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Oct 92 Newsbits
Volume Number:8
Issue Number:6
Column Tag:Newsbits


By Neil Ticktin, Editor

Addison-Wesley Now Shipping New Inside Macintosh!

August 4, 1992 - Addison Wesley Publishing Company is now shipping the New Inside Macintosh, a completely revised and restructured edition of Apple’s definitive guide to developing software applications for Macintosh computers. Inside Macintosh is a series of books documenting the tools and resources incorporated into the Macintosh system software that enable programmers to develop creative and intuitive applications. The first three volumes of New Inside Macintosh are available now. They include Inside Macintosh: Files, Inside Macintosh: Memory, and Inside Macintosh: Processes.

New Inside Macintosh provides greater cohesiveness of organization and a whole new dimension to the document. Because each volume is now organized by subject, readers have all the information on a single programming topic in one book, rather than scattered throughout the original six volumes. This new organization makes it easier to find and utilitze information.

Each volume of the New Inside Macintosh comprises the following fifteen topics: Files, Memory, Processes, Overview, Macintosh Toolbox Essentials, Imaging, Text, QuickTime™, Interapplication Communication, More Macintosh Toolbox, QuickTime Components, Operating System Utilities, Networking, Communications, and Devices. The first three volumes, respectively, are shipping now. The remaining volumes will be shipping between November, 1992 and Spring, 1993.

For more information, contact Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 617/944-3700. [The New Inside Macintosh is also available directly from MacTutor. See page 65 or the Mail Order Store (page 78-79) for more information. - Ed.]

Macintosh Common Lisp 2.0 Ships

August 13, 1992 - Apple Computer, Inc. today announced the immediate shipment of Macintosh Common Lisp (MCL) 2.0. MCL is a Lisp programming environment that is fully integrated with the Macintosh. It is a full implementation of the current industry-standard Common Lisp programming language as defined in “Common Lisp: The Language, Second Edition”.

MCL 2.0 provides an incremental Common Lisp compiler, support for object-oriented programming using the Common Lisp Object System (CLOS), and an extensive library of CLOS objects including Macintosh user interface objects. MCL 2.0 also offers System 7 support and an ephemeral garbage collector.

For more information, contact Apple Computer, 20525 Mariani Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014, 408/996-1010. To order product, contact APDA, US: 800/282-2732, Canada: 800/637-0029, International: 408/562-3910.

Apple Ships Updates to Tools Suite

August 13, 1992 - Apple Computer, Inc. today announced the immediate shipment of new versions of MacApp, the Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop (MPW) and MPW C++. These development tools will be available from APDA as standalone products, as well as on E.T.O. #8 (Essentials • Tools • Objects CD-ROM). In addition, site licenses are now available for all of these development tool products.

MacApp 3.0 is the latest version of Apple’s object-oriented application framework and class library for Macintosh programmers. It provides the objects they need to program standard elements of Macintosh applications. New features include: System 7 support, C++ source code, and improved tool support.

MPW 3.2.3 is the latest version of Apple’s software development environment for the Macintosh computer. New features include: MPW Command Reference to reference the complete set of MPW commands; increased tool performance when running MPW C with symbolics on, improved Rez and DeRez performance; and Quadra compatibility.

MPW C++ 3.2 is a C++ to C translator designed to work with MPW C and MPW. New features include: industry standard C++ support; increased capabilities for MacApp 3.0 and 32-bit data and code references; and a new reference manual.

E.T.O. #8 is a CD-ROM-based quarterly subscription to Apple’s software development tools for the professional Macintosh programmer. It contains the most up-to-date versions of Apple’s development tools, as well as selected preliminary versions of future releases.

For more information, contact Apple Computer, 20525 Mariani Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014, 408/996-1010. To order product, contact APDA, US: 800/282-2732, Canada: 800/637-0029, International: 408/562-3910.

Component Shrinks 4th Dimension

Princeton, NJ - August 25, 1992 - Component Software Industries today announced it is shipping Imploder 2.0, a new image and document compression external that can be installed directly into 4th Dimension database applications. The Imploder package of 24 externals offers loss-less compression for live data actually stored within 4D records, as well as files stored externally to the database. It can dynamically compress images, graphics, documents, text and other data types by up to 85%.

Compression advantages include image compression with retained quality, compression on databases with large amounts of records, and database performance improvements.

Imploder was acquired by Component in July from LMS Development of New York City. Version 2.0 contains more than 19 new external calls and features including compress to disk, file management utilities, vastly improved memory management for large objects and pictures, disk caching for RAM allocation, archive information utilities, and full documentation, all added since the first version.

The full Imploder development system costs $249. Members of Apple and ACIUS developer programs, as well as universities, can purchase the full product for $134.50. Runtime licensing is available. Imploder 2.0 will fully support ACIUS’ upcoming 4th Dimension 3.0 and 4D Server.

For more information, contact Component is at PO Box 201, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553, Technical: 609/497-4501, Orders: 800/633-4252, Fax: 609/497-4008.

Alki Ships MasterWord Add-on for Microsoft Word

Alki Software Corporation is now shipping the MasterWord add-on module for Microsoft Word 5.0. MasterWord provides a host of tools for both the novice and accomplished Word user.

The CustomBar runs virtually any Word command or MasterWord feature at the click of a mouse. MasterWord also helps to find files, format tables, and replaces Word’s online help with one written by Peter Rinearson.

In addition to MasterWord, Alki is also shipping foreign-language proofing tools, Microsoft Comprehensive Spelling checker, and the Microsoft Comprehensive Thesaurus.

For more information, contact Alki Software Corporation, 219 First Avenue North, Suite 410, Seattle, WA 98109, Voice: 206/286-2600, Fax: 206/286-2785.

Maxa Ships Snooper

August 4, 1992 - Maxa Corporation is now shipping SNOOPER 2.0. SNOOPER helps users detect hidden problems in their Macintosh and provides hints on how to handle them (including suggesting the user take the system to a technician when necessary.

Version 2.0 features a new icon-driven graphical user interface for improved user control, and the ability to print out test results. SNOOPER performs over 200 major component tests. It identifies system configuration, compares benchmarks against all Macintosh models, analyzes SCSI drives and boards, tests RAM, checks video accuracy, and examines ports, clock and other Mac functions. Version 2.0 also identifies defective SIMMs.

For more information, contact Maxa Corp., 116 Maryland Ave., Suite 100, Glendale, CA 91206, Voice: 818/543-1300, Fax: 818/543-0104.

1993 MADA San Diego Conference

MADA has announced that San Diego, CA will be the 1993 site for their fourth annual international conference. Officially proclaimed the 1993 MADA San Diego Conference, it will be held February 15-19 at the San Diego Hilton Beach & Tennis Resort, an award-winning resort near Sea World.

The agenda for the 1993 MADA conference is still being developed, but will include major presentations by Apple’s MacApp and Dylan Teams, Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, Symantec and Apple’s Bedrock teams, and a host of respected instructors and developers of object-oriented applications, tools, and systems.

Bob Hablutzel, MADA Board member, is the 1993 conference chairman.

For more information, contact MADA, 10062 Miller Avenue, Suite 202-B, Cupertino, CA 95014, Phone: 408/253-2765, Fax: 408/253-2767, AppleLink: MADA, America Online: MADA.


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