4D, Inc. releases new 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V Public Beta for Mac OS X

NEW YORK, July 18, 2001 — Macworld Expo booth #458 — 4D, Inc., publishers
of the 4th Dimension v6.7 RAD/RDBMS Environment and WebSTAR Server Suite,
today announced the immediate availability of their new 4D WebSTAR(r) Server
Suite V public beta. Now, Mac(r) OS X users can take advantage of a much
faster WebSTAR while still enjoying the easiest to administer and most
secure Web serving on Mac OS X. Completely redesigned for Mac OS X, 4D
WebSTAR Server Suite V is available as a public beta directly off the web at
(http://www.WebSTAR.com/4dwsv). Macworld attendees can experience a full
demonstration of 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V at Booth #458.

“”””””””4D WebSTAR Server Suite V is a masterpiece of design ingenuity that
provides WebSTAR users serious server power, within an incredibly robust,
easy-to-use and secure server system for Mac OS X,”””””””” said Brendan Coveney,
president and CEO, 4D, Inc. “”””””””From its self-managed installation process to
its default configuration designed especially for tight security, WebSTAR V
is still the easiest web server. We even add extra tools to keep servers of
all sizes up and online.””””””””

“”””””””The UNIX-based foundation of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server provide
server-critical features such as pre-emptive multitasking, symmetric
multiprocessing and protected memory,”””””””” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice
president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “”””””””4D is leveraging these features
to create a high performance server solution.””””””””

“”””””””WebSTAR V is not merely a port from previous Mac OS to the new — it is a
major redesign,”””””””” said CJ Holmes, Chief WebSTAR Engineer, 4D, Inc. “”””””””We
brought forward all the lessons about security, ease-of-use and performance,
and designed a completely new server to exploit the power of Mac OS X. The
new Admin Client runs on multiple platforms, is more consistent, more
secure, and has some new features that long-time WebSTAR customers are going
to love.””””””””

Faster Server, Easier Admin, Secure Out of the Box
The new 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V takes advantage of Mac OS X’s
multiprocessor support, preemptive multitasking and faster networking,
without sacrificing WebSTAR’s stellar reputation for ease-of-use and
security. Beyond amazing speed increases in the web server itself, an
overhaul of the caching sub-system provides even more performance
improvements for the entire server suite.

The completely redesigned Administration architecture provides a high level
of flexibility with Delegatable Authority, allowing administrative
permissions to be individually granted for virtual host administrators. The
Admin Server is now separate from the Web Server, to monitor servers and
maximize uptime. The new Admin Client is written in 100% Java, giving the
Mac OS X look-and-feel, while allowing remote administration from any
platform that supports Java.

The Admin Client also now communicates via SSL for more secure
administration. Overall Security now takes advantage of reusable realm
security settings, and allow/deny security settings.

4D WebSTAR Server Suite V’s web serving security is easy, right out of the
box with secure default settings, more flexible access control and
authentication. Realm matching is designed to work well with HFS plus
volumes, the default for Mac OS X. 4D WebSTAR V now also supports
MD5-digest authentication. Configuring SSL with 4D WebSTAR V is easy for
secure encrypted traffic.

4D WebSTAR Server Suite V comes with an integrated FTP server, and new
integrated WebDAV http file service. Search capabilities are now radically
faster with full site indexing, searching and remote crawling. Improved
logging features with even more options now help fulfill a wider range of
individual needs.

The dramatic new 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V public beta is available
immediately from the WebSTAR web site at: (http://www.WebSTAR.com/4dwsv).

About 4D, Inc.
Located in San Jose, California, 4D, Inc. is the US distributor of 4th
Dimension and the 4D family of products and publisher of the award winning
4D WebSTAR Server Suite. This tightly integrated suite of cross-platform
web-embedded development tools enables developers and web masters alike to
develop comprehensive business solutions. The 4th Dimension product line has
set the relational database standard for over fifteen years. The 4D WebSTAR
Server Suite V (now in beta) is built for Mac OS X to be the easiest to
administer and most flexible server suite for the Mac. 4D, Inc. is a 100
percent-owned subsidiary of 4D SA. 4D SA was formerly known as ACI. Visit us
on the web at (http://www.4d.com/).