TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Mar 93 Newsbits
Volume Number:9
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:Newsbits

Newsbits

By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

New THINK Reference

Symantec Corporation is now shipping version 2.0 of THINK™ Reference, an on-line reference tool for Macintosh programmers that puts all the information from Inside Macintosh (IM) at programmer‘s fingertips. Version 2.0 saves time and effort locating the information needed to program the Macintosh efficiently, and offers several new tools beyond IM.

Inside Macintosh is a crucial programmer‘s guide to Macintosh toolbox routines by Apple. The printed version spans six volumes that consist of more than 4,000 pages. Version 2.0 of THINK Reference automates access of all this information. It also includes additional Macintosh technical notes, programmer's tips and code examples written by Symantec programmers (not available in Inside Macintosh). THINK Reference works as a separate program and is compatible with both THINK C and Pascal as well as MPW.

New features in version 2.0 includes support of Volume VI of IM which covers System 7, AppleTalk, Slot Manager, Sound Manager, and Apple Events. Version 2 also allows users to cut and paste code examples and toolbox function templates. It allows instant access to any page in the database. There are hyperlinks and automatic searching as you type your request.

The U.S. suggested retail price is $129, compared to $140 for Inside Macintosh. Registered end-users can upgrade for $39. A full registerable copy of THINK Reference 2.0 is also included free with All of MacTech Magazine's CD-ROM, Volumes 1-8.

For more information, contact Symantec Corporation, 10201 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014, Voice: 408/253-4092, Fax: 408/252-4694. For information on the All of MacTech CD-ROM, see the advertisement in this issue.

QKS Announces SmalltalkAgents

San Francisco, CA - January 6, 1993 - Quasar Knowledge Systems (QKS) announced SmalltalkAgents™ for Macintosh®, an object-oriented software development workbench and application delivery tool.

SmalltalkAgents, based on a superset of the Smalltalk language, has extensions patterned after C and Lisp, and fully supports the Macintosh toolbox including traps and callbacks. It possesses advanced computing capabilities such as dynamic linking, true pre-emptive interrupt driven threads and events, transparent memory management, a 24-bit international character set supporting Unicode and WorldScript, and a rich class library. All features are fully functional with System 7 and 7.1.

SmalltalkAgents will be available in March with a special introductory price of US$495 until April 1st, after which the price will be US$695.

Quasar Knowledge Systems, Inc., 9818 Parkwood Dr., Bethesda, MD 20814, Voice: 301/530-4853, FAX: 301/530-5712, AppleLink: QKS, Internet: sales@qks.com.

Building with components

Component Workshop™ is the first dynamic software development environment based on C++, offering a Smalltalk-like approach to C++ programming for designing, developing and maintaining object-oriented software programs. Component Workshop’s “objects only” environment has been carefully designed to support truly reusable components and to maximize portability across different platforms. Key product features include an incremental compiler and linker, an automatic memory management system (garbage collector), a full suite of C++ class libraries, a portable application framework, and the Extruder, which ensures that the applications produced are small and fast.

Component Workshop Version 1.0 currently runs on the Macintosh. A Windows release is scheduled for Q3 ‘93. Special pricing is available from $495. Call for details at 617/862-9700.

New Inside Mac Volumes

Apple Computer, Inc. and Addison-Wesley Publishing Company have released two new additions to the New Inside Macintosh series. They are Inside Macintosh: Overview and Inside Macintosh: Toolbox Essentials. This brings the total available volumes of the New Inside Macintosh to five. Still to come are Imaging, Text, QuickTime™, Inter-application Communication, More Macintosh Toolbox, QuickTime Components, Operating System Utilities, Networking, Communications, and Devices. These remaining volumes will be available by Spring, 1993.

All New Inside Macintosh volumes are available through the MacTech Magazine Mail Order Store.

For more information, contact Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1 Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867, Voice: 617-944-3700.

Computerized Mahogany

Emerald Intelligence announces the availability of Mahogany HelpDesk (MHD) version 2.2, the first knowledge based software tool for rapid development of support troubleshooting systems. MHD improves the quality and speed of problem resolution in customer support, technical support and help desk environments.

Version 2.2 adds several powerful new features like connectivity to a wide range of software such as: Call tracking systems, databases, spreadsheets and hypermedia to name a few. Version 2.2 also adds powerful calculation abilities that are often important in decision making. MHD is currently being used to develop service and support applications such as computer equipment support, loan processing, and customer support. MHD runs on Macintoshes and PCs (with Windows 3.0 or greater).

For more information, contact Emerald Intelligence, 3915 AI Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Voice: 313/663-8757.

High Powered BASIC

Zedcor has released FutureBASIC™ (FB), a high-performance BASIC compiler. FB compiles programs into stand-alone applications, control panel devices, inits, desk accessories, and XCMDs. New features include: creation of true applications and code resources, interactive compiler/ editor, functions and procedures, local and global variables, pre-defined and user-defined constants, arrays as large as memory, source-level debugger, direct access to resources built-in editor/assembler, records and variable typing, direct access to Inside Macintosh's Toolbox functions, procedures and data structures. The editor allows multiple source files, include pre-compiled modules for faster compiling, compile-time error messages in plain English, automatic indenting of if-then and loop structures, highlights keywords, has a built-in cross-reference utility so displaying any function, variable, or label is only a mouse click away.

FB is fully System 7 compatible and supports 32-bit addressing, virtual memory, balloon help, AppleEvents, QuickTime, and the new color QuickDraw routines.

FB's suggested retail price is $299.95. ZBASIC owners can upgrade for $99.95. Until May 1, 1993, owners of HyperCard, QuickBASIC, HyperBASIC, and TrueBASIC, as well as C and Pascal compilers, can get an introductory price of $149.95.

For more information, contact Zedcor, Inc., 4500 E. Speedway Suite 22, Tucson, Arizona, 85712, Information: 602/881-8101, Orders: 800/482-4567, Fax: 602/881-1841, AppleLink and AOL: ZEDCOR.

Supporting Software Professionally

The Software Support Professionals Association announced the publication of its latest book, Automating Your Support Center. Written by Merra Lee Moffitt of Knowledge Networks and Bill Rose of SSPA, this book is a practical guide to assessing service automation tools for the support manager planning to purchase - or upgrade to - a new system.

The book contains information not found in other product digests. It guides support managers through the complete support system selection process. There are 64 call-tracking and automation systems covered in this book with detailed descriptions. Cost: $145.

For more information, contact SSPA, 16981 Via Tazon, Suite 0, San Diego, CA 92127, Voice: 619/674-4864, Fax: 619/674-1192.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Gear-grinding puzzle title Inner Circle...
If you saw our post earlier this month announcing the imminent release of ZPlay’s new creation, Inner Circle, you’ll be happy to know that it’s now available on the App Store. Established in 2010, developer and publisher ZPlay have taken the... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Your guide to what's...
CSR Racing 2, or CSR2, as it likes to call itself, has finally arrived. The follow-up to the immensely popular drag racing game CSR Racing is the first release from NaturalMotion since the studio's acquisition by Zynga in early 2014. [Read more] | Read more »
Nanuleu (Games)
Nanuleu 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Nanuleu is a strategy game where you take control of ancient magical trees that protect the land from an invading dark force. A... | Read more »
The Slaughter: Act One (Games)
The Slaughter: Act One 1.0.323 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.323 (iTunes) Description: “The game mixes realism and surrealism to create a story that can cause just as much laughter as fear. A-” -... | Read more »
NEO TURF MASTERS (Games)
NEO TURF MASTERS 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: NEOGEO’s legendary golf game is back, in a brand-new mobile version with touch controls! NEO TURF MASTERS (also known as “BIG... | Read more »
How to send money to a friend with the F...
Facebook is already a lot of things to a lot of people. It's a social network, sure, but also a tool for catologing memories, chatting with friends, and much more. [Read more] | Read more »
Branch out into the Chinese market with...
Created a game that you’re super enthused about, only to find yourself struggling to get it the exposure that you believe it duly deserves? With the time, energy and money that goes into development, it’s only right that games should be given the... | Read more »
Pocket Arcade Story (Games)
Pocket Arcade Story 1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes) Description: Here comes a new challenger: it's the arcade simulation game you've been waiting for! Build your very own gaming... | Read more »
How to get coins faster in Rodeo Stamped...
There comes a time in a cowboy or cowgirl's life when all the riding and lassoing skills in the world aren't enough. You're going to need some cold, hard cash to keep your sky zoo expanding in Rodeo Stampede. [Read more] | Read more »
How to out-do Cam Newton in Can You Dab?
The thing about dance crazes is that you're never really sure when they've run their course. Take the Dab, for instance. Propelled by its adoption as the touchdown celebration of choice for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the Dab seemed... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

New App Reminds Us to Put Down Our Phones and...
Mode, a new smartphone app that makes us more mindful of how we use our devices, debuts in the app stores today. The Mode app tracks time spent in different modes of day-to-day life without... Read more
ZuumSpeed Personalized Speedometer + HUD For...
RMKapps has announced the release and immediate availability of ZuumSpeed 1.0, its personalized speedometer plus heads up display for iOS devices. ZuumSpeed gives users over 18 custom fonts available... Read more
Apple refurbished clearance 15-inch Retina Ma...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1609, $390 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. They have refurbished 15... Read more
9-inch 128GB Silver iPad Pro on sale for $50...
B&H Photo has the 9.7″ 128GB Silver Apple iPad Pro on sale for $699 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Read more
Why Use Indie Opera And Vivaldi Instead Of Sa...
For many years my web browser workhorses were various permutations and spinoffs of the Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox Open Source platform, and the Norwegian indie browser Opera, which I took a shine to... Read more
Western Digital Launches Worlds Fastest 256GB...
At the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai Western Digital Corporation this week introduced a new suite of 256 gigabyte (GB) microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I... Read more
KeyCue 8.1 Integrates With Typinator To Displ...
Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 8.1, a new version of the company’s keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. KeyCue 8 introduced a new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be used to... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
21-inch 2.8GHz iMac on sale for $1199, save $...
Amazon has the 21″ 2.8GHz iMac (model #MK442LL/A) on sale for $1199.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions, Willow...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.