Apps briefs: Macromedia, Blender, LAN

Apps briefs: Macromedia, Blender, LAN

New Web Player version

Macromedia has released version 6.0 of its Authorware Web Player, which enables users to view Authorware-developed applications online through their Web browser. The software makes it possible for users to develop and electronically publish Web-based tutorials, simulations and more using a wide array of multimedia tools including Macromedia's own Shockwave, Apple's QuickTime and MP3 audio files. Although Authorware's authoring environment has been developed for Windows-based PCs, the Authorware Web Player enables Mac users to view the content online themselves, without needing a PC.

3D Linux app blends in

Dutch developer Not a Number Technologies has released Blender Publisher, its application for authoring cross-platform 3D content. With a Mac OS X version scheduled for release this month, Blender has been available since 1998. It has won praise within the Linux community - with the caveat that the application has a steep learning curve. Ton Roosendaal, Not a Number's creative and technical director, said: "With the addition of Publisher, our professional users will be able to transform their designs into marketable products."

Wireless LAN standard

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a standard called 802.11g for wireless LANs operating in the 2.4GHz band. The move could boost speeds of existing, widely installed wireless LANs from 11Mbps to as much as 54Mbps. Matthew Shoemake, chairman of the IEEE high data-rate study group and manager of R&D for the wireless networking business unit at Texas Instruments, called 802.11g the next critical step in ensuring "quick adoption of a higher data-rate standard". Analysts said users trying to determine which wireless standard to use should keep in mind that they could encounter interference in the 2.4GHz band from Bluetooth devices.

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