capsule review

DoubleTalk 1.0

DoubleTalk's interface mimics the AppleTalk and TCP/IP control panels, and the program merges almost seamlessly into the Chooser, making it easy to switch between user modes, create multiple configurations, and connect to shared folders and (at least theoretically) printers. We had no problems locating and connecting to shared folders, copying Mac files to and from a Windows machine, and playing MP3s from the PC using iTunes. Unfortunately, when connecting to a PC running Windows 98, we either couldn't see shared printers on the network or, if the printers did show up, couldn't print to them. (We experienced no problems when we connected to a PC running Windows NT 4.0.) And aliases to shared folders don't work with every Windows network setup.

DoubleTalk's integration into Mac OS sometimes feels forced-to mount a Windows shared folder in the Chooser, for example, you must click on the AppleShare icon and select a DoubleTalk entry in the AppleTalk Zones box (even though the PC isn't running AppleShare, and DoubleTalk doesn't communicate using AppleTalk). Networking neophytes may appreciate such integration, but those familiar with networking concepts may find it confusing.

DoubleTalk in the Chooser: DoubleTalk makes itself at home in the Chooser, so users can access shared folders via the familiar AppleShare and Laser-Writer icons; however, the added step of selecting the DoubleTalk item in the Zones box eliminates someof the program's familiarity.
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