Vol.18 n°12 november 1993

Vol.18 n°12 november 1993

p.4 Contents

p.4 Contents

News & Views

p.23 Excel 5.0 Gets Smart

p.23 Excel 5.0 Gets Smart

Excel 5.0 offers much in the way of new features. Even more intriguing is thetighter integration with members of Microsoft's Office package, such as Word 6.0 for Windows.

[theme : SPREADSHEETS]

p.28 E-Mail Unplugged by Wireless WANs

p.28 E-Mail Unplugged by Wireless WANs

E-mail will be an important application for wide-area, wireless communications.

[theme : COMMUNICATIONS]

p.28 Cirrus Subsidiary leads CDPD Push

p.28 Cirrus Subsidiary leads CDPD Push

Analog cellular phone services will soon carry digital data, too.

[theme : CELLULAR DIGITAL]

p.32 Sony's Mini Disc for Data: Future Floppy?

p.32 Sony's Mini Disc for Data: Future Floppy?

Sony's new medium for storage.

[theme : DATA STORAGE]

p.34 First PowerPC Systems Hit the Street

p.34 First PowerPC Systems Hit the Street

The first IBM PowerPC systems should be available soon.

[theme : MULTIPROCESSING]

p.38 At Your Own Risk: Faster Modems Now, Standards later

p.38 At Your Own Risk: Faster Modems Now, Standards later

Modem manufacturers that can't wait another year for a new standard are shipping nonstandard product.

[theme : HIGH-SPEED MODEMS]

p.42 Intel's VDI Speeds Up Video, Miffs Microsoft

p.42 Intel's VDI Speeds Up Video, Miffs Microsoft

Microsoft and Intel are at odds on how to improve the video playback in Video for Windows.

[theme : MULTIMEDIA]

p.46 Report from Birmingham

p.46 Report from Birmingham

[theme : PREPRESS PRINTING]

p.48 Report from Orlando

p.48 Report from Orlando

[theme : GRAPHICAL INTERFACES]

p.342 What's New

p.342 What's New

X Window System and dual-Pentium systems; a digital, on-line video production system for the Mac; a cellular link for modems and faxes; project scheduling in Windows; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Special Report

[theme : WINDOWS VS. OS/2]

p.85 Is There a Better Windows 3.1 Than Windows 3.1?

p.85 Is There a Better Windows 3.1 Than Windows 3.1?

Windows, OS/2, and NT offer distinct benefits and disadvantages. One excels at running standard Windows applications.

p.97 OS/2 2.1: A User's Perspective

p.97 OS/2 2.1: A User's Perspective

p.107 Partners Seek to Unite Phone and PC

p.107 Partners Seek to Unite Phone and PC

p.110 IBM Has High Hopes for Multimedia on OS/2

p.110 IBM Has High Hopes for Multimedia on OS/2

p.112 Pen for OS/2

p.112 Pen for OS/2

p.114 IBM Makes MP Promises for OS/2

p.114 IBM Makes MP Promises for OS/2

p.117 OS/2 and Windows Networks

p.117 OS/2 and Windows Networks

p.125 IBM's Assault on Distributed Objects

p.125 IBM's Assault on Distributed Objects

p.130 Developers Cautiously Optimistic About Multiplatform OpenDoc

p.130 Developers Cautiously Optimistic About Multiplatform OpenDoc

p.131 IBM Ships DCE SDK for OS/2 and Windows

p.131 IBM Ships DCE SDK for OS/2 and Windows

p.135 Compilers: Essential Partners

p.135 Compilers: Essential Partners

p.142 Windows NT Supports Posix, but Does It Matter?

p.142 Windows NT Supports Posix, but Does It Matter?

p.144 Will OpenGL Be 3-D Standard for Windows NT?

p.144 Will OpenGL Be 3-D Standard for Windows NT?

p.146 OS/2 Gets Device Support

p.146 OS/2 Gets Device Support

p.151 Top Software for Windows and OS/2

p.151 Top Software for Windows and OS/2

Features

p.57 Get Your Kicks with Switched 56

p.57 Get Your Kicks with Switched 56

Faster than a speeding modem, Switched 56 service may be the answer to your communications needs.

[theme : COMMUNICATIONS] [author : DANIEL M. JOFFE]

p.67 In Good Electronic Form

p.67 In Good Electronic Form

Two companies prove how valuable electronic forms can be.

[theme : FORMS PROCESSING] [author : BEN SMITH AND HOWARD EGLOWSTEIN]

State of the Art

[theme : ADVANCED GRAPHICS]

p.206 The Power of Graphics

p.206 The Power of Graphics

Advanced graphics technologies are empowering new classes of applications.

[author : JOHN BRYAN AND BOB RYAN]

p.210 C-Cube Marries Video and RISC

p.210 C-Cube Marries Video and RISC

p.215 Three Ways to 3-D

p.215 Three Ways to 3-D

Creating 3-D graphics images in real time requires sophisticated and well-balanced computer-graphics pipelines.

p.216 HP Takes a Dual Approach

p.216 HP Takes a Dual Approach

[author : NORTON EWART AND LARRY THAYER]

p.218 Sun Breaks the Bottlenecks

p.218 Sun Breaks the Bottlenecks

[author : BILL FLEMING]

p.224 Damn the Torpedoes!

p.224 Damn the Torpedoes!

[author : DOUGLAS VOORHIES]

p.229 Inside Windows Accelerators

p.229 Inside Windows Accelerators

Speeding up the operations of your graphical interface is the job of some very specialized technology.

[author : PETER WAYNER]

p.238 (p.240) NETWORKS Building SQL Front Ends

p.238 (p.240) NETWORKS Building SQL Front Ends

SQL databases enable sharing of critical`information throughout the corporation, but creating client applications can be a tough row to hoe. BYTE examines client construction tools from Borland, Gupta, Knowledge Ware, and PowerSoft that provide technology that can ease the process.

[theme : DATABASE PROGRAMMING] [author : RICK GREHAN]

p.249 Windows Under 4 Pounds

p.249 Windows Under 4 Pounds

Two 486-class subnotebooks for Windows: Epson's ActionNote 4000 and IBM's ThinkPad 500.

[theme : PORTABLE COMPUTING] [author : DAVE ROWELL]

p.257 Point-and-Click Presentations

p.257 Point-and-Click Presentations

Two presentation programs for Windows square off. While Harvard Graphics solidifies its position as a market leader, newcomer WordPerfect Presentations exhibits some serious flaws.

[theme : GRAPHICS] [author : MARK CLARKSON]

p.267 The Business-Card Shuffle

p.267 The Business-Card Shuffle

Microtek's Scan-in-Dex will appeal to any professional who makes numerous business contacts. The scanner reads business cards and drops the data into a searchable Windows database.

[theme : SCANNERS/CONTACT MANAGERS] [author : HOWARD EGLOWSTETN]

p.271 NLMerlin et AlertView

p.271 NLMerlin et AlertView

Merlin and AlertView: Two packages for managing PC networks have similar capabilities but drastically different orientations. AlertView takes action on workstation events, while NLMerlin automates procedures with a focus on NetWare servers. Hurwicz and Carroll question the long-term viability of each.

[theme : NETWORKS] [author : Mike Hurwicz and Dan Carroll]

p.276 Lab Report: 176 Printers Face Off

p.276 Lab Report: 176 Printers Face Off

We stress-tested 176 printers to choose the best ones for eight important business applications.

[theme : PRINTERS]

p.278 The Best Printers for General Business

p.278 The Best Printers for General Business

p.278 Enhanced Drivers

p.278 Enhanced Drivers

p.280 How We Tested

p.280 How We Tested

p.284 Dye Sublimation: Color for Tomorrow?

p.284 Dye Sublimation: Color for Tomorrow?

p.285 The Best Printers for High-Quality Color

p.285 The Best Printers for High-Quality Color

p.289 General-Purpose Color

p.289 General-Purpose Color

p.290 Workgroups

p.290 Workgroups

p.293 Draft Quality

p.293 Draft Quality

p.295 Large Format

p.295 Large Format

p.299 CAD and DTP

p.299 CAD and DTP

p.301 Portable

p.301 Portable

p.290 600 vs. 300: Trading Speed for Quality

p.290 600 vs. 300: Trading Speed for Quality

p.302 Honorable Mentions

p.302 Honorable Mentions

p.302 Dubious Achievements

p.302 Dubious Achievements

Hands On

p.309 Under the Hood: Digital Signatures

p.309 Under the Hood: Digital Signatures

Digital signatures will enable electronic documents to serve as legal instruments.

[theme : ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS] [author : BRUCE SCHNEIER]

p.313 Beyond DOS: OS/2 Extended Attributes

p.313 Beyond DOS: OS/2 Extended Attributes

How to fix problems with OS/2 extended attributes.

[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : MARK J. MINASI]

p.317 Some Assembly Required: NT's Structured Exception Handling

p.317 Some Assembly Required: NT's Structured Exception Handling

The reality of structured exception handling in Windows NT may not live up to its promise.

[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : STEVE NIEZGODA, LLOYD HOLT, AND DEREK WOJCIECH]

Opinions

p.325 Poumelle: Fenasoft and Furniture

p.325 Poumelle: Fenasoft and Furniture

Jerry travels to Brazil to attend Fenasoft, a world-class computer exposition.

[author : JERRY POURNELLE]

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: Big Blue Tales

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: Big Blue Tales

Inside the walls of IBM, technological change, constructing your own robots, and more.

[author : ANDY REINHARDT, JON UDELL, FRANK HAYES, AND RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

p.404 Commentary: Electronic Books

p.404 Commentary: Electronic Books

Our eminent critic doesn't share the excitement of books on CD-ROM.

[author : HUGH KENNER]

p.14 Editorial

p.14 Editorial

[author : DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

p.18 Letters

Comments on OCR, Windows development, Pournelle, and PowerPC.

READER SERVICE

p.402 Editorial index by Company

p.402 Editorial index by Company

p.398 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.398 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.400 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.400 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.202A, 398A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.202A, 398A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.355 BUYER'S GUIDE

p.355 BUYER'S GUIDE

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