Crash Less Often (CLO) the WDEF fixer


Crash Less Often, CLO, is only available directly from the author. No: there's nothing wrong, but it just isn't needed anymore. It fixed something that is no longer broken, so what's the point?

I've left this page up just for historical reasons, in case you wanted to know what CLO was.

 


Here is a partial list of (some) known applications that were changed.

Adobe Photoshop™ 3.0.5, Adobe Dimensions™ 2.0, ClarisWorks, ClarisWorks File Converter, Nisus® Writer , Microsoft Word, Graphing Calculator, PlayerPRO 4.4.2 (FAT), OmniPage Pro 6.0, Microsoft Excel, QuickHelp™ 1.5.54, Quicken 6, Mail Merge, NCK for Developers, NTK 1.5.2b2, Object Master™ Universal 3.0.1, DocuComp® 1.5, ResEdit, ZoneRanger 1.1, Color It!™ 3.0, QuickHelp™, Fontographer® 4.1.3 PM, PC Font Access 1.0.1, KPT Bryce™ 1.0, GIFConverter 2.3.7, Morph™ 2.5 PPC, Glider PRO™, PowerMovieEffects 1.0.5+ß (PPC)

Current version: 1.2.1

CLO is not needed if you are running system 8.5.

There is also a new 'power' version that fixes WDEFs, MDEFs and CDEFs.

There is also a version that just reports which apps are in need of fixing, but makes no changes to the file: it only generates the report.

All files are fat binary for 68K Macs and Power Macs.


What is it?

There is a common programmer's mistake that is in many commercial (Ilustrator, Word, Claris Organizer, etc etc )and shareware programs that leads to occassional crashes. Crash Less Often fixes the problem.

More detail:

CLO examines a file to see if it has a WDEF resource, and if so, if that resource is marked as purgable. If it is, it marks it unpurgable. (If the WDEF is left as purgable, and it is purged, and then the system asks for it when a different resource file is in use, well....you Crash More Frequently.) I first pointed this out to the programming community nearly four years ago, but with the advent of 7.5.5, these crashes seem to be more frequent.

Crash Less Often works on individual files and on folders. Just drag a file or folder to the CLO icon, and it will go to work.

It will also change the modification date of any files it fixes, so that your backup program will catch them, and you'll not have to run this too often.

Finally, it will write out a file to your desktop telling you what was fixed. If you use the Power version, it will write out "W" "M" and/or "C" to let you know what was fixed in each file.


FIRST READ THIS:

NO WARRANTEE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

IF YOU CRASH AND WIPE OUT YOUR HARD DRIVE USING THIS SOFTWARE, THAT'S JUST TOO BAD. YOU ARE ASSUMING THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR USING IT!


On the other hand, I've run it on 36,000 files without incident. It's pretty harmless. If it encounters any errors on files, it just ignores that file and goes on to the next.... (OK, geeks, it ignores files that return: -35; -37; -38; -39; -40; -43; -45; -52 and -54 errors...)

I have had one case of a person saying that it got stuck in a loop while accessing Excel 4.0. One other person said he couldn't get it to work with a Daystar PPC board. That's all out of a few thousand downloads...

Crash Less Often is sorta shareware. (Isn't it worth $5 to Crash Less Often?) The fee is $5 for your first machine, and $1 for each machine after that. (2 Macs = $6; 10 Macs = $14.) On the other hand, if you don't want to pay for it, you're under no obligation to do so. (That's why it's "sorta shareware.") Use it for free. Feel no guilt. Go ahead. See if I care. :-)