Using SERVANT .89
Author: Jim Hall
Date: January, 1987
Text: Andy Hertzfield has released his latest version of SERVANT. It is still a pre-beta release and should be treated as such. It is interesting to see and use though. It is a window into the future. If you get a copy of this program, put it on a back-up disk that has the system files and one of your own applications too. Set SERVANT as the start-up application and re-boot the disk. DON'T PUT SERVANT ON A DISK THAT HAS INFORMATION THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. Many people had problems with the last version. It often bombed and also scrambled data on the disk. This version appears more stable. Here's a hint when using SERVANT. Double-click on an application icon or the system icon, while holding down the option key. SERVANT will open up the application and show you another window with all the resources that application uses. This isn't a list of resources like in ResEdit. They are all icons. Some are little boxes with one end open. These you can double-click and see what is inside. It looks as though it is going to be much easier to modify resources in the future. There is no multi-tasking on this version of SERVANT. There is a note that background printing and downloading are not yet implemented. There are options for using its built-in Switcher, Speech, and showing hidden files. To use the speech option put MacinTalk in the system folder. When you click on a file or menu choice, your computer will say its name. There are many other surprises. I will let you discover them for yourself. If you don't have a copy of this program and would like one, see me at the next meeting.
Copyright © january, 1987 by Jim Hall