TweetFollow Us on Twitter

May 93 Newsbits
Volume Number:9
Issue Number:5
Column Tag:Newsbits

Newsbits

By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief and, Raj Dosaj, Editorial Assistant

MacFortran II 3.2

Absoft Corporation is now shipping its new v3.2 release of MacFortran II. Features of the new 3.2 release include a revised MacFortran Runtime Window Environment (MRWE) that automatically creates a complete Macintosh interface for each compiled program. In addition to MRWE, MacFortran II v3.2 is the only Macintosh FORTRAN to offer a true 68040 code generation option specifically designed to exploit the full performance of the Macintosh Quadra series. The 68040 option, combined with Absoft's high speed 68040 math library, can increase execution speed by up to 200% over 68020/030 based Macintoshes.

Version 3.2 allows programmers to create applications that utilize the advanced features of System 7: Publish and Subscribe, Aliases, Apple Events, and Scripting. In addition, MacFortran II is compatible with a wide variety of 3rd party applications including Excel, AppMaker, Mathematica, Spyglass data visualization tools, and all MPW compatible tools and languages.

Bundled with the latest version of MPW, release 3.2 of MacFortran II includes new documentation covering use of the MPW editor and linker, Macintosh specific programming, and interfacing with other computing environments. A quick reference options guide is also included. Inexperienced or occasional FORTRAN users will find MacFortran II easy to learn, while experienced "power users" will appreciate its flexibility and wide range of options.

Retail price of MacFortran II v3.2 is $595.00. From now until May 15, 1993, updates are available directly from Absoft for $149.00 to owners on any FORTRAN product for the Macintosh.

For more information, contact Absoft, 2781 Bond Street, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, Voice: 313/853-0050, Fax: 313/853-0108.

MacWireFrame 4.0

Amplified Intelligence has recently released MacWireFrame Version 4.0. New features include solid modeling capabilities using filled polygons to achieve hidden line removal and shading, plus the ability to publish 3 dimensional objects using System 7's Edition Manager.

This solid modeling capability is built on top of MacWireFrame's 3 dimensional modeling capabilities which provide rotation translation, scaling, cutting, copying, pasting, and 3 dimensional components of 3 dimensional wireframes.

MacWireFrame includes a complete library of 3 dimensional graphics routines and an example application program both with complete source code. Retail price is $299.95, includes 50 page user's manual and 180 page programmer's guide.

For more information, contact Amplified Intelligence, P.O. Box 189279, Sacramento, CA 95818, Voice: 916/737-1550.

Safe source

One Tree Software is now shipping SourceSafe 2.1 for the Macintosh, a port of the popular PC-based version control system.

PC programmers have long used SourceSafe to coordinate multiple developers and track old versions of code. Among SourceSafe's features are its project oriented approach to version control, its ability to organize large systems and track shared code.

Running under the MPW command-line shell, SourceSafe 2.1 provides Macintosh developers with the same power, speed, and ease of use that DOS users have come to expect. More importantly, SourceSafe for Macintosh is 100% compatible with its PC counterpart, and even shares the same database, so a programmer can update a file on the Macintosh, and his changes will be reflected on the PC. Best of all, SourceSafe handles issues such as filename-length, resource forks, and end-of-line characters that differ between the PC and the Macintosh, so programmers can simply concentrate on coding.

SourceSafe for the Macintosh costs $295 for one user, $1,195 for five users, $1,995 for ten users, $3,795 for twenty, and $8,145 for fifty. The compatible products for DOS and Windows are sold separately.

For more information, contact One Tree, P.O. Box 11639, Raleigh, NC 27604, Voice: 800/397-2323, Fax: 919/821-5222.

Exception Handling

Koyn Software is now shipping Exceptions for C, a new library that provides exception handling resembling the Ada language for any ANSI standard compliant C compiler. Exceptions for C enhances clarity of programs by providing a uniform exception handling mechanism, allowing the bulk of error handling code to be moved away from the code to handle the normal case.

Any block of code may have an exception handler expressed as follows:

xc_with_handling

code for normal path of execution (exceptions may be raised here or in routines called from here.)

xc_on_exception handling code (exception handler)
 xc_end_exception

An exception occurs when either the raise() or xraise() (extended raise) routines is called. When either of these routines is called, control passes to the most recently established exception handler (which can be several function calls up the stack). When an exception handler is activated, information about the exception is passed to the handler. The xc_raise() call allows you to raise an exception by passing an exception code and message. The xc_raise() or xc_xraise() call activates the first handler up in the stack. A handler that does not recognize a particular exception code may pass the exception code to the nest handler up in the call stack by calling xc_reraise().

An alternate form of exception handling allows for the use of clean up code that executes regardless of whether there is an exception. When there is an exception, execution jumps directly to the clean up code. The syntax is as follows:

xc_with_handling
 code for formal path of execution
xc_cleanup
 cleanup code 
xc_end_cleanup

Single copy: $29.95, Site License: $29.95 for the first user + $5.95 for each additional user, minimum 5 users.

For more information, contact Koyn Software, 1754 Sprucedale, St. Louis, MO 63146, Voice: 314/878-9125.

MADA News

MADA is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Mjolner Informatics of Aarhus, Denmark to be the exclusive publisher of the Macintosh version of the Mjolner BETA System in the U.S. and Canada, and non-exclusive distributor of the complete Mjolner BETA product line throughout the world. BETA is a new, powerful object-oriented development environment from the Scandinavian School of object orientation, the same research environment that developed the original object-oriented language Simula in the 1960s.

BETA has powerful abstraction mechanisms for classes, procedures, functions, coroutines, processes, and exceptions, all based on the same entity called a pattern. In addition, a programmer can specify virtual patterns (much like C++ virtual procedures) and subpatterns (much like subclasses) for each of the abstractions. BETA is the culmination of some of the most significant new design work in object-oriented technology in the last decade.

MADA has also announced the availability of a new CD-ROM to commemorate five years of the organization's championing of object-oriented technology. Titled "5 Years of Objects" the CD-ROM contains: a cumulative index for FrameWorks, the source code files and disk-based articles for all FrameWorks issues from Apr, 1991 to Jan, 1993; AppleLink MacApp technical archives from 1991 through 1993; a copy of Apple's official outstanding bug list for MacApp; demonstration versions of several object-oriented developer tools.

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

epsiTalk 2.0!

epsiTalk 2.0 adds simultaneous read & write multiuser access to HyperCard database stacks with record locking and instant update. The MultiMaker utility creates a client/server environment, and does not require a dedicated server. It analyzes the stack and creates a report to guide the scripter in multiuser conversion of their stack. It works with single and multiple background stacks. The Network Directory displays icons of epsiTalk Macs which you can call and connect to, and gives you access to what System, Mac type, running programs and available client stacks other Macs on network have.

epsiTalk also has built-in network messaging features like Electronic Mail, Instant Messages, real-time Meetings, and simultaneous background file transfer. It is fully extendable with HyperTalk. epsiTalk 2.0 AppleTalk XCMDs take advantage of HyperCard 2.x features, Apple's peer-peer connectivity, ADSP, 32-bit and internet support.

For more information, contact epsi Computer Systems, Inc., 11238 Kendale View, Delta, BC V4C 3P9, Canada, Voice: 604/589-4412, Fax: 604/589-4104, AppleLink: CDA0394.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

TextSoap 8.3.2 - Automate tedious text d...
TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive. Stop... Read more
Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 - Remotely cont...
Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and... Read more
Paragraphs 1.1.4 - Writing tool just for...
Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest. Features... Read more
Amazon Chime 4.0.5528 - Amazon-based com...
Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can... Read more
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2 - Professio...
Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-... Read more
ForkLift 3.0 - Powerful file manager: FT...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more
VueScan 9.5.70 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
SoftRAID 5.5.6 - High-quality RAID manag...
SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID allows the user to create and manage RAID 4 and 5 volumes, RAID 1+0, and RAID 1 (Mirror) and... Read more
Sparkle 2.1.0 - $79.99
Sparkle will change your mind if you thought building websites wasn't for you. Sparkle is the intuitive site builder that lets you create sites for your online portfolio, team or band pages, or... Read more
Logic Pro X 10.3.1 - Music creation and...
Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated new tools for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that's designed to get creative... Read more

Blasty Bubs is a colorful Pinball and Br...
QuickByte Games has another arcade treat in the works -- this time it's a mishmash of brick breaking and Pinball mechanics. It's called Blasty Bubs, and it's a top down brickbreaker that has you slinging balls around a board. [Read more] | Read more »
Corsola and Heracross are the new region...
Generation 2 finally launched in Pokémon GO, unleashing a brand new batch of Pokémon into the wild. Even before the update went live people were speculating on how to catch elusive Pokémon like the legendary "dogs", Unknown, and whether or not... | Read more »
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (Games)
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: An epic adventure through a mysterious mountain filled with monsters, magic and mayhem! “...it looks downright... | Read more »
Fantasy MMORPG MU Origin’s receives a hu...
Developer Webzen are looking to take their highly popular fantasy battler MU Origin to the next level this month, with its most ambitious overhaul yet. The latest update introduces the long sought after Server Arena, new treasure dungeons, and much... | Read more »
RPG Djinn Caster (Games)
RPG Djinn Caster 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE 38% OFF(USD 7.99 -> USD 4.99)!!!A Fantasy Action RPG of far foreign lands! Summon the Djinns and rise to... | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey gets its first trail...
There's finally video evidence of Alto's Odyssey, the follow up to the 2015 App Store hit, Alto's Adventure. It looks just as soothing and atmospheric as Alto's last outing, but this time players will be journeying to the desert. Whereas Alto's... | Read more »
Last week on Pocket Gamer
What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer. The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles... | Read more »
Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide
At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though.... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to... | Read more »
Recruit more scallywags and discover new...
Get ready to show off your sea legs all over again in Oceans & Empires’ new grand update, which aims to make the act of rising to the role of seven seas ruler even more fresh and appealing, thanks to a richness of new content on both iOS and... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple restocks refurbished 2015 and 2016 13-i...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 and 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $759. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (MD101LL/A) available for $829, or $270 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook... Read more
QuickerTek Announces 5TB Apple AC AirPort Tim...
QuickerTek Inc. has announced their new 5TB hard drive upgrade for Apple’s AC AirPort Time Capsule. By customer request, this upgrade also features six external antennas and offers the highest... Read more
Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available f...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more
Apple offering Certified Refurbished Series 1...
Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches for 14-16% off MSRP, starting at $229. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each watch. Shipping is free: Series... Read more
1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $449, save $50
B&H Photo has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP Read more
12-inch Retina MacBooks on sale for $200-$250...
Newegg has the 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook (sku MLH82LL/A) on sale for $1349.99 including free shipping. Their price is $250 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model.... Read more
13-inch 2.0GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale...
Adorama has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro in stock today for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray... Read more
13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $1...
B&H Photo has select 2016 Apple 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/512GB Touch Bar MacBook... Read more
KSI-1802R SX Disinfect-able Keyboard With Wav...
KSI has unveiled a new, innovative medical keyboard, the KSI-1802R SX, at HIMSS 2017, running February 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. KSI-1802R SX is the only keyboard that combines dual factor... 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
Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
Req ID 3315BR Position Title Manager, Apple Systems Administration Job Description The Manager of Apple Systems Administration oversees the administration and Read more
*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
Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
Req ID 3315BR Position Title Manager, Apple Systems Administration Job Description The Manager of Apple Systems Administration oversees the administration and Read more
*Apple* Technician - nfrastructure (United S...
Let’s Work Together Apple Technician This position is based in Portland, ME Life at nfrastructure At nfrastructure, we understand that our success results from our Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.