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July 2002 edition.  Copyright © 2002 Stick Software. 

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Hello hello. It's high time for another Stick Software newsletter; April was the last one, in fact. Hard to believe.

I'm pleased to announce, first of all, that I was married on June 15th to Keewon Kang (now Keewon Haller). If you are so curious as to wish to, you can look at our wedding photos. Now that we are married, we are both busily back at work, her training to become a sushi chef, I with my latest Stick Software endeavors.

Which brings us to the other news of this newsletter! A new product has been released, BigFoot 2.0. A product has been updated, Constrictor 2.1. And a contest has been won, Stepwise's Reuseable Component Showcase.

BigFoot 2.0:

Download BigFoot (444K disk image)
More Info on BigFoot
VersionTracker's Page on BigFoot
Pay Using Kagi ($10)

BigFoot is a Mac OS X "desktop critter" that provides you with endless entertainment, in the form of a pair of feet. But not just any feet! These peripatetic companions walk around your desktop, mostly minding their own business, but occasionally interacting with you in various ways. They dance, chase the mouse, play hopscotch, and lots of other things.

Their appearance is extremely configurable, thanks to BigFoot's use of the Aquatint graphics engine; you can see some examples at BigFoot's home page. You can even put your own foot images in, like your baby's feet, or your favorite pair of shoes. If you make your own foot images, and you want to share them with the world, you can send them to us at our support email address and we will consider them for inclusion in a future release.

BigFoot is localized for 8 languages, costs only $10, and is available for download now. If you liked Eyeballs, BigFoot should be just what the doctor ordered.

Constrictor 2.1:

Download Constrictor (444K disk image)
More Info on Constrictor
VersionTracker's Page on Constrictor
Pay Using Kagi ($10)

Constrictor is a screen snapshot utility for OS X. It can apply scaling, border effects, save in a variety of formats, and is even scriptable. With version 2.1, we have added support for saving in PDF and EPS, generating thumbnails of the snapshots you take, keyboard control over the snapshot area, and lots of other goodies. At only $10, it's cheaper than the competition, and we like to think it's better in a lot of ways, too.

First Place:

CircularSlider is a reuseable Cocoa component produced by Stick Software and provided to the developer community for free, as open-source code. CircularSlider won first place in Stepwise's Reuseable Component contest, at their annual "Birds of a Feather" meeting at the World-Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California this May. It was a great honor to be presented with the prize: my very own iPod. It's a very nifty little beastie; I had never even seen one before that moment! If you're curious to read more about CircularSlider, you can surf to its home page. And Stepwise deserves everyone's thanks for their support for the Mac developer community.

That's all the news that's fit to print. If you've got ideas, comments, bug reports, or anything else you'd like me to see, send a note to our support email address. I've got lots to do already, but I can always add items to my "to do" list.

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