No Issue Labor Day -- In the continuing administrative saga, our planned server move last week was delayed by the just-resolved US West strike, so the move will happen in the future. More immediately, we're taking the next issue off, nominally because it's the Labor Day holiday in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than by not working? In fact, Tonya and I have friends visiting and Jeff Carlson is working to finish his PalmPilot Visual QuickStart Guide for Peachpit Press. If we're lucky, the weather won't decide to follow the stock markets into the doldrums. [ACE]
Adobe Rejects Quark Buyout Offer -- Last week Quark, Inc. made public its desire to purchase Adobe Systems, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The privately held Quark made an offer to Adobe management, although Adobe claims that Quark did not make a bona fide offer, but sent only "unsolicited letters." [I wonder if that counts as spam? -Adam] Adobe refused Quark's advances, and Quark is now hoping to open a new dialog with Adobe or pursue the possibility of a hostile takeover. Although Adobe is much larger - with 1997 revenues of $911.9 million compared to Quark's $200 million - its stock is at a yearly low, and the company is undergoing restructuring. Quark, maker of the desktop publishing application QuarkXPress, said that it would likely divest Adobe of PageMaker, QuarkXPress's main competition, as well as other products that could raise flags with industry regulators. [JLC]
Apple Releases AppleShare IP 6.0 -- Apple has released AppleShare IP 6.0, the latest version of the company's integrated server software. AppleShare IP 6.0 improves performance and adds major new features, including support for Windows clients using the Server Message Block protocol (SMB), IMAP4 support combined with Sherlock server-side searching technology, printing capabilities over TCP/IP, and support for third-party plug-ins. According to Apple, AppleShare IP requires a Power Macintosh with a PowerPC 601, 604, 604e, or G3 processor (or the Power Macintosh 6500), Mac OS 8.1 with Open Transport 1.3 or later, and 48 MB of RAM (with virtual memory, 64 MB without). Pricing is $499 for a 10-client license; Apple sells other licenses up to an unlimited client license that can support up to 500 simultaneous users for $1,499. [ACE]
MacLinkPlus Deluxe 10 Ships -- It may no longer be bundled with the Mac OS, but MacLinkPlus hasn't disappeared. DataViz has now released MacLinkPlus Deluxe 10.0, the latest version of the venerable file translation utility. The new version adds new translators for Word 98 and Excel 98, decoding capabilities for a variety of Internet compression and encoding formats generally found in email, and contextual menu support for all of MacLinkPlus's functions. A new interface supports drag & drop, offers information about files of unknown provenance, and enables you to view graphics and text in files. Upgrades cost $40 and new versions cost $99.
Two problems have surfaced since the release, including a crash related to trying to save or open a file in ClarisWorks 5 using MacLinkPlus. DataViz recommends a workaround of translating files outside of ClarisWorks 5, and notes that to translate ClarisWorks 5 files to another format, you must first save them as ClarisWorks 4 files. Also, the MacLinkPlus installer incorrectly installs the Contextual Menu Enabler extension, which can cause trouble for some users. Although that extension is required by Apple Internet Address Detectors (IAD) 1.0.1 and should remain if you've previously installed IAD, DataViz recommends all other MacLinkPlus users disable the Contextual Menu Enabler extension. [ACE]
Of iMacs and StyleWriters -- Last week's "iMac Connection Guide" (see TidBITS-444) will require updates, and the first comes from Farallon, who introduced the EtherMac iPrint Adapter SL. This model of the iPrint connects serial-based StyleWriter printers without LocalTalk support to the iMac's 10Base-T Ethernet port. Like Farallon's solution for LocalTalk printers, the now-shipping EtherMac iPrint Adapter LT, the SL version of the iPrint will cost $99, and Farallon expects to ship it in September of 1998. [ACE]
Connectix Updates Virtual PC to 2.1 -- Connectix Corporation last week released an updater to Virtual PC, adding a handful of features and fixing minor bugs and compatibility issues. The new version adds support for Voodoo2 graphics and Windows NT, the capability to choose between multiple installed Ethernet devices, support for hot-swapping PowerBook drives, improved compatibility with RAM Doubler and virtual memory, and improved video compatibility. Owners of Virtual PC 2.0 or 2.0.1 can jump to 2.1 for free by downloading the 1.7 MB updater. [JLC]
You Beta Be AfRAID of Norton -- Mark James <firstname.lastname@example.org> has identified a severe incompatibility between the public beta of Norton Utilities 4.0 for the Macintosh and volumes formatted with SoftRAID, the RAID software currently bundled with Apple servers. When repairing a striped volume, Norton Utilities apparently changes the partition type to HFS, thereby rendering all striped volumes inaccessible. Independent sources confirm this problem also applies to Apple RAID, RAIDware, ImageRAID, and FWB's RAID ToolKit. Symantec should be able to fix this problem quickly, and while anyone who's been nipped by this issue has our sympathies, it's beyond us why people would be running pre-release disk repair software on an important disk without top-notch backups. (And if you don't have top-notch backups, check out Adam's recent article series on the subject.) [GD]