The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
Issue 2.7, October/November 1997

This issue of KDP is sponsored by:


Tracking and Following Trends and Developments in Digital Publishing

by Professor Michael Kleper <>

There are several trends and developments in the field of digital publishing that are highly likely to impact on how work is produced, and on what new skills will be needed. The following remarks are drawn from a publication available at which presents some of those trends and developments, and the Web resources that may be helpful in tracking them, understanding them, and acquiring them.

Trends are, by their nature, changing and developing. The following brief descriptions are meant as a starting point for raising awareness of the technologies that are influencing the way that we publish information.

1. Adobe Acrobat PDF: Both a major technical development and a key element in digital publishing workflow.

It has become apparent that many companies are routinely using the Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) to maintain jobs through most or all of the production cycle. PDF has several advantages over PostScript files, including on-screen previewing and smaller file size. In addition, PDF files tend to be more reliable than their PostScript versions. Printers and imagesetters are available that will accept PDF files directly. PDF files are a reasonable alternative to conventional printing on paper.

Adobe Acrobat
Acrobat Examples and Resources
Emerge PDF News

2. Digital Workflows: Digital media require digital production processes. The strong push of Computer-to-Plate and Computer-to-Press technologies, has led to the need to find efficient and effective methods to keep all production elements in digital form, and process them in a logical sequence. The file format of choice for this purpose is PDF.

Computer to Plate Pressroom

3. Media Asset Management Systems: Efficient digital publishing requires the accurate tracking of all electronically held elements. The use of digital workflows requires that all of the parts of a job are maintained in a digital form. The proliferation of digital assets requires a system that can quickly and easily allow users to store and retrieve any part of a job: photos, fonts, artwork, and application files. Several media asset management programs are now available from companies such as MediaWay and Canto. An inexpensive media asset management program called Portfolio is available from Extensis, and a Macintosh shareware tool called iView is available from Script Software.

Canto Media Management System
Extensis Visual Database
Kudo Image Publisher
MediaWay Image Management
Multi-Ad Search Image Database
Script Software

4. XML: The Web is developing as a richer more capable publishing platform. XML is the latest extension to HTML, the language of the World Wide Web. XML is based on SGML, the most complete, yet complex, mark-up language available. The addition of XML will provide Web authors with an unprecedented degree of flexibility in creating Web sites.

Links to XML

5. Growth of the Internet: It is nothing less than a phenomenon. The Internet has been accepted as an alternative publishing format, supporting, and in some cases, replacing, print. This development has been fueled by the unprecedented increase in Internet use, accounting for more than 9 million daily World Wide Web users in the U.S. as of October 1996. (1)

The presence of the Web is seen everywhere; including the traditional forms of mass communication: radio, television and print. For example, of the first 20 advertisements in the October 96 issue of Scientific American, 75% listed WWW addresses, even more than those which listed toll-free numbers (70%).(2) In terms of its effectiveness as an advertising, sales, and information delivery channel, the Web has produced phenomenal sales growth. The dollar volume of sales generated by the WWW in 1995 was estimated at $436 million, with an expected increase in 1998 to $46 billion.(3)

No other form of communication has generated such exceptional growth. As of the beginning of 1997, the approximate number of new Internet domain names being registered monthly was 85,000.(4) And, just as impressive, the monthly increase in Internet traffic is estimated to grow by 30% according to MCI.(5)

_________ (1) Source: Wall Street Journal, 21 October 1996, citing a survey by Find/SVP and Jupiter Communications. (2) Source: Scientific American, October 1996. (3) Cost of the report detailing these estimates, in dollars: 795 Source: ActivMedia. (4) Source: Boston Globe, 26 January 1997. (5) Source: Edupage, citing Broadcasting & Cable, 25 Nov 1996, p62.

We may not know where it is all going, but we do know where it has come from. Web Publishing is intimately linked with print publishing.

Electronic prepress has been the primary source for technical expertise in the development of professionally-produced Web sites. This is due to several factors:

o The skill set required to build Web pages is similar to that required for electronic prepress. The people who have demonstrated abilities to produce well-designed print pages have migrated easily to producing well-designed Web pages.

o The existing archive of print pages is the content source from which many Web pages are derived.

o The structure of HTML, the code-based language of the Web, is similar in many respects to the code-sets used in the typesetting systems which predate desktop publishing. This has eased the acceptance of HTML in prepress environments where code-based systems are generally accepted without intimidation.

o Traditional desktop publishing tools have been enhanced with Web publishing capabilities. For example...

--Adobe has added several features to PageMaker 6.5 which provide for converting printed page formats into screen page formats, and for generating output in HTML.

--Third parties have developed Xtensions for QuarkXPress which support expressing Quark files in HTML.

--Adobe has added import and export filters to support the main graphic formats of the Web: GIF and JPEG.

o Leading graphic arts companies, such as R. R. Donnelley and Banta, have become the models for cross-media publishing. These companies have successfully built full-line businesses extending from print to interactive multimedia, hybrid publications (print/CD, print/CD/Web, CD/Web), and the Web. and the Promise of Electronic Commerce

by Scott J. Kleper <>

When electronic commerce was first explored in the early years of the web, it was often a very static experience that offered no real advantages over normal catalog shopping. Today, companies like Dell do millions of dollars in sales over the web and many customers find the Internet shopping experience truly compelling. is an Internet success story. Boasting itself as the world's largest bookstore, Amazon has 100 times more books than the average mall bookstore and can deliver most books within a few days. If the sheer number of books offered were Amazon's only advantage, however, it would be no different from ordering from a warehouse. A look at the Amazon web site reveals why this site is so compelling.

When I shop at Amazon, which I've been doing rather frequently lately, it seems fundamentally different from shopping at a bookstore. To me, bookstores are uncomfortable places. They're quiet and rigidly organized. If you know what you're looking for, you will probably find it eventually. But except for occassional serendipidous experiences, you rarely find something completely random that interests you anyway. Amazon greatly enhances the chances of a serendipidous event. When the user examines an entry for a book, the site lists other books purchased by people who bought this book. The given titles would be unlikely to appear next to each other on a store shelf but may lead the user down an unexplored path and eventually to an interesting book.

The feature that brings me back to Amazon often is the Recommendation Center. This area features several techniques that share the goal of recommending books to the visitor. The theory seems to be that people don't always know about books that they would really like. This was certainly the case for me. I answered some questions about how I liked certain books and was given a list of suggested titles. Clicking on a title gave me a description as well as reviews written by other Amazon customers. A few clicks later, the books were charged to my credit card and on their way to me.

I believe that Amazon shows the potential of the web as a sales channel. The site is so flexible and well-organized that there is a clear advantage over a traditional bookstore. This is a great example of online commerce done right. We have even begun adding links from our book reviews to entries. Just click on the link for additional perspectives, related titles, or to purchase the book.

DTP Reviews

Vertigo 3D Words (MAC/WIN)

Vertigo 3D Words is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that provides a complete, yet easy-to-use environment for creating professional 3D text. Once within the program, the user simply types the text, selects a font (TrueType or Type 1), selects a color, moves or rotates the text along the 3D path, positions the camera, and then places the text within Illustrator. In a matter of minutes a dazzling typographic element has been created. A free trial version is available on-line $99

Vertigo Technology Inc., 842 Thurlow St., Suite 300, Vancouver, BC, CN V6E 1W2, 604 684-2113,, e-mail:, fax: 604 684-2108.

Productivity Reviews

Timbuktu Pro 4.0 for Macintosh (MAC)

Timbuktu is one of those special programs that earns the loyalty of its users. It quickly becomes an essential part of the way that you use your computer...and the means by which you extend your reach to all of your computing resources.

Timbuktu Pro 4.0 for Macintosh is the latest version of this tried and true program. It provides complete remote control over another computer (Mac or Windows PC) running Timbuktu, through direct dial-up, ARA, Internet, LAN or WAN connections. The user can control the remote computer (with the proper permission) and do virtually anything that can be done locally. In addition, files can be transferred in either direction; and a communication session, either as a chat or voice intercom, can be conducted.

The capability to control a remote computer is as useful as it is compelling. A user can control the computer in their office, while working at home, or on business in a distant city; take control of a colleague's computer and demonstrate new software; install software updates to a cluster of computers in a laboratory; troubleshoot a network problem; collaborate on a project in real-time; perform system maintenance tasks; provide remote training; and much more.

Version 4.0 adds several impressive features to this excellent program. Among them are an Intercom for voice communication; automatic file synchronization; significantly increased file transfer speeds using Timbuktu Express technology; recording and playback of Timbuktu operations using AppleScript; and a new and improved AppleGuide.

A demonstration version is available on-line at It is both comforting and empowering to know that access to any computer that you use is available from anywhere at anytime. $139

Farallon Communications, Inc., 2470 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda, California 94501, (510) 814-5100,, e-mail:, fax: (510) 814-5023.

Photoshop 4.0 Vol. 6 (MAC/WIN)

Photoshop 4.0 Video, Volume 6, Advanced Layer Techniques, is part of a ten volume set which is also available in CD-ROM format. Each of the tapes provides an in-depth treatment of one particular aspect of Photoshop use, such as retouching and filters. This particular tape provides an excellent overview of the use of layers, masks, and clipping groups. The instruction is clear and fast-paced, and a running clock, which appears on the screen, makes it easy to return to any particular part for review. $59 per volume, $490 for all ten volumes.

MacAcademy, 100 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176-1712, 904 677-1918, 800 527-1914,, fax: 904 677-6717.

PageMaker 6.5 Interactive CD-ROM Training (MAC/WIN)

The PageMaker 6.5 Interactive Training CD-ROM set consists of six volumes, covering virtually every technical aspect of the program. Each CD has an interactive interface, showing the content, and providing various navigational aids for finding the information of interest. The program tracks the user's progress, presenting a graphic map of which units have been completed. The CD mirrors its videotape counterpart, but has the advantage of greater user control and a clearer display of the computer screens. $59 per volume, or all six for $294.

MacAcademy, 100 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176-1712, 904 677-1918, 800 527-1914,, fax: 904 677-6717.

Scripter 2 (MAC)

AppleScript is Apple's language for communicating instructions between software applications for the purpose of controlling and automating work. Publishing professionals have used AppleScript to implement digital workflow paths which were never imagined by software vendors, and which would be prohibitively expensive to develop with custom software. AppleScript uses a fairly simple set of commands to "teach" one program to accept information from, or pass information to, another. Despite the elegance of the language, and its compelling value to users, it is not intuitive; and the applications it supports consist of vocabularies of hundreds of words (commands).

The only available solution for composing AppleScript efficiently is Scripter 2. Scripter 2 is an authoring, debugging and development environment for the over 150 applications that are AppleScriptable. It speeds the development of scripts by providing powerful editing functions, easy access to application vocabularies, construction shortcuts, and debugging assistants.

Scripter provides instant access to the commands and object classes that are associated with a particular application. This occurs when the application is added to the Scripter Application Bar, which displays all of the verbs and objects so that the user can easily construct scripts. The App Bar supports up to eight simultaneous applications. Scripts are assembled by clicking on commands and parameters, and the Builder environment clearly shows all of the AppleScript grammar.

Completed scripts can be debugged easily. The Observe window shows exactly how the script is running, line-by-line. The user can step through a script one command at a time, and make corrections in real-time.

AppleScript will be part of the forthcoming Rhapody OS, confirming Apple's commitment to this important technology. Power users and other serious publishing application users would do well to learn AppleScript programming and employ Scripter in the process. $199

Main Event Software, Inc., 1830 Calvert St., NW #3, Washington, DC 20009-1936, 202 298-9595, 800 616-8320,, e-mail:

FileMaker Pro 4.0 (MAC/WIN)

FileMaker Pro is one of the most popular database applications in use today. This publication (KDP) is composed and maintained in FileMaker, and reports are output for posting on the Web. With FileMaker Pro 4.0 that process is simplified with built-in HTTP and CGI capabilities which are so seamlessly implemented that virtually anyone can publish their databases to the Web.

Web publishing is engaged through the Web Companion plug-in which creates a Java-enabled interface. A user can elect to publish a database for public or private use. The implications of this capability are far-reaching, and make it possible for an individual to make their personal databases accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world through any Web browser. A publisher could make their publications live, or a businessperson could have 24-hour, worldwide access to their databases. Consider the possibilities.

FileMaker now supports both GIF and JPEG images, which are the standard file formats of the Web. In addition, PICT versions of graphics can be maintained if the "Store Compatible Graphics" option is selected. If only PICT versions are in the database, GIF or JPEG versions are converted "on-the-fly" for Web posting.

New too is a feature to send email from within FileMaker. Fields within the database can be assigned to the "To" or "CC" fields, making it possible to execute the bulk mailing of electronic messages. Another direct Web link is the option of setting fields to open specified URLs with a single click.

Claris has devised a new language, CDML (Claris Dynamic Markup Language) to provide Web authors with the means to customize Web interfaces to support FileMaker databases. CDML extends the capabilities of HTML. The forthcoming version 3.0 of Claris Home Page (to ship in December) will include a built-in FileMaker Connection Assistant to provide an easy path to integrating a FileMaker database within Web pages.

FileMaker 4.0 is not just about Web integration, although that is certainly its main feature, and justifies the whole number increment in the version upgrade. Another major improvement is the drag and drop importation of Excel spreadsheets, converting them directly into FileMaker databases. This is also a path to taking spreadsheets directly to the Web.

Upgrades from version 3 are $99. Files from version 3 open in version 4 with no conversion necessary, and version 4 files will open in version 3, although features which are unique to version 4, such as rotated fields, will revert to version 3 status. Claris has put up a new Web site for FileMaker users which contains a significant volume of information and resources $199

Claris, 5201 Patrick Henry Drive, Box 58168, Santa Clara, CA 95052-8168, 408 987-7000, 800-3-CLARIS, 408 727-8227, WWW:

MagicMask (MAC/WIN)

MagicMask is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and compatible applications which simplifies the creation of complex masks. It provides capabilities which were previously available only in high-end electronic prepress systems. Among its tools is the unique Magic Lasso which automatically detects the edge of an object as the user clicks around it. The tool is amazing, and is representative of the collection of tools which comprises this precision plug-in.

The plug-in is based on patented ImageGenetics technology, which, in essence can intelligently detect elements of an image, and therefore require significantly less skilled guidance by the user. As an example, the Color Brush lets the user select one or multiple objects or backgrounds by brushing over them. By so doing selective color ranges can be masked out, or in, with precision and ease, and with unlimited levels of undo. In addition, the Density Mask tool, which incorporates an adjustable "reach" control, makes it easy to select gradients, such as skin tones.

MagicMask is one of a suite of integrated plug-ins which will be rolled-out in 1998. The other plug-ins are EdgeWizard, which will automatically blend edges and create other edge effects, and ChromaZone, which will provide recoloring capabilities. MagicMask is well worth a close look. $99.95

Chroma Graphics, Inc., 577 Airport Blvd., Suite 730, Burlingame, CA 94010-2020, 415 375-1100,

Addition / Extension Reviews

DitherBox 1.0 (MAC/WIN)

DitherBox 1.0 is a Photoshop plug-in that extends the 216 color-safe Web palette to millions of colors. It does so by creating hybrid colors which are composed of single pixel blends of color-safe colors. To create purple, a color not in the Web safe palette, for example, the user would use alternating red and blue pixels. The new color will not dither because it is composed of colors from the Web-safe palette. The new color can be used like any other, and can be used for fill or paint. The program can also be used to make background patterns. A trial version is available on-line. $29.95

RDG Tools, San Mateo, CA,

Boris FX 3.0 (MAC/WIN)

Boris FX 3.0 is a sophisticated digital video effects generator in the form of a software plug-in. The tab-based interface provides precision controls for creating high-end, broadcast quality digital video effects which are common to television production, such as page turns and tumbling cubes transitions. The collection of over 200 customizable effects are also useful for film and multimedia production, for such things as 3D flying logos, animations and titles.

The program, which has been used in feature films such as Volcano and Air Force One, works with several standard video editing packages, including Avid MCXpress, Media 100, In-sync Speed Razor, D-Vision OnLine, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects.

One way in which Boris FX is unique is its support for an unlimited number of keyframes. Each keyframe serves as a decision point at which effects parameters can be applied.

The package also includes a wide selection of filters which can be applied for color correction, color effects, or to produce a special motion effect, such as blur, bevel or motion trails. $495

Contact: Artel Software, Inc., 374 Congress St., Suite 308, Boston, MA 02210, 617 451-9900, 888-77 BORIS,, e-mail:, fax: 617 451-9916.

Printing Reviews

Font Gander Pro (MAC)

Font Gander Pro is one of those "must have" font utilities that not only displays and prints both Type 1 and TrueType fonts, but also includes a unique editor that lets users design their own type specimen sheets. Gander Quill is a sophisticated page specimen editor that supports up to 99 fonts on a single page. Up to 63 unique page specimens can be addressed directly from the within Font Gander Pro. Fonts can be opened from inside the program, or dragged-and-dropped on the Font Gander icon. The program supports the processing of single fonts on up to entire folders or disks. A free demo is available. Definitely worth a look. $20

Hugh Johnson, 612 792-0583,, e-mail:

Image Collection Reviews

Corel Mega Gallery (MAC/WIN)

The Corel Mega Gallery is a massive collection of media assets, including over 50,000 clipart images, 60,000 photos, 1,000 fonts, plus sounds and videos. The clipart images are primarily in vector format (a portion of the Windows collection is in bitmap format); the photos are 72 dpi, 24-bit, 340 x 220; and the fonts are in TrueType (700) and Type 1 (1000) formats.

The clipart, most of which is in full-color, and the fonts, are presented in an indexed manual. Most importantly, software is provided for managing this massive collection. The Corel Photo Browser Database supports management of the photo collection; the Visual Multimedia File Manager makes it easy to locate clipart images; and the font utility (Font-Master for Windows, MasterJuggler for Macintosh) supports the installation and use of fonts.

The collection is an incredible bargain, easily worth several times its modest price. $79.99

Corel, POB 244 STN Malton, Mississauga, ON Canada L4T 3B6, 800 722-6735,, e-mail:

CD-ROM Reviews

A Zillion Sounds (MAC/WIN)

A Zillion Sounds CD-ROM actually contains closer to 2000 royalty/license-free sound effects and short musical clips. The sounds are organized into 30 categories, from animals to weird. PC versions are provided in .WAV format, while Macintosh files are provided in both SoundEdit and System 7 Beep Sound formats. Free sample sounds are available on-line. $24.95

BeachWare, 9419 Mt. Israel Rd., Escondido, CA 92029, 760 735-8945,, e-mail:

WebWare (MAC/WIN)

WebWare is a CD-ROM-based collection of Web page elements consisting of buttons, animations (Shockwave and animated GIFs), dividers, bullets, textures, sound effects, and Web page templates. A demo collection of clip media is available at $24.95

BeachWare, 9419 Mt. Israel Rd., Escondido, CA 92029, 760 735-8945,, e-mail:

Phone Search USA 3.0 (MAC/WIN)

Phone Search USA 3.0 is a CD-ROM-based phone book with over 96 million business and residential listings for the entire U.S. Listings from the directory can be mapped using DeLorme's mapping software, Street Atlas USA 4.0.

The new "reverse search" function can be used to locate the name and phone number when the address is entered. With just a street name, the program returns a list of all residents and businesses on that street. Searches can be conducted by name, phone number, address, or SIC code; and searches can be filtered by name, street, city, state, phone exchange or ZIP code.

The user can export data, or portions of data, to databases or contact managers. The data can also be printed onto Avery labels. A steal at only $29.

DeLorme, Lower Main St., POB 298, Freeport, ME 04032, WWW:

Print Preparation Training Suite (MAC/WIN)

The Print Preparation Training Suite is a set of CD-ROM-based instructional materials addressing Printing Prep in QuarkXPress and PageMaker, and Trapping in Illustrator. The set is the first to combine interactive tutorials, concept and background information, competency tests, and an online glossary. The background information is augmented with QuickTime movies that demonstrate a particular concept. The tutorials show how to accomplish a particular task, and involve the user in making on-screen selections. Each CD-ROM contains up to eight hours of training.

These training CDs are the first to provide a variety of training approaches, making them more likely to maintain a learner's interest, and generate motivation.

The company has a liberal trade-in policy, accepting competitors' titles as partial payment for theirs, and also a very attractive upgrade program. Individual titles are $79.95 to $99.95. This suite of three titles is $149.95. A suite of four titles is $189.95; five titles are $219.95.

Digital Media Inc., POB 9, Bloomington, IN 47402, 800 355-6429,, e-mail:

Street Atlas USA (MAC/WIN)

Street Atlas USA 4.0 is the latest version of the best selling mapping software sold in the US. It provides street-level map detail for the entire US; over one million lakes, rivers, railroads, airports, hospitals, colleges, parks and other landmarks; placename, ZIP Code and street address searching; the ability to add text, symbols or notes to the maps; and a link to DeLorme's Phone Search USA 3.0 CD-ROM. New features include a link to the Global Positioning System; draw functions for line, circles or polygons, to measure distances between and within them; ZIP Code and county boundaries with demographic information; real-time trip navigation; Extractor function to move frequently used map portions to a hard drive (useful for portables that do not have a CD-ROM drive); and importation of contact manager data for mapping. $45

DeLorme, Lower Main St., POB 298, Freeport, ME 04032, WWW:

Internet Reviews

PageCharmer (MAC/WIN)

PageCharmer may be the easiest way yet to produce designer Java applets for creating interactive Web pages. The application works from within Netscape or Explorer, providing all documentation, the actual user interface, and a display of how the applet will appear. The user can interactively change the applet's parameters and settings until the desired effect is achieved. When that point is reached, the user clicks the "HTML" button, and the HTML code is created. The user simply copy-and-pastes the code into their Web page.

The applet library which is provided in PageCharmer is divided into four parts: Smart Image Maps, Multi-media Buttons, Animated Marquees, and Scrolling Tickers. The options available with each applet provide for the possible creation of millions of unique effects, all without HTML coding or Java programming. The program is an impressive programming feat which adds dynamic elements to Web page designs, quickly and easily. $139.95

Mainstay, 591-A Constitution Ave., Camarillo, CA 93012, 805 484-9400,, fax: 805 484-9428.

Ahoy! (MAC/WIN)

Ahoy! is a useful piece of Internet communications software that supports direct connections between users, without the need for servers or intermediary parties. The software makes it possible for two users (even those with dynamic IP addresses) to make contact and chat. $24.95

Quicomm, 906 789-3679,, e-mail:, fax: 906 789-2879.

CyberStudio 2.0 (MAC)

In June, I reviewed CyberStudio 1.1 ( and pointed out how this HTML editor breaks from tradition. Since then, CyberStudio has become my HTML editor of choice and I am very pleased with the new version.

One of the best features of CyberStudio since version 1.0 is its recognition of many different technologies like Java, JavaScript, and Apple's MCF. Version 2.0 also supports ActiveX and makes dynamic content integration with WebObjects far easier than it has ever been.

The new version also supports link checking, spell checking, and better support for frames. Give it a try -- you may never look at HTML authoring the same way again. The GoLive web site has a free trial version and online ordering.

Reviewed by Scott J. Kleper

Contact: GoLive Systems, Inc., 525 Middlefield Rd., Suite 100, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 800 554-6638, 415 463-1580,


CD-ROM Reviews

Storage Wizard (MAC)

Storage Wizard is a file management utility that deals with the problem of handling inactive files. An industry study by Peripheral Strategies suggests that up to 80% of files stored on-line are inactive. Inactive files take-up valuable storage space, complicate file management and retrieval, reduce productivity, and increase the overall cost of file storage.

Storage Wizard uses a rule-based system to identify the oldest, least recently used files, and then works in the background to move, migrate, compress, or even delete old files. Rules can determine how much of a disk is to remain free, and what criteria are to be used to qualify files for migration or deletion.

When files are moved to a secondary storage location the program can leave behind an alias, which serves as a pointer. If the file in question is needed again, clicking on the alias icon retrieves it back to its original location.

The program offers several flexible options for accomplishing routine disk grooming. Files can be compressed in standard StuffIt (.sit) format, can be held in a holding area for manual inspection, can be mirrored between a source volume and storage volume, can be added to an "archive candidates" list for review, can be moved directly into the trash, or can be flagged with a Finder Label or Color as they age. In addition, files which are never to be archived can be permanently "anchored."

Not only is the program an essential tool for busy digital publishers, but is a useful housekeeping utility for systems that are used by multiple users; in a company, laboratory, or classroom.

Although the program supports automatic, transparent operations, some of the functions can be performed manually. The program supports the use of almost any Finder-mountable storage device, including network volumes. $79

FWB Software, 2750 El Camino Real, Redwood, CA 94061-3911, 415 482-4805,, fax: 415 482-4858.

MathType Version 3.5 (MAC/WIN)

MathType solves virtually any mathematical composition problem with an easy-to-use interface, and support for over 300 math symbols. The newest version supports the production of equations for the World Wide Web by offering the exportation of files in the GIF file format.

MathType is provided as a junior application in Microsoft Word, making it familiar and accessible to a large installed base. The full product provides a complete mathematical typesetting environment suitable for the production of high-quality output for mathematical and scientific books, technical papers and reports, on-screen and on-disk presentations, and Web page publishing.

Complex equations and expressions are composed easily, using point-and-click methods within the intelligent equation editor. The editor can interpret input with context, so it knows that "sinx", for example, is "sin x", and it will set "sin" in roman, and "x" in italic.

The program supports both PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts, and allows type sizes and positioning to within 1/32 of a point. Not only does its output conform to the American Mathematical Society's typesetting standards, but because it is cross-platform, equations created on either a Macintosh or PC can be opened on the other. In addition, because the program can output to EPS, equations produced on either platform can be used within applications on either its own platform, or the other. The software works with any application that supports either OLE, EGO, or the Clipboard.

MathType is the most powerful, yet most unintimidating program available for producing high-quality mathematical typesetting. $199

Design Science, Inc., 4028 Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803, 310 433-0685, 800 827-0685, fax: 310 433-6969, WWW:

Font Reserve 1.0.1 (MAC)

Macintosh users now have an alternative to Suitcase, MasterJuggler, and Adobe Type Manager 4.0 Deluxe. FontReserve is the next-generation font management solution, simplifying font installation, organization, and use. It frees the user from the constraints implicit in font suitcases.

Font Reserve (FR) provides a complete database environment in which fonts (the actual fonts, their aliases, or a combination of the two, as chosen by user preference) are managed. Fonts can be added to the database by dropping a suitcase, folder, or entire volume on the FR icon. As fonts are added they are checked for corruption, damage, or missing resources; they are identified by their type (bitmap, PS Type 1, PS Type 3, TrueType and Multiple Master fonts); they are sorted by their foundry, and they are sorted into their proper classification (based on a proposed ISO standard, which includes such categories as serif, old style, transitional, modern, slab, etc.).

Individual fonts can be added to sets, which are also maintained in the database. Sets can be constructed manually for a given job, purpose, or application; or can be created automatically when the fonts are imported into FR.

Because FR is a fully-capable database, the user can search, organize and label fonts according to almost any criteria. Font management has never been easier or so powerful.

Font Reserve has one of the most complete sets of font preview options available. The user can preview specimens in user-defined sizes, paragraph samples with any combination of point size and line spacing, a complete character set, a keyboard layout map with point size control and complete kerning information, and the display of multiple fonts at the same time. Any given font can be previewed immediately by Command-clicking on its name.

Any serious digital publisher should consider this an essential tool. A fully functional demonstration version, Font Reserve Lite, is available at $119.95

DiamondSoft, Inc., 351 Jean St., Mill Valley, CA 94941, 415 381-3303,, e-mail:, fax: 415 381-3503.

FormatterFive (MAC)

FormatterFive is a multi-purpose disk utility that performs several media management functions. First and foremost it is a formatting utility that can format (SCSI and IDE), partition (with Macintosh and DOS partitions on the same drive), lock (make "read only"), mount, and test. It provides extended support for SCSI device IDs, showing views of multiple SCSI bus devices.

The program also supports cross-platform file transfers, and makes it easy to mount Windows 95, Windows 3.1, and DOS disks of any kind or size, directly on the Macintosh desktop. $195


DataSaver (MAC/WIN)

Good computer housekeeping requires regular data back-up. Back-up procedures which are complicated simply won't get done, or won't get done routinely. One of the most simple back-up programs is Data Saver, which performs a backup in three easy steps. First the data source is selected, next the destination, and finally the filter (signifying what data will be copied).

The program supports multiple disk back-ups to removable media such as floppies, SyQuest, Zip, Jaz, MO, and others. It provides an estimate of how many disks will be needed and how long the back-up will take. $79.95


Aladdin Flashback (MAC)

Flashback is a unique and exceptionally useful utility that maintains a version history of selected files. The user can select which files (virually unlimited) and how many versions (up to 99) to maintain. The program uses a differencing engine to record the minor changes that occur each time a file is saved or closed. Only the differences are stored, making each file relatively small. Each version is stored in the Flashback window, identified by name and time stamp. The user can restore any version of a file at any time.The program has uses in many industries, and is especially helpful in the publishing industry, where numerous versions are typical for a publication. $69.95

Aladdin Systems, 165 Westridge Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076, 408 761-6200,, e-mail:, fax: 408 761-6206.

Private File (MAC/WIN)

Private File is a data encryption utility that provides the most secure file protection available. The program uses an industry standard algorithm called MD5 which provides professional encryption, which industry experts predict would take 12 million times the age of the universe to crack. The 128-bit encryption version is available for use in the U.S. only. A 40-bit version is available for use outside the U.S.

The program provides drag and drop convenience, compressing files to as much as 90% of their original size. Multiple files can be compressed in a single, encrypted package, and can be sent with most e-mail programs over the Internet where it can safely be decrypted. The program itself also provides an "Encrypt and Mail" option for direct e-mailing. Two licenses are provided for $99.95.

Aladdin Systems, 165 Westridge Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076, 408 761-6200,, e-mail:, fax: 408 761-6206.

iView 2.8 (MAC)

One of the biggest concerns of digital publishers is the management of digital assets. Now that virtually every element of every form of published material is in a digital format, it has become essential to be able to manage assets so that they can be archived, retrieved and reused. There are several products available for that purpose, but one, iView, is unique in several respects.

The iView interface provides views of its image catalog as a list of names, list of thumbnails, variably sized images, or as a slide show. The user can make and maintain an unlimited number of catalogs (depending on available disk space) with up to 8000 multimedia elements per catalog. The program does not duplicate the digital asset. It records the address path, thereby producing very compact and portable catalogs.

Images can be added through normal menu selections, or more easily, with drag-and-drop, making it possible to catalog an entire folder, disk, CD or volume of elements in one step. The program supports most popular file formats, including JPEG, GIF, GIFf, TIFF, TIF, Photoshop (single layer), Kodak PhotoCD, MacPaint, Silicon Graphics, PICT, QuickTime movies, QuickTime VR, Fonts (which can be viewed in different sizes and with different sample text), animated GIFs, EPS, clips, and startup screens. QuickTime movies, VR files and animated GIFs can be played back from within the program. In addition, iView detects the URLs of images that are dropped from Web browsers, such as Netscape Navigator.

After images are placed in an iView catalog the user benefits from several options. The images can be organized and presented in several formats, and on the basis of flexible search routines. Each file can contain an information tag consisting of descriptive text, including name, size, type, location, comments, keywords, dimensions, resolution, date, and more. Each of these tag elements can be used for sorting or searching. The annotation scheme adheres to the American standards which have been implemented by newspapers, magazines and publishing houses, and which are compatible with Adobe Photoshop file info. Selected images can be launched with the applications that created them, and because the digital asset need not be on-line to be in the catalog, the program will prompt the user to insert the needed volume when necessary. Items can be copied to the Clipboard, dragged as clips/files/HTML formatted pathnames to the finder or to any drag and drop aware application.

Perhaps its most valuable feature is printing. The user can print complete catalogs, with titles both of the catalog name and asset names, and with as many or as few items per page as they require. This particular capability has been missing in the realm of digital publishing software, and justifies the purchase of this program on that basis alone.

iView is shareware, and is somewhat unique in that respect too. The modest shareware fee provides registered users with every upgrade for free. $25

Script Software, POB 854, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, 916 546-9005,, e-mail:

Digimarc Personal Lite and Corporate Services (MAC/WIN)

Digimarc Personal Lite is a free basic copyright communication service. It allows individuals to communicate copyright ownership in their photography, illustrations and other digital images worldwide at no cost. It uses digital watermarking technology, triggering a copyright symbol and communicating copyright year and the copyright holder's first and last names.

The Digimarc system provides an imperceptible digital watermark embedded throughout an image. The watermark is robust and remains with the image through typical edits and file format conversions, regardless of whether the image is distributed digitally or printed.

Users may obtain a unique Digimarc Creator ID from the Digimarc Web site ( The Creator ID is used with the Digimarc PictureMarc software, which is bundled with 90% of all image editing software, and creates the digital watermark. The markmark is imperceptible, but can be read with the free Readmarc reader, also available at the Digimarc Web site.

Users can upgrade to the Professional version, which provides more copyright information, for $99 per year. They maintain the same ID.

Digimarc also provides a complete corporate watermarking solution which addresses the problems digital age businesses face: promoting a company's brand or image, protecting corporate digital assets from piracy, and tracking authorized/unauthorized use of its virtual assets. The Corporate Complete Package includes:

* MarcSpider Service: Tracks and reports where a user's watermarked images are posted on the Web in real-time and features advanced report filtering options. * Watermarking ID: Embeds a corporation's unique code while watermarking images to communicate ownership and contact information. * MarcCentre Service: Enables a company to advertise its services or describe images with a complete 500 character description, logo, full contact details and hot-links to their Web site and e-mail address. * BatchMarc Pro: Allows users with large collections of images to efficiently embed multiple levels of identifying information into batches of digital images. $4950

Digimarc Corporation, 521 SW 11th Ave., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205, 503 223-0118, 800 DIGIMARC,, e-mail:, fax: 503 223-6015.

Multimedia Reviews

Font F/X Version 1.10 (WIN )

Font F/X is an easy-to-use graphics environment in which any TrueType text can be transformed into an impressive photorealistic 3D image Files can be produced in JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PCX, Photoshop, Macintosh PICT, PNG and other formats, with built-in anti-aliasing, for virtually any purpose, from Web publishing to print.

The ease of use is further enhanced with the New File Wizard option, which provides the user with a set of predesigned templates which can be modified quickly. A robust rendering engine produces near real-time results, yielding virtually immediate visual feedback.

A built-in bitmap editor allows the user to enhance 3D text images with special effects, such as blur, noise, embossing, brightness, contrast and grayscale. The integrated preview window displays the 3D image exactly as it will be exported. A trial version is available on-line. $79

DCSi, 3775 Iris Ave., Suite 1B, Boulder, CO 80301, 303 447-9251,, fax: 303 447-1406.

Auria Multimedia Music Library, Vol. II (Vol. II)

The Auria Multimedia Music Library, Vol. II CD-ROM is a cross-platform collection of over 60 minutes of royalty-free music and sounds for multimedia, video, kiosk and Web page use. The collection is accessible through an attractive and easy-to-use interface which provides a flexible search engine which can help to locate tracks on the basis of category, tempo, and duration.

The collection is categorized into three sections: Commerical (orchestral, commercial backgrounds, easy feel, jazz, rock, new age, etc.); Techno/Dance (ambient, trance, trip hop, house, etc.); and World Experience (African, Middle Eastern, Australian, Latin, etc.). Each of the tracks is identified by name, description, and length, and can be auditioned. A selected track can be exported in a choice of sample rates (44.1 kHz, 22.05 kHz, or 11 kHz), resolutions (16- or 8-bit), stereo or mono, and Mac (AIFF) or PC (WAVE) formats. All of the files are CD-quality. Sample files are available on the GIRA Web site at

Most of the tracks are "loopable," and range in length from a few seconds to about 2 minutes. The collection of 242 files encompasses a wide range of selections including live ensembles, solo artists, and electronic studio creations. In addition to music, the CD includes intro sounds, button clicks, percussion hits, short effects, etc. $99.95

Contact: GIRA Sound, POB 61514, Denver, CO 80206-8514, 303 780-9174, 800 519-3426,, e-mail:, fax: 303 322-5048.

Miscellaneous News and Reviews

Digital Radar (MAC/WIN)

Digital Radar is an innovative program that works in concert with a video camera, such as QuickCam, connected to a Macintosh or PC. The program converts the video set-up into a digital motion detector, recording changes in the environment as video frames on the user's hard drive. The system can be scheduled to monitor during prescribed periods, and can react according to the user's preference. $29.95

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

IdeaFisher (MAC/WIN)

If you're looking for a way to come up with some creative new names or product directions, IdeaFisher Pro may be just what you're looking for. Built as a tool to help you break out of your normal ways of thinking, IdeaFisher is one of those programs that you don't know you need until you see what it can do.

Looking to come up with the 6 key words or concepts for a project? The IdeaBank lets you start with one idea and just by double-clicking on successive lists of words, concepts and phrases lets you browse thousands of related items.

Sometimes, though, you're not even sure what the right questions to ask are, and that's where IdeaFisher's QBank comes in--it helps you generate questions for Advertising, Marketing, Problem Solving, Planning for Change and several others.

Perhaps the best feature of the program, though, is that it keeps track of all the ideas and questions that you're generating--to help you remember how you came up with some of the more tangential ideas.

All in all, IdeaFisher is a creative, fluid way to creative blockbusting and very useful.

Reviewed by John Lilly

Contact: IdeaFisher Systems, Inc. 2222 Martin St. #110. Irvine, CA 92715. 714-474-8111

Book Reviews

Dummies 101: Creating Web Pages

Komando, Kim

A course-in-a-book providing step-by-step lessons for creating Web pages using either a Macintosh or PC. The author provides clear, easily understood instructions for each production element, and introduces new information in a nonthreatening and friendly manner. Quizzes and exercises are provided for demonstrating mastery of the material. The accompanying CD-ROM includes Web browsers, lesson files, clip media, shareware, and trial versions of copyrighted programs.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7645-0163-1267 pp$24.99IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. 155 Bovet Road, Suite 610 San Mateo, CA 94402

Essentials of Digital Photography

Kasai, Akria; Russell Sparkman

A complete treatment of all aspects of digital photography, from image capture through reproduction. It is heavily steeped in information about Adobe Photoshop, the default standard application for digital imaging, and the program which is credited with starting the digital photography revolution. The book begins with a comparison of traditional and digital photography, and provides in-depth information about how to properly use all of the tools and techniques of the digital realm. The accompanying cross-platform (primarily Macintosh) CD-ROM contains utilities, demos, tutorial files and images.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56205-762-6327 pp$60Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Exploring Java, 2nd Edition

Niemeyer, Patrick; Joshua Peck

This edition of this popular how-to text encompasses Version 1.1 of the JDK. It includes coverage of the history and principles of Java, the procedures for writing simple Java applets, instructions on how to integrate applets on the WWW, the use of threads and arrays, content and protocol handling, the use of the Abstract Windowing Toolkit, writing a security manager, and much more.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56592-271-9594 pp$32.95O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. 103 Morris St., Suite A Sebastopol, CA 95472

Guide to Servers in the Graphic Arts, A

Hannaford, Steve

A small tightly-written volume that presents the essential information necessary to plan, evaluate and implement a server solution for graphic arts applications. The author, a respected industry consultant makes several excellent points in his survey of the entire server/network market. Among his findings are that graphic arts servers are unique in that they handle relatively few transactions, but those that are processed are exceptionally large files; the major differentiating element of a server set-up is the software; there is no one server or server platform that will work in all environments, and a workable solution for one site probably won't work as well in what seems like a similar site; servers perform two basic functions, they do file/print serving (where network speed is more important than CPU power) and applications serving (where CPU power is more important than network speed); the way that the network is configured (topology) is an essential element in the performance of the overall network; the choice of storage devices is dependent upon the administrative services that are employed, but regardless of the selection, vigilant back-up is a requirement; and high-level management involvement is critical to the right selection and deployment of any network server.

unregistered172 pp$50State Street Consultants, Inc., 31 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109, 617 482-1234, fax: 617 482-2060.

Hip Pocket Guide to HTML 3.2

Tittel, Ed; James Michael Stewart

A handy reference guide to HTML tags categorized into the following sections: document structure, text controls, headings, layout elements, links, lists, comments, tables, forms, frames, and applet controls. Each tag is presented along with a definition, list of attributes, demonstration of its context, suggested style/usage, and examples. The book contains a listing of on-line resources.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7645-8017-5234 pp$14.99IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. 155 Bovet Road, Suite 610 San Mateo, CA 94402

How to Form Your Own Corporation

Nicholas, Ted

A combination book and CD-ROM (Windows) that presents step-by-step instructions on how to form a corporation without a lawyer for under $75. The CD provides interactive forms and checklists as well as a video tutorial presented by the author.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-79310-419-X108",Dearborn Multimedia, 155 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606-1719,

Interactive Book, The

Pearce, Celia

A book that deals not with the technology of interactivity, but with its effect and impact on people. It examines many of the technical developments in all phases of our culture and plots them against their influence on daily life.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-57870-028-0602 pp$39.99Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Java Programmer's Reference

Schildt, Herbert; Joe O'Neil

A handbook in the true sense of the word, this compact volume contains short, tight explanations of Java 1.1 keywords and methods. It is a very handy and accessible reference with numerous tips and examples.

0-07-882368-448016.99Osborne McGraw-Hill

Learning FrameMaker

Adobe Systems

The official Adobe FrameMaker training program as developed by Adobe Systems. The self-paced user workbook provides clear, illustrated step-by-step instructions for learning the techniques, processes, and procedures by which FrameMaker version 5.0 can be used to produce technical documentation and other long-format documents. The book uses the tutorial files that are provided with the FrameMaker program, and the instructions support cross-platform instruction on Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56830-290-8454 pp$60Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Macworld FreeHand 7 Bible

McClelland, Deke

A complete, yet very comprehensible, guide to the effective use of Macromedia FreeHand 7. It contains, by its own admission, 100% of the information needed by an expert users, and presents that information in a highly visual and articulate manner. It is a highly useful and valuable reference which will help to get new users up and running quicker, and will likely enhance the skills of advanced users.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7645-4015-7776 pp$39.99IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. 155 Bovet Road, Suite 610 San Mateo, CA 94402

Photoshop Web Magic Vol. 2

Foster, Jeff

A cookbook of backgrounds, navigation bars, buttons, animations, and special effects presented in step-by-step, illustrated format. The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM contains filters, plug-ins, completed effects, sample animations, and demo software products.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56830-392-0220 pp$45.00Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Real World Photoshop 4

Blatner, David; Bruce Fraser

Perhaps the only book to recognize that in-depth technical support for using Photoshop will most likely reside with the user rather than with the printer. Despite the fact that other books suggest that technical details be obtained from "your printer," this one offers essential production techniques that deal with the nitty gritty of using Photoshop for real world work.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-68888-3642 pp$44.95Peachpit Press 2414 Sixth St. Berkeley, CA 94710

Redesigning Print for the Web

Garcia, Mario R.

Written by an expert who has redesigned over 400 newspapers around the world, this book deals with all of the important aspects of information delivery on the Web. The author provides a profile of who Web readers are, and how print publications can effectively move to the Web and benefit from its advantages. Each production element is described along with many colorful illustrations. Several real-world examples are provided of established newspapers that have moved successfully to Web editions.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56830-343-2239 pp$45Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Teach Yourself to Create a Home Page in 24 hours

Cadenhead, Rogers

The text consists of 24 one-hour step-by-step lessons leading to the creation of a fully-functional and relatively sophisticated home page. The accompanying CD-ROM includes a fully licensed cross-platform copy of Claris Home Page 2.0 Lite. The reader learns how to create an entire Web site including graphics, animation, movies, and Java applets. The CD-ROM includes all of the author's examples, a collection of 164 Web graphics from The Rocket Shop, and sample Web page templates.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-57521-325-7305 pp$24.99Macmillan Computer Publishing 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

Top Secret Resumes & Cover Letters

Provenzano, Steven

A combination book and CD-ROM (Windows) with interactive resumes, letters, checklists, and a video tutorial conducted by the author.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7931-1359-8218 pp34.95Dearborn Multimedia, 155 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606-1719,

Web Security: A Matter of Trust

Biddle, C. Bradford; Simon Garfinkel, John Gilmore, Rohit Khare, Cricket Liu, Lincoln Stein, et. al.

This book presents expert opinions on the tough questions surrounding the issue of "Trust Management," a new approach to protecting open, decentralized systems like the Web. This collection of technical papers covers such critical areas as digital signature legality, medical records privacy, cryptography, government access to encryption, security for the domain name system, electronic commerce, and much more.

The book is the Summer 1997 issue of the World Wide Web Journal, which is thematically based and chartered to explore the broad range of Web issues and activities. Information is available on-line at

Available for ordering on-line at

1-56592-329-4282 pp$29.95O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. 103 Morris St., Suite A Sebastopol, CA 95472

Windows Annoyances

Karp, David A.

Windows Annoyances is the first in a series of books which address the problems associated with popular software programs. This book deals with making the necessary modifications and workarounds to customize and operate Windows 95 so that it better serves the particular needs which are identified by the user. Topics cover all of the areas which tend to fall-short in the operating system, or are not immediately obvious to the casual user. The book is supported by the Windows 95 Annoyances Web site at

Available for ordering on-line at

1-56592-266-2300 pp$29.95O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. 103 Morris St., Suite A Sebastopol, CA 95472

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