The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 4.6 November / December 1999

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
Issue 4.6 November / December 1999

This issue of KDP is sponsored by:


Feature Review: Bluetooth Technology (ALL)

Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology,* introduced at Comdex, in November of 1999, represents the first integrated system to seamlessly connect desk-bound and mobile computers, mobile phones, and handheld devices, without wires. It supports rapid and secure (encrypted and authenticated) transmission of voice and data, using a globally available frequency range. The transmission occurs at a high speed (faster than ISDN, slower than Ethernet) and incorporates advanced error-correction algorithms for a high degree of reliability.

*The Bluetooth Special Interest Group was founded in 1998 by IBM, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba ( Its purpose is to develop a uniform worldwide standard for personal wireless connectivity. At the time of its formal announcement, one year later, over one thousand manufacturers had ""joined the Bluetooth family."" (

Bluetooth technology is incorporated into a miniature radio, which is built into a microchip. The microchip is manufactured into the circuitry of a wide range of devices, which, by virtue of its presence, provides wireless interaction with any other Bluetooth-enabled device. A single Bluetooth radio can communicate with more than 200 other devices, supporting the intelligent sharing of information.

The potential impact of Bluetooth technology is significant since it will change the fundamental use of each device that incorporates it. For example: * A mobile phone, handheld device, and mobile computer can all instantly and automatically synchronize their separate phonebooks. This allows the user to maintain the phonebook on the computer, which is preferable since it has the most accessible form of input (i.e the keyboard). * Files can be sent, from one Bluetooth device to another, with the same ease associated with a LAN. This means that e-mail and faxes can be sent from a mobile phone, and a mobile phone can be used to connect to the Internet. In fact, a Bluetooth-enabled mobile computer can connect to a LAN without the need for any cables whatsoever. * Handheld devices, which during the course of the day are used to enter appointments, contacts, and to-do lists, can easily share that information with any other Bluetooth-enabled device. Once a connection is established it is maintained, even if the devices are out of the line-of-sight.

The digital publisher will benefit from Bluetooth technology by eliminating the time-consuming and sometimes technically challenging process of transferring digital information from one device to another. One such application is the movement of digital images out of a digital camera and into a computer; another is from a flat-bed scanner to a digital camera, and then to a computer projector. In time, Bluetooth technology will impact on all phases of everyday life, being incorporated into everything from ATM machines to household thermostats.

DTP Reviews

Corel Print Office 2000 for Macintosh (MAC)

Corel Print Office 2000 for Macintosh is a project-based package that lets users easily create brochures, business cards, and other forms of business-related material, as well as publish to the Web. It consists of two main applications, Corel Print Office 5 for Macintosh and Corel Photo House 5 for Macintosh, as well as a complete library of digital media assets. These digital assets include: 25,000 clipart imges, over 10,000 photos, over 2500 templates, over 2500 Web images, over 500 phrases, over 500 photo objects, over 300 fonts, 150 backdrops, 75 frames, and 25 images lists. $99

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:, fax: 613 761-9176.

Corel Print House 2000 (MAC)

Corel Print House 2000 is a tightly integrated application that uses wizards and advanced drawing tools to help users create graphic projects for print or the Internet. Projects include greeting cards, calendars, certificates, crafts, banners, invitations, signs, masks, and other stationery items.

The package is enhanced with over 80,000 graphic images, ensuring that any project can be customized to the meet the design preferences of the user. Other digital assets include: over 4100 templates, over 1000 phrases, 400 cutouts, over 300 TrueType fonts, over 340 frames, over 200 backdrops, and 150 borders. Users can also download more items from the Corel Web site. Users receive a free six-month subscription to, which has over one million images available for downloading. In addition, the package includes Corel Photo House 5, providing photo-editing and painting capabilities. $79.95

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:, fax: 613 761-9176.

Productivity Reviews

Virtual PC 3.0 (MAC)

Virtual PC 3.0 is the latest version of this impressive Windows emulator. It provides the Macintosh user with a complete Windows environment in which almost any Windows application can be installed and run. It is of particular use to users who need to run an occasional Windows program, but are primarily Macintosh-based; or those who have a PC at work or at home and need to access PC programs or files from their Macintosh. Digital publishers, who commonly work in a mixed environment, may need to run a particular utility program, which is not available for the Macintosh, or may need to capture Windows screen grabs for publication. They will find Virtual PC 3.0 to be an invaluable aid, especially now that it is AppleScriptable.

We have used Virtual PC since it was first released, and, over the years, it has undergone major improvements. We use it routinely for reviewing certain PC software, for making screen captures, and for running applications that are sometimes needed while working on the Macintosh.

The speed of Virtual PC 3.0 (which is dependent upon the speed of the PowerMacintosh host) is more than adequate for doing a significant amount of sophisticated work. Connectix has done an incredible job, not only of emulating every aspect of the PC environment, but in packaging it in an intelligent and highly useful manner.

The environment is available in various configurations, with either Windows 98 (requires a Macintosh G3), Windows 95, or PC DOS pre-installed. Users also have the option of running Windows NT, DOS, IBM OS/2, and Linux. Users who have the Microsoft software from a previous version of Virtual PC can take advantage of upgrade pricing of only $45.

Among the many features of the program are it full support for Ethernet. Users can access PC Networks, Novell Network, TCP/IP, Microsoft Networking, and Microsoft Remote Access Services. File sharing is also quite easy, supported by drag and drop, copy and paste, shared folder services, and direct reading of compatible files on floppy disks or CD-ROM.

This new version also supports USB devices. Our experience with Virtual PC is that it is very aware of its host Macintosh environment, and can take advantage of almost all available ports and connections. For example, it can share the Macintosh Internet connection, intelligently linking to the settings that it requires (although it can have its own IP address). It can also make use of connected printers, scanners, modems, etc.

Virtual PC appears in a window on the Macintosh desktop, although it can be run in a full-screen mode. It is "virtually" indistinguishable from Windows operating on a dedicated PC.

The Windows 98 version is $179, Windows 95 version is $149, and the PC DOS version is $49.

Contact: Connectix, 2655 Campus Dr., San Mateo, CA 94403, 800 950-5880, 415 571-5100, Internet:,, faxback: 800 571-7558, fax: 415 571-5195.

MicroPoint (MAC/WIN)

MicroPoint is a mouse alternative. Rather than move your hand (and mouse) around the mouse pad surface, the MicroPoint is stationery, only the user's fingers move. This is but one of several reasons why we have used MicroPoint technology for over ten years. We think that MicroPoint is better in many ways. First, the MicroPoint stays put. The user always knows exactly where it is located on the desk, making it easier to find during the repetitive process of moving back and forth between keyboard and input control device. This also reduces fatigue, as well as saves time. Second, the MicroPoint is controlled with only three fingers, allowing the user's hand to rest comfortably on the unit's case. Third, the MicroPoint is a precision instrument, providing six-times the standard dpi resolution (1240 dpi). Fourth, the MicroPoint adjusts to the users' speed...moving quickly across the screen when the user moves quickly, and moving with cross-hair precision when the user moves slowly. Fifth, the MicroPoint field of movement corresponds exactly to every point on the users' screen. Unlike a mouse, it does not have to lifted up and moved to position it in relation to an area of the screen. Sixth, the MicroPoint buttons can be programmed to perform time-saving shortcuts. Seventh, points in the corners of the screen can be programmed to activate certain actions, such as switching between open applications. $79.95

Contact: Altra, 520 West Cedar St., Rawlins, WY 82301-5639, 800 210-6955, 307 328-1342,, e-mail:

Preflight Online from Extensis (MAC/WIN)

Preflight Online from Extensis is an online service available at It is free for members of Extensis notes that as many as 95% of all files sent to professional output services must be fixed before they can be processed. They also note that as much as 30% of the labor involved in the output of print jobs is spent in fixing broken job files.

The Preflight Online service allows users to check PDF files over the Internet before they submit the files to a service provider. Users simply drag their file(s) from their desktop to a target area on the Preflight Online Web page. The inspection operation is initiated with a single click. The service returns a report that the user can view through their Web browser. The report shows the problems that have been identified in the job. Hyperlinks are provided within the report that lead the user to helpful Web resources that may help to alleviate given problems.

Contact: Creative, Extensis Products Group, 1800 S.W. First Ave., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97201, 800 796-9798, 503 274-2020,,, fax: 503 274-0530.

LapLink 2000 (WIN )

LapLink 2000 lets a user access another computer remotely, via the Internet from any location worldwide. Once connected the user can access and transfer files, synchronize data, run desktop applications, and read and send e-mail. Parallel and serial cables are included for connecting a laptop for file transfer locally. $169

Contact:, 18702 North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011-8026, 425 487-5452,, fax: 425 487-1284.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred Version 4 (WIN )

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred Version 4 is the latest version of this awarding winning speech recognition product that has received over 110 major industry honors since its introduction in 1997. Lauded as the most accurate speech recognition product by PC World, Fortune, Home Office Computing, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, Windows Magazine, and others, users can now train the system to accurately recognize their voice in minutes, rather than the hours previously required. Users can input at the rate of up to 160 words per minute, with speech transcribed immediately, on-screen.

The program combines an easy training procedure, accurate dictation, complete document formatting control, and Web browsing capabilities into one package. Other major features include: improved BestMatch technology that works with a vocabulary of over 250,000 words; compatibility with almost any Windows application; full integration with MS Word and Corel WordPerfect (program functions are displayed on their menu bars) and Select-and-Say editing; dictation playback so that the user can verify what was said; text-to-speech using the Elan Text-to-Speech engine; voice control over desktop operations; support for multiple speakers; and more.

The program also supports the use of a digital recorder, for off-site dictation and recording. The digital file can be processed by the program and handled as if the speech were dictated in real-time. A high quality headset microphone is included. $199

Contact: Dragon Systems, Inc., 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, 617 965-5200, 800 TALKTYP, fax: 617 527-0372.

Addition / Extension Reviews

ProJPEG 3.1.2 (MAC/WIN)

ProJPEG 3.1.2 is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that supports the output of JPEG files that are approximately half the size of those produced by Photoshop's native compressor. The ProJPEG interface provides a side-by-side comparison of the original and compressed files, with file sizes and estimated download time for the compressed version. Two slider bars, one for quality, one for smoothing, are presented on the bottom of the screen. The new file version can be output in baseline or progressive encoding. $49.95

Contact: Boxtop Software, Inc., One Research Blvd., Suite 201, Starkville, MS 39759, 800 257-6954, 601 323-6436,, e-mail:, fax: 601 324-7352.

ColorSafe (MAC/WIN)

ColorSafe is a tool that helps Web designers to ensure color consistency, and image quality, across the Web. It is provided as a plug-in filter for Adobe Photoshop, and provides a flexible color picker so that the closest color can be duplicated from the Web safe palette. These new, "hybrid" colors are composed of four pixels of two different colors from the Web safe palette. The user can name and save the colors for reuse. $49.95

Contact: Boxtop Software, Inc., One Research Blvd., Suite 201, Starkville, MS 39759, 800 257-6954, 601 323-6436,, e-mail:, fax: 601 324-7352.

Instant Buttons & Controls version 3.7 (MAC/WIN)

Instant Buttons & Controls version 3.7 installs as a Macromedia Director Xtra, and is also compatible with other authoring programs. It contains over 12,500 license-free graphics (4000 of which are buttons and controls) that can be dragged and dropped directly on a Director movie, with full lingo, animation and sound. The buttons and controls are also available directly from the Director Xtras pull down menu.

The over 280 button sounds, which are available in the AIFF and WAV file formats, can be added using a custom Sound Menu. The complete manual is provided as a PDF. $109

Contact: stat media, 7077 East Shorecrest Dr., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807, 714 280-0038,, e-mail:, fax: 714 748-0178.

Psunami (MAC/WIN)

Psunami "is an ocean design filter for Adobe After Effects 4.0/4.1. Psunami generates ultra-realistic ocean, lake or pond surfaces with controls for custom surface design, reflecting skies and logos on the water surface, and bobbing camera animations. Psunami is based on the Renderworld technology from Arete Image Software which has been seen in movies such as Titanic, The Truman Show, Devil's Advocate and others." The package includes training videotapes from TotalTraining. $599

Contact: Atomic Power, Corp., P.O. Box 231777, Encinitas, CA 92023, 760 516.9000,, e-mail:, fax: 760 516.9001.

Evolution 1.0 (MAC/WIN)

Evolution 1.0 is a collection of design filters for Adobe After Effects and other plugin compatible applications. Among the filters are Multiplane, which produces the illusion of depth in 2D elements; Shatter, which can extrude a layer into 3D space and blow it up into pieces; Turbulator, a fractal-based displacement system that generates photorealistic clouds, fire, smoke and water; Foam, which generates realistic flowing, clinging and popping bubbles; Card Wipe, which simulates the card flipping affect familiar at college football games; Card Dance, like Card Wipe but with choreography; Vegas, which produces casino-style running lights; Radio Wave, which produces radiating waves from a stationary point; Radio Star, which emits stars from a fixed point; Radio Shape, which emits custom shapes from a fixed point; Wave World, which is a liquid wave generator; Caustics, which generates the reflections of light that appear at the bottom of a body of water; and Colorama, which lets the user remap the colors of pixels of a custom color palette.

The package includes four training videotapes comprising over eight hours of instruction from Total Training. $799

Contact: Atomic Power, Corp., P.O. Box 231777, Encinitas, CA 92023, 760 516.9000,, e-mail:, fax: 760 516.9001.

Printing Reviews

PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro (WIN )

PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro is a program that provides sophisticated control over the layout and printing of images. The program provides a selection of printing templates that supports the output of multiple images in a variety of sizes, and in a variety of forms, such as calendars and business cards. Tools are provided for enhancing, cropping, and modifying images as well as adding text. The program supports the use of specialty output materials from Kodak and Avery, including Ink Jet Photo Paper, stickers, photo-labels, postcards and note cards. $29.95

Contact: ArcSoft, Inc., 46601 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, 510 440-9901, 800 762-8657,,, fax: 510 440-1270.

Professor Franklin's Instant Gift Wrap (WIN )

Professor Franklin's Instant Gift Wrap is a utility that supports the production of personalized wrapping paper. Users can select from one of hundreds of all-occasion templates, or create their own design composed of a personal photo and message.

The user enters the dimensions of the gift and the program computes the number of sheets that will be needed using its Accu-wrap feature. The user can apply their design to a matching gift tag, envelope, gift bag or sticker. Professor Franklin's Instant Photo Album is included for storing and organizing photos and clip art. $29.95

Contact: Streetwise Software, 2116 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 230, Santa Monica, CA 90403, 30 829-7827,, fax: 31 828-8258.

CD-ROM Reviews

SureThing CD Labeler (WIN )

SureThing CD Labeler is a CD/DVD labeling kit consisting of the label applicator, SureThing software, CD labels, over 10,000 clipart images, and hundreds of professionally designed templates.

The software is compatible with all brands of labels and jewel case inserts. The user can also create labels for Zip, Jaz, DAT, and MiniDisc media, and floppy diskettes.

The software supports the addition of several typographic effects, including curved, angled, arched, and drop shadow text. The package provides all of the necessary components for producing attractive professional-looking labels. $39.95

Contact: MicroVision Development, 2185 Faraday Ave., Suite 140, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760 438-7781, 800 998-4555,, e-mail:, fax: 760 438-7406.

Windows 3-Pak, Volume 3 (WIN )

Windows 3-Pak, Volume 3 is a three disc collection of Windows shareware provided in the following categories: games, multimedia players, browsers, network servers, anti-virus and desktop utilities, compression tools, WWW parental controls, News Readers, email clients, HTML editors, shell enhancements, image/graphic tools, diagnostics, and network tools. $15

Contact: InfoMagic, 11950 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, 520 526-9565, 800 800-6613,, e-mail:, fax: 520 526-9573.

Internet Reviews

My Life (WIN )

My Life is an electronic scrapbook that combines text, family pictures, audio recordings and home movies in a form that can be published in print, CD-ROM, or on the Web (to a free companion Web site) with one click.

The program contains thousands of thought provoking questions arranged on cards that are sorted into 230 different categories. The questions are designed to elicit responses that will help to flesh out the story of one's life. The answers can be typed in, spoken in, or digitally recorded with a camera. $69

Contact:, 27200 Agoura Road, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301, 818 871-1000,, fax: 818 871-1010.

Mozquito Factory 1.2 (MAC/WIN)

Mozquito Factory 1.2 is the world's first XML Authoring Environment designed for XHTML. XHTML is the successor to HTML, incorporating the extensible markup language. Despite all of the frenzy about XML, there are very few shipping products, and even fewer that make XML easy to implement. Mozquito is a link between HTML and XHTML. The technology depends upon a small JavaScript-based application that resides between the HTML server and the user's browser. It processes XHTML tags (those which use the x: prefix) so that fourth generation browsers can properly display them. The Mozquito engine translates Web pages into a Mozquito file that allows current Web browsers to process new tags.

Whereas HTML has changed relatively little throughout the years, XHTML is infinitely changeable, providing unlimited opportunities to the Web designer. Mozquito provides 14 new tags that relate to the additional namespace of tags available in XHTML, called the Forms Markup Language (FML)(XHTML-FML). Users can use the tags either in their own Web editor, or in the Mozquito Factory editor, which is an XHTML authoring environment. The Mozquito Factory editor has the capability to check a document by using the "well-formed" or "valid" button. If errors are detected, they are indicated in the message dialog along the bottom of the page. When the user double-clicks on the validation message, they jump directly to the error location, where they can make the fix.

The new tags provided in XHTML-FML are: <x:toggle>, <x:tg> <x:template>, <x:insert>, <x:prop> <x:radio>, <x:checkbox>, <x:item>, <x:pulldown>, <x:listbox> <x:textinput>, <x:textoutput> <x:calc> <x:hidden>

Additional tags that have been borrowed from HTML 4 are:

<x:forms>, <x:button>, <x:option>, <x:textarea> <x:img> <x:label>

The forms-based capabilities support the creation of a wide range of data collection pages, including polls, questionnaires, surveys, quizzes, tests, order forms, online shops, e-commerce applications, client-side field calculations, and other types of dynamic Web pages.

With Mozquito the author compiles/exports the XHTML file as a stand-alone HTML file. This file incorporates all of the necessary parts of the Mozquito engine. A site visitor who encounters such a page, using a browser with a version level 4 or higher, will not need a plug-in or applet in order to view the page and experience the dynamic features.

According to Stack Overflow, here is how the process works: "In the Mozquito model, the file is converted before being sent to the browser. The unknown tags are not just converted into other tags that the browser can understand, but rather the whole document is converted into JavaScript. This means that the JavaScript Engine within the browser gets to see the document first; the HTML parser which doesn't understand the document is bypassed. The converted file contains not only the document itself but also the Mozquito Engine, the necessary code for the browser to understand new markup languages. Mozquito by itself is actually a browser, but it is very, very small and can only operate in concert with existing browsers." $149

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:, fax: 613 761-9176.

Namo WebEditor 3.0 (WIN )

Namo WebEditor 3.0 is an easy-to-use Web authoring tool that supports full Dynamic HTML and Cascading Style Sheets in a WYSIWYG environment. A simple Web site can be created in minutes.

The program uses DHTML layers on which users can drag page elements and position them exactly where they want them. Tables are made by drawing them with the pencil tool, adding or splitting cells with simple pencil strokes. Cells are merged by using the eraser. Once the cells are drawn, content can be added as simply as using a word processor.

The program's wizards and storyboard tools support the addition of special effects and complex motion sequences. All necessary JavaScript code is generated transparently. The Script Wizard, for example, can be used to create rollovers, animations, drop-down menus, scrolling text, and other effects with absolutely no programming.

A completed site can be maintained using the Site Manager. The user can get precise reports showing any invalid links as well as orphaned pages. The built-in FTP client makes it easy to contact one or more Web servers to upload files. The program incorporates Microsoft SourceSafe support making it practical for teams to work collaboratively. Using SourceSafe, team members check documents in and out, and each transaction is recorded with a revision record. $99

Contact: Namo Interactive Inc., Dongsan Building, 2nd Floor, 890-38, Daechi-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-284, Korea, +82-2-5599-227,, fax: +82-2-5599-334.

AddWeb Web Site Promoter 3.0 (WIN )

AddWeb Web Site Promoter 3.0 is a search engine submission utility that maintains a database of over 2500 search engines and directories. As the publisher updates the main database, registered users can update for free. It is considered among the fastest submission engines available, submitting at the rate of up to 60 simultaneous posts.

The program maintains a submission history with relevant statistics. It can also enhance the search process with its PageBuilder feature, helping to create search engine friendly META tags on the user's site pages. The Ranking feature shows the user where they rate on the top engines.

A free demo is available at $69

Contact: Cyberspace Headquarters, LLC, 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 106, Canoga Park, CA 91303, 818 593-4900,, fax: 818 593-4917.

Utility Reviews

ImageVice Version 2 (MAC/WIN)

ImageVice Version 2 is a filter for Adobe Photoshop that can compress GIF, PICT, BMP and PNG files to 70% or more. The program's interface consists of a set of sliders that are adjusted to balance quality against file size. The user can judge, immediately, what level of quality that they are willing to accept. The result of the process is a significantly smaller image that will load and display more efficiently on the Web. $49.95

Contact: Boxtop Software, Inc., One Research Blvd., Suite 201, Starkville, MS 39759, 800 257-6954, 601 323-6436,, e-mail:, fax: 601 324-7352.

AutoSave (WIN )

AutoSave is a file backup utility that works transparently in the background. It makes a backup of every file that is created or saved. It supports Zip, Jaz, LS120, network drives, and local hard drives. It requires no scheduling or operator attention. It works continuously and reliably. $49.95

Contact: V Communications, Inc., 2290 North First St., Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95131, 801 229-2300,, e-mail:, fax: (801) 229-1111

Monaco EZcolor (MAC/WIN)

Monaco EZcolor is a low-cost cross-platform application that can produce custom ICC profiles for a scanner, monitor and printer. The program does not require a measuring instrument, although the MonacoSENSOR colorimeter is an optional accessory. Without the colorimeter, the user can subjectively calibrate the monitor by responding to a series of on-screen adjustments, whereas with the colorimeter, the calibration is automatic. Scanner profiling is just as simple, and merely requires the scanning of a supplied IT8 target, which is automatically compared to a set of reference data in order to generate a profile.

In the MonacoEZcolor system, the printer is profiled with the use of the scanner. First the IT8 Target is printed, from a supplied file, to the color printer. The original reflection IT8 target is taped, in exact position, over the lower half of the printed target. This composite target is scanned again, the target areas are cropped, and their associated values are automatically compared. The result is the generation of a custom ICC profile for the given printer and substrate. $299 for the software only, $498 for the software and MonacoSENSOR bundle.

Contact: Monaco Systems, Inc., 100 Burtt Road, Suite 115, Andover, MA 01810, 978 749-9944,, fax: 978 749-9977.

Microspot Media Assistant (MAC)

Microspot Media Assistant (MMA) is a media management utility that makes it possible to catalog and view various forms of graphic and multimedia files. The program provides the capability to store, locate, organize, and view digital assets of all kinds.

The user can create an unlimited number of MMA catalogs by dragging and dropping digital assets from Web pages, the Macintosh Finder, CD-ROMs, servers, and other locations. Individual catalogs can be password protected for security. Among the file formats that are supported are Text, PICT, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, 3DMF, URLs, QuickTime movies, sounds, and more. A unique feature of the catalogs is their capability to display as a floating drop box, into which additional assets can be deposited.

A catalog can be searched using powerful retrieval options. Contents of the catalog can be viewed in their native forms, sounds can be played, movies can be displayed, URLs can be clicked to jump to the Web address in a browser. The user can attach voice annotation or narration to produce running commentary for a slide show or other project. The program can also export a catalog's content in HTML format for posting on the Web. $69

Contact: Microspot USA, Inc., 1756 Costa Del Sol, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 800 622-7568, 877 255-7568, 561 395-9996,, e-mail:, fax: 561 395-9941.

PentaZip (WIN )

PentaZip is a multi-feature file compression utility that differentiates itself mainly on the basis of its capability to view compressed file contents without waiting for the files to decompress or their applications to be open. This means that files can be viewed even if the parent application is not on the user's computer system.

Additional features include scripting, for self-running file backups and to initiate repetitive tasks; a scheduler for setting a time for automated tasks; and a Windows Explorer interface, for accessing, modifying and resaving files from almost any program without the need for unzipping. $39.95

Contact: PentaWare, Inc., 40 Munsey Dr., Hampton, NH, 480 491-0642,, fax: 480 345-2327.

PhotoGenetics (MAC/WIN)

PhotoGenetics is an image enhancement utility that is aimed at the novice market. It offers impressive image improvements, applying a dozen image processing functions at once. These include such attributes as hue gradient, sharpness and color balance. The processed image appears side-by-side with the original, allowing the user to evaluate if further processing is necessary. $39.95

The PhotoGenetics PlusPak, which contains add-on components based on "genetic algorithms," produces several effects. Among them are Dewarp Evolution, which corrects for spatial distortions which are common in the optics of many digital cameras; Isocolor Evolution, which creates varied images by changing only one color in an image; and Artistic Evolution, which produces extreme modifications ranging from watercolor to psychedelic effects. $29.95

Contact: Q-Research, PO Box 689, 209 Main Ave., Suite 104, North Bend, WA 98045, 425 888-6609,, fax: 425 888-6942.

Transcend Version 2 (WIN )

Transcend Version 2 is considered among the fastest and most effective foreign language translation products available. It can process virtually any kind of document, including e-mail, Web pages, and application-specific files. It is available in versions for English to and from German, French, or Spanish, and for English to Italian or Portuguese. The use of the Web, and the growth of e-commerce, has made language translation an increasingly important function as international business continues to expand.

Of particular interest to digital publishers is the fact that Transcend can translate documents from Interleaf, FrameMaker, PageMaker and QuarkXPress without disturbing document formatting.

The translation process is a one-click function from within supported word processors such as Microsoft Word 97 and WordPerfect 8. Transcend installs a new menu labeled "Translate," containing translation options. The result of a translation is a quality draft version of selected text, the Windows Clipboard contents, or an entire document.

The Transcend functions can be reduced to a toolbar that can overlay a Web browser, e-mail program, or text editor. In a browser, for example, activating the Translate Webpage button produces a translation of the active page, with all graphics and page formatting remaining intact, and all links remaining functional.

The Transcend program can also be used as a standalone program, from which supported file types can be translated directly. In this mode the user selects a filter for each target file that will determine the format in which the file will saved. The user next conducts a vocabulary search to see if there are words in the file that are not contained in the translation dictionary. Words that are not in the dictionary can be added to user-defined dictionaries. The translation begins after the user specifies a name for the translated file. Remember that Transcend produces a draft translation, and that no machine translation method is 100% accurate...some post editing is usually necessary.

The complete list of supported document formats includes: Rich Text Format, MS Word, WordPerfect, Windows Help, WordPerfect v5.1 binary, DOS ASCII, Interleaf ASCII, ANSI, PageMaker, FrameMaker, QuarkXpress, AmiPro, SGML, and HTMLText. Macintosh documents can be translated in ASCII format, or by using a file conversion program, such as MacLinkPlus.

The Transcend software can be installed on a network server, providing multiple users with full translation services, and the capability to share dictionary resources. $495-$795

Contact: Transparent Language, 9 Executive Dr., Merrimack, NH 03054, 603 262-6300,,,, fax: 603 262-6567.

L&H Power Translator Pro 6.4 (WIN )

L&H Power Translator Pro 6.4 is a sentence-by-sentence bi-directional translator providing English to and from Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese. It supports text from word processors, e-mail, or Web pages, and also the side-by-side display of the original and translated texts within the L&H Power Translator Pro Editor.

The program is the latest product from Globalink, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V. It incorporates sophisticated linguistic rules and a form of artificial intelligence. Its performance is said to rival that of mainframe translation programs.

Translations can be performed directly within Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer using the Web Translator, which is included. It maintains the overall appearance of the images, and the functionality of the links. Translations occur on-the-fly, as pages are being displayed. This capability is of increasing importance as more and more of the world's Web pages are composed in foreign languages.

Additional features include: customizable general dictionaries; a plug-in for Eudora E-mail versions 3.0 and 4.0; and a free CD-ROM with over 30 industry-specific dictionaries, including banking, accounting, computers and medicine. $149.95

Contact: Lernout & Hauspie, 52 Third Ave., Burlington, MA 01803, 781 203-5000,, fax: 781 238-0986.

CoreSave (WIN )

CoreSave is a Windows configuration utility that can restore a PC from a fatal system error. It brings the system back to the state it was at during the last successful boot.

CoreSave retains an image of the PC operating system that includes the Start Menu, containing the vital information required by Windows, initiation files required by applications, and the customization settings that relate to the appearance of the desktop.

CoreSave creates three different types of image. The Core Image is created by the individual, and reflects decisions made by the user. The Boot Image is created automatically each time that the system is started. The Technical Support Image contains the first image that was created with the original installation of the utility. A full-function, 30-day evaluation copy is available at $39.95

Contact: Innovative Software, 7040 N. Port Washington Road, Suite 420, Milwaukee, WI 53217-3838, 414 540-1530,, fax: 414 540-1608.

Modem Wizard 4.5 (WIN )

Modem Wizard 4.5 includes NetMonitor, which incorporates TrueSpeed technology, providing the user with the exact speed of their Internet connection. NetMonitor can chart TrueSpeed tests as a Performance Measurement Report, taking the form of an easy-to-read graph.

The program also includes an Optimization Wizard which leads the user through a five step procedure leading to increased network performance. It optimizes the Internet by probing the user's ISP to detect optimal maximum transmission settings and RWIN settings. The program's Xtra Boost feature enhances settings for users, maximizing their throughput speed, even on network, cable modems, of DSL connections. The user's dial-up networking (DUN) settings are optimized by eliminating unnecessary protocols. Finally, the wizard can convert IE favorites and Netscape bookmarks into direct IP addresses, allowing users to bypass DNS lookup servers.

The program also helps with network recovery, in the event of a system crash. It allows the user to save their computer name and workgroup to restore their cable or LAN network settings quickly and easily. $29.95

Contact: Kiss Software Corp., 5000 Birch St., #4000 West Tower, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 714 258-1900,, fax: 714 258-7178.

PopChar Pro (MAC)

PopChar Pro is a utility program that solves the incessant problem faced by most digital publishers...locating a special character, symbol, or dingbat from the currently selected font. It is superior to the Macintosh Key Caps program in several important ways. First, it is always accessible, residing in the menu bar or as a floating window. Second, it can be configured to display in any user-selected size (and reflect other font-specific preferences), making the characters easy to see and locate. Third, a character that is selected from the open PopChar Pro window will be pasted into the cursor position within the open application. Fourth, it has a layout editor for the customization of the character arrangements. $39

Contact: Uni Software Plus, Softwarepark Hagenberg, A-4232 Hagenberg, Austria,, e-mail:, fax: +43 7236 3338 30.

Multimedia Reviews

GIFmation 2.x (MAC/WIN)

GIFmation 2.x is a highly competent tool for producing optimized animated GIFs that load and display quickly. The program is capable of outputting the smallest possible file size, with the best possible image quality. Among its features are browser compatibility testing, onion skinning, automatic image alignment, image editing tools, multiple color based transparency, and extensive file format support. $49.95

Contact: Boxtop Software, Inc., One Research Blvd., Suite 201, Starkville, MS 39759, 800 257-6954, 601 323-6436,, e-mail:, fax: 601 324-7352.

Canvas 7 (MAC)

Canvas 7 is the most complete graphic application available, with full support for illustration, photo editing, page layout, typography, and Internet publishing. It incorporates over 150 new features, and feature enhancements. It greatly extends its capabilities for producing complex drawings and graphics, and utilizing them on the Web.

Improvements to technology, in the form of SpriteEffects, makes it possible to apply unlimited editing filters to any combination of objects (text, vectors, or bitmaps), and retain complete editability of the original object. The filters can be grouped together and "attached" to another object or group. In addition, "Lenses" can be applied to magnify defined areas for enlargement, producing effects such as insets in technical illustrations. This degree of control is unprecidented.

Web features not only provide highly optimized GIF/JPEG export, but the direct FTP connection to a remote Web server, for posting Web graphics and documents. Canvas documents can be saved directly to the Web, in HTML format, using the "Save to Web" option.

GIF and JPEG export is enhanced with an interface that displays up to four different settings at once, for visual comparison. The degree of file optimization is rated highly, and is considered unique. Considerable control is provided for producing banners and animated GIFs, including frame delay, palette optimization, onion-skinning, transparency and automatic cropping. Complete Canvas pages can be output in HTML in exact format. The program supports the creation of image maps, text hyperlinks, and other common HTML tags. In addition, three-state JavaScript-based mouse-over buttons can be created easily.

Elements from any Canvas document can be captured for use in a Web banner by using the new Camera tool. The Camera is used to render any portion of a document as a bitmap.

The Bezier-based drawing engine has been overhauled and optimized, to provide enhanced drawing response. The selection of associated tools is both extensive and impressive, allowing the creation of virtually any shape, and editing it flexibly.

The package includes a 30,000 piece clip art library that is now accessible through its own palette. Items can be located through keyword and topic searches. Hits are displayed in a resizable view window. The program also bundles 2450 URW TrueType and Type 1 fonts, as well as an introductory tutorial on CD-ROM.

Users can import Photoshop layers and divide them into individual Canvas layers, or place them as a group of paint objects on one layer. In addition, Canvas can import clipping paths as editable vectors.

The list of impressive features goes on and on. This is certainly a program that every digital publisher should consider. $375

CorelDRAW 9 Premium Color Edition (WIN )

CorelDRAW 9 Premium Color Edition includes the extensive professional graphics features implemented in the CorelDRAW 9 Graphics Suite, and adds professional color management software from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg).

The package includes both CorelDRAW 9 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, and the following items: Heidelberg ColorOpen ICC LE, an ICC color profiling solution for prepress that includes modules for the generation of accurate color profiles for input, display and output devices; the Monitor luminance sensor, a device used to create ICC profiles for monitors that provides sufficiently accurate characterization so that users can soft-proof using their monitor; Agfa IT8 Scanner Target, used to create ICC profiles for scanners; over 250 ICC-compliant device profiles; Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6, used extensively for scripting; Canto Cumulus Desktop LE 4.0 digital asset management system; Bitstream Font Navigator; Corel Texture; Corel CAPTURE 9; CorelTRACE 9; Digimarc Digital Watermarking; Human Software Squizz,; 25,000 clipart images (10,000 new to CorelDRAW 9); 1000 hi-res photos; 1000 TrueType fonts (850 updated to include the new Euro currency symbol); select Agfa and X-Rite color management publications; and more.

CorelDRAW 9 supports PDF 1.3, the standard introduced in Adobe Acrobat 4. It is provided as a "Publish to PDF" option. The program provides functionality that is nearly identical to the Adobe Acrobat Distiller, offering four preset PDF styles (Document Distribution, Prepress, Editing, and Web), and providing the option for the user to create a custom style. Users can produce PDF files with confidence, knowing that they will match the original files exactly.

Since its introduction in January, 1989, CorelDRAW has sold over ten million units, and earned over 300 industry awards, making it the leading PC illustration application. CorelDRAW 9 incorporates powerful vector-illustration and page layout capabilities. It is enhanced by Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, which provides a comprehensive set of photo-editing, image composition, and painting capabilities. Both applications are supported by CorelTUTOR, an interactive tool that assists users with terms and concepts.

As is true of most Corel products, the feature list is broad and extensive. Readers should visit the Corel site for further details ( $999

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:, fax: 613 761-9176.

Corel Custom Photo for Macintosh (MAC)

Corel Custom Photo for Macintosh includes two applications: Corel Photo House 5 and Corel Project Designer. Corel Photo House 5 is an easy-to-use, yet powerful, photo-editing and painting application for retouching photographs, editing images, and creating original artwork. Simplified procedures are provided for common photo-related procedures such as repairing red eye, or removing dust and scratches. Corel Project Designer is a project-based application that uses templates to help users to design and layout projects, combine text, clipart, photos, borders and backgrounds.

A library of digital assets is included, consisting of: over 4000 clipart images, over 4000 photos, over 1400 photo objects, 1000 sample templates, over 700 frames, over 400 phrases, over 150 backdrops, over 100 borders, 50 fonts, and 20 symbols. $59.95

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:, fax: 613 761-9176.

JASC Paint Shop Pro Version 6 (WIN )

JASC Paint Shop Pro Version 6 is the newest version of this popular program that has attracted over 15 million users. The software can be used for the complete graphic production process, from image capture, creation, enhancement, animation, and output.

In addition to its complement of raster tools, the program contains vector-based text and illustration tools.

Images from digital cameras and scanners can be captured directly. The program supports 120 digital camera models and most scanners. Captured images can be maintained and managed using the Visual Browser. Web graphics can be created easily, and optimized for the best possible presentation. $109

Contact: JASC, POB 44997, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-0997, 612 930-9800, 800 622-2793,, Internet:, fax: 612 930-9172.

JASC Image Robot (WIN )

JASC Image Robot is a batch processor for automated conversions of image file formats. A conversion can consist of several steps, including image resizing, palette optimization, cropping, and more. The program frees the digital publisher from the boring and time-consuming process of applying repetitive operations to a series of files. The program includes a set of deformations and filter that can be applied during a conversion.

A wide range of file formats can be read and written to. These include, but are not limited to, BMP, CGM, EPS (output only), GIF, IMG, JPG, MAC, PCX, PIC, PICT, PNG, TIF, and WMF. Users can also perform batch printing operations, with filenames printed beside each image. $99

Contact: JASC, POB 44997, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-0997, 612 930-9800, 800 622-2793,, Internet:, fax: 612 930-9172.

JASC QuickView Plus Version 5 (WIN )

JASC QuickView Plus Version 5 is a utility that provides the capability to view, copy, and print almost any file or e-mail attachment, regardless if the user has the originating application or not. The program supports over 200 Windows, DOS, Macintosh and Internet file types, displaying the file in its original formatting; with fonts, styles, columns, tables, headers, footers, pages numbers, footnotes, embedded graphics, and OLE objects. The opened document remains searchable, and all or part of the file can be copied and pasted to create a new one. $59

Contact: JASC, POB 44997, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-0997, 612 930-9800, 800 622-2793,, Internet:, fax: 612 930-9172.

Topo USA 2.0 (WIN )

Topo USA 2.0 is a DVD containing topographic maps of the United States. The disc contains the entire US with elevation lines at 20-foot intervals, and over 300,000 miles of trails, including data for major parks and recreation areas. The user can quickly locate any place in the country and view street-level detail. Searches can be conducted by placename, geographic feature, street, or latitude/longitude.

Detailed maps can be printed as hiking guides or to show a particular route. The maps can also be uploaded to Palm Computing and Windows CE handheld computers. The files are compatible with the DeLorme Earthmate GPS Receiver. $99

Contact: DeLorme, Lower Main St., POB 298, Freeport, ME 04032, 800 452-5931, Internet:,, fax back: 207 865-7083, fax: 800 575-2244.

Pluggo (MAC)

Pluggo is an extensive set of plug-ins providing real-time interactive audio processing, modulation, and a synthesis environment inside a user's sequencer. It works with Mac OS sequencers and audio applications that support Steinberg's VST plug-in format and the MOTU Audio System (MAS) format used by Digital Performer. The set includes over 74 plug-ins, with additional free plug-ins available at the publisher's Web site. $74

Contact: Cycling '74, 1186 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415 621-5743,, e-mail:, fax: 415 621-6563.

J Box (WIN )

J Box ( is an MP3 encoder, organizer and player designed as a retro style jukebox. The program supports the playing of MP3 music from the Web as well as conversion of music from standard music CDs. J Box also provides tools for organizing and finding music, and can maintain a database of up to 1000 CDs. Songs can be classified into one of 17 genres, from classical to reggae, and it supports filtering of up to three genres simultaneously.

The J Box can be set to play random selections, or the user can save playlists for later replay. The play quality can be adjusted using the built-in graphic equalizer. MP3 selections can be saved in a form that provides either high quality or high compression. $39.99

Contact: Greenwich Mean Time, 80 Southwest 8th Street, Suite 2180, Miami, FL 33130, 305 810-2720,

Camtasia (WIN )

Camtasia is a screen camcorder and video production utility that can create videos of Windows desktop activity, either the entire screen or a selected portion, in either AVI video file or RealNetworks streaming formats.

Videos of desktop actions are useful in training situations, software tutorials, or presentations. The program is especially adept at compressing files using its own TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC), developed specifically for screen recording. the TSCC Codec may be distributed without additional licensing.

The program consists of two portions, the Camtasia Recorder, for capturing screen activity, and the Camtasia Producer, for editing it. The Producer can also open AVIs from other sources, and edit them. Producer features include transitions, flexible cut and join, selection of color depth and frame rate, and frame resizing. A copy of TechSmith's DubIt audio editor is also included. $149.95

Contact: TechSmith Corp., 3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 400, East Lansing, MI 48823, 517 333-2100,, ftp:, e-mail:, fax: 517 333-1888.

Visio 2000 Professional Edition (WIN )

Visio 2000 Professional Edition is a leading example of Information Technology diagramming software that helps professionals clarify and communicate the planning, implementation and ongoing administration of a company's IT infrastructure. The program makes it possible to accurately represent complex network topologies, in exceptionally large sizes, with graphic images that display specific equipment shapes. It also supports the mapping of Web sites in great detail, even identifying broken links.

Networks and Web sites are only two of several project-specific solutions that the software can solve. It is also quite effective in diagramming databases (and reverse-engineering them to code-level detail), software development, data flow, and business organization. The program incorporates a model-based approach, in which a model can contain objects that specify entities, classes, processes, and other attributes. These models, which use SmartShapes symbols, can be applied multiple times. Any change to one of the models results in identical changes to them all.

Any Visio 2000 diagram can be published on the Web dynamically, with support for Vector Markup Language, the emerging standard for displaying drawings on the Web. Users can pan, zoom and navigate through multiple page drawings using a normal browser. $399

Contact: Visio Corporation, 2211 Elliott Ave., Seattle, WA 98121, 206 956-6000,, fax: 206 956-6001.

Networking Reviews

Snap Server 1000 (WIN )

Snap Server 1000 is the first sub-$500 server to be offered in the category of network attached storage (NAS). The server, with a capacity of 10 GB, supports Macintosh, Windows, Unix and Novell clients. "The Snap Server operating system is the only other server system which connects to all major operating systems (Windows, NT, Unix, Apple) transparently and seamlessly." It connects to a LAN in minutes, with a minimal amount of technical expertise required.

DataKeeper Snap Edition software, developed by Quantum and PowerQuest Corp., maintains copies of all desktop and laptop connected computer work files. The software is provided as a promotion until the end of the first quarter, 2000.

Higher capacity models providing 20 GB ($999), and 40 GB ($1799) are also available.

Contact: Quantum Corporation, Snap Division, 5615 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, 831 438-3100,

Digital Imaging Reviews (ALL), an on-line photo processor for digital images, is offering a limited-time promotion wherein they will provide, at no cost, five free prints from a single digital image. There is no obligation, and no credit card information is required. Users simply go to, enter their name and address, and select and upload the image. The prints are delivered in 3 to 5 business days. The offer is good until Jan. 31, 2000 in the U.S. and Canada only.

Contact: Corp., 1916 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043, 206 264-2488,, e-mail:, fax: 206 264-2723.

AutoEye 1.0 (MAC/WIN)

AutoEye 1.0 is a utility program that provides unprecidented quality and ease in enhancing and improving digital images. The program, provided both as a Photoshop plug-in and standalone application, uses patented I.V.I.T (Intelligent Visual Imaging Technologies) technology to reclaim color and detail that has been lost in the transition from film or prints to digital. The program is able to rebuild missing color and detail automatically. It also increases color vibrancy, contrast and sharpness, and addresses other issues of color correction.

The program is especially useful to professional designers, photographers, and digital publishers who are concerned about the color loss that normally occurs when converting an image to CMYK. Despite its usefulness to professionals, the program does not require any knowledge of complex correction concepts or processes.

Among its other features are drag and drop file launching, and automatic file saving. $99

Contact: Auto F/X Corp., 31 Inverness Center Parkway, Suite 270, Birmingham, AL 35242, 205 980-0056,, fax: 205 980-1121.

Panorama Maker 2000 (WIN )

Panorama Maker 2000 is a special purpose tool that can stitch a series of consecutive photos into a panoramic canvas or a 360-degree virtual world. The user can assemble photos in horizontal, vertical, tile-style, or full-surround panoramas.

To create a panorama the user simply drags photos from the desktop onto the storyboard area. The program performs the stitching automatically, matching the overlapping areas of the photos. The user can also interact to correct and refine complicated stitching areas.

The 360-degree panorama function can produce virtual models and worlds that can be viewed using the Apple QuickTime VR player, or VRML plug-ins for viewing in a Web browser. $29.99

Contact: ArcSoft, Inc., 46601 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, 510 440-9901, 800 762-8657,,, fax: 510 440-1270.

PhotoStudio 2000 (WIN )

PhotoStudio 2000 is a full-featured photo editing program providing many of the capabilities of higher priced products. It is aimed at the photo enthusiast, addressing the needs of the home and office user. New to this version is layers. Users can now apply special effects or enhancements to each layer without affecting the contents of other layers. In addition, with the new Macro feature, users can save a series of actions and apply the repetitively with a single click.

As one would expect, the program has complete set of image manipulation tools. It also has features that are of particular interest to novice users, such as red-eye removal and other one-click fixes.

The Album Manager feature supports the storage, retrieval and management of image files. A button is also provided to link the user to ArcSoft's photo service site, A purchaser receives free membership, free space for photo sharing and archiving, free software downloads, and free email postcards. $39.99

Contact: ArcSoft, Inc., 46601 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, 510 440-9901, 800 762-8657,,, fax: 510 440-1270.

Total Premiere 5.0/5.1 (ALL)

Total Premiere is a set of five instructional videotapes covering the use of the Adobe Premiere video editing program. The tapes present the following major subjects (in order): The Premiere Interface; The Premiere Timeline; Audio; Text, Transitions, Motion & Transparency; and Effects. The instructor is Brian Maffitt, an experienced trainer, visual effects company owner, and creator of other Total Training videotapes.

The package includes a CD-ROM containing the support files for exercises and demos presented in the on-screen instruction.

The video series is a good substitute for taking a class or attending another form of on-site instruction. Besides which it remains as a handy reference, and can be passed to others in the production environment who need similar instruction. $249

Contact: Total Training Inc., 324 Encinitas Blvd, Suite B, Encinitas CA,  92024, 888 DO TOTAL, 760 944-3900,, e-mail:

Miscellaneous News and Reviews

LanguageNow! Version 7.0 (MAC/WIN)

LanguageNow! Version 7.0 is a language learning system supporting the acquisition of speaking, reading and writing of several of the world's most popular languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Arabic, Polish, Irish Gaelic, Chinese, Japanese, and English (for native Spanish speakers).

The deluxe retail version includes: a microphone, for recording and comparing the learner's voice to native speakers, to use advanced speech analysis, and to participate in interactive dialogs; the Accent () Multilingual Word Processor, with foreign language keyboard layouts, accented and special characters, spell checking and thesaurus capabilities, and more; and the Berlitz Interpreter Word Translator (with a 50,000 word vocabulary), for quick translations in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian.

The uniqueness of the training series lies in its use of user interaction with authentic literature, video, and sound. The LanguageNow! series is used by the U.S. Department of Defense and in over 10,000 schools in the United States and Canada. The programs provide over 10,000 words of authentic native language material as compared to competing products that include from 500-2000.

A part of each LanguageNow! package is a collection of exercises and games, which are randomly generated, providing the user with a different experience each time they use the program, even if they are reviewing material.

Every word and full sentence is provided as recorded sound. The user can slow the speaker by using the Slowsound feature, reducing the normal speed by 10-50%. User can also visually compare their speech to that of the native speaker. This capability is based on technology originally designed to help hearing impaired English speakers improve their English pronunciation. $49.95

Contact: Transparent Language, 9 Executive Dr., Merrimack, NH 03054, 603 262-6300,,,, e-mail:, fax: 603 262-6567.

Book Reviews

Forms Design II: The Course for Paper and Electronic Forms

Jacobs, Marvin; Linda Studer

One of the few books on the subject of forms design, incorporating both traditional manual techniques, and personal computer-based methods. The major topics include: Forms Management and Forms Analysis, Overview of the Paper Forms Manufacturing Process, Basic Forms Design Principles, Form Typography and Graphics, Step-by-Step Forms Design, Speciality Forms Design, Advanced Forms Design Techniques, An Overview of Electronic Forms, and a Bibliography and Resources List.

The book, designed as a college textbook, and used as a standard reference book by business forms managers, analysts and designers, is the most complete compendium of forms design information available.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-9629700-0-X 266 pp. $39

Contact: Words & Pictures, P.O. Box 40, North Olmsted, OH 44070, 216 910-2001,, fax: 216 901-2003.

Graphic Design for 21st Century Desktop Publishers

Struder, Linda; Marvin Jacobs

A guide to the effective use of graphic design as the means to produce forms and Web sites. The book is divided into three parts: Business Graphics, Forms Design and Web Site Design.

The authors cover the essential elements and principles of the graphic design process, including planning, typography, illustrations, and photographs. They apply these design elements to the production of business forms and Web sites, two areas in which the authors are acknowledged experts.

Step-by-step instructions are provided for the production of well-designed and highly functional business forms.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-9629700-3-4 335 pp. $39

Contact: Words & Pictures, P.O. Box 40, North Olmsted, OH 44070, 216 910-2001,, fax: 216 901-2003.

Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences

Bowker, Geoffrey C.; Susan Leigh Star

This book provides a complete exploration of the role of classification in shaping the form and perception of the modern world. The authors trace the development of classification systems from seventeenth-century mortality tables to X-Files episodes, showing how classification affects human interaction.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-262-02461-6 377 pp. $29.95

Contact: The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 01242-1493, 800 356-0343, 617 253-2874,, e-mail:

Cross-Platform Mac Handbook, The

Hart, David L.

The only available handbook that addresses the role of the Macintosh in a digital universe that is populated by PCs, and other operating systems, such as Unix. The author addresses the issues related to transferring and converting files, using a non-Mac platform server, utilizing cross-platform software, and running Windows software on a Macintosh.

This book is valuable for digital publishers who rely on the use of a Macintosh, but are compelled to deal with files from a variety of sources.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-13-085088-8 200 pp. $29.99

Contact: Prentice Hall, PTR, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458,

Teach Yourself Quicken 2000 in 24 Hours

Rutledge, Patrice-Anne

A course-in-a-book composed of 24 one-hour lessons covering the use of Quicken 2000. Each lesson is presented in a step-by-step way, covering all of the essential elements of the program.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-672-31762-1 504 pp. $19.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days

Lemay, Laura

A thorough course on the Perl language incorporating the features common to Pearl 5.005 for Unix, Windows, and Macintosh. The author presents 21 lessons that address the elements that are basic to the language. Several practical examples are provided, as well as hands-on tutorials.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-672-31305-7 680 pp. $29.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

Complete Idiot's Guide to PalmPilot and Palm III, The

Gralla, Preston

A very useful guide to capabilities of PalmPilot technology, with a clear explanation of all of the installed applications, plus advanced uses. The author discusses how to connect to the Internet, read e-mail, and move information into and out of the device.

The accompanying PC-compatible CD-ROM contains 40 PalmPilot programs.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7897-1967-3 335 pp. $16.99

Contact: Alpha, 201 W. 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

PCs Cheat Sheet

O'Hara, Shelley

A handy guide containing concise directions to accomplish dozens of PC-related tasks, such as how to install a new program, or change the system time and date. The book is divided into the following sections: Computer Basics, Program Basics, File Basics, Setup and Configuration, PC Maintenance, Connecting to the Internet, and Networking. It is an especially good book for someone who is new to computing and is intimidated by the technology.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7897-1874-X 334 pp. $14.99

Contact: Que Corporation, 11711 North College Ave., Carmel, IN 46032.

IS Survival Guide

Lewis, Bob

A unique book that gives the insider's perspective on information systems management. It covers all areas of concern to a CIO in depth, and with insight. It is based, in part on a popular column written by the author for InfoWorld.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-672-31437-1 330 pp. $24.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

JavaScript Application Cookbook

Bradenbaugh, Jerry

As the default standard scripting language for the Internet, JavaScript has been applied to both enhancing page design and adding to user interactivity. This book provides ready-to-use applications that are of particular use for Web site development. These include capabilities such as a client-side search engine, on-line test administration, cookies-based user profiles, and more.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56592-577-7 478 pp. $34.95

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 103 Morris St., Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515,, e-mail:, fax: 707 829-0104.

Photoshop 5/5.5 Wow! Book, The

Dayton, Linnea; Jack Davis

A Photoshop book that is both attractive and useful. It contains dozens of "before" and "after" tutorials that incorporate essential Photoshop features, such as layers, alpha channels, and masks. The reader can gain expert skills in producing extraordinary visual effects, presented in a clear, step-by-step manner.

The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM contains exercise files from the book, special layer effects that can be applied to the reader's own files, a set of Photoshop Actions, and various other imaging utilities and demos.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35371-7 360 pp. $49.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 524-2178, 800 283-9444,, fax: 510 524-2221.

Whole Internet: The Next Generation, The

Conner-Sax, Kiersten; Ed Krol

A new edition of the first, and what is considered to be the best, guide to the Internet. It covers all of the ways in which the Internet has insinuated itself into daily life: shopping, gameplaying, banking, communication, news delivery, conferencing, personal imaging, and more.

A large section is devoted to the "Best of the Web," wherein the authors showcase sites that they believe are exceptional.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56592-428-2 558 pp. $24.95

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 103 Morris St., Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515,, e-mail:, fax: 707 829-0104.

A Word From Our Sponsors

********** If you use a Mac and you're on the Internet, give NetBots a try: **********

Copyright and Distribution Information

Copyright and Distribution Information

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing is (c)opyright 1999, Graphic Dimensions, Pittsford, NY, all rights reserved. You may distribute the SoftLocked version of this document, unmodified and in its entirety. You may distribute portions of this document, up to 200 words in length, unmodified, provided that you also include this copyright notice and subscription information.

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing is published in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, using SoftLock technology. Each issue costs $4.95, with a 6 issue subscription costing $24.95. The free Acrobat reader and the free SoftLock plug-in and registration program are required for viewing.

Past issues (more than 60 days old) of The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing are available on the Web at: Comments and inquiries should be directed to: The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, 134 Caversham Woods, Pittsford, NY 14534 USA. E-mail: