Internet Client Software
In addition to traditional chat tools,
AOL Instant Messenger 4.1, a free utility from America Online (www.aol.com, 800/827-6364), offers voice-chat and file-transfer capabilities and the ability to send images and sound files instantly.
AvantGo Mobile Internet Service for Macintosh 3.3
(free; www.avantgo.com, 888/884-8812) lets you take the Web anywhere by downloading Web content to any Palm OS handheld.
Web Publishing Software
Why pay for a program to build, post, and update your Web site when you can use Pyra Labs’
(donation suggested; www.blogger.com, 415/538-8404)?
Lasso Studio 1.5 for Dreamweaver 3
($349; www.blueworld.com, 425/646-0288), from Blue World Communications, gives users without database knowledge an easy way to add database functionality to Web sites; Lasso includes a wizard for building a new database or connecting to an existing one.
Web Motion Software
Adobe LiveMotion 1.0
($299; www.adobe.com, 888/724-4508) is the first program to let you produce animations in the Flash file format (SWF) without the steep learning curve of Macromedia Flash. The multimedia-authoring application
(free to individuals, varying prices for commercial use: $975 for Silver membership and $2,750 for Gold; www.tribeworks.com, 800/807-4458), by Tribeworks, combines object-oriented design with QuickTime media and allows you to create custom interfaces for streaming media.
Linksys EtherFast 4-Port Cable/DSL Router
($179; www.linksys.com, 800/546-5797) is easy to install and easy on the wallet. It also has four autosensing, 10/100 ports. Dartware’s
($295, up to 10 devices; $1,995, unlimited; www.dartware.com, 603/643-2268) is the best network manager for the Mac–or maybe any platform. It gives you an instant visual representation of your network.
Already a popular environment for HTML developers, Bare Bones Software’s
CodeWarrior for Mac OS, Professional Edition, v.6.0
($499; www.metrowerks.com, 800/377-5416) updates this multilingual integrated development environment for Mac OS with more standards-compliant compilers. Most important, CodeWarrior 6 lets developers create applications for Mac OS X.
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