Apple Delivers OpenDoc for Mac OS
Software Developers Back OpenDoc and Announce Product Plans
CUPERTINO, California--November 7, 1995--Delivering on its promise to complete the development of OpenDoc component software technology in 1995, Apple Computer, Inc. today announced the availability of the OpenDoc for Mac OS Software Development Kit (SDK), which contains the completed OpenDoc software as well as sample code and tools for development of OpenDoc-based solutions. Demonstrating their support, 300 software developers who have been working with early versions of the SDK, made commitments to deliver OpenDoc-based components to their customers in 1996. These commitments mark the beginning of the evolution toward component-based software aimed at making computing easier for all users.
"By shipping OpenDoc, we've taken he first big step toward the next generation of personal computer software," said David Nagel, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide research and development. "As Apple and others make OpenDoc-based solutions available in 1996, computers will become more easily customized for the needs of specific users, and we'll see small innovative software developers returning to the software business. And because OpenDoc is created by an open alliance, computer customers will get more freedom of choice and won't be tied to the arbitrary decisions of a single company."
Apple plans to deliver the OpenDoc technology to its customers as part of the Mac OS, through hardware bundling and in component-based products throughout 1996. Apple also is actively incorporating OpenDoc technology into its system software.
The OpenDoc for Mac OS SDK includes OpenDoc system software for Power Macintosh and 680x0-based systems, sample code, full documentation, and a set of development tools. Apple also plans to deliver versions of OpenDoc in 16 additional languages in early 1996. Developers can download the entire SDK beginning on November 10, 1995 through the World Wide Web at http://www.opendoc.apple.com or send email to email@example.com to receive a free developer CD by mail. Developers can also download additional development tools from Apple, Metrowerks [ http://www.metrowerks.com/ ] and Symantec [ http://www.symantec.com/ ], including a pre-release version of Apple's OpenDoc Development Framework (ODF) for Mac OS.
Industry Support for Component Software
With the completion of OpenDoc for the Mac OS, software developers are beginning to finalize their plans to deliver OpenDoc-based products to the market. Claris Corporation [ http://www.claris.com/ ] announced today its intent to deliver OpenDoc-based products in 1996, and also stated that it has joined the Component Integration Laboratories, Inc. (CI Labs) industry association.
"Claris intends to ship one or more OpenDoc-compliant products in 1996 and is evaluating opportunities to add OpenDoc container and component capabilities across our product line," said Guerrino De Luca, president of Claris Corporation. "Claris sees OpenDoc as a revolutionary technology that will change the way our industry builds, uses and deploys software. By joining CI Labs, we can participate in the evolution of this technology and partner with other vendors that are actively working to deliver innovative products to their customers."
Adobe Systems [ http://www.adobe.com/ ] has been working with OpenDoc for Mac OS and Windows, and plans to support the technology in future versions of its products. "Apple's delivery of the OpenDoc for Mac OS SDK marks an important milestone for component application developers," said Eric Zocher, vice president of engineering at Adobe Systems. "The OpenDoc model complements Adobe's strategy for cross-product integration and our intent is to create OpenDoc components that work with our key applications in the 1996 time frame."
Adobe and Claris are two of the 300 companies that publicly stated support for OpenDoc today. The list also includes development tools providers such as Oracle [ http://www.oracle.com/ ], Metrowerks and Symantec who plan to deliver solutions to make OpenDoc development on the Mac OS faster and easier. A complete list of these supporting companies and selected contact information follows this announcement.
The Commitment to Software Developers
As software vendors prepare to deliver products to the market, Apple and its development partners are working to ensure that OpenDoc components interoperate seamlessly with each other and with existing technologies. CI Labs, the vendor-neutral industry association for distributed component technologies, last week announced its plans to roll out component validation services in the first half of 1996. These services along with an accompanying logo program will deliver on the promise of interoperability that CI Labs has pledged to provide.
The Promise of Cross-Platform Component Software
The availability of the OpenDoc for Mac OS marks the first of four platform implementations planned to ship over the next year. In addition to Apple's plan to deliver OpenDoc for the Mac OS, IBM Corporation [ http://www.ibm.com/ ] has announced plans to deliver OpenDoc for AIX, OS/2, Windows NT and Windows '95.
Apple Computer, Inc., an information industry innovator, creates powerful solutions based on easy-to-use personal computers, servers, peripherals, software, on-line services and personal digital assistants. Based in Cupertino, Calif., Apple (NASDAQ-NNM: AAPL) develops, manufactures, licenses and markets products, technologies and services for the business, education, consumer, scientific, engineering and government markets in more than 140 countries.
CI Labs is a vendor-neutral industry association that adopts, licenses and validates multi-platform distributed component software architecture and technologies. CI Members include companies and associations such as Adobe, Apple, IBM, Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA), Intelligent Pad Consortium (IPC), Justsystem, Lotus [ http://www.lotus.com/ ], Novell [ http://www.novell.com/ ], the Object Management Group (OMG), Oracle, Taligent [ http://www.taligent.com/ ], and the X Consortium.
CI Labs is currently accepting membership applications from all organizations interested in distributed component technologies. CI Labs' membership offers information, shared architectural control, open access to reference technologies, as well as validation services. Those interested in membership should contact CI Labs at (408) 864-0300.
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OpenDoc Support Grows
More than 300 developers today publicly stated their support for OpenDoc for Mac OS and their intention to deliver products to the market in 1996. This list grows daily as an increasing number of ISVs see the opportunities to use component software to deliver innovative products to their customers.
Members of the press are invited to contact the following companies:
Adobe Craig Hotchkiss 206-470-7542 Athena Design David Pollak 617-426-6372 B & E Software GmgH Kai Bruning 49-210-396570 Bear River Associates Anthony Meadow 510 644-9400 Bitstream, Inc. Stefan Wennik 617-497-6222 Claris Corporation John Pavley 408 987-7423 Copious Systems Richard Leddy 805-528-2685 Mango Tree Software, Inc. Atul Butte 617-327-8663 Metrowerks Marcin Sochacki 512-305-0468 Mind Share Karl Cremin 415-948-7672 Oracle Corporation Jim Stern 415-506-4022 Pharos Technologies Bob Beech 513-573-7110 Symantec Ellie Stiener 408-446-7134 Theta Hans Martin Kern 49-721-913240 Virtus Corporation David Smith 919 467-9700 Visioneer Eric Zetlin 415-812-6483
The following companies publicly committed to support OpenDoc and deliver products in 1996:
OpenDoc and Power Macintosh a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other brand names mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged.