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E-Mail Software

The most popular email client for Classic Macs is Eudora Lite, versions of which are available at a number of sites on the web (check Matti Haveri's two FAQ sites,68000-mac-faq and mac-internet-faq, for details).


Browser Software

There are a couple of old browsers which can be used to access the Web with a classic Mac, and they are Mosaic and MacWeb. NSCA Mosaic was the first graphical browser produced to process pages on the Web, and was "precursor" of most modern day browers. MacWeb dates from around the same time. Note that neither broswer will display JPEG photographs, but Mosaic will display small GIFs (albeit very crudely). Given a choice, I use MacWeb more than Mosaic, mainly because it seems to deal with "dropdown" lists, and it also displays correctly the query box when using AltaVista search engine (which Mosaic does not).

There are a number of "helper" applications which can be obtained to help MacWeb and Mosiac dealt with different file types found on the Web, and some of these are mentioned in Other Software below.


Other Software

Here are just a few pieces of software which I have on my Classic to help me out, and which I would recommend:

  • Stuffit Expander - a "must have" for decoding BinHexed files downloaded from the Web. There is a bit of a "Chicken and Egg" situation with Stuffit Expander, in that you might ask yourself "How do I download and decode a BinHexed version of Stuffit Expander, when I actually need Stuffit Expander to do the job?!?". The answer, as detailed on Matti Haveri's Internet FAQ, is to download a Macbinary version of Stuffit Expander with a PC, and then copy it to a Mac format diskette using Mac-ette or Trans-Mac (it can't be that difficult, if I managed to do it!).

  • Brian's Sound Tool - converts a lot (but not all) of the .wav sound files found around the Net into System 7 sound files.

  • JPEG Convert - converts JPEG files to GIF files, so that you can view them with either Gifconverter or GIFWatcher.

  • BBedit Lite - text editor that will handle large files (which Teachtext/SimpleText won't).

***TOP TIP!*** If you're using Brian's Sound Tool as a "helper" with MacWeb or Mosiac, set the preference within Brian's Sound Tool for "play sound on conversion" and "ask for destination". Then, when you click on a wav file, the Sound Tool will play the sound first and then you can choose to keep the converted sound file (if you like it) or "cancel" (if you don't!).

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