CSM Maker -- a tool that lets user create Control Strip Modules to launch any application -- has been updated to version 1.5, which is a complete rewrite and offers many enhancements and improvements over previous versions, according to MacTech magazine.
CSM Maker 1.5 now has no interface; instead, it lets you just drop an application onto its icon and a Control Strip Module is created. Other improvements include removing the white border around the icon on created modules and a rare bug that could cause CSM Maker to sometimes crash when creating modules.
To use CSM Maker 1.5, you'll need a Mac running Mac OS 8.5-9.2, 2MB of available RAM and 2MB of available disk space. CSM Maker can be downloaded from the Rage Software Web site. It's free and can be used for personal use at no charge. However if you plan on releasing a CSM made with CSM Maker publicly, you may be subjected to licensing fees. Purchasing a license to CSM Maker can be done through the Rage Software Online Store.
Meanwhile, MindVision Software has a new installer consulting service for its clients. With technology available for both Mac and Windows, MindVision's installer consulting service offers companies expertly built installers for both platforms, according to MindVision CEO Steve Kiene. More information about the service can be found at the company Web site.
Also, Troi Automatisering has made available Troi ASCII Plug-in 1.0.2 for FileMaker Pro. The ASCII Plug-in adds the external function "Asci-LowSafe" to FileMaker Pro. This function converts higher ASCII characters to lower ASCII characters, while trying to retain as much information as possible. Troi ASCII Plug-in 1.0.2 and its source code are available for downloading at Troi's Web site. Troi ASCII Plug-in 1.0.2 works with FileMaker Pro 4 or later and FileMaker Developer 4 or later. The plug-in is available for Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows95/98/Me and NT/2000.
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