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System 7.0.1::Favorite Add-Ons

A discussion by Tyler Sable, macman at fenestrated seperated by dot from net.

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To download any mentioned software from its official home, just click on its icon. To visit the author's homepage for the software, click the software's title name.

Apple Menu Options | DragAnyWindow | Joliet Volume Access | LiteSwitch
LPR | MacsBug | NetPresenz | PSPrinter | Pyro! | Smart Scroll | SuperClock! | WindowShade

Apple Menu Options

Freeware. This is the software that's responsible for the hierarchy of the Apple Menu in System 7.5. Extract it from Apple's 7.5.3 download with TomeViewer, or save yourself the trouble and hit the local download mirror by clicking on the icon.

DragAnyWindow | Top

Freeware. The name says it all about this former shareware gem, now free. Define a modifier key and then drag any window (even immovable windows) by any part of itself by clicking when you hold down that key. This software,in combination with a multi-button mouse, makes living with a 9" B&W Mac so much easier you'll wonder how you ever got along without.

Joliet Volume Access | Top

Freeware. Those still using vintage Macs running 7.0.1 have all encountered some difficulties exchanging files with more modern computers, UNIX, Macintosh, and Windows. This bit of software helps take care of one of the most annoying of these: Not being able to mount CD-Rs that Windows users have burned. Whether your'e trying to open MP3 files, graphics, or other data, 8+3 filenames just don't cut it. Some CDs even wouldn't mount at all! Now, see what you've been missing.

For use with 7.0.1, you'll need Apple's File System Manager extension. Download it.

LiteSwitch | Top

Freeware. After using Windows, MacOS X, or even some X-Windows Window Managers, we've come to realize that the Application menu is nice, but a little slow to use. Press Command-Tab and you can move to any application you like. Simple, stable, and Open Source.

LPR | Top

Freeware. Part of the lpDaemon package. LPR is a small Mac program that submits PostScript job files to a printer via the LPR protocol. Most laser printers and MacOS X printer sharing use this protocol.

Use with PSPrinter to generate PostScript job files and submit them to your modern TCP/IP networked printers. Find out more about printing to MacOS X printer sharing here.

MacsBug | Top

Freeware. When your Mac crashes, MacsBug presents you with a scary-looking screen filled with hexidecimal numbers and bad voodoo spells. Who wants that? You do. Try typing "ES" (shorthand for Exit to Shell) and pressing Enter. If you're lucky, you've returned to your Macintosh, sans whatever program it was that crashed. If your'e not lucky, you'll find yourself back in MacsBug: type "RS" and press Enter to reboot your Mac. More advanced users can try reprogramming the offender on-the-fly in memory, which can occasionally save one's hide and allow the application to continue running. All in all, it's better than the "Your Mac Has Crashed" dialog box, even for novice users.

NetPresenz | Top

Freeware. This application used to be a shareware staple, and now registrations are free! Takes care of the other problem with communicating with more modern computers: file transfer over a network. Even the oldest Macs can connect to TCP/IP networks. NetPresenz makes your 7.0.1 Mac into an FTP server, so your MacOS X, Windows, or UNIX using friends can all easily connect to you, using tools built into their operating systems. Now file exchange is easy!

PSPrinter 8.2.1 | Top

Freeware. This ancient version of PSPrinter has been orphaned by Adobe. Searching on the web will reveal several newer versions downloadable from, but none of those versions work with System 6. For users of System 6 and 7, I recommend this version of PSPrinter.

These files were first downloaded from Minolta, as part of a broken installer for one of their printers. Being as the installer was broken, I repackaged the parts that we're interested in for System 7.0.1 use into this file.

PSPrinter requires a newer Chooser than Apple provides with 7.0.1. That newer Chooser is included in this archive. To install, just drop the files onto your closed System Folder. Answer "Yes" when the Mac asks if you want to replace.

Use this software with the LPR utility from lpDaemon to generate PostScript job files and submit them to TCP/IP based laser printers and MacOS X printer sharing. See this webpage for more information.

Pyro! | Top

Commercial--Abandonware? The year is 1993. Fifth Generation Systems and Berkley Systems are locked in a dead-heat race to see who has the most popular and highly-selling screen saver for Macintosh. The year is 2005. What happened to Fifth Generation Systems? Who knows!

I do know that Pyro! version 4 is the best screen saver available for Vintage Macintosh. After Dark has more features, but seems to make everyone's Macintosh crash very often. DarkSide of the Mac is very similar to Pyro!, but is implemented as an application, rather than a Control Panel. Those choice is up to you, as Pyro! and Darkside are both very stable. I prefer Pyro! for it's speed in waking and sleeping.

DarkSide of the Mac is shareware and still available. Homepage Download
Pyro! was commercial software, and is not available. It is, however, "out there" on the internet and the enterprising user can find it easily.

Smart Scroll | Top

Shareware. This gem is another in the "Gives us modern OS features in 7.0.1" category. Now your 7.0.1 Mac will give you a visual indication of how much of a document you are actually seeing, and as you drag the thumb the document will move with you. Lovely! Has several other features, too, such as reduced scrolling speed for those who want it, and the ability to put both scroll arrows in different places, as you wish them.

SuperClock! 4.0.4 | Top

Freeware. Stable, configurable menubar clock, just like in System 7.5. Such a simple, reliable gem that there's not much else to say about it.

WindowShade 1.2 | Top

Freeware. Rolls your Mac windows up to just their title bars--just like System 7.5. From the Read Me:

WindowShade is a unique window enhancement utility for the Macintosh. WindowShade gets it name from the old window blinds that roll up when given a sturdy pull. This utility brings the same functionality to Macintosh windows.

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