Scores of third party developers, from ATI to OpenLink, hawked their Apple-compatible wares at Macworld.
While Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduced a swarm of products and technologies during his keynote at Macworld Conference & Expo in New York this week, third-party developers and manufacturers were hawking their compatible wares on the show floor.
In the past year since the general release of Apples Mac OS X, a new breed of developer has joined the more traditional booths for
graphics, video, productivity and consumer software -- those offering
Unix-based networking, administration and development tools.
of Burlington, Mass., was at the show, showing off an
update to what it calls a "collective ODBC ecosystem for Mac OS X."
This product includes ODBC drivers for "all major databases," an ODBC
SDK for creating ODBC-compliant applications and ODBC Driver Manager,
a runtime environment.
With Apples recent introduction of Xserve, the companys
long-awaited dedicated server, Hanover, N.H.s Dartware LLC
its Mac debut. The company announced that their InterMapper
network monitoring and alerting application will ship next month and
come bundled with the Xserve. According to the company, InterMapper
runs headless and offers remote viewing and configuration through
Dartwares Intermapper Remote.
In a move that might weaken the market for VNC clients, Microsoft
Macintosh Business Unit released the Remote Desktop Connection
Client, which it says will allow people working on their Macs to
access and manage remote Windows-equipped PCs. The software, which
will be available for free download beginning July 31, will enable
access to "Windows-based data, applications and network resources,"
the company says.
4D Inc. showed off WebSTAR 5.2
, which the company is badging as a
significant update to the Mac OS X server toolset. New features
include a new mail server that supports SMTP/POP and IMAP protocols
as well as filters out spam and viruses. Its scheduled to ship in
September, with upgrade hinging on what version is being upgraded.
The company also announced 4D Mail
, a stand-alone version of WebSTARs mail
server. Its also due in September.
from REAL Software is an update to
the development tool, adding a new vector graphics engine, new
functions for QuickTime and more. Upgrade pricing begins at $99.95.
In the absence of heavy hitters Adobe and Macromedia, Ottawa-based Corel Corp.
previewed its CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, targeted at small
businesses and home use. The suite will include, when it ships in late July for $529, CorelDRAW 11, a complete vector- and
sprite-based illustration application.
took the wraps off their next-generation video cards, getting the
jump on rival nVidia, which is not expected to announce its next
products for months. The Radeon 9000 Pro and 9700, expected to hit
the Mac in "late summer and early fall," both support dual displays
via Apple Display Connector (ADC) and Digital Video Interface (DVI)
connectors. The Radeon 9000 Pro will have 64MB of DDR memory; the
Radeon 9700 will have 128MB.
In a first, CMS
announced that it would produce Mac OS X-bootable
external hard drives. The ABSplus series will ship in August with
pricing beginning at $299 for the 20GB pocket-sized drive or the same
price for a 40GB full-sized drive.
Touting their Mac OS X drivers, Canon USA
debuted the CanoScan LiDE 20 and
CanoScan LiDE 30 USB-based flatbed scanners, both with single-pass
scanning and the ability to scan to PDF. The former has 600x1200 dpi
optical scanning resolution while the latter boasts a resolution of
1200x2400 dpi. The company also showed the S530D, S830D and S330
Bubble Jet printers. All are on tap for late July to August.
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