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by David Dunham

In this month's Eat a Bug (see the PR attached below), er I mean Eek a Bug, we help define Jason's diet.

Snapz Pro 2.0.1

Snapz Pro 2.0.1 was released to take care of an audio problem under SP 2.0.0. Users reported crackling and skips in audio capture. If you've experienced this problem, download the update, and you should be golden.

We've had a couple of users complain that if they capture a long movie with Mic recording turned on, the video would sometimes stop in the middle of recording. The preview was fine, so the video was captured, it's in the conversion from the temporary video track to the QuickTime movie format that the problem lay. We haven't found a cause, or common thread, except that mic recording had to be on for the problem to appear. If you are experiencing this problem, please send details to me at Help@ambrosiasw.com.

Cythera 1.0.1 and 1.0.2

Cythera was just released, and updated to 1.0.2 to take care of the following:

1.0.2 change list

hissing cockroach
A Madagascar Hissing Cockroach from Will Hicks' page.

1.0.1 change list

There may still be issues with 1.0.2. We are aware that there are a few typos here and there, we hope to take care of these soon. If you have any other problems, please let us know, and thanks for your patience.

So, I guess this is as good a place as any to keep a running tab of Bugs to Eat. Sorry Jason, but I just report 'em.

That's a bunch of tasty critters for ya, Jason.


Ambrosia Takes the Bug Free Pledge:Marketing Director will eat real insects if products ship with bugs

jason Contact:
Jason Whong
Ambrosia Software, Inc.
PO Box 23140
Rochester, NY 14692
Tel: 716.325.1910
Fax: 716.325.3665

Rochester, NY -- August 19, 1999 -- Ambrosia Software, Inc. fired a shot across the software world's bow when it announced today that it would force Marketing Director Jason Whong to eat real insects if any Fall/Winter 1999 or Spring 2000 product shipped with a bug. In doing so, the company became the first software publisher in history to punish its marketing staff with ingestive penalties.

"I regret that I have but one palate to defile for my company," said Whong, as he looked up from a listing of bug recipes on the web. "We'll get 1.0.0 right, or I'll be munching on some pretty creepy stuff."

If any of Ambrosia's late 1999 or 2000 releases require bug fixes, Whong may be required to eat live or roasted crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, spiders, or any number of edible insects at a special bug-munching jamboree at MacWorld New York 2000.

Among the products Ambrosia expects to release this year:

Cythera - Can you rescue the land of Cythera by curing its King, and vanquishing all evil? Kidnapping, murder, and lies await you in this much-awaited roleplaying game.

Ferazel's Wand - As Ferazel, the last Habnabit, your quest is to avenge your Habnabit brothers and sisters by defeating the Manditraki, the henchmen of the evil Dread Queen Xichra. Journey through the underground caverns, across the Great Western Desert, and into the heart of Xichra's lair for the final showdown! Magic and Danger await!

Pop-Pop - Is your chi better than hers? Take up the competitive sport of the Pops as you duel for supremacy of the ricochet court in this deviously addictive game for one or two players. Focus your chi and invoke your Pop's special powers!

Additionally, there are other projects which may be ready in the coming year; these releases (as well as incremental updates to existing products) will also apply to the Bug Free Pledge.

Ambrosia openly challenges other developers to join in the bug-eating fiesta by forcing their own marketing staffs to eat bugs. "We think that if everybody made someone accountable for the bugs, the world's software would improve dramatically," said Andrew Welch, Ambrosia's President, as he eyed catalogs of live and roasted insects.

Anyone with tasty insect recipes is encouraged to e-mail them to Jason Whong, jason@AmbrosiaSW.com, before MacWorld NY 2000. Companies interested in joining with Ambrosia in the Bug-Free Pledge may also contact Ambrosia directly. There may be plenty of mealworms (and stiff libations) to go 'round.

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