September 24, 2002, Diamondhead, MS; STAZ Software, Inc.

With Release 7, the fastest, most powerful Macintosh BASIC just got even

Release 7 ships with a new printed book called “Switching to FutureBASIC.”
It targets folks who already know how to program, but need to be brought up
to speed on FutureBASIC’s specific syntax, Appearance Manager compliance,
Carbon programming, or Mac OS X coding. In addition to a washtub full of
detailed examples and illustrations, this book takes you through the
building of a full-fledged database application.

Release 7 taps into huge libraries of code by allowing access to UNIX and
to AppleScript routines. Up to 256 UNIX channels may be opened at once.
AppleScripts can be created on the fly, saved for later use, or run from
pre-compiled collections.

This version comes with its share of great new features and enhancements.
The IDE has been fine-tuned to maintain the compatibility with Jaguar, the
latest, and strangely furry system from Apple and the increase in speed for
all string operations will make your toes curl. All it takes is a quick
recompile of an existing application to immediately reap the benefits of
this turbocharger.

FutureBASIC offers what must be the easiest version of threading in all of
Macdom. Threaded functions operate just like any other function, except
that many different functions can process information simultaneously. Use
this unique FutureBASIC method of threading to easily make your programs
take advantage of multi-processor CPUs.

Serial communications were annihilated by Apple with Mac OS X. But STAZ
Software has been able to revive its serial routines so that serial devices
can now be accessed through FutureBASIC code for any version of the System
software from 7.6 to 10.2. Also on the list of items killed by Mac OS X and
brought back to life by FutureBASIC are toolbox routines like CreateResFile
and OpenRFPerm. Other novel routines simplify things like adding or
replacing a resource in any file and getting a full path name. And
everything works seamlessly from 68K to Carbon.

FutureBASIC has a suggested retail price of $169 for individual copies and
is sold by subscription. Upgrades are shipped on CD for a period of one
year. Renewal price is $99. Reviving an expired subscription is $129.
Updates for FutureBASIC II and I users are $149 until October 31, 2001. Lab
packs and site licenses are also available. The software is distributed by
STAZ Software, Inc. (800) 348-2623, or on the web:

For over fifteen years FutureBASIC has been empowering a wide range of Mac
programmers worldwide to create fast, professional applications.Today’s
state-of-the-art release brings that power and ease of use to Macs from the
Classic 68K machines, to the modern Mac OS X.

FB is also available in French, Italian, and Japanese.