by Gary Wong
Updates from last month's column:
The subset of SciTech Display Doctor that is maintained by IBM on the
Device Driver Pak On-Line has been updated. Go to
CDR/RW Wizard is at version 0.99 beta 12; it's a GUI interface to
CDRecord/2. This updated beta was released on 04/21/2000. Also updated
is RadioTrackFr version 1.0 beta 3, an AIMS Radio Track program. Both
are at http://www.quasarbbs.com/rocco/.
GSView version 2.93 (beta) was released on 04/18/2000. GSView is a
graphical document viewer that uses Ghostscript as its' display engine.
You can find it at ftp://ftp.cs.wisc.edu/pub/ghost/ghostgum/beta.
Timidity++ version 2.91 (03/30/2000), a software MIDI synthesizer,
and LBMix version 0.03 (04/18/2000), a universal mixer for cards with
IOCTL90 API were released. They are available at
Daniela Engert has updated on 04/07/2000 Danis506 version 1.2.3 and
Daniatapi version 0.21. Danis506 is at Hobbes with search key danis,
and Daniatapi has search key dania. (Note: the search key for Danis506
was incorrect in last month's column).
InCharge has been updated on 04/05/2000 to version 1.02.63. Go to
Did you stick around at the March 2000 SCOUG meeting for Tim Katz's
XFree86/OS2 presentation? An alpha version of Xfree86/OS2 4.0 is
available as of 04/03/2000. Go to http://borneo/gmd.de/~veit/os2/xf86os2.html. Also running under
XFree86/OS2 is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), billed as THE
PhotoShop for Linux. A test version of 1.1.19 has been released as of
03/31/2000. Go to http://birdy.hpage.net. It now includes extras like
Gimpressionist, xscanimage, and the HTML manual. The HelpBrowser also
works, if you get gnomelibs. The stable version 1.0.2 is at
Maul Publisher version 1.21 has been released on 03/30/2000. It is
billed as the "world's first professional desktop publisher for OS/2".
Go to http://www.manglais.com/.
Electronic Teller 3.23 has been released on 04/29/2000. It is a
native financial management suite for home users. Future plans are to
include investment account support. Go to
This month's new listings:
IBM has released TCP/IP Version 4.3 (04/28/2000) for Warp 4, Warp
Server for e-Business, and WorkSpace On-Demand. Some of the features
include enhanced NetBIOS over TCP/IP, spam prevention, FTP data transfer
improvements, etc. Pre-requisites: a) You must be a current subscriber
to IBM's Software Choice, as you must supply a user-id & password prior
to download. b) Video support of 256 colors or more c) Netscape 2.02 or
higher d) Feature Installer 1.2 or higher e) Java 1.1.7 or higher Go to
IBM has released on 04/26/2000 FixPak 1 for Warp Server for
e-Business. It is available via FTP at
ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/v4.5warp/english-us/xr_e001, or if you use RSU, at
http://ps.boulder.ibm.com/pbin-usa-ps/getobj2.pl?/pdocs-usa/xr_e001.rsu. However: see
http://www.warpdoctor.org/warnings.html for some information you need to
be aware of before applying this FixPak via the RSU method.
IBM has re-released on 04/26/2000 FixPak 13 for Warp 4. It is
available via FTP at ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/fixes/v4warp/english-us/xr_m013, or if you use RSU, at
http://ps.boulder.ibm.com/pbin-usa-ps/getobj.pl?/pdocs-usa/softupd.html. It should also be available on the
May SCOUG CD. However: you should consult
http://www.warpdoctor.org/warnings.html as there are/may be some
lingering bugs/side effects of FixPak 13. (I say "are/may be" as your
mileage may vary).
An OS/2 port of the open-source Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!
Linux driver is now available in beta form (version 0.25 as of
04/26/2000). Go to http://www.xs4all.nl/~sandervl/sbliveos2.zip; it is
also at Hobbes.
T&V HappyPlayer is now at version 1.10 as of 04/23/2000. This is a
PM application that operates TV cards built on the Brooktree BT848 chip.
Go to http://www.os2.spb.ru/software/ projects/happyplayer/index_e.html.
GammaTech has released an update on 04/22/2000 for GammaTech IRC to
bring it to version 3.06. A new version of OS2Bot, the IRC bot for
OS/2, is available as well. They are at
The first source release of OpenJFS (4/21/2000) is now available. It
is based on the open source Linux code, which in turn is based on the
OS/2 source from Warp Server for e-Business. (JFS is Journaled File
System). There is no binary distribution available right now because
there are still some problems to resolve. It is available at
The popular Zip/UnZip utilities from Info-ZIP are at version 2.3
(ZIP, as of 01/09/2000) and 5.41 (UnZip, as of 04/17/2000),
respectively. They are at ftp://ftp.freesoftware.com/pub/infozip/OS2/.
Speaking of Zip/UnZip, Zip Control version 2.66 has been released as
of 02/03/2000. This is a PM front-end to Zip/UnZip/PKZip. Archive
functions supported include: viewing, deleting, printing, unzipping,
create new, encryption/decryption, test-run, and virus scanning. It now
supports Norton Antivirus 5.02.41 and UnZip 5.40 (not sure about UnZip
5.41). It is at http://www.RPFSoftware.com.
Audio/Data-CD-Creator version 0.39 is available (04/16/2000). It is
a folder class for the WPS which works as a front-end for CDRecord/2 for
creating audio and data CD's. Just put wavefiles or data into this
folder and press "write". Arbitrary ordering of files is possible via
drag-and-drop. It is fully WPS aware. Use search key audiocdcr on
Speaking of CDRecord/2, there is a port (as of 04/08/2000) of the
CD-burning program cdrecord version 1.8.1a05 from Linux. You can burn
single-session, multi-session, or audio CD's. Go to
IBM has updated (04/12/2000) the PostScript printer drivers to
version 30.716. Also available (as of 04/05/2000) in the same version
are drivers for inkjets, Laserjets, and plotters. Go to
IBM has also updated drivers for USB printers as of 02/07/2000. Go
For those of you who were at the Jan. 2000 SCOUG meeting: CDS
(Computer Data Strategies) has an update (4/05/2000) for BackAgain/2000
to version 2.10c. Go to http://www.cds-inc.com/techsprt/ba2ktech.html.
There is an XFree86/OS2 port of gphoto version 0.4.3, the GNU digital
camera image transfer program. It supports over 150 camera models of 19
different makes. Go to http://birdy.hpage.net/.
Java Pilot Desktop, a Java program for interfacing with the
PalmPilot, is now at version 0.946 as of 04/01/2000. It includes an
address book, to-do list, memo pad, expense management, and a datebook.
It is at http://ww.ctag.de/projects/jpd/.