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Xtools 1.2: An Alternative X11 Desktop for Mac OS X

Xtools 1.2: An Alternative X11 Desktop for Mac OS X
Supports Macintosh applications on a Rooted X11 Dedicated Screen

Santa Barbara, CA, March 10, 2003. Tenon Intersystems is now shipping
Xtools 1.2 a free update to their X Window Server for Mac OS X. The new
Xtools 1.2 supports XFree86 4.2.1 and X11R6.6. Improvements have been made
to on screen rendering, refresh and redraw operations, OpenGL and Motif,
pseudocolor, visuals, support for antialias fonts, XDM, key mapping, secure
shell handling and support for Jaguar. There is also improved compatibility
for CDE, KDE, and Gnome desktops and for Fink X11 applications. In
addition, the new Xtools now includes the ability to view Macintosh
applications on the X Window desktop while running in full (dedicated)
screen mode, something none of the X11 Mac OS X alternatives can do!

Open source alternatives for X11, such as XDarwin and OrborOSX, are
available for Mac OS X, and Apple recently announced an X11 beta, which may
become bundled with Mac OS X in the future. Tenon’s Xtools, however, is
easier to use (the Xtools UI received two Apple Design Awards last year),
and includes features not yet available elsewhere.

Xtools is a Mac OS X application that lets scientists and engineers display
remote graphical applications on the Aqua desktop. Xtools is not only a
vehicle for displaying remote X11 client applications, but also for
developing local X11 clients. The Xtools X11 libraries let developers build
clickable X applications that can be minimized in the Dock.

This release is a free update for all Xtools customers. As a way of
compensating Xtools customers for the lateness of this upgade, Tenon is
offering registered customer complimentary licenses for MachTen or XTen,
their legacy Mac OS products. Xtools 1.2 is $99 for academic and government
users and $199 otherwise. It is downloadable from Tenon’s site:

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, or via the web at

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