TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Feb 97 Newsbits

Volume Number: 13 (1997)
Issue Number: 2
Column Tag: Newsbits

Newsbits

By Jessica Courtney

Conix Graphics announces OpenGL for the Macintosh

Conix Graphics announced the release of OpenGL version 1 for the Macintosh. OpenGL assists graphics developers in CAD, Mechanical implementation, Architectural Design, Medical and Scientific Imaging, Geophysical Sciences, Animation, Photorealism, Data Visualization, and Simulation.

OpenGL is the premier 2D and 3D graphics library that allows developers to build geometric models, view models interactively in 3D space, control color and lighting, manipulate pixels, and perform such tasks as alpha blending, anti-aliasing, depth cueing and texture mapping.

Early benchmark testing shows that OpenGL for the Macintosh out performs OpenGL offered by Microsoft and IBM.

Cross platform capability enables programmers the flexibility to transition code easily and smoothly from one platform to another.

OpenGL for the Macintosh by Conix also supports C, ADA, and FORTRAN. Integration with Tenon's MachTen UNIX and Hardware acceleration through RAVE (Rendering Abstract Virtual Engine) will be available first quarter of 1997.

http://www.conix3d.com

PKZIP Support to Power Mac

Developers are able to incorporate PKZIP implode and explode capabilities into their programming. The PKZIP DCL provides a library of routines for the compression and decompression of data on a Macintosh or Power Macintosh. It allows programmers to compress and decompress data using their own file handling routines to read and write their data.

Other features include: an all purpose, patented data compression algorithm that compresses both ASCII and binary data quickly, application controlled input/output and memory allocation for the utmost flexibility, and adjustable dictionary size that allows the software to be fine tuned for maximum speed or compression.

ASi is the global leader in compression solutions. Their line of compression utilities includes such names as PKZIP, MultiZip, NetSqueeze, and Nico Mak Computing Inc.'s WinZip, and supports AS/400, DOS, Macintosh, MVS, NetWare, OS/2, UNIX, VMS, VSE, and Windows platforms.

http://www.asizip.com

MathSoft Ships Mathcad Plus 6 for the Macintosh

MathSoft, Inc. announces shipment of Mathcad Plus 6 for the Macintosh. An advanced version of the Mathcad technical calculation software package that offers a wide range of new features making it even easier to use for Macintosh customers.

In addition to its technical calculation capabilities, Mathcad Plus 6 for the Macintosh now features built-in Internet connectivity that will benefit users in the technical and academic markets

Mathcads distinctive live document interface lets users integrate text, calculations and graphs, then document and share results in an easy-to-use environment. Mathcad Plus 6 also allows users to link and hyperlink worksheets over corporate intranets, WWW or local web servers for applications such as workgroup sharing in a corporate or scientific environment and distance learning in education.

While Mathcad Plus 6 for the Macintosh includes all the features of Mathcad Plus for Windows, and is compatible with the Windows version, the new product also includes several new features including: improved editing and formatting capabilities; simpler menu structures; the ability to create and embed animation within a worksheet; and QuickPlot, a new intelligent formatting capability allowing easy, direct graphing of formulas and expressions. The software, designed for the PowerMac, also provides support for 68030- and 68040-based systems.

http://www.mathsoft.com

Claris Corporation Expands Claris Solutions Alliance

Claris Corporation announces the expansion of the Claris Solutions Alliance (CSA), a consortium of software professionals, publishers, authors and trainers who use and recommend Claris software products. Spurred by the fast growth of the CSA, which has risen to nearly 1,500 members worldwide, Claris is adding two new tiers to the organization.

Claris Partners, a new CSA membership, is for highly experienced software development professionals who will work closely with both Claris Corporation product development and sales teams to better address the needs of Claris software customers. In addition to access to beta versions of Claris software, direct technical support, special sales incentives, and numerous co-marketing opportunities, Claris Partner CSA members will undergo reference verification and annual testing by Claris and will receive an official Claris Partner logo for use within all promotional materials.

CSA Enterprise membership, another new category of CSA membership, is designed for a wide variety of professionals within businesses and corporations who are responsible for in-house database development, administration of FileMaker Pro databases, and help desk personnel supporting FileMaker Pro users.

CSA Associate membership, formerly known as the single CSA membership, has been expanded to a include wide scope of users, including software consultants, publishers, trainers and the novice developer/consultant.

Claris Solutions Alliance was founded in 1991. Last June, Claris sponsored the organization's first worldwide developer's conference held in Santa Clara, Calif. The CSA plans to hold its second annual conference this Spring in the San Francisco Bay area. Further details on the 1997 CSA Worldwide Developer's Conference will be provided at later time.

http://www.claris.com

S-CASE Now Supports UML 0.91

MultiQuest announces the release of S-CASE 3.0 (rev. 1.9) with enhanced support for Unified Modeling Language 0.91. This new version reaffirms MultiQuest's commitment to the UML notation proposed by renowned object-oriented methodologists Grady Booch, Ivar Jacobson and Jim Rumbaugh.

S-CASE 3.0 was designed from ground up to provide the true UML metamodel as its foundation. This metamodel is fully accessible using Tcl scripts, thus providing hooks for code generators, report writers and other useful tools. Additional enhancements in this new version include improved code generation and reverse engineering.

http://www.multiquest.com

Claris Home Page 2.0 Now Available for MacOs and Windows 95/NT

Claris Corporation announces the availability of Claris Home Page 2.0, the next version of the company's popular web-authoring software for MacOS and Windows 95/NT users.

Claris Home Page 2.0, designed for novice-to-expert web page authors, is the essential WYSIWYG, web-authoring solution that provides the ability to design and develop powerful, customized web pages in minutes - without having to learn HTML or programming.

Claris Home Page 2.0 also delivers all the capabilities and tools web masters need - frames, tables, libraries, multimedia plug-in support, built-in remote site publishing, the ability to edit raw HTML, and more. Also, in a cross-platform solution that provides incredible ease of use as well as the flexibility and power that experienced users want.

Claris Home Page 2.0 delivers important new capabilities and features designed to enhance both the look of web pages and the productivity of web authors.

A new feature that novice users will especially appreciate are the 25 site templates provided for the creation of a personal page, calendar, newsletter, presentation, or small business presence. These easy-to-use templates increase productivity, offering multiple style variations for a total of almost 100 individual pages.

Other new features include built-in remote site publishing, with auto-consolidation of files and one-step uploading to a designated server; support for popular multimedia plug-ins, including QuickTime, Java and Shockwave; spell checking and support for multiple fonts within web pages via the FONTFACE tag; client-side, as well as server-side, image maps for easy linking to other pages and sites; and HTML editing enhancements such as syntax coloring.

Claris Home Page 2.0 users will also be able to dynamically re-size and reposition frames by pointing and dragging with their mouse; preview background GIF images from within Claris Home Page; drag and drop tab-delimited text from spreadsheet and database documents to automatically create tables within their web page; and specify row heights and column widths within tables by typing values or dragging cell borders.

Version 2.0 provides concurrency or "selection preservation" between WYSIWYG and HTML modes, allowing users to go to the precise location they were working in the previous mode.

Claris Home Page for MacOS requires a Macintosh, Power Macintosh, or compatible computer with a 68020 processor or higher; 8 MB memory; System 7.1 or later; and 2MB free for minimum installation (6MB for full installation).

For Windows users, Claris Home Page requires an Intel 486 or higher compatible PC System; Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.5.1 or newer; 8MB RAM (16 MB for NT); and 4 MB free hard disk space.

http://www.claris.com

Lasso 1.1

Blue World Communications, Inc. announces the release of Lasso 1.1, an advanced tool for integrating Claris Corporation's FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Macintosh databases with the web server.

Lasso is designed for fast performance. Searching FileMaker Pro Macintosh relational databases with tens of thousands of records in under a second is now possible with Lasso.

Lasso operates by recognizing special commands placed in standard HTML files. These commands define all interaction between FileMaker Pro and a MacOS web server. Lasso functions as the "glue" between FileMaker Pro and the web. Lasso HTML files (or format files) are easily edited in HTML authoring programs such as Claris Home Page with drag-and-drop control of data using the supplied FM Link tool. Template files are provided for setting up web databases in minutes.

Lasso allows complete flexibility in how FileMaker Pro data is formatted without requiring any changes to the actual database. Lasso facilitates remote administration of web database configurations from anywhere on the Internet. Lasso also provides routines for security, thus allowing greater control over how databases are served and administered in shared environments.

Lasso offers many features including support for relations/portals, repeating fields, dynamic population of value lists, built-in email forwarding, If... Else... conditional statements, built-in remotely configured security and more.

Version 1.1 adds support for serving images directly from FileMaker Pro, passing tokens (critical for user tracking schemes such as online shopping carts), ScriptMaker scripts, dynamic control of user and browser information, field and record level security, operation as a WebSTAR plug-in and provides enhanced capabilities throughout Lasso's core features.

http://www.blueworld.com/lasso/

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Apple GarageBand 10.1.5 - Complete recor...
The new GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac -- complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely... Read more
Adobe Audition CC 2017 10.0.2 - Professi...
Audition CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer). Adobe Audition CC 2017 empowers you to create and... Read more
Adobe After Effects CC 2017 14.1 - Creat...
After Effects CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). The new, more connected After Effects CC... Read more
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 11.0.2 - Digi...
Premiere Pro CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer). Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 lets you edit... Read more
WALTR 2 2.0.9 - $39.95
WALTR 2 helps you wirelessly drag-and-drop any music, ringtones, videos, PDF, and ePub files onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod without iTunes. It is the second major version of Softorino's critically-... Read more
Yummy FTP Pro 1.11.14 - $14.99 (50% off)
Yummy FTP Pro is an advanced Mac file transfer app which provides a full-featured professional toolkit combined with blazing speeds and impeccable reliability, so whether you want to transfer a few... Read more
ExpanDrive 5.4.4 - Access cloud storage...
ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or... Read more
Dash 3.4.3 - Instant search and offline...
Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
Civilization VI 1.0.2 - Next iteration o...
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to... Read more
TurboTax 2016 - Manage your 2016 U.S. ta...
TurboTax guides you through your tax return step by step, does all the calculations, and checks your return for errors and overlooked deductions. It lets you file your return electronically to get... Read more

Red's Kingdom (Games)
Red's Kingdom 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mad King Mac has kidnapped your father and stolen your golden nut! Solve puzzles and battle goons as you explore and battle your... | Read more »
Turbo League Guide: How to tame the cont...
| Read more »
Fire Emblem: Heroes coming to Google Pla...
Nintendo gave us our first look at Fire Emblem: Heroes, the upcoming mobile Fire Emblem game the company hinted at last year. Revealed at the Fire Emblem Direct event held today, the game will condense the series' tactical RPG combat into bite-... | Read more »
ReSlice (Music)
ReSlice 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Audio Slice Machine Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or... | Read more »
Stickman Surfer rides in with the tide t...
Stickson is back and this time he's taken up yet another extreme sport - surfing. Stickman Surfer is out this Thursday on both iOS and Android, so if you've been following the other Stickman adventures, you might be interested in picking this one... | Read more »
Z-Exemplar (Games)
Z-Exemplar 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
5 dastardly difficult roguelikes like th...
Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac,... | Read more »
Last week on PocketGamer
Welcome to a weekly feature looking back on the past seven days of coverage on our sister website, PocketGamer. It’s taken a while for 2017 to really get going, at least when it comes to the world of portable gaming. Thank goodness, then, for... | Read more »
ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion set...
To the delight of mobile strategy fans, Feral Interactive released ROME: Total War just a few months ago. Now the game's expansion, Barbarian Invasion is marching onto iPads as a standalone release. [Read more] | Read more »
Yuri (Games)
Yuri 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It's night. Yuri opens his eyes. He wakes up in a strange forest.The small, courageous explorer rides on his bed on casters in this... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
4-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro on sale for $2290, save...
Guitar Center has the 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro (MD253LL/A) on sale for $2289.97 including free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Their price is a $710 savings over standard MSRP for... Read more
128GB Apple iPad Air 2, refurbished, availabl...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 128GB iPad Air 2s WiFis available for $419 including free shipping. That’s an $80 savings over standard MSRP for this model. A standard Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $... Read more
Laptop Market – Flight To Quality? – The ‘Boo...
Preliminary quarterly PC shipments data released by Gartner Inc. last week reveal an interesting disparity between sales performance of major name PC vendors as opposed to that of less well-known... Read more
IBM and Bell Transform Canadian Enterprise Mo...
IBM and Bell Canada have announced they are joining forces to offer IBM MobileFirst for iOS market-ready enterprise applications for iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch. Bell, Canada’s largest communications... Read more
Otter Products is Closing… For a Day of Givin...
On Thursday, Feb. 9, Otter Products is closing doors to open hearts. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, the company is pausing operations for a day so all employees can volunteer with... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
Amazon has 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros (MJLQ2LL/A) available for $1799.99 including free shipping. Apple charges $1999 for this model, so Amazon’s price is represents a $200 savings. Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished 13-inch Reti...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $360 off original MSRP, starting at $1099. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is... Read more
CalcTape for macOS 1.2 Adding Machine App for...
schoettler Software has announced CalcTape 1.2, an update to their desktop calculator for macOS. When it comes to adding long columns of numbers, doing complex calculations or playing around with... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* & PC Desktop Support Technician...
Apple & PC Desktop Support Technician job in Los Angeles, CA Introduction: We have immediate job openings for several Desktop Support Technicians with one of our Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (Multi-L...
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* 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* & PC Desktop Support Technician...
Apple & PC Desktop Support Technician job in Stamford, CT We have immediate job openings for several Desktop Support Technicians with one of our most well-known Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.