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If you have any comments regarding articles or tips in this or any previous issue of the VOICE Newsletter, please send them to We are always interested in what our readers have to say.

June 1, 2002 - First we have a comment from Frank Wochartz regarding the editorial of the June issue and Georg Neckels article Recording LPs with playrec and copywave:
Hi Christian,

Thanks a lot for the latest Newsletter which I found enormously interesting this time.

In the editorial you wrote regarding audio recording:

There is no fancy GUI solution for OS/2 yet

This is not correct. For recording there are:

  1. the outstanding dTape by Paul Ratcliffe
  2. the wave editor from Warp 3 that can be installed on Warp 4 or eCS by using a REXX script (works like a charm, in contrary to the wave editor of Warp 4, the script is available at commTalk), and
  3. PMRec from myself, which is a front-end for PlayRec that is especially suitable for timed recordings.
  4. Finally I have created a front-end for CopyWave called WaveCut you can work quite conveniently and quickly with:

I had sent the announcement for WaveCut to VOICE (via too, but hasn't published it (for whatever reason) and I don't know if you have received it. So I hint at it again. PMRec and WaveCut are Freeware. Both tools are still in beta phase, but several people have been successfully working with them for some time.

And a small correction: you can split files by 1/1000 sec with CopyWave.

May you can forward this to the author of the article.

Christian's response:

Of course I know dTape. But I was thinking more of an all-in-one solution for recording and the following editing.

July 7, 2002 - Here is a correction to Don Eitner's July article Keeping Up With the Gates Part 3 - WarpVision and WVGUI -- OS/2 Video for a New Generation from Vlad Stelmahovsky:

Please note, that Alex Samorukov is skin author and webmaster of

Author of WV engine (aka WarpVision command line) is Alex Strelnikov
Author of WVGUI is Vlad Stelmahovsky

Don's reply:
My apologies to Alex, Alex and Vlad. I should have paid more attention to the documentation (RTFM as they say).


July 14, 2002 - Here is a letter asking for help from Jaelani C. Utomo:
Dear Sir,

I have an OS/2 Warp 4.0 CD-ROM disc I bought 5 years ago and I am curious if there are any differences between the one I have with the others which I suspect has newer revision. I you do not mind, I would like to have the complete file list using the DOS "dir x:\ /a /s" of your OS/2 Warp 4.x CD-ROM disc to see any differences. I thank you in advance.


Jaelani C. Utomo

Reply from Mark Dodel:
Warp 4 was the last retail version of OS/2 workstation released by IBM. Any Warp 4 CD you have would be identical to the same one I have. IBM has released 15 free fixpacks (all of which are cumulative so you only need the latest) which provide updates for Warp 4. You can obtain these at

In addition IBM now has a subscription update service which provides the latest version of OS/2 Warp (currently 4.52 and now called MCP for Merlin Convenience Package) called Software Choice. This is a 2 year subscription that requires that you already have a Warp 4 license. You can get more information on this at

Finally there is an OEM version of OS/2 called eComStation. This is based on the latest MCP versions and includes all fixes and drivers provided on Software Choice. This also comes bundled with a number of applications such as Lotus Smart Suite for OS/2. You can buy this as an update to Warp 4 or as a new purchase. You can find out more on this at

Finally if all you want is a CD with all the latest free updates to Warp 4, you can make one yourself. There is an application called UpdCD. You can find out more about this at


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