XTOOLS: AN AQUA X WINDOW DESKTOP FOR MAC OS X
Xtools 1.0 Now Shipping
Santa Barbara, CA, April 20, 2001. Tenon Intersystems announced today the
release of Xtools 1.0 – a fully integrated X desktop for Mac OS X. Tenon’s
high-performance X Window Server provides seamless integration between an X
Window display environment and Macintosh applications. Tenon’s new X Window
Server is an easy-to-use, flexible, Mac OS X application that integrates
the best elements of Apple’s Aqua desktop with state-of-the-art X Window
tools to provide a powerful extension to Apple’s new operating system.
Xtools, based on the latest X11R6.4 and XFree86, is a multithreaded Cocoa
application, optimized for both the velocity engine and multiple
processors. Tenon’s new X window server uses Apple’s CoreGraphics and the
Quartz display engine. Xtools’ hardware-accelerated OpenGL includes a suite
of clickable OpenGL applications. The new Xtools package supports rootless
X windows on the Aqua desktop, as well as a rooted full-screen X desktop.
In addition to the rootless Aqua-style window manager, alternative window
managers, such as a Motif Window Manager (mwm) and the Tab Window Manager
(twm), are available for both the rootless and full-screen desktops.
All the standard Macintosh-style features are supported by Xtools’ tight
integration with Mac OS X: a configurable application menu for easy set-up
and easy execution of remote X clients; copy and paste between Macintosh
applications and X applications; multiple monitor display; and use of the
OS X hardware cursor. All the standard X Window features are supported:
full X color support, including True Color, Color Database, Pseudo Color,
Color Visuals; full X font support with almost 1000 fonts, including CDE
fonts, and X font server support; X Display Manager (XDM) support; and
3-button mouse support, including keystroke to mouse-button mapping.
The X Window System is an open source, industry standard for displaying
remote graphical applications. Tenon’s Xtools not only allows remote X
Window applications to be displayed on the Mac OS X desktop, but also
includes a complete set of X Window tools and libraries to support local
execution of X applications and X games on OS X. Extending Mac OS X with an
X Window porting environment enables high-resolution 3D-modeling &
animation, graphical visualization and image rendering applications to be
built directly on Mac OS X. More than 100 X applications are already able
to run on OS X with Xtools, including popular open source applications,
such as GIMP and Tk.
Tenon’s Xtools is downloadable at http://www.tenon.com/products/xtools. An
online discussion board is available for Xtools users and X application
developers. Xtools is $199 for a single copy, with a $99 educational price
and quantity discounts for both commercial and educational sites.
Founded in 1989, Tenon Intersystems is a leader in high-performance
networking. Tenon technology has provided the framework for world-class
networking on the Macintosh and Tenon is continuing that tradition on Mac
OS X. Tenon Intersystems can be reached in the U.S. at 805-963-6983, by the
internet at email@example.com, or via the web at http://www.tenon.com.