by "Cajun" David Richard
So, in a most feeble effort to make this issue more "on time," we have changed the month for this issue, and we will probably stick with this new naming convention from now on. This issue is now the March-April issue. So, we're still in the time frame. It's still April. Anyone buying this?
Any complaints can be sent to the bird, hector@AmbrosiaSW.com, he's a good listener ;)
Matt Slot has shown us that he really knows how to program, and we thought he was just good at Bolo. ;) Matt has completed work on ColorSwitch Pro, and so far the response has been very good. We hope people find that ColorSwitch Pro is a handy shortcut to those areas on your Mac that you fiddle with most often. You will find more helpful hints later on in this issue.
ColorSwitch Pro's most touted features include the ability to switch resolutions on your monitor in addition to the color depth and volume of your system. But, we didn't stop there. All of you programmers take note: ColorSwitch Pro also supports a plug-in architecture and will accept any module that you can think up. One example included in the package is an audio CD control module. This provides one-click access to all of your audio CD controls.
So, all of you programmers out there should start thinking about handy modules that can be made for ColorSwitch Pro. Already we have suggestions for AppleTalk modules, Network Printer modules and more. One super-cool feature of CSP modules is that they are instantly loaded into the menu when you place them in the ColorSwitch Pro Modules folder (you'll find it in your System folder). So you can add or remove modules whenever you want and the changes are made immediately. No restarting necessary!
Any modules created for ColorSwitch Pro will be housed on the ColorSwitch Pro Add Ons page at: http://www.ambrosiasw.com/Products/Add_Ons/Misc_AddOns.html. Interested parties should consult the Contribution Guidelines available from this page as well. So put those thinking caps on!
It's under way! If you find yourself an excellent swimmer, and have found some way to elude those pesky Starfish, then you ought to be sending in your scores for the Bubble Trouble High Score Contest. All registered users are welcome to enter, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Hey, if you keep beating your best score, who are we to stop you ;) Also, in order to participate, you must have the latest version of Bubble Trouble, 1.0.1. If you don't have it, you can get an update from our Web site.
For those of you who just can't wait (and for all of you folks that have been eMailing me for score updates - oh yes, there have been one or two ;), we have included a score update in this issue. This list will also be posted at: http://www.ambrosiasw.com/New/BTHSC.html.
However, his article won't just be for budding programmers. Mac-hackers of all levels of ability will be interested in the information he has to offer. Check out Bitwise Operator, later on in this issue.
Well, Jennifer was so efficient, we had to get two people to cover what she was doing. First, there's Aaron, who hopes for a career in the radio business. He produces a couple of talk radio shows here in Rochester for WXXI-AM. This isn't a full time job for Aaron, so he works here part time as well to help us with the incoming orders.
Also spending some time here is Tom, a senior at Webster High School in Webster (that makes him a Webster Warrior ;). Tom is our intern, and also helps out with the orders. We also have Tom taking care of some other office duties. His main responsibility is to make sure the office has enough oatmeal cream cookie-sandwiches. We just love those things ;)
Find out more about the Dynamic Duo in next month's Ambrosia Times.