The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 4.5 September / October 1999

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
Issue 4.5 September / October 1999

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Feature Review: TypeStyler 3 (MAC)

The process of producing special effects typography often involves the addition of graphic elements, artwork, and line and shape detail that require considerable design expertise and skill. Although all bitmap and vector programs have the innate capability to produce typographic effects, they may not incorporate the range of capabilities that are particular to custom typographic composition. Their shortcomings make them dependent upon the use of supplemental programs that do have such specialized features. The synthesis of a design can involve a multitude of programs, each dependent upon the import and export capabilities of the software in use, to allow for the progressive development of a complex design.

Just as in machine typesetting, wherein specialized devices were invented to meet the precise requirements of the output form, so too in software have programs been created to address particular typographic production demands. Of particular note is TypeStyler 3, an especially capable application, with well over a decade of use by a large population of professional and novice users.

TypeStyler 3 is a Macintosh application that can produce professional quality display typography for print, Web, and video graphics. Within its easy-to-use WYSIWYG design environment, the user can produce truly dazzling typographic effects. The program works seamlessly with a wide range of drawing, painting, page layout, and design applications.

The user can manipulate any of their PostScript Type 1 or TrueType typefaces, as well as the included library of 110 Bitstream fonts, which are provided in both PostScript and TrueType formats.

The variety of typographic treatments is virtually infinite, and extends to total typographic control over a range of effects encompassing twisting, bending, reshaping, combining, embossing, overlapping, blurring, dimensioning, rotating, curving, shadowing, texturing, coloring, and much more. The key to the program's flexibility is the fact that type is manipulated as objects, which means that characters can break free from the relatively static forms of straight typographic composition.

Within the object-based environment, type can be converted into outlines, and be manipulated as independent shapes. The user gains the capability to access the actual outlines created by the type designer, and edit them at will. Control points can be added or removed, and each point can be moved anywhere.

TypeStyler 3 supports the importation of files that have been created in other programs, so that they can be combined in a specific design, or so that images, for example, can be used to fill a character or word, or be added to the program's image library. In addition to the creation of custom type, the program supports the creation of graphic shapes, called ""panels."" A panel is a graphic primitive, such as a star or rectangle, that can undergo any of the design treatments that are available for text.

What is especially useful is the fact that designs are composed of objects, and the features of each object can be changed at will, at almost any time.* This makes it very easy to make many variations of a single composition. $149.95 __________ *An exception is type that has been converted into outlines. In this state the type can no longer be edited as alpha characters.

Contact: Strider Software,1605 7th Street Menominee, MI 49858-2815, 906 863-7798,,, e-mail:, fax: 906 863-7799

DTP Reviews

RagTime 5 (MAC/WIN)

RagTime 5 is a professional business publishing suite that supports text, spreadsheets, images, and graphs. Its calculation and graphing capabilities make it especially well-suited to the production of catalogs, price lists, and annual reports.

RagTime uses a layout scheme that is different from most others. The spreadsheet interface can be used to divide a page into any combination of rows and columns, and any page element can be placed in any cell. The contents of a cell can be replicated in any number of cells, a useful capability for ganging work, such as business cards. Any changes made to the source cell is reflected automatically in the related cells.

The program has several variable data capabilities, making it possible to produce customized mail merge documents that are built in a spreadsheet layout. These documents can be as simple as personalized letters, and as complex as customized product specification sheets.

The RagTime spreadsheet incorporates typographic features, such as paragraph and font style sheets; and calculation features, such as importation of Excel tables and the use of over 200 calculation and evaluation functions. The templates made from RagTime spreadsheets can include dynamic links that create what are termed "living" documents. A living document will respond to the input of new numeric data, reflecting new calculations in associated charts.

Other features include: Footnotes, tables of contents, indices, and drop caps; grid lines, baseline grids, variable units of measurement and rulers; small caps and kerning; 3D spreadsheet with 16,000 rows, columns and planes, unlimited spreadsheets per document; color management with over 30 MB of ICC-compliant color quality profiles; tear-off palettes and menus; extensive drag-and-drop support; and much more. $695

Contact: ComGrafix, Inc., 620 E Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 813 443-6807,, e-mail:, fax: 813 443-7585.

EndNote 3.0 (MAC/WIN)

EndNote 3.0 is the all-in-one solution for producing professional bibliographies easily. The bibliographic entries are maintained in a database, and output in the user's choice of formats. The program includes hundreds of bibliographic formatting styles.

The program can now be used as a research tool, connecting to over 100 bibliographic databases that are maintained on the Internet, such as MEDLINE, the Library of Congress, and WorldCat. On-line listings can be transferred easily, and directly, to the user's EndNote database. In addition, each reference can hold up to 16 pages of text, and be linked, via a URL, to the full-text, or a related resource, on the Web.

Each EndNote Library, or collection of bibliographic entries, can contain up to 32,000 entries. A user can create and maintain an unlimited number of libraries. The user can select from 17 customizable reference types, such as book, journal article, or newspaper, each with up to 30 input fields.

Of particular interest to digital publishers is the one-step bibliography maker, that can access all EndNote commands from within Microsoft Word. The program contains more than 300 bibliographic styles, such as MLA and APA, or the user can create their own. The bibliography can be used directly in a page layout program, or output in HTML and published on the Web. $299

Contact: Niles & Associates, Inc., 800 Jones St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 559-8592, 800-554-3049, Internet:, WWW:, FTP:, fax: 510 559-8683.

Productivity Reviews

Quicken 2000 Deluxe for Macintosh (MAC)

Quicken 2000 Deluxe for Macintosh is not only the most advanced personal finance software available for the Macintosh platform, it is also the most capable in terms of its features for the personal publishing of an individual's financial position.

The program maintains five default "snapshots" that present on-screen, or on paper, an overall look at an individual's account activity, repetitive expenses, investments, year-to-date expenses, and outstanding loan activity. These measures are arranged in a layout that is easy-to-read and navigate. Quicken 2000 Deluxe provides twelve such "snapshots" from which to choose, so that the user can customize the reports to suit their particular circumstances, or their need for a particular type of report. Many of the "snapshots" contain links that can be used to extend the information, customize it, edit it, or perform an analysis. The user has control over typeface and size selection, and can produce professional-quality reports for personal recordkeeping, review with a financial advisor, or as part of a proposal for a loan. $59.95

Contact: Intuit, P.O. Box 7850, MS 2535, Mountain View, CA 94039-7850, 800 446-8848,

Typing Instructor Deluxe Edition (WIN )

Typing Instructor Deluxe Edition is the latest version of this popular program for learning keyboarding skills while being entertained at the same time.

The program uses a travel-themed learning environment, starting in an airport lobby. The lobby serves as the portal to lessons, tests, games, practice exercises and other features. Users begin by applying for a "Passport," which helps the user assess their present level of typing proficiency, and is used to determine the appropriate learning path in order to achieve the user's words-per-minute proficiency goal.

Users earn passport stamps as they successfully complete typing tests at various destinations. Each test includes authentic sights and sounds from around the world, while providing beneficial practice related to specific keyboarding skills. A video is also included that shows ways to improve speed and accuracy, as well as reduce stress.

Other features include seven typing games; Internet support from a dedicated Web site where the user can download additional lessons, tests and practice material; The Magazine Rack, featuring excerpts from over 300 books, magazine articles and short stories, which users can use for practice; and generation of a personalized typing plan for each student. $39.95

Contact: Individual Software Inc., 4255 Hopyard Road, Building 2, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 800 822-3522, 800 331-3313, 510 734-6767, 800 822-3522,, fax: 510 734-8337.

Professor Teaches Microsoft Office 2000 Plus (WIN )

Professor Teaches Microsoft Office 2000 Plus is a set of eight CD-ROMs covering the complete MS Office 2000 suite. There are nine separate multimedia tutorials, ranging from beginning to advanced, presenting hundreds of practical skill-building exercises. Each tutorial covers dozens of topics. For example, the Word 2000 tutorial includes: Creating Documents, Formatting Text, Working with Tabs, Using Drawing Tools, Working with Columns, Inserting Clip Art, Working with Tables, Printing Options, and much more. Similarly comprehensive tutorials are provided for Access 2000, Windows 98, Excel 2000, Outlook 2000, Windows 95, PowerPoint 2000, and Internet Explorer 4 and 5. $49.95

Contact: Individual Software Inc., 4255 Hopyard Road, Building 2, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 800 822-3522, 800 331-3313, 510 734-6767, 800 822-3522,, fax: 510 734-8337.

Smart Alarms (MAC/WIN)

Smart Alarms is a very useful reminder utility that can keep track of 1600 one-time or repetitive events. Reminders can be displayed in advance of the event, and repeated at user-defined intervals thereafter, until an action has been taken. The user can define a sound to accompany the reminder, and can review or change any reminder at any time. Reminder messages appear regardless of the application that the user has open. $69

Contact: JAM Software, 1, 3-5 Foster St., Leichhardt 2040, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia,, e-mail:

Addition / Extension Reviews

Sonar Bookends InDex (MAC/WIN)

Sonar Bookends InDex is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign that provides intelligent indexing. The plug-in provides comprehensive indexing generation with the following features: Automatic word selection based on frequency; proper nouns detected automatically; index based on a user-defined list of items imported from a database, or created by marked entries; indexing of multiple files at one time; automatic reversal of first and last names in list; automatic conversion from a single-level to a multiple-level list; powerful sorting of both single- and multiple-level lists; Boolean searching capabilities; Table of Contents based on style sheets; optional prefixing of page numbers with section information; and more. Sonar Bookends InDex Index Only, $195; TOC Only, $95; Index and TOC, $275.

Contact: Virginia Systems, Inc., 5509 West Bay Court, Midlothian, VA 23112, 804 739-3200,, e-mail:, fax: 804 739-8376.

Sonar Bookends Activate (MAC/WIN)

Sonar Bookends Activate is a plug-in that works in concert with Sonar Bookends automatic index generator. It automatically makes electronic links between any listing in the index and the corresponding page in the associated PDF document. The link produced by Sonar Bookends Activate makes it possible for the PDF user to go to any page listed in the PDF index by clicking on it. $195

Contact: Virginia Systems, Inc., 5509 West Bay Court, Midlothian, VA 23112, 804 739-3200,, e-mail:, fax: 804 739-8376.

Extensis PhotoGraphics 1.0 (MAC/WIN)

Extensis PhotoGraphics 1.0 is an Adobe Photoshop plug-in that supports the creation of editable vector shapes, and the creation of text on a path. A complete set of vector drawing tools, including line, pen, rectangle, ellipse, polygon and starburst, are included. The opacity and anti-aliasing level of each object can be controlled independently.

Advanced text formatting and layout controls are included which support the creation of multiple text blocks on any path, with complete independent control of placement and formatting of each block on the path. The user also has access to character style sheets, individual character color, super- and subscript, all caps, small caps, full justification, and horizontal and vertical scaling. Layers are also available from within the plug-in.

Multiple PhotoGraphics drawings can be saved with the Photoshop document, and can be reopened and re-edited at any time...even after they have been rasterized. $149.95

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

Intellihance Pro 4.0 (MAC/WIN)

Intellihance Pro 4.0 is the latest version of this useful utility which simplifies and accelerates the enhancement of images. Intellihance provides the Photoshop user with several image variations (as many as 25) from which to choose, both from screen displays and print-outs.

Intellihance Pro 4.0, along with Phototools 3.0, PhotoFrame 2.0, and PhotoGraphics 1.0 are available in a bundle called the "Extensis Upgrade for Adobe Photoshop 5.5." These four plug-ins provide the Photoshop user with a wide and diverse range of professional capabilities that support the production of image frames and border effects; vector drawing and advanced text effects; and button, shadow and sophisticated image manipulation tools. $429

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.

Genuine Fractals Print Pro 1.0.7 (MAC/WIN)

Genuine Fractals Print Pro 1.0.7 is a Photoshop plug-in that provides users with the capability to scan an image once, and then output that image in any resolution that they need. The program makes it possible for a user to scale a scanned image at up to 100+ times its original size without any discernable loss of quality.

The program encodes and renders files in RGB, CMYK, CIE-Lab,Multichannel (up to 16 channels) and grayscale color spaces. It produces "resolution on demand," affording the user the option to scan at any resolution and render subsequent generations at any resolution. A modest-sized scanned image is easier to manipulate, smaller to store, faster to transmit, and generally more manageable.

The program supports two types of encoding. Lossless encoding provides a compression ratio of 2:1, and renders the image in exact fidelity at 100%. Near Lossless encoding provides a compression ratio of 5:1, and still maintains excellent quality levels at 100 percent and beyond.

The advantages of the program are many, and are realized in the fact that an image can be captured and manipulated at a modest size, and then output at a larger size. This can be invaluable, since customers often don't know what final size they will need for a given project; or an image may need to be repurposed, in a larger size. Ordinarily, enlarging an image either enlarges the size of the individual pixels, or averages the size of neighboring pixels. In either case, the image becomes larger, but less sharp. The Genuine Fractals encoding method is pixel-free. Scaling fractals generates new pixels maintaining sharpness, regardless of the scale. The resulting image is more compact, and one that can be scaled far beyond what is reasonable with pixel-based imaging. $299

Contact: Altamira Group, Inc., 1827 Verdugo Ave., Second Floor Suite C, Burbank, CA 91506, 818 556-6099, 800 913-3391,, fax: 818 556-3365.

PhotoGIF 3.5 (MAC)

PhotoGIF is a Photoshop plug-in that produces the smallest, fastest loading GIF images and GIF animations. It incorporates a color reduction technology that improves both its image quality and compression. The plug-in allows users to create and edit Animated GIFs within Photoshop, with control over palette usage, background color, looping, logical screen size, image position, delay times and disposal methods. The GIF transparency can be set by color or from any alpha channel. $70

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

Quite A Box of Tricks (MAC/WIN)

Quite a Box of Tricks is a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that provides PDF-related functions that either simplify difficult tasks, or make possible, impossible tasks. These tasks fall into five categories:

* Shrink. Images can be subsampled or recompressed without the need to redistill the file. Users are presented with an additional compression option, JPEG Extra, which provides better compression that Distiller ordinarily supports.

*Color. Any PDF file can be converted to CMYK by converting all of the RGB and Lab data into that color model. In addition, all spot colors can be converted to CMYK, and color can be converted to grayscale, or all text to black.

*Transform. Transforms can be executed to create a minimum line thickness so that hairlines will print on hires devices; pages can be scaled or free-rotated to any angle; and pages can be mirrored for output to film, or for fabric transfers.

*Fields. Form fields can be combined so that they can not be modified or lost.

*Info. Font information is provided that indicates the exact font name, and whether it is embedded and/or subsetted. Information can be displayed about text and images within the PDF file. Image information shows exact dimensions, compression method, DPI, and more. Individual images can be shrunk or recompressed. $205

Contact: Quite Software, 80-83 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET, United Kingdom; 105 Ridley Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0LX, United Kingdom, 44 181 257-1044,, e-mail:, fax: 44 181 522-1726.

PhotoScripter 1.0 (MAC)

PhotoScripter 1.0 is a plug-in that provides Photoshop users with complete AppleScript support for the integrated automation of image processing. The program makes it possible to control and automate Photoshop by creating AppleScripts composed of simple, English-like sentences. The use of scripts is not only faster on subsequent operations, but provides for consistent results, and also makes it possible for less-skilled and experienced operators to produce the same level of quality, and productivity, as highly experienced practitioners.

PhotoScripter provides the Photoshop application with a highly inclusive dictionary, that can be opened in any script editor. The dictionary defines the vocabulary of terms that can be used to write command scripts that can be executed in the AppleScript language. These commands address a complete range of Photoshop capabilities, including opening and saving files in various file formats; querying and changing image attributes, such as size, resolution, and color space; creating new documents, layers, channels, paths, and more; implementing fill, stroke, draw lines, make gradients, flip, rotate, and transform; create and apply new monitor and printing profile setups; perform all image adjustments; apply filters and effects; and more.

Photoshop can be automated to work with over 250 other Macintosh applications that are AppleScriptable. Through the use of variables, conditional execution, looping and other techniques, each image in a batch can be processed in different ways, under differing conditions. $299

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

Printing Reviews

Print Screen Works (WIN )

Print Screen Works is a software utility that supports the capture, print, e-mail or fax of anything that appears on the user's computer screen. It is activated by pressing the Print Screen key. The user can capture a full screen or any portion, printing it or saving it as a .bmp or .jpg file. Other features include: automatic printing or saving of each captured image; image encryption via 56-bit DES; and importing of any compatible image. $29.95

Contact: SilverLake, 55 Washington St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003, 973 259-9300,, e-mail:, fax: 973 748-3015.

FinePrint (WIN )

FinePrint is a printing utility that provides users with the capability to print pages from any application in 2-up, 4-up, or 8-up format, to create booklets or thumbnail page images. The utility has been recognized for its ability to save paper, and compress information into more useful layouts. The user can preview the pages before printing, and select which pages will be output, eliminating the need to output all successive pages. Other features include printing a watermark background, and combining several print jobs into one. Compaq is bundling a limited version of the program with their inkjet printers. $29.95

Contact: FinePrint Software, LLC, 16 Napier Lane, San Francisco, CA 94133,, fax: 209 821-7869

Professor Franklin's Photo Print Gold (WIN )

Professor Franklin's Photo Print Gold is a program that assists those who need to manage a high-volume of digital photos. Users can print up to 80 images on a single page, producing "contact sheets" that can be used for proofing, image selection, and archiving. In addition, users can produce professional photo effects and apply them to projects, such as calendars, post cards, trading cards, notes, and more. A unique feature is Keepsake Notes, which allows users to print personal comments on the back of photos. Hundreds of pre-designed templates are included.

Users also benefit from the inclusion of Professor Franklin's Instant Photo Effects, which allows users to apply effects such as edges, frames, artistic patterns and textures, fix red eye, adjust color saturation or brightness and contrast, or apply any number of cropping and rotation attributes to photos.

Images can be organized, managed, and maintained in an Instant Photo Album, which is a browser application. $29.95

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

Image Collection Reviews

PhotoAlto International Cuisine (MAC/WIN)

International Cuisine is one of several new titles produced by PhotoAlto, a Paris-based publisher of digital stock images. This collection, photographed by Jean-Blaise Hall, consists of 120 royalty-free drum-scanned photos in two resolutions: 75 dpi and 300 dpi.

The photos cover the complete menu of foods, from starting to ending courses. Specific foods include: mousse, almonds, figs, bread, biscuits, chicken, fish, tea, sushi, papaya, lime, guava, cinnamon, spices, soup, cheese, apple pie, salad, meat, strawberries, garlic, oranges, duck, cereal, jam, cherries, pasta, prawns, and many more. Each photo is tastefully and artfully presented in an appropriate setting. $299

A free catalog of the complete PhotoAlto collection, along with a PhotoFinder CD containing 6000 low-res photos, is available from PhotoAlto distributors. In addition, the entire collection is available on the Internet at Designers can drag and drop low-res FPO photos from a Web page directly onto their layout page.

Contact: PhotoAlto, c/o Phil's Fonts, Inc., 14605 Sturtevant Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905, 301 879-0601, 800 424-2977,, fax: 301 879-0606.

Internet Reviews

WebRazor Pro Version 2.0 (WIN )

WebRazor Pro Version 2.0 is a suite of programs supporting the production of Web graphics, animation and page production. The programs support 3D text manipulation, precise GIF control and file optimization (using Ulead's proprietary SmartSaver Pro technology).

GIF Animator 4, which is used for creating compact Web animations, supports drag-and-drop, onion-skinning and film-strip modes, video effects and merging. A new Headline Banner feature makes it easy to create animated text and banner headlines. Users can create animated text in neon, gradient, and marquee effects, and save the completed GIF file using enhanced compression and batch optimization to ensure the fastest possible download speeds.

The Ulead SmartSaver Pro 2.0 file optimizer will accept all of the common image file formats, including animated GIFs, and produce more compact versions. It provides side-by-side windows showing before and after previews. The new JavaScript rollover features include a unique "Distance Rollover" option which lets designers define actions in one part of an image based on mouse activity in another.

COOL 3D 2.5 provides a full complement of tools for creating animated 3D titles and attractive special effects, including 12 new special effects plug-ins, such as "Hollow," and "Glow," and new motion effects, such as "Path Animation" and "Dance."

The final element in the suite is Ulead Photo Explorer 5, a multimedia file management utility for managing and locating any multimedia file stored on a computer. Users can identify all media types by visual thumbnail representations, as well as quickly rename, copy and batch process files. Images can be located quickly using enhanced keyword features, and direct editing tools support rotation, cropping, brightness adjustment, and color and contrast balance control. The user can also export hyper-linked thumbnail images to a Web page, or create slide shows, calendars and screensavers from their images. $129

Contact: Ulead Systems, 970 West 190th St., Ste. 520, Torrance, CA 90502, 310 523-9393,, e-mail:, fax: 310 523-9399.

LivePage Enterprise 2.0 (WIN )

LivePage Enterprise 2.0 is a content-base management system (CBMS) providing users with the capability to quickly store and publish XML, SGML, and HTML content to industry standard Web browsers. It opens the enterprise intranet as a direct document publishing medium for a broad set of authors using existing tools and skills, running on industry standard SQL database engines. At the heart of the LivePage Enterprise is the LivePage ContentServer, which uses the Content Relational storage model for high-performance storage of tagged data using SQL database servers.

LivePage facilitates the rapid generation of on-line information. It effectively separates content from presentation style. Authors can focus on content creation and instantly publish information using pre-built styles. LivePage Enterprise invisibly handles the tedious, error prone procedures related to link management, site mapping, indexing, searching, and navigation. Pricing starts at $8000 per server.

Contact: LivePage Corp., 158 University Ave. West, Waterloo, Ontario, CN N2L 3E9, 519 885-8045,, fax: 519 746-7362.

Flash 4 (MAC/WIN)

Macromedia Flash 4. Flash was introduced in 1996 as the FutureSplash Animator, produced by FutureWave Software. It was acquired by Macromedia shortly after its introduction, and was renamed ""Flash.""

Flash has become a standard vector-based file format (.swf) for the delivery of compact graphics and animations that incorporate sound, music, and interactivity. The Flash player is ubiquitous, and is an open Internet binary standard that has become an integral part of most Web browsers and computer operating systems.

According to an NPD Online Research survey conducted in June, 1999, there are an estimated 140 million Web users (approximately 83% of the total population) who can view Flash content without the need to download a special player. This means that developers can safely produce and publish Flash-enabled sites without great concern that visitors will be able to view them as intended. In addition, Flash offers a variety of alternate file format export options, including Animated GIF, which can be read by virtually all Web browsers.

Flash files have the capability to stream, meaning that they begin to play, and continue to play, as they are being downloaded. This level of immediacy means that the user does not need to wait for the entire file to be downloaded before seeing it. It also means that even full screen animations are fast, since Flash animations consist of vector data, which is inherently compact, containing the mathematical descriptions of shapes, rather than the larger bitmap descriptions that would otherwise be used to form them. Flash is more efficient than the standard Internet bitmap file formats, GIF and JPEG, both in the relative amount of information it can convey, and the speed at which it does so.

Flash files are created in the Flash program, which consists of a stage (visual editor), a timeline, and associated tools, menus and palettes. The user produces or imports shapes, and then adds animation effects. No programming is required.

A Flash animation, which may be as simple as moving a ball from one side of the screen to another, can be accomplished with a minimum number of steps. It is created by drawing the shape on the left of the stage, copying it, moving the indicator in the timeline, pasting the shape on the right side of the stage, and then letting the program produce the intermediate frames automatically (tweening). In addition to movement, any of the object's properties, such as its size, rotation, tint and transparency, can be tweened. The timeline also supports multiple layers, and provides the capability to control when elements on each layer will appear, and for how long they will stay visible. The user can also produce animations by creating them frame-by-frame.

Flash content can come from a wide variety of places. Adobe Illustrator can export Flash vector files directly using the free Flash Writer plug-in. Flash itself can import bitmaps, trace them, and convert them into vector shapes, or use them as placed images. $299

Contact: Macromedia, 600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415 252-2000, 800 326-2128,, e-mail:, fax: 415 626-0554.

Utility Reviews

Norton Utilities for Macintosh 5.0 (MAC)

Norton Utilities for Macintosh 5.0 is the latest version of this truly essential system utility. This new version is both PowerPC native and supportive of the HFS+ file system.

A key improvement in this version is Live Repair, which enables the Macintosh start-up disk to easily and safely repair itself. Because Norton Disk Doctor repairs can be initiated from disk rather than the bootable CD, the program can be updated (LiveUpdate) by an automatic connection to the Symantec server, via the Internet. The CD is only needed on those occasions when the computer will not recognize the hard disk. The Main Interface now includes an entry for Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh.

Another new feature is Undo, which lets the user back out of any changes made to a disk if, under unusual circumstances, it becomes necessary to return to a previous state.

The UnErase utility, which enables users to retrieve files that are accidentally deleted, has been improved to support all file types. The utility can restore both files and folders, and lets the user set filters to quickly find the exact files needing recovery.

Other features include support for FireWire at the device-level, and an enhanced FileSaver utility, which now decouples volume updates and file tracking capabilities; $99.95

Contact: Symantec Corp., 2500 Broadway, Suite 200, 310 449-4897, 800 441-7234,, fax: 310 453-0636.

Norton Antivirus for Macintosh 6.0 (MAC)

Norton Antivirus for Macintosh 6.0 is the newest way to protect the Macintosh from viruses that can enter via Web browsers, online services, e-mail, networks, floppy disks, and CD-ROMs. According to the National Computer Security Association (NCSA) virus infections are now 20 times more likely to occur than just two years ago. The program uses Symantec's next-generation Bloodhound heuristic technology to automatically detect and remove known and unknown viruses.

Version 6.0 is 20% faster, both in initial and subsequent virus scans. It can be configured to scan archived files last, so that the most likely files are examined first.

The program remains current using an enhanced LiveUpdate utility, which automatically detects an Internet connection and links to a Symantec server, via FTP, and downloads and installs the latest virus definition and software updates. This capability is particularly important since new viruses appear on an all too frequent basis.

The Bootable CD can be used to start-up if the hard drive fails due to a virus. The program can eliminate the virus and repair the damage. Most compressed files can be scanned for viruses, and the program is "installation aware," suspending alerts during this operation. Virus settings can be password-protected so that they can not be changed. $69.95

Contact: Symantec Corp., 10201 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014-2132, 408 253-9600, 800 441-7234,, fax: 408 252-4694.

DiskLock (MAC)

DiskLock is a security system that enables a Macintosh user to protect individual files and folders, while leaving others unprotected and available for open access. The program can be used to allow access by an unlimited number of users, each with different passwords and access levels. The program is virtually impossible to defeat, and it maintains an audit trail of all access attempts. $79.95

Contact: Power On Software, 2046 Lakewood Road SW, Sherrodsville, OH 44675, 800 797-7382, 612 317-0344,, e-mail:, fax: 330 735-3136.

DragStrip 3.7 (MAC/WIN)

DragStrip 3.7 is a very useful desktop organizer that provides access to all frequently-used applications, folders, documents, URLs, and other digital resources in one convenient place. Users can organize programs and other digital elements by their type, such as Application, Utility, Internet, etc., by project, or by whatever system of categorization that makes sense to them. Each entry in a DragStrip window is a file alias, a pointer which indicates the location of the actual file or resource. A single file can be represented in an unlimited number of DragStrip sets.

The large size of disk drives, in the multi-gigabytes, makes it very important to have the means to quickly find and launch applications, and locate and open application files and other resources. DragStrip provides this capability, allowing the user to create tab-accessible strips displayed in a variety of different presentations, with access to any resource available with a single click. We have been DragStrip users since it first appeared, and would not be without it. $20

Contact: Aladdin Systems, Inc., 165 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076, 408/761-6200, 800 480-4011, Internet:, fax: 408/761-6206, WWW:

FinderKeeper (MAC)

FinderKeeper is a system extension and control panel that work together to help the user organize their desktop. It works by efficiently stacking windows as they are opened, or moved to the desktop. There are four preset locations which serve as starting points from which each disk's windows will cascade. The cascaded windows make it possible to read the name of each window, select it independently, and see its relationship to both the folder it is in, and the folders it contains. The idea is simple, but the effect is significant, in that it eliminates desktop clutter. $17

Contact: Elsware Ltd., 5886 Oak Hill Road, Placerville, CA 95667-8526, 916 428-8295,, e-mail:

Snapz Pro 2 (MAC)

Snapz Pro 2 is a major upgrade to the popular Snapz Pro screen capture utility. This new version is capable of capturing virtually anything that appears on a Macintosh screen, either as a QuickTime movie or a still image. For this reason it is likely to be the tool of choice for software manual publishers and others who have a need to document the images that appear on-screen.

New to the program is the capability to record QuickTime movies of any screen activity, with realtime narration, and save it in a compact file format. The movies are excellent for training videos and similar types of multimedia presentations. The reasonable file sizes make the movies likely candidates for Web delivery. All the user needs to do is invoke Snapz Pro 2, set the recording options, then conduct the recording session. The session is ended by invoking Snapz Pro 2 a second time and saving the file.

Still images can be saved in the widest variety of screen capture formats available. These include GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, and TIFF.

A screen capture session is initiated with a single key. The user has the option to select from four tools, which provide the capability to capture the exact portion of the screen that the user needs. The target screen area may be the entire monitor, a window, a menu, or another defined area.

The program is believed to be the most versatile and capable Macintosh screen capture utility available. It is the only utility of its kind that can capture game screens that use Apple's InputSproket. It also works with Windows emulators, making it a solution for capturing still and moving images in Windows as well. $40

Contact: Ambrosia Software, Inc., P.O. Box 23140, Rochester, NY 14692, 800 231-1816, 716 325-1910,, fax: 716 325-3665.

Font Reserve 2.0 (MAC)

Font Reserve 2.0 is the second generation of the program considered to be "best in class" in the category of font management. This version provides several important new features and improvements, including: workflow automation through the use of AppleScript, an 800% speed increase in font activation, and a flexible and highly useful specimen sheet printing capability which supports the generation of professional quality type specimen books.

Font Reserve uses a unique database-driven process to manage fonts using an intuitive Macintosh Finder-like graphical user interface. The program addresses literally all font management-related issues including project sets, activation and deactivation of one or many fonts, use of customers' fonts, font usage by a service bureau, and network access. Font Reserve can automatically find all available fonts; check them for duplication and corruption; and organize them on the basis of all important criteria, such as name, ID, foundry, classification, version, location, and more. The management of a large collection of fonts has never been easier.

The program includes a free QuarkXTension that automatically opens all job-related fonts and embedded graphic files when a job is opened. $119.95

Contact: Diamondsoft, Inc., 351 Jean St., Mill Valley, CA 94941, 415 381-3303,, fax: 415 381-3503.

StuffIt Deluxe 5.1 (MAC)

StuffIt Deluxe 5.1 is the latest version of the standard in Macintosh file compression. This version produced files that are up to 20% smaller, producing files that are "stuffed," on average, at a rate of about 60% of original size. Smaller files require less space to store, and less time to transmit.

The program incorporates a variety of codecs supporting Mac, PC, and Unix formats (.zip, .tar, .hqx, and several more). The program can produce self-extracting archives (.sea) that incorporate a built-in decompressor, relying on no external application to decompress. Other features include: the capability to segment a large file into smaller segments that will fit on multiple pieces of removable media; use of passwords; automatic processing of files downloaded from the Internet; and more. The SpaceSaver compression utility provides transparent compression of files and folders to save diskspace. The files are automatically decompressed when they are opened. Free UnStuffIt utilities are available for Macintosh and Windows. $79.95

Contact: Aladdin Systems, Inc., 165 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076, 408/761-6200, 800 480-4011, Internet:, fax: 408/761-6206, WWW:

Multimedia Reviews

Face Factory (WIN )

Face Factory is an innovative program that enables users to create, animate and manipulate photo-realistic 3-D heads from just two still photographs.

The program's "Head Station" area is used to input two face images, one a front view, the other a side view, from a digital camera, file or scanner. The program is able to create a 3-D model of a complete head that can be rotated, enlarged or viewed from any angle.

The three-dimensional head is created by joining the photos on the side of the head, and placing them over a wireframe. The user can fine tune the model by providing "hints," which help to define the exact location of the ears and nose. A photo "skin" is attached to the wireframe, and it can be bent and stretched when a special effect is applied.

In the "Effects Station" part of the program the user can apply 30 distortion effects that can produce a variety of amusing effects, such as "Cube" and "Alien." These transformations can be saved as an AVI video file.

Other features include: sending 3-D heads with text messages as e-mail; saving a 3-D head as a screensaver; and importing 3-D heads into virtually any program that can accept a standard graphic file format. $39.95

Contact: Ulead Systems, 970 West 190th St., Ste. 520, Torrance, CA 90502, 310 523-9393,, e-mail:, fax: 310 523-9399.

PhotoImpact 5 (WIN )

PhotoImpact 5 is a complete Web image editing tool that incorporates both raster- and vector-based imaging.

New to this version are several special effects, including "Lightening Effects." With this new feature, users can produce realistic lightning, fireworks, halo, spotlight, meteor, comet and laser effects, in still and animated form, for use on and off the Web.

Also new is an interface to draw shapes, lines, arrows and outline forms. These objects can be rendered in flat 2D, or in 3D raised shapes. The refined Text Tool gives users the capability to create editable vector-based 2D and 3D text with control over material and deformation, as well as the capability to wrap and curve text around objects. Also included are advanced masking; snap-to lasso selections; painting with paper textures; and cloning and painting with transparency.

The program's emphasis on Web graphic creation has been enhanced in several ways. The new "Component Designer" makes creating any Web graphic a simple three-step process. The user can begin with the 1000 templates of Web graphical objects, containing buttons, banners, bullets, icons, and more. The user selects a component and customizes it directly to PhotoImpact or to the Image Optimizer. The improved Image Optimizer makes it even easier to shrink file sizes, using Ulead's proprietary SmartSaver image compression technology.

Other features include: a JavaScript Rollover Assistant; Image Slicing tools; GIF Animator 3; an advanced button designer; background designer; image map tag creator; HTML assistant; and more. $79.95

Contact: Ulead Systems, 970 West 190th St., Ste. 520, Torrance, CA 90502, 310 523-9393,, e-mail:, fax: 310 523-9399.

COOL 3D 2.5 (WIN )

COOL 3D 2.5 is a competent 3D titling and animation application producing output for Web pages, multimedia titles, video production, presentations, documents and more.

Effects are applied easily, by selecting them from several palettes (3D bevel, texture, light and color, background, objects). The user simply types in one or more lines of text, applies effects, and rotates, resizes, and positions in real-time. Plug-ins support the application of additional special effects, such as 3D Fire, and Ice. The package also includes Ulead GIF Animator 1.5, 25 fonts, and 500 textures. $49.95

Contact: Ulead Systems, 970 West 190th St., Ste. 520, Torrance, CA 90502, 310 523-9393,, e-mail:, fax: 310 523-9399.

MovieWorks Version 4.5 (MAC)

MovieWorks Version 4.5 is an exceptionally easy to use multimedia production program for creating high-quality QuickTime movie, video or multimedia presentations. The MovieWorks CD contains five separate programs that work together seamlessly. The main application is MovieWorks, which provides text editing, special effects, a timeline interface for sequencing media, and buttons to launch the the Animator, Sound, Video and Paint applications.

A MovieWorks "scene" may consist of any number of objects consisting of text, pictures, graphics, videos, voice, music, VR, 3D, buttons or animations. Scenes can be played-back instantly, without rendering. Any scene created in MovieWorks can be exported as a standard QuickTime movie. Scenes are linked sequentially to other scenes, or interactively through the use of buttons, to comprise a MovieWorks "project."

The MovieWorks CD also includes over 300 Mb of royalty-free QuickTime movies, frames, backgrounds, buttons, pictures, music, MIDI, VR, animations, and 3D files. $99

Contact: Interactive Solutions, Inc., 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 135, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 510 734-0730,>, fax: 510 734-0758.mgi

Poser 4 (MAC/WIN)

Poser 4 is the newest version of MetaCreations innovative and powerful 3D character animation studio. The program supports the rapid creation of human and animal figures in any pose, and any movement, with facial expressions synchronized to speech, and textures that can be applied to a digital wardrobe.

The highly stylized design environment, which is a MetaCreations signature, provides a wide selection of tools for controlling movements related to the overall figure, and the assignment of facial movements, body and hand gestures, poses and animations, and cameras and lights. The completed animations can be rendered in photorealistic or sketch art styles. Additional features include: transparency, reflectivity, and shadow rendering; full inverse Kinematics; Automatic Walk Designer; sound and motion import; a version of Painter 3D; and the tools for building custom characters. Additional Poser models are available from Zygote ( $249

Contact: MetaCreations, Inc., 6303 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013, 805 566-6200,, e-mail:, fax: 805 566-6385.

Implementing Color Management (MAC)

Implementing Color Management is an instructional interactive seminar on a CD-ROM. It consists of two major parts: Concepts and Tutorial. The Concepts section covers the understanding of color and color models, color management systems, device measurement, and workflow. The Tutorials cover the process of creating ICC profiles for input, display, and output devices; the use of various color applications, including Photoshop, ColorReady, Colorshop and ColorSync; and the use of color in various workflows that involve QuarkXPress, InDesign and PageMaker.

The information is presented in various formats, including on-screen text, and narrated QuickTime movies. The tutorials are interactive, and involve the user in various operations related to the use of related applications. Quizzes are provided for verifying mastery.

Demo software from ColorBlind, ITEC Color Solutions, Pantone, X-Rite, and UMAX is provided. $99.95

Contact: Digital Media Inc., POB 9, Bloomington, IN 47402, 812 355-3030, 800 355-6429,, e-mail:, fax: 812 355-6429.

Digital Imaging Reviews

iREZ Reel-Eyes (MAC)

iREZ Reel-Eyes is an inexpensive application for transferring high-quality, 30 fps analog video to and from computer RAM or disk memory. The program supports the playback of feature-length movies from a computer, export of video to DV stream, and saving a selected portion of a video clip as a self-contained .avi movie. Source video can be cropped to a pre-determined fixed-frame size for transfer to RAM or disk. The program supports the full-screen video transfer, playback, export, or real-time viewing from any analog source, including VCR, Super-VHS, live television, DVD, etc.

Reel-Eyes supports the recording to multiple hard drives or partitions, at up to 40 Gb per drive. When the first or primary drive is full, recording continues, automatically, to the second drive, with no loss of content. Users can export in any format that uses QuickTime, including .avi, .mov, .bmp, .flc, etc. $34.95

Contact: iREZ Video Products, PAR Technologies, Inc., 14605 North Airport Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260, 480 922-0044,

PanoTouch (MAC)

PanoTouch is a Photoshop plug-in that supports the retouching of VR panoramas. The user can import a selected portion of the panorama image, and use any of the Photoshop tools to correct image flaws, or to improve or add to the image. After corrections and embellishments are completed, the user exports the image back into its panorama, where it can be previewed immediately in the PanoTouch importer dialog box. This plug-in supports a simple yet essential function, and is of great value to the serious panorama producer. $149

Contact: Kaidan Incorporated, 703 East Pennsylvania Blvd., Feasterville Business Campus, Feasterville, PA 19053, 215 364-1778,, fax: 215 322-4186.

Great Photo! (MAC)

Great Photo! is a quick, non-technical utility for enhancing digital images. Aimed at the digital camera user, the program incorporates Software Architects' patent pending VistaMax() color enhancement technology, which provides the widest range of color, contrast, and brightness. Brightness and contrast can be adjusted overall, or selectively on an individual red, green, or blue channel using precise dial settings.

The user can make progressive image improvements, viewing multiple views of the same image simultaneously. Images can be enlarged, rotated, cropped, renamed, categorized, and organized. Images can be saved in JPEG, TIFF, or PICT file formats. $80

Contact: Software Architects, 19102 North Creek Parkway, Suite 101, Bothell, WA 98011-8005, 206 487-0122,, Internet:, fax: 206 487-0467.

IXLA Digital Camera Suite Plus (WIN )

IXLA Digital Camera Suite Plus is a low-cost digital photography kit containing both the software and the camera needed to capture, manipulate, organize, and share digital photographs.

The software consists of four separate, yet related, applications. IXLA Explorer is a digital asset management system that helps the user to organize images on the basis of user-selected keywords, or file attributes, such as dates, file sizes, file formats, etc. Images can be imported from virtually any source, such as a scanner, digital camera, CD, removable media, or Internet site. The user can add full descriptions.

IXLA Artist provides a complement of image editing and design tools. The user can modify and enhance images, and can apply any of 30 special effects filters. The filters can be used to improve an image, or add an artistic effect. The IXLA Digital Camera Suite supports the transfer of images from all popular digital cameras. It also includes several easy-to-produce projects, including calendars, greeting cards, and baseball cards. Images can be saved in popular file formats, including .BMP, .GIF, .JPG, and .TIF.

IXLA Web Easy SE is a wizard-based application for the creation of Web pages. The user need not know HTML, or any of the complexities of the Web, in order to produce professional-quality Web pages. 50,000 digital files are provided, including templates, clipart, and images.

A unique feature of the software suite is the addition of a free digital camera, compliments of The CMOS MiniPix 320 has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, and stores 24 images. It includes a 6' PC adapter cable and a 9-volt battery. The package represents a significant value. $99

Contact: IXLA Limited, 17 Jansen St., Danbury, CT 06810, 800 486-6704,, e-mail:

Photoshop Inside & Out (MAC/WIN)

Photoshop Inside & Out is among the most in-depth and complete video learning series available on VHS tape. The series is hosted by either David Biedny, a well-regarded Photoshop expert, and the author of several Photoshop books, or Bert Monroy, a world renown photorealistic computer artist. Each of the series tapes is produced for the purpose of showing the real-world applications of Photoshop capabilities. Each series tape runs from one to two hours. Several of the tapes are available in closed captioned versions.

Among the tapes are the following: * Photoshop Fundamentals, Tape 1: Photoshop Interface Overview, Scanning Basics, Pixels and Resolution, Basic Retouching, Introductory Color Correction, Basic Web Graphics Preparation. $39.95 * Photoshop Fundamentals, Tape 2: Photoshop and RAM, Scratch Disks, Basic Collage Techniques, Moire Patterns, Placing EPS Files, Intermediate Layer Functions. $39.95 * Welcome to 5.0, Tape 1: Histories, RGB Color Handling, Setting Preferences, Spot Color Channels, Adobe Gamma, Editable Type Tricks, Actions Enhancements, Layer Effects. $59.95 * Welcome to 5.0, Tape 2: The Channel Mixer, 16-Bit Operations, The Automate Menu, Advanced Spot Color Channels, The Measuring Tool, Multiple Color Samplers, The 3D Transform Filter, Transforming Selections & Paths, Indexed Color, Profile To Profile. $59.95 * Illustrating with Photoshop, Part One. Photoshop and Illustrator, Creative Text Effects, Using Paths, Basic Retouching, Alpha Channels, Perspective Matching, Simulating Lighting, Basic Compositing. $59.95 * Illustrating with Photoshop, Part Two. Photorealism Techniques, Technical Illustration Tips, Simulating Transparency, Advanced 3D Simulation, Displacement Mapping, The Power of Patterns, Advanced Compositing, Shadow Interactions. $59.95 * Channels and Masking: Channels in Photoshop, Channels and Color Modes, The Channels Palette, The Color Mixer, The 8-Bit Universe, 16-Bit Channels, Spot Color Channels, Introduction to Alpha Channels. $59.95

IDIG offers several combination bundles which offer appreciable savings. Tapes are available in both NTSC and PAL formats.

Contact: IDIG, Inc., POB 151498, San Rafael, CA 94901, 877 442-4477,, e-mail:

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 Tips & Tricks (MAC/WIN)

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 Tips & Tricks is the third in a video training series presented by Steve Broback, president of Thunder Lizard Productions. This tape covers the following topics: Setting Preferences, Navigation and Interface Shortcuts, Optimizing Image Size, and Artistic Effects.

Contact: LearnKey, Inc., 1845 W. Sunset Blvd., St. George, UT 84770, 800 865-0165,801 674-9733,, fax: 801 674-9734.

Entertainment Reviews

3D Hunting (MAC)

3D Hunting is an immersive hunting experience that is presented in a realistic 3D environment. The user travels through a lifelike terrain consisting of hills, valleys, streams, and natural cover, representing locations in Oregon, Arkansas, Kentucky, and New York State. Within this virtual world are deer which move about as they naturally would, and interact with the environment around them. The user need not resort to violence. Rather than select from four weapons, the "hunter" can take screen shots that can be kept in a personal digital photo album. $19.95

Contact: Macmillan Digital Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, 800 571-1097, 317 817-7290,, fax: 317 817-7025.

Real Pool (MAC)

Real Pool is considered the most realistic pool game ever created. It provides photo-realistic graphics that provide a full and fast 360-degree freedom of movement. The realistic physics have been programmed to give the balls realistic movement, speed, friction, top-spin, side-spin, bottom-spin, banking, collisions, and more. The cue stick is represented by an aiming device that simulates the actual interaction of the cue and balls. Six pool games are included: 8-ball, 9-ball, straight, rotation, carom billiards, and bumper pool. $19.99

Contact: GT Interactive Software, 2300 Berkshire Lane No., Plymouth, MN 55441, 612 559-6180,, fax: 612 59-5126.

Deer Hunter (MAC)

Deer Hunter is an interactive deer hunting challenge that takes place in the Arkansas autumn woodlands, Colorado Alpine forests, or Indiana winter land. Live video and animated sequences combine to provide a realistic forest experience.

The "hunter" can use a deer call, rattle, binoculars, cover scent, and attractant scent to track his or her quarry. The user can also practice their aim using the target range, where they have a choice of a rifle, shotgun, or bow. A portion of the sale of the game is donated to Wildlife Forever. $24.99

Contact: GT Interactive Software, 2300 Berkshire Lane No., Plymouth, MN 55441, 612 559-6180,, fax: 612 59-5126.

Miscellaneous News and Reviews

ResumeMaker Deluxe Edition, Version 7.0 (WIN )

ResumeMaker Deluxe Edition, Version 7.0 is the latest version of the number-one best-selling resume software product. This version responds to the rapidly changing world of the Internet by providing new features for job seekers to more effectively manage an online job search.

The Job Finder feature connects to the top 20 career Web sites, searching nearly 5 million job openings, including the classified job ads that appear in major newspapers across the U.S. It then displays a list of found job openings that meet the user's criteria. By clicking on any of the job listings, Job Finder displays a detailed description of the job, as well as responsibilities, qualifications and salary. In most cases, the user can apply for the job by submitting a resume directly from ResumeMaker, or through e-mail. A record of the contact can be added automatically to ResumeMaker's Contact Manager for follow-up.

The Resume Caster tool is used to submit, update, and, when necessary, remove, a resume from a major career Web site. A report on the status of the resume is maintained, and includes when it was last added, edited or removed. The tool is also used to connect to many online Job Agents, which automatically search the Web for job openings matching user-defined criteria. A list of matching jobs is sent to the user via e-mail as they become available.

Another new feature of the program is its capability to create a resume Web page in HTML for posting to a personal Web site. This provides yet another way for a potential employer to see a user's resume.

Other features include: Guided Resumes, a step-by-step process that creates professional resumes, with over 100,000 recommended phrases, 3,600 suggested action words, and job descriptions for 12,700 careers. Several resume types, formats and templates are included. Guided Letters provides a simple way to create professional cover letters, offer acceptance letters, thank you letters, referral letters, ad response letters, resignation letters, and fax cover sheets. The Contact Manager keeps track of all company contacts, phone numbers, interview appointments, to-do items, daily and weekly calendars, and a complete contact history of all job-related activities. The Virtual Interview lets the user practice with 500 possible interview questions. Expert Advice is a section that includes eight workshops that offer tips on career planning, salary negotiation, search techniques, and more. The Career Planner assesses the user's ideal career based on that person's skills, abilities, experience and preferences. $49.95

Contact: Individual Software Inc., 4255 Hopyard Road, Building 2, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 800 822-3522, 800 331-3313, 510 734-6767, 800 822-3522,, fax: 510 734-8337.

Digital Media Remote (MAC/WIN)

The Digital Media Remote is a totally new device concept, consisting of a small 15-key infrared wireless remote control and an infrared receiver. It provides Macintosh and Windows desktop and laptop computer users with remote control operation of their DVD, CD, MP3 and QuickTime Players, as well presentation programs such as PowerPoint.

The receiver unit connects to the user's USB computer port. It is designed so that it can sit either on a tabletop or be hung over the edge of an open laptop. The remote works at distances up to 35 feet.

For the Windows 98 platform, the DMR includes ""key maps"" for controlling QuickTime, RealPlayer, WinAMP, leading DVD Players (ATI, MediametricsŨ, RealMagic), Lotus Freelance and Microsoft PowerPoint. On the Macintosh, the DMR ships with key maps for QuickTime, Apple DVD, CD and audio players, SoundJam, RealPlayer, PowerPoint, and the Finder. A default key map is available for both platforms for use with applications that do not have a specific map as yet defined. Keyspan and third-party vendors are developing key maps for additional applications to be made available from Keyspan's website

The compact components are perfect for the travelling professional who needs to make formal presentations at remote locations, where the AV situation may be unknown. A laptop and the Digital Media Remote comprise a complete remote control presentation system. $79

Contact: Keyspan, a division of InnoSys, Inc., 3095 Richmond Parkway, Suite 207, Richmond, CA 94806, 510 222-0131,, e-mail:, fax: 510 222-0323.

Book Reviews

Desktop Publisher's Idea Book, The; Second Edition

Green, Chuck

A design guide for the production of several categories of printed and Web-based work, including awards, binders, business cards, forms, signs and tickets. Each project is illustrated with a tasteful and aesthetic example, many shown both in their production state (with all technical details, such as type sizes, typefaces, measurements, etc.) and their finished state (in photographic form showing their actual use). There are 104 projects in all, each shown in a step-by-step sequence, with practical information for the designer related to available resources, and tips for working with illustrators, photographers, and printers.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-679-78006-8 338 pp. $25

Contact: Logic Arts Corp., 11475 Chickahominy Branch Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23060, 804 266-7996,, fax: 804 266-7990.

Flash 4 for Windows & Macintosh

Ulrich, Katherine

The Peachpit Visual QuickStart guide to learning Macromedia Flash 4. The highly-illustrated, step-by-step book covers all aspects of the Editor, Object Manipulation, Graphic Importation, Frame Animation, Motion Tweening, Shape Tweening, Animation Tasks, Frame Actions, Buttons, Sound, and Movie Production.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35473-X 441 pp. $18.99

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

PDF Bible, The

Witkowski, Mark

A complete guide to Adobe Acrobat 3.0, and its component parts: Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Exchange, Acrobat Distiller, Acrobat PDFWriter, and Acrobat Catalog. Detailed information and procedures are provided for selecting proper compression and font embedding settings. Specific details are included regarding differences in using the Macintosh and Windows versions.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-88362-220-3 423 pp. $60

Contact: GATF Press, 200 Deer Run Road, Swickley, PA 15143-2600.

Forms: Interactivity for the World Wide Web

Guthrie, Malcolm

The most extensive and complete treatment available on the use of forms on the World Wide Web. It contains numerous examples and tutorial code using C, Perl, JavaScript, Visual Basic, VB Script and AppleScript on Unix, Windows NT/95 and Macintosh. The book is supported by a companion Web site at At the site readers can download HTML and PDF form applications covering a variety of real-world applications.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56830-455-2 701 pp. $50

Contact: Adobe Press, Prentice Hall, 113 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Understanding Digital Color

Green, Phil

A highly instructive text covering the new area of digital color, its specification and reproduction. Chapters include in-depth information about color fundamentals, tone reproduction, scanning, color separation, color systems, PostScript, file output, proofing, conventional printing, digital color printing, and color management.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-88362-174-6 341 pp. $65

Contact: GATF Press, 200 Deer Run Road, Swickley, PA 15143-2600.

Director Demystified

Roberts, Jason; Phil Gross

A weighty tome covering all aspects of Macromedia Director 7 use, including the Lingo language and Shockwave. Complete instructions are provided for the production of sophisticated multimedia and Web publishing projects. The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM includes trial versions of several software packages, Director movies, and royalty-free multimedia files.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35445-4 1184 pp. $49.99

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

Little Network Book for Windows and Macintosh, The

Poole, Lon; John Rizzo

A concise handbook for planning and implementing a computer network for home or office.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35378-4 260 pp. $19.99

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

Premiere 5.1 for Macintosh & Windows

Bolante, Antony

The Peachpit Visual QuickStart guide for Adobe Premiere 5.1. The book covers the essential steps necessary to produce digital movies using video and audio clips, transitions, effects, filters, titles, superimposition, and other processes. The capture and output procedures are covered as well.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35475-6 338 pp. $19.99

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

QuickTime Pro 4 for Macintosh & Windows

Stern, Judith; Robert Lettieri

A quick reference guide, one in the series of Peachpit Visual QuickStarts, covering all aspects of Apple QuickTime Pro 4.0. The book includes QuickTime Basics, the Standard Controller, the Player, QuickTime VR, Movie Editing, Tracks, Delivery Basics, QuickTime on the Internet, and Special-purpose Applications.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35469-1 359 pp. $17.99

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

PDF with Acrobat 4: Visual QuickStart Guide

Alspach, Ted

A handy, highly-visual guide to the production of Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Each component of the Acrobat product family is covered in detail, along with suggestions for producing optimal PDF files for a variety of uses.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35461-6 191 pp. $17.99

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

Java 2 Toolkit for Dummies

Koosis, Donald; David Koosis, Aaron Walsh

A two-book set consisting of Java for Dummies and Java Programming for Dummies, each with its own cross-platform CD-ROM.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-7645-0574-2 736 pp. $49.99

Contact: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 155 Bovet Road, Suite 610, San Mateo, CA 94402, 800 762-2974,

Start with a Digital Camera

Odam, John

A book detailing dozens of practical projects that involve the use of a digital camera. Digital photographs are shown in high-resolution and full color, incorporated into professional designs. Background information on digital cameras is included.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35424-1 146 pp. $34.99

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

Dreamweaver 2 Hands-On Training

Weinman, Lynda

A course-in-a-book consisting of dozens of exercises detailing the use of Macromedia Dreamweaver 2. Among the topics are Site Control, Layout, Tables, Typography, Style Sheets, Templates/Libraries, Frames, Rollovers, Forms, DHTML, and Plug-ins. The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM includes the guided exercises, demo software and QuickTime movies.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35452-7 327 pp. $39.99

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

Windows for Mac Users: The Macintosh-toWindows Guide

Baron, Cynthia; Robin Williams

A guide to the Microsoft Windows operating system written for Macintosh users. The authors enumerate major differences, make comparisons, and show how to accomplish common computer tasks. The reader is also shown how to convert files for use on either platform, and for sending and receiving file attachments.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35396-2 421 pp. $19.99

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

Fireworks 2 for Windows & Macintosh

Cohen, Sandee

The Peachpit Visual QuickStart guide to Macromedia Fireworks 2. Major topics include: Basic Components, Document Setup, Colors, Path Tools, Selecting Paths, Working with Objects, Fills, Strokes, Effects, Text, Automation Features, Pixel Manipulation, Xtras, Importing, Exporting, Hotspots and URLs, Slices, Behaviors, and Animations.

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0-201-35458-6 280 pp. $18.99

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

JavaScript for the World Wide Web, 3rd Edition

Negrino, Tom; Dori Smith

The Visual QuickStart guide to JavaScript. The authors present numerous examples of JavaScript code for producing special effects and adding interactivity to a Web site.

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0-201-35463-2 292 pp. $17.99

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

Mac OS 8.6

Langer, Maria

The Visual QuickStart guide to the use of Macintosh Operating System 8.6. The book shows illustrated step-by-step procedures for all major OS operations. The book is supported by a companion Web site at with updates and software resources.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35472-1 330 pp. $17.99

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

Upgrading PCs

Farkas, Bart; Jeff Govier

A Visual QuickStart guide to performing common personal computer upgrade procedures including hardware installation, modems and network devices, disk devices, video displays, audio devices, memory, CPUs, and motherboards.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35422-5 182 pp. $17.99

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

Eudora 4.2 for Windows & Macintosh

Engst, Adam

A Visual QuickStart guide to the use of Qualcomm Eudora 4.2. Clear, step-by-step, illustrated instructions are provided for creating messages, writing messages, sending and receiving messages, working with messages, working with mailboxes, working with filters, finding and searching, using an address book, using the toolbar, using directory services, working with personalities, managing windows, using IMAP, and working with settings and options. A companion Web site at includes updates and software resources.

Available for on-line ordering at

0-201-35389-X 254 pp. $16.99

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

Networking CD Bookshelf

O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.

A CD-ROM package containing the complete text of six books: TCP/IP Network Administration, 2nd Edition ($32.95); sendmail, 2nd Edition ($39.95); sendmail Desktop Reference ($6.95); DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition ($32.95); Practical UNIX & Internet Firewalls ($32.95). The library includes a master index of all six books with a powerful search engine. All of the text is extensively hyperlinked for fast access.

Available for on-line ordering at

1-56592-523-8 $79.95

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.

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