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July 30th, 1999

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[4:50 PM]
WebbToys Gets A Major Update
Chilton Webb has released a major update to Webb Toys, his collection of utilities for the Web and your Mac that are located on a small palette. Despite the small increase in the version number from version 1.6 to version 1.7, the new version includes several new PowerPacks. According to Chilton Webb:

I added a few new PowerPacks, and deleted a few older ones. Some of the newer ones are still rather unfinished, so just report bugs to me when you get a chance. Also, now you select the PowerPacks you want to activate from the PowerPack menu, which loads them into the toolbar. This gives you greater control over which packs you want to load.

New Packs:

NetJunky - This allows you a little more control over Netscape than you previously had before. Among other things, you can now expand Netscape's window to one of several sizes, including a full-screen mode. You can also access the 'kiosk' mode, and you can save the history file as a set of bookmarks. One word of caution, the History file section is not fully optimized. One might say it's 'completely unoptimized' or 'not optimized by any definition of the word optimized' or even 'very very slow'. What this means to you is that it's very slow. So if you surf a lot (I do), then you'll want to leave your Mac alone for about an hour to do this. Luckily, it does tell you how far along it is.

Sherlock's Pipe - Simple tool for building Sherlock Plug-ins for your websites faster.

Talkies - Plays any movies on your desktop. Eh, this may not work quite right all of the time. Let me know if it breaks at any point, and don't rely on it too heavily for your multi-million dollar presentation.

WhatToDo - A simple to-do list manager.

Folders - Click a folder, select an item from the list, and that item will be revealed (in its folder, get it?) in the Finder.

FireMail - If you've set up Internet Config or OS 8.5's Internet Control Panel properly, you can send mail with this without opening your Mail program. It keeps a log of everyone who you've sent mail to.

E-mail Lists - Maintain a mailing list? This will help you organize it easier.

CardVerify - Want to check a credit card number to make sure it's valid? Here's your tool. Keep in mind that it can't check balances, etc.

While many of the PowerPacks sound like they may be close to beta stage, the release sounds like it will make many users happy. You can find more information at the company's web site. The update is free to registered users. The full version is priced at US$25.

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