Blue World Communications today released Lasso Professional 5, its popular tool for building and serving data-driven Web sites, in Standard and Developer editions for Mac OS X. New to Lasso Professional 5 is a next-generation object-oriented Web programming language, advanced Web application server administration and security, an embedded Lasso MySQL database server, a new distributed architecture, and over 200 other new features and enhancements. The software provides support for both Apache and 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V on Mac OS X, as well as external MySQL and FileMaker Pro databases. Lasso Professional 5 Standard Edition sells for US$1,199 as an electronic download and $1,299 as a boxed edition. The developer edition costs $699 as an electronic download and $799 as a boxed edition. Electronic downloads of the products are available immediately, while boxed versions are expected to ship by the end of March (boxed edition owners may use the electronic version until shipment).