Another step toward making Mac OS X usable for everyday operations
In terms of translatation capabilities, MacLink Plus is as comprehensive as
they come. The tool sports support for dozens of application file types, including
ClarisWorks, Word, WordPerfect, Nisus, FrameMaker, MS Works, Excel, and more.
There is also support for generic text and rich text formats.
DataViz took customization seriously when they built the OS X-compatible version of MacLink Plus, allowing users to specify settings for individual application types, as well as preferences for destination folders, and file naming. For example, users can choose to save a file in DOS 8.3 file names or Windows 95 long file names when working with PC documents. Users can also specify whether or not to add an application identifier, e.g TextDocument (Word 98), to file names.
Unfortunately, MacLink Plus 13 does not offer the tight integration with Mac OS X that previous versions offer with the Classic Mac OS. MacLink Plus 12 combined with OS 8 or above allowed users to translate documents simply by using the control-click access contextual menu commands. There is no such comparable function in the OS X flavor of MacLink Plus.
Performance is sufficient in MacLink Plus 13, although it falls victim to the slow menu re-draws, long launch time, and window opening stagger problems that plague most Carbonized apps. DataViz officials tell MacNN that some of these issues should be resolved when Apple releases Mac OS X 10.1 this Fall.
The street price for MacLinkPlus Deluxe is $99.95. The upgrade price from any previous version of MacLinkPlus, including versions that came free with Mac OS 7.5, 8.0 and 8.1, is $39.95 and available direct from DataViz. Those who have purchased MacLinkPlus Deluxe within 90 days of the release of MacLinkPlus Deluxe 13 can contact DataViz for discounted upgrade pricing.