[MD1] Zat Releases Mac OS Support for Spin
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[MD1] Zat Releases Mac OS Support for Spin

ZAT FULFILLS PROMISE OF CROSS-PLATFORM AUTHORING
FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS WITH SPIN FOR MACINTOSH

PORTLAND, OR - February 25, 1999 - Zat, Inc., a provider of
standards-based visual development environments and authoring tools,
today announced Macintosh support for Spin, the company's premier
Internet application authoring tool. Spin 1.0 for Macintosh makes it
possible for teams of content developers to use a mix of Windows and
Macintosh machines when authoring Internet applications. Spin 1.0 for
Windows 95/98/NT was announced earlier this month.

"Cross-platform authoring has long been a dream of content
developers," said Wm Leler, chief technology officer and a founder of
Zat. "With Spin, you can develop content that transparently runs on
dozens of platforms without alteration. In addition, the authoring
tool itself runs on multiple platforms, so content developers don't
have to purchase multiple versions to author for multiple platforms."

"The Zat product provides the best implementation I have seen to
date," said Bill Stewart, project lead of Quicktime for Java at Apple
Computer. "Based on our knowledge of existing and emerging tools, we
believe that Zat's product has the potential to become a dominant
authoring tool for the Internet."

Spin 1.0 is the first authoring tool for Internet applications that
enables development of both server- and client-side applications by
non-programmers. The new product leverages the simplicity of the
JavaBeans architecture and a revolutionary authoring technology to
make it possible for professionals such as web designers and
businesspeople to create interactive, distributed applications for
Ecommerce, intranets, entertainment, and education.

"Spin is written in Java, so we are able to use the same code for our
Macintosh and Windows products," said Philip Goward, VP of
Engineering and a founder of Zat. "With the identical application
running on both Macintosh and Windows, Spin provides a stable and
robust solution for what has been a real stumbling block for content
developers."

Price and Availability

Spin Developer Release is priced at $495 and is available
immediately. Purchasers of the developer release will receive a free
upgrade to Spin 1.0, available in late summer, 1999. The estimated
retail price of Spin 1.0 is $1,495. Multi-user licenses for Spin 1.0
are also available. Spin Developer Release 1.0 for Macintosh requires
MRJ (Macintosh Runtime for Java) 2.1, freely available from Apple.
Spin 1.0 supports Win95, WinNT, and Macintosh as development
platforms. Applications developed with Spin can be deployed on
virtually any operating system that
includes a Java Virtual Machine.

Zat, Inc.

Zat, Inc. is a provider of standards-based visual development
environments and development tools for non-programmers and software
developers. Zat was founded in 1997 by Dr. Wm Leler and Mr. Philip
Goward. Dr. Leler is a former software developer and manager at
Autodesk, Tektronix Research Labs, Cogent Research, and Texas
Instruments. Mr. Goward is a former manager at ParcPlace Systems and
Presidio Systems and developer of several successful software
products. The company is privately funded and headquartered in
Portland, OR. Zat can be contacted at 503-228-6225, info@zat.com, or
at http://www.zat.com. Screen shots of Spin are available on the Zat
web site.

 

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