Mac Industry Heeds Tigers Roar - Page 2

Developers described the release as positive, even when some of Tigers features compete directly with their own products. Brent Simmons, creator of the popular NetNewsWire RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader for Mac OS X, welcomed the update to Safari Apples Web browser, which gains RSS reading capabilities in Tiger.

"I think [Tiger] will be good for NetNewsWire. Many people dont know about RSS and Atom yet: This will be their introduction. And a good percentage of people will want more features than Safaris reader provides. Including RSS in Safari also puts a kind of Apple seal of approval on the technology, which signals to people, Yes, RSS is cool, not just for geeks anymore, and you should use it. And thats great for NetNewsWire."

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Simmons also said some of the technologies in Tiger will greatly aid developers. In particular, Simmons praised Core Data, a new data model framework that simplifies managing data in applications.

"As a developer, my favorite feature is Core Data, which makes writing heavily data-oriented applications such as newsreaders easier. Im also looking forward to adding Automator support to my software, because its thrilling when people can take what weve done and build on it to create custom applications."

Reid Conrad, CEO of collaborative software specialist Near-Time, echoed Simmons comments. "Apples addition of Spotlight in OS X Tiger will make diverse desktop content more accessible," he said.

"By leveraging Spotlight, Near-Time Current and Flow users will be able to benefit from unprecedented integration of desktop- and Web-based information. And Safaris RSS support is a big win for users—RSS is quickly becoming a powerful content-transmission platform for our users."

Conrad also highlighted the support for Weblogging built into the server version of Tiger as a potential plus point for both users and developers. "Our users are increasingly looking to use Weblogs for both public and private forms of collaboration. Near-Time Current and Flow users will support the Tiger Weblog resulting in seamless content publishing, and our support of RSS will allow users to automatically keep up with new Weblog content."

Terence Goggin, chief technical officer at PocketMac Inc., highlighted the rewritten synchronization engine in Tiger as something that will directly affect his companys products, which synchronize PDAs and other handhelds with the Mac.

"We are particularly excited with the addition of sync services to Apples OS," Goggin said. "Weve rewritten our PocketMac conduits to work within this structure. Whats more, since there should be some lag time before vendors like Microsoft add conduits for Entourage, weve made sure that our users can use existing conduits in the meantime."

"Everyone at Bare Bones Software gets excited when Apples ready to advance the OS again," said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. "Indeed, Tiger includes many technologies which have particularly piqued our interest, so were looking forward to the 29th, and to the productivity increases which well be able to provide to our customers."

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