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MS Word Security bug. June 30, 1998 --
Macintouch , and
are reporting a security problem with Microsoft Word for
Windows and Mac. Word files from several versions of Word
include data from your hard drive that you had deleted. Word
includes data from the entire sector containing the file, so
that deleted email, Word files, or other text is encoded in
the Word file. The reports explain that text utilities can
extract this extra data from the Word files. The Microsoft
spin puts the blame on the way Mac OS and Windows 95 store
files on hard drives. (The Word problem does not occur with
New emailing list to to focus on integration
issues. June 30, 1998 --
Marc Bizer is
starting a new email discussion list called WinMac,
dedicated to issues of Windows95/NT and Mac OS integration.
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PowerPC seed in Fusion 68040 emulator? June 29,
1998 -- Reader Hsuan-min Chou may have found something in
the demo of Microcode Solutions'
68040 emulator that may indicate that the company is working
on a PowerPC emulator. Without reading the docs on
PPC-incompatibiliy, he attempted to use the Fusion ROM
utility to create a ROM file from his Powerbook 1400, which,
of course, did not work with the emulator. However, the
utility did yield a message "This ROM is Fusion PPC
Compatible." We wonder if Fusion will be the first PowerPC
Batch Conversion of Mac type and creater codes.
June 29, 1998 -- Shareware programmer
Tom Riley has
Conversion 1.0, utility for converting the type and
creator codes of multiple files. This is useful when moving
a bunch of Windows files to Macintosh. Mini Conversion
presents the user with multiple windows (pads) onto which
files can be dropped and changed.Mini Conversion can also
make files invisible, stationery, or name locked.
Hard-to-find Mac software. June 29, 1998 -- We're
often asked if there is a Mac program that does something
that a Windows program does. One place to look is
web site that sells virticle, hard-to-find Macintosh
software, products NOT found on retail shelves.
Microcode ships 68040 emulator for Windows. June
26, 1998 -- We've added Microcode Solutions'
($85) to the MacWindows Solutions
list of 68000
emulators for Windows. Like some of the existing
products, Fusion will not run PowerPC-native software,
though it will run Mac OS 8.0. (For more info, see our
FileMaker Pro "Windows 98 Ready." June 26, 1998 -- Claris
claims that FileMaker Pro 4.0 and FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition
are "Designed for Windows 98 and Windows NT." This means that
existing customers installing the Windows 98 upgrade will have not
problems. At least not with FileMaker Pro.
Microsoft alias problem is widespread -- no solution yet.
June 24, 1998 -- MacWindows readers are reporting in large
numbers that they too are experiencing the alias problem after
updating their NT Servers with the most recent Microsoft
multi-bug-hotfix for Services for Macintosh. (See news item of June
18 below.) MacWindows reader Chris Lee says he's been building
AppleScripts on each Mac to mount Win NT SFM directories. We've had
no word on a fix yet. We will keep you posted.
Fix for Win NT SFM printing bug. June 24, 1998 -- Microsoft
has reported that it has a fix for a bug that Windows NT Server 4.0
Services for Macintosh that cause printing errors. Microsoft
describes the problem in Knowledge Base article
"When you use a PostScript driver, such Adobe's
PostScript version 3.0 printer driver, and print to an AppleTalk
printer, you may receive an access violation in Sfmmon.dll or
The fix is a replacement file for Sfmmon.dll (time stamp
04/01/98). The file is not available at the Microsoft Web sit. You
can only obtain it by calling Microsoft technical support.
Mac Coprocessor card for PCs? June 24, 1998 -- Rob Neary
pointed us to the web site of
Siamese Systems Ltd, which is
promising to deliver a Mac processor card that runs on in the PCI
slot of Windows 95 and NT machines. The card, the Siamese PCI
68040/60, is termed a "migration card," which implies that you'll
have to supply you're own Macintosh ROMs. Siamese says the card will
start at $499 U.S. without the processor. We'll report back with more
info if we hear back from the company.
Fixes due for Outlook for Macintosh. June 24, 1998 -- A
source reports that Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Outlook Exchange
Server Edition for Power Macintosh is due out at the end of the
month. The update will include some bug fixes for the Mac client, but
no changes in functionality. From the readme file:
"Microsoft Outlook Exchange Server Edition for Power
Macintosh adds support for Apple Power Macintosh computers running
Apple's MacOS 8 system software, including version 8.1. Outlook
functionality that was disabled when the previous version of Outlook
was used with MacOS 8 has been restored. This release is also
supported on the model 68K Macintosh. Push notification support on
the client currently requires AppleTalk. Microsoft is working with
Apple to develop a way to implement push notification over
notification over TCP/IP."
Work-around for Xinet Postscript file problem. June 24,
1998 -- On June 9, we reported a problem with the Xinet server in
which the server converts all of the carriage returns to line feeds
when you print-to-file. (See news item below.) Apple
article 22187 suggests some solutions, but Stephen Smith has
"There is an undocumented option in Xinet Ka-Share
called "donttranslatetext" that turns off translation of TEXT files.
You use this configuration by adding the -donttranslatetext option to
the ksd line in the services file located in /var/adm/appletalk/."
DataViz looking for a few good beta testers. June 24, 1998
-- DataViz is looking for a limited number of beta testers for the
next version of MacLink Plus, the file translation software. You can
apply to participate by visiting the
Plus Beta Test Program web page. All applications must be
received by noon Friday, June 26.
3D Graphics Calculator 2.0 ships for Mac & Windows.
June 24, 1998 -- Math fans should check out
Graphics Calculator 2.0
($39.95) from Pacific Tech, now shipping on Mac and Windows. The
WYSIWYG utility lets you type in equation and see an interactive 3-D
graph. Version 2.0 adds more types of 2D and 3D graphs (including
vector fields), new coordinate systems (polar, spherical, and other),
and new types of numeric solutions. Version 1 was included with Mac
OS for many years, but Apple declined to pick up version 2.0.
Developer Ron Avitzur almost didn't do a Mac version of 2.0, but user
response prompted him to go ahead with it.
Shareware database of Type and Creator codes. June 24, 1998
-- Type /
Creator Database v3.2 ($15) by Ilan Szekely contains a listing of
over 18,000 Macintosh Type
and Creator codes and 1700 equivalent PC file name extensions.
The file types include business files, multimedia, graphics, and
Opera web browser to port to Mac OS. June 24, 1998 --
has announced that it will port its web browser, Opera, to Mac OS. PC
World recently awarded the Opera for Windows ($35) an award for
Promising Web Newcomer," saying that Opera is small and fast. A
Linux is also in the works, according to the company.
Alias problem with recent NT SFM hotfix. June 18, 1998 --
Darryl Lee reports an apparent indexing problem he is having with the
recently posted Windows NT Services for Macintosh Hot fix (see news
item of June 3 below). After installing the hotfix, aliases pointing
to shared volumes on Mac clients on the NT Server began to point to
the wrong items. Lee says:
"When we do a Get Info on the aliases in question,
say, 'Operations,' it says that it's pointing to:
'*:NTMAC:Corporate.' Very strange. It happens to aliases that are
created automatically (the Recent Servers folder in the Apple menu),
as well as to aliases that were created manually."
One of the knowledge base articles accompanying the SFM hotfix
mentions that indices are now rebuilt automatically after a crash. We
wonder if this is related. If anyone has seen this problem, or knows
of a solution, please let us know.
Microsoft Win NT Server 5.0 white papers. June 18, 1998 --
Microsoft has posted several new
papers about Windows NT Server 5.0 in anticipation of the Windows
NT 5.0 Deployment Conference June 30 - July 2 in San Jose, Calif.
There are also new papers about NT 4.0 which claim performance
superiority over UNIX and Netware. The white papers are all
downloadable .exe installers, so casual Mac users can't read them
without a PC emulator.
Tip: Software on CD-ROM often contains dual-platform. June
18, 1998 --When Alan Gould accidentally put his Claris Home Page 3.0
for Mac CD-ROM in his Windows machine, he was surprised to discover
that the disc also contained the Windows version. This is actually
not uncommon, as it is sometimes less costly to put both versions on
the same CD than to manufacture separate CDs. Although some software
vendors advertise on the box "for Windows and Macintosh," many don't.
The reason has to do with retail shelf space. Vendors found that
boxes marked as cross-platform often get stocked on the Windows
shelves, where Mac shoppers never look. We should warn that the
software license may not let permit you to install both Mac and
Windows versions, so be sure to read your licensing agreement.
Another utility to rename Mac files to DOS 8.3. June 17,
1998 -- Darryl Lee says he recommends
Software's Drop Rename 3.5 to convert the names of Mac
files to the DOS 8.3 format (with 3-character extensions). Drop
Rename 3.5 is $10 shareware. We've added Drop Rename to the
MacWindows File Integration
Solutions page, where another renaming utility, NameCleaner, is
Be, Inc. releases free updated to BeOS 3.1 for Pentium and
PowerPC. June 16, 1998 -- Owners of BeOS 3.0 can
download a BeOS 3.1 upgrade at Be,
Inc.'s web site. BeOS Release 3.1 is available for both Intel Pentium
and PowerPC systems. The new version includes support for DOS FAT16
and FAT32 drive formats on both hardware platforms (in addition to
Mac HFS, Be and ISO 9660 formats). Other improvements include
"preliminary" support for DHCP addressing on TCP/IP networks, and
support of Intel Dakota (440LX) motherboards. You can see BeOS 3.1 at
PC Expo in New York (Booth 1640).
Orange Micro posts sound driver update for 620 board. June
12, 1998 -- Orange Micro has posted a beta release of
drivers for the OrangePC 620 card. The new software support
DirectX sound, MIDI sound, and improved sound quality overall,
according to Orange Micro. This upgrade includes a new OrangePCi
Cross-platform Medical billing software gets an update.
June 12, 1998 -- The d.i.d.
Circle Organization has introduced
Billing Circle 6.2, medical billing database software based for
Windows and Macintosh. The new version includes a full E-mail client
in the program. Instead of placing email in one or more In boxes, MBC
6.2 automatically routes email to the Contacts database. MBC handles
medical billing, insurance profiles, patient scheduling tasks.
Apple ships RealPC with PowerBook G3 in Asia Pacific.
6/11/98 -- Insignia
Solutions has announced that PowerBook G3 Series sold by Apple's
Asia Pacific group will include a copy of Insignia's RealPC DOS
Apple PC Compatibility Card bugs with Studio Display.
6/10/98 -- A new
TIL article 22201 reports of a problem with the PC Compatibility
Card that prevents the installation of the Windows 95 .INF file
included with the Apple Studio Display. Also discussed is a problem
that prevents you from adjusting the display tracking or positioning
when from Windows. The article suggests work-arounds for both
Netware to hand off Mac OS client development to ProSoft
Engineering. 6/9/98 -- On May 12, we reported that a MacWindows
source reported that Novell is getting ready to hand-off development
and support of its Mac client to a "well-known Mac networking
reported (June 5) that the company is
According to Macintouch, ProSoft will create a "NetWare client to
address long-standing issues," a "native-IP NetWare client," as well
as updates to other products.
FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition ships. 6/9/98 --
FileMaker, Inc., is shipping
Pro 4.0 Developer Edition ( $499), a database development tool
kit for corporate and professional database developers that runs on
Windows 95, Windows NT and the Mac OS. The new developer edition
features an open API (application program interface) that allows
developers to write External Functions for FileMaker Pro 4.0
databases. Also included is FileMaker Pro Binder software, with which
developers can used to create royalty-free FileMaker Pro solutions
that users can run without having FileMaker. There's also Java
Classes that enable developers to access to FileMaker Pro databases
over any Java-enabled operating system, such as Windows 98, Mac OS as
well as most Unix and Solaris Systems.
Problems Copying or Saving Postscript Files to an Xinet
Server. 6/9/98 -- Apple Technical Info Library
#22187 describes a problems if you "print to file" and then drag
or copy that file to a Xinet server. The Xinet server automatically
converts all of the carriage returns <CR> in the file to line
feeds <LF> which causes these jobs that contain binary data to
fail. The article suggests some solutions.
Global Village 56K software doesn't like Virtual PC 2.0.
6/9/98 -- MacFixIt is
reporting that Global Village's 56K modem software doesn't work
properly in Windows with Virtual PC 2.0.
QuickTime is the #1 Non-Bundled Windows Application. 6/9/98
-- A report by Media Metrix of the Top 50 owned and used software
as the number 1 non-bundled Windows software. The report says:
"The largest single owned software application or
utility product outside those bundled with the Windows operating
system is Apple's QuickTime which is installed on 23.9 million
Windows PCs or 67.6 percent of the 35.3 million Windows PCs installed
in March 1998."
Connectix on Virtual PC FPU and Japanese Visual Basic. June
5, 1998 -- Connectix' Jorg Brown writes about the
Virtual PC FPU imprecision we reported on
June 2nd. Brown says that the Virtual PC FPU error occurred in the
Japanese version of Visual Basic, and that the impact is smaller than
one caused by a bug in the Pentium processor. He also gives some
interesting comparisons between the two.
VPC 2.0.1 in German and French. June 5, 1998 --
Connectix has posted the
2.0.1 updater for German and French versions. Like the previously
release English 2.0.1, this version fixes the G3/IPX problem as well
as some other minor bugs.
New Apple Netware NDS FAQ. June 4, 1998 -- Apple has posted
a new Tech Info Library
on Apple Network Utility for NDS, software that becomes a part of
the NetWare Administrator Utility for your NetWare server. It lets
NetWare administrators set up and use the LaserWriter 8500, 12/640,
and 16/300 printers with NetWare Directory Services (NDS) on a
NetWare 4.1 or 4.11 server.
Keyspan announces a USB card for PCI Macs and PCs. June 4,
1998 -- Keyspan has will ship a
Serial Bus (USB) card this September. The card will enable
Macintoshes with Mac OS 7.6 or later and PCs with Windows 98 to run
USB peripherals. USB is a new standard created by Intel and being
adopted in Apple's upcoming iMac. USB is a 12 Mbit/sec port that
allows up to 127 devices to run simultaneously on a single port. USB
supports keyboards, mice, printers, storage drives, scanners,
joysticks, audio, and other devices. You can read the press release
Wall Data sells MacRUMBA to Cel. June 4, 1998 -- Wall Data
has sold it's
RUMBA mainframe client and gateway software line to
Cel Corporation. A Mac running
Mac RUMBA can open multiple SNA sessions to a combination of IBM
AS/400 and mainframe systems. Mac RUMBA began at Apple as the SNAps
Updated Services for Mac hot fix fixes multiple bugs. June
3, 1998 -- An updated Microsoft
for Mac hot fix for Windows NT Server includes old and new fixes
for at least 9 Services for Mac bugs, including the
jumping icon problem. One
new fix is for the
problem, which occurs when Windows NT Server crashes. With the
hot fix, SFM will now automatically rebuild the index for the Mac
An Explanation for the Quark behavior. June 3, 1998 -- Dan
DeSimoni informs us that the problem with Quark Xpresss and NT Server
reported yesterday is not a Y2K artifact, but that standard Quark
"Whenever Quark realizes that the time is different it
will say the images have been modified. This can been be done by
working in quark on one Mac station and then saving the page on the
server and then reopening the page on another station with one hour
difference. At our company, every time daylight savings occurs the
pages that we worked on previously will come up with 'the images have
Apple discontinues MAE Mac on Unix. June 3, 1998 -- Apple
has posted a
notice describing the company says it has discontinued its
Macintosh Application Environment (MAE) for Sun and HP workstation.
MAE was not an emulation product, but a runtime environment (similar
to Rhapsody's BlueBox) that provides a Macintosh environment in an X
Window. (See Macwindows Operating
Systems Solutions for MAE info and links.)
Small FPU math bug in Virtual PC. June 2, 1998 -- Ken
Kiukchi's web page discusses a
PC bug in which Visual Basic reports the number 10 to the power
of 4 as 9999.999999999999 instead of 10,000. Connectix confirmed that
Virtual PC 1.x and 2.x has a minor bug in the way it emulates FPU
(floating point unit) math. The company is working on the fix.
Reader reports Y2K problem with NT Server, Quark Xpress for
Mac. June 2, 1998 -- Johan Kvarnhammar was doing some year-2000
testing with Windows NT Server 4.0, Service Pack 3, an found an odd
quirk with printing Quark Xpress for Mac. He created a Quark document
including a pair of images located on the server and then saved the
Quark document on the server. After disconnecting from the serve,
Kvarnhammar changed the date on both client and server to 2000-01-01
(time is always synchronized). When trying to print, a message tells
him that the images have been modified or are missing. Changing the
dates on the Mac client and NT Server back to before the 2000 enables
to document to print without the error message.
Network Solutions Update: ISDN cards for Mac. June 2, 1998
-- We've included information on
Hermstedt Leonardo series ISDN
cards for Mac PCI slots in our
Network Solutions page.
Netopia Timbuktu Pro 4.5 compatible with MS NetMeeting.
June 1, 1998 --Farallon is shipping
Pro 4.5, or more formerly, Timbuktu Pro with Microsoft NetMeeting
Compatible Application Sharing. The new version of the remote-control
software allows a Mac to share and application with a group of
Windows machines running Microsoft NetMeeting or other T.120
compatible software. Other new features are an Invitation Service,
which sends a message to Windows users inviting them to log on to the
Mac, and Shrink-to-Fit screen resizing. Netopia offers a downloadable
MS Outlook for Mac and Windows use incompatible calendars.
June 1, 1998 -- Reader Hillary Postman comments on the inability of
Mac & PC versions of Microsoft Outlook to use the same schedule:
"I understand you cannot get them to work because they
are using two different versions of the calendar. The Mac version
essentailly uses (what was equal to) Windows Messaging while the PC
side uses Outlook.They are 2 different programs and you can't share
calendars even if you were both PC using the different versions."
We hunted down a Microsoft web page that discribes all the
differences between the Mac and Windows Exchange clients. You can
it here. Unfortunately, some of the links on the page are broken.
Fortunately, the article numbers are listed, so you can get around
the broken links by searching the MS web site for the article number.
Microsoft releases list of NT 4.0 SP3 hot fixes. June 1,
1998 -- Microsoft has published a new
of hot fixes, including the jumping icons fix,
for Window NT 4.0, Service Pack 3. The document lists the order in
which they should installed. There is this warning, however:
"Microsoft recommends waiting for Service Pack 4
unless you are currently running into a specific problem resolved by
one of these fixes."