The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 8.1 January / February 2003

Issue 8.1 January / February 2003


File Management Reviews

FinalData 2.0 Plus Edition (WIN )
FinalData 2.0 Plus Edition provides all of the capabilites of the standard edition (see below) plus the ability to permanently delete Internet history, Internet cache, Internet cookies, and the list of recently used and opened files. The permanent data removal standards exceed those of the US Department of Defense. $119.95

Contact: AlphaOmega Soft, Inc., 2018 156th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98007, 425 748-5077,, fax: 425 644-2185.

FinalData 2.0 Premium Edition (WIN )
FinalData 2.0 Premium Edition provides all of the capabilites of the Plus edition plus (see above) the ability to repair MS Office, Oracle Export, and MPEG-1/MPEG-2 files, and individual e-mail message recovery. The program also supports file system information backup. $199.95

Contact: AlphaOmega Soft, Inc., 2018 156th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98007, 425 748-5077,, fax: 425 644-2185.

FinalData 2.0 Standard Edition (WIN )
FinalData 2.0 Standard Edition enables the user to restore lost data due to damaged Master Boot Records, file allocation tables, or partitions. The software need not be installed prior to an data failure incident. It can recover damaged and lost files related to an emptied Recycle Bin, PC virus, damaged hard-drive partition, software failure, damaged system file, partition deleted by FDISK, formatted drives, and power failures and outages.

The software recovers data in three steps: select the drive, select the files to recover, select the directory to save the recovered files. $79.95

Contact: AlphaOmega Soft, Inc., 2018 156th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98007, 425 748-5077,, fax: 425 644-2185.

Photo Retriever (WIN )
Photo Retriever is a powerful software utility that enables the user to recover image files, video files, and audio files from hard drives and removable media. The process consists of three steps: scanning the media, selecting the files, and saving the files. $39.95

Contact: AlphaOmega Soft, Inc., 2018 156th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98007, 425 748-5077,, fax: 425 644-2185.

Additions/Extensions Reviews

Brushes (PS) Complete (MAC/WIN)
Brushes (PS) Complete is a world-class set (approximately 9000 brushes in the full set) of royalty-free brushes for use in Photoshop 6 and 7 (and Photoshop Elements). Brush sets include whirly curvey lines; lines, stars, mixed, blurry, smudged; 3D; contour, inset, stars, petals; mixed, stars; smeary/blurry; and more. Approximately $58 for the complete set.

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

Cinematic Transitions for iMovie (MAC)
Cinematic Transitions for iMovie is a collection of 29 transitions in the form of scene wipes. These wipes include standard wipes, corner wipes, clock wipes, circular iris wipes, rectangular iris wipes, and square iris wipes. The user is provided with controls over the shape and motion of each wipe transition, as well as the options to select a corner for a corner wipe, or an edge for an edge wipe, or the point on the screen to position the iris wipes. In addition, the user can specify any of several levels of softness for the transition edges, and if the edge should be smooth or rippled. The edge of the wipe can be colored, black-and-white, inverted, or scattered. A demonstration movie is available at $24.99

Contact: Virtix Inc., 264 North Broadway #204B, Salem, NH 03079, 603 893-1682,

Displacer Complete (MAC/WIN)
Displacer Complete is an extensive set of displacement maps for Photoshop provided in PSD format. They are used for filter/displace/glass distortions, and produce dramatic eye-catching effects. The set includes 350 mixed maps, 160 inset/contour/lined/zigzag maps, 100 circular/blobby/dotty map textures, 100 star/starburst maps, and 60 mixed maps. Approximately $37.

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

Frames Complete (MAC/WIN)
Frames Complete are an extensive royalty-free collection of Photoshop-compatible frames taking up over 150MB, and composed of over 1000 frames. They are sold as sets or the complete collection. Among the volumes are: 250 mixed border effects; 300 mixed edges/borders; 160 contour/inset themed; 130 contour/inset burst themed; 100 sharp edges themed; 100 blur/crackle/lined themed; and many more. Approximately $54.

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

InTools for InDesign 2.0 (MAC/WIN)
InTools for InDesign 2.0 is a set of highly useful plug-ins that enable or simplify capabilities that can increase the productivity of digital publishers.

The first tool is InStarburst, which provides complete control over the creation of starbursts. The user can specify the type of starburst, the spike count, depth, alternate depth, twist, and degree of randomization. Starbursts are useful for advertisements, certificates, and other forms of specialized page design. The tool provides for the construction of the following types of starbursts: sharp, round, smooth, splash, spiney, rising sun, stamp, swatch, curls, and hook. The controls can be set to produce an astonishing range of starburst shapes.

The second tool is InPathfinder which enables the user to join two or more objects to create compound shapes, in a fashion similiar to the function in Adobe Illustrator. The controls can do such things as combine, subtract, build the intersection area, stamp out the front or back item, erase the covered areas, or make a compound path.

The third tool is InItemMarks which provides the options to apply crop marks and registration marks either for individual objects or pages. The user can apply crop, bleed, and margin marks, guides, and dimension arrows. The Marks panel provides for the selection of the kind of mark. The choices are registration, targets, color bars, and text slugs. The user can specify the placement by layer and page position.

The fourth tool is InPrint which allows the user to select any part of a page and either print it or save it as a file (in a variety of file formats, including HTML, PDF, GIF, TIFF, SVG, XML, EPS, and more). The user can control hiding or showing the guides and frame edges, and displaying the graphics at low or full resolution.

The fifth tool is InNudge which provides a palette to control the precise repositioning or rotation of objects and pictures. The panel is interactive and responds immediately to clicks on the compass buttons for either nudging or rotating. The user can set the increment for the nudge.

The last tool is InModify which lets the user change the attributes (origin across and down, width, height, shear, corner effect, color, angle, etc.) of an object or a group of objects. The Text Panel may be of special interest since it provides for specifying the number of columns and a gutter value; the inset spacing on each side of the text frame, set independently; the baseline offset; the vertical justification; and more. Other panels are provided for modifying pictures, lines, strokes, text wrap, and object groups.

The use of each of these tools is totally intuitive. Although they are powerful and can affect significant change with relatively little effort, most users will not require much, if any, training. $99.99

Contact: alap, inc., 2700 19th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415 642-3733, 800 788-7557, e-mail:, fax: 415 642-3816.

Patterns (for Photoshop® Complete) (MAC/WIN)
Patterns (for Photoshop® Complete) is an attractive and useable set of patterns for Photoshop 6 and 7 that are unique. The company markets hundreds of the patterns, and has packaged them in three sampler volumes. Samples can be viewed on-line at Approx. $58

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

Plugin Magic (MAC/WIN)
Plugin Magic is an extensive set of 1250 filters for Photoshop that enable the user to produce a vast number of effects related to color, warping, and other forms of image manipulation. Note that the filters are not Macintosh OS X compatible. Approximately $13.

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

RedEyePro (MAC/WIN)
RedEyePro is a plug-in for Photoshop compatible applications that offers an easy-to-use solution for removing objectionable \"red-eye\" from photos. Red-eye occurs when an intense light, such as that from a flash strobe, is reflected off of a subject's retina. Although red-eye reduction features are offered on some camera models, they only reduce, not eliminate the problem.

The Andromeda RedEyePro filter produces professional results with a minimum of effort. In its novice mode a child could use it. The user simply moves the active area over the target (red eye) and presses the Apply button. The red-eye is instantly changed to a normal-appearing eye, while preserving details, such as reflections, glints, iris color and transitions. In the Expert mode the user can use a selective unapply and unpaint tools, and select colors. This is the ultimate red-eye weapon. $39

Contact: Andromeda Software, Inc., 699 Hampshire Road, Ste. 109, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, 805 379-4109, 800 547-0055,, fax: 805 379-5253.

Sapphire Add-ons (MAC/WIN)
Sapphire Innovations publishes one of the most extensive yet reasonably-priced collections of add-ons, plug-ins, and accessory files for the most popular image creation and manipulation software (most notably Adobe Photoshop). The filters, displacement maps, brushes, and other effects are professional, attractive, and extensive in number and variety. The range of products can be viewed at

Contact: Sapphire Innovations/Terrapin Mail Order, PO Box 21870, Fulham, London, SW6 2FL, United Kingdom, (0044) 0207 795-2714, e-mail:,

Virtix 16 x 9 Converter (MAC)
Virtix 16 x 9 Converter is a filter for Apple iMovie that makes it possible for users to convert the 16 x 9 anamorphic screen format to the conventional 4 x 3 letterbox format. The wide screen format can be captured by some digital camcorders, and although it appears correctly on a 16 x 9 format television, it appears stretched and distorted on standard screens. This filter corrects the distortion. $24.99

Contact: Virtix Inc., 264 North Broadway #204B, Salem, NH 03079, 603 893-1682,

Virtix Bravo Effects (MAC)
Virtix Bravo Effects for Apple iMovie is a package of 20 special effects that are typical of Hollywood productions. These include such capabilities as isolating a single color and turning everything else black-and-white (One Color filter), adding laser flashes and lightening bolts (Laser filter and Lightening filter), and creating sparkle and glitter effects (Sparkle filter). The Zoom filter enables the user to select a portion of the screen image and enlarge it, and the Pixel Fixer works to repair blown-out pixels. There are many more filters in the set that are worthy of consideration. $24.99

Contact: Virtix Inc., 264 North Broadway #204B, Salem, NH 03079, 603 893-1682,

Virtix Echo Transitions (MAC)
Virtix Echo Transitions are a set of 18 special effects filters for use with Apple iMovie. The set includes many special effects that are familar, such as smoke and fog, wipe and page peel, and swirl and shatter. The Materialize and Materialize Glitter filters can be used as transitions between similar scenes in which one scene has a person in it. Using the filters, and respecting the order of the clips, the person can be made to appear or disappear, as if being, or having been, transported. $24.99

Contact: Virtix Inc., 264 North Broadway #204B, Salem, NH 03079, 603 893-1682,

Virtix Spectra Filters (MAC)
Virtix Spectra Filters are a set of 24 filters for Apple iMovie that can be applied to make color corrections, highlight objects, or to create special color effects. The filters can be applied to correct the color of video that was incorrectly recorded, or to produce special lighting effects. The Moonlight and Sunset filters, for example, can be applied to make a daylight scene appear as if it were shot at night. $24.99

Contact: Virtix Inc., 264 North Broadway #204B, Salem, NH 03079, 603 893-1682,

CD-ROM Reviews

NTI CD-Maker Version 6 Platinum (WIN )
NTI CD-Maker Version 6 Platinum supports the burning of CDs of various types and formats including the following drives: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW. The software supports the burning of data, audio, video, MP3, live audio, and packet writing. Also included are utilities for printing jewel case inserts, audio editing (Wave Editor), CD and DVD copying, and CD comparison. $69.99

Contact: NewTech Infosystems, Inc., 5 Mason, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618, 949 421-0720,, fax: 949 421-0750.

VirtualDrive 7.0 Deluxe (WIN )
VirtualDrive 7.0 Deluxe provides a software emulation of a physical CD-ROM drive. The software supports the creation of up to 23 virtual CD-ROM drives with an unlimited number of CDs stored on the hard drive (subject to available space). The software enables a user to keep a CD-based program available on a hard drive rather than running it from a CD drive. $39.99

The software also provides a network solution version, allowing a user to store and access multiple CD-ROMs across a network. Users can create up to 1000 software CD Jukeboxes (CD folders) and store an unlimited number of CDs that can be accessed by multiple users at any time. Such use eliminates CD handling, damage, theft and loss. A 10-user license is $345.

Contact: Far Stone Technology Inc., 15550-B Rockfield Blvd., Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618, 888 271-7560, 949 458-3666,, e-mail:, fax: 949 458-3633.

OCR Reviews

Readiris Pro 8 (WIN )
Readiris Pro 8 is the latest version of this award-winning (more than 60 industry awards) OCR application which converts paper documents that have been captured using a scanner, all-in-one device, or digital camera; PDF (including read-only files); image files and fax files, into editable text. Digital publishers will find OCR technology to be a major time-saver, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual retyping. Of particular value is the fact that Readiris Pro 8 maintains the original layout of the document, including images and graphics. Processed documents can be sent directly to a target application or saved in a variety of file formats.

New features include the following capabilities: conversion of paper documents into fully searchable PDF files; conversion of documents into Web pages; recognition accuracy in 104 languages; automatic page rotation and straightening; and more. $129.99

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

Networking Reviews

PC MACLAN Version 9.0 (WIN )
PC MACLAN Version 9.0 supports OS X 10.2 and provides exceptional, seamless PC/Mac connectivity. The program enables PC users to access Macintosh servers and printers, and provides access for Macintosh users to PC servers and printers. Digital publishers in cross-platform environments will find this software of critical value, and are likely to benefit daily from its use. The software supports files over 2GB in size, and longer file names. No software installation is required on the Macintosh side.

The software installs using the new Wizard interface which simplifies the configuration settings for sharing drives, printers (PostScript and non-PostScript), and files. The package includes free file compatibility utilities (AKA, PC Migrator, and MacOpener). $199

Contact: Miramar Systems, Inc., 10 East Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 800 862-2526, 805 966-2432,, fax: 805 965-1824, e-fax: 509 757-2535.

DTP Reviews

Font Reserve 3.1.1 for Mac OS X (MAC)
Font Reserve 3.1.1 for Mac OS X solves the problem of font management, overseeing the six different locations where fonts can be stored on a Macintosh. The program provides an ordered management system in which even large numbers of fonts can be controlled logically, and with ease, all from a single interface. It eliminates the need to manually add or remove fonts from Mac OS X font folders, and, in most cases fonts that are newly activated appear immediately in almost all applications, without restarting them. The program makes it easy to maintain a large collection of installed fonts, yet only activate those that are needed at any particular time.

Font Reserve maintains fonts in a database, which makes it easy to identify, search, and sort even the largest collection. Fonts can be maintained in a single secure location called the Font Reserve Vault, which can be hidden from view to prevent unintentional deletions. If users prefer they can maintain their fonts according to their current font organization, and alias the fonts. Font Reserve provides the option for users to move fonts out of OS X and Classic Fonts folders automatically, and place them into the Font Reserve environment. The program includes the ClassicActivator, an application that manages fonts for applications that run in the Classic environment.

The Font Reserve Browser presents an intuitive interface for activating and deactivating fonts, organizing them for specific jobs and clients, and viewing them by various identifying criteria, such as classification and foundry. The Preview function enables the user to see the entire font character complement on-screen, or print it out in a variety of professional specimen book layouts. The font book printing functions alone justify the cost of the software.

Font Reserve also helps to maintain a stable environment as it repairs corrupt fonts, on-the-fly, as they are added. It allows for the activation of font copies, rather than moving the original, which ensures the likelihood that future corruption will not occur. Font corruption can cause unexplained system crashes. In addition, the program manages font conflicts automatically, eliminating a problem that can plague a user of fonts from diverse origins.

Fonts are added to Font Reserve through a simple drag and drop process. Any media containing fonts can be dragged into Font Reserve, and the program will locate all of the font files and correctly add them to its database.

Digital publishers will appreciate that Font Reserve provides Font Sense plug-ins for the most popular professional publishing applications (Adobe InDesign 2, Adobe Illustrator 10, and QuarkXPress 5) so that fonts are accurately activated automatically. Font Reserve single user is also available for Windows. $99.95

Contact: Diamondsoft, Inc., 1050 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941, 415 381-3303,, fax: 415 381-3503.

ITC 1500 Type Library (MAC/WIN)
ITC 1500 Type Library is the complete collection of custom typeface designs created over the 30+ years of the existence of the International Typeface Corporation, now a part of Agfa Monotype Corporation. The collection of 1580 fonts, including 245 new fonts, is contained on a single unlocked CD. Almost half (650) of the fonts are not available on any other library product. The license covers up to twenty users and two printers, and contains both PostScript and TrueType formats for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

ITC has always been the leading source for innovative and highly creative type design. It was founded with the intent to cultivate only the best in typographic artistry, and to brand it and license it so that the design would maintain their integrity regardless of their publisher. Digital publishers, designers, and printers have come to rely on the ITC brand as an indicator of quality and fresh ideas.

The collection includes the following typefaces: Aachenª Medium, Aachenª Bold, ITC Abatonª, Academyª Engraved, ITC Addervilleª, ITC Aftershockª, Agincourtª, ITC Airstreamª, Algerian Condensed, Ambroseª, ITC American Typewriter®, ITC Ancestorª, ITC Angryhogª, ITC Anna®, ITC Anna® Pro, Aquinasª, Aquitaineª Initials, ITC Aridª, Aristocratª, ITC Arnovaª, Arribaª, Arriba-Arribaª, Arta , Artisteª, ITC Asperaª, ITC Aspirinª, ITC Atelier Sans , ITC Atmosphereª, Attitudes, Augustea Open, ITC Avant Garde Gothic® , ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Condensed , Avenidaª, ITC Backyard Beastiesª, ITC Baileyª Sans , ITC Baileyª Quad Bold, ITC Ballerinoª, Balmoralª, Bancoª, Bancoª by ITC, Bangª, Bannerª, ITC Barcelona®, ITC New Baskerville® Roman, ITC Batak Condensed, ITC Batak Condensed Bold, ITC Bauhaus®, Beckaª Script, ITC Beesknees®, ITC Belterª, ITC Belterª Mega Outline, Belwe, Belweª Mono , Belweª Mono Italic, Bendigoª, ITC Benguiat®, ITC Benguiat® Condensed , ITC Benguiat Gothic®, ITC Beoramaª, Bergellª, ITC Berkeley Oldstyle®, ITC Berranger Handª, Bertieª, Bertramª, Bibleª Script and Flourishes, ITC Biblonª, Bickleyª Script, ITC Binaryª, ITC Binaryª Bold, Bitmaxª, ITC Black Tulipª, ITC Blackadderª, Blackmoorª, ITC Blairª, ITC Blazeª, Bluntzª, ITC Bodoniª Six , ITC Bodoniª Twelve , ITC Bodoniª Seventy-Two , ITC Bodoni Brushª, ITC Bodoni Ornamentsª, Boinkª, ITC Bookman®, Bordeauxª, ITC Bottleneck, ITC Bradley Handª, ITC Braganzaª, Bramley , Brightonª, Bronxª, ITC Buckerooª, Burlingtonª, ITC Busorama , Buzzer Threeª, Cabaretª, Cabargaª Cursiva, Calligraphic Ornaments, Campaignª, Cancellarescaª Script, ITC Cancioneª, ITC Caribbeanª, Carlton, Carumbaª, ITC Founder's Caslonª Ornaments, Caslon 540 Italic and Swashes, ITC Caslon No. 224®, Caxtonª , Celebrations, ITC Century®, ITC Century® Condensed , ITC Century® Handtooled, ITC Cerigoª, Challengeª Bold, Challengeª Extra Bold, Champersª, Charlotteª Sans , ITC Charterª, ITC Cheltenham®, ITC Cheltenham® Condensed , ITC Cheltenham® Handtooled, ITC Cherieª, Chillerª, Chipperª, Chocª, Chocª by ITC, Chromiumª One, ITC Cinderella, Citationª, Claudeª Sans , ITC Clearface®, ITC Cloverª, ITC Coconinoª, Commercial Script, Commercials , Compactaª, ITC Conduitª, ITC Connectivitiesª, ITC Coolmanª, Coptekª, Corinthianª, ITC Coventryª, Crilleeª, Cultª, ITC CuppaJoeª, ITC Cushing®, ITC Cyberkugelª, Dancin'ª, ITC Dartangnonª, Data 70ª, ITC Dave's Ravesª, ITC Deeliriousª, Delectables, ITC Deli Deluxeª, ITC Deli Supremeª, Demianª, Demianª Bold, ITC Digital Woodcutsª, Digitekª, ITC Dinitialsª, Diversions, Diversities, ITC Djangoª, Dolmenª, ITC Don't Panicª, ITC Drycutª, ITC Dyadisª, Dynamo Shadow, ITC Eastwoodª, ITC Eborgª, Eclectics, Edwardianª Medium, ITC Edwardian Scriptª, ITC Einhorm, ITC Élan®, ITC Ellipseª, Elysiumª, Emphasisª, Energetics, Enviroª, Epokhaª, Equinoxª, ITC Eras®, ITC Esprit®, Etruscanª, Expressions, Faithful Flyª, ITC Farmhausª, Fashionª Compressed, Fashionª Engraved, ITC Fenice®, Figuralª, Fine Handª, Flamencoª Inline, Flammeª, ITC Flatironª, Flightª, Flingª, ITC Flora® Medium, ITC Flora® Bold, ITC Florindaª, Folliesª, ITC Fontoonª, ITC Fontooniesª, Forestª Shaded, ITC Forkbeardª, ITC Forkbeardª Condensed, Francesª Uncial, Frankfurterª, ITC Franklin Gothic® 1, ITC Franklin Gothic® Compressed , ITC Franklin Gothic® Condensed , ITC Freddoª, ITC Freemouseª, Freestyleª Script, Freestyleª Script Bold, Friz Quadrata , ITC Galliard®, ITC Gamma®, ITC Garamond®, ITC Garamond® Condensed , ITC Garamond® Handtooled, ITC Gargooniesª, ITC Gemaª, Gigiª, Gilgameshª, Gill Display Compressed, Gill Kayo Condensed, Gillies Gothic Extra Bold Shaded, ITC Giovanni®, Glastonburyª, ITC Golden Cockerelª Initials and Ornaments, ITC Golden Type®, ITC Goudy Sans®, ITC Gramophoneª, ITC Grapefruitª, Gravuraª, Greenª, Greytonª Script, ITC Grimshaw Handª, Hadfieldª, Hand Drawn, Harlowª, Harlowª Solid, Harveyª, Hazelª, ITC Hedera, Heliotypeª, ITC Highlanderª, ITC Highlanderª Pro, Highlightª, ITC Holisticsª, Hollyweirdª, ITC Home Improvementª, ITC Hornpypeª, ITC Humanaª, ITC Humana Sansª, ITC Humanaª Script , Ignatiusª, Impaktª, Incidentals, Industrials, Indyª Italic, Informalª Roman, Inscriptionª, Inspirations, Iris, ITC Ironworkª, ITC Isadoraª, ITC Isadoraª Bold, ITC Isbell®, Isisª, Italiaª, ITC Jaftª, ITC Jambalayaª, ITC Jamille®, ITC Japanese Gardenª, Jazzª, ITC Jeepers, ITC Jellybabyª, ITC Jiggery Pokeryª, ITC Johann Sparklingª, John Handyª, ITC Johnstonª, Jokermanª, Journeys, ITC Juanitaª, ITC Juiceª, ITC Kabel®, ITC Kallosª, Kanbanª, Katfishª, ITC Keefbatsª, ITC Kendoª, ITC Kickª, Kleeª, ITC Kleptoª, ITC Kokoaª, ITC Koriganª, ITC Koriganª Bold, ITC Korinna®, ITC Kristenª, ITC Kulukundisª, ITC Kumquatª, La Bambaª, Lambadaª, Laserª, Laserª Chrome, Latinoª Elongated, Lauraª, LCDª, ITC Leawood®, ITC Legacy® Sans , ITC Legacy® Serif , Le Griffeª, ITC Lennoxª, Lexikosª, Lightnin'ª, Limehouseª Script, ITC Lingoª, Lino Cutª, ITC Lintballª, ITC Liverpoolª, Locarno , Locarno Italic, ITC Lubalin Graph® 1 , ITC Lubalin Graph® 2 , ITC Ludwigª, ITC Lunaª, ITC Lunaª Bold, ITC Machine®, ITC Machine® Bold, ITC Magnifico Daytimeª, ITC Magnifico Nighttimeª, Malibuª, ITC Malstockª, ITC Manhattan®, Margueritaª, Mastercardª, ITC Matisseª, Mekanikª, Mekanikª Italic, ITC Mendoza Roman®, ITC Merssª, ITC Migrateª, Milanoª, ITC Minskaª, ITC Mister Chucklesª, Mistralª by ITC, ITC Mithrasª, ITC Mixage®, Mo' Funky Freshª, Mo' Funky Freshª Symbols, ITC Modern No. 216®, Moderns, ITC Mona Lisa® Solid, ITC Mona Lisa® Recut, Montageª, ITC Motter Corpusª, ITC Mudvilleª, ITC Muscleheadª, ITC Musicaª, ITC Napoleone Slab , Naturals, Neo Neoª, ITC Newtext®, ITC Noovoª, ITC Noovoª Bold, ITC Noraª, ITC Novarese®, ITC Obeliskª, Oberonª, ITC Octoneª, Odessaª, ITC Odysséeª, ITC Officina® Sans , ITC Officina® Serif , Old English, ITC Oldrichiumª, One Strokeª Script, Orangeª, ITC Orbonª, Organics, Organics 2, Orlandoª, ITC Out of the Fridgeª, ITC Outbackª, ITC Ozwald®, Pabloª, ITC Pacella®, ITC Panache®, ITC Panicª, Papyrusª, Partyª, Pendryª Script, ITC Peter's Miroª, ITC Photoplay , Pinkª, ITC Pious Henryª, Plazaª, Pleasureª Bold Shaded, Pneumaª, ITC Portagoª, ITC Posterboyª, Pragueª, Premierª Lightline, Premierª Shaded, Primitives, Princetownª, Pristinaª, Pritchardª, Pritchardª Line Out, ITC Professional Connectionsª, Pumpª, Pumpª Demi Bold, Quadrusª, ITC Quay Sansª, Quixleyª, ITC Quorum®, Radicals, Rageª Italic, Ragtimeª, Rapierª, ITC Rastkoª, ITC Redondaª, Refractaª, ITC Regalliaª, Regattaª Condensed, ITC Rennie Mackintoshª, Retailª Script, Retroª Bold, Retroª Bold Condensed, ITC Riptideª, Rivaª, Robotikª, Robotikª Italic, Romicª, Romicª Italic, Roquetteª, ITC Roswellª, Ru'achª, Rubber Stampª, Rundfunkª, ITC Samuelª, Santa Feª, Savoyeª, ITC Scarboroughª, ITC Scarboroughª Bold, ITC Schizoidª, ITC Schuss Handª, ITC Schuss Handª Bold, ITC Scram Gravy, Scratchª, Scribaª, Scripteaseª, Scriptekª, Scriptekª Italic, Scruffª, ITC Serengettiª, ITC Serif Gothic®, ITC Seven Treasuresª, ITC Shadowettesª, Shamanª, Shatterª, ITC Silvermoonª, ITC Silvermoonª Bold, ITC Simranª, Sinaloaª, DF Situationsª, Skid Rowª, ITC Skylarkª, ITC Slimbach®, Slipstreamª, Smackª, Smudgerª, ITC Snapª, ITC Souvenir®, ITC Spiritª, Spookyª, Spotlightª, Squireª, Squireª Extra Bold, ITC Stained Glassª, ITC Staticª, ITC Stenbergª, ITC Stenbergª Inline, ITC Stocletª, ITC Stocletª Bold, ITC Stone® Informal, ITC Stone® Sans, ITC Stone® Serif, ITC Strangerª, Strobosª, ITC Studio Script®, ITC Styleboyª, ITC Stylusª, ITC Stylusª Bold, Superstarª, ITC Surfboardª, ITC Symbol®, Synchroª, ITC Syndor®, ITC Tabula , Tagª, ITC Talking Drumª, Tannhäuserª, ITC Tapiocaª, Teknikª, Telegramª, ITC Tembleª, ITC Tempusª, ITC Tempus Sansª, ITC Tickle, ITC Tiepolo®, ITC Tiffany®, Tiger Ragª, Tirantiª Solid, ITC Tot Spotsª, Trackpadª, ITC Tremorª, Tropicaª Script, ITC True Gritª, Twangª, ITC Tyfaª, ITC Typadosª, Type Embellishments, Ulyssesª, ITC Underscriptª, Universityª Roman, Urbans, ITC Usherwood®, Van Dijkª, Van Dijkª Bold, Vargaª, Vegasª, ITC Veljovic®, ITC Verkehrª, Vermontª, Victorianª, Victorianª Inline Shaded, Viennaª Extended, ITC Viner Handª, ITC Vineyardª, ITC Vino Biancoª, ITC Vintageª, ITC Vinylª Black, Vivaldi, Wadeª Sans , Wantedª, Waterlooª Bold, ITC Weber Handª, ITC Weidemann®, Well Beings, ITC Werkstattª, ITC Werkstattª Engraved, Westwoodª, ITC Whiskeyª, Wild Thingª, ITC Wild Westª, Wildlife, Willowª, ITC New Winchesterª, ITC Wisteriaª, ITC Woodlandª, Xyloª, Young Baroqueª, ITC Zapf ®, ITC Zapf Chancery®, ITC Zapf Dingbats, ITC Zapf International®, Zaragozaª, ITC Zemke Handª, Zennorª, ITC Ziggyª, Zinjaroª, ITC Zinzinnatiª, ITC Zipper. $5999

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Contact: ITC, International Typeface Corporation, 200 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA 01887-1069866 823-5828,

QuarkXPress 5 (MAC/WIN)
QuarkXPress 5 extends the venerable version 4.2 to include support for Web page design. Most digital publishers are familiar with QuarkXPress either through their use of it as a standard application, or through some other degree of association. It remains one of the standard software programs for digital publishing.

Version 5 implements capabilities to ensure media-indepedence by allowing users to apply familiar Quark page layout tools to produce pages for the Web. Support is provided for Web-specific capabilities, such as image maps, meta tags, rollovers, and, of course, hyperlinks. The HTML that is exported is classified by Quark as "clean."

Many new features have been added. Among the most significant are: hyperlinks for Web pages and for PDF files; enhanced table composition, including multicolor support, and picture cells, for print and Web; use of layers for organizing publication content and attributes; direct export of publication contents to eBook format; export of EPS files with transparent backgrounds; and export in XML format for flexible repurposing of data. $899

Contact: Quark, Inc., 1800 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203, 303.894.8888,, fax: 307.772.7123.

The Printshop Pro Publisher Deluxe version 15 (WIN )
The Printshop Pro Publisher Deluxe version 15 is among the most enduring of all desktop publishing applications, having sold more than 17 million units since its introduction in 1984. The program provides the means to produce professional-quality projects without the intensive labor and skill normally required.

New to the program are the following capabilities: video editing using MovieShop Express; a single-click viewer to share Print Shop files electronically with those who don't have the software; a \"save as PDF\" option so that projects can be output at a copy center; a media manager to organize and access photos, video clips, audio, and clipart; enhanced photo editing; and direct ordering of professional printing via

The package, which is optimized for business use, includes 1,200,000 images, 16,000 projects, and more. Users can produce menus, newsletters, business cards, brochures, web sites, posters. labels, calendars, letterheads, banners, booklets, greeting cards, and more. $99.99

Contact: Broderbund LLC, 500 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94947, 415 382-4400,

Digital Audio

Cubase SX (MAC/WIN)
Cubase SX is a professional music creation and production environment (also for ambitious and talented amateurs) that is provided in software. Using the VST System Link system, several computers can be networked together to function as a single integrated digital audio system. The system supports the use of virtual instruments, VST plug-ins, and ASIO 2.0 compatible audio hardware.

The application supports "born digital" sound, with music generation, i.e. instrument simulation (virtual instruments), produced directly within the program. Up to hundreds of tracks can be produced, and played back simultaneously. The tracks can be mixed and edited with great flexibility. Complete support for MIDI is provided, with multiple recording modes and editors.

Digital publishers will be interested in the extensive scoring and printing options, which include 32 staves per page, page layout and editing, scalable page view and printing, text and song text modes, over 100 symbols, and much more. A USB copy protection device is included. $799

Contact: Steinberg North America, 9200 Eton Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311, 818 678-5100,

Multimedia/Graphics Reviews

Blue Worx Powerbakcs Slide Alchemy (MAC/WIN)
Blue Worx Powerbakcs Slide Alchemy is a massive set of 2000 royalty-free, background images for PowerPoint presentations and other graphically-based Web, video, and print (low resolution) projects. The images are provided in two file formats: .ppt for PowerPoint, and .jpg for a wide variety of other digital image applications. The file resolution is 1024 x 768, and average 150K in size.

PowerPoint users can use the images as backgrounds for presentations, and can save them as templates. The images can also be placed on individual slides as needed by the user.

The images are grouped into three categories. The first is Templates (1000 files), which are individual backgrounds that are each unique. The second is Sets (800 files), which are two or more images which conform to a particular theme or topic. The third is Artistic (200 files), which were created to convey a particular message, or instill a certain mood or emotion. The variety of images makes it a good choice as for those seeking a single source of backgrounds covering a wide range of uses.

Those wanting to evaluate the images can download a fully functional sampler of 100 backgrounds for use in PowerPoint at, or

The images are provided on a single CD-ROM along with an html-based file which serves as an image catalog, and can be viewed in any Web browser as 200 x 150 thumbnails. $49.95

Contact: Blue Worx, 9201 N29th Avenue, 63-273, Phoenix, AZ 85051, 877 568-6938, 201 406-7595,

Camtasia Studio (WIN )
Camtasia Studio enables the recording, editing, and enhancing of any on-screen activity, with output to Flash, Windows Media, Real, or QuickTime. The software consists of five elements that can be used to create video presentations for training, educating, demonstrating, entertaining, and informing.

The first element is Camtasia Recorder which enables the recording of any screen activity, including typing, mouse movements, cursor positions, selection of menus, appearance of dialog boxes, etc. The second element is Camtasia Producer, which enables the user to enhance the recorded screen activity with transitions, audio tracks, voiceover, and more. The third element is Camtasia Effects which enables the user to add objects, such as text boxes, arrows, etc. to a series of frames. The third element is Camtasia MenuMaker which enables the user to create a CD-ROM interface that can index not only Camtasia videos, but PowerPoint files, Word documents, and more.

Camtasia Studio is likely the most powerful and creative product available for the capture and viewing of any activity that occurs on the computer screen. $349

Contact: TechSmith Corp., 1780 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823, 517 333-2100,, ftp:, e-mail:, fax: 517 333-1888.

Carrara Studio 2 (MAC/WIN)
Carrara Studio 2 is a sophisticated and full-featured 3D design environment that can provide professional results, yet can be used by those who are not experts in animation n or modeling. Learning is supported with 14 interactive lessons and tutorials. The package is complete in that it can be used to produce output for Web, video and print.

The software incorporates Photon Mapping, a complex algorithm that yields very realistic image rendering. It replaces, in a single rendering engine, the advantages of the two previous best technologies: Ray Tracing and Radiosity. Photon Mapping is able to provide Global Illumination of an entire 3D scene, rendering it realistically in regard to the interaction of the lights and objects. It includes many rendering options, including Phong Shading, Reflection, Refraction, Radiosity, Caustics, Area Light Emitters, Sky dome illumination and Environment illumination.

Character animation is supported through Bones and Skinning features that simplify the process, and reduce the number of steps, required to create a skeleton. Realistic character animations are achievable using Subdivision Modeling which enables the generation of complex details using simplified polygonal objects. Support is provided for Inverse and Forward Kinematics, Constraints, and other animation options.

The new Physics Engine supports collision detection, static and dynamic friction, directional force, flow force, and more. $399

Contact: Eovia Corp., 5330 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92121, 858 457-5359,, fax: 858 452-2547.

Creature House Expression 2 (MAC/WIN)
Creature House Expression 2 is the reincarnation of Fractal Design Expression, an innovative vector-based drawing and illustration application that is based on Skeletal Strokes technology. The user can utilize brush stokes to create vector images that resemble those produced by bitmap paint programs. Among the output options is Flash SWF export, useful for Web applications.

Professional quality paint-like imagery can be created with fast, antialiased on-screen previews. The program supports transparency, real-time soft edges and embossed fill, user-definable paper textures, blending modes, transparent gradients, layered Photoshop image export, and much, much more. $149

Contact: Creature House Ltd., P.O. Box 1559, Shatin Central Post Office, Hong Kong,

EazyDraw (MAC)
EasyDraw is a new vector-based drawing program for Mac OS X introduced at Macworld SF in January 2003. The program is unique in that the recipient of an EazyDraw file, opening it using the free EazyDraw reader, is able to view the drawing as well as manipulate, edit, and interact with the graphics and text content. The reader does not allow for the creation of new content. Digital designers and their clients can use the application for conferring on design projects.

The program is designed for the creation of relatively simple diagrams and illustrations such as logos, icons, buttons, Web graphics, and stylized art. It is appropriate for the production of Web and print projects. Files retain full layer support. A "drawer" is maintained for each layer of each drawing window. Layers can be dragged and dropped between layers of documents.

The program saves its files in an \"open\" XML parameter list text-based file format. Drawings may be manipulated, maintained, or created with any text editor. $95 download, $115 on disc.

Contact:, N5040 Beach Garden Rd., Poynette, WI 53955, 608 635-7972,, fax: 608 635-8971.

Hardware Reviews

AeroCruiser (WIN )
The AeroCruiser is a two-button, USB and PS/2 mouse featuring 8-directional scrolling. The center-mounted wheel can be used to scroll horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The mouse also has One Touch Zoom control to enlarge or reduce the view in the Windows OS. The AeroCruiser has interchangeable color wings for personalization. $24.99

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

Keyspan USB 2.0 Hub (MAC/WIN)
Keyspan USB 2.0 Hub provides four ports for the connection of peripherals without the need to power-down the host computer. This hub supports both USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices, and includes a high-speed USB cable and power supply. The new USB 2.0 specification is 40 times faster than previous versions, now supporting rates of 480 Mbps (USB 1.1 is 12 Mbps). $59

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

PowerMate (MAC/WIN)
PowerMate is a programmable USB controller in the form of a large, solid, polished aluminum button. The function of the button can programmed by the user to execute a wide variety of things in almost any program. For example, it can be used as a Jog/Shuttle wheel in a video editing program, or to scroll long documents in a word processor, or as a convenient power-on button for the computer, or a volume control for audio. The base of the button contains a glowing blue light that pulses while the computer sleeps. $45

Contact: Griffin Technology, Inc., 1619 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, 615 399-7000,, e-mail:, fax: 615 399-8041.

Image Collection Reviews

Arabesque Masterpieces (MAC/WIN)
Arabesque Masterpieces is an extraordinary collection of highly detailed and intricate Arabesque designs provided in EPS vector and high resolution JPEG (300 dpi) file format. The designs have been drawn by hand by the master artist, Marwan amazing feat considering the minute interlacing inherent in the designs. The set of 50 illustrations present an impressive variety of images inspired by rugs, tiled walls, and book covers. $399

Contact: Aridi Graphics, 17630 Squaw Valley Drive, Dallas, TX 75252, 800 755-6441, 972 381-1300,, e-mail:, fax: 972 381-1301.

File Transfer/Processing Reviews

ACDZip is a file compression utility with the useful feature of enabling the user to preview compressed images without decompressing them. Compressed archives can also be modified without first extracting the files.

Digital publishers will appreciate the disk space that is saved, and the reduced transmission times that are achieved. Archives can be e-mailed directly from within the program, and in any of ten archive formats, including ZIP, LZH, and TAR. In addition, archives can be protected with 256-bit encryption and password protection. Archives can be made to be self-extracting and to display a custom text message, hyperlinks or graphics. $19.95

Contact: ACD Systems (US), 800 819-2207, 2201 North Collins, #100, Arlington, TX 76011; ACD Systems (Canada), POB 730, Victoria, BC V8W 2P9, 250 382-5828,, fax: 250 544-0291.

PrintReady (MAC/WIN)
PrintReady is a Web-based preflight system which is based on the Extensis Preflight Online technology for preflighting, and collecting and submitting files that are destined for print output. PrintReady is the entry-level product aimed at designers, printers and publishers which provides on-line preflight, file collection and FTP capabilities. Errors and protential problems are highlighted, and the interactive help system instructs the user on possible fixes. The software supports an unlimited number of file inspections for up to five users on an unlimited number of workstations. $349.95

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.

Utility Reviews

Data Backup X (MAC)
Data Backup X is an easy-to-use application for backing-up and restoring data using any mounted volume (ATA, SCSI, fireWire, USB, or networked volume). It presents an unintimidating interface to users, showing only Backup and Restore buttons, yet has advanced operations, such as scripted and scheduled operations, for more sophisticated users. Users have the option of compressing data during backup to save disk space. $49

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 4725 First St., Suite 270, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 866 428-3282,

Data Rescue v.10.0.4 (MAC)
Data Rescue v10.0.4 is a highly competent application that can recover files that have been lost due to software and hardware failure. It works by recovering data, not by attempting to repair the hard drive. It can recover icons, dates, folder hierarchy, and most importantly, files. It can work effectively with drives that will not mount, or only operate partially. It leaves the original disk untouched. Data Rescue can work in cases where data recovery and disk repair utilities have failed. This application is like a life insurance policy for data...a wise investment. $89

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 4725 First St., Suite 270, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 866 428-3282,

Documents To Go 5 Premium (MAC/WIN)
Documents To Go 5 Premium extends the seamless integration functionality between desktop and PDA, for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from the feature set found in the successful Documents To Go version 4. Amazingly, this version now supports embedded graphics in word processing files; editing and inserting of tables; syncing, editing and creating presentation files; sending and receiving e-mail attachments; numbered lists in word processing files; and much more. Palm OS users can now view PDFs, graphics and images (GIF, JPEG, BMP), and Excel charts. Quite an achievement in application integration. $69.95

Contact: Dataviz, 55 Corporate Dr., Trumbull, CT 06611, 203 268-0030, 800 733-0030,, e-mail:, fax: 203 268-4345.

NTI Backup Now! 3.0 Deluxe (WIN )
NTI Backup Now! 3.0 Deluxe provides two methods of data backup (image level and file level) on a full range of CD and DVD, hard drive, network, and removeable media drives. The software features the unique Drive Spanning technology which enables unattended (scheduled) backup across multiple drives and multiple media, with automatic switching to the next drive when it is time to span discs, supporting the addition of more burners. The Wizard Driven Interface makes the backup process easy and uncomplicated. $79.99

Contact: NewTech Infosystems, Inc., 5 Mason, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618, 949 421-0720,, fax: 949 421-0750.

RestoreIT! 3.0 Deluxe Personal Edition (WIN )
RestoreIT! 3.0 Deluxe Personal Edition protects a PC against system crashes, virus attacks, failed software installation, user mistakes, and OS failure. It enables the user to roll-back the system to any point prior to a loss of data or a system failure. The software provides both a preferred static restore point and unlimited incremental restore points to rescue a damaged PC. The software works by maintaining information automatically in a hidden and secure disk partition. The partition can be used to boot the system if the operating system should fail. $39.95

Contact: FarStone Technology Inc., 15550-B Rockfield Blvd., Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618, 888 271-7560, 949 458-3666,, e-mail:, fax: 949 458-3633.

Digital Video Reviews

Liquid View 2.0 (WIN )
Liquid View 2.0 enables the user to scale the interface components (icons, text, application tools) independent of the native resolution, providing improved legibility without the need to change the resolution of the display. The user has a choice of eleven different levels of scaling. $49.95

Contact: Zoomify, P.O. Box 8008, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, 831 420-0400,, fax: 831 420-0401.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 (WIN )
Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 is an inexpensive consumer-level DVD movie creation application that can be used to produce videos and digital image slideshows on DVDs and CDs. The package provides templates, and the means to add music, text, and captions, to produce presentations with interactive scene selection menus. The wizard-style creation workflow simplifies the process of converting home videos into DVD movies using either CD or DVD burners.

The software includes Disc-Direct capture technology that supports the direct input of camcorder or other video source content directly to a DVD, without writing it first to the computer hard drive, which is the usual workflow. Using the DVD+RW video recording standard, users benefit from \"on-disc\" editing tools for archiving and reusing video and photos again and again. The program is available for download for $34.95, or on CD for $44.95.

Contact: Ulead Systems, 20000 Mariner Ave., Ste 200, Torrance, CA 90503, 310 896-6388,, e-mail:, fax: 310 896-6389.

Database Reviews

Panorama 4.0.2 (MAC/WIN)
Panorama 4.0.2 is a cross-platform database that distinguishes itself through several unique features, the most interesting of which is a collection of wizards that simplify data-creation processes. New users will appreciate the New Database Wizard that prompts the user for the input necessary to build a new database. Other wizards assist the user in creating mail merges, and in task-specific operations such as tracking the length of time that a user has worked in a specific database.

Panorama is known for its performance, which is exceptionally fast since data manipulation takes place in RAM. The technical specifications are also very impressive: 65,535 maximum fields per database; 32 databases open simultaneously; 4,194,240 characters as the maximum text length; and January 4, 32746 as the latest acceptable date.

Users who are new to Panorama will be able to become familar with the program quickly using the three hours of demo and training QuickTime movies that are provided on the program CD. The program is exceedingly well-documented, as shown by its 1750 page handbook, 900 page reference guide, and 200 page tutorial. In addition there are over 70 sample databases provided as examples of the kinds of uses that are common for database applications. The databases can be viewed and studied as examples of well-formed data structures, customized, or used "as is."

The optional Enhanced Image Pack ($14.95) enables Panorama to display over 20 image file formats, including the popular JPEG, PNG and TIFF. Not only does this option allow images to be imported into a Panorama database, it lets the user convert between image formats and generate other image sizes, such as thumbnails.

The user has access to a library of programming tools which support the implementation of a wide range of mathematical formulas and mathematical operations. The programming language is extensive, with statements that can be used to accomplish such complex tasks as controlling a QuickTime movie, or validating credit card numbers. $299.95

Contact: ProVUE Development, 18411 Gothard, Unit A, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714 841-7779, 800 966-7878,, e-mail:, fax: 714 841-1479.

Productivity Reviews

Planning Software Version 8.0 (WIN )
Planning Software Version 8.0 is designed to let the user enter appointments, tasks, contacts, and notes into one system, and then, using Starfish TrueSync technology, access them from multiple locations. Synchronization can occur with MS Outlook, Palm OS devices, PC PC devices, Lotus Notes, Lotus Organizer, ACT!, TrueSync-supported Web-based calendars, and compatible wireless phones.

The software contains features that are taught in the FranklinCovey What Matters Most time management and productivity workshop. The software includes automated wizards that assist the user in writing personal mission statements, identifying values and roles, and setting goals. Multimedia presentations are also included. $79.95

Contact: Franklin Covey, 2200 West Parkway Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84119, 801 817-6441,, fax: 801 817-6447.

Six Degrees (MAC/WIN)
Six Degrees is a unique software application that maintains links between messages, files, and people, forming relationships that are connected to specific projects. The software "observes" how the user works, and senses the relationships that are formed through e-mail communication. It works on the premise that everything that is done on a computer is interrelated in some way, and that by recording relationships, the user benefits from a new view of how their communication, and their files, are related to specific projects.

The program functions on the basis of three types of file relationships. First is Similiar Names, second is Same Folder, and third is Attachment (files that are part of the same e-mail conversation). The user can view, trace, and discover project relationships through the use of the Legend. The Legend is Six Degrees' user interface, a small, movable window that displays realtime relationship information regarding the item that is being focused on. This view is a breakthrough in information management that will likely save users time, improve their efficiency, and reduce or eliminate errors. Digital publishers will probably benefit from Six Degrees since their digital workflows are composed of the elements that the software so capably tracks. A free 30-day evaluation version is available at The software works with Mac OS X with Microsoft Entourage X, and on Windows 2000 and XP with Microsoft Outlook. $99

Contact: Creo Inc., 3755 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby, B.C., V5G 3H3, Canada, 604 451-2700,, fax: 604 437-9891.

Virtual PC 6.0 (MAC)
Virtual PC 6.0 is the leading solution for cross-platform compatibility. It provides Macintosh OS X Jaguar users with a faster, more fully-featured Pentium PC software emulation environment than ever before. With this software, users are able to run PC-based operating systems, such as Windows XP (and the entire family of x86 operating systems), and the applications that they support, directly on a Macintosh. Users can now store Windows applications directly in the OS X Dock, and display the Windows Start Menu on the Mac desktop, achieving a new level of computer integration. Integration is also achieved through Desktop Drive Mounting, for backing-up Windows files more easily, and the use of Sherlock to search for PC files.

Virtual PC 6.0 is an essential tool for digital publishers who rely on using their Macintoshes to produce most of their work, but who interface with colleagues and clients who use PCs. Mac users can also check how their work will appear in a PC environment, use PC-only software that they may have a need for, and easily accept files from PC sources. The new software version can produce as much as a 25% performance improvement.

Additional features new to VPC 6.0 are desktop mounting of drive images, password security, auto detection of USB printers, packet-based shared IP networking, drag install, increased video RAM, and accessibility to Connectix Online Forums through the Help menu.

The program runs on both Mac OS X and OS 9, and allows the user to run multiple versions of Windows on the same Macintosh. Version 6 also supports full-screen video for all Apple monitors, including the Apple Cinema Display. $129 with DOS, $249 with Windows XP Professional. Other OS configuration prices vary.

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

Word Processing Reviews

BBEdit 7 (MAC)
BBEdit 7 is the professional solution for advanced text editing and Web development. Digital publishers consider BBEdit the most powerful and flexible text manipulation tool available, containing capabilities that are not found in standard word processing applications. This version contains several new features, many of which are unique. Among the more significant features are: support for Concurrent Versions System source control package (CVS) which allows the user to work transparently with source files from multiple repositories (in Mac OS X); improvements in the Shell worksheet including a tool status display; go-to-line number support from the command-line tool; configurability of multiple Web sites via the HTML Web Site preferences; a "Close Current Tag" command for quick HTML tag creation and editing; flexible grep pattern support for sorting, extracting, and handling text; support for selecting and operating on rectangular (tabular) regions of text; and much more. This tool belongs in every digital publisher's arsenal of text manipulation utilities. $179

Contact: Bare Bones Software, Inc., POB 1048, Bedford, MA 01730-0108, 781 687-0700,, e-mail:, fax: 781 687-0711.

OpenOSX Office 1.0 (MAC)
OpenOSX Office 1.0 is a collection of open-source software that approximates the MS Office suite. It consists of AbiWord, an alternative to Microsoft Word that can open most files produced using Word; Gnumeric, a spreadsheet with 95% of the functions of Microsoft Excel that can open most documents produced in Excel; Guppi, a dynamic charting, drawing, and graphing program; SodiPodi, a vector-based image manipulation program often compared to Adobe Illustrator; and TexShop, a typesetting editor and previewer for authoring technical documents. $40

Contact: OpenOSX, Inc., Route 1, Box 36, Crowley Lake, CA 93546, 760 935-4736,

Digital Imaging Reviews

Gimp (MAC)
The Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the open-source equivalent to Adobe Photoshop. It includes complete documentation, tutorials, brushes, patterns, and 600MB of plug-ins. $30

Contact: OpenOSX, Inc., Route 1, Box 36, Crowley Lake, CA 93546, 760 935-4736,

Photo Explorer 2.0 (MAC)
Photo Explorer 2.0 is a media management system devised for acquiring, organizing, managing, and sharing image, video, and other media file types. It supports both Mac OS X and OS 9. Ulead positions the product as a step beyond Apple's iPhoto, providing such useful tools as batch conversion from one file format to another, and auto-renaming, which eliminates the cryptic numbers that are assigned to photos as they are acquired from digital cameras. Image enhancement tools include red-eye removal, crop, rotate, flip, hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, color balance, sharpen ,and blur. The enhancements can be applied to a single image or a batch. Users can also add captions or text to photos. Sharing options include automated e-mailing, and creation of Web slideshows, with images, video and audio. For those without a Web site, Ulead provides a free photo sharing site, iMira (20MB limit). $24.95

Contact: Ulead Systems, 20000 Mariner Ave., Ste 200, Torrance, CA 90503, 310 896-6388,, e-mail:, fax: 310 896-6389.

Book Reviews

ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Moock, Colin

This book has received the highest possible praise: it is used by the Macromedia Flash team engineers who consider it a companion for their own product documentation. Despite its usefulness to the programmers themselves, those new to Flash MX will find the author's easy-to-follow instructional style to be nonintimidating and very helpful.

The book covers every aspect of ActionScript, which is the programming language for Flash MX. The author covers the various ways in which ActionScript can be used to create rich Internet applications and animations, using hundreds of code examples.

Available for on-line ordering at

059600396x 1051 pp. $54.95

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.

Adobe Photoshop 7 One-Click Wow!
David, Jack; Linnea Dayton

A unique book that represents more than 800 solutions that can be installed and used within Photoshop 6 or 7. The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM contains the Adobe Photoshop files that are illustrated in the book, and can be used by the reader to produce stunning effects without any of the work.

Available for on-line ordering at

0321125312 90 pp. $29.99

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

Complete Reference XML, The
Williamson, Heather

This book, billed as "the most in-depth guide to XML available," is complete and packed with a wide variety of topics related to all aspects of the XML mark-up language. The author, an accomplished Web site designer, includes the requirements for XML, related standards, what constitutes a well-formed XML document structure, the use of schemas, the conversion of HTML to XHTML, and much more.

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0072127341 964 pp. $49.99

Contact: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 2600 Tenth St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 549-6600, fax: 510 549-6603.

Complete XML Programming Training Course, The
Deitel, Deitel, Nieto, Lin, and Sadhu

A dense package of training materials consisting of a 900-page book and two CD-ROMs (Windows compatible). The CDs contain the full contents (searchable) of the book, as well as over ten hours of step-by-step audio explanations, review questions and programming exercises, and troubleshooting advise. The authors cover XML, DTDs, schemas, DOM, SAX, XSL/XSLT, XLink, XML Query, SMIL, VoiceXML, and others.

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0130895571 900 pp. $109.99

Contact: Prentice Hall PTR, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458,

PC Fear Factor
Luber, Alan

A guide to preventing PC-related problems related to data back-up, viruses, hacker protection, system restoration, software updating, and more. The author maintains a companion Web site at

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0789728257 362 pp. $24.99

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

Photoshop Type Effects Visual Encyclopedia
Pring, Roger

The author provides an impressive array of typographic effects that can be constructed using Adobe Photoshop 6 and 7. Effects include chrome, glass, brass, gold, polished metal, water, opal, silver, stone, rock, fire, ice, and many more. Each effect construction is shown in detail and provided on the accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM.

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0735711909 190 pp. $45

Contact: New Riders Publishing, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

Using XML, Second Edition
Gulbransen, David; et al

A complete book for authoring well-constructed XML, including the intracacies of Document Type Definitions (DTDs). The content is aimed a the intermediate to advanced user.

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078792748X 842 pp. $49.99

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

XML: A Beginner's Guide
Mercer, Dave

This book is designed as a beginner's guide for XML programmers. The author starts with the basic coding of an HTML document, something familiar to most people. He then introduces the essential elements of XML, with clear examples and unintimidating projects. He continues, introducing new concepts and covering all of the fundamental aspects of XML. All of the code presented in the book is available for free on the Web.

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0072127406 400 pp. $29.99

Contact: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 2600 Tenth St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 549-6600, fax: 510 549-6603.

XML by Example, Second Edition
Marchal, Benoit

In this book the author leads the reader through the intracacies of XML with the use of numerous examples. The examples follow a logical progression, with clear step-by-step instructions. Readers can learn all of the fundamentals of XML, including SSLT, SAX, and more.

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0789725045 495 pp. $29.99

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

XML: Extensible Markup Language
Harold, Elliotte Rusty

The author takes the reader from the basics of XML through advanced topics. Procedures are provided for showing how to convert HTML to XML, how to add customized structure to documents, how to use XSL stylesheets to produce Web pages, and more.

The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM contains source code for all of the examples shown in the book.

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0764531999 426 pp. $39.99

Contact: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd. #400, 800 762-2974, 650 653-7000,

XML for the World Wide Web
Castro, Elizabeth

A good introductory text to the complexities of the XML mark-up language. The book, like others in the Visual QuickStart series, breaks the subject into easy digestable chunks, and provides profuse illustrations and examples.

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0201710986 270 pp. $19.99

XML Handbook, The
Goldfarb, Charles F.; Paul Prescod

A complete treatment of the XML mark-up language written, in part, by the inventor of the SGML mark-up language. The authors provide a good background on the origin and need for XML, and provide guidance on how to apply it most effectively.

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0120147141 1013 pp. $44.99

Contact: Prentice Hall PTR, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458,

XML in a Nutshell
Harold, Elliotte Rusty; W. Scott Means

In this book readers will find an in-depth guide to the universe of possibilities presented by the application of XML. The authors show how to use XML correctly, with specifics regarding grammar and tag placement, how attributes attach to elements, and much more.

Available for on-line ordering at

0596000588 480 pp. $29.95

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.

XML In Plain English, Second Edition
Eddy, Sandra E.; B.K. DeLong

An excellent reference (look up by task, tag, or term) and tutorial (see clear examples of how to plan, build, and maintain XML-driven Web sites). This compact book is a handy guide to all aspects of the XML language.

Available for on-line ordering at

0764547445 860 pp. $19.99

Contact: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd. #400, 800 762-2974, 650 653-7000,

XML Schema
van der Vlist, Eric

A tutorial covering the W3C XML Schema, with emphasis on design choices, best practices, and limitations. The book also serves as a reference to theXML Schema.

Available for on-line ordering at

0596002521 400 pp. $39.95

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.

XML Unleased
Morrison, Michael; et al

The intent of the authors of this book is to provide the tools necessary to apply XML technology to unlease its potential in practical applications. Complete details are provided for accomplishing many specific XML-related operations, such as formatting XML documents with XSL and and CSS, and creating XML-based Web pages using XHTML.

The accompanying Windows-based CD-ROM contains the code used in the book as well as trial versions of several XML-related software applications.

Available for on-line ordering at

0672315149 960 pp. $49.99

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

XSLT Developer's Guide
Von See, Chris; Nitin Keskar

A guide for designing and constructing data-driven applications using the Extensible Stylesheet Language for Transformations.

Available for on-line ordering at

0072194081 350 pp. $49.99

Contact: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 2600 Tenth St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 549-6600, fax: 510 549-6603.

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