DECEMBER ARCHIVES 1997
December spotlight focused on two major new pieces of system software: the Newton
Internet Enabler (NIE) 2.0 establishes TCP/IP Internet connections for use with the
most popular web browsers and email packages available for the Newton; this version has
significant performance improvements, and support for either a modem-based dial-up
connection (e.g. from an Internet Service Provider) or a LAN-based connection (e.g. an
Ethernet or localtalk network). In addition, Newton OS 2.1 (717260) debuts
this week. This system update is for MP2000 users, and fixes a significant memory problem
as well as has some additional performance improvements and bug fixes.
NewtFTP is a Newton-based
FTP client that supports file uploading and downloading (PUT and GET FTP commands),
directory maintenance (e.g. make a new directory, rename, delete, etc.) and installation
of Newton packages directly via FTP. It requires Newton OS 2.0, and operates on
MP130, MP2000, MP2100, and eMate 300 Newton devices. While it works with NIE 1.0, NIE 2.0
is also recommended.
This update is for the Newton MessagePad 2000 (it
won't run on earlier MessagePads; the MP2100 already ships with this version of the Newton
OS, so you don't have to install this if you have an MP2100). This system update fixes the
- Ensures that the MP2000 can use all available
memory (this should reduce memory-related errors and warnings); this fix makes installing
this update important.
- Eliminates the bogus error message that
occasionally would appear that "a battery on this PC Card must be replaced"
- In earlier system software versions, a printing
problem may occur when scrolling through a Newton Book during print preview. This problem
is now fixed.
- You can drop or add fax numbers before faxing a
document without getting an error message.
In addition, this system update also adds the
ability to set a custom contrast "center" which you can then refer to when
setting the screen contrast (details on this are in an enclosed README file). Note
that this system update is cumulative of all other system updates, so by installing this,
MP2000 users will have the most current Newton OS on their device.
NIE is networking software that allows Newton
users to connect to the Internet and TCP/IP-based intranets. NIE supports either a
modem-based dial-up connection (e.g. from an Internet Service Provider) or a LAN-based
connection (e.g. an ethernet or LocalTalk network). NIE is to be used in conjunction with
Internet applications such as a web browser, e-mail software, or other internet
application software. If you're going to do anything on the Internet at all, you need this
package. Note that this requires Newton OS 2.1, and having the OS 2.1 (717260) update --
or later -- is highly recommended.