Your Software Toolkit

Macintosh Only!

Here is a list of software programs that you should get to help you in your world building. Some of these programs are freeware, some are shareware. If you use shareware programs and like some of them, please send the shareware fee to the authors of the programs. They have worked hard to create these fine programs for us, and the costs of the programs are very reasonable. We can live in a world where people help one another. Let's do our part.


A List of the Programs -- Macintosh Only!

Search for these programs by name at one or more of these software collections:

  • tucows software
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    or go to the programs' individual web sites.
    These sources will give you the most recent versions of the programs.

    Programs are listed in five categories:

  • Compression / Decompression Programs HTML Page Writing Help Helpful Graphics Programs Generally Helpful Programs Site Management Tools
    StuffIt Expander BBEdit Lite GraphicConverter Stickies Window Monkey
    ZipIt SpellTools GifBuilder Net-Print Big Brother
    MacGzip SimpleText Color Menu Screen Catcher CopyPaste Guillotine
    BinHex 5.0 HTML Color   CalcWorks Fetch
        .   HTML.Grinder

    Compression Utilities

    StuffIt Expander
    Home Page
    What It Does Expands many types of compressed files
    Contact Author: Leonard Rosenthol
    (408) 761-6200.
    Cost Free

    Dr Viau's Comments:
    An excellent program with lots of helpful documentation.
    Download this one.

    StuffIt Expander
    Home Page
    What It Does Expands many types of compressed files
    Contact Author: Leonard Rosenthol
    (408) 761-6200.
    Cost Free

    Dr Viau's Comments:
    An excellent program with lots of helpful documentation.
    Download this one.

    StuffIt Expander



    ZipIt 4.0.1
    Author: Thomas Brown
    What it Does: Decompresses file names ending in .zip. Also Zips files.
    Documentation: Yes
    Price: $15. Call 1-800-SOFTLOCK for credit card registration. Product number in US 30021.
    Must Get? No - see how many of the files tht you need end with .zip
    Web Site:
    Downloads and credit card registration at this site.


    Author: Jean-loup Gailly
    Questions, technical support:
    What it Does: Zips and unzips single files
    Documentation: Yes, lots.
    Price: not mentioned
    Must Get: No, but see if you need it.


    BinHex 5.0
    Author: Ives Lempereur
    What it Does: Compresses and decompresses files.
    Documentation: Not needed.
    Price: $10
    Must Get: No, but see if you need it.
    Web Site: no

    HTML Page Writing Helpers

    BBEdit Lite 4.0.1
    Author: Bare Bones Software --
    What it Does: Super Authoring Tool for html
    Documentation: Lots
    Price: free -- For a more powerful program (Educational Discount Price) $79.00.
    Must Get? No -- but a very helpful program for coding pages.
    Web Site:


    Author: Newer Technology --
    What it Does: Checks spelling in HTML documents.
    Documentation: Yes -- very good. Fast, simple tutorial.
    Price: $20 shareware -- 30 day trial 1-800-678 3726
    Must Get? YES! Check every page of html code before turning it in!
    Web Site:


    SimpleText Color Menu
    Author: Alessandro Levi Montalcini
    What it Does: Works on Simple Text 1.1 - 1.4 to allow color fonts, searches.
    Documentation: Fine. Very little needed.
    Price: $10 What a deal!
    Must Get? Yes. You will need it for typing your html documents. I love it!
    Web Site:


    HTML Color
    Author: Ronan Dowling
    What it Does: Gives you the hexidecimal numbers for any colors that you need for text, background, etc. on your web site.
    Documentation: Very little needed.
    Price: Free -- send author a postcard
    Must Get: Yes. Helpful, simple, and free!!!!



    Helpers for Graphics

    Author: Thorsten Lemke --
    What it Does: Converts many kinds of graphics to other formats -- e.g., gif. Allows you to make many kinds of changes to your image.
    Documentation: Excellent and extensive. Available in several languages.
    Price: $35 -- on-line registration at web site. An excellent value!
    Must Get? Absolutely! An award winning program. You need this one!
    Web Site: Downloading and PlugIn.


    Author: Yves Piguet --
    What it Does: Makes animated pictures, slide shows. Not difficult!
    Documentation: Included. There is also a tutorial.
    Price: Free! What a great deal! Send email to say thanks!
    Must Get? No, but it is fun to use if you can find the time --



    Screen Catcher
    Author: Jon Gotow
    What it Does: Takes a picture of all or part of what is on your screen.
    Documentation: Yes. Extra features for image processing.
    Price: $25 Register at
    Must Get: No, but useful.
    Web Site:

    Generally Helpful Programs

    Author: Jens Alfke
    What it Does: Makes PostIt notes to put on your screen. Useful for bits of code, email addresses and URL's.
    Documentation: Very little needed.
    Price: Part of Apple's System 7.?
    Must Get: Yes, definitely. Helpful, easy to use, and free!!!!
    Web Site: no


    Stickies Color Editor
    Author: Joseph Ashear
    What it Does: Adds more note colors to the Stickies.
    Documentation: Very little needed.
    Price: Free.
    Must Get: Yes, why not?
    Web Site: no


    Author: John Moe
    What it Does: Selects part of web pages and other documents to print.
    Documentation: Yes. Easy to install.
    Price: $5 - $15 District wide license for $25! Save money on paper!
    Must Get: No, but may be useful in capturing information.


    Author: Julian Miller
    What it Does: gives your clipboard ten pages for copying and pasting.
    Documentation: Manuals in five languages, including English.
    Price: 1-3 $20 each, 4-9 $15 each, 10-24 $20 each (916) 546-9005
    Must Get: No, but try it. Useful for keeping bits of code on hand.
  • CalcWorks
    Author: John Brochu
    What it Does: Excellent Calculator for World Building projects.
    Documentation: With program and on line.
    Price: $15 each, site license $5 per computer
    Must Get: Absolutely!!!
    Web Site:



    Managing Your Site

    Window Monkey
    Author: Robert Matthews --
    What it Does: Adds background colors and patterns to Finder windows.
    Documentation: Yes. Excellent.
    Price: $20 shareware:
    Must Get? No, but I use it to help keep track of files that go together.
    Web Site:


    Big Brother
    Author: Francois Pottier --
    What it Does: checks all the links in your files to see if they work.
    Documentation: Yes. Very Good.
    Price: $10 shareware
    Must Get? No, but someone on your team should get it.
    Web Site:
    Programmer lives in France.


    Author: Jason Townsend --
    What it Does: Changes capitals into lower case, etc on file names
    Documentation: Yes. Easy to use program.
    Price: free! Send thanks to author!
    Must Get? Definitely, if your group is mixed Mac and IBM.
    Programmer is a student working on a PhD in Texas.
    Web Site:


    Author: Jim Matthews
    What it Does: Use this when uploading documents to your own site.
    Documentation: Yes
    Price: Free to educators, $25 for others.
    Must Get? Not until you have your own website.
    Copyright by Dartmouth College,
    Web Site

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