The Apple Dealer Connection
Author: Len Massaro
Date: May, 1989
Keywords: microsoft word OCR character recognition optical
Text: (Last time Howard asked me to write a column he was nice enough to provide me with a question-and-answer format. He even supplied the questions. This time he has left me on my own. I liked it better the other way.--Len) News from Capital We have had a great response to our customer-based laser printing service. Ralph Robie, our software-support technician, has been busily writing an in-house procedures manual for these services. Robert McCarthy, our newest personnel addition, recently returned from Apple DeskTop Publishing Training. Optical character recognition and color separation software seem to be the hottest items. He brought back software for both OmniPage* and the Aldus PageMaker* Color Extension. You should see his color prints! News from Apple Apple announced ''Effective April 1, 1989, education prices for the Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE Floppy System, and Macintosh SE 1/20 System have been lowered by 15-18% for K-12 institutions with no change to the suggested retail prices.'' Can the suggested list price be far behind? News from Apple Tech John has been working on a peculiar problem with an Imagewriter II/LQ LocalTalk option board. It seems we have an installation that indiscriminately loses the selection of an Imagewriter II/LQ on a two-node network. Apple informed him that it had heard of isolated incidents like this and would send him a ''beta'' ROM version for LocalTalk which may alleviate the problem. The Imagewriter II/LQ Rework Program has been clarified by Apple. It seems that ''some trade publications have implied that this progam is for all end-users who have printers with serial numbers below 183101013.'' It is only intended for those below that number who have experienced specific print and sound problems. The confusion has caused a demand that has resulted in a minimum 4-6 week waiting list. The Best for Last Ralph and I have a habit of working late in the Capital workshop. (Editor's note: It's always dark when I drive by.) Last week we created a ''monster.'' We installed the information from two 800K floppy diskettes onto the Capital 5MB Mac II, mounted a TOPS volume from the nearby AST286, double-clicked an icon, typed ''cd\word,'' and then, at the ''C:\WORD>'' prompt, typed ''WORD.'' Guess what happened?... SOFTPC* by Insignia* allowed us run the MS-DOS version of Microsoft* Word* on the Macintosh, and even use the mouse. This offers a number of possibilities, but it proved a certainty to
Ralph and me: We're glad that Microsoft made a version of Word* for the Macintosh only.
Copyright © may, 1989 by Len Massaro