been a big fan of Now Software for as long as I can remember and
have used and recommended Now Utilities for many years. But Now
Utilities is incompatible with Mac OS 8.X. And even though the company
was sold last November (to Qualcomm, of Eudora fame), and an upgrade
has been promised since the acquisition, Now Utilities is still
incompatible with OS 8 as of this writing.
favorite component of Now Utilities, by far, was SuperBoomerang,
which enhances the Open and Save dialog boxes by adding essential
features like Find, Recent Files, and Recent Folders. And for months
and months I mourned SuperBoomerang's demise and waited patiently
for Qualcomm to release an upgrade.
not mourning any longer. A small company in Sherrodsville, Ohio
called Power On Software has introduced a nifty little utility called
Action Files and it's everything SuperBoomerang was and more. Better
still, it works perfectly with Mac OS 8 and costs a mere $40 if
you buy it via the Web.
always said that the Open and Save dialog boxes are one of Mac OS's
most confusing features. Action Files is the solution. It makes
opening and saving files easier than ever before. Much easier.
Files is a control panel that adds a bunch of features to all Open
and Save dialog boxes. First and foremost, it adds a menu bar with
several useful menus. From these menus you can: Get Info, duplicate,
create an alias, label, move to trash, and rename files and folders.
You can also create new folders without closing the dialog box and
returning to the Finder. Plus, there are menus that list all recently
used folders and files for fast and easy access. Best of all, Action
Files adds a Find function to Open and Save dialog boxes, where
you really need it.
that was all the program did it would still be worth the price.
But there's more. One of its coolest features is the ability to
click on a folder in the background (i.e. in the Finder and visible
behind the Open or Save dialog box). When you do, it causes the
dialog box to "point" to that folder instantly. I love
this feature. Finally, Action Files makes your Open and Save dialog
On is small software developer dedicated to creating utility products
for the consumer, commercial, and education markets. Their team
of experienced industry veterans developed significant portions
of Now Utilities by Now Software, Speed Doubler by Connectix, and
ALLright Utilities and COPYright Pro by CSG. Power On's development
team also developed the ZiffNet/Mac utilities Dragon Drop, WunderBar,
SmoothMove, and TabMania. I've known the principals of Power On
for years and they're dedicated Mac-heads. And now they've created
the best Open and Save dialog box enhancer I've ever used. Way to
go, John, Sheila, and the rest of the gang.
don't take my word for it. Power
On Software offers a 30 day demo version of Action Files so
you can see for yourself why I think it's one of the greatest utilities
of all time. If you like it, you can converts the demo to a full
retail product with the purchase of a license via the Internet.
hate using a Mac without Action Files. In fact, I think Action Files
is so good Apple ought to include it with every Mac they sell! Action
Files. Power On Software. $40 (street price). 800-344-9160. www.actionutilities.com.
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