TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Mar 96 Newsbits
Volume Number:12
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:Newsbits

Newsbits

By John Kawakami, MacTech Magazine Editorial Assistant

QuickTime VR Royalty Eliminated,
Licensing Made Easier

Developing with QuickTime VR just got cheaper. Apple is no longer charging royalties for distributing applications created using QuickTime VR. Now, the only fee involved for use and distribution of the QuickTime VR Authoring Tools suite is the cost of buying the authoring tools development kit (US$495). A license agreement is still required before distributing the QuickTime VR run-time software as a player or in an application.

Additionally, Apple announced the following changes to its QuickTime VR licensing policy:

You can now license QuickTime VR run-time technology with applications you distribute through the Internet. A distribution license agreement from Apple is no longer required for you to include QuickTime VR panoramic or object movies on Web sites and CD-ROM discs. You can now electronically disseminate QuickTime VR without including the QuickTime VR run-time software.

The QuickTime VR Player (for Macintosh or for Windows) is also freely available for licensing for distribution on CD-ROM, although Apple reserves electronic distribution rights to the player, which will remain available online only from Apple’s QuickTime VR Web site.

Content developers can now distribute the following without paying a royalty (although a distribution license agreement is still required):

• QuickTime VR panoramic and object movies;

• an application embedded with the QuickTime VR run-time technology;

• Apple’s QuickTime VR Player, or simple viewer application, on CD-ROM.

Also, Apple recently lowered the price for the QuickTime VR Authoring Tools Suite bundled with MPW Pro from US$695 to US$595. The stand-alone QuickTime VR Authoring Tools Suite remains at US$495. QuickTime VR is available through APDA. For licensing information, contact Andrew Hammond at Apple (408) 862-0576.

http://qtvr.quicktime.apple.com/

Roaster Professional Will Generate Applications
(Not Just Applets)

Roaster by Natural Intelligence is an Applet Development Environment for Java, which features a hierarchical project window, powerful source code editor, interpreter, Java compiler, debugger, and speedy runtime engine.

Roaster Professional, which provides a superset of the Roaster product, builds upon Roaster by adding three key components: a Java class library specifically designed for creating stand-alone cross-platform applications, a visual screen builder for rapid prototyping and interface construction, and native compilers that compile Java into cross-platform byte codes and then into speedy native code on the platform of your choice.

The Roaster Integrated Development Environment (IDE) contains the following features:

• fast proprietary Java source code compiler

• accelerated for Power Macintosh (will support 68K soon)

• Java class disassembler

• Java debugger

The Roaster code editor features:

• context-sensitive syntax font and color styling for easier organization and reading of code

• search and replace features, including grep and batch

• multiple clipboards for organization of code snippets

• macro capabilities for automation of coding

The Roaster Project window lets you:

• organize all class files for easy access without searching through directories

• recompile only the files you need before you run them

• jump directly to any method within a class in the window

• represent packages hierarchically

• open more than one project window at a time and drag source files between projects

The Roaster interpreter is a Virtual Machine engine that supports the Java Virtual Machine specification. Its features include:

• multiple-threading

• garbage collection

• exception handling

Roaster users will be able to run Natural Intelligence’s native compiler, and also run Sun Microsystems’ javac compiler for full Java compliance. Roaster also features a runtime environment (the NI Applet Runner) for testing your applets.

Roaster is available now at a list price of $399. Roaster Professional for the Macintosh will ship in mid-1996 and pricing has yet to be announced. A Windows version will ship by the end of 1996.

info@natural.com

http://www.natural.com/

EnterAct, A Class Browser From A Class Act

When Scott Boyd commented that he wanted a better editor to manage source and files, Ken Earle sent him a pointer to his editor, EnterAct.

EnterAct is a C/C++ editor with a three-pane project window for source, headers, and documentation. There can be multiple files with the same name, and the “project” you put together doesn’t have to make sense as a compilable unit. EnterAct parses all of your source and headers to build a dictionary, and provides a dedicated definition display window (“AutoLook”) that updates as you click or type. Definition display is very fast, and works with just about everything in C/C++ code, including local variables, data members, methods, functions, classes, typedefs, defines, and so on.

Ken Earle explained that “EnterAct is meant to be a ‘gap filler’ - when some other Macintosh editor provides adequate automatic definition and prototype display, I’ll quietly retire it. Until then, you might find that EnterAct helps your comprehension when cruising through new code, etc.”

EnterAct is available in CompuServe in MACDEV Library 13. You can write Ken Earle at 73073.2166@compuserve.com.

ftp://<Info-Mac mirror>/dev/enter-act-35.hqx

NeoLogic 1.1, New Mailing List

The newest release of NeoLogic’s client/server database engine, NeoShare 1.1, is now available. NeoShare extends the capabilities of NeoAccess, their object database engine, to provide for the sharing of objects between applications. While NeoShare 1.0 provided support for use with Metrowerks’ PowerPlant application framework, this latest NeoShare upgrade includes support for Apple’s MacApp 3.3 and Symantec’s THINK Class Library application frameworks as well.

NeoLogic customers can communicate directly with NeoLogic engineers and other NeoAccess and NeoShare developers using their new mailing list. All future Neologic News will be distributed to this mailing list. To join, simply send an email message to listserv@fairbanks.pvt.k12.ca.us with the following line:

SUB NeoAccess-Forum Your Name

http://www.neologic.com/neologic/

Steve Jasik Brings MMU Protection to the PowerPC

Steve Jasik announced the return of an old friend, “MMU Protection”, in a new guise for Macintosh Developers.

“Despite its name,” Jasik said, “‘Soft MMU’ will prove to be a potent and virile tool for all Macintosh developers to add to their arsenal of bug-fighting weapons.”

Like its predecessor, “MMU Protection” for 68030 Macs, introduced in 1990, “Soft MMU” monitors the user’s PowerPC application for memory references outside the application’s heap zone. In addition, “Soft MMU” lets the programmer

specify protection for up to 100 “ranges” anywhere in RAM. The “Soft MMU” feature is available now in the Jan 8, 1996 version of The Debugger that is being made available to Jasik’s customers via Internet.

http://www.jasik.com/

QKS To License CXBase and THINK Reference

Quasar Knowledge Systems (QKS), the developer and publisher of the dynamic, object-oriented development environment, SmalltalkAgents (STA), announced they have licensed the CXBase Pro engine from TSE International of Amsterdam, Holland, to be integrated with its SmalltalkAgents development environment. This database engine can be used for internal source code management, as well as for royalty-free application delivery.

In addition, QKS has licensed THINK Reference from Xplain Corp. [yes, that’s MacTech’s parent company - jk], for use with a new suite of on-line documentation illustrating selected frameworks, the language, and codebook examples.

http://www.qks.com/

info@qks.com

BBEdit Upgrade, and a Deal For PageMill Owners

BBEdit 3.5.2 is available on-line as a free upgrade for current owners of BBEdit 3.5. The upgrade features a spelling checker, improved HTML tools, and more incremental improvements. Customers can obtain the update package from Bare Bones Software’s Web or from one of their FTP sites. Owners of older commercial versions of BBEdit should contact Bare Bones Software directly for upgrade details.

From December 19, 1995 owners of PageMill, a graphical Web-page editor from Adobe Systems, can obtain BBEdit 3.5 for a discounted price of US$79 (per copy, plus shipping and handling) upon presentation of proof of ownership of PageMill.

bbsw@netcom.com

http://www.tiac.net/biz/bbsw/ftp.html

ftp://ftp.std.com/vendors/bbsw/updaters/

ftp://ftp.netcom.com/biz/bbsw/updaters/

Congratulations and Disclosures

Two of MacTech’s collaborators have recently moved up in the world. We congratulate both on their new titles and responsibilities.

Scott T Boyd, who writes our Viewpoint column, joined Quasar Knowledge Systems as Vice President of Engineering.

Tantek Çelik, who helps us evaluate OpenDoc articles, joined 6prime as Vice President. 6prime’s President is Eric Soldan, who has written for MacTech.

Last but not least, Dave Mark has, for a few months, worked for MetroWerks, as product manager for their Discover bundle. Just in case you didn’t know.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Adobe After Effects CC 2018 16.1.3 - Cre...
After Effects CC 2018 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for $52.99/month (or $20.99/month for a single app license). The new, more connected After Effects CC 2018 can make the impossible... Read more
Adobe Audition CC 2019 12.1.4 - Professi...
Audition CC 2019 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $20.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer). Adobe Audition CC 2019 empowers you to create and... Read more
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 13.1.5 - Digi...
Premiere Pro CC 2019 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $52.99/month. The price on display is a price for annual by-monthly plan for Adobe Premiere Pro only Adobe Premiere... Read more
Navicat Premium Essentials 12.1.25 - Pro...
Navicat Premium Essentials is a compact version of Navicat which provides basic and necessary features you will need to perform simple administration on a database. It supports the latest features... Read more
Sketch 58 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS...
Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and... Read more
ClipGrab 3.8.5 - Download videos from Yo...
ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step Version... Read more
Dash 4.6.6 - Instant search and offline...
Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
FotoMagico 5.6.8 - Powerful slideshow cr...
FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image... Read more
Civilization VI 1.2.4 - Next iteration o...
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to... Read more
Skype 8.52.0.138 - Voice-over-internet p...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Lots of premium games are going free (so...
You may have seen over the past couple weeks a that a bunch of premium games have suddenly become free. This isn’t a mistake, nor is it some last hurrah before Apple Arcade hits, and it’s important to know that these games aren’t actually becoming... | Read more »
Yoozoo Games launches Saint Seiya Awaken...
If you’re into your anime, you’ve probably seen or heard of Saint Seiya. Based on a shonen manga by Masami Kurumada, the series was massively popular in the 1980s – especially in its native Japan. Since then, it’s grown into a franchise of all... | Read more »
Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special...
Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery is a terrifying new nightmare from developer Illumix. Last week, FNAF fans were sent into a frenzy by a short teaser for what we now know to be Special Delivery. Those in the comments were quick to... | Read more »
Rush Rally 3's new live events are...
Last week, Rush Rally 3 got updated with live events, and it’s one of the best things to happen to racing games on mobile. Prior to this update, the game already had multiplayer, but live events are more convenient in the sense that it’s somewhat... | Read more »
Why your free-to-play racer sucks
It’s been this way for a while now, but playing Hot Wheels Infinite Loop really highlights a big issue with free-to-play mobile racing games: They suck. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying going for realism, cart racing, or arcade nonsense, they’re... | Read more »
Steam Link Spotlight - The Banner Saga 3
Steam Link Spotlight is a new feature where we take a look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry talked about Terry Cavanaugh’s incredible Dicey Dungeons. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience... | Read more »
PSA: GRIS has some issues
You may or may not have seen that Devolver Digital just released GRIS on the App Store, but we wanted to do a quick public service announcement to say that you might not want to hop on buying it just yet. The puzzle platformer has come to small... | Read more »
Combo Quest (Games)
Combo Quest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Combo Quest is an epic, time tap role-playing adventure. In this unique masterpiece, you are a knight on a heroic quest to retrieve... | Read more »
Hero Emblems (Games)
Hero Emblems 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** 25% OFF for a limited time to celebrate the release ** ** Note for iPhone 6 user: If it doesn't run fullscreen on your device... | Read more »
Puzzle Blitz (Games)
Puzzle Blitz 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Puzzle Blitz is a frantic puzzle solving race against the clock! Solve as many puzzles as you can, before time runs out! You have... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Final week: Apple’s 2019 Back to School Promo...
Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $400 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address qualify for the discount... Read more
Save $30 on Apple’s AirPods at these reseller...
Amazon is offering discounts on new 2019 Apple AirPods ranging up to $30 off MSRP as part of their Labor Day sale. Shipping is free: – AirPods with Charging Case: $144.95 $15 off MSRP – AirPods with... Read more
Preorder your Apple Watch Series 5 today at A...
Amazon has Apple Watch Series 5 GPS models available for preorder and on sale today for $15 off Apple’s MSRP. Shipping is free and starts on September 20th: – 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 GPS: $384.99 $... Read more
21″ iMacs on sale for $100 off Apple’s MSRP,...
B&H Photo has new 21″ Apple iMacs on sale for $100 off MSRP with models available starting at $999. These are the same iMacs offered by Apple in their retail and online stores. Overnight shipping... Read more
2018 4 and 6-Core Mac minis on sale today for...
Apple resellers are offering new 2018 4-Core and 6-Core Mac minis for $100-$150 off MSRP for a limited time. B&H Photo has the new 2018 4-Core and 6-Core Mac minis on sale for up to $150 off... Read more
Save $150-$250 on 10.2″ WiFi + Cellular iPads...
Verizon is offering $150-$250 discounts on Apple’s new 10.2″ WiFi + Cellular iPad with service. Buy the iPad itself and save $150. Save $250 on the purchase of an iPad along with an iPhone. The fine... Read more
Apple continues to offer 13″ 2.3GHz Dual-Core...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ 2.3GHz Dual-Core non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros available starting at $1019. An standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, outer cases are new... Read more
Apple restocks 2018 MacBook Airs, Certified R...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished 2018 13″ MacBook Airs starting at only $849. Each MacBook features a new outer case, comes with a standard Apple one-year warranty, and is shipped free. The... Read more
Sunday Sale! 2019 27″ 5K 6-Core iMacs for $20...
B&H Photo has the new 2019 27″ 5K 6-Core iMacs on stock today and on sale for up to $250 off Apple’s MSRP. Overnight shipping is free to many locations in the US. These are the same iMacs sold by... Read more
Weekend Sale! 2019 13″ MacBook Airs for $200...
Amazon has new 2019 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $200 off Apple’s MSRP, with prices starting at $899, each including free shipping. Be sure to select Amazon as the seller during checkout, rather than... Read more

Jobs Board

Student Employment (Blue *Apple* Cafe) Spri...
Student Employment (Blue Apple Cafe) Spring 2019 Penn State University Campus/Location: Penn State Brandywine Campus City: Media, PA Date Announced: 12/20/2018 Date Read more
Geek Squad *Apple* Master Consultation Agen...
**732907BR** **Job Title:** Geek Squad Apple Master Consultation Agent **Job Category:** Services/Installation/Repair **Location Number:** 000360-Williston-Store Read more
*Apple* Mobile Master - Best Buy (United Sta...
**728519BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobile Master **Job Category:** Store Associates **Location Number:** 000853-Jackson-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Read more
*Apple* Mobility Pro - Best Buy (United Stat...
**733006BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobility Pro **Job Category:** Store Associates **Location Number:** 000865-Conroe-Store **Job Description:** At Best Buy, our Read more
*Apple* Mobility Pro-Store 149 - Best Buy (U...
**731985BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobility Pro-Store 149 **Job Category:** Store Associates **Location Number:** 000149-Towson-Store **Job Description:** At Best Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.