The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 7.4 July / August 2002


Issue 7.4 July / August 2002

Contents

File Management Reviews

Classic's Apple Menu 1.0.7 (MAC)
Classic's Apple Menu 1.0.7 is a utility that serves to integrate the Classic OS 9 environment in OS X. It does so by adding an icon to the dock. First and foremost, the program provides the Classic Apple Menu, listing user-selected items as well as system-related software, such as Control Panels, and navigation aids, such as Recent Applications. The program also provides a mini-view of the Classic Desktop wherein items can be opened and dragged-out. In addition the program has functions: to force Carbon applications to run under the OS 9 partition of OS X; to start or quit the Classic environment; and to use version 6 Photoshop plug-ins in Photoshop 7 (from OS X under OS 9). $10

Contact: Macsorcerer, http://www.macsorcerer.com.


PDFCat (MAC/WIN)
PDFCat is a utility program that provides the capability to produce a summary catalog of PDF files consisting of the file title, author, subject, keywords, creation date, and other information. The data can be saved in any of three database formats: CSV, tab-separated, or DBF. $30

Contact: Rijdat Software, http://www.rijdatsoft.co.uk, e-mail: info@rijdatsoft.co.uk.

Specialized Output Reviews

KnowledgeMiner 4.0 (MAC)
KnowledgeMiner 4.0 is an artificial intelligence application that effectively mines information from a large body of data. It finds relationships that exist among the data all by itself. It has been proven effective in uncovering relationships and hidden knowledge from a data set. The program enables users with \"only minimal, uncertain a priori information about the system...to model, analyze and predict complex relationships of nearly any kind of system.\" The program incorporates three advanced inductive learning modeling algorithms: GMDH (Group Method of Data Handling) Neural Networks, Self-Organizing Fuzzy Rule Induction, and Analog Complexing.

Data is input, stored and edited in a spreadsheet, and all models have graphic and analytic representations.

Although most data mining systems deal only deal with static systems, KnowledgeMiner supports predictions of dynamic systems, that is, the behavior of any time-based process. Copper Student Edition, $65; Copper Edition, $120; Silver Edition, $400; Gold Edition, $780.

Contact: Script Software, POB 854, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, 916 546-9005, http://www.scriptsoftware.com, e-mail: julian@sierra.net.

Additions/Extensions Reviews

KnockOut 2 (MAC/WIN)
KnockOut 2 is appropriately rated among the best masking applications available. It is the latest version of a technology that was developed for Hollywood blue-screen effects, and is truly capable of producing astoundingly incredible visual effects that are seemingly impossible to create (is this an overstatement? We don't think so!). Users can now deal with composites that are built from images that contain liquid, ice, hair, glass, shadows, and smoke...the most difficult elements to extract (knockout).

KnockOut now works within Photoshop and other compatible image editors such s Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Painter 7 (prior versions were standalone), making it a more fluid part of a digital workflow. Users no longer need to leave their primary image editor to access the KnockOut functionality, nor do they need to convert from CMYK to RGB to use the program. The program also provides a set of touch-up tools consisting of an eraser and brush, and an improved polygon line tool that makes it easier to trace large, complex images. The 99 levels of Undo/Redo ensure that no important work is lost.

Simply stated, KnockOut works by having the user draw an outline around the outside and the inside of the target object. Using the Auto Complete option, the program now automatically completes the outside selection after the user draws the inside selection on the masked object. This is the tool that every serious digital image specialist must have. $329

Contact: Corel, 1600 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K1Z 8R7, 613 728-8200, 800 722-6735, http://www.corel.com, e-mail: custserv@corel.com, fax: 613 761-9176.

Reference Source Reviews

EndNote 6 for Mac OS X and Windows (MAC/WIN)
EndNote 6 for Mac OS X and Windows, which is used by millions of writers and researchers, extends the creation of sophisticated bibliographies to the creation of entire manuscripts. New to this version is the capability to create a figure list with management of virtually any type of image (.BMP, .JPEG, .TIFF). The Cite While You Write™ feature provides the capability to locate and insert figures directly into a manuscript, maintaining an intelligent figure list for submission.

The program includes several Microsoft Word templates (for APA, Nature, BioMed Central, etc.) that simplify compliance with publication requirements. Authors benefit from semi-automation of their formatted in-text citations, bibliography, and figure list.

The rich feature set provides multiple ways for authors to gather data from online sources, many of which can export their references in EndNote format. The program includes a listing of dozens of such sources that can accessed directly from within the program. A successful search of a site will reveal a list of references that can be selected and inserted immediately into the user's bibliography. This is the king of bibliographic generators. $329.95

Contact: ISI ResearchSoft, 2141 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 350, Carlsbad, CA 92009, 760 438-5526, http://www.endnote.com, http://www.isiresearchsoft.com, e-mail: info@endnote.com, FTP: ftp.endnote.com, fax: 760 438-5573.


PublishGuide (MAC/WIN)
PublishGuide is digital reference work that resides on the user's computer for instant access to publishing-related information. The guide has been created to assist working professionals who need immediate answers to production questions in the following categories: Assistance Charts, Color, Document Repurposing, Document Shuffling, File Formats, Helpful Stuff, Paper, Printing, Scanning, Trapping, Typography, and Page Layout. Available for on-line purchase at $29.95 (normally $59.95).

Contact: PublishGuide, http://www.cousinmichael.com/.

Instruction/Learning Reviews

Learning QuarkXPress 5 CD-ROM (MAC/WIN)
Learning QuarkXPress 5 is a self-paced instructional program led by Nancee Sthay, an experienced college instructor. The two hours of narrated movies cover the fundamental operation of the program, providing practical tutorials that clearly show best practice methods for accomplishing such essential operations as creating style sheets and master pages, and outputting as Web documents and PDF files. The user can watch the video demonstrations and then try the projects immediately using their open copy of QuarkXPress. $49.95

Contact: Lynda.com Video Workshops, P.O. Box 789, Ojai, CA 93024, 888 335-9632, 805 646-7076, http://www.lynda.com, e-mail: info@lynda.com, fax: 805 640-9607.


Learning Illustrator 10 CD-ROM (MAC/WIN)
Learning Illustrator 10 is a self-paced instructional program led by Bruce Heavin, a painter and illustrator. The almost 18 hours of narrated movies cover the complete operation of Adobe Illustrator 10, with an emphasis on the new features, which makes the CD of interest to all Illustrator users. The sample files used in the presentations are provided on the CD so that the user can open them in their copy of Illustrator and follow along with the demonstrations. Mr. Heavin covers all of the tools, functions and capabilities of the program and shows how to use it with other Adobe applications. $149.95

Contact: Lynda.com Video Workshops, P.O. Box 789, Ojai, CA 93024, 888 335-9632, 805 646-7076, http://www.lynda.com, e-mail: info@lynda.com, fax: 805 640-9607.


Learning After Effects 5 CD-ROM (MAC/WIN)
Learning After Effects 5 is a self-paced instructional program led by Bruce Heavin and Calvin Wood; Bruce is a painter and illustrator, Calvin is a broadcast and multimedia designer and producer. The approximate 8 hours of narrated QuickTime movies cover the introductory to intermediate capabilities of the program. Using narrated movies, with user controls to start, stop, rewind, and resize, provides the user with an instructional environment that can be entered at any time, and reused endlessly. The user can watch and then try techniques and procedures immediately. In this course users learn about keyframes, effects, masks, track mattes, integration with Photoshop and Illustrator, 3D layers, lights, multiple cameras, expressions, parenting, and compositing. $149.95

Contact: Lynda.com Video Workshops, P.O. Box 789, Ojai, CA 93024, 888 335-9632, 805 646-7076, http://www.lynda.com, e-mail: info@lynda.com, fax: 805 640-9607.


Advanced Photoshop 6 CD-ROM (MAC/WIN)
Advanced Photoshop 6 is a self-paced instructional program led by Bruce Heavin and Joe Mailler; Bruce is a painter and illustrator, Joe (www.joemailler.com) is a digital artist and designer. The approximate 9 hours of narrated QuickTime movies cover the the use of Photoshop from the perspective of using it most effectively and efficiently. It has been developed for those who have a basic understanding of the program, but do not use the advanced features. Tutorials are provided in the form of user-controlled QuickTime movies. The exercise files that are shown in the movies are provided on the CD so that the user can try them and gain competency. Topics include: getting started, layers, blending modes, brushes, masking, effects, paths, shape tool, perspective crop tool, color and ICC Profiles, and output formats. $149.95

Contact: Lynda.com Video Workshops, P.O. Box 789, Ojai, CA 93024, 888 335-9632, 805 646-7076, http://www.lynda.com, e-mail: info@lynda.com, fax: 805 640-9607.


What's New in Adobe After Effects 5 (MAC/WIN)
What's New in Adobe After Effects 5 is a four DVD set (also available on VHS tape), with one CD-ROM containing lesson source files. The set is directed toward experienced After Effects 4.0 users who want to learn how to use the new features that are contained in version 5. The instructor, Brian Maffitt, ably leads the viewer though complex procedures and techniques with clarity, professionalism and wit. Mr. Maffitt knows and understands how to apply After Effects to common and relevant video post production processes, and shows how to efficiently and effectively apply expert techniques and insider know-how. Over 15 hours of programming is provided covering the general topics of What's New; Parenting, Flash & Expressions; 3D Parts I & II; and New Effects, Parts I-IV. Users can simultaneously view the instruction and complete the projects. Those who are new to After Effects are encouraged to purchase and view previous volumes in the After Effects training program. $299

Contact: Total Training Inc., 324 Encinitas Blvd, Suite B, Encinitas CA,  92024, 888 DO TOTAL, 760 944-3900, http://www.totaltraining.com, e-mail: info@totaltraining.com.

CD-ROM Reviews

Toast with Jam (MAC)
Toast with Jam is a CD/DVD sound editing and mastering suite that combines two major applications. Toast 5 Titanium is acknowledged as the leading CD/DVD burning software for recording audio, video, photo and data. Jam 5 is a digital audio tool that, with Peak LE, can adjust and edit audio that is 100% Red Book compliant.

Toast 5 Titanium is the most feature-packed CD burning software available for the Macintosh, and likely, for any computer. It combines ease-of-use with sophisticated and all encompassing CD- and DVD-writing and reproduction capabilities.

The program sports a new, streamlined look that simplifies the basic functions of creating a new audio or data disc, or of duplicating an existing disc. Roxio research has found that 94% of the discs produced by their users fall into these three categories. A user can easily begin the process of making such a disc in seconds. Once the process is underway, the user can attend to other computer tasks since the program now supports background burning.

Roxio has folded in the capabilities of their Toast DVD product into Toast 5 Titanium. In addition to burning DVDs, a user can produce hybrid Macintosh and Windows CDs, videoCDs, audio CDs, and CD-ROM XA and Mixed Mode CDs, such as Sony PlayStation CDs, Enhanced Music CDs, and Karaoke CDs for which the user has a valid copyright license. VideoCDs, containing digital video movies, can be read on most DVD-equipped computers and home DVD players.

Toast 5 supports the automatic conversion of MP3 files into audio CD format, or retaining their format for play on MP3 players. Music CDs can be burned from music obtained from virtually any source: records, tapes, CDs, or MP3s. The CD Spin Doctor program, which is provided, supports the transfer of analog music (using a supplied cable), on vinyl or tape cassettes, into digital format. The program can eliminate unwanted noise, such as crackling, clicks, pops, and hisses.

Other features include: The Toast Audio Extractor, to rip audio files directly from a CD; Qdesign MVP, an MP3 player application; MPEG encoding, useful for burning iMovies onto Video CDs; support for the Joliet format, which maintains long file names on Windows PCs; CD or DVD Copy, which produces a bit for bit copy; creation of bootable CDs; support for Mac/ISO Hybrid, Enhanced Music CD, CD-DA, Mixed Mode, CD extra (multimedia, audio and data), Multitrack CD-ROM XA, multisession CD, Video CD, CD-I, Disc Image, MP3 Disc, Disc At Once (DAO), Track At Once, 700MB CD, and 80 minute CD; CDDB or FreeDB support for automatic download of song titles from the Internet; Retrospect compatibility; Web-CheckUp (to download latest program updates); and more.

JAM for Macintosh is a sophisticated application for producing Red Book-compliant audio CD image files. The Red Book specifies an audio format of 16 bit/44.1 kHz, stereo, meaning that each sample is equivalent to 4 bytes (16 bits = 2 bytes per channel), and one second of audio consists of 44,100 samples.

JAM supports the production of commercial-quality CDs composed of SDII (Sound Designer II), AIFF, or WAV files, which can be dragged and dropped easily into the program. The program supports nondestructive editing, meaning that changes to a track, such as increasing its volume, does not affect the original data.

Although not all CD recorders support it, JAM can produce discs using the Disc-at-Once recording method, wherein the entire CD is recorded in a single pass without turning off the laser. This is advantageous because no run-out sectors are produced, providing the flexibility to make the pause between tracks any length required (or conversely to have the songs run together). In addition, commerical CD replicators usually require a Disc-at-Once master, since the presence of run-out sectors are often misinterpreted as errors.

JAM includes Peak LE, a limited version of the comprehensive sound editing software from BIAS. Peak LE makes it possible to apply advanced editing processes to each track, such as independently setting the volume for each track and channel.

JAM provides easy controls for changing the order of the tracks, modifying the track pause, and applying various audio techniques such as crossfades and trims. The program makes it possible to produce professional master audio CDs using standard equipment. $199.95

Contact: Roxio, Inc., 6900 Wedgwood Road, Suite 200, Maple Grove, MN 55311, 763 494-7240, http://www.roxio.com, fax: 763 494-7301.

OCR Reviews

Readiris Pro 7 (MAC)
Readiris Pro 7 is a highly capable optical character recognition (OCR) application that has added some unique features. First is the business card recognition capability that converts text printed on business cards into live address records. It supports both American and European languages, and imports data directly into any application, or the fields can be integrated directly into any of several popular contact management programs, such as Now Up-to-Date, or MS Entourage. IRIS also sells a separate, additional cost, Business Card scanner (IBCR II), although the Readiris Pro 7 application works with a wide range of flat-bed scanners. Second, the software now supports four Asian languages: Japanese, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The Readiris pro 7 OCR engine has been improved, both in speed and accuracy (40% more accurate than version 6), and is claimed to be \"the fastest OCR in the world.\"

Other significant new or improved features are: the direct generation of PDF documents from scanned paper originals (the resulting PDFs are fully searchable and editable); support for documents captured using digital cameras; auto-detection of the document page orientation (and auto rotation if necessary for optimum scanning); support for scanners with ADF (automatic document feeders); adjustment of the OCR recognition to allot for color; auto straightening of skewed documents for perfect alignment; recognition of up to 94 languages and 6 user interface languages; and more. $99

Contact: I.R.I.S. Inc., 1600 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 20, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 561 395-7831, http://www.irisusa.com, http://www.irislink.com, fax: 561 347-6267.

DTP Reviews

JAW Fonts (MAC/WIN)
JAW Fonts is a collection of attractive, eclectic typefaces that are fresh and unique. Many of the fonts are in the category of hand lettering. Here is a description of many of the fonts:

Alpengeist: A Blacketter typeface inspired by the sign for a Swiss Alps themed ride at a popular California theme park. It is more legible than many blackletter faces and is useful for any project needing a Fairy Tale, Alpine, Swiss, or even Horror/Gothic feel. The name in German means ""spirit of the Alps"".

Annabelle: A roundhand style Script face. It's more upscale appearance would make it useful for any application requiring an elegant script font, such as wedding invitations, greeting cards, announcements or titling.

Blairesque: The Blairesque Family consists of three typefaces and one dingbat font designed in the style of, and dedicated to, the unique and ingenious visions of artist Mary Blair. The range of uses is versatile for this family, but all have a ""playful"" feel and are intended for display work. The dingbat font contains a set of alternate numerals that can be used with any of the other three faces.

Boxer Script: A machine style Script font inspired by the type designs used on automobiles in the 1940's and 1950's. One unique aspect of this font is that the capitals are more organic in design than the lowercase and yet they are unified and work well together.

Buena Park: This typeface was inspired by the logo for a theme park/food company located in Buena Park CA. It is intended more for display work, but can also be used for short text passages. The flourishes on the letters give it a slight ""Art Noveau"" feel.

Charade: A playful and dynamic typeface good for greeting cards, children's themes, or anything that needs a ""happy-go-lucky"" feel. Its inspiration comes from handlettering in a shop window.

Debonair: One of three revival fonts in the library. Debonair is based on an old typeface named ""Diane"" which never made it to digital format. Changes have been made mostly to the lowercase characters so that they will all connect. It is an elegant design with unusual angularity in the lowercase, and is good for anything that requires a high class script font.

Fairy Tale: An ""almost but not quite"" blackletter typeface. As the name implies it is good for fairy tale titles or anything themed around magic. The design was inspired by the hand lettered titles of a popular animated fairy tale.

Fenway Park: One of two ""athletic style"" script fonts in the library. It is inspired by an amalgam of sources but is clearly in the style often used for sports team names, especially baseball. Being a casual style script it has a variety of uses.

Friki Tiki: This font is more specific in its design, but can be used for anything with a Hawaiian/Tiki/or Asian theme. It contains a number of alternate ligatures that provide more versatility. The way in which it is designed allows for the ligatures, capitals and lowercase to be intermixed within words for a true ""tiki"" look.

Holiday Times: A playful, fun font inspired by the hand lettered titles from a 1960's children's Christmas special...hence the name. Good for anything that needs a bouncy, upbeat feel.

Jeffriana: A handwriting style script face, named after an old friend. This is essentially an original design. Its casual feel makes it perfect for anything that requires a consistency of design with a personal touch.

Mary Helen: Named after the designer's paternal Grandmother, this font is also a casual handwriting style font, but is slightly more elegant than ""Jeffriana"". It would be appropriate for greeting cards, stationery, or titling.

Peregroy: A casual script face that one combines both handwritten and calligraphic qualities. It seems to have a somewhat nostalgic feel to it, but is versatile in its uses. It was inspired by the hand lettered titles of a popular animated movie.

Saharan: An Arabian style font inspired by hotel signage in Las Vegas. It captures the feeling of the Las Vegas idealized view of caravans, camels and magic lamps. It would be good for any application requiring a desert/Arabian theme or feel.

Southland: Inspired by an old hand lettered poster, this typeface is a cross between a script and sans serif style. It is heavy and commanding, yet at the same time, upbeat. The heavy contrast between thick and thin creates an interesting rhythm between letterforms. It would be useful for advertising, titling, or similar uses.

Spaulding Sans: This typface family is a humanist style sans serif with Venetian proportions. One of the few typefaces in the library that can be used for long text passages, it retains a sans serif feel while offering an alternative to the traditional grotesque style sans serifs. The italic version is more of a ""true Italic"" than other sans serif fonts.

Stanzie: A digital revival…this font is based on an older typeface named ""Constance"". It preserves more of a hand drawn feel, while retaining its basic design attributes. It is an elegant but non-connecting demi-formal script font.

Valentina: This typeface was inspired by some signage on an apartment building. It has both a handwritten and designed feel to it as well as being somewhat ""1960's Retro"" in style. It is a casual script face good for a variety of applications.

Varsity Script: The second of the collection's ""athletic style"" scripts. This one is more casual and informal. It would be useful for anything involving sports or athletics.

Viceroy: A digital revival based on a typeface originally called ""Virtuoso,"" this too is an elegant but non-connecting script font. This face could be used with any application requiring a classy script face including wedding invitations, stationery, certificates or titling.

Walcott Gothic: The Walcott Gothic Family consists of three typefaces inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood before the bulk of movie studios moved to the San Fernando Valley. The three variants can be used together or separately. Good for use as a display or sans serif design, it has a 1930's feel to it.

Wonderboy: This is a brush style script/display font, reminiscent of signage used in grocery and department stores. Good for advertising, titling and similar uses.

All fonts are available individually for $20 each. Family prices are: Blairesque Set (4 fonts) $55, Spaulding Sans Set (2 fonts) $32, Walcott Gothic Set (3 fonts) $45.

Contact: Jaw Fonts, 1116 N. Spaulding Ave., Apt. D, West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323 650-2740, http://www.JAWarts.com, http://www.myfonts.com.


CombiNumerals Pro (MAC/WIN)
CombiNumerals Pro is an exceptionally handy family of dingbat fonts consisting of numeric characters (enclosed in circles, negative and positive), alphabetic characters (enclosed in circles, negative and positive), additional characters (representing a variety of arrows, mathematical signs, smileys, etc.), CombiSymbols (over 140 symbols useful for labels, Web graphics, and documentation), CombiSymbols CD (over 70 industry standard symbols used for CD labels and artwork), and CombiSymbols DV (over 70 industry standard symbols used for DVD labels and artwork). Digital publishers will find these fonts to be indispensable. $14.95

Contact: The FontSite, 2787 Sandy Drive, Camano Island, WA 98292, http://www.fontsite.com.

Internet Reviews

Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 2.0 (MAC)
Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 2.0 is an Internet security utility that helps to shield Macintosh users from privacy intrusions and hacking. It filters, through the use of its firewall, the packets of data passing into and out of a computer, and determines which may pass based on a list fo user-defined rules. The program maintains a log of all access attempts, both those that are permitted and those that are denied.

The program can be configured so that the user can select which applications are allowed to access the Internet, and users are alerted when an unauthorized program, such as a Trojan horse, attempts to send information from the host computer.

The performance of the program can be determined by using either a self-check, built into the software, or by accessing the Symantec Security Check, which is a utility on the Symantec Web site that scans a user's Firewall for security risks. $69.95

Contact: Symantec Corp., 20300 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014, 408 253-9600, 800 441-7234, http://www.symantec.com, fax: 408 446-8152.


Local Web Synch (MAC)
Local Web Synch is a utility program that serves to synchronize local Web folders with the master copy. In addition the software provides the capability to change the type of index file to match that of a target browser. According to Rijdat: \"If you are the webmaster for your organisation's internal (and/or external) website you will have a master copy of the site which you make changes on, and probably a user folder which has a copy of whole site and which internal users access. This means you can work on web files without interrupting others' local access to your site. So when you have made changes to the site you have to update the local copy. Local Web Synch does this for you, updating older files and removing items no longer in use (if you want it to).\" A 30-day trial version is available. $30

Contact: Rijdat Software, http://www.rijdatsoft.co.uk, e-mail: info@rijdatsoft.co.uk.

Digital Audio

MUSICMATCH Jukebox Deluxe v7 (WIN )
MUSICMATCH Jukebox Deluxe v7 is a complete music management system that enables the user to record CD, vinyl record, and tape-recorded music into CD-quality MP3, Windows Media Audio, or WAV format music file collections. Users can automatically attach song Tag information from online sources.

Recorded CDs or DVDs can be produced with complete CD labels and jewel case inserts. CD labels can hold up to 150 track titles. The Smart Split feature enables users to evenly backup files across multiple CD-Rs or DVDs.

The jukebox feature supports playback of MP3, Windows Media Audio, CDs, video, and others. Playlists can be composed through drag-and-drop. The jukebox window displays the CD name, song name, and performer information. MP3 music can be transferred to a portable MP3 player from within the application.

Boxed product includes an 8' patch cord, Verbatim Recordable CD, over 30 songs, and a 3 month subscription to Radio MX with Earthlink DSL. $29.99

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


Sound Studio 2.0 (MAC)
Sound Studio 2.0 is a flexible and capable digital audio editor that enables the user to utilize the audio recording capabilities of a Macintosh (OS 9 or OS X). The user can edit pre-recorded sound on CD or MP3, or digitize voice or vinyl or audio tapes. The program supports CD-quality recording at 44.1kHz, 16-bit stereo, and is AppleScriptable. The program provides tools for correcting clicks and pops that are common artifacts of converting analog recordings to digital. With its waveform display window and editing tools, this program provides a great many capabilities at a very reasonable price. $49.99

Contact: Felt Tip Software, 807 Keely Place, Philadelphia, PA 19128, http://www.felttip.com, e-mail: support@felttip.com.

Multimedia/Graphics Reviews

The Logo Creator (MAC/WIN)
The Logo Creator is certainly among the easiest ways to create a professional-looking logo in a matter of minutes. The user starts with one of a series of logo designs from the accessory plug-in paks that cover specific design categories (i.e. corporate, cartoon, leisure, box covers, etc.). The provided design, selected by the user, appears in the design window. The user simply selects a part of the design that they would like to modify, such as the company name, and their modification takes place immediately. The user has control over every aspect of each element in the design: font, size, color, special effects (glow, drop shadow, etc.), position, layer orientation, etc. Existing graphics and images can be imported and composed in the logo. The finished layout can be output in a wide variety of file formats, including JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, EPS, PDF, PS, PSD, TIFF, Hi-rez TIF, Hi-rez BMP, and Hi-rez PNG. The user can also design business cards and send them directly to iPrint for output. This is the among the best ways for non-designers to produce highly effective graphic treatments, quickly and easily. $79.95 plus the cost of 25-logo plug-in paks priced at $79.95 each.

Contact: Laughingbird Productions, 476 Avenida Valencia, Camarillo, CA 93012, http://www.thelogocreator.com, e-mail: info@thelogocreator.com.

Hardware Reviews

OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port KVM Switch (MAC/WIN)
OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port KVM Switch is a device that enables the user to connect up to four PS/2 and/or USB model computers to a single set of peripherals. The computers share one PS/2 keyboard (K), one VGA video (V) source, and one PS/2 mouse (M), saving both the space and expense of repetitive devices, as well as providing the user with a more efficient way to utilize multiple computers. The unit supports a video resolution up to 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz when used with coaxial VGA cabling.

In many digital publishing environments it is common for users to need access to both Macintosh and Windows computers, and switch between them several times during the day. A KVM switch simplifies that process, and allows the user to stay seated in one place, yet have immediate access to the particular system that is needed. It also provides the means for a user to share USB peripherals between the systems, thus saving money and deskspace, and making the most efficient use of external devices.

The unit is very compact, and provides for built-in cable management. The four LEDs on the front panel clearly show which computer is in use. The user can switch computers using either a hot key or a port access button.

In addition to its 5-year warranty and free technical support, the OmniView is differentiated by its flash-upgrade firmware support. $179.95

Contact: Belkin Components, 501 West Walnut Street, Compton, CA 90220, 800 223-5546, http://www.belkin.com, fax: 310 898-1111.

Digital Audio Reviews

SmartSound Movie Maestro(TM) (MAC/WIN)
SmartSound Movie Maestro(TM) incorporates proven SmartSound technology to provide novice users with the capabilities to produce professional soundtracks using a home computer. The software, produced by the makers of SmartSound Sonicfire Pro, provides home video producers with easy-to-use tools to add music soundtracks to their productions. The software reduces what is normally a time-consuming and highly-skilled operation to just a few minutes of work.

The operation involves only three steps: Users import their video, add the music using the intuitive Maestro \"wizard,\" and click \"Save Soundtrack.\" The result is custom-fit arrangements that match video clip lengths perfectly, with appropriate musical endings, not fade-outs. The software includes a library of 26 music tracks, and add-on Movie Music CDs are priced at $29.95. The software is priced at $49.95.

Contact: Sonic Desktop Software, 9836 White Oak Ave., Suite 209, Northridge, CA 91325-1342, 800 454-1900, 818 718-9999, http://www.sonicdesktop.com, fax: 818 718-9990.

File Transfer/Processing Reviews

You've got Files!™ 2.002 (WIN )
You've Got Files!™ 2.002 is a utlity program that provides an e-mail alert to specified users, or launches an application, when files are added through FTP to a particular directory on a file server. It is highly useful in an automated digital workflow situation where the prompt processing of incoming files is essential. It is being used in several digital publishing environments, including Banta Corporation, where Dan Kinney, Systems Administrator has said, \"We use YGF to alert our internal production personnel and close the loop with our business partners who send us files via FTP or Gigabyte Express.\"

Both printers and publishers use the software. Printers use it to monitor files coming in from customers and third-parties; publishers use it to alert customers that files are ready for proofing or final approval. Users may also modify the software to monitor remote FTP servers for file activity.

The program is available in three versions, Basic, Professional, and Corporate. The versions differ primarily in the number of directories that can be monitored...Basic (2), Professional (100), and Corporate (400). Both the Professional and Corporate versions also support application launching in addition to e-mail alerts, as well as support additional e-mail options. The Basic version is $35, the Professional version is $195, and the Corporate price is available upon request.

Contact: Niwot Networks, Inc., 721 9th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 800 657-3278, 303 772-8664, http://www.youvegotfiles.com.


Belle Nuit Textfilter (MAC/WIN)
Belle Nuit Textfilter is a very flexible program for processing any number of text files using filters. The software is useful to digital publishers who have a need for an automated method to make simple-to-sophisticated changes to text files. Users can do such things as remove HTML coding, make multiple replacements of targeted text, and make custom modifications to single files and entire folders. Users can apply the built-in script language for maximum flexibility and an open plug-in API is included. A demo version is available. $35

Contact: Belle Nuit Montage, Lausanne, Suisse, http://www.belle-nuit.com, e-mail: matti@belle-nuit.com, fax: 4112742114.

Utility Reviews

Alohabob PC Relocator 4.0 (WIN )
Alohabob PC Relocator 4.0 is a very useful utility for moving programs, files and system settings from an old computer to a new one (or between any two computers). The transfer can be conducted using a parallel cable (provided in the box), a USB connection, a TCP/IP network connection, or with removable media. The estimated time to move 1GB of data is 15-20 minutes for TCP/IP, 1-2 hours for USB cable, and 2-5 hours using a parallel cable. The process is conducted in three steps: first prepare the host PC for the migration process; second, select the items to move; and third, initiate the transfer. $49.95

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


Clone'X (MAC)
Clone'X is a valuable utility for Macintosh OS X that facilitates the copying, or \"cloning,\" of an OS X System. The reason that this function is necessary is that unlike OS 9, where the System is confined to a single folder, the OS X system is stored in several folders, some of which are invisible, protected, or permission denied. A duplicate of a system requires that it maintains the permissions and ownership of each system component.

The Clone'X copy can be saved on any external media or storage device, including the user's internal hard drive. It is saved in a compressed state. The clone reflects all updates that have been made since the system was installed. It can be used not only to replace a damaged system, but to repair a sysem or recreate identical systems on other computers. The software is available to clone either OS 9 and OS X Systems. $49

Contact: TRI-EDRE, 22 Place de L'Eglise, BP111, 83510 Lorgues, France, 33 04 98 10 10 50, http://www.tri-edre.com, fax: 33 04 98 10 10 55.

Digital Video Reviews

Strata DVpro (MAC)
Strata DVpro is a non-linear digital video editing solution that is capable of outputting compressed video using the Sorenson Spark codec for Macromedia Flash. The use of Flash output, which can be played on most browsers, and is installed on most users' systems, minimizes or eliminates the need to depend on external players. It also provides very efficient compression. In addition to this function the user can also output in the most popular video formats, including RealPlayer, MP3, AVI, and QuickTime, and choose for delivery at 56K, ISDN, DSL-Cable, or T1.

Users can not only edit, using Timeline and Storyboard views, but can also capture video directly from its source. Users can capture input directly into the Bin Window from either analog or digital (FireWire) sources. In addition, the user can directly import a variety of file types, including AVI, PICS, JPEG, GIF, and others.

The list of video tools and capabilities is extensive, with a library of video transitions, including explode and mosaic; filters for video reverse, morphing, chroma key, and others; video tools for composite mixing, video transparency, and clip motion; and much more. This is an excellent step up for users of entry-level DV editing programs such as iMovie. $495

Contact: Strata, 567 S. Valley View Dr., St. George, UT 84770, 800-STRATA3D, 435 628-5218, http://www.strata.com, fax: 435 628-9756.

Productivity Reviews

Virtual PC for Windows (WIN )
Virtual PC for Windows is an operating system emulation environment that enables Windows users to run multiple PC-based operating systems on their single computer, supporting the simultaneous use of both the host and guest OSs. It operates as an application on the Windows desktop and creates true virtual machines using Connectix's patent-pending technology. Each virtual computer operates as if it were a complete standalone machine with normal control of, and access to, all peripherals and internal components.

There are many significant benefits to running multiple operating systems. First the user can maintain their legacy system while moving to a new operating system such as Windows XP. The user can switch between the two operating systems with a single mouse click, and, most importantly, without the need to reboot. This removes the uncertainty of committing to a new operating system only to find that certain essential applications do not work. The same is true for running an earlier OS to support older software that may be mission-critical, but is not supported by newer operating systems.

Running multiple operating systems on a single computer is more cost-effective than running multiple computers, and certainly more convenient for the user. The Connectix technology is affordable and allows the user to install any of the wide variety of operating systems that run on a PC.

The operating system environments that are are supported under Virtual PC for Windows provide a secure area for running applications that can not be run on the host system. The virtual system can be \"cut off\" from the other environments so that any of its operations do not negatively affect those which are resident on the host. The virtual environment provides a testing platform for configuring systems without risk of harming the host, and are highly useful in technical support areas for replicating a situation on a client's computer. In addition, technical support personnel can test a deployment of a particular OS, then stage it on a file server in a single file that can be downloaded to any computer on the network in a matter of minutes.

In training situations the use of Virtual PC for Windows provides the option of offering instruction on any OS without the need to change the hardware. A single computer can be used to support any number of different operating systems, and allow for upgrading without abandoning applications which require legacy environments.

Software developers can easily test how their applications will run in a variety of environments, all on a developer's own computer. They can also certify that their applications are compatible.

Connectix has covered all of the bases in terms of compatibility, connectivity, configuration, and installation. The guest operating systems that are installed under Virtual PC for Windows automatically detect and work with the network, printer and other settings of the host PC. Repartitioning the host hard drive is not necessary, nor is rebooting to move from one OS to another. Each guest host OS is contained in a single \"drive container,\" a single file that can be easily moved if necessary. The guest operating systems are sold in individual Connectix OS Packs, and are easily installed by copying the pre-installed and pre-configured environments to the user's hard drive. $199 for Virtual PC for Windows, OS packs are $249 for Windows XP Professional, $149 for Windows XP Home, $199 for Windows 2000, $149 for Windows 98, and $149 for Windows ME.

Contact: Connectix, 2655 Campus Dr., San Mateo, CA 94403, 800 950-5880, 415 571-5100, Internet: cards@connectix.com, http://www.connectix.com, faxback: 800 571-7558, fax: 415 571-5195.


Alarm Clock Pro (MAC)
Alarm Clock Pro is a multi-function time management system consisting of three four parts: Classic, Perpetual, Timer and To Do List. The Perpetual component is used to set an infinite number of alarms to ring at any set time or time pattern up to the date of December 31, 2040. Classic mode enables the user to set alarms to ring once a day (everyday) or on a specific day or weekend. Alarms can not only be set to ring, but to display a message, launch a file, play an audio or video file, or execute an Internet stream.

The Timer mode enables the user to set hours, minutes and seconds countdown, with the alarm being any of a number of system alerts or the playing of an audio or video file. Shareware fee of $11.97.

Contact: Koingo Software Canada, http://www.koingosw.com, e-mail: koingosw@koingosw.com.


CopyPaste-X (MAC)
CopyPaste-X is a system enhancement for Mac OS X (also available for Mac OS 9 and for Windows) that provides additional clipboards enabling users to copy multiple items at a time. The software enables the user to create an infinite number of clipboards that can be accessed either through a menu or key command. The Clip Recorder stores a user-definable number (10-200) of copied items which have been captured using Command-C, and maintains them in a stack. The stored copied items can be independently edited in the Clipboard Editor palette. CopyPaste-X clipboards can be saved even when the computer is restarted or shutdown.

Drag and drop is enabled for moving text, pictures, sound or ClipSet files to and from the CopyPaste palette. $20

Contact: Script Software, POB 854, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, 916 546-9005, http://www.scriptsoftware.com, e-mail: julian@sierra.net.


Default Folder X 1.6 (MAC)
Default Folder X 1.6 is a system enhancement for Mac OS X (including Jaguar) that provides improved navigation when using Open and Save dialogs. Among the features are: typed file and folder names results in their selection in the file listing; the top menu in the file dialog lists the active folder and its enclosing folders; open windows in the Finder can be accessed through a popup menu; the user gets access to recently used folders and favorites; the user can rename, delete, and get info on files and folders without leaving the file dialog; the program \"remembers\" the last item selected in a folder allowing the user to return to it easily; and more. $34.95

Contact: St. Clair Software, 1230 Halfpenny Lane, Blacksburg, BA 24060, http://www.stclairsoft.com, e-mail: info@stclairsoft.com, fax: 540 552-5898.

Digital Imaging Reviews

Adobe Illustrator 10 (MAC/WIN)
Adobe Illustrator 10, the industry standard vector graphics program, extends the arsenal of sophistocated digital illustration capabilities of this venerable application by clearly defining it as a cross media design tool. In addition to its tight integration with other Adobe programs, Illustrator 10 provides tools that are unique, and raise the bar on publishing productivity.

This version of the software introduces dynamic data-driven graphics providing print designers with the means to automate the preparation of repetitive artwork, and to create an unlimited number of variations of similarly formatted graphics. In a parallel fashion, Web designers can generate a template and use the new Variables palette to define objects within a Web banner, for example, as variables. Using scripts or dynamic image servers, such as the new Adobe AlterCast, users can generate an unlimited number of graphic variations.

A new level of support is provided for symbols, which can be expressed either in vector or raster format, giving designers the capability to design a symbol and then modify all instances of that symbol by redefining the original. Symbols can be created from drawn objects, text, images, or any combination thereof. The use of symbols is further enhanced through the capability to spray naturalistic masses of repeating elements, such as for foliage or a crowd scene. The sprayed symbols can be further modified with the use of tools to adust colors, spin, size, and inter-object spacing (scrunch).

More robust features have been added to Illustrator's object-based slicing, HTML tables with Cascading Style Sheet layers, and enhanced SVG import and export of Macromedia Flash (SWF) format export. Raster and vector format options can be assigned for each slice.

The new live enveloping, warping, and liquifying tools provide for exceptional Live Distortion control, with easy to use tools to bend, stretch, and twist text, graphics and images. Despite the degree of distortion the object remain completely editable. $399

Contact: Adobe Systems Inc., 345 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95110-2704, 408 536-6000, http://www.adobe.com, fax: 408 537-6000.

Book Reviews

Beginner's Final Cut Pro
Rubin, Michael

The author, a skilled digital video editor, brings his personal method of learning non-linear editing. Through the use of profuse illustrations, easy to follow text, and a Macintosh-compatible DVD with sample files, the reader can learn a workable process of assembling digital video clips into professional-quality video productions. To be most effective, readers should have a Macintosh with DVD drive, OS 8.5 or later, and a copy of Final Cut Pro version 1.25 or later.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321118022

0321118022 270 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Mac OS X Disaster Relief
Landau, Ted

As the book jacket states, \"With Mac OS X, everyone is a beginner.\" The new operating system presents challenges and problems that no user is likely to expect, and few users are likely to know how to solve. The author anticipates the most troublesome aspects of the OS, to help resolve problems and assist the reader in avoiding other difficulties. All aspects of the OS are covered, including system crashes, troubleshooting utilities, OS installation, printing, networking, navigation, and more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0201788691

0201788691 598 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Sad Macs, Bombs and other Disasters, 4th Edition
Landau, Ted

This book is so complete that it is used by Apple's technical support staff, and is undoubtedly the most information-packed book on the subject. Virtually every conceivable Macintosh-based problem is addressed, with solutions, and suggestions for avoiding them in the first place. Every Macintosh user will find this a valuable resource.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D020169963-x

020169963-x 951 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking, The
Parrent, Joanne

The author, a film producer and director and college lecturer, provides an inside look into the filmmaking process. This book takes the reader behind the closed doors of the Hollywood film production process. Chapter content includes: a history of filmmaking; an overview of film genres; basic elements of film and video; making an independent film; making a Hollywood film; script and pre-production; script development; script breakdown and shooting schedule; the budget; hiring a cast and crew; planning the shoot; directing the crew; directing the actors; dealing with production problems involving people, equipment, weather, and budget; post production; distribution; TV sales; and much more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0028643402

0028643402 341 pp. $18.95

Contact: Pearson Education, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212 641 2400, http://www.pearson.com.


Handbook of Print Media
Kipphan, Helmut

A true handbook covering the complete process of applying various printing methods to produce a full range of ink-on-paper products. The book is certainly among the most comprehensive of its kind, with the most up-to-date information available about the entire printing process. The accompanying CD-ROM can be used to search the book's contents. This book belongs in the libraries of serious students of the graphic arts.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D3540673261.

3540673261 1207 pp. $99

Contact: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 333 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ 07094, 800-SPRINGER, http://www.springer-ny.com


Beginner's Final Cut Pro
Rubin, Michael

The author, a skilled digital video editor, brings his personal method of learning non-linear editing. Through the use of profuse illustrations, easy to follow text, and a Macintosh-compatible DVD with sample files, the reader can learn a workable process of assembling digital video clips into professional-quality video productions. To be most effective, readers should have a Macintosh with DVD drive, OS 8.5 or later, and a copy of Final Cut Pro version 1.25 or later.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321118022

0321118022 270 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Mac OS X Disaster Relief
Landau, Ted

As the book jacket states, \"With Mac OS X, everyone is a beginner.\" The new operating system presents challenges and problems that no user is likely to expect, and few users are likely to know how to solve. The author anticipates the most troublesome aspects of the OS, to help resolve problems and assist the reader in avoiding other difficulties. All aspects of the OS are covered, including system crashes, troubleshooting utilities, OS installation, printing, networking, navigation, and more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0201788691

0201788691 598 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Sad Macs, Bombs and other Disasters, 4th Edition
Landau, Ted

This book is so complete that it is used by Apple's technical support staff, and is undoubtedly the most information-packed book on the subject. Virtually every conceivable Macintosh-based problem is addressed, with solutions, and suggestions for avoiding them in the first place. Every Macintosh user will find this a valuable resource.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D020169963-x

020169963-x 951 pp. $34.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking, The
Parrent, Joanne

The author, a film producer and director and college lecturer, provides an inside look into the filmmaking process. This book takes the reader behind the closed doors of the Hollywood film production process. Chapter content includes: a history of filmmaking; an overview of film genres; basic elements of film and video; making an independent film; making a Hollywood film; script and pre-production; script development; script breakdown and shooting schedule; the budget; hiring a cast and crew; planning the shoot; directing the crew; directing the actors; dealing with production problems involving people, equipment, weather, and budget; post production; distribution; TV sales; and much more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0028643402

0028643402 341 pp. $18.95

Contact: Pearson Education, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212 641 2400, http://www.pearson.com.


Handbook of Print Media
Kipphan, Helmut

A true handbook covering the complete process of applying various printing methods to produce a full range of ink-on-paper products. The book is certainly among the most comprehensive of its kind, with the most up-to-date information available about the entire printing process. The accompanying CD-ROM can be used to search the book's contents. This book belongs in the libraries of serious students of the graphic arts.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D3540673261.

3540673261 1207 pp. $99

Contact: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 333 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ 07094, 800-SPRINGER, http://www.springer-ny.com

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