Dawn Software

Formerly the "Mac-Stacks Emporium"

Software for Mac and Windows by Bruce Pokras

Last update:  March 7, 2017

Blazing Dawn Software products are undergoing "renovations." The old favorites will be replaced with new, more modern versions as time goes on. Up next is our popular educational title, Creepin' Critter Math.

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[Image] Software [Image] What's New? [Image] Blazing Dawn Blog
[Image] Online Purchasing [Image] Orange Book Companion®
[Image]  Photo Gallery [Image]  System Requirements [Image] Al Stewart [Image] Melron Records (free MP3 downloads) Blazing Dawn Software

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The Latest News!

March 7, 2017
Patent Grabber
TM: Use a Workaround to do EP Searching

Those mischievous folks at the European Patent Office have made changes to their search system (again). Those changes have broken Patent Grabber's EP search function. We will get that fixed soon.

Workaround: you can search for EP published applications using Patent Grabber's "international" search function, but include "pn/ep" as one of your search terms.

January 21, 2017
Payment method update!

The license fee for Patent GrabberTM and ChecksQuickTM may now be paid via Avangate using a major credit card. There are purchase links both below (under "Online Purchasing"), and at the bottom of the Patent Grabber and ChecksQuick descriptions.

Intel Macs: no incompatibilities have been reported for either ChecksQuick or Patent Grabber.

Mac OS X "Yosemite," "El Capitan" or "Sierra":  so far no reported problems with Patent Grabber or ChecksQuick (once you upgrade, make sure your printer drivers are up to date).

Windows 10: no reported problems with Patent Grabber (even in 64-bit mode) or ChecksQuick.

About Malware Warnings from Windows: we are currently unable to digitally "sign" our Windows desktop applications. That means upon opening them for the first time on your computer you may see a warning that the app is from an unknown publisher and could be dangerous! However, if you downloaded one of our apps from this site you can be confident that you know the publisher and that it is NOT dangerous. To override the warning on Windows you should see a link that offers more information. Clicking that link should display an option to open the app. You should also not have to repeat that action again. Of course, do not override the warning for our apps that you downloaded from other sites that you are not as sure about!

[Image]  Software

The following are catagories of the software which I have authored. Titles are downloadable from a link at the end of their description. Click on any category for a description:
Educational (under renovation)
Patent Tools
Creepin' Critter Clocks 
Creepin' Critter Math
Patent Grabber (OS X and Windows)
Family-izer (OS X and Windows)
Forward Citation Generator (OS X and Windows)
ChecksQuick (OS X and Windows)

I'd like to hear what you think of this site or my software. Please send e-mail to   with your comments.

[Image] System Requirements

See the indivdual applications for their system requirements.

[Image]  Online Purchasing

License fee payment for Patent Grabber and ChecksQuick can be made via Avangate® using a major credit card:
License fee payment may also be made via PayPal: Log into your account, click "My PayPal" then "Send & request" followed by "Pay for goods or services." Payment should be sent to the Sunspot e-mail adddress shown above. Enter the license fee amount ($30 for Patent Grabber or $15 for ChecksQuick), and write the name of the app for which you wish to purchase a license in the optional text field.

Regardless of which service you use for payment, once I receive notice of payment, I will send you the license code within 24 hours via e-mail. Please be patient.

[Image] Al Stewart

Were you ever a fan of singer/songwriter Al Stewart, but have lost track of him since the days of his Platinum albums, "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages"? Well, Al is alive and well, and still performing; and has done some great albums since Time Passages. Check out his official web site for more information.

[Image]  Melron Records (free song downloads!)

Do you like the "Philly Sound" of the late 50's and early 60's? If so, check out the web site of Melron Records and listen to song samples in MP3 format. You can also download three full length MP3's! All songs are Melron originals from that era. Includes Pop and R&B sounds. All songs can be purchased from Apple's iTunes Music Store.

[Image]  Orange Book Companion®

I created the Orange Book Companion line of drug information products and services as a way to make it easier to research the patents and exclusivity of FDA-approved drugs. The Orange Book Companion is now marketed by the Food and Drug Law Institute in Washington, DC. They offer both online and CD-ROM subscriptions at reasonable prices. Anyone interested in archival copies of the Orange Book Companion two-volume book set from 2003 and 2004 should request availability and pricing information from FDLI. I intend to bring back the Orange Book Companion two-volume book set in the future.

[Image]   My photo gallery on

I like creating artisitc photos. I have four examples at that make great posters.

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