[MD1] Sun/Microsoft Contract Released
Sun and Microsoft have agreed to make their agreement and other text
public. Below is the release from Sun and the release from Microsoft.
Obviously, they are both written from each company's point of view, and
we're presenting both sets of overlapping content to be fair.
SUN-MICROSOFT CONTRACT RELEASED
Amended Complaint: http://java.sun.com/aboutJava/info/complaint.html
Technology License and Distribution Agreement:
Trademark License Agreement: http://java.sun.com/aboutJava/info/tm.html
Sun Microsystems Inc.'s lawsuit against Microsoft's use of the Java(TM)
technology has received widespread attention. This action has aroused
considerable interest from the media, the industry and the public in the
contracts Microsoft signed with Sun to develop and distribute products
incorporating Sun's Java technology and to use the Java Compatible
[MD1] Stagecast to Bring Cocoa to Market
STAGECAST TO BRING APPLE'S COCOA
TECHNOLOGY TO MARKET
Startup Licenses Proven Authoring Technology for Kids
Palo Alto, Calif., October 13, 1997 -- Stagecast Software, Inc., a K-12
software company, announced today that it will develop commercial products
based on Apple Computer Inc.'s Cocoa technology. Due to recent changes at
Apple, the computer company discontinued commercial development of Cocoa.
Members of the original Apple development team formed Stagecast to further
their dream of creating a product line that takes advantage of the simple
graphical programming technology first demonstrated in Cocoa.
David Smith and Allen Cypher, two of Stagecast's founders, were key Cocoa
researchers and inventors while at Apple. "We designed Cocoa to be as much
fun as a video game, but with challenges that develop thinking and
communication skills," said Smith. "Our products will exercise kids' minds,
not their thumbs." Cypher alluded to studies indicating that children are
spending less time...
[MD1] Rhapsody Developers Can Backup
APPLE INCLUDES RETROSPECT CLIENT ON RHAPSODY CD
Pre-Release Program Allows Rhapsody Developers to Protect Work
ORINDA, CA - October 14, 1997 - Developers for Apple Computer's next
generation operating system, code-named Rhapsody, will have an easy way to
back up their development files with the new Retrospect Client for
Dantz Development today announced that Apple is including a beta version of
Retrospect Client for Rhapsody on the Rhapsody Developer Release CD-ROM.
Developers may sign up for a pre-release program with Dantz that supports
up to four Rhapsody development computers. Developers who join the program
by paying the $99.00 license fee will also receive bug fixes or
enhancements that become available during the course of Apple's development
of Rhapsody. More information is available by sending an e-mail to
The Retrospect Client for Rhapsody is a newly written client, native for
Rhapsody, not an emulated Mac OS client. Retrospect Client for...
[MD1] MacDirectory Available to Over 1 Million Mac OS 8 Users
NEW YORK, NY - October 13, 1997 - In a move to provide the best Web
experience for internet users, MacDirectory announced that its Web site
(http://www.macdirectory.com), the first Macintosh search engine, has been
incorporated into the newly-introduced Mac OS 8.
MacDirectory provides users the latest Mac OS hardware and software
information (searchable databases), job opportunities, up-to-date news,
reviews, services (worldwide searchable database), free software downloads,
links to Apple-related Web sites and more.
According to Adam Fingerman, Mac OS Internet Product Manager at Apple
Computer, Inc., "One of our goals for Mac OS 8 was to include the best
Internet software and leading information services available so that
getting on-line is quick, easy and an enjoyable experience. We provide a
default set of bookmarks to some of the best web sites on the Internet,
such as the MacDirectory web site, because of the high quality content it
provides to Mac OS users."
With more than 1...
[MD1] Joy for Rhapsody DR1 Released
JOY FOR RHAPSODY DR1 RELEASED
- Joy Explorer for Interactive Exploration of Rhapsody
- Joy Developer for Rapid Cross-Platform Application Development
VIENNA, Austria, October 13, 1997. AAA+ Software today announced the
release of Joy for Rhapsody. Joy is an extension to the Rhapsody suite of
development tools. With Joy full-featured applications can be created
without compiling any code.
"Sitting and waiting for the compiler and linker to finish is a waste of
time," said Werner Staringer, founder of AAA+ Software, "interactively
experimenting with the API is much more efficient - and a lot more fun. --
The product name Joy was a logical consequence."
Joy Explorer is aimed at Mac developers who want to explore Rhapsody:
experiment with the API, get familiar with the new Yellow Box, and develop
small scale applications. Upgrading later to Joy Developer is possible.
Joy Developer is aimed at developers who want to interactively develop
sophisticated applications. With Joy they can script...
[MD1] OpenBase Lite FREE
Francestown, New Hampshire -- October 13, 1997 -- OpenBase International,
Ltd. today announced that it is providing a single user version of its
popular OpenBase SQL database FREE on Windows NT and Apple's next
generation OS, code named Rhapsody. The FREE deployment license, called
OpenBase Lite, allows single user applications to access local databases.
Multi-user OpenBase Network licenses which are 100% compatible with the
free license are available for purchase.
OpenBase is a high performance SQL engine that handles all of the
complexities of data storage and multi-user communication for end-user
applications. Aggressive multi-threading, row level locking, text
searching, change notification and variable record length technology makes
OpenBase a robust database solution.
"Since the data is available via standard SQL it is possible for customers
to integrate shrink-wrapped and vertical market applications," says Scott
Keith, the Director of OpenBase, "Providing a free deployment...
[MD1] Apple Mirrors Microsoft's Support Policies
Apple Mirrors Microsoft's Support
New Program Features Combination of Phone, Web and Automated Voice Response
CUPERTINO, California--Oct. 13, 1997--Apple Computer, Inc. today announced
that it is changing its support policies to more closely mirror
Microsoft's. The new policies are effective immediately and include:
free support on the web (http://www.info.apple.com/) free support from
Apple's automated phone response system free phone support for the first 90
days of ownership fee-based phone support at U.S. $35 per call after the
first 90 days of ownership
"While Apple's support was rated number one in the PC industry this
September by Consumer Reports, we can't rest there," said Steve Jobs, Apple
interim CEO. "Adopting Microsoft's $35 per call support policy will enable
us to do an even better job of supporting our customers."
Most of Apple's technical support calls are software related and requests
for assistance about known issues. The combination of the web and...
[MD1] Rhapsody Gets Positive Response
Rhapsody Gets Positive Response From
CUPERTINO, California--Oct. 13, 1997-- Apple Computer Inc's Rhapsody
Developer Release has received rave reviews from the software developers
who were seeded with an early version. These developers were given an early
version of the software to test the application development environment and
create the demonstration software applications shipping with the operating
Feedback from these developers included:
"Using Rhapsody and the tools we built on top of it, we are now able to
develop apps on Rhapsody and deploy them on Windows NT without any
compiling or linking under Windows. For us, Rhapsody on the Mac is a dream
come true." Werner Staringer Founder AAA+ Software
Anderson Financial Systems, Inc.
"For software developers, Rhapsody offers the enormous benefit of deploying
dynamic, full-featured applications across multiple platforms with a single
set of source code. For end users involved with content...
[MD1] Apple Ships Rhapsody Developer Release
Apple Delivers Developer Release of Rhapsody
More than 10,000 Developers Seeded with Early Release of Apple's
Next-generation Operating System for Server and High-end Desktop
Software Developers Contribute Sample Programs Seeded Worldwide to Developers
CUPERTINO, California--Oct. 13, 1997--Apple Computer, Inc. today shipped an
early version of its next-generation operating system--code named
Rhapsody--to more than 10,000 software developers worldwide. The Rhapsody
Developer Release is intended to allow software developers to begin
creating the applications that will run on the new operating system.
Apple expects Rhapsody to complement Mac OS in the Company's overall
operating system strategy. While Mac OS will move forward as Apple's volume
operating system, delivering market leading ease-of- use, multimedia and
Internet integration, Rhapsody will be initially targeted at server and
high-end desktop applications. Rhapsody aims to integrate Mac OS
X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Unverified)
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 00:14:36 -0600
From: The Mac Channel (email@example.com)
Subject: The Mac Channel 1.0b5 is Out!
October 13, 1997 - Annoucement TMC1.0b5 is Out!
Copyright 1996-97, The Mac Channel.
The new Mac Channel 1.0b5 with RealAudio is available
for download! Download the new version from our site:
* New Features
This new version has the following new features:
a. A RealAudio player built in.
b. 30% faster receiver.
c. New search window.
d. Window shade.
e. New article window.
f. New information Zones:
- Bit Shift.
- Daily Mac News.
g. New information types:
- RealAudio Clips.
h. Improved help system...
[MD1] NetMinder Ether 4.1
Neon Software Announces NetMinder Ethernet 4.1
LAFAYETTE, CA - Neon Software today announced an upgrade to NetMinder
Ethernet version 4.0, their software-only network protocol analyzer.
Version 4.1 addresses key needs created by the latest MacOS system and
NetMinder Ethernet 4.1 Features and Enhancements:
* Support for PowerBook 3400 series Built-in Ethernet.
* Support for PCI-based Ethernet 10/100 cards --
the new Farallon PN996-TX and the Asante 10/100.
* Automatic mapping of names to Ethernet addresses
within AppleTalk networks.
* Decode native and tunnelled NetBIOS and associated SMB packets.
* Extended IP/DHCP protocol decodes.
* Numerous other user interface and feature enhancements.
Running native on any Macintosh or Power Macintosh equipped with a
supported 10 or 100 Megabit Ethernet interface, NetMinder Ethernet captures
and decodes a full range of Ethernet protocols. In addition to NetMinder
Ethernet's original features, such as Packet Inference, which...
[MD1] JavaExpress: Help your career
From: Dave Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Java(tm) Express" is a one-day seminar designed to teach people about Java
while raising money for worthwhile SF Peninsula charities. It will take
place on Saturday, November 8 at Apple's R&D campus in Cupertino, from 9:00
am until 5:00 pm.
It is sponsored by the Software Forum, Apple Computer, and Personal
Concepts, and I will be presenting most of the material. For the last ten
years, I have taught advanced object-oriented programming seminars
worldwide for companies such as IBM, Apple, Tandem, ParcPlace, Taligent,
MITRE, and Boeing, among others.
"Java(tm) Express" will cover two major topics:
(1) an overview of Java technical and business issues, and
(2) writing Java applications and applets.
Attendees will need to be familiar with the concepts of object-oriented
programming but do not need to be experts. What if you are already a Java
programming guru? Then perhaps this seminar is not for you. The seminar is
targeted at the thousands...
[MD1] Sybase Conference
From: Deborah Ries (email@example.com)
Subject: Sybase, Inc. Invites you to Power Up for Profits!
Join us for a FREE technology and business seminar and gear up your
business for increased profits! Whether you are a professional site
developer, application solution provider, system integrator, reseller,
consultant or educator, give your customers what they need and discover the
tools for the future of enterprise computing.
Celebrate your freedom of choice by leveraging development and deployment
environments that are open, that take advantage of standards, and increase
your skills and viability in the fast changing world of the Internet!
Have some of our Java during the morning technology seminar and learn about
PowerStudio Enterprise, an integrated set of best in class tools for
powerful business applications on the Web.
Stay for a Power Lunch and understand more about the Internet market
opportunities and how to show clients what kind of payoff they can expect
[MD1] VText Developers Mailing List
From: MACman@islandnet.com (MACman)
Announcing the official VText Developers Mailing List!
What is VText?
VText is not a reincarnation of the TextEdit API. VText is not a C++
PowerPlant wrapper to some other text engine.
VText is a C++ add-on library for Metrowerks' PowerPlant application
framework. VText is a text engine built to the object oriented API defined
in PowerPlant's "AppleEvent Classes" -- but built entirely from scratch.
VText provides complete Macintosh text support including:
* Greater than 32kb text
* Drag and Drop editing
* AppleEvent scripting and recordability
* Full support for multibyte characters and inline input methods
including Japanese and Chinese text, and full support for
bidirectional script systems including Arabic and Hebrew.
Information about VText-Dev
The VText-Dev list is the "official" Vivistar Consulting mailing list. The
list provides a community forum where users...
[MD1] BeOS Preview Release 2
BE SHIPS BeOS PREVIEW RELEASE 2
FOUR MONTHS AFTER PREVIEW RELEASE 1
MENLO PARK, Calif. (October 7, 1997) -- Today Be., Inc. announced shipment
of the second public release of the Be Operating System (BeOS Preview
Release 2). Preview Release 2 continues improvements resulting from
Developer and End-user feedback with features added as part of the long
term development plan for the BeOS.
"This release adds momentum to the BeOS," said Jean-Louis Gasse, President
and CEO of Be, Inc. "This is business as usual, responding to Developers
and Customers and building up the BeOS technology platform."
In just the last two months:
* Over one hundred new BeOS applications have been released
* The number of registered Be developers has climbed 10%
to more than 4,400
* More than 500,000 copies of the BeOS have been distributed to
Be plans to deliver three releases of the BeOS next year, and the BeOS
Preview Release 2 is actually being delivered slightly ahead of that
[MD1] MacPerl 5.1.4r4
From: Tim Rand (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: MacPerl 5.1.4r4 released
Forwarded from the MacPerl mailing list:
After some dramatical last minute developments, the application and MPW
tool packages of MacPerl 5.1.4r4, the first MacPerl release based on 5.004,
are now available on
The rest of the distribution should become available later this week.
- Made Command-. more reliable and also added a menu command for it.
- Expanded toolbox documentation considerably.
- The MPW Tool distribution now simply installs on top of the application
distribution, which makes it a lot smaller [Martin Heller].
- Add %#s format to printf for Pascal strings.
- Rewrote all toolbox interfaces to use strict; introduced a lot more
structs; rewrote hash based structs to object based structs.
- FindFolder.pl had lost its XFCN resource and thus would no longer work
[MD1] Sun Sues Microsoft over Java
Try the Java applet version
SUN SUES MICROSOFT FOR BREACH OF JAVA(TM) CONTRACT
Microsoft fails Java compatibility tests for Internet Explorer 4.0
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- October 7, 1997 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
announced that it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against
Microsoft Corporation for breaching its contractual obligation to deliver a
compatible implementation of JavaTM technology on its products. Sun is
seeking an injunction to prevent Microsoft from improperly using the Java
Compatible logo. Sun is also seeking to prevent Microsoft from misleading
Java developers and to prevent them from delivering anything but fully
compatible Java technology implementations.
Specifically, the complaint charges Microsoft with trademark infringement,
false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition, interference
with prospective economic advantage and inducing breach of contract.
One of Microsoft's or any Java licensee's most significant contractual
obligations is to...
[MD1] Jovis Database Engine
October 5, 1997 -- New York, NY. -- DAS Works, maker of ListTable(TM),
announces the release and shipment of Jovis(R) Version 1.0.4, an XCmd
database engine, and the only fully scriptable database engine available
for the Macintosh. It allows users to create single-user, and/or
client/server applications with any scriptable application such as
HyperCard, SuperCard, Oracle Media Objects, Frontier, and others. With
Jovis, data is kept in database files external to the application. The
application's scripts include Jovis "calls" that manage and update these
"Jovis is the best HyperCard/SuperCard-oriented database
engine available today. It provides a fast and powerful
solution where one is sorely needed."
-Jeff Benjamin, StepUp Software, Inc.
Because Jovis was designed and created as an extension to scripting
environmen ts (not "spun-off" from a database management system or any
product that requires expert knowledge of SQL), it is easy to learn and
[MD1] Fantasm 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lightsoft is pleased to announce the release of the demo of Fantasm 5, a
Macintosh assembly language development environment.
Fantasm 5 is a major upgrade produced over the last two years.
This release addresses four major areas:
2. Ease of use.
Fantasm 5 is designed to allow the creation of most any kind of high speed
Mac application, code resource, fragment, control panel, extension, shared
library etc. Also useful for accelerating higher level C and Pascal
It sports a new graphical project manager which allows the use of multiple
open projects, embedded projects and merged targets. It provides a new plug
in architecture with publically available API. It's up to 260% faster than
the version it replaces and uses processor emulation to spot pipeline
stalls and dependencies in your source code making it easy to produce very
high speed code. No more "black magic" needed.
A useable demonstration version and selected...
[MD1] Metrowerks Embedded Strategy
From: Gordy Davies (email@example.com)
Subject: Metrowerks Embedded Strategy
In our mad scramble at Embedded Systems Conference West (which was a great
success for us), you may not have had access to the press releases we had
at the show and that were released to the Business Wire (23 of them!!)...
Below is the summary release...
METROWERKS ROLLS OUT EMBEDDED STRATEGY
AT ESC WEST/97 IN SAN JOSE
CodeWarrior Support for Embedded Systems Development Greatly Expanded
SAN JOSE, California - Metrowerks Inc. (NASDAQ: MTWKF, TSE/ME:MWK)
announced this week at the Embedded Systems Conference West/1997 in San
Jose, greatly expanded CodeWarrior support for embedded software
development, with over 20 press announcements covering all aspects of the
embedded software development tools market.
Metrowerks divides the embedded systems market into three core markets: the
proprietary operating system market; the RTOS/Windows CE market; and the
[MD1] Microsoft's Java Compliance
We are forwarding this for you to see. This is not specifically an
endorsement of the letter below nor of Microsoft's practices/policies -- it
is for your information and for you to make up your own mind. If we are
sent an equivalent letter to support Microsoft, we will distribute that as
From: David Schargel, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing you this message to ask for action.
A few short days ago, Microsoft released the final Win95/NT version of the
Internet Explorer 4.0 web browser. This browser, as expected, does not
contain an implementation of Java that is fully-compliant with the Java
core platform. It may have a compatible JVM, but it does not contain the
full class libraries of the JDK 1.1 implementations of Java. The omissions
seem to be intentional.
Let's be clear, IMHO Microsoft is deliberately trying to destroy the chance
for Java to fulfill its "write once, run anywhere" promise. Java
portability is the single...
[MD1] BBEdit Integrates with Macromedia
BARE BONES SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES BBEDIT INTEGRATION WITH NEW MACROMEDIA TOOL
Bedford, MA--October 6,1997--Bare Bones Software, Inc. today announced
their participation in a collaboration with Macromedia, Inc. to provide
high-technology Web authoring tools. As the result of this effort,
BBEdit(tm), the premier text and HTML editor for the Mac OS(tm), will
integrate seamlessly with the Mac OS version of Dreamweaver(tm), the new
visual Web authoring tool announced today by Macromedia.
This unprecedented level of integration is made possible through a close
technology partnership between the two companies. Macromedia and Bare Bones
Software engineers jointly developed the integration technology behind
"Roundtrip HTML(tm)" by taking advantage of capabilities unique to the Mac
OS and BBEdit's high-tech architecture, enabling the two tools to cleanly
exchange HTML code and preserve the integrity of the author's composition.
"Until now, graphical Web authoring tools have provided their...
[MD1] METAL v1.0B2, a BASIC metacompiler
From: Marin Saric (email@example.com)
Subject: Announce: METAL v1.0B2, a BASIC metacompiler
Galactic Dreams Software is annoucing a new version (v1.0B2) of its product
METAL. This version is released only a week after a previous one due to
high interest and a lot of positive feedback.
METAL is a BASIC metacompiler for a PowerMac with features such as:
- producing executables
- full on-line help
- a lot of examples
- very big palette of fast graphic functions
- sound playing (AIFF & AIFC files)
- file I/O
The following things are new in METAL v1.0B2:
- Added AppleEvent support
(Drag&Drop file(s), Open, Quit, Shutdown, etc.)
- Added "Get Pict Size" instruction for determining
the PICT file width and height.
- Added "Resize console" instruction for resizing
[MD1] Claris Ships FileMaker Pro 4.0
Claris Ships FileMaker Pro 4.0 for Windows and Mac OS
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Oct. 6, 1997 -- Claris Corp. announced the immediate
availability of FileMaker Pro 4.0 for Windows NT, Windows 3.1 and Mac OS,
the newest version of its award-winning cross platform relational database
Now with built-in HTTP server and CGI (Common Gateway Interface)
capabilities at an estimated retail price of just $199 (U.S.), FileMaker
Pro 4.0 will collect and serve dynamic data over the Web from computers
with access to the Internet or an intranet via TCP/IP. FileMaker Pro 4.0 is
a breakthrough intranet solution for corporate workgroups and small
businesses in need of convenient, cost-efficient access to databases.
FileMaker Pro 4.0 may also be used to serve data to sophisticated Web
sites, created by popular web authoring tools.
Getting a FileMaker Pro 4.0 database onto the Web is incredibly easy using
the product's new Web Companion plug-in. With just the click of a check
box, users can perform...
[MD1] Pascal Source Code and Articles
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill M. Catambay)
Subject: [Ann] Pascal Source Code and Articles
To all Macintosh Pascal programmers:
The following is a summary of the current contents available at Pascal
Central. For any of you who may not know about Pascal Central, Pascal
Central provides the pascal community one place to obtain Pascal technical
information, Pascal source code, and Pascal-related internet links. The
home page is at http://www.catambay.com/pascal-central.
Pascal Central is now broken up into the following sections:
FEATURED ARTICLES: These are the latest articles contributed to Pascal
Central. See the end of this note for a summary of these articles.
FORUMS & LINKS: This pages provides information on Pascal forums (such as
the MacPascal mailing list, and the Pascal newsgroups), and several links
to Pascal related web sites (for PC and Mac). To join the MacPascal mailing
list, go to http://www.stairways.com/mailinglists/macpascal.html.
NOTHING BUT MACINTOSH SOURCE...
[MD1] Softdisk Publishing
From: Matthew Hudson (email@example.com)
Subject: Mac programs wanted for publication!
CALLING ALL DEVELOPERS!
YOUR PROGRAMS ARE WANTED FOR PUBLICATION!
Softdisk Publishing has been publishing monthly software since 1981 for a
wide variety of computer systems. We give our subscribers high quality
software at a fraction of the typical commercial price. Our software is in
use by thousands of people on thousands of computers worldwide. In age, our
subscribers range from six-year-old elementary school students to 70-plus
retirees, and their wide variety of interests are well matched by our
diverse offerings each month. Many of the programs that Softdisk publishes
on its monthly software subscriptions are created by talented free-lance
programmers from around the world who submit their programs for review and
Where do you fit in?
We pay a flat licensing fee for the rights to run each program on an issue
and we also offer quarterly ROYALTIES (typically 20%) for...
[MD1] public beta of PowerPlant 1.8b1
From: MWRon@metrowerks.com (MW Ron)
Subject: [ANN] public beta of PowerPlant 1.8b1
This is a public beta of PowerPlant 1.8b1 (the archive also includes
Constructor 2.4.3a1). This archive contains the new Appearance Classes
which provide native support for MacOS 8's new Appearance Manager. It also
contains many other changes and improvements since CW Pro 1. It is an
(almost) complete PowerPlant folder.
Althought this has been tested this is a public beta and all precautions
normally associated with beta sofware should be noted. Furthermore, the
contents of this archive (PowerPlant) is subject to change for CW Pro 2.
You must have CW Pro 1 to install and use this public beta.
If you are connecting from europe, you may want to try the mirror at:
PowerPlant Public Beta 1.8b1
Released on 09/30/...
[MD1] Open CW C++ v2 Beta Test Version
From: MWRon@metrowerks.com (MW Ron)
Subject: [ANN] Open CW C++ v2 Beta Test Version
Metrowerks had to make some hard decisions on the C++ compilers whether to
add some C++ improvements this summer or to put all of our efforts into a
new version of our C++ compilers. Our decision was to move ahead to the
next generation of C++ compilers as fast as possible, however, by doing so,
we have failed to uphold some promises, for that Metrowerks deeply
In order to give CodeWarrior users an opportunity to use these new tools as
soon as possible, Metrowerks is having an open Beta test of the v2
compilers and linkers. These v2 tools include namespaces and fuller STL
support. If you are interested in testing these tools, please send an
Title your message "Open C/C++ compiler test" (without the quotes) and
include your full name, company name, preferred e-mail address, and host
platform (Mac or Windows). Testers must have...
[MD1] Apple to Distribute Tools Free
Apple to Distribute Mac OS Tools to Apple Developer Program Members and Mac
OS Tools Vendors
Metrowerks First Vendor to License Tools; Select Tools Will Also be Made
Available to Public for Free Download
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 30 -- Apple Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) today
announced it will begin distributing many of its Mac OS development tools
to the members of Apple's Developer Programs worldwide in November of this
year. Apple will distribute the tools on CD as an added benefit of program
membership. Select tools will also be made available on the Internet for
free to students, hobbyists and non-program members. By making its
development tools broadly available, Apple is ensuring that developers get
more of the resources they need to take full advantage of new development
opportunities for the Mac OS.
Some of the tools scheduled to be distributed on CD include the Macintosh
Programmer's Workshop, MacApp, SourceBug, MacsBug, Power Macintosh
Debugger, Virtual User an performance...
[MD1] BASIC Metacompiler
We are announcing our new product: METAL - Meta Language.
METAL is a BASIC metacompiler for a PowerMac with features such as:
- producing executables
- full on-line help
- a lot of examples
- very big palette of fast graphic functions
- sound playing (AIFF & AIFC files)
- file I/O
METAL v1.0B is a non-crippled freeware product made by Galactic Dreams
Software. METAL can be obtained from
(http://public.srce.hr/~msaric/GDS/software.html) or from Info-Mac
archives. METAL can be freely distributed on any CD-ROM, as long as
distributed entirely and without any modifications. To find out more
about METAL and our other products, visit our homepage at:
For any questions, contact:
[MD1] Apple Launches Brand Advertising Campaign
Apple Launches Brand Advertising
Campaign Premiering this Sunday on
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Sept. 26, 1997--Apple Computer, Inc. today announced it
is launching its new brand advertising campaign with two 60 second
television commercials scheduled to air during the network premier of
Pixar's academy award winning film "Toy Story" on ABC's "Wonderful World of
Disney" this Sunday evening, September 28. The campaign is themed "Think
Different" and is the first work by Apple and TBWA Chiat/Day in over a
decade. Their previous collaboration produced many award winning ads,
including the CLIO winner "1984" ad which has been voted the best ad of all
time by advertising professionals.
"Apple has one of the best brands in the world. This campaign celebrates
the soul of our brand--which is the desire to change the world for the
better," said Steve Jobs. "This ad is just the beginning of a major
marketing campaign to let our customers know that Apple is coming back, and
returning to those...
[MD1] Apple Streamlines Channel Policies
Apple Streamlines Channel Policies to
Strengthen Customer Experience and
Improve Channel Advocacy
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Sept. 26 1997--Apple Computer, Inc. today announced
channel policy and program changes designed to increase Apple advocacy
among channel resellers, improve the customer experience, reduce channel
inventory, and bring more profitable revenues to both the resellers and the
Company. Consistent with these changes, Apple will allow more authorized
resellers to buy direct by lowering its volume bar and will provide greater
flexibility by offering its complete product assortment (except products
specific to Education market) to all resellers. Additionally, Apple will
strengthen the channel force with over 100 additional sales and support
representatives focused on communication, forecasting, training, and
"Today's policy and program changes are further proof of Apple's commitment
to providing its core customers and channel partners with industry-leading...
[MD1] CDFinder 1.5.1
CDFINDER 1.5.1 RELEASED
September 27, 1997, Johannesberg, Germany
The new version of CDFinder is the very first application that uses the new
contextual menus of MacOS 8!
CDFinder is a very fast and powerful tool to create catalog files of your
hard disks, floppies, ZIP's and anything else that spins. It has a great
user interface and very useful search functions. CDFinder supports
drag&drop and requires at least a 68020 or PowerPC CPU. While System 7 is
required, CDFinder is also fully compatible to MacOS 8. A special feature
is the trilingual user interface (German/French menus/English).
This mix of features makes CDFinder very useful especially for developers
with their usually large mount of important developer CDROM's.
New features in CDFinder 1.5.1:
- CDFinder now uses the Contextual Menus in MacOS 8 to add some interesting
new ways to do your work!
- All of the menus and some dialogs are translated into the French
- Self extracting archives are now recognized...
[MD1] X-Factor Series (G3) MacOS Compatibles
PowerTools is now shipping the fastest MacOS compatible computer in the world
PowerTools announced today they have in stock and are ready to ship the new
X-Factor series MacOS compatible computers. Based on the greatly
anticipated G3 (Arthur) processor with a "back-side cache," these new
systems will out perform any currently shipping models by over 40% in
speed. The available configurations are as follows:
X-Factor 1: 250Mhz (G3 Arthur processor) mini-tower 32MB / 2.1GB scsi-3
hard drive / 24x CD / 512k "back side" L2 cache / 4MB IMS video card / KB /
10-Base-T ethernet / MacOS 8 / FWB hard disk tool kit....... $3,999
X-Factor 2: 250Mhz (G3 Arthur processor) mini-tower 80MB / 9.1GB fast-wide
hard drive / fast-wide SCSI-3 card / 24x CD / 512k "back-side" L2 cache /
4MB IMS video card / KB / 10-Base-T ethernet / MacOS 8 / FWB hard disk tool
The G3 series of PowerPC processors from Motorola and IBM have been tested
to be the fastest currently available. The speed and...
[MD1] Joy Explorer and Developer for OPENSTEP/MachOS
AAA+ Software invites Developers to Explore OPENSTEP with Joy.
Rapid Application Development Tools Joy Explorer and Joy Developer released
VIENNA, Austria, September 25, 1997. AAA+ Software today announced the
availability of Joy Explorer and Joy Developer for OPENSTEP/MachOS. A free,
fully-enabled evaluation version of Joy Explorer is available from the AAA+
For developers new to Rhapsody and OPENSTEP, Joy Explorer is the ideal tool
to get familiar with the Yellow Box API. Experienced Rhapsody and OPENSTEP
developers can use it to quickly try out new ideas, prototype solutions,
tweak the functionality of existing Yellow Box classes, explore
undocumented features, and for scripting and debugging.
"Sitting and waiting for the compiler and linker to finish is a waste of
time," said Werner Staringer, founder of AAA+ Software, "interactively
experimenting with the API is much more efficient - and a lot more fun."
The product name Joy is a logical consequence...
[MD1] Assoc. of Mac Trainers
THE ASSOCIATION OF MACINTOSH TRAINERS
(Newport News, VA) - We are pleased to announce the establishment of the
Association of Macintosh Trainers. The purpose of the association is to
establish an international network of Apple Macintosh computer trainers,
instructors and educators that is easily accessible to end users and to
help facilitate and improve upon the quality of Macintosh computer support.
The association was founded in 1991, and has a membership that includes
individual trainers and instructors, computer retailers, consultants,
government agencies and educators from public school systems, colleges and
universities from around the world.
The Association of Macintosh Trainers can be contacted through Jimmy J.
Davies, President, P.O. Box 2743, Newport News, Virginia 23609,
757-877-9463, Fax 757-877-9463, eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our web site
[MD1] BlueNotes ECash Toolkit for Developers
ANNOUNCING THE BLUENOTES ECASH TOOLKIT FOR DEVELOPERS
The First Commercial Toolkit for Anonymous Ecash Transactions
PALO ALTO, Calif. September 24, 1997 -- BlueMoney Software Corporation
today announced BlueNotes(tm), the world's first commercial software
toolkit for building financial applications with private electronic cash
The BlueNotes Ecash Toolkit contains an Applications Programming Interface
("API") to help software developers enable ecash payments within their
software products. It is compatible with the ecash issued by Mark Twain
Bancshares of St. Louis, Missouri, and other banks around the world that
use ecash "mints" built by Digicash bv of Amsterdam.
Previously, no commercially supported ecash API has been available to
developers of web sites and software products. The BlueNotes Toolkit
fulfills this demand, allowing the quick and easy integration of ecash
payments into web sites, browsers, electronic wallets, cash registers, and
[MD1] Insider Updates 2
INSIDER UPDATES 2 NOW AVAILABLE
SIGNIFICANT FUNCTIONALITY AND IMPROVED INTERFACE ADDED TO MACINTOSH
Insider Software today announced the availability of Insider Updates 2, a
release that adds significant functionality and usability features to the
leading Macintosh software-updating product. The new version uses smarter
approaches for both determining which updaters users need to bring their
Macintosh software up-to-date with the most current developer releases, as
well as improved methods for determining when new updaters become available
on the Internet. Insider Updates 2 is fully compatible with MacOS 8 and
DEVELOPERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT NEW UPDATERS
Developers can go to https://insidertwo.theinside.com/newupdater.html and
specify information for their new updaters. This gets the updater out to
the developer's customers as fast as possible. The secure site is available
24 hours a day. All submtted information is verified before release....
[MD1] Internet Config 1.4
From: email@example.com (Quinn)
Subject: Announce: Internet Config 1.4
The Internet Configuration System
-- Making Macintosh Internet Activity Easier
Internet Config is an application that allows you to set Internet
preferences in one place and have them read my any other "IC aware"
application. Internet Config is supported by many Mac OS Internet
applications, including NewsWatcher, Anarchie, Fetch, and Internet Explorer.
It is my pleasure to announce the release of Internet Config 1.4. This
version has a few new features but, more importantly, it offers significant
reliability improvements over previous versions. Specific enhancements
o The IC application now supports "Get URL" AppleEvents, routing them to
the appropriate helper application.
o The extension now holds the default preferences, so you get default
preferences regardless of which application first uses IC.
o The extension now sanity checks preference files before opening them. It
also keeps a copy of...
[MD1] Be names Roizen to Board
Be, Inc. names Heidi Roizen to Board of Directors
Menlo Park, CA (September 23, 1997) - Be, Inc. has named Heidi Roizen to
its Board of Directors.
Heidi Roizen is an accomplished executive with fifteen years of senior
management experience in the computer industry. She serves on the Board of
Directors of Great Plains Software (Nasdaq:GPSI), and is a Public Governor
of the Pacific Exchange. Her most recent executive position was as the vice
president of Worldwide Developer Relations for Apple Computer, which she
left in February of this year. She also served for 13 years as CEO of
T/Maker Company, a successful software developer and publisher, and is a
past president and longtime board member of the Software Publishers'
"I, and the rest of the Be team, are delighted to welcome Heidi to our
Board" said Jean-Louis Gassee, president and CEO of Be, Inc. "Her broad
software industry background will help us chart our future course and her
excellent standing with the ISV...
[MD1] AIMED Conducts a series of polls
AIMED Conducts a series of polls for the Mac developer community!
Los Angeles, CA -- September 23, 1997 -- AIMED, the Association of
Independent Macintosh Engineers and Developers, is conducting a series of
polls to collect data that it's developer membership can use to chart their
Macintosh development efforts. The information the three polls gathers has
been requested by AIMED members and is intended to gather information from
the developer community on the following topics, State of Macintosh
Development, Rhapsody, and Clone/CHRP issues. The poll pages are available
on the AIMED web site and open today. Polling will continue until midnight
October 5, 1997. The results of the polls will be made available to the
developer community on the AIMED site, Apple Computer and various press
AIMED is an independent, nonprofit organization of Macintosh developers.
Founded in January 1996, it is dedicated to evangelizing third party
hardware and software development for the Apple...
[MD1] Extending Mac OS 8 Contextual Menus
New utility extends Mac OS 8 Contextual Menus
September 17, 1997 - Limassol, Cyprus - Annoyed that you have to press the
Control key to open Contextual Menus? "Look Mom, No Hands!", Tools & Toys'
newest shareware utility, lets you open Contextual Menus by just holding
down the mouse button, and leaves your other hand free for the coffee cup.
This handy US$ 9 software requires less than 10K of RAM, installs in less
than a minute, and is definitely a must for every Mac OS 8 lover! "Look
Mom, No Hands!" runs on any PowerPC computer with Mac OS 8 installed and
can be downloaded from Tools & Toys' Web site at
About Tools & Toys
Tools & Toys Software Ltd. is based Limassol, Cyprus, and develops
software for the Mac OS platform. Products by Tools & Toys include:
+ Look Mom, No Hands!, a shareware utility for Mac OS 8that opens
contextual menus with a single mouse click
+ Visual Balloons, an easy to use set of libraries...
[MD1] EuroPress for small US based developers
Groupe Mirande launches 'EuroPress', a new low-cost press service aimed at
small US based hardware and software developers who want to raise the
profile of their products in Europe.
"Even small developers cannot afford to forget about Europe as a
market...ignore it at your peril" Says Paul Lambert of Groupe Mirande.
France - September 22nd 1997- Groupe Mirande, the French based company that
works with US based Hardware and Software companies to develop a commercial
presence for their products in Europe, today announce plans to expand its
services to include 'EuroPress', a new low-cost press service for small US
based IT companies who want to raise awareness of their products within the
"'EuroPress' is a result of a number of requests from smaller clients who
wanted just to use our press services to attract European customers to
their web site, where they could buy the product from", says Paul Lambert,
founder of Groupe Mirande. He continues "Normally we are...
[MD1] Universal PPP programmers' API
From: Richard Buckle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the past few years there's been an explosion of mutually incompatible
PPP drivers for the Mac. Writing one product to support them all cleanly
was a programmer's nightmare -- not to mention the testing.
The Universal PPP API is the solution: a general wrapper that dynamically
detects which PPP driver is in use and maps to its sub-API. Programmers can
simply code to the Universal API. For users, it "just works", even if they
switch between PPP flavours without restarting. Performance has been
The underlying code is modular, and other protocols (such as SLIP) which
have a well-definined API can easily be added. Mail me if you would like me
to add support for your protocol.
The Universal PPP API currently supports:
* Metrowerks C, C++ and Pascal.
* Open Transport 1.1.1 or better, or MacTCP 2.0.6.
* All versions of MacPPP, FreePPP, OT/PPP and ARA/PPP
available at the time of writing.
Example projects are...
[MD1] Apple Names New PR Agency
Apple Computer Names Niehaus Ryan
Group Public Relations Agency
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 22, 1997 Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL),
today named the Silicon Valley public relations firm Niehaus Ryan Group,
Inc. (NRG) its public relations agency of record for corporate and product
public relations beginning immediately.
This announcement completes Apple's marketing communications makeover which
has brought on TBWA Chiat/Day as its new advertising agency, CKS as its new
creative services firm, and finally NRG as its new public relations firm.
"We are very pleased to complete our new team with the addition of NRG,"
said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. "They are exactly the kind of
strategic, entrepreneurial agency we need right now."
"We believe that Apple's new direction will once again surprise the
industry," said NRG president Ed Niehaus. "Apple is one of the top brands
in the world, and the company is now poised to once again make its mark."
Founded in 1991, Niehaus Ryan...
[MD1] Financial Cryptography 1998 -- Call for Participants
Call for Participants
Financial Cryptography 1998 (FC98):
The world's only financial cryptography conference, exhibition, and
February 23-26, 1998
February 23-27, 1998
FC98 Financial Cryptography Workshop
March 2-6, 1998
The Inter-Island Hotel
Conference Reservations: (http://www.fc98.ai/)
What is FC98?
FC98, the world's only peer-reviewed conference on financial cryptography,
will be held Monday through Thursday, February 23-26, 1997, at the
Inter-Island Hotel on the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
In conjunction with the conference, the Inter-Island Hotel will also be the
site of an intensive 40-hour workshop for senior managers and IS
professionals the week after the conference (March 2-6), and a concurrent
exhibition of financial cryptography products and services during the
entire week of the conference itself, February 23-27.
The goals of the combined conference, workshop, and exhibition are:
- -- to provide a peer-reviewed...
[MD1] Version Master 1.5
Scottsdale, AZ; September 19, 1997 - Symmetry Software Corporation today
announced the release of version 1.5 of Version Master, the leading
software version reporting and updating tool for the Macintosh. Version
Master is the only major Macintosh software updating application that
remains free of charge.
This release brings a significant increase in performance to the
downloading function and integrates the application with the Version Master
website. Additionally, numerous interface enhancements have been added to
make the application easier to use including support for MacOS 8.
Free copies of Version Master may be downloaded from:
New features in version 1.5 include:
Downloading current version Information is 300% to 500% faster
Improved version identification
Internet Config is no longer required
Search online database for software titles not on the user's computer
Revised Scan command and new Refresh command updates...
[MD1] INTERSOLV PVCS Version Manager
INTERSOLV PVCS Version Manager(tm) for Macintosh
Synergex and INTERSOLV (Nasdaq: ISLI) announce the availability of PVCS
Version Manager(tm) for the Macintosh, enabling Mac developers for the
first time to manage software development projects across today's major
platforms with INTERSOLV's top-selling SCM tool from the PVCS Series.
Ported to the Mac by Synergex, which has brought PVCS tools to more than 20
other leading platforms, PVCS Version Manager for the Macintosh supports
any type of file-source code, graphics, documentation, binary, and text.
And it's ideal for tracking changes to HTML.
Equally usable as a standalone application or for team development
projects, this product enables developers to track revisions and customized
versions of software in Mac OS and non-Mac environments-even across system
boundaries. Developers can make and track changes to Mac OS and non-Mac
files alike, across Macintosh, Windows, OpenVMS, and leading versions of
PVCS Version Manager for...
[MD1] Macworld Expo Moving to NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MACWORLD Expo To Be Held At Jacob Javits Convention Center of New York
New venue in new city to provide broader reach to core Mac market
BOSTON, September 18, 1997 - IDG Expo Management Company today announced
that the 1998 East Coast production of MACWORLD Expo will be held at the
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York.
The East Coast's premier showcase for software and hardware vendors
supporting the Mac OS platform, MACWORLD Expo/New York will be held July
8-10. The exhibit floor and the MACWORLD Expo Conference Program take place
July 8-10. In addition, the MACWORLD Expo Professional Conference Program
will run from July 6-8.
"We are excited about launching MACWORLD Expo/New York," said David B.
Egan, president of IDG Expo Management Company. "New York is considered an
international center for creative professionals, and for companies
specializing in advertising, printing and publishing, the commercial arts,
graphic design, video production and...
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