Oct / Nov ‘04 Edition Bonjour iMac G5 Articles New Mac Debuts Apple Expo Europe •Bonjour iMac G5 by Monte Ferguson Cover •GRAMUG Meeting T HIS PAST SUMMER APPLE DID some thing unprecedented. They actu- ally pre-announced Was this basically a flat panel iMac with a G5 stuck in there. Or would this be a totally new Highlights a product. This was iMac? Would Page 2 huge news. Apple, it be more under Mr. Steve evolutionary •Product Review: Jobs, has kept a very or revolution- Airport Express tight lid on new ary? Other than Page 3 product announce- Apple’s initial ments. Apple went press release, •iMovie 4 in the so far as to say they the company Viewfinder had messed up. was mum on Page 7 That’s right, Apple the subject. officially admitted The silence it was coming out was lifted at •Buying a Laptop Bag with a new product the Apple Page 9 and had messed up. Expo Paris. Apple had gone on Phil Schiller •Product Review: to explain that prob- Executive VP Stuffit Deluxe 8 lems getting G5 chips of Marketing, Page 12 from IBM had been standing in for worse than expected. the recuperat- •Getting to Know Therefore, the release ing Steve Jobs, Apple Mail’s Spam of the iMac G5 had officially took Filter been delayed. Worse yet, with the before the wraps off of the new iMac. Page 14 school buying season in full swing, Apple This iMac once again moves computer was running out of the current flat panel design forward in a spectacular way. Like iMac models. it’s predecessor’s, this modem inspires •Specials & Deals Wondering minds were curious what strong opinions both for and against. The Back Cover Apple had up it’s sleeve. For Apple to go so new iMac truly pushes the concept of the public it risked creating expectations that it all in one computer to its next logical step. might not be able to live up to. No sooner The whole computer is mounted right had the announcement been made than the behind the LCD flat panel. They even man- Get Info is a publication web was full of discussion of the upcoming aged to put the power supply in the back of of the Grand Rapids Area G5 iMacs. Everyone wanted to know what this thing. No power brick mars the design Microcomputer Users Group. these machines were going to be made of. at all. It is all of 2 Continued on Page 4 GRAMUG Meeting Highlights by Monte Ferguson Thanks to M any folks think that user group meetings are for Katie Weller computer wizards and geeks. That the conversation will we had direc- be way over their heads. While others have no idea what tions. such meetings have to offer. I have showcased several recent gatherings below. As you can tell from these ex- July cerpts, a user group has something to offer nearly every- one no matter what their skill level. July saw us come together June for another There have been other things going on behind the scenes. NON meet- One of them has been working out a new location for ing at the the group to meet. (With Howard’s retirement we could Urban Mill no longer get the same room without paying a per meet- It’s a Grind. ing charge.) I’m pleased to announce that the General Though the Manager @CompUSA has welcomed us to meet in one of turn out their training rooms. I would like to thank him, and Dave was a bit DeCanio (our Local Apple Representative) for making this smaller than One of our May giveaway winners, Mr. possible. last time, no Stanley Ward, is shown with his prize doubt due the Little Digital Camera Book. New Treasurer to vacations, Howard’s retirement also left us looking for a replacement we all had a for his duties with the group. I am pleased to announce good time. There was lots of good conversations going on. that Duane Weller has stepped up to the task. Feel free to We also took turns sharing thoughts and exchanging tips. thank him for taking over the job. Just don’t rush him all at One of the tips I had recently run across helped a couple once. We don’t want to overwhelm him, just let him know of people at the gathering. TIP: If you have a Titanium we appreciate his hard work. Duane has all of Howard’s Powerbook with flaking or missing paint, pick up a couple information regarding membership and dues. If you have of metallic sharpies. They almost exactly match the silver any questions about membership or dues, he’s the man. of the Powerbook. We also took time to try to figure out June is not a time that the group meets. Basically our meet- why one members laptop lost the time zone’s for most ing location has not been available in the summer. Besides of North America, and wouldn’t stay synched to EDT. most folks are out on vacation. However some of the We finally managed to get it to synch but the why was a members, announced that they were getting together at a head scratcher. All in all a really fun time. No structure, no local coffee shop in downtown GR. Just a social gathering. demo’s, just people getting together. Not a GRAMUG meeting. A number of people attended the get together. We had a good time. Of course talk did veer to computers, or Apple, or technology. Let’s face it, One of our May giveaway winners, Ms. it’s bound to happen. But Juliet Kauffman, with her prize Web we talked Design on a Shoestring about other things too. Just general stuff. It was nice to get together like that. In fact it worked out so well there GRAMUG meets monthly, throughout the school year, at is going to the Grand Rapids CompUSA. Meetings are held on the Thursday of the fourth full week. Meetings begin at 7pm. be another get together. You can also learn more about the group by going to our It was at web site: http://www.gramug.org/ Urban Mill Its a Grind. 2 Product Review: •Print Wirelessly I have a studio where I print Airport Express invoices on my Epson C80 for customers. But my printer by Bryan Schultz is at my desk and I’d rather print without having to drag my laptop from my studio I T FINALLY CAME! AFTER ORDER- setup over to my desk just for ing in mid-June and realizing about one page. a week later that shipment would not occur until July, my excitement level •iTunes has been on hold until I saw the little Thanks to technology and brown box appear on my desk at work. my best friend’s wife Katie Surprisingly, The “APEx” was shipped (Weller), I have become directly from “TW” (Taiwan I think) on “enamored” with playing my July 15th – And was sitting on my desk on music from my laptop. (This the 16th. Ahhh, technology and transport is a “gimme” that I know will advancement! be rewarded, too) So, here I sit. At my desk anxiously waiting for work to finish to see how this What you get: •Range Extension little baby is going to help my home network. You get the Airport Express unit itself Putting “holes” in a wall is so , and a cd to set it up. “passé” for networking now. First Glance Price: $129 But, I need just a little more Tightly wrapped corrugated cardboard sur- range on my existing 802.11g rounds the box. I carefully cut away the ship- System Requirements Belkin Base Station to get a ping box to reveal a flat white and baby blue A Macintosh computer with an good signal to my bedroom. box that is no bigger than the standard Apple AirPort Extreme Card or AirPort Card Whether this will work, I do not mouse box that came with the wireless mouse A PC with a Wi-Fi-certified IEEE know. But, we’ll find out soon. I purchased this spring. I tip the box and let 802.11b or 802.11g wireless card the instructions and APEx slip into my hand. Finally! I’m home! Now for (Of course I gleefully smell the “woosh” of Users with Mac OS X v10.3 or later the good stuff. I immediately “new-gear-stink” as the APEx slips out. Not can: remove the AirPort from it’s quite as overwhelming as the “new-gear-stink” packaging. I then plug in my you get from a new laptop coming out of the •Access an AirPort Express wireless speakers and my Epson C80 box – But enough that it will hold me until my network Printer straight away (Boy, I “next big purchase!”) •Set up an AirPort Express Base hope the directions say to do The unit itself is slightly larger than a stan- Station this first!!). I pull the “install” dard white adapter “brick” that’s been ship- •Use AirTunes to play music CD hastily from the package ping with new Macs recently by perhaps a half •Share a USB printer and “place”(cram) the “CD” inch or so. The APEx is easily transported in •Use Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) (Installation to Freedom!) In my a briefcase or backpack for trips to the office ( Users with Mac OS X v10.2.7 can: 12” 1Ghz PB drive. The drive and beyond. At this point, I’m ready to throw Access an AirPort wireless network whirrs to life and the folder caution to the wind and in standard “geek” Share a USB printer) pops open and I’ve already fashion I toss the instructions aside. Not being clicked the install icon before able to plug it in here at work is frustrating! So, I pick the my PB even slows down. manual back up. I leaf carefully through the instructions Installation is 30 Megabytes. Mmmmm. Bigger than I looking for one thing that’s been on my mind. Sure I want thought but not unmanageable. Installation ends after to print and play music through the APEx. I know it will about 2 minutes. I burrow to the utilities folder and dou- do that. But, the one question I want answered from the ble click on the “easy setup” icon for the Airport Express quick glance through the instructions yields no answer (I DID read this part whilst glancing through the instal- for me. “Will the APEx work with a wireless router that is lation instructions). After a few questions, the installer not an AirPort Extreme base station? We’ll find out. If not, finds the Express and asks what I’d like to name it. I tap in for me – just being able to run around the house and print my “typical” funny names (LittleBearNetwork) and click and listen to my music without being tethered is reward “continue”. A few more routine questions and the installer enough for the purchase. disappears and I’m “left alone” with my new found “free- dom”. What I want So, I go for Safari. Hmmm… Doesn’t seem to connect I bought this little wonder because I want to do three to the internet. (?) I go back to the utilities folder and things: click on the Continued on Page 5 3 Cover Story Continued inches thick. on the From Page 1 It weighs 15 ad-just- pounds less able than the flat panel G4 did. They even display managed to put in a slot loading opti- issue. cal drive, mounted vertically, in this The pre- Mac. Apple says the iMac G5 is the vious Security Update 2004-05-03 world’s thinnest desktop computer. I model Released for one don’t doubt them. had an Apple seems to enjoy releasing security Apple says that they used the articu- updates on Monday afternoons. This week, iPod as the aesthetic model for this lated the company unveiled Security Update new iMac. Apple is playing that con- arm that 2004-05-03, a 4.2 MB package that nection for all it’s worth. If you’ve let you updates the AFP Server, CoreFoundation, checked out their web site you will move the and IPSec components of the operating note a headline that reads: “From the display system, and includes the components of creators of the iPod. The new iMac in pretty the earlier Security Update 2004-04-05. G5.” If you view the two products much For owners of Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, the side by side you’ll instantly be struck any update provides the same new compo- by the resemblance. Both units sport direction. This new iMac allows nents, but in a 9.8 MB download. No other the sleek and spare lines that have you to vertically move the display details were available at press time. Both come to define Apple’s design style. between -5 and 25 degrees on the updates are available via Software Update; You will also see that Apple is hop- aluminum base. No moving it, the standalone downloads will likely be avail- ing that the success of the iPod will display, up and down. Nor can you able by the time you read this. [JLC] inspire people to contemplate switch- pivot the display from side to side, <http://www.apple.com/support/ ing to a Mac. unless you want to move the entire downloads/> base. However, the iMac G5 does sup- Features port any VESA compatible mounting iMovie 4.0.1 Improves All of the ports on this Mac are on the option. Which means you could even Performance back, behind the right hand side of mount the computer on the wall, sans Apple has released iMovie 4.0.1, which the computer. Starting with the new the base. improves performance in long projects headphone jack that’s also a mini- and fixes a few bugs in the video editing optical plug. So you can watch DVDs Attention to Detail application. The update corrects problems and listen to them in 5.1 surround Apple is justifiably known for its when launching the program and adding sound. You’ll also find a passel of USB attention to detail in all of it’s prod- titles to the timeline, and better handles 2.0 and FireWire 400 connectors for ucts. You get the feeling that every- projects that used third-party plug-ins your camera, camcorder or gamepad. thing about an Apple product has which are no longer present. It also Or if you want to connect your iMac been thought through. That they real- includes fixes for pixelated video, corrupt- to your TV or a digital projector, the ly considered the person when they ed Ken Burns (pan and zoom) clips, and mini-VGA port gives you the option. made it. The iMac G5 is certainly no audio loss after emptying the trash. Apple The line in jack lets you record an exception. It posed the daunting task recommends upgrading to QuickTime electric guitar into GarageBand. The to its designers of being an all-in-one 6.5.1 and, if you use an iSight as your video iMac G5 offers Ethernet for wired net- computer. The further challenge was input source, iSight 1.0.2. The iMovie 4.0.1 working as well as a modem for dial- to fit it all in and make the who prod- update is a 1.2 MB download, and is also up Internet. Your modem can also uct flow together as a cohesive unit. available in Software Update. [JLC] double as a fax machine. The power The iMac has for the last six years <http://www.apple.com/support/ button is also on the back, along the championed the idea of getting rid of downloads/imovieformacosx.html> same line as the ports are. Which cables. The first models only required could make it difficult to find. Apple four cables, if you count the keyboard Beating a Path to Path Finder 3.2 thought of that. The power button is and mouse. This new Mac takes that The folks at Cocoatech have released the only thing that is raised above the ideal to a new level. If you have a version 3.2 of their flagship Finder replace- surface, it’s curved like a mini dome. bluetooth, wireless, keyboard and ment, Path Finder. With Path Finder, you You will find that it’s easy enough to mouse you don’t even have to hassle can navigate your hard disks, see invisible track down by touch alone. with attaching any cables. Similarly, items, sort in many ways (including “smart” This new iMac is quiet. It is said if you have a wireless network setup sorting, which distinguishes applications, that, at idle, the noise it gives off is you won’t need to hook up any wires folders, and packages from normal files), rated at 25 decibels. To compare that to get on the ‘Net. (If you do need to make a new file or folder (without its consider a whisper is usually rated at attach cables, the base Apple supplies jumping around the window!), list files into 30 decibels. with the iMac has a nicely designed Continued on Page 5 This new iMac takes a different view Continued on Page 6 4 Airport Contʼd from Page 3 The C80 still has the little excla- mation point by it so it’s not “Configure AirPort Router” icon. recognized. Strange. So I select It finds “LittleBear” and I go to the the printer list pull down menu configuration screen. (Wow, this and under the Rendezvous Setting thing is really a complete AirPort – The C80 shows up. I select print. Continued BaseStation in a tiny little pack- BAM – My document prints. a text file, copy a pathname, accumulate files age. There’s settings for everything Impressive! So, for 5 minutes from many locations to be moved or copied to just like it’s bigger siblings). In worth of setup – I can now surf the a single location (the “Drop Stack”), get exten- perusing the settings I find one net, print documents, and listen to sive information about items on disk, and loads VERY interesting thing that isn’t my music all without leaving my of other things you wish you could do from the found on the standard AirPort easy chair. No wires. No fuss. No Finder. There are also many power user features: Base Stations. “Use this AirPort problem. I’m in Love! you can examine files in hex, get a class to:” And there’s two questions: One last test. Howard Jones dump or symbol table of an application, sample 1) “Create a Wireless Network” is still playing through iTunes (profile) a running application, launch multiple or 2) “Join an Existing Wireless (And quite loudly I might add instances of an application, launch as root, access Network”. So, I select the latter. It – Incidentally the volume control the command line, and so forth. In addition to asks the name of my ‘already cre- DOES work within iTunes); I need numerous bug fixes, this version augments the ated’ network. I type in the “typi- to print something. Something “Swiss Army Knife” quality of Path Finder, adding cally funny name” (BearsDen) and BIGGER. So, I open my 2003 tax the capability to burn a CD, take a screen shot, save the configuration. return! (OK, I don’t do the whole connect to remote servers, and more. Many At this point the APEx appears thing) I select the first 5 pages popular utilities, such as LaunchBar, DragThing, to disappear from my configura- – full of text and start to print. And and Zinng, support Path Finder. Try it; you might tion. That’s strange. So, NOW it I lean to the speakers to listen for never bother with the Finder again. Path Finder 3.2 is a free update for registered users of ver- sion 3.0. It is a $10 upgrade from earlier versions. Otherwise it costs $35. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. A feature-complete 21-day demo is available. [MAN] <http://www.cocoatech.com/pf.php> Apple Releases Faster iBooks and PowerBooks Apple refreshed its entire laptop line last week with the release of improved iBooks and PowerBooks. The entry-level 12-inch iBook, at $1,100, contains a 1 GHz PowerPC G4 proces- Airport Express and Extreme base stations side by side. sor, 512K of L2 cache running at 1 GHz, 256 hits me. OH HO! I pull down the “artifact”. Not a problem. Sound MB of RAM, and a 30 GB hard drive. A 14-inch wireless settings on my laptop and quality doesn’t even burp. Well, model, at $1,300, shares the same specs as the rejoin the standard “BearsDen” the wait is over. I have my toy. 12-inch, with the exception of a 40 GB hard network. I try Safari and it kicks Now what do I do?! drive (and the larger screen, of course!). The in. Awesome! But, what about high-end 14-inch iBook, at $1,500, features a iTunes. I’d heard that you simply 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a 60 GB hard Conclusion open iTunes 4.6 and you’ll see a Excellent quality (in my impres- drive, and AirPort Extreme built in (AirPort small icon selection in the lower Extreme is available as an option on the other sion). Solidly built. Impressive right for what set of speakers you Features. Stellar packaging Easy two iBooks). All iBooks include an ATI Mobility want to use. I do see it and I select Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32 MB of setup. Must be an Apple!!! “LittleBearSpeakers”. Suddenly, Initial setup was very easy. Less video memory, along with a Combo drive (DVD- Howard Jones “Hide & Seek” ROM/CD-RW); the two 14-inch models offer a than 10 minutes in fact. The unit Springs to life from my speakers: has many selections for setting the build-to-order option for a SuperDrive (DVD- “FROM ACROSS THE ROOM!!!!” R/CD-RW), which runs at 4x speed (compared Express up as a main router. But, NO WIRES! (This is really getting in my configuration the Express to previous 2x SuperDrives for laptops). The cool now!) iBooks can now also support up to 1.2 GB of integrates seamlessly into an exist- But, what about printing? I ing (and partial PC) network. RAM, versus the 768 MB limit of the previous quickly open Word and type some generation. Essentially, the unit with a few ridiculous sentence just for some- selections turns itself into a print <http://www.apple.com/ibook/> thing to print. I select ‘Print…’ server/music speaker server box. Continued on Page 6 from the file menu and…. Hmm… Continued on Page 8 5 Cover Story Contʼd whole through to play stereo sound. The challenge which you can was how to integrate the speakers from Page 4 thread your without compromising the simplic- cabling. Reducing unsightly cable ity or the cleanness of the iMac G5 clutter.) design. Their solution was towards Another nice touch is the easy to the bottom of the enclosure and have Continued remove back of the computer. It just the grills on the bottom edge of the The PowerBook line leapfrogs the previous has three screws, that won’t fall out. computer. Which makes the sound generation’s speeds with 1.33 GHz PowerPC Apple says it is the most upgrade down-fire and bounce up towards G4 processors on the two 12-inch models and maintenance friendly iMac the user. and one 15-inch model, and 1.5 GHz proces- they’ve produced. In fact you can sors for a second 15-inch configuration and easily access memory, hard drive, Performance the still-enormous 17-inch model. Starting optical drive, and Airport card bay. This iMac definitely has a pretty at $1,600, the 12-inch PowerBook includes Once you take off the back you will face. But can it handle the tough 256 MB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, and a also note four diagnostic LED’s stuff? Can it really do what you Combo drive; for $200 more, the other 12- that can help you trouble shoot a want it to do? The short answer is inch configuration adds the 4x SuperDrive. hardware issue, or you can read off heck yeah. The longer answer will They also include Nvidia GeForce FX the status of the LED’s to a trained take some time to develop. We will Go5200 graphics processors with 64 MB of Apple Care technician for help in need to be patient until everyone video memory, and a FireWire 400 port. The diagnosing a problem. gets their initial orders and bench 15-inch Combo drive model, at $2,000, Heat dissipation isn’t a sexy mark tests can be run. For now what adds a FireWire 800 port, the ATI Mobility feature to tout to potential buyers. we have to go on are Apple’s initial Radeon 9700 graphics processor with 64 But it became a critical issue when performance numbers. (Keep in MB of video memory, and a 4x SuperDrive. you deal with tight spaces, like the mind these are based on a compari- Moving up to the top of the 15-inch pile, 2 inch thick iMac G5 enclosure. As son of the iMac G5 against the G4 the $2,500 configuration features 512 MB you might expect, the PowerPC G5 Flat panel iMac.) of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive, and the now- inside this Mac can get hot. Apple famous backlit keyboard. For $300 more, took an interesting approach to •Three times more frames per sec- the 17-inch model offers the same specifica- solving that issue. First, there are ond in Unreal Tournament 2004 tions as the top 15-inch model, but with a three variable speed fans that cool •Almost three times more frames who-cares-about-plasma-displays beautiful 17- down the process, hard drive, and per second in Halo inch screen. All PowerBooks feature built-in logic board. Cooler air is pulled in •71% more software instrument AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, through the speaker grills, facing tracks in GarageBand 512K of L2 cache, and now use 333 MHz the bottom edge of the computer, •56% faster at Adobe Photoshop CS PC2700 memory across the board. [JLC] and pulled upward through a slit •67% faster rendering of DV content on the upper back edge of the iMac. in Final Cut Express 2 eMacs Get Speed Bump, Price The whole process is practically •46% faster at Keynote and iMovie Drop invisible to the computer owner as Last week, Apple Computer also revised they sit down with their iMac G5. Based on those numbers, and some the eMac, its most affordable Macintosh Audio output presented anoth- anecdotal evidence, this Mac is no computer. The eMac still sports a white, er challenge to the iMac design slouch. Apple has been very clear all-in-one design with a 17-inch CRT-based team. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice that this iMac has been designed to display capable of resolutions up to 1280 by President of Hardware Product work really well with the iLife suite. 960 pixels (leaving it the only picture tube in Marketing, said that a goal for this With a fast processor, fast memory, Apple’s otherwise all flat- design was to remain true to the and a much improved main memory screen lineup). But Apple’s revved up the all in one concept. In the previous bus, you can really get things done. internals: the eMac now sports a 1.25 GHz design they had to break that con- The only major criticism of its G4 processor, 333 MHz PC2700 RAM, an vention by using external speakers performance I’ve heard was from ATI Radeon 9200 graphics controller with dedicated gamers. Their 32 MB of video memory, three USB 2.0 main beef is with the rather ports, and either a 40 GB hard drive and a middle-of-the-road graph- 32x Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) or ics card, the nVidia 5200FX, an 80 GB hard drive and an 8x SuperDrive that comes with the iMac (DVD-R/CD-RW). The revised eMacs are G5. available immediately starting at $800 for The new line, which the Combo drive model, and $999 for the will be available in mid- SuperDrive-equipped model; eMacs are also September, offers 17- or 20- available at reduced prices to education cus- inch active matrix wide Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 16 6 iMovie 4 in the Viewfinder by Jeff Carlson Continued tomers in the U.S. and Canada through Apple’s W HEN I WROTE ABOUT imovie 3 last year, I was less than enamored of Apple’s digital frames you wish to remove from view. The only exception to the advan- Store for Education, along with a bare-bones video editor (see “iMovie 3 Tips tages of Direct Trimming is if you model with no optical drive. Build-to-order and Gotchas” in TidBITS-697_). It empty iMovie’s trash: iMovie options include AirPort Extreme wireless net- was slow, buggy, and frustrating. rewrites the media files stored working, an internal Bluetooth module, up to Apple released iMovie 4 shortly on disk to match the edits you’ve 1 GB of RAM, and larger hard drive capacities; after this year’s Macworld Expo in applied, deleting the footage you’ve eMacs ship with Apple’s iLife ‘04 collection of San Francisco, and I’m happy to hidden. (I recommend not empty- digital media applications, AppleWorks, Quicken report that the new version is much ing iMovie’s trash at any point 2004, WorldBook Encyclopedia, and Tony Hawk’s improved -not to the extent that I’d while editing; if you need more Pro Skater 4. [GD] prefer, but iMovie no longer feels disk space, you’re better off buying <http://www.apple.com/emac/> like it was rushed out the door. an inexpensive external FireWire Peachpit Press has just released hard disk and moving your project Apple Posts $46 million Q2 Profit the third edition of my book on there.) Apple Computer announced a $46 million iMovie, which not only includes profit for its second operating quarter of 2004, almost 100 new pages of material Keystrokes Make Editing Easier based on revenue of $1.9 billion and sales of (thanks in part to the addition of Using keystroke shortcuts doesn’t nearly 750,000 Macs and over 800,000 iPods. iDVD coverage) but also has the sound like a sexy new feature, but I International sales accounted for 43 percent of longest title of anything I’ve pub- rely on them to speed up my work the quarter’s revenue, and gross margins were lished: iMovie 4 & iDVD 4 for Mac and reduce the amount of mous- a still-substantial 27.8 percent. The quarterly OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide (I ing I do. iMovie 4 added a few profit takes into account a $7 million restruc- get tired just typing it). In this short keystroke shortcuts that I use con- turing charge; Apple will likely incur restructur- article, I want to share some worth- stantly. ing charges next quarter as well, as the com- while tips and iMovie improve- pany announced plans to further streamline ments. I’ll look at iDVD 4 in a * Press Command-E to switch processes by shutting down its Sacramento, future article. between the Clip Viewer and the California, manufacturing facility and moving Timeline Viewer (the two timeline those operations to a supplier in southern Direct Trimming views that occupy the same space at California. Nonetheless, Apple remains in good iMovie gains an important structur- the bottom of iMovie’s screen). financial shape, having completed its third quar- al overhaul in version 4. Apple calls ter of double-digit revenue expansion, keeping it Direct Trimming, but video edi- * In the Timeline Viewer, press $4.6 billion in cash on hand, and having no cor- tors know it better as non-destruc- Command-Option-P to scroll to porate debt. [GD] tive editing. In earlier versions of where the playhead is located, or if <http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2004/apr/ iMovie, you trimmed a video clip a clip is selected but currently off- 14results.html> by lopping off portions that you screen, press Command-Option-S to didn’t need - the last 10 seconds, jump to that clip. Eudora 6.1 Adds Google Searching for example. If you later realized Qualcomm has released Eudora 6.1, the latest you need to use that footage, the * Also in the Timeline Viewer, press version of their venerable email client. New in only ways to retrieve it were to use Command-Option-Z with a clip Eudora 6.1 is a toolbar-based Search Bar that Undo (but only if the edit was made selected to zoom in on just that clip enables you to search either within Eudora or within the last 10 actions), or by so that it takes up most of the time- in Google via your Web browser; you can also restoring the entire clip to its origi- line. For a quick way to zoom out to Control- or right-click a word and choose it from nal state. see your entire movie without leav- the contextual menu that appears to search With Direct Trimming, that ing the keyboard, press Command- for it in Google. Another new feature (though deleted footage is always available. A to select all clips in the timeline, a more-limited version appeared in Eudora If you decide you want your clip to then Command-Option-Z to zoom 6.0; see “Eudora 6.0 Slams Spam, Concentrates be two seconds longer, you simply to the selection. Content” in TidBITS-696_for more on that grab the right edge of the clip in release) is Transfer to Selection, which enables the Timeline Viewer and drag it to * Press Command-B to create a you to Control- or right-click a word in Eudora the right to expose the footage you bookmark, a marker used only and choose a similarly named mailbox into which want. When trimming clips down, for your own navigational use. the message will be transferred. IMAP synchro- just drag the right edge of the clip Press Command-[ or Command-] and move it to the left, hiding the Continued on Page 8 Continued on Page 10 7 nization has been improved with the capability to Airport Cont’d An excel- grated within every piece of elec- synchronize specific IMAP mailboxes on mail checks from Page 5 lent invest- tronic hardware ever made) and and easier resynchronization of entire mail folders. ment even the AirPort Express will “tandem” Eudora 6.1 provides more control over content without range extension. There with your Existing AirPort to concentration, which it uses to hide quoted and are password settings for access make the range go further. When o t h e r less relevant text to the peripherals attached and I decided to try this with my appearing Continued in the preview pane. encryption is also available. router at work, The APEx crashed Lastly, and perhaps the most welcome (if depress- I didn’t notice any difference and I had to “hard reset” it with ing) feature is the addition of Junk mail statistics to in sound quality while printing. the “pen-press” reset button. the Statistics window. It’s harsh being shown that I also looked very carefully at Overall, I imagine if you really 61 percent of my mail is spam overall, and that the what I had printed. There was no ‘READ THE DIRECTIONS’(!) percentage is more like 75 to 78 percent for the change or artifact in the printed installation will occur without day or week. page as well. There is no differ- incident. But, if you’re a ‘geek’ <http://www.eudora.com/email/> ence in your results and your like me – You’ll have this unit up art=07342> output acts as if your computer and running in no time as well. I were attached to the peripherals will really enjoy using this little Eudora 6.1 is available in Paid mode for $50; themselves. Very nice. wonder for a long time. Sponsored (with ads and no support) and Light One word of caution. This unit If you like the freedom of (reduced features and no support) modes are free. will not extend a network that wireless technology, this unit will If you’ve purchased or upgraded Eudora within the does not use a REAL AirPort as deliver the “final piece” to your last 12 months, the upgrade is free; if you purchased it’s primary router. (I edited some puzzle to make your computing or upgraded more of my exploits because I DID try / printing / listening experience than 12 months ago, but less than 24 months ago, the APEx at work for a moment!) truly care-free and enjoyable. the upgrade costs $40; and if you last paid for it There is a setting if you want to more than 24 months ago, you have to pay the full extend your network where you GRAMUG RATING $50 again. Eudora 6.1 is a 6 MB download for may enter a “MAC address” (An either Mac OS X or Mac OS 9. [ACE] 5 of 5 – Highly Recommended absolute unique number inte- <http://www.eudora.com/download/> Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty TLA Systems’s DragThing, a launcher and Dock replacement that we’ve been covering since its inception, has been upgraded to version 5.1. The big change here is that DragThing’s docks are now documents: you can now open and close them individually, and they can be exported completely as XML. This makes things much easier when you develop a one-off or specialized dock that needn’t be present all the time. You can also have “work- spaces” (dock sets), read-only docks, and stationery docks. The Desktop Trash feature is also much more flexible, and there are many cosmetic and functional improvements and bug fixes. DragThing 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or better and is a 3.2 MB download. It costs $30; this is a free upgrade for DragThing 5 users. [MAN] <http://www.dragthing.com/english/download.html> NoteBook 1.2 v180 Beefs up HTML Export Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 1.2 v180, a minor upgrade to their elegant snippet keeper and information manager, which I’ve found handy for maintaining to do lists and taking notes on complex procedures. This version adds an option to export only changed pages to HTML, preserves text styling in HTML, and automatically converts a series of multiple spaces to a non-breaking space Continued on Page 9 8 Buying a Laptop Bag by Jeff Carlson Continued character. You can also now choose the format U NLIKE BUYING A DESK- top Mac, purchasing a PowerBook or iBook often means accessories. Backpacks are also popular, especially among students and for images pasted into Notebook. Circus Ponies purchasing a bag of some sort to travelers who prefer to keep their also fixed a number of bugs, including an annoy- carry it in. But buying a laptop hands free when carrying their ing one with the licensing system that could cause bag can involve as much, if not gear. Like briefcases, you can find a crash on the first launch after restarting your more, consideration than buying backpacks that hold little more Mac. NoteBook 1.2 v180 is a 7.7 MB download the computer itself. What sort than the laptop and its power that’s free to registered users; new copies cost $50. of cushioning will protect your cord, as well as beefier models [ACE] investment? How much should with enough room for your acces- <http://www.circusponies.com/pages.aspx?page=pr the bag carry? How often will you sories, a few changes of clothes, oducts> be carrying it? And what other and maybe even a very small con- features should you look for? sultant. Security Update 2004-04-05 Released For this article, I originally For the minimalist, laptop Apple posted two versions of Security Update wanted to review a few specific sleeves have begun to gain 2004-04-05 for Mac OS X today. The update bags, but because there are so popularity. Sleeves hold only for Mac OS X 10.3.3 Panther replaces the Mail, many types of bags and ways that the laptop itself, sometimes also OpenSSL, libxml2, and CUPS Printing components people use them, I’m going to including an outside pocket for a and is a 3.7 MB download. The update for Mac OS take a broader approach instead few sheets of paper or a couple of X 10.2.8 Jaguar includes only the CUPS Printing and look at some of the factors CDs, though not a power adapter up-date, but also incorporates Security Update you should consider when buying and cord. Sleeves are often used 2004-01-26 and is a 4.8 MB download. No other this essential laptop accessory. in conjunction with other bags (of details were released; the updates are available all sorts, not just computer bags) from Software Update or as standalone downloads. Types of Bags to further protect the laptop. [JLC] In general, you can find four That said, hybrids and varia- <http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ types of laptop bags. For the tions abound - some bags can be securityupdate_2004-04-05_(10_3_3).html> traditional business look, you carried like a briefcase, slung over can opt for a briefcase shape that the shoulder like a messenger Retrospect 6.0.193 Released sports one handle and possibly a bag, and also include straps you Dantz Development has released Retrospect shoulder strap. Briefcase bags can extract to carry the bag like a 6.0.193, a minor update to the company’s power- range from slim slabs of leather backpack. The specific type of bag ful backup program (see “Dantz Ships Panther- to bulky expandable contraptions is usually a personal choice based Compatible Retrospect 6.0” in TidBITS-714_). that offer more concealed pockets on your likely usage patterns; I Retrospect 6.0.193 is designed to address a num- than you may ever need. The own two bags I use regularly: a ber of annoying bugs and incompatibilities. It fea- largest of the briefcase-style bags Timbuk2 messenger bag for when tures a workaround for a change in Mac OS X even feature wheels and handles I ride my bicycle to work and a 10.3.3 that prevented tape autoloaders and fibre for pulling through airports. (As Tom Bihn Brain Bag backpack channel tape libraries from working, and offers bet- far as I know, none yet feature for when I’m traveling or need ter performance for duplicates and restores during their own motors, but never say to carry more than my minimal the Closing phase. This version also works better never!) complement of gear. with pre-6.0 backup sets: freezes and errors when Bike messenger-style bags tend <http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/ accessing pre-6.0 backup sets have been addressed; to be larger than briefcases, with catalog/categories.t2?categoryId it now allows New Media backups to pre-6.0 a strap that goes over one shoul- =1> backup sets; and you can now restore data from der and across the chest. A second <http://www.tombihn.com/ pre-6.0 Internet backup sets. Also important is the strap that connects to the main page/001/PROD/100/TB0104> included Retrospect Driver Update 5.2.101, which strap is sometimes included to solves crashes when backing up to VXA and DAT improve stability (such as when Essential Advice drives, fixes a problem with the magazine being riding a bike, naturally). Some No matter which bag style you ejected from a desktop autoloader after clean- messenger bags consist of just one choose, keep the following factors ing, and eliminates a crashing bug that could occur large pocket where you store in mind while you’re shopping. during device scanning if more than 2 GB of RAM everything, laptop included, but Weight is extremely impor- was installed. Retrospect 6.0.193 is a free update you can also buy modified mes- tant. My 15-inch PowerBook G4 to registered users of Retrospect 6.0; it’s a 23.8 MB senger bags that include padded is pretty svelte at 5.6 pounds Continued on Page 10 compartments for laptops and Continued on Page 11 9 download. [ACE] (the bracket to a QuickTime movie, for example, I iMovie 4 Contʼd from Page <http://www.dantz.com/> keys) to needed to move all the other clips off 7 jump to the the timeline before exporting, a real LaunchBar 3.3 and 4.0b1 previous or next bookmark. hassle. In iMovie 4, simply select the Released clips you want to export, choose Objective Development last week * iMovie 4 features timeline snapping: Share from the File menu (or press Continued released both LaunchBar 3.3, the as you drag the playhead through the Command-Shift-E), and click the check- latest version of their slick keyboard- movie, it snaps to the nearest edit point box labeled Share Selected Clips Only. based application launcher, and (helpful when matching audio and LaunchBar 4.0b1, a public beta of the video clips). You can turn this option A Word about Performance next major version (see “Tools We on or off in iMovie’s preferences, but I mentioned earlier that iMovie 4 is Use: LaunchBar” in TidBITS-671_). there’s a better way: keep it turned off improved, but not as much as I’d like. LaunchBar 3.3 distinguishes itself by in the preferences, and hold down Shift One thing about iMovie (and, it seems, scanning address books for phone as you drag the playhead to temporar- all of the iLife applications except numbers, which are displayed in large ily enable snapping. iTunes) is that they greatly benefit from type when accessed via LaunchBar. faster hardware, but even then perfor- Most of the other changes are rela- Catch a Wave(form) mance can vary between similar Macs. tively minor, though undoubtedly wel- iMovie 4 finally adds visible waveforms Some people export movies with no come to to audio clips, so you can see the peaks problems, while others tear their hair specific users (for instance, you no and valleys in the sound. Waveforms out due to audio problems or stuttery longer need to press Command to are especially helpful when you’re playback. In my experience, iMovie move the LaunchBar window, and trying to line up a song or sound clip 4 has been quite stable on my 1.25 Unix aficionados can now navigate to match action in the video. To turn GHz PowerBook G4, though it’s a dog the search results list with Emacs key on waveforms, go to iMovie’s prefer- when running on my older 400 MHz bindings). It’s a 269K download and is ences and enable the Show Audio Track PowerBook G4 Titanium. free to registered users; new copies Waveforms checkbox. It helps to zoom I can’t offer a sure-fire solution, but cost $20 for home use or $40 for in on a clip to see more waveform I can point you to a great resource: Dan business use. detail. You can also press the up and Slagel’s “Unofficial” iMovie FAQ. For <http://www.obdev.at/products/ down arrow keys in a selected audio other information, I also maintain a launchbar/releasenotes.html> clip to raise or lower waveforms tem- companion Web site to my book, where porarily to see them better (this changes you’ll find iMovie-related news, tips, LaunchBar 4.0b1, though, brings only the waveform display, not the and links to other resources. And lastly, major features to the application, audio levels themselves). you might want to check out a recent including a new configuration inter- Unfortunately, you can only view TidBITS Talk thread, which was face, a multithreaded indexing engine waveforms on audio clips, not video spurred by the latest iMovie 4.0.1 that scans in the background, new clips, even though in iMovie the video update. scanners dedicated to specific types clips also include an audio track. To of data (such as music in iTunes, view the waveforms for a video clip, <http://danslagle.dvmix.com/mac/ pictures in iPhoto, Web browser his- you must extract the audio (press iMovie/> tory, Watson tools, Sherlock channels, Command-J with a clip selected, <http://www.necoffee.com/ and more), built-in Web searching, or choose Extract Audio from the imovievqs/> an Open With command, access to Advanced menu). recent documents for any application, This article orginally appeared in and execution of AppleScript scripts iMovie 4 also added the capability to Tidbits Magazine issue #729, pub- and Unix executables. It’s a beta, so scrub audio, which plays audio as you if you’re not willing to take the usual drag the playhead, not just when you lished 5/10/04. It is reprinted with precautions, stick with version 3.3. It’s play back the movie in real time. Hold the permission of the Author. a 450K download. [ACE] down Option, then drag the playhead <http://www.obdev.at/products/ to scrub. However, this feature is such launchbar/index4.html> a performance drain that I find it unus- able: the playhead lags behind where Panorama V 4.9.6 Released I’ve dragged. Back in September 2003, we noted in TidBITS-697_ that ProVUE Sharing Is Caring Development had released a public One last nifty feature before I roll cred- preview version of Panorama, their its is the capability to export selected long-standing database program. clips from your movie, rather than the Although Panorama V retains its entire movie itself. In earlier versions, preview status, it’s working well Continued on Page 11 if I wanted to export a specific scene 10 Laptop Bag Contʼd (2.5 kg), the bag off your back or shoulder? from Page 9 but I also This is especially important if you’re carry an a frequent air traveler, because you extra power adapter, an assortment need to extract your laptop as you’re of cables, Palm organizer, iPod, and going through airport security (at least other stuff that adds up - I don’t need in the United States; I haven’t had the Continued more weight added by the bag itself. pleasure of visiting another country in Mac OS X and ProVUE continues Although a rich leather exterior looks lately with my computer gear). For to add features quietly while moving sharp, I prefer to carry something this reason I like a bag with conve- toward a major release. New in the just- made of lighter materials. nient access from the top. In contrast, released Panorama 4.9.6 is a feature Speaking of materials, other than I actively avoid briefcase-style cases called Channels that links data in leather you’ll commonly find bags that require you to unzip most of the made of materials such as ballistic bag, then undo a pair of Velcro straps Panorama to the outside world in nylon and Cordura (a durable fabric which anchor the computer into abstracted ways, initially via dialing manufactured by DuPont). They’re place. That approach might hold the the resistant to tears and scuffs and pro- PowerBook more snugly, but it’s sim- phone and sending email; a Channel vide some level of water-resistance ply too much work. And, of course, Workshop wizard helps develop new - though be wary of companies claim- perhaps the most important factor is a channels. Another new feature, “generic ing their bags as being “waterproof.” bag that will protect your laptop from fields,” helps you link Panorama databases Cordura or nylon alone won’t keep the inevitable indignities that accom- with similar information, and to link a the liquid out over time, and zippers pany everyday use. database with external software such as and seams are often not properly Mac OS X’s Address Book. More minor sealed or treated to keep moisture out. Damage Control improvements include scroll wheel sup- If you really need a waterproof bag (if, Although a bag gives you a better port, additional options for elements like say, you bike to work in Seattle every way to carry your laptop than tucked checkboxes and radio buttons, support day throughout the year), look into under your arm, it should also offer for building AppleScript scripts on the fly, getting a dry bag with a roll-down protection from bumps, jostles, and and the capability to run procedures in opening, such as those made by environmental nasties. Just how much the background. The upgrade is free to Ortlieb. For the ultimate in rough depends on your comfort level. registered users of the preview version; knocks durability, look for something At the least, the bag should have anyone who wants to give Panorama V a like Matias Corporation’s Laptop some sort of padded pocket for the spin can download the 7.4 MB file and Armor case, which has a hard outer laptop. If it doesn’t, such as with a use it with up to 250 records. [ACE] shell and a padded foam interior. single-pocket messenger bag design, <http://www.provue.com/Documents/ <http://www.cordura.com/> get a padded sleeve that holds the PanoramaV/Introduction.html> <http://www.ortlieb.com/> computer. Even better are bags or <http://halfkeyboard.com/ sleeves that incorporate some sort iChat AV 2.1 Adds laptoparmor/> of air cushion in addition to padded Videoconferencing with material. For example, the Tom Bihn Windows Also consider the bag’s appearance Brain Cell sleeve that I use suspends If you’ve been wanting to participate - not just its color or how fashion- my PowerBook in a sling -if I acci- in video or audio chats with Windows- ably it’s cut, but whether the bag is dentally drop my bag a couple of using friends, last week’s release is what appealing to thieves. Too many bags inches, the laptop may not even hit you’ve been waiting for. iChat AV 2.1 scream, “Laptop inside!” and make the ground. enables videoconferencing between for good targets. (TidBITS contributor <http://www.tombihn.com/page/ you and a friend using AOL Instant Gideon Greenspan took the idea of 001/PROD/TBP/TB0300> Messenger 5.5 for Windows. Apple lists concealment to one extreme when he no other changes in the free update, embarked on a trip through Asia with Just as important, however, is which requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later his PowerBook sheathed in a padded protection from accidental spills and running a Mac with at least a 600 MHz FedEx box; see “Off the Beaten Track” other mishaps. A problem with many PowerPC G3 processor. (Mac OS X 10.2 in TidBITS-508_.) Backpacks are good bags is that their architecture doesn’t Jaguar users remain locked at iChat AV because they can just as easily hold provide support for keeping them 2.0, which costs $30.) The update is a 4.3 textbooks or papers, and may not be upright. The weight of a computer MB download and is available via worth a criminal’s attempt. and related gear causes the bag to tip Software Update or as a separate down- The next consideration is access: over and disgorge its contents. This load. [ACE] can you grab your laptop with one may not be a big deal when you’re sit- <http://www.apple.com/ichat/> hand? Are the buckles, clips, or straps ting on the floor at the airport waiting easy to fasten and release (and can for a flight, but if you set the bag on a Adobe Discontinues those be done with one hand)? Can table and it tips the wrong way, Continued on Page 16 you get to the laptop without taking Cont’d on Page 12 11 PowerBook snugly and includes has put a great deal of thought into Laptop Bag Cont’d from Page 11 hidden backpack straps for size, placement, and accessibility. traipsing around New York City that three-foot drop could cause seri- during Macworld Expos, but because It’s in the Bag ous damage. The construction extends it includes a clever pocket on the out- If at all possible, try to obtain some to zippers and clips, too. A friend of side flap that’s exactly the right size hands-on time with the bags you’re ours lost his PowerBook because the for stowing airline boarding passes or thinking about purchasing. Computer- zipper on his bag slid loose and the folded-up maps. (The SaddleBag Pro, supply stores tend to have a moderate laptop (with some help from grav- which I haven’t used, also includes a selection; Apple retail stores carry a ity) pushed itself out into the open Junk-It drawer - a plastic slide-out several brands and types; and travel air. We’ve seen bags with zippers that tray at the bottom where you can and luggage stores are good sources. extend almost store cables and other small miscella- A visit to Macworld Expo is also an the entire way around the bag, which neous items.) One unusual pocket you excellent way to compare bags from a seems like a nice idea for full access, might appreciate is an external water number of manufacturers in person. but it also makes certain types of acci- bottle pocket; being forced to carry a It’s always worth asking your laptop- dents far more likely if the zippers water bottle inside the bag with his toting friends, who can give you their aren’t closed properly. laptop and other gear always makes hard-won advice on what to look for Adam nervous. or avoid in a particular case. Store, Organize, Access <http://www.kensington.com/html/ Whatever you choose, keep mind With the basics of protection out of 2513.html> that the state of laptop bag design is the way, make sure the bag will hold <http://www.kensington.com/html/ continually advancing, and you may the other gear that’s bound to tag 2226.html> find yourself wanting a new bag in a along, and make it easily available. few years anyway. Or you may need a Cables are notorious space-wasters, so However, be careful of bags with new, larger bag to hold Apple’s forth- look into buying a separate carrying too many pockets: in my experience, coming 20” PowerBook G5 (kidding!). case for them; heavy-duty ziplock more pockets invite you to carry more tb 725 april 5 2004 bags also work. Nearly all bags stuff, which makes you need a bag come with some type of pockets for with more pockets, until ultimately This article orginally appeared in pens and pencils to help prevent ink your idea of a portable computer case exploding in the bag. Specialized is one with wheels that hitches to the Tidbits Magazine issue #723, pub- pockets are also a bonus. Adam has lished 3/29/04. It is reprinted with back of your car. It’s more important used a Kensington SaddleBag for years, not just because it holds his to find a bag with just the pockets you the permission of the Author. need, especially when the designer Product Review: Stuffit Deluxe 8 by Monte Ferguson I N THE EARLY DAYS OF archives ensures that current files are computing, when space on disks kept on your hard drive. Older, less was measured in bytes rather than essential, files are securely backed up megabytes, it was critical to squeeze to external storage. Compressed files as much space out of your storage as also conserve network bandwidth. possible. There were several compet- Transferring one larger file is easier ing programs to do just that. But as than many small files. Therefore the 80’s drew to a close only one con- archiving files saves time. Especially tender was left standing, Stuffit. when you consider sending attach- Stuffit Deluxe grew out of a very ments via email. Not only does com- efficient shareware program. It’s pressing a file save you time but it main purpose was to compress, and also saves your recipient’s time. becomes easy to overlook their impor- decompress, files into archives. In fact The basic job of compressing files tance. But compressing files is a part Aladdin (now Allume), the makers doesn’t have that sex appeal which of everyday computing life. We all use of Stuffit Deluxe, still maintain share- makes for keynote addresses. But this technology and we all benefit. ware versions of their software. it’s one of those under-appreciated When you compress files you Compression, and decompression, technologies that has made our lives benefit in several ways. Compressing technologies are under appreciated by easier. files saves space on crowded hard many people. The problem is that the programs perform their function so disks. It makes backing up easier. Organizing your files into compressed 12 well that they are taken for granted. It Continued on Page 13 Stuffit Cont’d from Page 12 What you get: will now burn archives directly to A thin printed guide, basically gives you CD or DVD from StuffIt Archive What’s New instructions on installing and pertinent Assistant. Mac OS 10.2 or later is Stuffit Deluxe has been around for new features. A wealth of well written required for this feature. well over 10 years. So what makes electronic documentation Application this new version worth your hard CD, which installs the program, Stuffit •With StuffIt Express, a separate earned dollar? Check out some of the Express PE, Stuffit Standard 8.0, Stuffit application that comes with the Stuffit new features and see if at least one of Drag and Drop applets, Archive Assistant, Deluxe package, you can create cus- them is a Must Have for you. and Archive Search. tom drop box applications that auto- matically run compression and file •Recently Allume, formerly called System Requirements transfer when ever you drag and drop Aladdin, updated the venerable Stuffit MacOS 10.1.5 (10.2 for CD burning and files onto them. For example, you (.sti) compression format. They named can create a StuffIt Express drop box Archive Via Rename, AVR) the new version Stuffit X (.sitx). This that compresses files into an archive, Power Macintosh new format is now the default format uploads them to an FTP server (auto- 64MB of RAM matically logging in for you so you for the program. (Although the older 30MB of Hard Drive Space don’t even have to remember your .sit format is still fully supported in Price $79.99 password), and then sends out a Stuffit Deluxe.) This new format offers Upgrades: $29.99 notification Email letting people know some advantages over the previous format. Some of the where to go to get the files. advantages are 512bit encryption of archives, •StuffIt Expander automati- protection against cally translates PC file exten- archive corruption sions to Macintosh type and using an error correct- creator codes. This helps your ing redundancy option, Macintosh use the correct appli- better compression than cation to open the files you the old format, you can download and expand. now create archives that StuffIt Deluxe now allows are over 4Gb in size you to access Cabinet archives (even up to Terabytes (.cab) and yEncode encoded in size). files (.yenc). Both formats are most likely to originate from •Archive via Rename Windows based PC’s. CAB Returns for OS X: archives are most often used Archive Via Rename to store files used by installers (AVR.) allows you to The main Stuffit window. Shown above is an archive. for Windows software, while archive files and folders •DropStuff now allows you precise yEncode files are often found in simply by adding the appropriate control over exactly what files from a Usenet groups that host binary files. extension (.zip, .sit, or .sitx) to the particular folder will be added to an end of their names. Expansion can be archive. Using a “Find” type interface Pros achieved by removing the extension you can choose which files to add to Stuffit Deluxe is one of those pro- from the end of the name. AVR does your archive based on their name, grams that you can easily forget not create a safety copy of the file modification date, size, and type. To about. That’s because it does it’s job or folder being effected. It is always activate this feature, hold down the so well. But it’s also because you recommended to keep backups of Control and Option keys while drag- can use it in so many ways. Heck, important files. ging a folder into the DropStuff win- you don’t even need to launch the dow. program. You can access most, if not •StuffIt Archive Assistant TM StuffIt all, of it’s functions from the Magic Archive Assistant is a brand new part •StuffIt Deluxe provides Add-Ins for Menu, a menu bar add on, or via it’s of the StuffIt Deluxe package. It is various Adobe applications such as Contextual Menus. Or you can use designed to provide an intuitive easy- Photoshop, and Illustrator, as well it’s drag and drop mini programs like to use way to backup all your docu- as for Microsoft Word. These plug- Drop Stuff. And of course there is ments, pictures, music, and personal ins allow you to “compress” and always Archive Via Rename, which is settings. StuffIt Archive Assistant “compress and mail” your documents one of my personal favorites. allows you to create and schedule directly from within the application. It might not rate up there as a fea- backup tasks that archive your data, You can also open documents that ture to some, but the inclusion of good and it supports backing up to CD’s, have been saved to compressed files documentation is extremely welcome. DVD’s, FTP servers, and external using these plug-ins. Allume has several well written elec- hard drives. tronic documents that ship with the •CD/DVD Burning: StuffIt Deluxe Continued on Page 18 13 Getting to Know Apple Mail’s Spam Filter by Joe Kissell L IKE MOST PEOPLE WHO USE Apple Mail, I had high hopes that its improved Junk Mail filter, a happens in these two modes can confuse the uninitiated. In particular, many people wonder whether the junk mail” condition sounds rather mysterious, but it means that, if true, Mail’s latent semantic analysis filter much-touted benefit of upgrading filter continues to learn if you switch (discussed just ahead) has assigned to Panther, would live up to Apple’s to the Automatic mode. (It does the message a value beyond its arbi- hype. After months of diligently indeed, though Apple’s documenta- trary threshold for spam. You cannot training the filter, I was still less than tion obscures this fact.) Here are the modify this threshold, but if you later satisfied with its results. Based on the details. mark the message as Not Junk, you hundreds of messages I’ve read on When a message arrives, Mail runs decrease the probability that Mail will Apple’s discussion forums, my expe- a built-in rule - a rule that does not consider a similar message to be spam rience is not unique. Rather than live appear in the Rules list. In order to in the future. with the spam, though (or trade Mail minimize false positives, this special The Panther version of Mail added for another application), I decided to junk mail rule runs after all other yet another criterion for spam check- look into the problem more deeply. rules. But it doesn’t run if one of your ing: headers inserted by a spam filter Armed with an ever-increasing per- other rules includes the “Stop evaluat- running on your ISP’s mail server. sonal collection of many thousands of ing rules” action, and it applies only if Many ISPs use server-based spam spam messages, I experimented with a given message has not already been filters such as SpamAssassin or Mail’s Junk Mail settings, compared moved or deleted by some other rule. Brightmail. If such a filter identifies a it with other filters, and tried to dis- You can see the special junk rule message as potentially spam, it tags cover how it really works -and why it by opening the Junk Mail preference it by adding to the message a special sometimes fails. I discovered that at pane and clicking the Advanced but- header, such as X-Spam-Flag. (These least some of the problems I’d been ton at the bottom of the window. special headers are normally hidden, having were due to a misunderstand- Depending on the options you choose, but you can display them by choos- ing of the application’s design, which this rule optionally checks to see ing View > Message > Long Headers is not as self-explanatory as some of whether the message’s sender is in [Command-Shift-H].) Apple’s applications. your Previous Recipients list or your If a message contains this header, I have some good news and some Address Book, and whether the To this means your ISP’s spam filter bad news. The good news is that field of the message contains your - which may be more advanced than Mail’s Junk Mail filter, when properly full name - since spam often does the one built into Mail -suspects the configured, can be a reliable tool for not. (The Previous Recipients list is a message to be spam. As long as the keeping spam out of your In box. The useful adjunct to the Junk Mail filter, checkbox Trust Junk Mail Headers bad news is that even if the Junk Mail although as I explain in detail in the Set by Your Internet Service Provider filter is working as well as it possibly ebook, incorrect data can easily creep is selected in Junk Mail preferences, can, you may still see more spam than into it, rendering it counter-produc- Mail marks such messages as Junk you would like. Luckily, other appli- tive.) If the answer to any of these Mail (unless they were exempted for cations and techniques can make up questions is yes, the rule stops and some other reason, such as being sent for the Junk Mail filter’s deficiencies. your message is left alone. If all three by someone in your Address Book). You’ll be able to make better decisions conditions are negative, though, it Some server-side spam filters use about how to use (or supplement) the checks one final condition: “Message other headers besides X-Spam-Flag Junk Mail filter when you know what is junk mail.” If this final condition to identify spam. The only way to tell happens behind the scenes. is true, the filter takes the action you Mail to look for a different header is I’ve distilled innumerable hours specify: in Training mode, it changes to edit its preference file manually; I of research and experimentation into the color of the message subject to give full instructions in the ebook. my latest Take Control ebook, “Take Brown; in Automatic mode, it moves Control of Spam with Apple Mail,” the message to your Junk mailbox. About Statistical Filtering from which this article is excerpted. (This action is one of only two dif- Because of the constantly evolving ferences between Training mode and nature of spam, tools that attempt to How Mail’s Junk Mail Filter Automatic mode. The other is that in filter out messages based on a fixed Works Automatic mode, Mail consolidates list of keywords, patterns, or rules Mail’s Junk Mail filter has two modes: the Junk mailboxes for all of your become less effective as time goes on. Training and Automatic. (You can also disable it entirely.) Exactly what accounts under a single Junk icon in the Mailbox list. The “Message is Continued on Page 15 14 Apple Mail Cont’d Statistical other message attributes in order to - which unfortunately can happen filters avoid being fooled by spam messages pretty easily - junk mail filtering stops from Page 14 address containing long (but often hidden pas- working correctly. this problem by making up their sages of ordinary prose. You can’t repair the LSMMap2 file, own rules (in a sense) as they process but you can delete it manually or reset your mail. The most frequently used Latent Semantic Analysis in Mail it by clicking a button on Mail’s Junk statistical spam-filtering method is Where Bayesian filters are based on a Mail preference pane. Doing so solves Bayesian filtering (found in Eudora, relatively straightforward computa- the most serious junk mail problems, SpamSieve, and SpamAssassin, tion of word frequency, LSA filters but also eliminates all the training you among others). go further by identifying spam-like have given your junk mail filter, so its Apple Mail uses a related tech- words, phrases, and messages based accuracy will probably be poor until it nique known as Adaptive Latent on their similarity in meaning to text has processed enough new legitimate Semantic Analysis (LSA). Both meth- you’ve already identified as spam. and spam messages to rebuild its ods compute the probability of a Instead of assigning simple weights database. given message being spam based on to each word individually, an LSA What can damage Mail’s junk an analysis of the contents of existing filter takes into account the overall statistics file in the first place? In spam and non-spam messages. And context in which a word appears. For addition to the usual things (such as both methods become more accurate example, the word “enlargement,” crashes while the file is open, direc- as they are exposed to new samples when it appears in a discussion about tory errors, or shutting down improp- of good and bad messages. Although photography, would not normally be erly), LSMMap2 can occasionally suf- from a user’s perspective Bayesian an indicator of spam - whereas the fer damage in the course of ordinary and LSA filters are similar, they differ same word in the context of cosmetic activities such as filing a message or in some important ways. surgery or low- cost prescription marking it as Junk Mail, if the mes- medicine would be a very good indi- sage itself contains certain kinds of Bayesian Filters cator of spam. (Again, this is an over- errors. Although you can’t prevent To oversimplify tremendously, think simplification. For more details on damage from occurring, you can take of a Bayesian filter as consisting pri- latent semantic analysis, see part 2 of steps to make recovery easier (see the marily of two lists: “good” words Francois Joseph de Kermadec’s three- ebook for more information). and “bad” words. You build these part series “The Fight Against Spam” lists dynamically as you use the fil- at MacDevCenter.) Marking a Message as Junk Mail/ ter. Every time you indicate that a Like a Bayesian filter, an LSA fil- Not Junk Mail message is spam, the filter adds all ter keeps learning as you use it. This Because statistical filters increase their the words in that message to its Bad assumes, of course, that you diligently accuracy gradually as you use them Words list; every time you indicate correct all its mistakes. In Mail, this (and because spammers constantly that a message is legitimate, all its means marking all spam messages the learn new tricks to thwart them), words go onto the Good Words list. filter misses as Junk Mail, and mark- spam sometimes gets past the Junk Of course, most words appear on both ing all incorrectly identified legitimate Mail filter and appears to be ordinary lists, so the filter determines the messages as Not Junk Mail. mail. (This is known in the lingo as a probability that each word is a spam On paper, LSA seems to be a more “false negative.”) You could just delete indicator based on the proportion of sophisticated technique that is less such messages, but if you do, you times it appeared in bad versus good likely to be foiled by clever spammers. actually increase the probability that messages. In practice, however, Mail’s imple- similar messages will sneak through When a new message comes in, mentation of LSA leaves something to in the future. Instead, you must select the filter calculates the average spam be desired. In my own tests, it learned each unmarked spam and manually score of its words, and if that score more slowly than Bayesian filters. It mark it as Junk Mail (choose Message exceeds a predetermined threshold, also tends to err on the cautious side, > Mark > As Junk Mail [Command- the message is deemed to be spam. with no way to adjust its threshold for Shift-J]). Bayesian filters are highly dynamic, what it considers spam. And because adapting themselves not only to the it looks for patterns of words rather Note that merely moving a mes- type of mail each individual receives than patterns of characters, lots of sage to your Junk mailbox is not (since one person’s spam is another’s seemingly obvious spam messages enough; only if the Junk Mail flag is ham) but also to the changing tactics get through undetected. Mail stores set, as shown by the “paper bag” icon of spammers. Although the system its statistics of good and bad mes- in the message list, does Mail consider is not perfect, it means that if next sage characteristics in a single file: the message junk mail. When you month a new scam emerges for selling ~/Library/Mail/LSMMap2. (LSM, mark a message as Junk Mail, you real estate on Mars, a Bayesian filter by the way, stands for “least square modify the filter’s statistical lists and will learn to reject such messages after method,” a mathematical algorithm remove the sender’s address from you manually mark a few examples used in latent semantic analysis. I the Previous Recipients list if it as spam. Most Bayesian filters also could tell you were wondering about take into account email headers and that.) If this file becomes damaged Continued on Page 17 15 Cover Story tion problems and Apple will be able to ramp up iMac G5 produc- Continued from Page 6 tion to meet demand. screen LCDs and G5 processors Conclusion running up to 1.8 GHz starting Apple has managed to outdo themselves with Continued this model. It FrameMaker for Macintosh is a major leap In an unsurprising announcement, Adobe Systems forward over said that it would discontinue the Macintosh version its predeces- of the high-end publishing program FrameMaker as sor. I predict of 21-Apr-04. Support for FrameMaker 7.1 for the that this iMac Mac will continue through 21-Apr-05. Adobe never will be a hit. Its brought FrameMaker to Mac OS X, forcing long-time grace and style users to run it in Mac OS X’s Classic environment. will appeal to The move leaves Macintosh FrameMaker users with those who love several unpalatable options: switch to Windows (or at US$1,299. Which means these well designed products. Its raw Solaris), where Adobe plans to continue developing new models come in at the same power will intrigue those who FrameMaker, or move to InDesign CS, which lacks price point as the old models. need powerful machines but are some of FrameMaker’s features for handling long Availability is constrained at on tighter budgets, such as the documents and XML imports and exports. [ACE] the moment. Apple is working education market and consumers. <http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker/ hard to meet the initial demand. To top it off you get a gorgeous main.html> Although some folks who pur- monitor. Toss in the power of OS chased stock models have report- X and you have a winner. I can iPhoto 4.0.1 Fixes Bugs ed receiving their iMacs already. see this Mac being used as both a Apple has released iPhoto 4.0.1, an important bug Hopefully that means IBM has desktop and a server. fix update to the company’s photo management largely overcome its G5 fabrica- program. Although Apple’s release notes are, as usual, short on specifics, iPhoto 4.0.1 features improved per- formance, better thumbnail rendering, and numerous “Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music bug fixes that Apple claims improve stability. I’ve been players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect able to confirm that the Trash album now reports its from a consumer desktop. With the entire system, size, the Sepia command in the image editing win- including a gorgeous 17- or 20-inch display, just two dow’s contextual menu is no longer disabled, Originals inches thin, a lot of people will be wondering ‘where folders are now burned to disc properly, and modify- ing film rolls no longer changes your overall sort order. did the computer go?’” ” Other bugs remain, such as the one that forgets to add “copy” to the name of edited photos you dupli- Philip Schiller cate. The only new feature I found while checking the Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing final draft of my iPhoto 4 Visual QuickStart Guide is Apple Computer that slideshows now play on the monitor containing the iPhoto window, assuming you have multiple moni- tors. <http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/> “Windows vs. Mac? These days I’d defi- The improved thumbnail rendering requires that nitely vote for the Mac OS, which is less iPhoto upgrade your thumbnails; it’s a slow process susceptible to crashes and viruses. Win- that took an hour for my 6,100 photos. Short of dows is more popular, but seems perpetu- that, iPhoto 4.0.1 has been more stable in my testing, although some users on Apple’s discussion boards ally to be on orange alert. You don’t want have reported problems with launching the applica- tion and with losing transitions in slideshows. The to hear, “A virus ate my term paper. ” problems appear to be related to permissions within the iPhoto application bundle; the usual troubleshoot- ing steps may help (repair permissions using Disk Peter Lewis Utility, delete the com.apple.iphoto.plist file from your Fortune ~/Library/Preferences folder, reinstall iPhoto, and run DiskWarrior to fix directory problems). If those fail, Continued on Page 17 try the 16 Apple Mail Cont’d was there. detailed, practical steps Mail users from Page 15 Conversely, can take to eliminate spam, prevent Mail may false positives, and solve problems incorrectly mark a legitimate mes- with the Junk Mail filter. The ebook sage as Junk (a “false positive”). includes a great deal of additional After all, statistical filters only judge background information, plus exten- Continued probabilities. If someone sent you, sive discussions of add-on filters user-posted fix at the first URL below. say, an article discussing the sorts of and other techniques that go beyond iPhoto 4.0.1 is a 4 MB download via words that spammers often use, that Mail’s built-in anti-spam capabilities. Software Update; it’s also available for inde- might tip the scales. (This problem of If you’ve been suffering from spam pendent download. [ACE] overzealous spam filters has caused in Mail, I’m confident my advice <http://www.apple.com/support/ no end of problems for TidBITS and will reduce your frustration level downloads/iphoto.html> the TidBITS Talk mailing list.) So you and help you avoid wasting so much must always mark such messages as time dealing with junk mail. “Take Not Junk (choose Message >Mark > Control of Spam with Apple Mail” Timbuktu Pro 7.0.1 Fixes Tab As Not Junk Mail) to tell Mail they costs $5, and as with all Take Control Problem are legitimate. ebooks, purchasers are entitled to Netopia last week released Timbuktu Pro Surprisingly, though, marking a receive all minor updates for free. 7.0.1, which includes a short list of minor message as Not Junk also adds the <http://www.tidbits.com/ fixes and one big one. If a user of version message’s Sender to your Previous takecontrol/spam-Apple-Mail.html> 7.0 hit the Tab key while in a remote con- Recipients list! This guarantees that trol session that wasn’t sized to full screen, no message from that sender will the buttons along the side of the Timbuktu be marked as spam in the future [Joe Kissell is a San Francisco-based menu would become selected. Restoring (assuming you use the default set- writer, consultant, and Mac devel- the capability to type required switching in tings), which may or may not be oper who kicked off the Take Control and out of full-screen mode. what you want. This is just one of series with the best-selling “Take <http://www.netopia.com/en-us/ many surprises I encountered with Control of Upgrading to Panther.” support/technotes/software/tb2mac/ the design of the Previous Recipients His Interesting Thing of the Day Web latestnews.html#7.0.1> list. site returns with daily articles begin- ning 01-Jun-04.] The problem with the Tab key wasn’t Take Control of Spam with precisely Netopia’s. The accessibility and Apple Mail customization controls in Mac OS X 10.3 I’ve tried to explain the basics of This article orginally appeared Panther include one tucked away in the how Mail’s Junk Mail filter works Keyboard & Mouse preference pane; the in Tidbits Magazine issue #731, here, but in my full 59-page “Take Turn On Full Keyboard Access option, in Control of Spam with Apple Mail” published 5/24/04. It is reprinted the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, was the culprit. ebook, I go much further, providing with the permission of the Author. The 7.0.1 update resolves the conflict by “In case you know nothing of it, this is, in my ignoring this setting within the program. Timbuktu Pro 7.0.1 is a free 4.6 MB download (a version 7.0 serial number and activation code is required to view, an excellent - almost awesome - product. download the installer). [GF] Take, as read, the fact that it outperforms the <http://www.netopia.com/support/ technotes/software/tb2mac/ Intel competition by a big factor and that the tb2macupgrade7_01.html> OS is powerful and it supports all important ap- plications from office software through to video Macminer.com: Better Mac manipulation. For many users those factors will Headlines count in a big way, but there is another factor As you know, we’re highly selective about that probably trumps them all: The iMac G5 is what news we publish in TidBITS, which makes for quite a job of culling through phenomenally well designed. ” the press releases we receive and scanning other sites to see what else is happening that might warrant coverage. I’ve just come Robin Bloor, IT-Analysis across a new site that promises to make the Register lighter work of our headline scanning: Macminer.com. Started by Tobias Engler, who Cont’d on Page 19 17 Stuffit Deluxe 8 Contʼd from Express and the Archive Assistant nail it down to one spot. But how Page 13 hard would it be to just tell any are time savers. They definitely archive window to open below the program. I scanned through them and make the whole suite more Toolbar? It was annoyance when found a couple of really useful tips, valuable. I initially started trying out the even though I’ve used program. Stuffit Deluxe in the I have one gripe with Archive past. I’d especially Assistant. It won’t let me choose recommend the Stuffit which files or folders I want to Primer for first time archive. I really like the program, users. it gives you a clean Assistant Compression is style way of setting up automating the bread and butter archiving your files. But, since I can’t choose what I want to of this program. back up beyond a few preselected The good news is folders, this program never gets that the new Stuffit used on my computer. X compression format does make Conclusion smaller archives. These days, even with our large It’s not dramatically hard drives, we have many ways smaller,than the to fill them to overflowing. older Stuffit format, Most of us have enjoyed the more like 10-15% Shown above is the Archive Assistant. A pretty ease and convenience of digital smaller in my test photography, video and audio. But cases. But that can snzzy backup and archiving automation utility. all of that digital multimedia takes still amount to some Cons up space, lots of space. Pretty soon serious hard disk savings if you’re The program is not a speed king. you find your hard drive filling dealing with large digital pictures I hate to say that. But it is true. It’s up. That’s when you’ll really of digital video. In my case I took slower with when compressing appreciate Stuffit Deluxe. It’s a 727MB folder full of graphics, to the Stuffit X format vs the and text files and managed to older Stuffit format. Which shrink it down to around 400MB. makes sense. slow (especially Pretty impressive size reduction. the .sitx format). Panther’s built Much better than Panther’s built in in archiving capability is much archiving capability, using the ZIP faster, with the trade off that it’s format. archives are also much larger. A feature that I didn’t mention Stuffit Deluxe has become a earlier comes in handy if you victim of it’s own success. Not have several Stuffit compressed only are there many ways to archives. It’s called Archive use the program, but some of Search. This handy tool acts like the features are only available the Finder’s own search tool but from standalone mini programs. it lets you search inside of Stuffit I wish that, when you launched Shown above are all of the Drag and compressed archives. the main program, you could I like the direction Allume is have some interface that let Drop applications that come with taking with trying to automate you launch some of those Stuffit Deluxe. the program. Features like Stuffit mini programs, like Archive Assistant, directly from efficient, easy to use, and does it’s Shown below is the Archive Search appli- the program. Otherwise job well. Even though Apple now cation. Using it you can search through you have to find that little lets you create archives from the archives like any other folder in the Finder. program to run it. Finder for free I’d still recommend I have one interface Stuffit Deluxe. The program now complaint. The toolbar, has all of the features of it’s Classic the buttons that come up version plus some welcome when you launch the main additions. It’s so well integrated program, hovers over any into the Mac experience that after archive window obscuring you install it you might forget it some files. Sure, I dug in didn’t come with the system. It’s and learned you can hide that good. the Toolbar or anchor it, 18 News Contʼd from Page 17 red - ensures that you’re actually record- ing sound and that it’s not breaking up at The Devonian Age Continues helped translate TidBITS into German the loudest end. As with Belkin’s previous Hard on the heels of last week’s review several years ago, Macminer.com takes the product, it’s extremely hard to use the of DEVONthink 1.8 comes version 1.8.1, standard headline list to new levels. You iPod’s hold button since it’s partially cov- offering the capability to index a docu- can click any headline to view it, of course, ered by the adapter. [GF] ment on disk without also importing it but more interestingly, you can click but- into the database; this meets my criticisms tons next to each headline to email it to a GraphicConverter 5.0.1 Released that the database is unnecessarily large friend, view similar news stories, show all TidBITS readers with long memories have and that deleting an original document to the headlines from a particular site, and probably already noted that we tend to save disk space risks losing the data. Also, hide all the headlines from sites that don’t mention Lemke Software’s image process- DEVONthink now displays the contents interest you (this last setting is persistent). ing utility GraphicConverter often in these of linked files if the format allows (e.g. text, A Hot Topics listing at issues (at least 21 times since 1997, in RTF, image); unfortunately this removes a the top of the screen lets you filter the fact). Largely this is due to the fact that this feature I liked (you could edit the database headlines along specific topics, and more robust shareware application competes on “text” of a linked file), and searching in com- general filters allow you to categorize your almost all fronts with Adobe Photoshop, ments is broken, so this is actually a step news views. You can even create your own the powerhouse of image processing - yet backwards in my view. It’s a 2.7 MB down- filters. It’s highly refreshing to see a news costs a measly $30. But it’s also due to load and is a free update for registered headline site that so completely under- how users. stands that it’s a database and make data- extensive the changes are - and release <http://www.devon-technologies.com/ base-style actions possible - it’s basically a notes that accompany them - between products/devonthink/editions.php> smart search engine for Mac news. If you’re revisions. Now, GraphicConverter has a Mac news hound, check it out. [ACE] turned 5, gaining a browser search fea- At the same time, DEVONtechnologies <http://www.macminer.com/> ture, improved handling of EXIF data, the introduced DEVONthink’s “little brother,” capability to export a photo slideshow as DEVONnote. It is limited to the basic two- Belkin Offering External a movie file, and lots of other enhance- pane view of the database, with a list of Microphone Adapter for iPod ments and bug fixes (a small 5.0.1 ver- documents in one pane and the contents Belkin’s latest iPod add-on lets you plug sion released late last week fixes an of the current document in the other. It in an external microphone for record- error that cropped up when saving files). lacks display of images and PDF files; how- ing audio to your iPod. The Universal GraphicConverter 5.0.1 runs on Mac OS ever, it still functions as a text and RTF Microphone Adapter accepts 3.5 mm 8.5 and higher, including Mac OS X, and is editor (and images can be included within microphones and plugs into the special a 6 MB download. [JLC] an RTF document), it can include links to headphone/ adapter jack found on the <http://www.lemkesoft.com/en/ files on disk, and it can display Web pages. dock-based iPod series. The adapter graphcon.htm> DEVONnote lacks DEVONthink’s new shipped 17-Mar-04 and costs $60 from capability to index without importing, and Belkin; or about $40 from resellers. The Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.3.3 the advanced search tools such as finding adapter records 16-bit audio (ostensibly Just as we were about to go to press, similar search terms, displaying word lists, stereo) at 8 KHz, which is adequate for Apple released the latest free update to and supplying keyword lists. But it still has voice recording but would be sub-par for Mac OS X 10.3. Version 10.3.3 offers a DEVONthink’s extremely fast basic search- live music recording. The adapter has its long list of enhancements (see Apple’s ing, along with searching for similar docu- own headphone jack to replace the one Knowledge Base article), but one we’re ments and classifying based on similarity of it’s using, a level indicator, and a three-posi- pleased to see is the inclusion of network- grouped documents. It could be a bargain tion gain switch to adjust sound sensitivity mounted volumes in the list of volumes at $15 until the end of April ($20 after on the microphone you attach. shown in the sidebar of Finder windows that). [MAN] <http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPa and Open/Save dialogs. The update also <http://www.devon-technologies.com/ ge.process?&Product_Id=158384> incorporates other networking fixes and products/devonnote.php> improvements for cross-platform compat- Belkin’s previous offering, the Voice ibility and AppleTalk; improves .Mac iDisk Recorder, was a mono recorder with synchronization performance and behavior; relatively low fidelity and no adjustments, provides fixes for Finder, DVD Player, iPho- although a reasonable choice for compact- to, Mail, Address Book, and Image Capture; ness. In low ambient noise conditions, the and improves start-up time for some Voice Recorder performed well. But at computers that were slowed down by any distance or with any complex sound the 10.3.2 update. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther situation, the recorder lost distinction and owners may upgrade via Software Update rendered sound somewhat unintelligible. (58.8 MB) or download a standalone By contrast, the Universal Microphone installer from Apple. 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