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Computing With Bifocals
by Nancy Carroll Gravley

A column for people who remember what
the world was like before there was color.....




Demo's, Shareware, and Freeware. Oh My!
November 4th, 1998

There is some totally cool "stuff" available on the net for Macintosh users, and in today's column I want to tell you about some of it. Some are demo's, some are shareware and some are free. I don't know exactly why individuals create all the shareware and/or free programs and then share them at little or no cost. Perhaps it is because they can, or because they enjoy the creativity, or because they just like to be part of the coterie of program creators; but whatever the reason it gives those of us who can't do it choice after choice of programs to help or simplify our lives.

Following are a number of such programs that I hope will appeal to a lot of readers. For those who may have older systems with small hard drives, I have listed the file size of each application. If you need to check on how much space you have left it is easy to do. Open up your hard drive icon and the amount of free space will be in the title bar of the window. If for any reason that is not the case, just click once on the hard drive icon and press command-I. The amount of used and unused hard drive space is listed in this “Get Info” window.

PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW YOU TO CATALOG

ComicSaver 2.01
Overview: Keeps track of your comic collection Size: 2.5MB Produced by: a small ad shop. Minimum requirements: FileMaker Pro 4.0. Kind: Shareware ($10.00) Description: “A FileMaker Pro template for comic book enthusiasts to keep track of their collections. Information such as the title, artist attribution, issue number, price paid, value, condition, plot synopsis, characters featured, and other key attributes may be entered. There is even one space per entry where a downloaded or scanned piece of cover art can be added.”
Download at: http://www.download.com/Mac/Result/Download/0,21,0-48361,00.html?st.dl.tdtl.bn.tdl

BookCase 2.5.2
Overview: Keeps track of your book collection, Size: 4.4 MB Produced by: Epigroove, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Demo Description: "Organizes and tracks book collections of any type and size. You can track your books by title, author, publisher, length, book type, copyright date, genre, rating, date read, series, book location, ISBN, personal catalog number, and personal notes. You can also search with keywords to bring up a list of all the books that contain those keywords or view a list of all your books using various sorting methods.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,58761,00.html

Audiofile 4.0.3
Overview: Keeps track of your music collection, Size: 3.3 MB, Produced by: Spinfree, Minimum Requirements: System 7.1, AppleScript 1.0 (recommended), Kind: Demo, Description: “Audiofile is used worldwide by professional DJs, entertainment companies,radio stations, sports teams, and other organizations and individuals,to organize music collections. Audiofile 4.0 introduced 20 new features,including an option to automatically back up files upon quitting, the ability to change an album's listed media type after it has already been entered or to duplicate an album's listing with a different media type,the ability to export your collection in HTML format for posting on the Web,faster sorting and more reliable searching, ten renameable custom fields, are designed interface, and eight new pop-up reports. Version 4.0.3 fixes bugs, includes hot keys for better collection management, and adds an “Always keep collection sorted" preference.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,58524,00.html

BookBin 3.0.3
Overview: Keeps track of your book collection Size: 2.3 MB Produced by: Spinfree, Minimum Requirements: System 7.1 Kind: Demo Description: “A comprehensive, cross-platform software product for keeping track of and organizing the books you own, the books you are reading, and the books that you've read. One of BookBin's key features is the Journal, which allows users to keep track of notes, pages read, or any other relevant comments. In addition, you can export book notes and comments to HTML for Internet/intranet viewing. This demo version will not let you import records, and you are limited to entering ten books.”
Download at:http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,58257,00.html

PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Boy Scout RecordKeeper 4.0
Overview: A management program for a boy scout troup. Size: 2.6 MB Produced by: Aaron W. Beck & Co. Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Free, Description: “A complete management tool for troop leaders to manage the work of scouts, leaders, and merit badge counselors. The included
troop license enables all users to enjoy the benefits of tracking rank, trips, attendance, badges, palms, service, positions, committees, officials, and more. The database format can be linked to the Internet to create troop Web sites with access to database information.”
Download at:http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,45005,00.html

Cub Scout RecordKeeper 4.0
Overview: A management program for a cub troup Size: 2.7 MB, Produced by: Aaron W. Beck & Co, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Demo, Description: Download at: “This is a complete management tool for Cub Scout leaders to manage the work of Scouts and leaders. It comes with a pack license so all can enjoy the benefits of tracking rank, trips, attendance, badges, achievements, arrow points, service, positions, committees, officials, and more. Database format can be linked to the Internet to create troop Web sites with info from the database.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,44951,00.html

PROGRAMS THAT HELP MANAGE YOUR LIFE

Finance 2.5
Overview: For managing your personal checking, savings, and credit card accounts, Size: 1.1 MB, Produced by: Freelance Enterprises, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Shareware, Description: “A personal checking, savings, and credit card account management program featuring pop-up menus to speed data entry, automatic calculations, account overviews, text searching of accounts, built-in context-aware help, and year 2000 compliance. Version 2.5.2 supports Mac OS 8.5. Finance has a free 30-day evaluation period”.
Download at:http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,59064,00.html

PROGRAMS THAT ARE JUST FUN

Greatest Paper Airplanes
Overview: Teaches how to fold paper airplanes, Size: 33.5 MB, Produced by: KittyHawk Software, Minimum Requirements: System 7 Kind: Shareware, Description: “The Greatest Paper Airplanes teaches you how to fold 50 different paper airplanes. The program features simple screens that resemble a three-ring notebook, packed with information and fun for all ages, with index tabs that ensure effortless navigation. Step-by-step 3D animation walks you through the folding process.”
Download at:http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,20425,00.html
(Nancy Note: This is a great program. The graphics are marvelous, it installs in less than a minute, it is easy to follow, does what it promises.)

Origami Flowers LE 1.0
Overview: Teaches how to transform a sheet of paper into a flower, Size: 2.7 MB, System 7, Produced by: KittyHawk Software, Minimum Requirements: Kind: Demo, Description: “This program provides simple, animated instructions on the Japanese art origami. It will show you how to fold square sheets of paper into 2 beautiful origami flowers (12 in the full version). Print the included
designs or use your favorite wrapping paper to dazzle your friends.”
Download at:http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,46905,00.html

Stereogram Studio 1.01Overview: Create 2 dimensional patterns with hidden 3 dimensional images, Size: 377 K, Produced by: Adam Saffer, Minimum Requirements: Not given, Kind: Shareware, Description: “Stereogram Studio allows the user to create stereograms--2D patterns containing hidden 3D images--similar to those found in books such as the "Magic Eye" series. The images can be printed and saved. Comes with four depth pictures and four patterns for you to use while you learn how to create stereograms. Stereogram Studio also allows you to create stereograms from images that you already have in GIF, JPEG, PICT, or BMP format, though you will probably want to alter them to optimize their 3D effects. The demo version allows you to create images that are 28 levels deep. To take advantage of the Maximize Levels option, which allows you to go 100+ levels deep, you'll have to register your software. Unregistered software also superimposes the name of the program onto the lower left-hand corner of the images, and is limited to a 30-day evaluation period.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,55077,00.html

Melody Assistant 2.0.7
Overview: Edit and compose musical scores, Size: 1.6 MB, Produced by: Guillion Brothers Shareware, Minimum Requirements: Not given, Kind: Shareware, Description: “Melody Assistant is a complete score editor and music composition program. It offers an integrated digital sound database and editor, tabulators, chord diagrams, lyrics, karaoke, and graphics. It imports MOD, MIDI, KAR, SGU, AIFF, WAV, and BMP files. New in this version is improved ABC format, the ability to align staves both right and left while printing, the option to save files in compressed format, and the ability to print braces and brackets to group staves”.
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,58508,00.html

3D Atlas 98
Overview: An interactive atlas, Size: 4.1 MB, Produced by: Creative Wonders, Minimum Requirements: Not given, Kind: Demo, Description: “An in-depth and up-to-date multimedia investigation of the world's geography, geology, climate, environmental issues, and diverse peoples. It involves maps, statistics, and more. You can test your knowledge of the world with 3D Atlas's trivia challenge.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,35086,00.html

Crossword Express 3.3
Overview: Create multi language crossword puzzles, Size: 847 K, Produced by: Pinnacle Solutions, Minimum Requirements: System 7.5, Kind: Demo, Description: “Crossword Express helps you create vocabulary puzzles for the classroom, special-interest puzzles for social clubs and newsletters, and
professional-quality puzzles for the morning newspaper--all in an instant. With on screen solving of puzzles, a wide range of print options, and maintenance functions for dictionaries and grids, this program will satisfy all of your crossword-construction needs.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,45682,00.html

PROGRAMS THAT CONCERN YOUR HOME

Design Your Own Home: Architecture 2.0
Overview: Design a new home or remodel an older one, Size: 662 K, Produced by: Abracadata, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Demo, Description: “Architecture is a specialized computer-aided-design program that provides everything required to draw to-scale, professional looking plans, yet it's easy enough for the first-time user. It can help you design new home construction or design a remodel of your existing home. Architecture provides you with easy-to-use drawing tools, online help, and a complete practical manual. It's part of the family of file-compatible home-design programs that together provide you with a complete solution. The demo is save-disabled.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,56699,00.html

Design Your Own Home:
Interiors 2.0 Overview: Arrange furnishings and explore color schemes for your home Size: 613 K, Produced by: Abracadata, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Demo, Description: “Interiors is a program designed to help you make decisions regarding interior decoration for your home or office. With it, you can draw kitchen, bath, office, or room plans with a simple set of drawing tools; arrange furnishings and explore color schemes at the touch of a key; rotate objects by single degrees to place them precisely where you want them; and play with colors and patterns until you have the look you want. In addition, many objects--including kitchen appliances, cabinets, home fixtures, doors, and windows--have been predrawn to existing manufacturers' specifications.
Interiors even creates 3D slides so you can add depth to your interior design previews. This demo is save-disabled.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Title Detail/0,160,0-56697,00.html

Sprout 1.1
Overview: Plan vegetable plots, Size: 574 K, Produced by: Abracadata, Minimum Requirements: Not given, Kind: Demo, Description: “Sprout is designed to help you plan your vegetable garden and schedule optimal planting times. Its unique planting tool produces a graphic, scalable garden plan with accurate plant and row spacing. Sprout is also packed with useful growing information--the editable database includes 80 vegetables for seven regions, complete with growing information needed to plan your next harvest. The demo version is save-disabled.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,58500,00.html

Word Search PC 2.2
Overview: Creates puzzles, Size: 687K, Produced by: Jim Graham, Minimum Requirements: PowerPC, System 7, Kind: Shareware, Description: “Word Search creates puzzles ranging from 8x8 up to 32x32, and in any user-defined shape. Up to 100 words can be inserted into each word search, and most parameters are user defined. The user even has full control over spacing of the letters in the printed word search. Words can also be printed in coded form; the program comes with a key to allow the user to decode them. This update includes the following features: any character may be used in the words and search; multiple copies of the search can be made; words may be imported from a text file; the program is Appearance Manager aware and will respond to Kaliedoscope if running under OS 8 or greater; and it makes use of Apple's Navigation Services (New, Style, Open, and Save dialog boxes) if installed.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,56617,00.html

Word Search 68K 2.2
Overview: Creates puzzles, Size: 602K, Produced by: Jim Graham, Minimum Requirements: System 7, Kind: Shareware, Description: “Word Search creates puzzles ranging from 8x8 up to 32x32, and in any user-defined shape. Up to 100 words can be inserted into each word search, and most parameters are user defined. The user even has full control over spacing of the letters in the printed word search. Words can also be printed in coded form; the program comes with a key to allow the user to decode them. This update includes the following features: any character may be used in the words and search; multiple copies of the search can be made; words may be imported from a text file; the program is Appearance Manager aware and will respond to Kaliedoscope if running under OS 8 or greater; and it makes use of Apple's Navigation Services (New, Style, Open, and Save dialog boxes) if installed.”
Download at: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Top downloads/Mac/Result/Download/0,162,56613,00.html

I hope you see something that interests you. There are a number of programs available that are specifically for the holidays and I will cover some of them soon. Meanwhile, in response to last week’s column, Bob Grant was kind enough to write and let me know that TechTool is now available in 1.1.7 and that 1.1.8 will be available soon. Thanks Bob.


Copies of Nancy's book Tips, Hints, and Solutions for Seasoned Beginners Using Apple Macintosh Computers With OS X are available in PDF download versions  for US$9.57 and in print version for $18.15 plus $4.00 shipping.   To view sample pages and get ordering information visit the September 14, 2004 column.


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Nancy has a Master's degree in Human Services Administration and prior to her retirement she worked for almost 30 years in field of mental health and mental retardation. She has been a Mac user for 11 years, and has recently developed an avocation of teaching basic computer skills in both group and one-to-one settings.


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