Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, has exclusive worldwide sales and distribution for all Apple software from October 1, 1995. Claris is now responsible for all packaged goods sales of Apple software in Australia and New Zealand.
Alison Craven, PR representative for Claris, said that Apple PCs will still come bundled with Apple software, despite the fact that Claris now has exclusive sales rights. Claris will offer an extended distribution channel through its distributors, Dataflow and Tech Pacific, and its own subsidiary, Claris Upgrades. International revenue responsibility for all AppleSoft products is now with Claris. This, together with the growth in Claris's current business, such as the marketing of the package Filemaker Pro 3.0 in Windows and Macintosh, will see Claris grow to become nearly a quarter-billion dollar ($US) vendor in the '96 Financial Year, according to Claris managing director, Patrick Maloney.
Sybase and Visual Components merge
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Sybase and Visual Components have merged, making Visual Com-ponents a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sybase operating within the Powersoft division. Powersoft has announced John Gannon as the general manager of the components division, which will deliver software components such as spreadsheets, charting tools and spell-checking modules. Visual Components will provide the technical and marketing foundation for this division.
With the merger, "there is a broader distribution channel, with Powersoft included instead of just Visual Components", commented Kathryn Hartman, Powersoft's Australasian marketing manager. She added: "This announcement will ensure that Powersoft continues to offer customers interoperability and development flexibility, allowing them to access the latest software functionality available in the marketplace."