TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Jun 94 Newsbits
Volume Number:10
Issue Number:6
Column Tag:Newsbits

Newsbits

By Scott T Boyd, Editor

Native PowerPC Frontier

UserLand Software has announced and released a new version of Frontier 3.0, compatible with the Power Macintosh product line. Frontier is one of the first “native mode” applications to take advantage of the substantial new performance made possible by the PowerPC chip. Scripts run up to eight times faster on a PowerPC than they would on a non-RISC processor.

“We believe this is a significant release because scripts now run at performance levels comparable with compiled C applications on earlier processors,” said UserLand President and CEO David M. Winer. “Interpretive systems like Frontier gain enormously from conversion to native mode,” he continued. Frontier Threads and the Component Manager.

The new release of Frontier, version 3.0.2, is available immediately. Registered Frontier 3.0 users can purchase the native mode application for $139 in the U.S. and Canada, $159 elsewhere. The suggested retail price of Frontier 3.0 is $495.

Compuserve Mail Links To MS-Mail And PowerTalk

CompuServe announced two extensions for CompuServe members using Microsoft Mail and PowerTalk programs. The extensions provide access to CompuServe Mail and all of the services it connects to from those applications.

Users can exchange messages with complete retention of their full multimedia message structure when communicating with others using a compatible package. For example, if a Microsoft Mail user creates a message incorporating an OLE object and several attachments, the user receiving the message will see it as exactly as it was sent. The same native, full-fidelity, message transfer is also available to PowerTalk users when communicating with each other.

Both extensions feature the same connect scripting language supported by CompuServe Information Manager user interface software, and customizable settings so email can be accessed from home, work or remote locations. Also included is the capability to send and receive messages on demand, at pre-set times or when a specified number of messages are waiting to be sent from the out-basket.

Both extensions are downloadable from the GO CISSOFT area on CompuServe for $5.00 each, with no connect rate charged. The fee is offset by a $5.00 CompuServe usage credit for each extension downloaded.

Automated Macintosh stress testing

QC™, an automated test tool, can quickly isolate problems in application software and code resources that would otherwise randomly crash or hang under different Macintosh configurations. These tests can be performed by non-technical personnel with little or no knowledge of Macintosh programming. Software engineers can take advantage of a custom API to achieve pinpoint control from directly within their code. QC gives developers and Quality Control personnel an extensive tool for stress testing their application software before it’s shipped.

The software is composed of a System Extension and a Control Panel for testing application software. QC monitors application code for memory-related errors, performing common tests such as heap scrambling, purging, and validation quickly and easily. QC goes further to perform Block Bounds checking, Block Move validation, Grow Lock testing, total free memory invalidation, and other tests not available in any other tool. By performing tests that quickly stress an application without regard for what Mac hardware is in use, how much memory is available, or what System Software configuration is in use, QC can save time and money through the entire development process. Quality Control personnel can automatically test multiple applications from a predefined launch list. They can perform heap operations on application and system heaps simultaneously. All settings are application specific - users can quickly test multiple programs with different test settings either automatically or by hitting a single hot key.

Software engineers can control all aspects of testing from within their own code using a complete application programming interface (API). Using the API they can set and perform specific tests and create test suites. API libraries and interfaces are available for C and C++, using the MPW and Think environments.

QC runs on all Macintosh models with System Software version 7.0 or later, and supports balloon help, 32-bit addressing, and Virtual Memory. QC is compatible with Power Macs. A native PowerPC version will be released later this year as a free upgrade to existing users. A free, fully featured time-out demo is available on America Online, AppleLink, and CompuServe - contact Onyx via email for more information. Pricing is $99.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling (within continental United States) with discounts for multi pack orders.

For more info, contact: Onyx Technology, Brooks Bell, 7811 27th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34209. (813) 795-7801, (813) 795-5901 fax. AppleLink: D2238; AOL: OnyxTech; CompuServe: 70550,1377; Internet: onyxtech@aol.com

Power Mac Conflict Catcher

With the advent of the new Power Macintosh™ and Native software programs come compatibility questions and problems caused by non-Native startup files. These non-Native programs create "Patchovers" to Native code that could adversely affect machine performance as much as 30-40%. Conflict Catcher II can detect these Patchovers.

Conflict Catcher II can walk the user through a conflict test which disables compatible startup software until only the problem startup file(s) remain. Conflict Catcher II tests existing startup software and font files without relying on databases that constantly need updating. Conflict Catcher II allows the user to create sets of startup software often used in conjunction with one another. It also allows the user to create links of software that must always (or never) run together.

You can run a system report which analyzes your Startup Files and marks suspected trap patches. You can then create a set of Startup Files which do not slow down or adversely affect Native applications.

Instead of completely relying on beta sites to report incompatibilities, Conflict Catcher II can make many incompatibilities known immediately. Technical support staff can be assisted by Conflict Catcher II's ability to generate system reports and pinpoint incompatible startup files.

Retail Price of Conflict Catcher II is $79.95. Upgrades: Version 2.0 to 2.1: Free upgrades via the Conflict Catcher II Updater on America-on-Line.

If purchased after January 1, 1994, upgrades can be obtained from Casady & Greene, with proof of purchase, for the shipping and handling costs only - $7.50 U.S. Mainland, $10.95 Canada or Hawaii.

If purchased prior to January 1, 1994, upgrade cost is $19.95 U.S. Mainland, $22.95 Canada or Hawaii. This price includes shipping and handling.

Version 1.0 to 2.1: Upgrades are $29.95 with proof of purchase, through Casady & Greene. This price includes shipping and handling.

Competitive Upgrades: $29.95 plus shipping and handling with proof of purchase of HELP™, ALERT™, INIT Manager™, INIT Picker™, NOW Utilities Startup Manager™.

A free, 3-day, fully-working version of Conflict Catcher II is available for the asking from Casady & Greene or from the online services below.

For more info, call (800) 359-4920 or fax (408) 484-9218. AOL: Casadygree; CompuServe: 71333,616; AppleLink: D0063, E-world: Casadyg.

Object Db For Mac, Os/2, Aix

POET Software announced availability of its object database system, POET. It is designed for C++ development, and works in mixed single and multiuser environments. Version 2.1 sports an improved database definition language, performance improvements, better low-level file I/O, simplified administration tools, and an online help system. POET is available on 12 different operating systems, and supports MPW 3.3 C++ and Symantec C++. The Macintosh and Windows clients support an event notification facility for writing event-driven workgroup applications across OSboundaries.

POET Personal Edition for Macintosh is available for $499, and the Professional Edition is $999.

For more information, contact POET Software Corp at (408) 970-4640.

Data Flow Diagrammer

CSA announced an improved version of SILVERRUN-DFD with a variety of options for changing the graphical presentation of data flow diagrams. Version 2.2 offers user-defined fields with graphical display options; changeable process shapes, external entities, or stores; and customizable process frames.

SILVERRUN is an advanced development workbench with an intuitive user interface and an embedded expert system to help modelers create quality business models. It employs object-oriented extensions to establish business rules within the database design.

It allows dynamic simulation of business processes and the creation of process trees. It has support for a relational dictionary, allowing users to save and load the contents of a model dictionary in a database.

SILVERRUN-DFD runs on Macintosh, Windows 3.x, and OS/2. It’s available for $2500.

For more information, call (800)-537-4262.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

xScope 4.1.2 - Onscreen graphic measurem...
xScope is powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Its tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar,... Read more
MacFamilyTree 7.3.3 - Create and explore...
MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy... Read more
Skype 7.5.0.738 - Voice-over-internet ph...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
PushPal 3.0 - Mirror Android notificatio...
PushPal is a client for Pushbullet, which automatically shows you all of your phone's notifications right on your computer. This means you can see who's calling or read text messages even if your... Read more
Logic Pro X 10.1.1 - Music creation and...
Apple 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... Read more
VLC Media Player 2.2.0 - Popular multime...
VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It... Read more
Sound Studio 4.7.8 - Robust audio record...
Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live... Read more
LibreOffice 4.4.1.2 - Free, open-source...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
VueScan 9.5.03 - 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
Freeway Pro 7.0.3 - Drag-and-drop Web de...
Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code! With its user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of... Read more

It Came From Canada: Jurojin: Immortal N...
At this point it’s pretty safe to say that no MOBA is going to dethrone Dota 2 and League of Legends anytime soon. After all, if Batman can’t do it, nobody can. However, with a genre as popular and profitable as this one, there’s still room for... | Read more »
Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Advent...
Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Adventures! Review By Amy Solomon on March 3rd, 2015 Our Rating: :: LIVELY LANDSCAPESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Adventures! includes farm-related... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: February 23-27, 20...
Final February Fun at 148Apps   How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Does Not Commute is Definitel...
GDC 2015 – Does Not Commute is Definitely a Game You Should Keep an Eye on Posted by Rob Rich on March 2nd, 2015 [ permalink ] We were teased about Mediocre Games’ (Smash Hit, | Read more »
F84 Games & POW! Announce Stan Lee V...
F84 Games has announced that it is working with legendary comic creator Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment to produce Stan Lee’s Hero Command. The game will be a action adventure of heroic proportions. | Read more »
Setlyst Keeps Your Set Straight So You C...
Setlyst Keeps Your Set Straight So You Can Focus On Rocking Out. Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Space is Vast, So Space Agency Has a Vas...
Space is Vast, So Space Agency Has a Vast New Update! Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Size DOES Matter Review
Size DOES Matter Review By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015 Our Rating: :: HARD TO BEATUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad This rhythm game has a unique control scheme and performance system that make it feel like a true... | Read more »
The first ever action 3D card battler Al...
On the other hand, you probably haven’t played an action 3D card battler – until now. Step forward, All Star Legion. All Star Legion is a 3D QTE-based action RPG card battler, but fear not – the game itself isn’t as convoluted as its description.... | Read more »
Travel Back to the 1980s With the Making...
Headup Games has released a hilarious making of video for its upcoming title, Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic. The game is a RPG/Roguelike where you control three heroes set to save the township of Pixton from an evil cult called The Sons of Dawn.... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Sale! 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1774.99 $1799.99, or $225 off MSRP. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid for online orders... Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on...
 B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more
Apple Launches Free Web-Based Pages and Other...
Apple’s new Web-only access to iWork productivity apps is a free level of iCloud service available to anyone, including people who don’t own or use Apple devices. The service includes access to Apple... Read more
Survey Reveals Solid State Disk (SSD) Technol...
In a recent SSD technology use survey, Kroll Ontrack, a firm specializing in data recovery, found that while nearly 90 percent of respondents leverage the performance and reliability benefits of SSD... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros 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... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver 2015 George Was...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address to GWU grads on May 17, at which time he will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz... Read more
Save up to $50 on iPad Air 2s, NY tax only, f...
 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549 $50 off - 128GB iPad Air 2... Read more
16GB iPad Air 2 on sale for $447, save $52
Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $446.99 on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only,... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Pay Automation Engineer - iOS System...
**Job Summary** At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
Event Director, *Apple* Retail Marketing -...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
*Apple* Pay - Site Reliability Engineer - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.