Darren Eger’s note about Info-Select raises a good point. There is nothing that I know of quite like IS for Mac, though Tinderbox is probably even more powerful since it combines the “go find it” capability of IS with the ability to create (and ignore) a structure if you want. DEVONThink is another product that has some of this flexibility, though I found its interface a little obscure.
Tinderbox, if you try to use it to the limits of its capacity, has a pretty formidable learning curve and is not a poor man’s game—it’s sale-priced at the moment at “only” $95, but it is a remarkably powerful application and quite flexible. Ted wrote about it at some length in the series (speaking of which, it’s too bad that we missed another installment—that’s three passes since the series started [two equipment problem misses and the not-very-substantive April Fool’s Day parody] makes me realize how attached to it I’ve become).
Darren, I’d suggest reading the back issues of Ted’s articles posted on the ATPM Web site and focusing in on Tinderbox and DEVONThink. You can download trial versions of each. I downloaded my trial version of TB about a year ago and it was lamed a little, but still functional enough to give me an idea of what it could do and I bought it. The DEVONThink trial seemed unlimited and does not, I think, have an expiration date. I didn’t wind up using it but I think my evaluation copy is still working.
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Darren Eger asks whether anyone knows of an OS X application that has the search abilities of InfoSelect.
My knowledge of InfoSelect is second-hand, but as I understand its real time search capability, the OS X program Hog Bay Notebook has it and seems designed around a method of working like Darren Eger describes.
—Stephen R. Diamond
After wading a little deeper, it seems that the option to render an animation works when using the -a instead of the -f command. Also, it does help if in Blender you don’t specify a folder to render to. The rendered file will then either be placed in the root of your hard disk or in a folder at the same place where your .blend file is located.
I did a lot of trials with Mellel, Nisus Writer Express, and Mariner Write, and came to the same conclusion Paul did earlier this year. I think NWE 1.x is a fantastic base for a word processor, but there were some make-or-break features it was missing. Write reminds me a great deal of older Mac word processors like MacWrite II and WriteNow, and I mean that in a complimentary way. When NWE 2 comes out later this year, though, I’m going to have to revisit the comparison—adding styles, tables, and footnotes brings its basic feature set to a usable level and some of the unique features already in 1.x are, well, unique.
(It’s possible that AbiWord 2.2 will be out by then and run correctly on OS X. It may be worth taking a look at, also—you certainly can’t beat its price.)
If the LAN you are on has a firewall, what’s the problem? If there is either a firewall on the router, or if there is a software firewall of some sort on the LAN, the Mac is no different than a PC. Firewalls don’t care what is behind them. They simply block packets and allow traffic through specified ports, mapped to specified IP addresses. That’s it. It makes no difference if you are using a Mac, PC, Unix box, or a PDA. It’s all just packets.
Now if there is no firewall on the LAN, and your IT people are (unwisely) depending on each and every client to provide its own firewall via the operating system or some layer installed over it…then technically they do have a legitimate concern because they are not familiar enough with a Mac to understand how to turn on and configure the firewall that is provided by the operating system.
OS X has as good a firewall as any other operating system, better than many (certainly more secure than anything Microsoft has ever come up with) and it is very easy to engage and configure. You should be able to demonstrate this to them in a few mouse clicks using the System Preferences. Again, this is totally unnecessary if there is a firewall on your LAN. It would be redundant. Any IT guru worth his salt should understand that.
As for controlling access…are they talking about controlling what the G5 can access on the network server(s)? Or are they talking about limiting access to files/folders on the G5 depending on who is logged in to it? These are different issues.
First of all, if they are concerned about controlling access to the server(s)—they shouldn’t be. As with the firewall, the Mac is no different than a PC. Presumably we’re talking about a Windows file server. The fact that you are logging on from a Mac is transparent to everybody. It makes no difference whatsoever. Set up an account on the server(s) with your name, password, and privileges. Log on from the Mac. Log on from the PC. No difference. You will have access to those files you are granted access to, and not those which you haven’t been granted access to. It doesn’t matter what computer you log on from. This is a server side issue not a client side issue.
If the concern is limiting access to data on the actual G5 itself, this is what the multi-user architecture of the operating system is designed to do. OS X has a Unix based multi-user system, which allows you to create users and configure their user experience, including which resources their privileges offer them access to. It is analogous to the Windows multi-user concept although it is, frankly, a bit more elegant in its implementation.
In short your IT guys have no reason at all to be concerned. —Evan Trent
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