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Apple CD600 Quad-Speed CD-ROM -- In mid-April, Apple announced plans to make their first quad-speed CD-ROM drives available to customers in May at about the same price they currently charge for their double-speed CD-ROM drives ($350 to $450). The new 600e CD-ROM drive is caddy-less, has an improved seek time, and has a streaming data transfer rate of 684.4 Kbps, with a burst transfer rate of 5.1 Mbps (although performance in any given application can of course vary widely). These specs make the CD600 more than twice as fast as Apple's current CD-ROM drives, and slightly faster than most quad-speed drives on the market today. Apple expects to build the 600e into Macs beginning this summer, with external and upgrade models also available. [GD]

Newton News -- Thinking about buying a Newton? If so, you'll want to note that between now and through the last day in July, Apple is offering a $50 rebate on the purchase of a MessagePad 120. Or, you can get a $100 rebate for purchasing a MessagePad 120 along with an "eligible accessory." Eligible accessories include Apple's Newton Connection Kit version 2.0 for Macintosh or Windows, an external or PCMCIA fax modem, 2 MB or 4 MB flash storage cards, the Newton Print Pack, a battery charging station, a leather zip case, or a Newton enhancement pack.

To receive the rebate, you must send the appropriate coupon, along with your proof-of-purchase, to the rebate fulfillment center before 31-Aug-95. Coupons are (or will be soon) available at a variety of sources, including Apple's FTP site or by calling 800/999-0260 to have the form faxed to you. [TJE]

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com//Apple.Support.Area/Newton.and.StarCore.Info/MessagePad120.Rebate.Form.US/

Conflict Catcher 3 Conflict -- Nathan Ainspan <nda1@cornell.edu> writes:
There is one problem with Conflict Catcher 3 that has been recognized and corrected. People with Open Sesame from Charles River Analytics will find that CC3 will conflict with this application and cause the computer to either hang or crash. When I called Casady and Greene's tech support line, we spent about twenty minutes trying to figure out the problem until the telephone rep heard that I had Open Sesame on my machine. He instantly knew what the problem was - the two applications try to write to or utilize the same bit of the system. A patch is available from Charles River Analytics. [The patch is available in Casady & Greene's online forums on the commercial services, although not their Web page yet. I've uploaded the patch to Macgifts, so it should appear on the Internet in a few days. -Adam]

Get Informed -- If you've ever wanted to try Shana Corporation's $295 Informed Designer, a application for designing forms, now's your chance to pick up the package at a minimal cost. If your modem can handle it, you can download the free 2.5 MB archive from a variety of online sites, or you can call Shana and request the package (on a CD) for a $15 shipping fee (more than $15 if you live outside the U.S.). Informed Designer offers an array of features for creating paper and onscreen forms, as well as features that help with filling out forms onscreen. The application requires a Macintosh with at least 2 MB RAM, System 6.0.7 or later (some features require later versions), and a hard disk. Shana says they are giving Informed Designer away to encourage people to learn about form design software and to generate sales for their add-on products. Shana isn't kidding about wanting to generate sales - when you launch the downloaded, freebie version, you get a series of splash screens telling you about Informed Designer's add-on products. The first screen reminds you that you must register in order to "suppress this sales pitch," and if you click the Register Now button, you are given an 800 number (or a toll number), to call in order to register. When you register, you won't be charged any money, but Shana will ask for your contact information and give you a serial number. [TJE]

Shana Corporation -- 800/386-7244 -- 403/463-3690 -- <info@shana.com>

ftp://mirror.aol.com//pub/info-mac/app/informed-designer-demo.hqx
http://www.shana.com/special/tidbits.html

More PIMs, Now -- Late last month, Adobe and Now Software announced that Now Software would take over the development, marketing, and support of Adobe's DateBook (for both Mac and Windows) and TouchBase personal information managers. The applications, which don't fit with Adobe's product focus, came originally from Aldus, and before that from After Hours Software. The move gives Now Software an immediate foothold in the Windows market, and users can expect an easy migration to Now Software's future product offerings, such as data and file compatibility with its more-powerful Now Up-to-Date and Now Contact. Now Software -- 503/274-2800 -- 503/274-0670 (fax) -- <support@nowsoft.com> [ACE]

Macs Control Windows -- Last week Farallon announced Timbuktu Pro for Windows, a program that enables collaboration between Windows and Macintosh users over local networks or over the Internet. Timbuktu Pro for Macintosh has been out for over a year now, and has proven especially popular among folks who run Macintosh-based Internet servers since it enables them to control the servers over the Internet. Mixed platform sites might do well to take a look at Timbuktu Pro for Windows and see how well it integrates with Macs and various different types of connections. [ACE]

Farallon -- 510/814-5100 -- 510/814-5020 -- <info@farallon.com>

http://www.farallon.com/