Bobby takes to the air

Bobby takes to the air

The hickory-flavoured smoke wafted up into blue skies feathered with clouds as my nose hunted from the air for the pungent aroma of the first barbecue of the season.

Spring is always a time when I get reflective, looking within myself and out on nature's wonders. It is a time for grass to grow, flowers to bloom, and Apples to ripen.

At the time of writing, Steve Jobs was rumoured to be announcing at Apple's developer conference that the Mac look- and-feel is being ported to Linux, which has many GUIs floating out there currently, though none are of the Mac calibre. When asked by Cringe, Jobs sent back a quick e-mail saying: "This strange rumour has no truth in it." But sources were adamant Jobs would have some Linux announcement at the show.

Mac Web developers will get new options soon with NetObjects poised to announce NetObjects Fusion 3.0 for the Macintosh. The new version, code-name Zephyr, promises many new features such as a native Mac UI.

I realise I'm not the only one that likes to get outside when spring happens. Intel is apparently having talks with peripherals manufacturer Logitech about a possible purchase of the company. Logitech is one of the companies developing Universal Serial Bus peripherals.

A walk in the park

Of course, Intel isn't the only company wanting to extend its reach. Quark, maker of the QuarkXPress desktop-publishing software, has a new internal project code-named Taos (Quark's Internet group is renaming all their development projects after desert cities), which will integrate XML data into QuarkXPress.

The XML product to enable Web pro- duction using Quark might be stand-alone or integrated into a future version of the desktop-publishing mainstay. Not bad for a company that still eschews letting its users output HTML data.

Allaire has already made its XML plans clear and is readying a version of its Web authoring and development platforms for later this year.

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