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August 2003


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by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.5a as of 07/25/2003. This is an update to Mozilla 1.1 or 1.2a that was demoed by Steven Levine at the Sept. 2002 SCOUG general meeting, and was mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All. Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.5a/. The file is mozilla-os2-1.5a.zip (you must unzip it yourself into a directory). Or you can use search key mozilla on Hobbes.

More info is at http://www.mozilla.org/ports/os2/.

    NOTES:
  1. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html.
  2. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/OS2.html.
  3. This release now has improved drag-and-drop, junk mail and news filters, link prefetching, Type Ahead Find, turbo mode, WarpCenter message notification, spell-checker, etc.
  4. The recommended installation method is to install into a fresh directory; however, if you install over an older version, be sure to delete GKCONTNT.DLL (or GKCONTENT.DLL) and COMPREG.DAT (if they exist); otherwise you may have problems running WarpZilla after installation.
  5. This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/libc01.zip, or use search key libc on Hobbes. The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. Unzip the GCC runtime and either place it in the subdirectory where MOZILLA.EXE is, or put it in its' own directory and update the LIBPATH variable in CONFIG.SYS to point to that directory.
  6. You should not share a profile between the VACPP (version 1.4 and older) and the GCC versions, as it may cause problems, especially with secure sites.
  7. As this is an alpha version of 1.5, it is bound to have bugs; on the netscape.public.mozilla.os2 newsgroup, some have said that running Mozilla 1.5a with other applications causes either Mozilla or the other applications (including in some cases plugins) to crash.
  8. Preferential version 0.5.3a has been released as of 07/20/2003. This is an add-on for Mozilla that gives you a tree with access to all of the preferences, including those that are not normally exposed. Go to http://preferential.mozdev.org/.

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG meeting, is now at version 5.24 as of 07/25/2003. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to resize FAT & FAT32 partitions, and has some JFS and LVM support. Go to http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee.htm. Tony Butka's tutorial on DFSee is at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2001/scoug012.dfseetutorial.html.

    NOTES:
  1. DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (http://shop.mensys.nl/catalogue/mns_DFSee.html).
  2. You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.

WarpVision was updated on 07/06/2003. It is a player for DivX3/DivX4- format video streams, with MP3/AC3 audio. The latest version has a nice GUI interface, and no longer uses Odin and Win32 codecs. Go to http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.php.

    NOTES:
  1. There are downloadable "skins" available at http://os2.kiev.ua/en/wv.skins.php.
  2. There is also a command-line (05/04/2003) version of WarpVision available.
  3. According to the author, you must delete VIDEO2.INI prior to updating from a previous version of WarpVision.
  4. There is now DVD support via a plugin called DVDCSS. For that, go to ftp://ftp.os2.spb.ru/pub/mmedia/contrib/dvdcss.1.2.4.zip.
  5. WarpVision is now shareware; until it is registered, you are limited to 15 minutes of playback.

InnoTek has released as of 07/08/2003 OS/2 Kit for Java version 1.4.2 beta 1, which is an Odin wrapper for Sun Microsystems' Windows Java Virtual Machine. It is free for personal use; enterprise customers can obtain licenses in order to get defect support. InnoTek plans to provide an updated OS/2 Kit for Java no later than 20 working days after a new Java platform release by Sun Microsystems. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/javaos2/.

    NOTES:
  1. This version includes browser plugin support for Mozilla, but you need to copy the files manually, and it doesn't work on some systems (the plugin crashes at Mozilla startup).
  2. This version is available as a runtime, and also as a SDK (software development kit). The runtime is approximately 19MB; the SDK is 42MB.

InnoTek has released as of 07/28/2003 InnoTek Font Engine for OS/2, based on FreeType. Currently, only Mozilla (and other Mozilla-based browsers) are supported. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/ft2lib/ft2libgeneral_e.html, or use search key innotek on Hobbes.

InnoTek's OS/2 Kit for Acrobat Reader 4.05 is now available as of 07/29/2003. This is Acrobat Reader 4.05 for Windows, with an Odin-based OS/2 Kit that allows it to run on OS/2. A browser plugin is included, but must be manually installed. There are no plans to support Acrobat 5.1, but Acrobat 6 is expected to be supported in a future release. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/; the readme is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2readme_e.html, and the FAQ is at http://www.innotek.de/products/acrobatos2/acrobatos2faq_e.html. NOTE: President Tony Butka mentions Acrobat Reader 4.05 in the June 2003 Ink.

Apache version 2.0.47 has been released as of 07/09/2003. It is the premier web server of the Internet, and offers big performance improvements over the older versions due to multi-threading and elimination of some emx dependencies. Go to http://apache.org/dist/httpd/binaries/os2/. Info is at http://silk.apana.org.au/apache/apache_v2.shtml.

UpdCD version 2.35 has been released as of 07/09/2003. It now includes support for eComStation, has a PM interface, and supports many OS/2 add-ons. It can be used to update the base Warp 4 or Warp Server for e-Business installation files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in combination with these diskettes to create new installations of OS/2 which already incorporates the FixPaks and other software. Go to http://xenia.sote.hu/~kadzsol/rexx/sajat/updcd.htm. NOTE: This is a fix that must be applied to the base 2.3 version.

jSyncManager version 3.0 alpha 02 and API beta 03 have been released as of 07/08/2003. This is a Java tool for synchronizing with Palm handhelds. Go to http://jsyncmanager.sourceforge.net/.

NewView version 2.5.0 has been released as of 07/21/2003. This is a rewrite of VIEW.EXE that comes with OS/2. It reads .INF and .HLP files. Improvements include a new user interface, remember size and position, select and copy from the window, and more. Use search key newview on Hobbes, or go to http://homepages.visp.co.nz/~aaronlawrence/NewView.html.

eBayWatch/2 version 1.09l is now available as of 07/18/2003. As the name implies, it is an eBay auction management tool. Go to http://www.eclipse.net/~knkrchnr/.

The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3 player. As of 07/16/2003 you can now download several catalogs of skins. Go to http://www.os2ecs.net/neptune/downloa4.shtml.

CDRWSEL version 2.10.1 has been released as of 07/23/2003. This is a GUI program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time, using RSJ CD-Writer. Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes.

cdrtools version 2.01a17 has been released as of 07/26/2003. This contains cdrecord, readcd, cdda2wav, and mkisofs. Use search key cdrtools on Hobbes.

CAD-Handler has been updated as of 07/21/2003. This offers a Ctrl-Alt- Del popup menu, including a mini process list with kill, ability to un-mount and re-mount filesystems, and reset the WPS. Use search key cadh on Hobbes.

eComStation Maintenance Tool version 2.1.1.8 has been released as of 07/13/2003. It now has support for eComStation 1.1. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/.

If you still use a modem under OS/2 or eComStation, an updated MODEM.LST file is available as of 07/21/2003. Go to http://www.os2warp.be/index2.php?pageid=4&sub=0. A number of new modems were added (highlighted in green); also this site flags modems that apparently don't work under OS/2 & eCS in red. For each modem, the initialization strings for the various modems are listed. MODEM.LST is used by the AT&T Global Network (ATTGLOBAL.NET) dialer; for "Dial Other Internet Providers", edit MODEM.IAK and copy in your modem's settings (after you make a backup, of course). If you use another dialer such as ZOC or InJoy, just simply copy in the initialization strings.

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T40 series as of 07/18/2003. Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/spsd1r36.exe.

IBM has updated as of 07/10/2003 the power management drivers for Intel SpeedStep processors. According to Steve Wendt, the installer won't run on older OS/2 releases, but he says you can copy the files manually. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/os2spdst.exe.

The AC97 sound driver for VIA Technologies KT266A/333/400, P4M266, and P4X266/333/400 (8233/8233C/8233A/8235 south bridge) has been updated as of 07/13/2003. It supports IOCTL90 mixer and software resampling for low-end chips. There is also an optional package containing ALC-201A patches, a diagnostic utility, startup sound driver, and source code. Use search key 823x on Hobbes.

A driver for the Tamarack TC9021 Ethernet card has been released as of 07/12/2003 (version 1.05). Use search key tc902 on Hobbes, or go to http://homepage3.nifty.com/chagrin/gomy/doraniku.html#TC9021.

BTTV version 0.6 (for BT8X8 TV cards) has been released as of 07/23/2003. It is a port of the Linux BTTV driver, with radio and TV working. Included is a small radio application, a small TV application, and the source is available (along with a LXAPI32 support driver for porting Linux drivers). Go to http://www.nord-com.net/s.milcke/bttv_en.htm. NOTE: This should be considered a beta driver.


This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has released as of 07/01/2003 a pair of wireless LAN drivers: one that supports the Mini-PCI 22P7701 on the ThinkPad T30, and the other supports the PC Card-128 09N9904 T Series. HOWEVER: you need a current Software Choice subscription or be a registered eComStation user in order to download.

If you are a registered eComStation user, download the drivers at http://www.ecomstation.com (after logging into the site).

IBM has updated as of 07/21/2003 their version of SciTech SNAP Graphics. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/snapse215.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).
  3. The version numbers for SNAP/se (the IBM version) and SNAP/Pro don't necessarily correspond to each other, and they don't support the same graphic chipsets. For example, the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro and NVidia GeForce4 MX440 8X are new to the IBM version, but they have been in SNAP/Pro since version 2.0.

IBM has updated as of 07/24/2003 the drivers for PC Card 8.0 CardBus. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/cardbus.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).

IBM has updated the drivers for Intel PRO/1000 Fiber Gigabit Ethernet (82542, 82543GC, & 82544EI) as of 07/25/2003. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/ibmge.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).

IBM has updated the drivers for Intel PRO/1000 Copper Gigabit Ethernet (82540EM, 82543GC, & 82544EI) as of 07/30/2003. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/ibmgc.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in). HOWEVER: As of 08/01/2003, the updated driver has NOT been posted to the eComStation web site.

IBM has released the USB Serial Support driver as of 07/30/2003. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/swc/usbser.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).

The Analog Devices AD188x (SoundMax) audio driver is now at version 3.1.7 as of 07/09/2003. It supports the AD1881, AD1881A, AD1885, AD1887, AD1980, and AD1981A chipsets. Use search key ad1819 on Hobbes.

The Network Interface Card Pak (NICPak) has been updated as of 07/29/2003. This is a collection of various NIC drivers, and a tool for detecting and installing them. Go to http://pws.prserv.net/mckinnis/nicpak/.

Drivers for the National Semiconductor DP83820 & DP83815 Ethernet cards have been updated to version 1.02 and 1.01, respectively, as of 07/11/2003. Use search keys dp820 & dp815, respectively, on Hobbes.

Amouse version 2.5 beta has been updated as of 07/13/2003. It now has USB support and improved Logitech support. It is a scroll mouse driver that works better on some wheel mice than IBM's driver. There is also a widget for XCenter available now. Go to http://www.nbsoftware.de/sw_ms2ben.htm.

FAT32.IFS version 0.95 has been released as of 07/13/2003. This is based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous version. Go to ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/fat32/.

NTFS.IFS version 1.07 has been released as of 07/20/2003. This is a read-only IFS (Installable File System) driver for NTFS partitions. HOWEVER: You must be a registered eComStation user to download. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com.


This month's new listings - Applications:

IBM has updated Java 1.3.1 as of 07/22/2003. It includes Java Web Start and the XML Parser for Java. Java Web Start allows full-featured Java 2 client applications to be launched through a Web browser. The XML Parser for Java provides Java applications with XML parsing and generation. Go to http://techsupport.services.ibm.com/cgi-bin/swchoice/priv/rdoc/en_us/java13/f-feat.htm.

    NOTES:
  1. You need to be a current Software Choice subscriber to download.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, go to http://www.ecomstation.com (after signing-in).

Golden Code Development has released as of 07/24/2003 their port of Java 1.4.1. Unlike the InnoTek version (which is an Odin port), this is a native port. End-user licenses are provided to most users at no charge; click on the Licensing link to request a license. Fee-based support contracts are available through Golden Code and IBM Global Services. Go to http://www.goldencode.com/company/software/j2se/.

MozTweak version 1.2.1 has been released as of 07/03/2003. This is a GUI tool for modifying hidden Mozilla preferences. Go to http://mozillapl.mozdev.org/.

If you are running Mozilla 1.4 and experience hangs in certain situations when DragText is used, you can download an updated WDGTOS2.DLL (available as of 07/08/2003). Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/warpzilla/os2moz14fix1.zip, or use search key os2moz14 on Hobbes.

Speaking of DragText, version 3.8 has been released as of 07/17/2003. This version has enhancements to OverDrag, better interoperability with Mozilla and NewView (see above), adds "Create Another" menus to the File Open/Save dialogs, and more. OverDrag allows you to press mouse button 1 or a hotkey while dragging text and objects to: open folders, locate objects, scroll windows, minimize and restore windows, expand branches in tree view, and more. After the drag, DragText will even clean up, restoring windows and closing folders you opened. It has support for Odin applications, and a "moving targets" feature. It also allows you to open objects directly from text using drag-and-drop; access a file or program object's menu from any window it opens. Also featured are DTProgram, a freeware program object enhancement, and a revised DTClip class that combines a clipboard viewer with it's D&D equivalent. Go to http://www.e-vertise.com/dragtext/, or use search key drgtxt on Hobbes. NOTE: DragText is shareware.

Styler/2 (a.k.a. Smart Windows), which was part of Gary Granat's series on Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat" is now at version 1.7.0 as of 07/11/2003. It features: shade or bitmap as titlebar background; 3-D effect for titlebar text; selectable bitmaps for the window controls (you can change them at run time: no DLL patching required); selectable position for the window close button; titlebar hiding / mouse-sensitive pop-up; titlebar context menu; WarpSans font for all dialog windows; window rolling; frame drag; entry fields automatic text selection (you can choose which mouse event selects the whole entry field content); automatic (sliding) focus (works with Win-OS2 windows as well); mouse pointer hiding; mouse button double-click emulation; and easy-to-use PM installer/uninstaller. Use search key smw on Hobbes. NOTE: Some fixes to the base 1.7.0 version are available at http://space.tin.it/scienza/acantato/.

Electronic Teller is now at version 4.20 as of 07/06/2003. It is one of OS/2's oldest shareware home financial applications. It allows you to keep track of your checking, credit card, and cash accounts. It can keep track of multiple accounts and multiple users, and can import .QIF files from Quicken. Use search key et4 on Hobbes.

PCI+AGP Bus Sniffer version 0.48a has been released as of 07/05/2003. This tool shows PCI, AGP, and CardBus device information, has a huge database of known vendors and devices, and can tell what IRQs are supported by which slot. Use search key pci on Hobbes.

jlGui version 2.2 has been released as of 07/01/2003. This is a graphical music player that supports JavaSound capabilities (WAV, AU, AIFF, MP3, OGG Vorbis) and WinAmp skins. It requires Java 1.3 (which means you need a current Software Choice subscription or be a registered eComStation user, if you don't have Java 1.3 installed), and reportedly works well with OS/2. Go to http://www.javazoom.net/jlgui/sources.html.

Lotus has released as of 06/09/2003 a patch to fix the incorrect display of German umlauts and fonts in WordPro. Go to ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/fixes/SmartSuite/WP171_DLLs.zip.

CBIRC preview 2 has been updated as of 07/09/2003. This is a Java IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more. Go to http://www.bratschi.net/cbirc/.

ImageJ version 1.30 has been released as of 07/09/2003. It is a powerful image-editing program relying on Java 1.3 or greater, with numerous plugins. Go to http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/.

PMSheet version 1.0 has been released as of 07/07/2003. It is an image viewer with thumbnails, image rotation, and a few other features. Also available is the source code for the directory control used. Go to http://home-5.worldonline.nl/~jdekeij/dirctrl.htm.

Guiffy, which was presented at the April 2003 SCOUG general meeting, has been updated to version 5.2 as of 07/07/2003. It is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java. Go to http://www.guiffy.com/.

JPhotoBrush Pro version 1.1 has been released as of 07/18/2003. This is an image editing and enhancement application/tool written in Java 1.3, making extensive use of Swing and Java2D. Go to http://www.jphotobrushpro.com/.

MPEG Audio Utility version 0.24 has been released. This utility analyzes all the frames of MPEG audio files, allowing you to manipulate them, such as removing leading and trailing silence. Go to http://www.maazl.de/project/mp3/mp3frame.html.

TAME/2 version 0.9.8 has been released as of 07/13/2003. It is a GUI front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy), which now comes as a complete scanning solution, together with SANE 1.0.12 for SCSI and USB scanners. It has a preview window, supports MMOS2 image formats and light tables, and more. Many scanners from Microtek, Epson, HP, Mustek, Umax, and more are known to be working with this package. Use search key tame098 on Hobbes, or go to http://www.os2world.com/goran/tame.htm. There is an update available as of 07/23/2003 that adds some HP scanners, fixes support for the Epson 1640 USB, and updates the English documentation in INF format.

LAME (not to be confused with TAME/2 above) is at version 3.93.1 as of 07/17/2003. It is a MP3 encoder, and includes a graphical frame analyzer. Use search key lame on Hobbes.

BootAble version 2.16 has been released as of 07/15/2003. This is a script which can be used to create a maintenance partition or bootable CD with enough facilities to fully manage and recover your system. It contains support for LVM, HPFS, JFS, FAT32, UDF (turned off by default), and the CD file system. Go to http://www.xs4all.nl/~hrbaan/.

cdrutils version 1.20 has been released as of 08/01/2003. This is a set of command-line utilities to enhance the usability of cdrtools (see above). Use search key cdrutils on Hobbes. NOTE: You need the EMX runtime as well; use search key emxrt on Hobbes. If you need help with EMX installation, see the June 2002 Mr. Know-It-All.

CW-Multimedia classes version 0.2.6 has been released as of 07/13/2003. These classes are for seamless integration of the MMIO procedures for MP3 and OGG Vorbis files; after installation, OGG Vorbis and MP3 files are treated the same way by the WPS as the other audio files, with icons and menus. There is also a new Media Folder, which plays any audio class known to OS/2. It also includes a replacement JPEG class, and support for PNG image files. Go to http://www.os2world.com/cdwriting/mmclasses/mmclassesmain.htm.


Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let Gary know.


Editorial Note: Special thanks to SCOUG's Dallas Legan for writing a handy REXX script to convert URLs in a text file into HTML tags. It's much appreciated!


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