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February 2004


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by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.6 as of 01/21/2004. This is an update to Mozilla 1.4 that was demoed by Tony Butka at the Sept. 2003 SCOUG general meeting. Older versions of Mozilla were mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All. Go to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.6/contrib/mozilla-os2-1.6.zip (you must unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update the program object accordingly). 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. Also, if you do install over an older version, be sure to read the Dec. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All.
  5. This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at http://download.innotek.de/gccos2/runtime/libc04fix1.zip. 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 1.4.1 and older) and the GCC versions, as it may cause problems, especially with secure sites.
  7. If you use the InnoTek Font Engine, and you are upgrading from a previous version by installing into a fresh directory, you may need to re-install the InnoTek Font Engine.
  8. MultiZilla version 1.6.1.0b has been released as of 01/22/2004. This is an extension that adds more features to the tabbed interface in Mozilla. Go to http://multizilla.mozdev.org/.

PMView Pro, the indispensable graphics viewer, has been updated to version 3.05 as of 01/26/2004. It has several new features, including EXIF support, scripted batch conversions, lossless JPEG rotation, flyover image info, etc. Go to http://www.pmview.com/.

    NOTES:
  1. President Tony Butka discusses PMView Pro version 3.01 in the July 2003 and September 2003 issues of Ink.
  2. The PMView Pro version 3.xx series received a "5 cows" rating by Tucows (http://classic.tucows.com/preview/48170.html). The main Tucows page for OS/2 is at http://classic.tucows.com/os2soft.html.

Open Watcom, which was featured at two SCOUG general meetings in 2002, is now at version 1.2 as of 01/13/2004. This is an open-source release of the Watcom C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers, and includes an OS/2 installer. Harry Chris Motin carefully took us through download and installation issues in March 2002; read it at http://www.scoug.com/os24u/2002/scoug204.watcom.html. Michal Necasek, our June 2002 co-presenter, has an article describing how to set up Open Watcom at http://pages.prodigy.net/michaln/os2/Watcom11c.html. Go to http://www.openwatcom.org/.

InnoTek has released as of 02/02/2004 InnoTek Font Engine version 2.30 Preview 4, based on FreeType. Currently, Mozilla (and other Mozilla- based browsers) and OpenOffice are the only applications supported. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/ft2lib/ft2libgeneral_e.html.

eComStation Maintenance Tool version 2.1.6.0 has been released as of 01/30/2004. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates to eComStation. Go to http://www.ecomstation.com/.

    NOTES:
  1. You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then you can download the Maintenance Tool.
  2. You need WarpIn to install the Maintenance Tool (see below).
  3. Many changes in the user interface have been incorporated into this version, plus other bug fixes and enhancements.

There is now available as of 01/09/2004 a large package of eComStation themes (a total of 57). There is an .INF file included to preview the themes. Use search key ecs_win on Hobbes.

NOTE: There is also now available as of 01/21/2004 eCS Window Theme Installer version 1.0 beta. Go to http://www.os2irc.org/themeinstaller.html.

FotoGet/2 version 1.0.0 was released as of 01/28/2004. It is a utility to ease the transfer of pictures between a digital camera and your OS/2 or eComStation PC. It makes use of the WPS; it optionally creates light tables instead of folders, and optinally creates shadows of subfolders on the desktop. Use search key fotoget on Hobbes. NOTE: You need WarpIn to install.

JAlbum version 4.2.1 has been released as of 01/08/2004. This is a web photo album generator that runs on Java 1.3. Go to http://www.datadosen.se/jalbum/.

MP3Gain version 1.3.1/3a has been released as of 01/02/2004. It is a powerful utility to modify the loudness of MP3 files automatically to one common level. Go to http://www.maazl.de/project/mp3/mp3gain.html. NOTE: The EMX runtime is required: use search key emxrt on Hobbes. For help with installation, see the June 2002 Mr. Know-It-All.

The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.30. This is a command- line compression utility, with tight general and multimedia compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR archives, RCVT (aRchive ConVersion Tool), and more. Go to http://www.rarlab.com/.

The Neptune project is a giant library of "skins" for the PM123 MP3 player. The catalogs of skins has been updated as of 01/15/2004. Go to http://www.os2ecs.net/neptune/downloa4.shtml.

CBIRC version 1.02 has been released as of 01/12/2004. This is a Java IRC client with features that include color, web links, DCC, and more. Go to http://www.bratschi.net/cbirc/.

CDRWSEL version 2.14.0 has been released as of 01/25/2004. This is a GUI program to attach multiple CDRW's at the same time using RSJ CD-Writer. Use search key cdrwsel on Hobbes.

The OS/2 port of xine has been updated as of 01/13/2004. This is a GPL video player with source provided. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video files are known to work; eventually all formats supported by xine on Linux should be working on OS/2. xine for OS/2 is provided as a MCD (Media Control Device), which means it integrates with MMOS2, and any WPS-aware multimedia player can use it. Go to http://doconnor.reamined.on.ca/xine/.

bootAble version 2.19 has been released as of 01/25/2004. 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/.

IBM has updated as of 01/30/2004 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.

NOTE: The OS2LDR update must be applied first: go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/os2ldr.exe.

The Universal Audio drivers have been updated as of 01/22/2004. This is based on the GPL ALSA Project from Linux and provides drivers for various sound chipsets. Portions of the source code are also available, in partial compliance with the GPL license. Go to http://os2.kiev.ua/en/uniaud.php.

    NOTES:
  1. The list of supported sound cards is at http://os2.kiev.ua/en/uniaud.cards.php.
  2. The WarpVision team accepts donations; go to https://secure.bmtmicro.com/ECommerce-OffSite/11980000.html.

BTTV version 0.7 has been updated as of 01/27/2004. This 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.


This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated as of 11/26/2003 the DVD/UDF support driver to version 2.1.3. This allows for reading/writing CD-RW's (including DDCD-RW and DVD's). Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/udf201.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).
  3. If you are not using Convenience Pak 2, eComStation 1.1, or if Device Driver FixPak 3 has not been installed, you need to install the latest IDEDASD drivers first; go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/idedasd.exe.

IBM has updated as of 01/28/2004 the Single Mouse driver. It integrates the TrackPoint features, making MOUSE2.SYS obsolete, and has some APM fixes. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/os2dd/free/SingleMouse/smouse.exe.

IBM has updated as of 01/28/2004 the USB mouse support driver. It provides support for USB mice that meet the USB 1.0 or 1.1 specification. Go to http://service.software.ibm.com/swchoice/os2dd/usbmouse.exe.

    NOTES:
  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download.
  2. It appears that this driver is NOT available at the eComStation website for those who are registered eComStation users.
  3. The USB Basic Device Support package is a pre-requisite.
  4. The Single Mouse driver (see above item) is a pre-requisite for scrolling support.

DaniATAPI version 0.3.15 has been released as of 01/14/2004. It is a replacement for IBM's ATAPI drivers (IBMIDECD, IBMATAPI, PCM2ATA.ADD, and OS2PCARD.DMD). It features support for Zip-250 drives, including full media swapping, and even booting from Zip drives. It has faster 32-bit PIO when combined with DANIS506.ADD, and devices can be used as SCSI, for use with programs such as cdrecord or RSJ CD-Writer. Use search key dania on Hobbes.

GenMAC version 2.0 release 3 has been released as of 01/27/2004. This is a "generalized driver" for network cards, which properly supports Resource Manager and APM. It currently supports the following network cards: SIS 900, nForce2 MCP-T, nForce MCP-T, National Semiconductor DP83820 Gigabit, and 3Com 3C90xC (including the Mini-PCI versions). Go to http://www.os2warp.be/index2.php?name=genmac.

FAT32.IFS version 0.98 has been released as of 02/01/2004. This is based on Henk Kelder's code, and includes many fixes over the previous version. Go to http://fat32.netlabs.org/.


This month's new listings - Applications:

InnoTek has released Runtime for OS/2 (Odin Kit) version 1.03 and OpenOffice 1.1 beta 2 as of 02/02/2004. It also makes use of the new InnoTek Font Engine (see above under Updates from last month's column). OpenOffice 1.1 is the open-source version of StarOffice 7, and includes a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, and more. This was announced at Warpstock 2003, and was presented by Jerry Rash at the January 2004 SCOUG general meeting. Go to http://www.innotek.de/products/openofficeos2/beta/.

    NOTES:
  1. As this is a beta, certain features are not available or do not work correctly.
  2. There is a support forum for problem reports and feedback; go to http://ubb.innotek.de/ultimatebb.php?category=10.
  3. There is a collection of icons for OpenOffice 1.0 available as of 01/22/2004. Use search key openofficeos2 on Hobbes.
  4. At this time, Java support should not be enabled, since it requires a new release of InnoTek OS/2 Kit for Java, which is not yet available.

DFSee, which was demoed at the June 2001 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 6.02 as of 02/03/2004. It is a FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to resize FAT and 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. You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
  2. DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (http://shop.mensys.nl/catalogue/mns_DFSee.html).
XWorkplace version 1.0.2 was released as of 01/28/2004. This was part of Gary Granat's series on Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat. This version is a 100% bugfix release, without any new features. Features include: virtual desktops using xPager (formerly PageMage), a replacement for WarpCenter (XCenter), a trash can, most of the NPSWPS and WarpEnhancer features, object hotkeys, lots of new settings pages, etc. Go to http://www.xworkplace.org/proj_xwp.html.

    NOTES:
  1. It requires WarpIn to install (see next item). Gary Granat explained it in conjunction with his series on eliminating system bloat.
  2. This version will not work on Warp 3; if you use Warp 3, stick with version 0.9.20.

WarpIn version 1.0.2 was released as of 01/28/2004. This is an open- source PM installer / uninstaller that can also install quietly through environmental variables. It also offers self-installing executables. Go to http://www.xworkplace.org/proj_warpin.html.

Java uses public key cryptography for some functions, such as for signing JAR files, or for SSL connections. Recently, the Verisign Root Certificate expired, which can cause problems with signed Java applications that use Verisign-based certificates. Go to http://sunsolve.sun.com/pub-cgi/retrieve.pl?doc=fsalert%2F57436 to download an updated certificate and learn how to update your Java certificate authority file.

NewView version 2.13.4 has been released as of 01/08/2004. 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.

ConfigTool version 1.3.0 update 2 has been released as of 01/10/2004. This is a freeware CONFIG.SYS editor with a searchable database which explains the entries, and has sorting and checking routines. This is meant to be the successor of ConfigInfo and ConfigMaint, and is based on the same database. Go to http://www.os2world.com/goran/cfgtool.htm.

OS2CLU (OS/2 Command Line Utilities) is now at version 2.2 as of 01/07/2004. This is a suite of native 32-bit OS/2 commands that provide many useful abilities for the OS/2 user, from searching archive files and sub-directories for filenames, through searching text files for patterns, to improved versions of several of the commands that are supplied with OS/2 itself that allow one to remove more of the 16-bit vestiges that remain in OS/2. Use search key os2clu on Hobbes; more info is at http://homepages.tesco.net./~J.deBoynePollard/Softwares/clu.html.

Jonathan de Boyne Pollard has released CMD version 1.1 as of 01/07/2004. This is a 32-bit command interpreter that replaces the 16-bit CMD.EXE that comes with OS/2. It also comes with a suite of related utilities. Use search key cmd on Hobbes; more info is at http://homepages.tesco.net./~J.deBoynePollard/Softwares/cmd.html.

A native program for configuring TCP/IP version 4.1 and above has been released as of 01/29/2004. This replaces the IBM TCPCFG2 Java program. Use search key tcpconfig on Hobbes.

GSView version 4.6 has been released as of 01/11/2004. It is a graphical document viewer that uses GhostScript as its' display engine. Go to http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/.

NOTE: Tony Butka discusses GSView and GhostScript in the March 2003 Ink.

CDMagic version 3.3 has been released. It has many audio, database, and CD cover functions, including MP3 and CDDB support. Go to http://cdmagic.zworks.de/IndexE.htm.

Privoxy (formerly known as JunkBuster) version 3.0.3 has been released as of 01/30/2004. This is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy, filtering web page content, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious Internet junk. Go to http://www.privoxy.org/.

NOTE: Privoxy was reviewed in the August 2001 OS/2 For You.

Album Grabber version 0.78 has been released. This is basically a bot that grabs album covers off of www.allmusic.com, and it requires Java 1.3. Go to http://bluedragontavern.dyndns.org/albumgrabber/.

NesCafe version 0.53 has been released as of 01/18/2004. This is a Java Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, which includes the source code under the GPL license. Go to http://www.davieboy.net/nescafe/.


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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