read Hat Linux and Helios EtherShare (AppleShare compatible server) for 5 users. This information is not yet up at the Torque web site.

Diamondsoft announce Font Reserve Server, NT font server for Mac clients. September 2, 1999 -- reports that Diamondsoft announced Font Reserve Server, an NT-based font server for Macintosh clients. Macs can use and share fonts on the server over a TCP/IP network.

QuickTime streaming server being ported to NT. September 2, 1999 -- Members of Apple's QuickTime group told MacWindows that parties outside of Apple are working to port Apple open source Darwin QuickTime Streaming Server to Windows NT. A Linux version is also in the works.

See News Archives for more news from the Seybold Conference.

News from the Seybold San Francisco Conference

Jobs introduces Power Mac G4. September 1, 1999 -- As we predicted, Steve Jobs announced the new Power Mac G4 (starting at $1599), which is now shipping in some configurations. Jobs promoted the G4 as being the first desktop computers to produce over 1 gigaflops (floating point operations per second). Adobe's venerable John Warnock appeared on stage to say that the G4 "is the fastest machine that runs our software."

Other than repeating previously announced information about QuickTime 4 and Airport wireless network, Job's did not mention anything of cross-platform relevance. (You can view the Jobs speech via streaming QuickTime 4.)

Miramar ships PC MacLAN for NT 4.1. September 1, 1999 -- Miramar Systems began shipping PC MacLAN for NT 4.1 ($249, $99 upgrade), the AppleShare client/server for Windows. The major enhancement is that PC MacLAN is better integrated with Windows NT, so that you can set network user and group privileges using the native Windows NT User Manager and native NT security. The PC MacLAN file and print services run in the system tray, are launched at bootup, and don't require separate user login. PC MacLAN includes DataViz MacOpener, allowing NT to read and write Mac storage media to retain Mac resource forks on NTFS volumes.

DataViz releases Conversions Plus 5.0 and MacOpener 2000, Mac-compatibility for Windows. September 1, 1999 -- DataViz released MacOpener 2000 and Conversions Plus®5.0 for Windows, the latest versions of the disk and file utilities for compatibility. MacOpener 2000 ($59, upgrade $29.95) a utility that enables Windows to access Mac storage medial, adds support for Windows 2000.

Conversions Plus 5.0 ($99, upgrade $39.95) is a cross-platform file translator similar the MacLinkPlus on the Mac side. The new version adds translators for converting Microsoft Word and Excel 2000, AppleWorks/ClarisWorks 5, MSWorks 4.5 and WordPerfect 3.5e. Along with the new translators, Conversions Plus 5.0 also includes improved decoding and decompression technology.

Equilibrium ships DeBabelizer LE for Windows. September 1, 1999 -- Equilibrium announced that it is shipping DeBabelizer LE ($49.95) for Windows, a lower-end version of its DeBabelizer image editor and file converter (which is available for Windows and Macintosh). DeBabelizer LE can open and edit over 100 Windows, Mac, and UNIX graphic and digital video file formats.

Adobe ships InDesign, next generation page layout for Mac and Windows. September 1, 1999 -- Adobe announced that it is shipping InDesign 1.0 for Mac OS and Windows ($699; $299 for owners of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker and QuarkXPress). The new page layout program contains numerous features, including support for PDF-based (Portable Document Format) digital workflow. (There were also several other Adobe Seybold announcements.)

Helios announces support for Adobe InDesign. September 1, 1999 -- Helios announced that its UNIX-server-based EtherShare OPI is fully compatible with Adobe InDesign. EtherShare OPI is based on an AppleShare-compatible server for UNIX.

Helios also announced that its Helios PDF Handshake, a PDF workflow solution, will work with InDesign.

Microsoft challenges PDF with MS Reader, ClearType display for Windows. September 1, 1999 -- Microsoft announced Microsoft Reader for Windows, the first product to use the company's ClearType font display technology, will ship early next year. Microsoft said it is pushing MS Reader for use in eBooks. Some see Windows-only ClearType as directly competing with Adobe's Cross-platform PDF technology. On Monday, Microsoft Vice President of Technology Development Dick Brass commented that PDF wasn't suited to onscreen display, as is ClearType. However, Apple is using PDF its display imaging technology in next year's Mac OS X.

Helios LanTest 2.5 supports Gigabit Ethernet. September 1, 1999 -- Helios announced that LanTest 2.5 now works on Gigabit Ethernet networks for testing of AppleShare services. (Helios makes the EtherShare AFP server for UNIX.) LanTest 2.5 also supports AppleScript for building custom test scripts.




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