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by John F. Braun

Looking for That Elusive File On The Internet? Better Give iSwipe a Try
December 17th, 2001

iSwipe 1.0b12 (E-mail Ware)
Hillman Minx Software

Sure, the Mac is a great computing platform, but it is only as useful as the amount of software available for it. For mainstream commercial software, shareware and freeware, visiting our friends at VersionTracker is probably your best bet. But there are other networks, such as Hotline, Carracho, OpenNapster and Gnutella, which have files you won't find anywhere else, but who wants to run all these different clients? If only there was a client that could support all of these networks...

iSwipe, a client that works under Mac OS 8 through Mac OS X, offers the ability to search all of these networks at the same time. Just start up iSwipe and you'll immediately be presented with the search dialog. To help iSwipe focus on what you are searching for, you'll need to specify if you are searching for Music, Movies, Mac Software or PC Software. The iSwipe search dialog also gives a summary of how many files are available on the various networks.

iSwipe Search Dialog

Once you start your search, iSwipe goes to work and searches the various networks. The iSwipe search dialog will show a progress bar indicating how far along it is in search all the network for a file matching your criteria. Eventually, if there are any matching files, you'll be shown a results window which lists all matches. Next to each match is an icon showing which network the file was found on. Also shown are the size of the file, the address of the server the file is on, and possibly other info. To download the file, simple double-click on it.

Results of an iSwipe Search
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So make sure that you have the right tool when searching for Mac files, and give iSwipe a spin.

Have any other Mac gadgets that help you find what you're looking for? Send an e-mail to John, he'll put it on his to do list.

Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you with those cool things that we all just have to have on our Macs. Shareware, Freeware, Postcardware, Emailware, and even commercial apps, Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you find and use the best of these programs.

John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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