Now you can create complex typefaces with thousands of characters, including Japanese-language kanji fonts. Pyrus North America’s (410/987-5616,
is similar to Macromedia’s Fontographer but adds the ability to create double-byte fonts with up to 16,384 characters.
The Internet can do more than keep up with the latest political scandals. You can also use it to back up your data. Dantz Development’s (925/253-3000,
copies files to certified Internet backup sites, as well as to disk, cartridge, and tape. The full package costs $249; an upgrade from version 4.0 costs $29.95.
an upgrade to Markzware Software’s (949/756-5100,
) $199 QuarkXPress add-on package, features seven QuarkXTensions, including a Conversion Module that lets users of older QuarkXPress versions open files created with newer ones; a Salvage Module that recovers damaged files; a Scavenge Text Module that extracts stories from document files; and a Gray Preview Module that grays out picture previews to save file space.
Don’t like the round mouse that ships with the iMac? Macally’s (626/338-8787,
has a traditional shape but retains the iMac’s translucent Bondi blue color scheme.
iMac owners in need of a printer may find relief with Infowave’s (604/473-3600,
The $99 adapter lets users connect to PC printers with parallel ports.
Are you looking for fast Ethernet connections but don’t have PCI slots to spare? The $75
Fast EtherTX 10/100 Comm Slot II
from Farallon Communications (510/814-5000,
) plugs into the Communications Slot II in the Power Mac 4400, 6400, 6500, and 7200; the Twentieth-Anniversary Mac; and the Performa 6400, 6410, and 6420. Also from Farallon, the $359 Fast Starlet 10/100 Dual-Speed Hub/8 connects up to eight Ethernet-equipped Macs or peripherals.
If 100-Mbps transfers don’t cut it, Publishing Solutions’ (330/253-2077,
G-NIC II Gigabit Ethernet
card offers a 1-Gbps transfer speed for $1,195.
) has posted a free update to
Microsoft Office 98
that fixes minor incompatibilities with Mac OS 8.5, including slow menu drop-down, menu color problems, difficulty rendering the euro symbol, and layout and pagination problems when opening some files. You can download it from
BY MICHAEL GOWAN