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M A C H I N E .



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Our experts reveal how to tap into ALL of your Mac’s hidden features.

■ Critical Security Tips ■ Power-User Secrets ■ Time-Saving Shortcuts ■ Unix Made Easy . . .and much more!




B Photoshop Elements 4 B Quake 4 ...and 16 more

B Run Windows on Your Mac—Without Rebooting B Be More Productive with Microsoft Word B Max Out Your Mac mini—Exclusive Test Results



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18 Mac OSX


There’s a lot more power hidden inside Mac OS X than you ever knew was there—the muscle of Unix, critical security secrets, time-saving key commands, and more. Join us as we turn Mac OS X up to 11! by Rik Myslewski


Get the Word Out
Microsoft Word may be nigh on ubiquitous, but we’ll show you a baker’s dozen of affordable alternatives. by Jake Widman





Learn how to conquer every Mac problem by using The Relentless Application of Logic™. by Niko Coucouvanis

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58 Ask Us
Do you know Ping from PNG? Or which Mac OS X version was called Puma? How about the expected lifespan of optical-media discs? Where to score some steroids for iChat? The truth is here, if you can handle it.

64 Be More Productive with Microsoft Word
Word rhymes with, um, herd—but the right power-user tips put you at the head of the pack. by Cathy Lu

60 Infect Your Mac with Windows XP
Betcha never thought you’d see this in MacAddict : Not one, but two ways to install Windows XP on your Mac. Please forgive us. by Niko Coucouvanis

66 RAMp Up Your Mac mini
Memory makes the world go ’round, especially if your world is a memoryhungry Intel-powered Mac mini. by Niko Coucouvanis


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Get Info


The free and open Internet is under siege by heavy-hitter ISPs—and here’s what you can do about it.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro is here, Seagate’s new hard drive can hold 9,444,707 JPEGs of Lindsay Lohan, and the cost of Apple’s new Cupertino campus would pay the salary of the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez for 20 years.

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After Effects 7 visual-effects software B4 II virtual-organ software Boostaroo Revolution iPod amp and audio splitter Cleaner 6.5 batch video encoder DocuPen RC800 scanner EasyShare P880 camera ezSound 2.1 Speaker System iPod speaker stand huey color calibrator Interiors 3.6 interior-design app iPod USB Power Adapter iPod power adapter iWand Presenter slide-show remote control Photoshop Elements 4 image-editing app SilverSATA II RAID array SMK-88 Mac Mini Compact Keyboard keyboard TimePassages Basic Edition astrology software TransPod iPod car adapter Yojimbo 1.1 information organizer


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Boot Camp Reality Check Intel Mac update Civilization IV tips and tricks Deep Trouble 2 shooter game review Dofus coming soon Quake 4 fps game review



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79 Contest
Win a copy of what our Feb/06 review called an “industrialstrength” media processor, DeBabelizer Pro 6 ($399.95,

80 Shut Down
Before Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, WordStar, and even the Wang WPS, there was the Linear Intent and Expressions System (aka LIES).

78 Letters
Readers weigh in on our new Disc interface, Boot Camp, the iPod’s future, and their iTunes Music Store habits.


If Spotlight isn’t returning any search results, make sure that the volume you want to search isn’t in the Privacy tab of System Preferences > Spotlight. From Get Info, p16.

As you dutifully back up your important ON THE files, keep DISC in mind that CD and DVD media won’t last forever. Be redundant—back up your backups. From Ask Us, p58.

Creating limited user accounts is a great way to keep your kids safe on the Internet, but only if you remember to log out of your administrator account. From Ask Us, p58.

Whether you’re knee-deep in a Mac mini or wedged behind the fridge, always pull on the plug, not on the cord or wire. From “RAMp Up Your Mac mini,” p66.


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ThinkFree Office 3 trial TimeCache 6.1.1 trial Transcriva 1.0 shareware Wallet 2.5.1 trial Yojimbo 1.1 demo


Chax 1.4.1 freeware Chicken of the VNC 2.0b4 freeware Interarchy 8.0.1 trial launch2net 1.1.5 demo OmniWeb 5.1.3 trial OSXvnc 1.71 freeware ShutterBug 2.0 shareware



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Absolute PF 1.5.4 freeware Alarm Clock Pro 7.6.8 trial Birthday Buzzer 1.0 demo Diet Sleuth 4.5.2 trial DiscBlaze 6.1.5 trial disclabel 3.1.1 trial DiskTracker 2.3.3 (Classic) shareware DiskTracker 2.3.3 (Mac OS X) shareware iGetter 2.5 shareware MacScan 2.1 trial Parallels Workstation 2.1.1812.7 beta pro Fit 6.0.5 trial Sleep Monitor 2.1.1 trial SlingShot 1.2 trial TechRestore demo video XPostFacto 4 freeware SPONSORS Closer to It free MP3 song Daily Guitar Jam Widget freeware DeBabelizer Pro 6 trial DeBabelizer Server trial Edirol R-09 demo video Equilibrium Action Packed trial OmniGraffle 4.1.1 trial OmniOutliner 3.5 trial OmniWeb 5.1.3 trial OWC - Getting Closer to It music video TechRestore demo video XPostFacto 4 freeware

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Save the Web!
The free and unfettered Internet may soon be but a fond memory. Deep-pockets ISPs, led by AT&T and Verizon, are pushing a scheme that would enable them to charge a premium fee—some call it protection money—to ensure fast access to Web sites. There are also rumblings that some ISPs might even block access to competing Web sites and services. Here’s how it might work: Let’s say that you want to buy a rubber chicken (just go with me on this). Archie McFee’s Web site loads in a flash, but you also want to see what Silly Jokes is charging for that essential commodity. You type, hit return, and wait. And wait. And wait some more. Frustrated, you go back to and make your purchase. Why the discrepancy in Web-page performance? Simple: because Archie McFee paid for premium, top-tier Web-access service; Silly Jokes didn’t, and lost your business. Another theoretical—and I emphasize theoretical—scenario: You’re an iTunes Music Store addict who recently subscribed to cable-based broadband from, say, Comcast. Unfortunately, when you try to access the iTMS, all you get is the Multicolored Beach Ball of Doom—but you can pop right aboard Comcast’s music-sales site and your downloads proceed without a hitch. The Internet has revolutionized commerce, communication, and creativity because of its even-handed approach to bandwidth. can compete with, Daily Kos can tweak Fox News, bloggers can create Web-storms of truthiness when major media players spike a story. This fair and balanced access, however, is under threat—unless we can convince Congress to include a concept called network neutrality in pending telecom legislation. Simply put, network neutrality means that ISPs must treat each packet of info equally—whether that packet came from your personal blog or The Wall Street Journal. The popularity of a site would remain a function of its quality, and not of the financial clout of its publisher. Unfortunately, network neutrality amendments have already been voted down in Congress—perhaps because you and I haven’t let our feelings be known. So it’s time to raise a serious stink. Call your congressperson; email your senator; write a letter to your local newspaper—and check out There’s still time. Get crackin’. Enjoy,

Q. What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you?
Mark Rosenthal SIGMUND ’FRAID
What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? It’s one thing to develop faster service and charge for that. But to slow down service—to actually reverse progress—is just immoral. Even the oil companies wouldn’t develop a gasoline that slows you down and then up the price of their regular stuff.

What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? It would just lead to the (bandwidth) rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. If is suddenly legally sanctioned to get priority bandwidth, that just pushes the little mom-n-pop Internet shops further into the margin. No siree, I don’t like it, not one bit!

Peter Marshutz MULTIDAD
What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? Internet? What Internet? My partner and I just adopted three—count ’em, three—kids, and I haven’t enjoyed a nanosecond of Web surfing in months. When the kids are older, maybe I’ll mind, but for today … Manuel, stay out of José’s diaper pail!!

What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? It means more money out of my pocket, that’s what. Commerce Web sites will just pass along the premium fees to the consumer. Arrgh, the pressure of The Man keeping me down sure does make my neck hurt.


What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? It’s a great idea—but only if they’d do it smartly and create some sort of wacky tax to fleece a few bucks off the porn mongers. In reality though, I have faith that techno Robin Hoods will come through with a hack for my people.

What would a multi-tiered Internet mean to you? What if,, or the forums couldn’t afford to pay for top-tier access? Where could I get quick help when one of my beloved Macs contracts the creeping uglies? Where could I read page after page of reactions to skanky bugs induced by Apple’s latest Security Update? At I think not.

Here’s what our editors are preparing for the next issue of MacAddict.

Feeling creative? Then don’t miss next month’s how-to round-up, featuring a whole slew of creative projects. We’ll also show you how to beef up GarageBand with a plethora of potent plug-ins, and demystify all those home entertainment terms—LCoS and SXRD, anyone? Then we’ll teach you how to safeguard your Windows XPified Mac from the inevitable malware, make and use your own cell phone ringtones, and sneak around Spotlight and the Finder for a snappier Mac experience. In Reviews, we put Apple’s new 17-inch MacBook Pro through its paces, check out the live-view LCD on Olympus’s Evolt E-330 SLR camera, and rate Motorola’s SLVR L7 mobile phone, Rain Design’s iWoofer, and a lot more.

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The 17-inch MacBook Pro is here.


Bigger, better, faster.


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t first glance, a 17-inch notebook, such as Apple’s new 17-inch MacBook Pro ($2,799,, may seem like an extravagance—kind of like lugging around a 6.8-pound cafeteria tray. But once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you got by with 12- and 15-inch screens in the first place—especially if you’re a pro who lives in Aperture or Final Cut Studio. Apple’s new 17-incher was unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show this April; it comes with a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, a 120GB 5,400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive, an 8x double-layer SuperDrive, one FireWire 400 port, one FireWire 800 port, and three USB 2.0 ports. It also has a built-in iSight, Bluetooth, AirPort Extreme, Gigabit Ethernet, ExpressCard/34 slot, and IR sensor so that you can control the bundled Front Row media player with the included Apple Remote. The brighterthan-ever 17-inch display has a 1,680-by-1,050-pixel native resolution driven by a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor. If you’ve got the muscle to lug this baby around, it’s got the muscle to serve as your masterful mobile Mac.—Roman Loyola




Great for singing “Love Missile F1-11.”

Seagate’s newest Barracuda 7200.10 hard drive ($559 for an external USB/FireWire unit, uses perpendicular recording technology to provide a whopping 750GB of storage. What’s perpendicular recording, you ask? Simply put, it’s a new way of recording data that packs magnetic domains vertically instead of longitudinally, allowing for more storage density. The real question you should be asking: What are you going to do with all that space? Our chart here has some ideas for that 750GB (not considering formatting, space for the OS, and so on).—RL

Word documents (24K per file)

$699.95 Available: Now This large-diaphragm condenser microphone is designed for recording studio vocals. Inside, a military-grade 6205M vacuum tube works at high voltages but with better heat dissipation than other tube-based mics, so you don’t have to worry about it overheating.

Lindsay Lohan JPEGs (80K per pic)

Revolution Media 2
$49 Available: Now This app lets you transform your media into interactive presentations—games, demos, kiosks, and more. It combines many of the tools you find in word processors, presentation apps, movie players, and more.

legal copies of Nelly’s “Grillz” (4.4MB per file)

episodes of Desperate Housewives (209MB per episode)

Take your digital art to the next level.


Revolution Media 2.7.1

Apple has a new recycling program for old Macs. Starting in June, Apple’s take-back program kicks in for anyone who buys a new Mac from an Apple retail store or Apple’s online store. You ship back your old Mac (Apple foots the bill for shipping), and Apple properly recycles it. If you happen to live near Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, you can swing by 1 Infinite Loop and drop off your old Mac. At press time, Apple had yet to release details on which Macs will be eligible for recycling. —Michelle Victoria

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$260/$169 Available: Now The 80GB PX-SP08U-NA and 120GB PX-SP12U-NA portable hard drives may not be easy to say, but they feature silicon bumpers to help protect their aluminum cases from bumps and drops. The 5,400-rpm drives use a USB 2.0 connection.


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Sexy Stuff We Can’t Wait to Get Our Mitts On

’Pod PedestalB
mStation’s Tower ($299.95, is a 43-inchestall, 13.75-inches-wide speaker stand for your iPod. The Tower has a pair of one-inch tweeters, a pair of two-inch midrange drivers, and a 5.25-inch subwoofer. It also includes a remote control for adjusting volume, bass, and treble, plus standard playback options.

Pyramid APower
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 4 ($1,270, www. speakers have an audio mini-jack, so you can use them as speakers for your Mac or ’Pod. Measuring 7.87 inches tall and 8.66 inches wide, each speaker has a 4-inch concave diaphragm woofer and 0.75-inch fabric dome tweeter; they’re available in black, blue, gray, or red.


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ot entirely happy with your font-management software? Sure, Apple’s FontBook is a nice utility, but it doesn’t autoactivate fonts. Extensis’ Suitcase Fusion ( Jun/06, p52) and Insider Software’s FontAgent Pro ($99.95, www.insidersoftware. com) are pricey, and their expansive feature sets are overkill for many. If you’re looking for something different, you might want to check out FontExplorer X, a free font manager from Linotype ( FontExplorer X has a customizable iTunes-like interface that has enough features to challenge the heavyweights: automatic font activation and the option to specify which applications use autoactivation; plug-ins for InDesign, Illustrator, and QuarkXPress; customizable font previews; the ability to compare fonts onscreen; and the option to create a ZIP archive or disk image when exporting fonts or font sets. It also includes access to an online store that lets you browse, compare, and purchase Linotype fonts. FontExplorer X is an impressive app, especially for a version 1.0 product (though there are still some bugs that need to be ironed out). The fact that it’s free makes FontExplorer X all the more attractive.—John Cruise


A free tool to help you sort your Minions.

Bug of the Month



ometimes after applying a Mac OS X update, Spotlight won’t be able to return any search results. The problem could be caused by one of two things: an errant SystemUIServer process (an integral component of Mac OS X that handles some of Spotlight’s routines) or a problematic Spotlight index. Here are a few things you can do to fix a broken Spotlight. PRIVACY Make sure that your startup volume (or any other volume you want to search) isn’t listed in the Privacy pane of the System Preferences > Spotlight. Spotlight won’t search items listed here. KILL PROCESS You can stop the SystemUIServer process by launching Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities) and finding the SystemUIServer under the Process Name listing. Select it, and then click Quit Process. The menu bar should refresh; wait a minute or two, and then try to use Spotlight again. RE-INDEX Folders can spontaneously become unsearchable by Spotlight, with the search function refusing to find the folder itself or any items contained therein. Here’s the fix: 1 Open System Preferences > Spotlight. 2 Click the Privacy tab. 3 Drag the problematic (unsearchable) folder into the field (this can be your entire hard-drive volume), adding it as a place Spotlight does not search. 4 Close System Preferences. 5 Re-open System Preferences > Spotlight, and click the Privacy tab again. 6 Remove the folder (or volume) from the Privacy field. 7 Quit System Preferences again. RE-INDEX, TERMINAL STYLE You can use the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) to rebuilt your Spotlight index. In the Terminal, type sudo mdutil -E / and press Return. Enter your administrator password. When the Terminal prompt reappears, restart your Mac. THINK DIFFERENT If you’re ready to give up on Spotlight, try Devon Technologies’ EasyFind (free,, which doesn’t use indexing.



uneBuckle ( takes your iPod nano out of your pocket and puts it smack dab on your tummy—or gut, as the case may be. TuneBuckle offers three different types of iPod-encasing aluminum buckles, including the Original ($59.95, pictured), the Full Moon ($69.95), which has an opening for the clickwheel, and the Full Metal Jacket ($79.95), which covers the whole nano. The buckles are available with a black or white leather belt in sizes ranging from a 26 to 50 inches (see “gut” reference, above).—MV

Where’s the iPod suspenders for the Brooks Brothers crowd?
SUBMIT YOUR CASE Whether your iPod case is a custom-made one-off or mass produced, you can submit it for Case-of-the-Month consideration—just send it to iPod Case of the Month, MacAddict, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Please note that we cannot return cases.


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Speed Download $25

lthough most Web browsers have some kind of download manager, they provide hardly any control over your downloads aside from stop and continue. Speed Download, on the other hand, takes its management duties seriously. One cool feature of Speed Download is its ability to schedule downloads. Late at night, while you’re snug in your bed, Speed Download can be wide awake and doing its job.—Andrew Tokuda


When you first launch Speed Download, click the Automatic button to instruct Speed Download to be your main download manager.

3 In the main interface window, click the Schedule button at the top to set the time you want to start the download queue. Check the Start Download Queue button and set a time (and date, if desired).

2 To delay downloads until bedtime, select Preferences, click Queue, and check the appropriate boxes to make sure your downloads don’t start automatically. In the My Downloads Queue section, make sure you only have the options checked as pictured. Click Save.

4 Also in the main interface window, In the lower-left corner of the main interface window, click the little button with the down-pointing arrow to stop the current queue. The button should turn gray.

5 You’re now ready to create your download queue. Go to your favorite sites where you want to download those huge files and click away. They’ll be added to the queue. The next morning, your files will be waiting for you.



teve Jobs may be having problems razing the 17,000-square-foot Woodside, CA mansion he’s owned since 1984 (a California Superior Court blocked the demolition back in December 2005), but he’s having no problems with the new 50-acre Apple campus expansion to be built in Cupertino, CA. Jobs appeared before the Cupertino

Estimated cost of Apple’s new second campus Worldwide gross of the 1978 movie Grease Baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year contract 2002 GDP of the island of Anguilla

City Council in April to announce the news and remind council members of Apple’s importance to the Cupertino community. “Since we’re your largest taxpayer,” said Jobs at the meeting, “I thought you might be happy about it.” You can watch the video of Jobs speaking before the Cupertino City Council at watch?v=wmPdcwgO96c. (Ironically, the same video is posted to as $500 MILLION a Windows Media File.) Reports estimate that $395 MILLION Apple’s new campus will cost Apple about $252 MILLION $500 million to build; take a look at the chart $112 MILLION at the left for some perspective.—RL

• Mark/Space’s The Missing Sync for Palm OS 5.1 ($39.95, www adds native support for Intel Macs, improved syncing with Address Book and iCal, new backup options, and improved handling of calendar events. • Marketcircle’s Daylite 3 ($149, www.marketcircle. com) is a software suite aimed at project managers. The new version features a redesigned interface, shared calendars, new project-management tools, and more. • Econ Technologies’ DayChaser 2.0.1 ($30, www. econtechnologies .com) is a calendar Syncing your and scheduling Palm on your app. The new Intel Mac just Universal release got easier with includes iCal The Missing imports and fixes Sync for Palm to international OS 5.1. time settings. • DEVONtechnologies’ DEVONthink Professional 1.1 ($79.95, www. is a document and information manager. This Universal app has improved data import and index features, a more sophisticated download manager, new automated scripts, and more. • Jonathan Nathan’s EntourageABMenu 1.3 ($10, http://homepage.mac .com/ jonn8/eabm) lets you access infor from your Microsoft Entourage address book while in any app via a systemwide menu. New features include speed improvements, interface modifications, ON THE the option to DISC automatically DayChaser 2.0.1, reload contact data, Daylite 3.0.1, EntourageABMenu and more.—MV


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July 2006

by Rik Myslewski

s we were putting the finishing touches on this article, the clock crept past midnight to April 29—and Mac OS 10.4, aka Tiger, celebrated it first birthday. During the year that we Mac addicts have lived with the big cat, we’ve all discovered our favorite features and developed our favorite techniques. Here at MacAddict, we editor types have had gobs of time to find out what makes Tiger purr. After all, that’s what we do for a living—instead of having a real job, like you. So here are some of the tips, tricks, terminologies, and technologies that we’ve uncovered in the past year. Dig in, and you’ll emerge from page 25 better equipped to tame Tiger (or whatever your favorite cat may be) and well prepared to take your knowledge of Mac OS X to an even higher level.

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Looking for a recently used folder in the Finder? Select Go > Recent Folders. It’s a great timesaver that allows you to quickly jump to any of the nine folders you As the Beatles sang, “Get back to where most recently accessed.

Jump to the Recent Past

you once belonged.”

A true Mac addict just has to know what’s under Mac OS X’s hood.
art of being a Mac OS X expert is the pure pleasure of knowing the definitions of technical terms. Sometimes the knowledge is useful in a practical way, and sometimes it just makes you look smarter than the next guy or gal. Here are a few Mac OS X terms that you can use—either to improve your OS X experience or to simply toss around to make you friends say, “Gawd, what a geek!” But they’ll mean that in a good way … right? EXTENSIONS Skip to the next entry in this alphabetical list and read the definition of framework, below. Go on, we’ll wait. Back already? OK. Essentially, extensions are to hardware what frameworks are to software—they’re what developers use (or create) when they want to interact with Apple or third-party devices such as mice, graphics cards, and more. Extensions live in /System/Library/Extensions and can be identified by their file extension, .kext (for “kernel extension”). If you see any such files in that folder that you’re absolutely, positively sure you’ll never need, feel free to toss ’em—but remember that we said “absolutely, positively.” FRAMEWORK This assemblage of shared libraries (see below) and other application assets make it so software developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time they want to get an app to perform a task—they can reach into a framework (either one from Apple or one they create themselves) and reuse a function or asset that it contains. Mac OS X is chockablock with frameworks. NICE In the CPU pane of Activity Monitor (/Applications/ Utilities), there’s an entry in the usage-statistics area labeled % Nice. This stat tells you how much of your CPU time is being used by processes whose priority has been altered by Unix’s nice command, which changes the priority a process has when requesting CPU resources. In standard Mac OS X usage, all


processes have equal priority, so this stat should read at or very near 0.00. SHARED LIBRARIES A library is a collection of (usually) simple routines that applications use to accomplish their work. A shared library is a library that’s—you No word on whether guessed it—shared among multiple applications, either at the same time or there are naughty whenever an app damn well feels like it, CPUs, as well. whether the needed routines are already hanging out in RAM or still lounging around on your Mac’s hard drive. VIRTUAL MEMORY Simply put, virtual memory (VM) is an always-on scheme by which Mac OS X tricks your Mac’s microprocessor into thinking that info is still in RAM, even though the info has been moved to your hard drive to make room for other stuff in RAM. Accessing info from a hard drive takes much longer that accessing it from RAM—and while you won’t get any Out Of Memory errors when using VM, you’ll pay in performance. The solution to VM slowdown is simple: Buy more RAM. WIRED MEMORY Some info in your Mac’s RAM can’t be swapped out to virtual memory; it must remain in actual, physical RAM—it’s wired. As with Unix’s nice command (above), you don’t really need to know about wired memory—but we thought you might have wondered what the Wired stat No, this RAM has meant in the System Memory pane nothing whatsoever of Activity Monitor (/Applications/ to do with a trendy Utilities). It sure drove us crazy until TechnoMag.

If your Mac disobeys, give it the boot.
hen your Mac refuses to start up normally, sometime the best way to find out what’s ailing it is to start it up abnormally. Here are three alternative start-up (aka boot) strategies. SAFE BOOT Back in the halcyon days of System 7 through OS 9, one of the surest methods of diagnosing a sick Mac was to restart with extensions off by holding down the Shift key when rebooting— remember, ol’ timers? Although Mac OS X extensions are quite bit different from those in the crashy old days, you can still restart your Mac with a necessities-only system by using Safe Boot mode. In a nod to tradition, you enter Safe Boot mode by restarting while holding down the Shift key until the startup screen appears with a prominent red “Safe Boot” appearing under “Mac OS X” in the login dialog. If your troubled Mac launches successfully into Safe Boot mode, it’s a good bet that some non-Apple software you installed


was screwing it up. Oh, and be forewarned: Starting up in Safe Boot mode takes longer—a lot longer—than starting up normally. We’ve experienced Safe Boot startups that have taken over 20 times as long as normal startups on the same Mac. The reason for this seeming indolence is that when starting up in Safe Boot mode, Mac OS X runs a fullscale file-system check. Sure, it’s convenient to have this important action performed automatically, but we would appreciate a way Yes, this is a Mac. In Single-User Mode, you’re deep in the heart of Mac OS X’s Unix underpinnings—and, yes, it can be dangerous in there.


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Milliseconds matter, and key commands will save you thousands of them.


ven though we’re proud that the Mac was the first personal computer with a mouse-driven graphical user interface (GUI),
Move the selected item to the Trash. Empty the Trash, but display warning dialog first (if enabled). Empty the Trash without displaying warning dialog. Make an alias to the selected item. When an alias is selected, jump to its originating file. Make an alias of an item in another location. Copy an item to another location. Move item to Sidebar. Toggle the Dock between show and hide. IN A FINDER WINDOW Command-1 Command-2 Command-3 Command-right arrow Option-Commandright arrow Command-left arrow Option-Commandup arrow Command-up arrow Command-down arrow Shift-Command-C Shift-Command-H Shift-Command-I Shift-Command-A Shift-Command-G Command-K Command-M Option-CommandM

true Mac übergeeks wrangle their rodents only when absolutely necessary. Key commands are faster than grabbing your mouse.

IN THE FINDER Command-Delete Shift-CommandDelete Option-ShiftCommand-Delete Command-L Command-R Option-Commanddrag Option-drag Command-T Option-CommandD DURING STARTUP Press and hold C Press and hold N Press and hold T Press and hold Option-CommandShift-Delete Start up from a CD. Start up from a bootable network server (aka NetBoot). Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode. Start up from a different startup volume, if present; if not, start up in Safe Mode (see “Boot Different,” p20).

View window contents in Icon view. View window contents in List view View window contents in Column view. Expand selected folder and its nested subfolders when in List view. Expand selected folder when in List view. Collapse folder when in List view. Open parent folder of selected item and close current window. Move up one directory level. Move down one directory level. Jump to Computer view. Jump to Home directory. Jump to your iDisk (.Mac subscribers only). Jump to Applications folder. Display the Go To The Folder sheet. Display the Connect To Server dialog. Minimize the active window into the Dock. Minimize all Finder windows into the Dock.

Command-W Option-CommandW Command-` (accent grave) Command-Tab Tab Option-CommandEscape Option-CommandEject Shift-Command-Q Option-ShiftCommand-Q Control-Eject

Close a window. Close all windows (doesn’t work with all applications). Cycle through windows (doesn’t work with all applications). Display the Application Switcher. Move through apps while displaying the Application Switcher. Display the Force Quit Applications dialog. Put your Mac to sleep. Display Log Out dialog. Log out without displaying Log Out dialog. Display the “Are You Sure You Want To Shut Down Your Computer Now?” dialog.

With a Finder window open, select View > Customize Toolbar. You can now drag almost anything you want into and out of the Finder window’s toolbar: frequently used apps and documents, files with icons that display photos of family members— whatever. This trick makes it easy to launch images in Photoshop that’d normally be launched in Preview if double-clicked—just drag the icons of those files an inch or two onto the Photoshop icon in the toolbar instead of dragging them all the way across your screen to the Photoshop icon in your Dock—assuming it’s there in the first place.
Convenience comes to a toolbar near you.

Jazz Up Your Toolbar

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to skip that time-consuming step. Shift-Option, anyone? In addition to Safe Boot mode, there are two other startup alternates worth mentioning: one because if you know only a little Unix you might be able to spot a problem, and another because if you know only a little Unix you might be able to do some serious damage. VERBOSE BOOT If you hold down Command-V while starting up, you’ll enter the arcane and geekily amusing world of Verbose Boot. In this mode, Aqua’s comforting interface disappears, and you get to watch every one of Mac OS X’s background processes scroll by. To most normal humans, the messages are opaque—but if you have a problem that hangs your Mac during the start-up process, Verbose Boot can be a godsend, as it lets you know what process failed exactly when the hang-up occurs. After the parade of white-on-black text, Verbose Boot returns you to the wonderful world of Aqua. SINGLE-USER MODE Now this is hardcore. While Verbose Boot eventually lands you in the familiar Aqua interface, holding down Command-S while starting up puts you into Single-User Mode—pure Unix on a Mac. Instead of the familiar Mac interface, Single-User

Mode drops you into a shell (sh-2.05b on our Mac running OS 10.4.6), where the Mac experience is but a fond memory. The only reason you might want to start up in Single-User Mode is if you can’t start up any other way. The only action that we recommend you perform here is to run a file-system check by pressing Return, typing fsck -fy at the prompt, pressing Return again, and waiting for the operation to end—when it’s finished, a message will inform you that your file system “appears to be OK” or, if you’re unlucky, something more dire. All kidding aside, when you’re in Single-User Mode you have total control over the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you can cause major, irrevocable damage. Major. Irrevocable. Damage. If you’re wise, you’ll admit that you’re in a highrisk neighborhood where you don’t speak the language; you’ll run away by typing reboot and pressing Return. If you’re ambitious, you’ll study everything you can find about Unix and come back to fight another day.

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Here’s a handful of useful and/or diverting Unix commands you might want to explore by typing man command name in the Terminal—and these are only a fraction of the 1,000-plus commands available on your Mac. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to see a list of all the Unix commands hiding in your Mac, launch the Terminal, hold down Shift and Escape, then press ? and type y in answer to the prompt that appears. Press the spacebar to jump from page to page in the long list that appears. cal cd chmod cp date fsck grep kill ls mv pwd rm tar top uptime Displays a calendar by month or year Changes the working directory Changes a file’s permissions

A Unix-Command Sampler

Mac OS X’s Unix core can provide you with tremendous power—if you know where to start.
Resting comfortably beneath Mac OS X’s shimmering Aqua interface lies a full-featured version of an industrial-strength operating system: Unix. The roots of this oft-improved OS can be traced back to the late sixties, and its many and varied versions* are legion. Mac OS X’s Unix implementation, Darwin, is based on BSD (Berkeley Standard Distribution), which is one of the most common and most thoroughly tweaked Unix distributions. Once you even begin to learn how to bend Unix to your will (a good place to start is O’Reilly Media’s Learning Unix for Mac OS Tiger, $19.95,, you’ll uncover a whole new world—and if you want total control over your Mac and might enjoy simple ways of accomplishing complex chores, Unix is for you. Unfortunately, a detailed introduction to Mac OS X’s Unix core is, to put it mildly, far beyond the scope of this article. Understanding a few key concepts, however, can get you started on your path to enlightenment. SHELL is the name of the type of program you see running in the Terminal (/Application/Utilities). There are multiple different shells from which you can choose, including bash and tsch. Bash has been the default in Mac OS X since 10.3; prior to that, Apple used tsch. You can switch to tsch by going to Terminal > Preferences, clicking the radio button labeled Execute This Command, replacing /bin/bash with /bin/tsch in the related field, and closing Preferences. The next Terminal window you open will run the tsch shell. If you want to have some geeky fun, prod a couple of Unix jockeys into an argument over which shell is superior. No matter which shell you use, at its prompt you enter… …COMMANDS, which are small, self-contained programs that accomplish a specific task. We Mac types are familiar with large applications that include in their arsenals tons of commands that print files, run filters, play tunes—whatever. Unix doesn’t work that way. When you’re in the Terminal, for example, and you type clear and press Return, the shell runs a tiny program named clear, which—of all things—clears the Terminal’s display. Clear isn’t part of the Terminal or the shell; it’s a full-fledged program all by itself. Commands can be modified by… …ARGUMENTS, which are words or other information you enter after a Unix command to tell that command what you want it to operate on. For example, if you type rm (the remove command) followed by the argument doomedfile.txt, you’ve just told Unix to delete the file named doomedfile.txt.


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Checks and repairs your Mac’s file system




The Big Kahuna of search commands Terminates a process Lists the contents of a directory Moves or renames a file Displays the working directory’s file path Deletes a file—permanently, so be careful Create or extract archives for backups Displays all processes running on your Mac Displays how long your Mac has been running

Use the System Memory pane of Activity Monitor (/Applications/ Utilities) to check the amount of Active memory your Mac uses when not running any apps. After you’ve been using your Mac for a good amount of time without rebooting, check it again. If the number has increased significantly, you may have a memory leak caused by a rowdy software driver. Remove your drivers one by one, and recheck to find the culprit.

Monitor Your Memory

That’s the bash prompt on the top and the tsch prompt on the bottom. Vive la (minuscule) différence!


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If you’re “of a certain age,” here’s how to create a bit of nostalgia. Launch the Terminal, drag its window’s lower right corner until the dimensions read 80x24 in the title bar, and then select Terminal > Window Settings. Select Color from the top drop-down menu, choose Green On Black from the Standard Color Selections drop-down menu, and then click Use Settings As Defaults. You also might want to choose Font > Show Fonts and bump up the Size slider a bit. Takes ya back, don’t it?
Nostalgic and practical.

Go Old School

The default bash-shell prompt

The ls (list) command

Two flags: a (show all files) and l (long, which shows more info)

One argument: the directory whose contents we want to list. Tip: Just drag the directory folder into the Terminal, and its path will appear in the command line.

File sizes are measured in blocks. One OS X block equals 1,024 bytes—one kilobyte.

Notice that the a flag makes ls display invisible files.

After a command is completed, a new prompt appears.

Notice that files with names that begin in lowercase letters are alphabetized after those that begin with uppercase letters.

Commands can also be followed by… …FLAGS, which are modifiers that allow you to better define what you want a Unix command to do (they’re also known as options). For example, if you type fsck (the command to check the file system) and follow it with the flag -fy, Unix will check your entire file system no matter what condition it’s in (that’s what f tells it to do) and assume that you want to answer “yes” to any prompt it may display (that’s y’s job). Flags are usually preceded by a hyphen; also, note that this example could be entered into the Terminal as either fsck -fy or fsck -f -y. Your best friend when exploring Unix is the man command. Type this command into the Terminal followed by another command as its argument—man fsck, for example—and a Unix application called a pager will lead you page-by-page through Unix’s built-in manual content for the command fsck, detailing every argument and flag that you can use with it. After you’re finished reading a page, simply press the spacebar to get to the next page, and use the up and down arrow keys to scroll forward

and back. Press Q to quit the pager and return to the prompt. Armed with this simple roadmap, dive in. And don’t worry (too much) about messing stuff up—as long as you stay at your own level of permissions and in your own user directory, Unix is pretty darn good at protecting itself.

Death by PID
Have a problematic process? In the Terminal, type top and press Return to list the PID (process ID) and other info for all the processes running on your Mac. Then type kill a misbehaving process’s PID and press Return to terminate that process. This maneuver can nuke apps that even Mac OS X’s Force Quit command can’t snuff.

The process with PID 2834 is about to go bye-bye.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it now, and we’ll say it again tomorrow: Equip your Mac with as much RAM as you can comfortably afford. You won’t regret it—Mac OS X runs infinitely better when it can romp around in a large RAM playground. Also, if you have an Intel-based Mac, know that Rosetta stores some of the application instructions it has translated in RAM—if you’ve got a lot of RAM for it to use, it won’t have to retranslate those instructions when they’re needed again.

Not to RAM It Down Your Throat, But…

*For an eye-straining view of the history of Unix’s many variants in timeline format, check out www.

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If you’re running the bash shell, launch the Terminal, type PS1= ”At your service, O Great One! ”, and press Return. This replaces your standard Terminal prompt with something more fitting to your exalted status as an übergeek-in-training. Actually, you can put anything in quotes after PS1, and it’ll replace your standard prompt. (Your prompt will return to normal in your next Terminal session.)
Screw humility— you’re learning Unix!

Morale Booster


Create your own app launcher, arranged just the way you like it.
nstead of littering your Dock with icons of the apps you use on a regular basis, create a folder named Top Apps (or whatever name you’d prefer), fill it with aliases to your favorite apps, then pop it into your Dock. The easiest way to fill it is to drag each app into the Top Apps folder while holding down Option-Command; doing so will create an alias of that app in your Top Apps folder. As an added nicety and to make your Top Apps folder easier to identify in your Dock, select your Applications folder, press Command-I to open its Info window, and then do the same with your Top Apps folder. Select the fancy-schmancy Applications-folder icon in its Info window, copy it (Command-C), select the plainJane Top Apps folder icon in the Top Apps Info window, and paste the Applications icon onto it (Command-V). Now close the Info windows and drag your newly decorated Top Apps folder into the right (or lower, if you’re the vertical type) section of the Dock. Clicking and holding on this folder will bring up a list of all your favorite apps; select one, and it’ll launch. Since this folder will display its contents in alphabetical order, you can organize your apps into groupings by renaming their aliases—group all your utilities together, for example, by giving them names such as Utilities-Disk, Utilities-Terminal, and so on. Finally, note that although multiple users can share the same Top Apps folder, only the user who created it can change it. If you want your own Top Apps folder, keep it somewhere in your user name directory (aka ~/ for you Unix learners).


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The desire for an uncluttered Dock doesn’t have to keep you from one-click access to all your favorite apps.

hen your Mac is humming along in perfect health, launch System Profiler (/Applications/Utilities/System Profiler, or Apple Menu > About This Mac > More Info). After it launches, choose File > Save As, and in the File Format pull-down menu, choose System Profiler 4.0 (XML); save it. The resulting SPX file will contain a vast compendium of information about your Mac in its good-mood state. Should your Mac ever get into a bad mood, you can open this file on any Mac running Tiger (including yours, of course) and compare it with a similar profile that you create when your Mac’s cranky. Finding the differences in the two profiles can be a big troubleshooting help.


System Profiler information can provide helpful troubleshooting hints.

Use System Profiler to see what printer-driver versions you have installed—compare them to the ones on your printer vendors’ Web sites to make sure you have the latest and greatest.


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There’s more to good ol’ Software Update than you might think.


oftware Update (Apple Menu > Software Update) not only keeps your software up-to-date, it also keeps you safe by providing the aptly named Security Updates. The most painless way to keep yourself up-to-date is to select System Preferences > Software Update > Download Important Updates In The Background—you’ll be notified when they’re ready to be installed. If you want to keep an update after it installs, launch Software Update (Apple Menu > Software Update), highlight the software update, and select Update > Install And Keep Package. You can alternately select Update > Download Only to—you guessed it—download but not install the update on your Mac. If you launch Software Update and see an update listed for a device or capability you don’t want or need to update—such as an iPod or Bluetooth—highlight the update you want to ignore and select Update > Ignore Update. From then on, every update for that device or capability will be ignored. To un-ignore an update, select Software Update > Reset Ignored Updates. To check out a list of the software updates you’ve installed (and when you installed them), select System Preferences > Software Update > Installed Updates > Open As Log File. This launches the Console (/Applications/Utilities) and displays a list of all your installed updates. You may be surprised how many you’ve installed—you also might be discomfited to find how late you’ve been in installing security updates. These used to be labeled with the date they were released; for example, if your once-over of the update log tells you that you installed Security Update 2004-10-27 (aka October 27, 2004) on 200411-19 (November 19, 2004), that means you left your Mac open

The Software Update log will fink on you if you’ve been tardy.

to a known security flaw for a full three weeks—if you owned a peecee, it would’ve been toast by then. These days, Apple labels its security updates sequentially—2006-001, 2006-002, and so on. To find our what day they were released, you need to search for the update by number at Click the link to the update when it shows up in the search-results list, and then scroll to the bottom of the page to read the Date Created info in the footer. If you’ve installed an update but have a sneaking suspicion that the install didn’t take, navigate to /Library/Receipts. In that folder, find the PKG receipt file with a name that relates to the troublesome install, and toss it into the Trash. The next time you run Software Update, the appropriate update should be reinstalled. Usually. Sometimes. Maybe. Also, if you ever have to reinstall Tiger from scratch, make sure you go into /Library/Receipts and throw away all the PKG receipt files left over from previous system updates; this way, when you run Software Update, you’ll be able to reinstall the many and varied system and security updates available since your original Tiger installation.


If you’re paranoid—and who isn’t these days?—Mac OS 10.4’s Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities) allows you to scrub all the unused space on your hard drive squeaky clean while leaving your current files untouched. Launch Disk Utility, select the volume you want to sanitize, click the Erase Tab button and then the Erase Free Space button. Choose from three levels of security, click Erase Free Space—then go out for dinner, dancing, and a show, ’cause even at the least-secure level, this operation takes quite a while.

Is the NSA After You, Too?

File names can contain up to 255 characters, but when long names are displayed in the Finder (left), you’ll see only the first few words, an ellipsis (…), and then the last word or two. To see a file’s full name in a Tool Tip box (right), hold down Option and hover your mouse over the filename. Without Option, the same box will appear after a few seconds.

MacAddict Editor-in-Chief Rik Myslewski says that if you really want to get down, get funky, and get back up again regarding Unix, check out Prentice Hall’s A Practical Guide to Unix for Mac OS X Users by Mark G. Sobell and Peter Seebach ($39.99, www .prenhallprofessional .com) or Mac OS X Tiger: Unleashed by John Ray and William C. Ray ($49.99, www

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by Jake Widman

Fed up with— or can’t afford— Microsoft Word? Try one of these alternative word processors instead; they offer many of the same features at a fraction of the price.
ometimes it seems as if there’s no escaping Microsoft Word. The trial version comes installed on new Macs. Everybody uses it at your office. You get DOC files from all the peecee folks you work with. Now that Apple no longer bundles a full-fledged word processor with new Macs, you may feel like it’s the Microsoft way or the highway—but nothing could be further from the truth. We’ve rounded up 13 word-processing alternatives that lie on the spectrum between TextEdit (the basic app that comes with your Mac) and Word. Some are compatible with Word and some aren’t, but all are capable of handling more than just basic writing tasks.



iText, LightWayText, Mariner Write, Nisus Writer Express, Papyrus Office, ThinkFree Office


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If you’re looking for Word’s familiar features—but don’t want to use Word—these apps are the way to go.

Papyrus lets you add a note to highlighted text.

PAPYRUS OFFICE ($99, German-born Papyrus is nimble, quick, easy to learn, and has features that easily rival—and in some cases improve upon—Word’s abilities. It can handle character and paragraph styles, tables of contents, footnotes and endnotes, automatic text (called Text Macros), and highlighting. It doesn’t track changes, though it does let you attach pop-up notes to highlighted text. Papyrus’s table feature is more straightforward than Word’s and offers just as many formatting options, including one that Word doesn’t: vertical centering of text in a cell. Table cells can also take spreadsheet-like formulas and functions, and a table in one document can reference a table in another—even if the other’s not open. Another great feature is discontinuous selection: You can select words, paragraphs, or table cells that are separate from one another. Papyrus’s Font Panel also has a nifty feature called Mark: Choose a combination of font attributes, and Papyrus highlights all of the text that has those attributes. As a bonus, Papyrus is only 3.1MB (the whole download is only 9.2MB), showing that someone still appreciates efficient coding.

The Mark button in Papyrus’s Font Panel lets you highlight all the text with the attributes you’ve specified.

GOOD NEWS: Easy to learn. Many features superior to Word’s. BAD NEWS: More expensive than other Word alternatives. GET IT IF: You want a lightweight but capable word processor with superior mail-merge capabilities.

Mariner Write ($49.95, Like the Mac itself, Mariner Write is well thought out, its interface makes sense, and it has most of the features you need. Creating or editing a style sheet is easy: Select the attribute in the style description and choose what you want from a menu or ruler. But there are also some annoying weaknesses. The app can do columns, but they apply to the entire document—no mixing layouts. There’s no automatic hyphenation. And when we imported our test Word document, Mariner Write brought in the formatting and the style names, but didn’t link them. But we love its Modify command for cleaning up imported text files. It’ll convert straight quotes to curly quotes (or vice versa), turn multiple spaces into a tab, and a lot more.
Mariner Write offers lots of ways to quickly clean up text, doing in one step what can take several in other apps.
GOOD NEWS: Capable and full of features. Great text-conversion tools. Easy to learn. BAD NEWS: A couple of annoying limitations. GET IT IF: You frequently need to clean up text that’s going to or from email or the Web.

AbiWord (free, AbiWord is a free, open-source word processor that does a decent job copying Word, providing most of the same commands in the same menus. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near as nice as the apps that cost money, and it’s not as capable as the other freebies. So what’s wrong? First of all, the icons in the toolbar are ugly—a petty complaint, maybe, until you realize how much time you spend staring at your word processor. Worse, the onscreen letterspacing is poor, and the letters shift around as you type or select text. There’s also no real manual or online help (as is frequently the case with open-source apps), and the available FAQs and wiki pages contain spotty info. We never were able to figure out how to get curly quotes (“ ”) as we typed, for example.
GOOD NEWS: Familiar, Word-like interface. Can read and write in MS Word format. Free. BAD NEWS: Ugly. Unreliable onscreen display. GET IT IF: You don’t use a word processor much, but need to work with Word files occasionally.

Stray marks and characters that shift when you select them mar AbiWord.

Frankly, AbiWord’s antiquated toolbars are painful to look at.
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These capable apps come with more than just words— they’re full-blown office suites that can process numbers, pictures, and more.

APPLEWORKS 6.2.9 $79, You can tell how much Apple still cares about AppleWorks: When you search for it on Apple’s Web site (, the first result is a pitch for iWork ’06, home of the upstart Pages app. Oh well. Pages is certainly slicker than AppleWorks, which still looks like it’s running in Classic mode, but it would be a mistake to underestimate AppleWorks. It has pretty much everything you need: character and paragraph styles, basic tables, some automatic fields (such as page number), and so on. The interface is elegant and uncluttered, and includes a ruler; small icons for setting tabs, alignment, and spacing; pull-down font and size menus; and a customizable Button Bar. It also comes with drawing, painting, spreadsheet, database, and presentation modules—albeit basic ones. It’s hard to heartily recommend something that’s clearly old technology, but on the other hand, AppleWorks is fast, clean, and time-tested.
GOOD NEWS: Quick and clean. Comes with additional drawing, spreadsheet, and other modules. BAD NEWS: Old-school interface. Dead-end app. Used to come free with new Macs. GET IT IF: You don’t care about what’s new and just want a reliable multipurpose office suite.

NEOOFFICE 1.2.2 (free, NeoOffice is an open-source productivity software project that contains tons of The NeoOffice interface looks features in its several modules, including like it came from Windows, but all the Word features missing from many it’s worth putting up with. other apps in this article: mail merge, highlight text, track changes, and more. It also opened our Word test document flawlessly, preserving automatically numbered lists and style definitions. Two things hold it back from greatness: First, it takes a long time to launch—nearly a minute on our G5 iMac—but once it’s running, it works as fast as any other app. It also looks like NeoOffices gives you a lot of stylea Windows 95 app, with tiny jaggy icons definition choices, along with a on square white buttons, and doesn’t preview of their effects. always behave like a Mac GOOD NEWS: Capable. Free. Impressive Word compatibility. app. But, hey, it’s free, it BAD NEWS: Unattractive. Slow to launch. does everything, and it GET IT IF: You just want an office suite that does just about even includes a drawing everything, and you don’t care what it looks like, as long as it’s free. module that does 3D.

THINKFREE WRITE ($49.95, part of ThinkFree Office Desktop, www. Here’s another Word clone with familiar-looking toolbars. Plus, it’s Office compatible—the default file format is Word 97. It can’t highlight text or track changes, but can autocorrect as you type. Unfortunately, it takes forever to launch, and many operations (such as Select All) take so long that you’ll wonder if anything’s happening. And when you do select a large block of text, there are horizontal gaps in the highlight color that don’t affect anything, but are unnerving. More intriguing than Write is ThinkFree Online, a free service that lets you store documents online and work on them in a Java application via your browser from any computer.
GOOD NEWS: Word compatibility. Other office apps included. BAD NEWS: Slow. Nonstandard behavior. GET IT IF: You really like the idea of a Java-based word processor—though ThinkFree Online is probably a better bet.

Its look may bring back memories of OSes past, but it’s still easy to find what you need in AppleWorks

That little triangle on the Format button should indicate a drop-down menu; in ThinkFree Write, however, a new sheet appears.
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AppleWorks’s helpful startup screen is the most up-to-date part of its interface.


When you don’t need all of Word’s bells and whistles, these apps act a bit more like TextEdit (/Applications) and provide the basic tools you need—plus, they’re freeware or shareware.

ITEXT (free, ITEXT PRO ($15, LIGHTWAYTEXT ($25 shareware, This family of word processors from Japan tries so hard to be liked that it’s hard for us to be very critical—none of the other apps in this article urge you to “Make your words happy!” Luckily, there’s not much to criticize. All three apps offer basic functions: tabs, line-spacing control, and limited character styles (though no paragraph styles) that can include attributes such as font color and colored rules. The apps do offer some unexpected extras, such as multicolumn capability and, in iText Pro and LightWayText, line-number display. Some of the tools work in unfamiliar ways: You change line spacing by changing the number of points between lines (not from baseline to baseline). There’s little reason to get the basic iText plain—it’s essentially a moreconfusing TextEdit. iText Pro and LightWayText add appealing features such as custom paper sizes, the ability to search and replace by complex expressions (such as items not matching a particular character, or finding the shortest sequence of a certain GOOD NEWS: Some specialized features you might find useful. character), and macro BAD NEWS: Occasionally confusing tool operation. recording—LightWayText GET IT IF: You want a simple word processor with a touch of even includes a macro the exotic—and happy words! editor.

Lightway Text offers surprisingly robust searchand-replace options.

While you’re thinking about replacing Word, what about the rest of Office? Mail can sub for Entourage and Keynote for PowerPoint—but can you really replace Excel? Well, you can try. MARINER CALC You can buy Mariner Calc alone ($49.95, or bundled with Mariner Write as part of the $79.95 MarinerPak. Mariner Calc was able to import our test Excel document with all of the formulas intact, but it dropped the conditional formatting (it’s not supported) and changed all the fonts. NEOOFFICE NeoOffice’s import of our Excel spreadsheet looked exactly the same as it did in Excel, keeping the formulas and conditional formatting. Score another one for the amazing, free NeoOffice. Oh, and it’s also got a powerful equation editor, a drawing module with Bezier curves, and a whole 3D object studio. And it’s still ugly. THINKFREE OFFICE ThinkFree Calc managed to import our text Excel spreadsheet with the formulas and layout intact, but it didn’t preserve the conditional formatting—that’s not a feature it supports.
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WRITER (free, Writer doesn’t do much—it has only basic text entry and editing tools. It uses a slider to set text size, for example, but offers no corresponding way to set line spacing. Want to indent the first line of your paragraph? Use a tab—there’s no ruler. But click the Picture button and you get a sheet that lets you navigate to a picture and a slider to size it before dropping it in. Slick. Writer’s Clip Box is a separate window for holding text snippets. Writer can also automatically strip the angle-bracket (>) characters from emailed text or change straight quotes to curly—aka smart—ones or vice versa (the latter called Stupefy Quotes). You can also export in HTML or RTF with the option to include Font Face, Color, Size, and other formatting codes.
GOOD NEWS: Simple tools for common tasks. Free. Slick image tools. BAD NEWS: Extremely limited feature set. GET IT IF: You want an easy way to clean up text coming from or headed to the Internet.

The slider tool is a handy way to resize images before you drop them in your Writer document.

Writer offers some handy cleanup tools for online text.


These apps provide many of the features of Word (and then some) without simply cloning its look and feel.

MELLEL 2.0.7 ($49, Mellel’s like a well-organized workspace, where the tools you need always seem to be right where you expect them to be. Its format bar and ruler present a lot of information without getting in the way, but the nicest part of the interface is the floating Palette. It’s similar to Word’s Formatting Palette, but more customizable. The different sections dock to one another, so you can remove sections you don’t use, rearrange them, or make a primary and a secondary Palette—whatever you like. Flexibility is Mellel’s hallmark. Rather than combining character and paragraph settings in one style, each paragraph style (which can contain a full complement of hyphenation settings) can be associated with a character style, enabling you to mix and match as desired. Character styles can have several Style Variations, so that you can invoke a bold italic version of a character style without having to define it as a whole new unrelated style. You can also define up to 20 Document Variables for inserting frequently used text just by selecting Variables from a menu. There are a few things Word can do that Mellel can’t—such as mail merge—and vice versa. (For a list, visit But overall, Mellel doesn’t just give Word a run for its money—in many ways, it’s simply better.
You can detach, remove, and rearrange the sections of Mellel’s formatting Palette however you desire.

Mellel’s paragraph styles can contain specifications for just about anything you want, and get their character formatting from associated character styles.

GOOD NEWS: Flexible, customizable interface and style sheets. Superior multilingual capabilities. BAD NEWS: Can’t do every single thing Word can do. GET IT IF: You want a top-notch word processor and don’t absolutely need one of Word’s unique features.

NISUS WRITER EXPRESS ($69.95, Nisus has been making Mac word processors for a long time, and it shows. Rather than being a Word clone, Nisus Writer Express (NWE) adopts the fashionable interface of Apple’s Pages and iLife. A slideout drawer holds the Character, Paragraph, and other formatting palettes; to choose fonts, you call up the familiar Font panel. The palettes are smart, too. Insert a table, and the Table and Border formatting tools come to the fore. The Language palette has a thesaurus that automatically shows synonyms for the last word you typed or any word you select. You can even make your own palette group. NWE’s most amazing feature, though, is its Find and Replace function. The app lets you use part of your Find results in your Replace, allows you to specify how many occurrences of a string to search for, and a lot more—Find and Replace take up nearly 7,500 words of NWE’s online Help, which shows you how to find three capitalized words in a row. Just search for (?:[[:upper:]][a-z]+[^[: upper:]]+){3}\s)([[:upper:]][a-z]+)(.*). Simple, eh?
GOOD NEWS: Speedy and capable. Up-to-date interface. Powerful Find and Replace functions. BAD NEWS: A wee bit pricey compared to some of the other entries. GET IT IF: You want a solid app with the best Find and Replace functions on the planet.

NWE’s style definitions occur in the main window, so you can get a full-size preview of what your style’s going to look like.
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PAGES ($79, part of iWork ’06, Sure, Pages is a word processor, but that designation sells it short—and makes it look bad in comparison. When you consider only its writing and textediting abilities, it suffers next to Word. For example, it has paragraph styles but not separate character styles. But its page-layout abilities go above and beyond what most high-end word processors can do. It can’t highlight text, for example, but it can put a background color behind an entire paragraph— something that a pure word processor wouldn’t even think of. Pages can also handle multicolumn layouts, the incorporation of charts and other drawing objects, and the import and alignment of photos more smoothly and easily than any of the other apps in this entire article. So choose it for its document-production capabilities, and look elsewhere if you’re just a writer.
GOOD NEWS: Integration with iLife media tools. Strong layout features. BAD NEWS: Missing some useful features you’d get in a pure word processor. GET IT IF: Layout and design functions are as important to you as word processing, or you want a great presentation program (Keynote) in the same package.

Pages is as much about the page as the words on it. Here a blue line pops up to show that a photo is centered.



hinking about trying out a new word processor? Use this chart to see how its tools stack up against Word. And because you can never truly live a completely Word-less existence, we tried importing a Word document with some tricky formatting into each app to see what remained intact—the letter codes in the last column refer to (A) colored text, (B) highlighted text, (C) paragraph styles, (D) a table, (E) an automatically numbered list, (F) a paragraph with background shading, and (G) a section with multiple columns.









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1 After setting up your source data file and target document, you perform the mail merge through a command 2 AppleWorks uses DataViz’s MacLinkPlus translators for Word compatibility. But more of the AppleWorks formatting

in the Terminal.

was retained when we simply opened the native CWK file in Word than when we opened the exported DOC file. 3 Mariner Write imported the style names and text formatting, but failed to link the formatting with the style name. 4 ThinkFree Write assigned the wrong font to one of the imported styles. 5 No, we didn’t forget to fill in the info in the Writer row in this table—there’s just very little it can do.

Jake Widman wrote the bit about Mellel in Nisus Writer Express, the paragraphs about Pages in Papyrus, and the write-up of AppleWorks in NeoOffice—then his head exploded. July 2006 33









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Shoot Your Troubles
By Niko Coucouvanis


errible is the day when your Mac won’t start up—but sometimes it does happen. Maybe you’ll get as far as a gray or blue screen before your Mac stalls; maybe your Mac won’t even chime or light up at all. Here’s how to troubleshoot your Mac before you take it out back and just shoot it.

Oh No! My Mac Won’t Start Up!
Take a Deep Breath
Troubleshooting requires the relentless application of logic, so you need to approach your problem with a settled mind. Step away from your Mac, and take a walk around the block to calm your nerves before you proceed.

Begin with Basics
Unplug every peripheral from your Mac except your stock Apple keyboard and mouse. Swap the main power cord with a different one that you know works; do the same with the cable that connects your display to your Mac. Start up from a Mac OS X install disc. No joy yet?

Software Sickness
Seasoned troubleshooters know that 99 percent of Mac maladies come from software. Hanging at a gray, blue, or blinking-question-mark screen is most surely a software problem. Follow the blue path for software solutions.

Hardware Heartache
If your Mac’s screen stays dark, its power-button LED blinks, or you don’t hear a startup chime, it’s safe to conclude that there’s something wrong with your hardware. Follow the green dotted line for ways to deal with hardware hang-ups.

Be Safe
Start up in Safe Mode: Press the Power button, and immediately after you hear the startup chime (not before!), hold the Shift key. This forces OS X to start up with no thirdparty extensions, startup items, or nonessential fonts. If your Mac seems happy in Safe Mode, try deleting the following files: /System/ Library/Extensions.mkext and /System/Library/Extensions .kextcache. Your Mac will rebuild the files when you restart normally (without holding any keys). Another Safe Mode trick is to move any items out of /Library/ StartupItems, /System/Library/ StartupItems, and /Users/user name/Library/StartupItems. Stash the files somewhere safe, and reboot normally. If your Mac works, replace one of the items, restart, and repeat until your Mac chokes again. There’s your troublesome file. Still not working?

Das (Disc) Boot
Open your optical drive by pressing your keyboard’s Eject key (or hold down your mouse button at startup). If your keyboard isn’t responding, stick a paper clip in the tiny hole on the drive’s face. Put your latest Mac OS X install disc in the drive, close it, and reboot while holding down the C key. When the startup process is complete, open Utilities > Disk Utility from the menu bar (not the one in /Applications/Utilities on your hard drive), and select your main hard drive from the list on the left. Click Repair Disk. When that’s done, click Repair Permissions. Once the permissions are fixed, open Utilities > Startup Disk (again from the menu bar), select your Mac’s hard drive as the startup disk, and restart. If that doesn’t work...

Resetting a Fire(Wire)

If a device attached to one of your Mac’s FireWire ports stops responding, the cure may be a FireWire reset. Disconnect all your FireWire devices, shut your Mac down, unplug it, wait for 10 minutes, plug your Mac back in, restart it, and reattach your FireWire devices. Prayer might be helpful, as well.


July 2006

Testing Time
Try the Apple Hardware Test (AHT). While it’s never really helped us with our problems, it’s never hurt anything, either. Use the AHT from the disc that came with your Mac. If you have a newer model, the AHT is hidden on the main install disc. To access it, start your Mac while holding Option to show a list of available startup systems; pick AHT as the startup volume. Once your Mac starts, follow the prompts to a restart. Still just sitting there?

When your Mac won’t start, the LED above the power button may cycle a flashing pattern to tell you what’s wrong. If the light blinks three times per cycle, one of your RAM slots is angry; systematically remove your RAM to isolate the problem. If the light blinks two times per cycle, your Mac isn’t sensing any RAM, which probably indicates a problem you can’t solve without an Apple Certified Technician.

See the Light

Swap Hard Drives
Try mounting your hard drive on a different Mac, using WiebeTech’s DriveDock ($99.95, or the second Mac’s internal connectors. If the drive mounts, run Disk First Aid, and return the drive to the problem Mac. Still have troubles?

Sit Tight
Check your RAM and video card to make sure they’re tightly inserted. Open your Mac, touch the metal frame to ground yourself, and unplug the power. Push on the RAM modules to make sure they’re not loose. If you have a Power Mac, also check your video card: Distribute your fingers evenly across the back edge of the card, and push straight toward the motherboard with firm, even pressure. Now it’s working, right? No?

Zap Some Circuits
Now it’s time to break out one of the oldest troubleshooting tricks in the book: Zapping the PRAM (parameter RAM), which stores some of your Mac’s settings and can get corrupted. Restart while holding the Command, Option, P, and R keys simultaneously. You’ll hear the chime, and then the Mac will restart again; keep those keys pressed through at least two chimes. On many Macs, zapping the PRAM this way also zaps the NVRAM (nonvolatile RAM), which also stores some settings. If your problems persist, zap your Mac’s NVRAM by restarting while holding the Command, Option, O, and F keys—you’ll see a dark screen with nothing but text, including a prompt; type reset-nvram, and press Return. At the next prompt, type reset-all, and press Return. If this works, your Mac should automatically restart, and all will be well. If this doesn’t work...

Power, Managed
As a last resort, reset your Mac’s PMU (powermanagement unit). Consult your owner’s manual, or search for PMU at

Total Time-Out
Before completely giving up, disconnect the power cord and anything else plugged into your Mac, and then go get a beer or otherwise amuse yourself for 15 minutes or more. Believe it or not, after running through every trick mentioned in this article, this once brought our 2003model-year 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 back to life.

Be Someone Else
After starting up in Safe Mode or from a CD, open System Preferences > Accounts, click the lock to authenticate, and then click the plus-sign button to create a new account. Give the account a name, and check the box labeled Allow User To Administer This Computer. Now shut down and restart normally, but log into the new account instead of your regular one. Delete everything in the old you’s /Users/user name/Library/Caches folder, move the /Users/ user name/Library/Preferences folder to the desktop, and restart. Still won’t start up?

Be Clean
When all else fails, reinstall Mac OS X; select Archive And Install to keep a backup of your old system files—once you’re stable, you’ll probably want to move them back into your new System folder one by one (until your Mac stops working again).

Niko Coucouvanis still prefers the old shotgun-style, try-every-fix-at-once approach to troubleshooting—but can’t really recommend it.

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Adobe After Effects 7
effects, thanks to Open GL 2.0 support (provided After Effects supports your Mac’s video card; check Adobe’s Web site for more info)—unfortunately, After Effects is not yet a Universal application, so expect slower performance if you have an Intel-based Mac. Go pro. If you’re springing for the $999 Professional Edition, you’ll get two bonus features. For starters, After Effects will render up to 32 bits per channel. Working with 32-bit imagery in the old version’s 16-bit mode meant losing flexibility for color corrections and other tweaks; it also risked ugly banding. With full 32-bit support, After Effects 7 now qualifies for moreprofessional compositing work. The new interface looks cool and creates a color-neutral environment so you can focus on your project’s The only catch is you’ll have to visuals without distraction. update your third-party filters. The Pro edition ships with a plugwork as they always have, but the new he latest version of Adobe After in called Timewarp, which lets you and improved graph editor makes it Effects includes a redesigned smoothly speed up or slow down the easier to edit those keyframes. Back interface, big keyframing improvements, playback speed of footage and add in the old days (version 6.5), you could and top-tier color rendering options that motion-blur effects. It’s a popular work with keyframes in a graph view, but give even the pickiest effects artists more feature these days—it made its way After Effects displayed each animated reason to consider After Effects for the job. into Autodesk’s Combustion 4 parameter on its own keyframe graph If you’ve used After Effects before, ( that you could reveal and hide at will. you’ll do a double-take when you launch Jun/06, p43), an After This worked fine when you only wanted version 7 for the first time—it has a new, Effects competitor. Adobe’s rendition to futz with a single parameter, but to streamlined look. Functionally, all of is straightforward and competent, and tweak many parameters at once, you’d After Effects’ windows and palettes are some of its basic elements also appear have to fill up your screen with multiple now docked panels in a single resizable in the standard edition of After Effects. graphs—making it hard to find the one window, so there’s no unused space in Both editions also sport plenty of you wanted—and cross-reference one your work environment. You can adjust smaller touches: the ability to export parameter with another. After Effects the panels to your liking; if you want to to Flash video (FLV), more animation now displays the keyframes for multiple make the Timeline larger, for example, and behavioral presets, HDV support, parameters on a single graph and uses a you drag its border to a new position, and integration with Adobe Bridge, and—oh different colored curve to represent each After Effects shrinks the other windows yes—a product-activation “feature” that parameter you choose to display. You can to make room. You can also undock keeps you from installing the app on more easily toggle this graph view on and off any panel and turn it into a floating one than two Macs at once. from the Timeline, and the graph editor (great for moving it to a second display) The bottom line. With a clean itself features all the keyframing controls or combine and separate panels by and customizable interface, speed you’ll need built right into the interface. dragging them into or out of each other. improvements, and a better feature set, Version 7 is also noticeably faster Adobe also overhauled the Timeline’s Adobe After Effect 7 is an impressive in applying, previewing, and rendering keyframe graph editor. Keyframes still upgrade.—Helmut Kobler


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GOOD NEWS: Efficient and customizable new interface. Improved keyframe graph editor. Faster. BAD NEWS: Internet-based product activation. Upgrade is a little pricey given the new features.


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Photoshop Elements 4
tasks such as object selection, Adobe introduced a couple of Magic tools with this version of Elements: the Magic Selection Brush and the Magic Extractor tool. The Magic Selection Brush determines selection paths based on colors, contrast, texture, and patterns. Theoretically you can drag a fat brush across the middle of an object you’d like to select and then sit back and let Elements do all the selection work for you. In ideal situations—say, when you’d like to select a purple flower against a green grass background—the Magic Selection Brush works like a charm. In practice, we often found the brush had a hard time selecting our intended objects, even after we attempted to tweak the selection by designating foreground and background areas. Its processing was sluggish, even on a 1.5GHz G4 PowerBook, and when the final selection failed to match our intentions, we saw little magic in the process. Fortunately, other less-automated selection techniques are still available. The Magic Extractor, on the other hand, was magically delicious. When we needed to extract a subject from its background, the Magic Extractor walked us through a simple process of indicating foreground and background areas with strategically placed dots, giving us the opportunity to fine-tune the selection afterward. Simple and effective, Magic Extractor can save loads of time. Elements 4 introduces a few more important features, including effective automated skin-tone-correction and red-eye-removal tools, as well as moreadvanced Camera Raw processing (closer to the capability offered by Photoshop CS2). The bottom line. Photoshop Elements 4 is an important upgrade to a powerful image-editing app.—Michael J. Shapiro

There’s no sleight of hand with the new Magic Extractor tool. It works wonderfully.


hotoshop Elements 4 is Adobe’s latest venture in the quest for the consumer-grade-image-editing Holy Grail, which lies somewhere between the increasingly versatile iPhoto and Photoshop CS2. Adobe’s efforts have resulted in an elegant balancing act of novice-friendly simplicity and full-flavored Photoshop power. Photoshop Elements 4 is replete with advanced Photoshop features, meaning it will be plenty for many users and provide a fertile training ground for those who eventually want to upgrade. One such trickle-down feature that shows up in the new Photoshop Elements is Adobe’s powerful file browser, Bridge. It doesn’t offer the full capabilities of the CS-level Bridge—Elements users don’t have access to Adobe Stock Photos or scripting, and Version Cue is limited—but the scaled-down version does provide easy access to full-screen slide shows and the ability to do searches by keywords or other metadata. You can save search results as collections, which update automatically
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when new photos are added. Bridge also provides a direct link to upload photos for free online viewing at an Adobe/Kodak Web site. It also offers a built-in interface to order prints, books, and calendars. Modes. Elements’ basic interface is essentially unchanged from version 3. You can edit in either Quick Fix or Standard Edit modes, the former with a much smaller toolbar (only five tools are available) and lots of auto-fix buttons, including Smart Fix, Red Eye Fix, Lighting, Color, and Sharpening. While our results varied in quality when using the Smart Fix button, the other quick fixes often did an admirable job of cleaning up photos. You can view your results in a convenient before-and-after side-by-side setup, and the interface makes it easy to accept or reject the Auto changes, or to tweak them a bit using sliders. Standard Edit mode, as you might surmise, provides access to the full range of tools Elements has to offer. To simplify potentially time-intensive

GOOD NEWS: Packed with features. New Magic Extractor is way cool. Includes Adobe Bridge. BAD NEWS: No CMYK support. Color management limited to sRGB and Adobe RGB. No editing by channel or with curves.


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Cleaner 6.5
It’s great that Cleaner adds so many new formats (even though some of them aren’t exactly mainstream); that’s why we were surprised to find Cleaner’s paltry support for H.264, the sexy, super-efficient compression codec Apple introduced in QuickTime 7. Cleaner can encode to H.264, but it offers no easyto-use presets. You have to manually create your settings from the ground up. Ouch. Cleaner’s $599 price ignores the fact that it has some genuine competition these days. Case in point: Apple’s Compressor ships free with new versions of Final Cut or DVD Studio Pro, and it expertly encodes video into QuickTime files aimed at DVD, CD-ROM, the Internet, and mobile devices (with great support for H.264, by the way). Compressor doesn’t support QuickTime competitors such as Real, Windows Media, or DivX, but for many Mac users, those formats are irrelevant anyway. Stiffer competition comes from Sorenson Squeeze ( May/06, p50). Squeeze costs $449 and encodes to Flash, QuickTime, and other formats. But Squeeze also includes the Sorenson Video 3 Pro codec, which excels at creating sharp, artifact-free Internet video. In fact, many of Cleaner’s own Internet- and CD-ROM-oriented presets call for using Sorenson 3 video, but they often produce pixelated, unprofessional results unless you have the Pro edition of Sorenson’s codec installed. But using the Pro codec with Cleaner costs you an extra $299 (on top of Cleaner’s $599); you get it for free in Sorenson’s Compression Suite. The bottom line. Nothing supports as many encoding formats as Cleaner does, but you can still get much of Cleaner’s core functionality for free—or at least considerably cheaper. We wish Autodesk had recognized that by pricing Cleaner a couple of hundred dollars cheaper. Instead, it may have priced Cleaner right out of a job.—Helmut Kobler

Cleaner’s interface is plain and simple—in a good way.

leaner was once a must-have tool for working with video on the Mac. It was a batch-encoding whiz, able to take raw video and expertly encode it to almost any digital format imaginable, creating everything from downloadable versions for the Web to bigger, better renditions destined for CD-ROM, DVD, and more. But although the latest version of Cleaner has been more than three years in the making, it offers few must-have new features—or anything else we can get excited about. On the bright side, the things we’ve always loved about Cleaner are still there: an easy, intuitive batch-encoding interface; lots of preset compression settings that produce good results right away; and manual control over everything from image size and data rates to post-production
Cleaner can encode your video into just about any format you can think of.
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effects such as noise reduction, gamma correction, and watermarking. Autodesk has updated Cleaner by adding some new video formats, including various Kinoma Producer formats with presets for popular PDAs and Sony’s PSP gaming handheld (many presets use MPEG-4 compression). There’s a new setting for iPod video, several settings for Flash’s FLV and SWF formats, the ability to encode video in the popular DivX codec, and support for Real 10 (in addition to existing support for Windows Media).

Cleaner 6) REQUIREMENTS: G4, Mac OS 10.3 or later, QuickTime 6.5 or later, 128MB RAM, 35MB disk space

GOOD NEWS: Encodes video to many new formats. Same lovable, intuitive interface. BAD NEWS: No presets for H.264 video. MPEG-4 encoding doesn’t work with QuickTime 7.04 (must downgrade to 7.01). Expensive.


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It looks like an SLR, but it’s not.

EasyShare P880
he 8-megapixel EasyShare P880 is a feature-laden camera that delivers more than you might expect. Though it looks like an SLR camera, it’s not. See the viewfinder just above the lens? SLR cameras let you view images through the same lens that captures them. The P880, however, uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF)—and it’s one of the best ones we’ve seen. Coupled with the large 2.5-inch LCD on the back (clearly visible in daylight), you have no one to blame but yourself if you can’t frame your pictures properly. The P880 has a few unique features that we’d like to see more often in other
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cameras, including a hand-operated 5.6x optical zoom lens. While that doesn’t sound very high-tech, it’s actually a lot faster to zoom by hand than to zoom with a motor. Kodak also describes the focal length of the zoom range in terms of 35mm film-based lenses—the owner’s manual specifies the focal length of the lens in 35mm parlance. And lastly, like several other new cameras, the P880 has built-in memory—only 32MB of it, but that’s still better than nothing. The P880 also uses SD and MultiMediaCards, and it saves its images in RAW, JPEG, or TIFF formats.

The P880 has a built-in flash, along with a hot shoe on top of the camera for an optional external flash, such as Kodak’s P20 Zoom Flash ($149.95), which can really light up a room—consider buying one if you plan on taking a lot of indoor shots. Other features include 15 shooting modes, five color modes, three sharpness modes, and three contrast modes. The camera can also capture QuickTime movies at 30 frames per second at either 640-by-480-pixel or 320-by240-pixel resolution. When it comes time to output your photos, the P880 connects to your Mac via USB 2.0; the camera is also PictBridge and ImageLink compatible, so you can skip the Mac and connect directly to printers that use those technologies. Image quality. Unfortunately, the P880’s images aren’t quite as nice as its features. Our sample pictures from the P880 showed a significantly elevated level of noise. As we increased the ISO of the camera from 100 to 200 to 400 (doing so increases the sensitivity of the imager), the level of noise increased as well. At ISO 400, the noise level reached a crescendo that would have rivaled a heavy-metal concert. We shot our best images with the ISO set to 50. We also would have liked to see the EasyShare P880 fitted with a more comfortable handgrip—it’s not designed for folks with big hands. The bottom line. The P880 does what it’s supposed to do. If you can work within the constraints it places on the photographer, you’ll find plenty of good features for a fairly decent price. —Rick Oldano

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2.8 or later

GOOD NEWS: Clear, large LCD. Quick manual zoom. BAD NEWS: Noisy images.


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Divine sound— and waaay easier to haul to gigs.

ezSound 2.1 Speaker System
ooking like a newfangled “As Seen on TV!” supergadget, the ezSound is a 2.1 speaker set (a pair of midrange drivers and a mini subwoofer) for your iPod. It’s highly portable and actually sounds good for such a small package. The ezSound measures 4 by 5.25 by 1.63 inches and weighs 10 ounces, not including the power adapter. It can run on four AAA batteries, and you can connect it to your Mac via USB or FireWire to sync your iPod. The connector atop the ezSound fits dockable iPods; if you have an iPod shuffle (or any other MP3 or CD player), you can use the audio-in jack located at the back of the ezSound. The built-in subwoofer provides some punchy, though not earthshaking, bass. The two front speakers do a respectable job of handling highs; they deliver distortion-free sound, even if the volume is somewhat low. We wish we could pump up the sound a few notches to really fill a room. The bottom line. The ezSound is an easy way to air out your tunes. —Gil Loyola

belong in B4 II’s interface, and they can be programmed to respond to MIDI-controller values. Native Instruments also offers the ultimate hardware accessory, the B4D Drawbar he sound of the venerable Hammond Controller ($339; $449 when bundled B3 organ is familiar to anyone who’s with B4 II), which sports real drawbars listened to popular music in the last and other controls specifically designed 40 years. From R&B and gospel to the for B4 II. We tested B4 II in GarageBand strains of Jimmy Smith and Emerson, and Ableton Live, and it displayed low Lake, and Palmer, the sonic weight of latency and perfect stability. We won’t the B3 still packs a punch—as does the hesitate to use it for live performances. physical weight of this monstrous beast. For this version, Native Instruments Native Instruments’ B4 II is the most added a beefed-up tube-emulation accurate, pleasing software version of feature that lets you overdrive the sound an actual B3 that we’ve ever heard, and for that perfect organic recreation of the it weighs in at hundreds of pounds less dirtiest Deep Purple “Hush” snarl. For than the real McCoy. vintage-keyboard geeks, the B4 II also Delivered as a standalone app or packs in some nice simulations as an Audio Units and VST of other classic keyboards, plugin, B4 II is a snap to including the Farfisa and Vox install and a joy to play. Unlike Continental—very useful in many other software synths, a retro-music setting. The B4 II is designed to do one much-improved Leslie rotatingthing and do it exceptionally speaker code (an essential well—emulate the sound of the part of the B3 mystique) and original instrument. The aural Hammond’s B3 authenticity is nothing short organ: much heavier a decent variety of virtual speaker cabinets round out the of amazing—it’s eerily close to than a ’Book. tonal-tweaking possibilities. actual B3s that we’ve played, The bottom line. The B4 II is darned with all the features of the real thing close to being the perfect plug-in for and then some, including 120 presets creating the next classic-rock or R&B that show off the range of the B3. The hit. It easily earns its Editors’ Choice tone-changing drawbars from the real award.—David Biedny hardware are placed right where they



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REQUIREMENTS: 733MHz G4, Mac OS 10.3 or later, 256MB RAM

GOOD NEWS: Excellent Hammond B3 sound. Low latency. Gritty overdrive. BAD NEWS: Nothing significant.

GOOD NEWS: Portable. Offers good sound quality for its size. BAD NEWS: Weak volume.


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Yojimbo 1.1
disappoint. You can drag any text file or URL into the Yojimbo window (or onto its Dock icon) and the app creates a new Note or Bookmark item, respectively. If you want Yojimbo to capture the contents of a document from another app, just print the document; in the PDF pop-up menu in that app’s Print dialog, you’ll find a new Save PDF In Yojimbo option. Yojimbo has other innovative input methods, including the Drop Dock, a translucent tab on the edge of your screen that expands when you drag anything over it, allowing you to drop the item into your Library. You can also copy content to the clipboard and use a hotkey to bring up the Quick Input panel, which guesses what sort of item you want to create and autofills the data into the panel. If you want that content to be of a different type, just click or use a keyboard shortcut to switch types. Two drawbacks: Yojimbo must be running to capture info, and it doesn’t allow you to grab text by selecting it and using a Contextual Menu. StickyBrain has neither limitation. For security, any Note, Password, or Archive item can be individually encrypted, and if you use Yojimbo on multiple Macs, you can sync your database via .Mac. The first time you sync, all data must be copied; subsequent syncs go relatively quickly, since Yojimbo only copies changed items. Data you put into Yojimbo hasn’t taken a one-way trip; it’s easy to export information as RTF, PDF, or Web archive files, depending on the original item. The bottom line. In the crowd of information organizers, Yojimbo stands out because of how effortless it is. Yojimbo is easier to use than most of its competition, and it doesn’t bog you down with tons of features or a tough learning curve. If you need more features, you should look elsewhere, but if all you want to do is capture your stuff and get back to work, Yojimbo is for you.—Tom Negrino

All of your info is immediately at hand in Yojimbo.

he Mac’s organizational tools— Address Book, iCal, and even Spotlight—are nice, but they can’t help you store and retrieve those little bits of information that crop up throughout your day, such as URLs of interesting Web sites, serial numbers for software, recipes, passwords, PDF files, and pictures of pets wearing funny outfits. You need an electronic shoebox for all these info nuggets; Yojimbo is Bare Bones Software’s new entry into this increasingly crowded field, joining established apps such as Chronos’s StickyBrain ($39.95, www.chronosnet .com), Circus Ponies’ Notebook ($49.95,, and Inventive’s iClip ($19.95, Yojimbo’s threeON THE pane view makes it DISC easy to organize and Yojimbo see information. The
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Collections pane contains the Library (which includes all items), custom folders you create for your snippets, and Smart Collections that gather each of Yojimbo’s five information types. You can store Notes, which can be any plain or rich text; Archives, which can be PDFs or Web archives (snapshots of any Web page); Bookmarks, which store URLs of Web pages; Passwords, which save online or offline passwords; and Serial Numbers, which are set up for software serial numbers but could easily be used for hardware. Unfortunately, you can’t create your own Smart Collections. Selecting a Collection shows its items in the List pane, and clicking an item in the list displays its contents in—where else?—the Content pane below. Easy filing. A key aspect of a snippet manager is how easy it is to plop information into it, and Yojimbo doesn’t

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.4.3 or later

GOOD NEWS: Multiple easy ways to input information. Sleek interface. Good .Mac syncing. BAD NEWS: No user-definable Smart Collections. App must be running to capture data.


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Boostaroo Revolution
om always told us to share, but she also taught us to look out for number one. That’s why we dig UpBeat Audio’s Boostaroo Revolution, despite its goofy moniker and jumbo price tag. As the name almost implies, this thing amplifies the volume of any audio input and splits the signal to two 1/8-inch audio jacks, allowing two headphone users to rock out together—at potentially ear-damaging volume. Audio splitters come in many flavors, some of which channel a single stereo signal into two distinct stereo signals, and some of which merely divide the signal. Boostaroo does the former, providing a split stereo signal that’s at least double the volume you get from the
COMPANY: UpBeat Audio CONTACT: 616-837-9500, PRICE: $79.95


standard headphone/iPod connection. The company touts interpolated “threechannel surround sound;” we couldn’t pinpoint all three channels, but we did appreciate the improved sound. Boostaroo’s performs well as an amplifier. Our decibel meter is on the fritz, but our bleeding ears bear witness to the augmentation—UpBeat Audio says it’s up to a four-times increase, and we believe it. Consider yourself warned. If two people are listening at once, they’d better have similar volume preferences, since the Boostaroo offers no volume control of its own. Aside from potential ear damage, the downside to this powerful amplification is that the lower the quality of your ’phones or speakers, the more your music distorts

This device lets you share the music and pump up the volume.

at high volume. The company warns that the Boostaroo’s jacked-up signal will likely overdrive ’phones or speakers rated lower than Apple’s 32-ohm earbuds (although in our testing, Apple’s ’buds held up adequately until we cranked the sound up to a painful level). The bottom line. The Boostaroo isn’t for everybody, but if you frequently share your music or find your $300 Sennheisers don’t get enough signal from your ’Pod, give yourself a Boostaroo.—Niko Coucouvanis

REQUIREMENTS: iPod or other audio source, headphones or speakers with 1/8-inch audio jack

GOOD NEWS: Makes iPod sharable—and crazy loud. BAD NEWS: Might blow out your eardrums if you’re not careful. Expensive.

iPod USB Power Adapter

he TransPod might be the perfect iPod car adapter. It’s well constructed, uses any FM frequency, allows FM presets, is compatible with any dockable iPod, and charges your ’Pod battery. Plus, the signal it transmits to your car radio is solid—we were able to use more than a dozen FM frequencies, all with excellent clarity. There’s even an arm extender for the TransPod, which we needed for use in our 2005 Mazda6’s 12-volt socket, which is located close to the gearshift. Without the extender, the TransPod The TransPod is the iPod gets in the way; with the extender, car adapter we’ve been everything fits fine. Your car, of looking for all our lives. course, may be different. The bottom line. The TransPod is one of the better—maybe the best—iPod car adapters we’ve used.—Roman Loyola
COMPANY: DLO CONTACT: 866-800-4763, PRICE: $99.99 REQUIREMENTS: Any dockable iPod


onnet’s iPod USB Power Adapter is just what you need if what you need is an iPod power adapter. It’s small, lightweight, comes in black or white, and looks pretty sleek. It has a retractable power plug so you don’t have to worry about getting poked in the leg if you carry it in your pocket, and it comes bundled with a USB-to-dock connector cable. Even shuffle owners can get into the act by plugging in directly to the adapter’s USB port. The bottom line. Plug it in, and it works. Could it be any simpler? —Gil Loyola
Simple but effective.


COMPANY: Sonnet Technologies REQUIREMENTS: FourthCONTACT: 949-587-3500, generation or later iPod, iPod mini, PRICE: $19.95 iPod nano, or iPod shuffle GOOD NEWS: Cinch to use. Pocket-sized. BAD NEWS: Nothing, really.

GOOD NEWS: Uses any FM frequency. Charges ’Pod battery. Sturdy. BAD NEWS: Can obstruct items near 12-volt socket. Pricey.


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DocuPen RC800
side from starting conversations due to its high novelty factor and lightening your wallet by three c-notes, what’s the DocuPen RC800 good for? This scanner’s stats look terrific on paper: built-in rechargeable battery; 8MB of internal memory with a microSD slot for more; 24-bit-color support with 12-bit-color, grayscale, and monotone modes; included OCR software (more on that in a moment); compatibility with common TWAIN-compliant apps such as Word and Photoshop; and a claimed top speed of four seconds to scan a lettersize page. In reality, though, the RC800 is a bit less terrific. Our main beef with the RC800 is that, like the DocuPen R700 ( Jan/06, p47), Mac support is an afterthought.
COMPANY: Planon CONTACT: 866-228-9132, PRICE: $299.99


For starters, the included OCR apps (PaperPort and Abbyy FineReader) don’t work with Macs—but the way-expensive, sold-separately OmniPage ($499, www does. When we tried piping a scan directly into Word, all we got was Mac OS X’s spinning beach ball of doom. We used the included PenScanner Control software to retrieve and save our scans, and then opened the files in Microsoft Word. Those software It’s faults don’t stealthy detract from and scans the RC800’s OK, but main draw: BYO OCR portability. software.

Using the RC800 is easy, assuming you have a steady hand and a flat surface—just swipe the DocuPen over your document with a smooth, steady stroke. As for the device itself, it has a flimsy plastic casing and wiggly USB connection. When you attach the RC800 to your Mac, the pen’s software repeatedly commands you to press the scanner’s power button. When you finally get your scans out, they barely look good enough to justify the effort. The bottom line. The RC800’s scan quality is, as they say, good enough for government work—but we’ll stick with the cheaper, non-color R700 model. —Niko Coucouvanis

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS X or later, TWAIN-compliant software (such as Photoshop, Word, or Acrobat)

GOOD NEWS: Works better than you might expect. Totally portable. BAD NEWS: Janky software and hardware. Included OCR apps not Mac-compatible. Expensive.

iPod Showcase
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Interiors 3.6
nteriors will appeal to the serious home do-it-yourselfers out there. It lets you create 3D versions of rooms in your home, so you can visualize and plan your remodeling projects. The catch is that it may take you a little while to fully grasp Interiors’ controls. Interiors lets you design virtual rooms or whole homes from scratch, using your own measurements or the included templates. You simply drag and drop to place furniture, windows, doors, and colors. The graphical quality isn’t high enough to use for final design plans, but it’s perfectly fine for preliminary plans or homeowners who want to brainstorm. Interiors’ interface can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re not used to apps with multiple settings
COMPANY: Microspot CONTACT: 561-395-9996, PRICE: $129, $49 (upgrade)


palettes. All palettes orbit around the central window, and you click and use tools to build the 3D rendering, change the view, or introduce elements. You can make a QuickTime video walkthrough of your room by simply plotting a camera path on a room map. The included QuickTime demo videos and PDF training guides are quite helpful. We see the perfect spot for our black-velvet Elvis painting. If you’re a serious designer, or room fixture, Interiors doesn’t have you’ll need to color-calibrate your display any features for creating custom pieces. to ensure accuracy. Our eggshell-blue However, Microspot offers downloadable tiles came out just shy of navy on the libraries on its Web site. prints—that’s just too Mediterranean The bottom line. Interiors can actually for us. The Interiors library includes be useful and fun—once you learn how to over 1,000 room accessories, but if you use it.—James Ellerbeck want to add a specific piece of furniture
GOOD NEWS: Fun. Cool animation features. BAD NEWS: Steep learning curve. No tools for creating custom room accessories.

REQUIREMENTS: 450MHz G3, Mac OS 10.2 or later, 128MB RAM, 520MB disk space

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Boot Camp Reality Check
The lives of Mac gamers changed forever when Apple released Boot Camp, the software that allows you to boot Windows XP (and play its enormous game library) on your Intel-based Mac—but how many megatons was this Boot Camp bomb? To use Boot Camp to play Half-Life 2, for example, you’d have to buy Windows XP (which lists for $199 for the Home Edition and $299 for Professional, though you can often buy either for less). You then need to install XP on the Intel-powered iMac or MacBook Pro you recently bought—a considerable amount of cash, especially if you already have an otherwise perfectly capable PowerPC-based Mac in the house. Boot Camp represents the end of an era (RIP, PPC), but it’ll be a while before we see any tangible effects on the game industry, as owners of late-model G4 and G5 Macs slowly upgrade to Intel-powered Macs, and big game companies figure out if Mac-addicted hardcore gamers are willing to boot into Windows. But some game developers such as Ambrosia, Freeverse, and Pangea are still devoted to the Mac cause—so there’ll still be Mac-only games for a long time to come.—Matt Osborn

To play the upcoming Half-Life 2: Episode One on your Mac, you’ll have to plunk down a serious amount of cash.

“I knew we should’ve taken the Lincoln Tunnel, not the GW!”


Civilization IV
Civilization IV, coming to the Mac in June, is complex and tough to master—your first few turns are crucial to your success. The following tips could mean the difference between that first footprint on the moon and the utter demise of society.—MO ■ If you start on an island, seize the entire island early in the ages, and then build up your technology (Astronomy), warriors (Samurai), and sea transport (Galleons). ■ Settle a city as soon as you can and as close to a farmable resource as possible. ■ Quickly create two workers and one settler, or you’ll be playing catch-up later. ■ Be the first to farm a nearby resource. If you can’t get close


No, Not “Doofus”
Time you whip out your Flash-equipped browser—French developer Ankama Studio ( is hard at work again on Dofus, its anime-styled massively multiplayer online tactical fantasy role-playing game (ASMMOTFRPG?). In June, the company plans to release an upgrade called Riders of the Dragoturkey, which adds mounts, more items, new beasties, breeding professions, communication tweaks, and trading between players. Ankama is already publicly testing DofusArena, which uses the same battle system as its big brother, but has players pitting a whole team of heroes against other players’ teams. Dofus is free, but you can unlock more goodies and capabilities for a subscription fee (¤5 per month, or $6.21 at press time). Ankama has another Flash-based MMORPG in the works for late 2007: Wakfu, in which you build up your magic, engineering, and martial-arts skills, then team up with other players to build cities and defend them from attackers.—MO

First city settled. Check. Now on to the rest of the world.

enough, set your workers to chopping to get a city built. ■ Build a barracks and some archer units to guard your city. Promote the units with a City Garrison. ■ Save your Great Engineer for building a world wonder in record time. ■ Keep your citizens happy by urban growth and by building Aqueducts, Coliseums, temples, wonders, and other people-pleasing structures.
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Never ever tell a cybernetic beast his legs look like Martian toothpicks.

Quake 4


uake 4 picks up mere seconds after Quake II (no, we didn’t miscount— the multiplayer-only Quake III: Arena wasn’t part of the Quake storyline). You play as Matthew Kane, a soldier in an invasion force that breaks through the hole in the defenses of humanity’s greatest interstellar enemy, the Strogg. It’s up to you to take down remaining enemy munitions, penetrate the heart of the Strogg empire, and teach your alien adversaries that two can play at genocide. Quake 4 has the same production values, run-and-gun gameplay, graphic nature, and game engine as Doom 3 ( Jun/05, p48)—but Quake 4 looks more impressive, because its

environments are more open, and it doesn’t hide its textures in darkness. Your main weapons are your trusty infinite-ammo pistol and machine gun, and both sport a technological breakthrough: a barrelfixed flashlight (something Doom 3 sorely lacked). Other classic Quake weapons include your trusty shotgun, HyperBlaster, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, rail gun, and nail gun (the Strogg gatling gun). The new Dark Matter Gun can shoot a sphere of dark energy, causing plenty of splash damage. The only things missing from your arsenal are secondary functions on firearms and grenades to bounce off walls. Quake 4 also offers some vehicular combat: The nimble hover tank fires a heavy cannon and carries defensive machine guns, good for knocking out guided missiles. The large robotic walker sports heavy
Intergalactic tollbooth workers demand exact change.

machine guns and missiles. Unfortunately, the vehicles only appear a few times in the game—and not at all in multiplayer mode. Teamwork. Quake 4 has some basic squad-based missions in which you follow computer-controlled Marines while watching your friendly fire. Your AI squadies do a good job of distracting enemies and staying out of your way. The Medic and Techie give you free health and armor, as well, but they all run ahead to your next linearly scripted objective and wait for you to catch up while you look for hidden goodies, quashing any feeling of being the ranking soldier. If Quake 4 allowed you more control over your squadmates, it would stand out from other standard shooters with squadrons. Quake 4 has the strongest story-driven single-player game of all the Quake and Doom series (which isn’t saying a whole lot), but most gamers are into Quake for the online multiplayer mode. The online gameplay is reminiscent of Quake III: Arena, with a 16-player-per-map limit and standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, tourney, and capture-the-flag modes. Add Arena setting to those modes, and you get speed, double-damage, and other power-ups all over the map. Quake 4 features in-game cross-platform multiplayer support, so you can frag peecee gamers yet again. Mac gamers can even host their own online games—imagine not waiting for a Quake 4 server to open up! Too bad the vehicles don’t show up in multiplayer mode. Quake 4 demands more resources than Doom 3, but offers more bang for the buck—and if you’re playing on an Intel-based Mac, you’re in luck: Quake 4 is a Universal app. The bottom line. Quake 4 is a musthave for gamers looking for traditional first-person shooter action.—MO
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Desktop ($299 to control 10 Macs, $499 DISC to control unlimited OSXvnc Macs, Chicken of the VNC .com) or pcAnywhere ($200, For the rest of us, there’s the free, open-source VNC (Virtual Network Computing) technology, which uses a client/server setup. First you need to install a VNC server, such as Redstone Software’s OSXvnc (free, on the Disc, www.redstonesoftware .com/vnc.html) on all of the Macs you want to remotely control, and install a VNC client application on any Mac you want to be able to access the others. Chicken of the VNC (free, on the Disc, is our favorite client; it uses Bonjour to sniff out local VNC servers. Oh, and we really like the name.

in a vacuum. The moral: Back up your backups every year or two.

Is there a way to have the Dock show which of my running apps are hidden? Yup. It involves a trip to the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) to type defaults write showhidden -boolean true. Press Return to seal the deal, and then log out (Apple Menu > Log Out user name) and log back in (or restart your Mac). From now on, when you hide an application (Finder > Hide Finder, for example), its Dock icon goes dim. To undo this dimming, repeat the process, changing the last word of the Terminal command from true to false.

Is there any way I can use my Mac to remotely control the other Macs on my home network? You can access the files on all the Macs on your home network via System Preferences > File Sharing—useful, but not nearly as useful as having full remote control of those Macs. If you have cash to burn, you can use Apple Remote

I just read that commercial CD-R discs will not last more than two to five years after they’ve been burned. Is this true? Hard drives are expected to fail after a certain amount of use—most manufacturers specify a drive’s expected MTBF (mean time between failures) to give you a general idea of when the drive might flatline. CD-Rs, however, aren’t as predictable. We’ve got stacks of discs from 1997 that still work fine, and a scratched one from last week that doesn’t. CD-R technology is relatively new, so there’s no way to know for sure how long discs will last. Chemically speaking, the materials that make up a CD won’t start breaking down for 75 years—if you keep your discs

Make your hidden apps appear more hidden.

With Apple’s switch to Intel chips, am I now able to build my own Mac, just as PC users always seem to be doing? Theoretically, you could scavenge a G5 motherboard, case, and power supply; stick in a compatible video card, hard drive, and RAM; and maybe get it all wired up correctly (don’t forget the temperature sensors!). But if you’re looking to MacGyver a Mac OS X–capable machine out of parts from the peecee You are not discount bin: no. MacGyver.

We used Chicken of the VNC on one Mac to connect to OSXvnc on a different Mac (named Across The Road).

Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar), Mac OS 10.3 (Panther), Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), and the forthcoming Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard—or Holstein, should Apple switch from feline to bovine nomenclature).

I use iChat to message with my friends. Is there a way to enable iChat to have tabbed windows like Safari does?

I am embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the codenames for the different versions of Mac OS X. Can you refresh me? The parade of big-cat-named Mac OS X releases proceeds thusly: Mac OS 10.0 (Cheetah), Mac OS 10.1 (Puma),
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Is it true that the Intel-based Macs won’t run OS 9 in Classic mode? Apple symbolically killed Mac OS 9 by ceasing its development a couple of years ago, but the Intel Macs mark the practical end of OS 9—they can’t even launch Classic mode. Sounds like a good reason to keep that old Mac around.

More than just a fun name to say, Chax adds all kinds of options to iChat.


No whining— anyone can do this!

It’ll take some effort, but you can do it.

This stuff’s for the pros.



I really dig iTunes’ little floating control window, but is there a way to lock it into the menu bar? We love Mac OS X’s Menu Extras; these mini menus live in the right-hand side of the top menu bar and provide instant access to useful items such as your Mac’s volume and display settings, Bluetooth and AirPort status, and more. Apple doesn’t provide a Menu Extra for iTunes, but Dustin Bachrach’s QuickTunes does (freeware, on the Disc, Simply double-click the QuickTunes icon to install the Menu Extra—and don’t forget to look in /System/Library/ CoreServices/Menu ON THE Extras for more DISC of these handy QuickTunes menuettes.

Ping was created by the late Mike Muuss in December of 1983 as a quick tool to help him understand some odd behavior on his network. Nowadays, ping has been ported to just about every computer operating system. Pinging a server is like putting your finger on a person’s pulse—it’ll tell you if the machine is online and powered up, but it can’t tell you if specific services (such as a Web server or email server) are functioning. Some folks think that ping stands for “Packet InterNet Grouper,” but Mike claimed it was named for the sound of a sonar ping. To use ping, launch the Terminal (/Applications/ Utilities), type ping (or ping—you can use canonical names and IP addresses interchangeably), and then press Return to see if is available.

Above: Ping sends 64-byte packets of data to IP The packets make the roundtrip in about 80 milliseconds.

Ping returns simple information: mainly, the time in milliseconds it took your ping to make a round trip to the server and back. If the server isn’t available, you’ll simply see a message that the host is down. Mike Muuss wrote an extensive history of ping—check it out at

Rock iTunes from the menu bar.

Can I password-protect the Internet somehow? My kids are getting to “that age.” We’ll go you one better: Passwordprotect your kids instead, or at least

your kids’ user accounts on the Mac. Creating separate user accounts for every family member gives everyone his or her own Mac—or at least a personal desktop, Mail account, set of Safari bookmarks, and other personal documents. To set up additional user accounts, open System Preferences > Accounts, click the lock icon, supply an administrator’s password to authenticate, and then click the plus sign to add a user. Leave the Allow User To Administer This Computer box unchecked, and click the Parental

Childproofing your Mac is a Very Good Idea.

Download the utility DISC Chax (donationware, on the Disc, www Chax and follow its included instructions to turn iChat into a tabbed, multi-chatsupportin’ chatitorium.

sizes, and better transparency options (by both single pixel value and alpha channel, smarty).

My Back and Forward arrows vanished from Safari—can I get them back? Select View > Customize Address Bar. From the resulting dialog, drag the arrow set—along with any other goodies you desire—into Safari’s Address Bar. Or make like the cool kids and press Command–right arrow and Command–left arrow on your keyboard.

Controls tab. Mark the apps you want to restrict, click the Configure button, and follow the directions to specify what the kids can do (Web sites they’re allowed to visit, for example). This only works if you remember to log out of your own account and make sure the kids use only their restricted accounts.
Buz Zoller is a graphic designer living in Florida. He has been a devoted Mac user for over 10 years and has worked for both Apple and Power Computing. technical questions or helpful tips directly via email ( or c/o MacAddict, 4000 Shoreline Ct., Ste. 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

What’s a PNG file? PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is the new GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)—in other words, a standard format for Web images. Compared to GIF, PNG boasts more colors, smaller file


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infect your Mac with Windows XP

Infect Your Mac with Windows XP
By Niko Coucouvanis


irst it was Intel inside. Now you can run Windows XP on your iMac’s desktop—the world really has gone mad. And like rubberneckers at a car crash, we couldn’t help but look and see what all the fuss is about. So read on for two ways to get Windows on your Mac—one officially sanctioned by Apple, and another that makes use of the Virtualization Technology hidden inside your Intel-based Mac. Keep in mind that the apps required for both of these methods are still beta products, so don’t be surprised if you run into hitches. And come back next month for advice on how to secure Windows XP against viruses, spyware, and other such scariness.


Parallels Workstation 2.1.1812.7 beta

Until recently, getting Windows running on a Mac was nigh on impossible. Now there are two options, with more on the way.

Boot Camp for Dual Booters


ual booting is a fancy term for splitting your hard drive into two bootable volumes, each with its own operating system. We Mac addicts have been dual booting for years with different versions of the Mac OS. And now, thanks to the magic of Apple’s own Boot Camp, you can add Windows XP to the mix. Dual booting requires you to reboot your Mac to switch between Mac OS X and Windows—Parallels doesn’t (see “Put Windows in a Window,” p62).

First, get your Mac up to date: Fire up Software Update (Apple Menu > Software Update), and install the Mac OS 10.4.6 update (for Intel Macs, duh)—a honkin’ 163MB download on our Mac mini. But wait, there’s more— going dual also requires a firmware update. Go to www, and find the latest firmware for your mini, iMac, or MacBook Pro (version 1.0.1 at press time). Follow the installation instructions that come with the Dual booting is not a trivial firmware. Now would be a good pursuit. It involves an 83MB time to back up everything on download, hundreds of dollars your Mac. (And there’s still time worth of bloatware (Windows to turn back, by the way.) XP), and disk repartitioning.


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MacBook Pro or Intel-based Mac mini or iMac ($599 to $2,799, Mac OS 10.4.6 or later ($129, Boot Camp Assistant (free, bootcamp) Single-disc version of Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 ($199 to $299, Your head examined

You need a few more items before attempting this travesty. First, find a singledisc copy of Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2)—they list for $199 and $299, respectively, but we found them at CompUSA for $99 and $199. If you’re just doing this on a lark and don’t plan on keeping XP around, you can install it from a borrowed disc and use it for 30 days before the built-in Windows-activation police disable Windows XP. If you’re concerned with performance, know that XP Professional supports multiple-core processors—XP Home doesn’t. Next, proceed to Apple’s Boot Camp site ( bootcamp) to download and install the free Other than facing Windows, downloading Boot Camp Assistant—an 83MB package. Boot Camp Assistant is the toughest part.


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Still here? OK, let’s defile your Mac. Double-click the Boot Camp Assistant icon (/Applications/Utilities), and follow the onscreen prompts as the Assistant does everything for you. First, it burns a disc of drivers you’ll need to install into Windows later; just insert a blank disc when prompted, and click OK. The Assistant will ask how much of your available disk space you want to dedicate to the Windows OS (the default 5GB leaves about 1GB of free space on the Windows volume—plenty until you discover Kazaa). With your driver disc at the ready, insert a Windows XP installation disc, and click Start Installation.

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Boot Camp Assistant does all the work.

Boot Camp Caveats

During the Windows installation, make sure you install on the C: partition— otherwise, you’ll destroy the Mac OS partition, leaving you with a Windows-only iMac. Wipe that ugly image from your mind, and follow these tips to get through safely: EMERGENCY EJECT After you install Windows but before you install the drivers, your Mac’s Eject key probably won’t work. To eject the Windows XP install disc, go to Start > My Computer, find the optical-drive icon (labeled D:), Control-click it, and select Eject from the pop-up menu. WEASELY WARNINGS If the driver installation grinds to a halt, check the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen for alerts that are hidden behind the main installer window. Windows throws up these errors for every driver that’s not certified by Microsoft—just press OK to dismiss them. ESCAPE HATCH Hang on to your Boot Camp Assistant app—it can cleanse Windows XP from your Mac just as easily as it infected it.

Your Mac’s Eject key probably won’t work at first: Here’s how the other half lives.

Put Windows in a Window
ual booting is fine, but the cool kids are into virtualization— installing special software that lets you create a virtual machine inside your Mac, with no need to reboot each time you want to switch OSes. How is this possible, you ask? The Intel chips inside the latest Macs include technology that supports hardware-based virtualization rather than regular ol’ software emulation.


Virtualization is a whole different animal than Boot Camp–based dual booting. Rather than installing Windows directly in its own volume or partition, you install Windows in your Mac’s regular boot volume. In Parallels’ terms, Mac OS X is the Host or Primary OS, and whatever version of Windows you install Parallels is the Guest OS. You can even install multiple Workstation Guest OSes, including Red Hat Linux and all treats your strains of Windows back to 3.1. We’re using Mac as the a beta version of Workstation here, but the Host OS and final should be out by the time you read this, Windows as so check for an update. the Guest.


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MacBook Pro or Intelbased Mac mini or iMac ($599 to $2,799, Mac OS 10.4.4 or later ($129, Parallels Workstation 2.1.x ($50 after beta period ends, on the Disc, Windows 3.1 or later Your head examined

Click New VM (virtual machine) and follow the onscreen prompts to specify the type of VM (start with the default, Typical; you can always experiment later), your OS type, and version. The final screen specifies the name of your VM and its configuration file—when you click Finish, Parallels creates the file and any necessary It’s not free like Boot Camp, but the $50 price tag is directories for you. nothing if you really need to use Windows. Now click Parallels’ Edit button to tweak the VM’s configuration: All of the default settings worked fine for us, but if you’ve got RAM to spare, click Memory to give the VM more than its default 256MB. By default, Parallels expects to use your physical CD/DVD drive—but if you’re installing Windows from a disk image, go to the CD/DVD-ROM section, and click the Use Image File radio button (and yes, stealing Windows XP counts as pirating software, so we’re duty-bound to tell you not to do it). You can always edit this file later, but for now, click OK to create the configuration file and return to the main Parallels Workstation interface.


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Be More Productive with Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac ($399, part of Office 2004 for Mac, Mac OS 10.2.8 or later

icrosoft Word has long been bemoaned for its crowded interface, bloated menus, and hidden settings—but we continue to use it, simply because it’s the most powerful and universal word processor available. Luckily, there are ways to minimize the pain. We’ve uncovered some secret shortcuts and hidden features that will let you do wonders with Word—or, at the very least, lessen the amount of time and energy you spend wrestling with it.

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■ If, like us, you spend most of your working day mucking about in Microsoft Word, then you’ll want to shorten the amount of time it takes you to access and accomplish common tasks. Here’s how.

Cut Short

Everyone and their mother (except maybe ours) knows common keyboard shortcuts like Command-S for Save and Command-C for Copy. But there are other useful shortcuts, some of which may not be as well known. For example, Command-5 creates 1.5-line spacing. To find out about more hidden shortcuts, check out Office Help (Help > Word If there’s a command you use all the time, look up Help), and search for shortcut keys. a shortcut in Word’s Help. Chances are, one exists.

Exercise Your Option (Control, Too)

Microsoft Word also has a lot of functions that you can access using modifier keys in conjunction with your mouse. For example, to access Word’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, just Control-click (or right-click if you have a twobutton mouse) any word, and select either Synonyms or Look Up > Definition. Again, search for option in Office Help for more on this topic; function is another goodiegathering search term.
We don’t like the language our forefathers used, so we’re going to pick a new synonym, accessible from this Contextual Menu.
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The Scrapbook is a place you can store frequently used text and graphics. Launch the Scrapbook from the Standard toolbar (View > Toolbars > Standard) by clicking the red toolbox icon. This brings up the Toolbox; the Scrapbook is the tab on the far left. To add a text clip, highlight it in your Word document, and then click the Add button in the Scrapbook pane. You can also click the little arrow next to the Add button for more choices. For example, choose Add File, and navigate to an image or document on your hard drive. To transport an item from the Scrapbook to your Word Think of the Scrapbook file, just drag as a giant clipboard. and drop, or Use it to store any text use the Paste or graphics you need to button. access on a regular basis.


Scrapbook It



Styling text is easy, but it can be tedious and repetitive. If you want to apply some formatting to certain lines in your document (say, subheads), employ the Format Painter tool. Start by applying a style to the first subhead, and then highlight it. Go to the Standard toolbar, and click the paintbrush icon. Sweep your cursor over any text you want to apply that style to, and watch as it picks up the same formatting. If you double-click the Format Painter icon, it stays active until you click it again, so you can paint your format anywhere in the document.


Quick Formatting
Painting text with formatting is almost fun.

Deal with Annoyances
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CONVERT TABLES Ever copy and paste information from the Web, only to find that the text is nested within a table? Luckily, Word provides a way to extract that information without having to copy and paste text from each cell. Just plop the whole table into your document, select it, and then go to With the Convert Table To Text command, you can Table > Convert > Convert even specify how you want your text separated. Table To Text.


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Kill the Messenger

Cathy Lu is a former MacAddict editor and current freelancer who spends more time with Microsoft Word than she does with her husband, friends, and cat combined.

Sometimes Word tries to automatically fill in contact names from our Entourage database—even if we’re not typing a name. For example, if we type the word summer, Word automatically adds our friend Summer’s name to the document instead of sticking with the season. Or if we type the word take, Word assumes we’re writing a letter and pops up Take Care in a little AutoText tip box. Grrr. To disable this aggravating behavior, go to Tools > AutoCorrect, and click the AutoText tab. Check the Exclude Contacts box to have Word ignore your Entourage database. Or you can uncheck Show AutoComplete Tip For AutoText, Contacts, And Dates to disable all AutoText help.




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RAMp Up Your Mac mini
By Niko Coucouvanis WHAT YOU NEED
Mac mini ($599 and up, Lots of PC2-5300 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM ($80.55 for 512MB, $167.47 for 1GB, Metal-bladed putty knife Plastic picnic knife Small Phillips screwdrivers (#0 and #1)



e here at MacAddict are always singing the “more is better” praises of RAM—and we sing twice as loudly when it comes to the Intel-based Mac mini, since it doesn’t have even the teensiest shred of dedicated video RAM. Here’s how to endow your mini with as much memory as possible.

Pry Open the Patient

Lay the mini butt-side up on a clean table. Wedge your trusty putty knife—a good, slim, sharp one—into the gap along either the left- or right-hand side (not the front or back) where the plastic bottom meets the metal siding. The two pieces stay together by the grace of plastic clips that stick up from the bottom piece and latch into a ridge inside the top piece. Carefully work the putty knife in about half an inch, then pull it back a quarter inch. Continue moving down the edge a bit and sliding the knife in and out of the gap to release more clips, gently prying the inner piece out as you go. When you finish the first side, the mini’s bottom should be slightly offset from the metal edge; keep the gap open with your thumb as you remove the putty knife, and repeat the procedure on the other side while gently pushing up to separate the two pieces.

Once you get the top off, find the AirPort antenna perched atop the rear-right corner of the optical drive— it’s unfortunately right in the way. If you view the mini from the side, you’ll notice long plastic tabs poking up and through the antenna. Gently squeeze them together, and the antenna will pop right off—but its wire remains connected, so be careful not to tear it off. Now find and remove the four screws as indicated in the photo. The one in the front-right corner is slightly longer than the others, so remember to put it back in the right place later.
Screw #1


Antennectomy & Descrewification

Screw #2


This’ll only hurt for a sec—unless you gouge your palm with your putty knife.
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Screw #4, underneath antenna

Screw #3

Find screw number four hiding beneath the AirPort antenna.



Before hoisting out the subframe, find the little battery on the front edge of the motherboard—next to it is a small plug connecting a wire from the fan and speaker to the motherboard. Carefully pull the plug (not the wire!) to remove it. If your stubby digits can’t quite grip the plug, use a plastic picnic knife as a pry bar. You’ll find a similar plug at the rear right (under the AirPort antenna) that feeds the power button; there’s another plug at the front right that feeds the powerstatus LED. You don’t have to unplug those; just mind the wires as you work.



Take a moment to study the mini’s rear; you can see a delicate ribbon cable connecting the drive chassis to the main body. What you can’t see a little further down is the delicate drive connector between the drive chassis and the motherboard. If you accidentally yank out the ribbon cable, reattaching it is fairly easy—but bending the drive connector isn’t so easy to fix, so dislodge that first by gently lifting the rear of the chassis straight up. When the connector releases, you’ll feel it. Now carefully angle the cage up and back from the front (pivoting around the ribbon cable), as if you were opening a book; flip it up and over and carefully rest the edge on the mini’s rear panel.


Extract the Rack

Think you could solder the wires back onto this wee plug? Hopefully you won’t have to find out.

Protect the connector by pulling the drive carriage straight up about half an inch before angling it back.

You’ll find the RAM stacked horizontally against the left-hand side of the mini, but don’t start tugging yet—the chips are locked in place. Release the locks by pushing outward on the wee levers on each end of the upper RAM module. When the module springs up to an angle of about 25 to 30 degrees, you can safely pull it straight out of its connector. Now do the same for the lower slot. Snap a new module into the lower slot (still at a 25 to 30 degree angle), and when it’s all the way in, push it down to a flat position until the locking levers snap back into place. Now repeat for the upper slot. If you’re done upgrading, reverse the procedure to close up the mini. Don’t forget to plug in the fan wire from step 3, or the fan will run full blast Push out on the levers to whenever the mini’s powered up. unlock the RAM.


Bam! There’s the RAM

Doh! Repairing the Ribbon
You did your best to keep the ribbon cable attached, but it popped out anyway? No worries, friend, we’re here for you. Put the drive chassis back in its original place on the mini’s frame, carefully push down until you feel the drive connector snap into place and screw it down with the screws from step 2 to lessen your chances of dislodging the ribbon cable again. Approaching from the rear, use your picnic knife to release the slot’s clamp—and yes, it’s as fragile as it looks. Now feed the ribbon cable straight down into the slot as far as it’ll go, and hold it in place while you snap the clamp shut.

1. First, find the ribbon-cable connector.

2. Push up the end tabs to open the slot.

3. Slide the ribbon into the connector, not between the connector and the board.

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RAMp Up Your Mac mini

Just the Facts, RAM
RAM is always a worthwhile upgrade, but doubly so in the Mac mini. Most Macs use dedicated video RAM (VRAM), but the lil’ Intel-based Mac mini saves space, power, and cost by co-opting some system RAM instead. So more RAM is good— but exactly how much of (and in what configuration) a difference does it make? To find out, we installed different amounts of RAM in a 1.66GHz Core Duo Mac mini and ran our Actions test using Adobe Photoshop CS2 ($649,—which hogs even more RAM than usual when it runs through Apple’s Rosetta translator. We tested each RAM configuration with Photoshop set to use different amounts of RAM (Photoshop > Preferences > Memory & Image Cache). The results were interesting—if unsurprising.

1.42GHz G4 Mac mini with a single 512MB SDRAM DIMM RAM SLOT 1 RAM SLOT 2


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Time (in minutes) for each Photoshop RAM setting; shorter bars are better

Some folks assume that the Mac mini’s dual-channel RAM architecture means that the machine will perform much better with matched pairs of RAM modules than it will with an equivalent amount of RAM on a single chip or in a mismatched pair (a 1GB module in one slot and a 256MB module in the other, for example). Some folks even believe that an Intel-powered Mac mini won’t boot with anything other than a matched pair of RAM modules, but ours purred (or choked) along with all possible single-chip and mismatched-pair configurations. There’s no question that adding enough RAM can make a mini four times faster at performing memory-intensive Photoshop tasks than the stock 512MB configuration, but in our testing, matched-pair RAM didn’t provide a quantifiable improvement over mismatched RAM.

As you may know, Adobe Photoshop doesn’t yet run natively on the Intel-powered Macs, but rather through Apple’s Rosetta PPC-application translator— resulting in, shall we say, suboptimal performance. Common logic says that setting Photoshop to use as much of the system’s RAM as possible should result in faster performance—but Rosetta also uses significant RAM to make Photoshop play nice with the Intel-Mac version of Mac OS X, so setting Photoshop to use 100 percent of available RAM effectively throttles Rosetta, which in turn throttles Photoshop. The moral: Set Photoshop to use most of your RAM, but not all of it. In Photoshop > Preferences > Memory & Image Cache, under Memory Usage, set Maximum Used By Photoshop to 75 percent or so.


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I’ve enjoyed my iPod since the first generation came out, but I’m concerned about its future. For me, the coolest thing about the iPod was its unique Apple origin—it was Apple’s and Apple’s alone. But recently it’s becoming more and more advanced, and with these advancements, other technologies are becoming involved. Imagine the next iPod: a camera? Game system? PDA? Apple should be careful, or soon the iPod will no longer have the identity and attitude that only a pure-Apple product can possess.—Cory Swift

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I can’t help but wonder if the appearance of Boot Camp on the Mac will be the end of Mac versions of apps that are already available in Windows. Adobe has

Due to contractual obligations, the Rolling Stones are exhumed for one last concert tour.

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