Hitting the market
Java tools for Web applications
Sun Microsystems has unveiled two new Java tools designed to reduce the amount of time and cost in creating applications that run on Web sites.
Java Blend 2.0 is designed to help programmers avoid writing JDBC (Java database connectivity) or SQL (structured query language) code. The software gives database programmers access to tables, attributes and rows without writing any code at all, Sun said in a statement.
Java Message Queue 1.0, meanwhile, is designed to intelligently route messages throughout the network to efficiently use bandwidth.
Java Blend 2.0 will be available this quarter in up to 250-seat licences for Sun's Solaris and Microsoft Windows NT operating systems, the company said. Free upgrades are available for registered Java Blend 1.0 customers.
Java Message Queue 1.0 will be available in a single-seat developer's edition, supporting up to 250 connections, from the end of this quarter. It will also be available for both Solaris and Windows NT.
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IBM taps Avid for video editing system
IBM has introduced a complete video editing system aimed at providing businesses with a simplified way to take advantage of video communications over the Web.
Billed as the industry's first complete digital video editing and publishing offering, the package includes an IBM workstation and video editing software from Avid Technology, as well as Web-based hosting and distribution services, IBM said in a statement.
Priced at $US8750, the offering centres around an IBM IntelliStation M Pro workstation complete with a monitor and storage products, loaded with Avid's Xpress DV video editing software, IBM said. Also included in the package are Web-based video hosting and distribution services provided by IBM Global Services, the company said. The package is planned for shipment within the first quarter of 2000, IBM said.
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Boomerang hits the Net
A soup-to-nuts Web-site creation, management and publishing program has been released by US-based Boomerang Software to help small-to-medium enterprises and the SOHO market build and maintain Web sites without having to make significant financial or technological investments to establish their Web presence.
Internet/Intranet Design Shop Gold, as the product is known, enables `technology novices to both create Web sites and produce business print collateral to match', the company said.
Distributed through Access International Australia, the program incorporates features such as wysiwyg editing capabilities, ODBC and SQL drivers support, site manager, automatic CGI script generator, GIF animator and table editor.
The product is available now at an RRP of $149.
Macromedia Dreamweaver 3 Fireworks 3
The new integrated studio Dreamweaver 3 Fireworks 3, incorporating the new versions of Macromedia's Web authoring environment, Dreamweaver, and its Web graphics development solution, Fireworks, is set to hit Australian shelves sometime in December, the company announced.
According to Macromedia, as the key authoring components in the Macromedia eBusiness Infrastructure, Dreamweaver 3 and Fireworks 3 integrate with various Microsoft Office, Web and back-end server software, making the jobs of large production teams easier.
Dreamweaver 3 is priced at $499 or at $235 for an upgrade, while Fireworks 3 will retail at $299 or $189 for an upgrade. For more information, contact distributors Scholastic New Media on 1800 665 774 or Firmware Design on (02) 4721 7211.