Stories by Charles Seiter

Tango 2000

All Web tools need to do two things: provide high-level drag-and-drop actions that generate low-level code, and ensure that using those tools isn't more cumbersome than writing the HTML yourself.

High-End Database Gets Web Savvy

Back when 24MHz denoted a wicked-fast machine, ACI US's 4th Dimension (4D) was the first high-end relational-database application for the Macintosh. Today's entry-level Macs have enough horsepower to use 4D to run the IRS; however, the database challenge these days isn't providing sheer size and speed but finding the fastest way to publish data on the Web. ACI US has produced a thorough, simple Web implementation in 4D Standard Edition 6.5.3. The update retains the original's clean design-setting up tables and defining relationships between them is still quick and easy-but now your efforts also yield a commercial-grade Web site, complete with logs and site statistics. And the Windows and Macintosh versions of 4D 6.5 are nearly identical, so you can develop on one type of machine and deploy on the other if necessary.

High-End Database Gets Web-Savvy

Back when 24MHz denoted a wicked-fast machine, ACI Micro Inc.'s 4th Dimension (4D) was the first high-end relational-database application for the Macintosh. Today's entry-level Macs have enough horsepower to use 4D to run the IRS; however, the database challenge these days isn't providing sheer size and speed but finding the fastest way to publish data on the Web. ACI US has produced a thorough, simple Web implementation in 4D Standard Edition 6.5.3. The update retains the original's clean design-setting up tables and defining relationships between them is still quick and easy-but now your efforts also yield a commercial-grade Web site, complete with logs and site statistics. And the Windows and Macintosh versions of 4D 6.5 are nearly identical, so you can develop on one type of machine and deploy on the other if necessary.

Lotus Notes Release 5

Officially, the term groupware applies to software that businesses can use to promote collaboration; in the real world, it tends to mean "e-mail plus scheduling." The name Lotus Notes was virtually synonymous with groupware a few years back, but the program wasn't available for the Macintosh. After several twists and turns following IBM Corp.'s acquisition of Lotus Development Corp., Notes landed on the Mac, first as a Release 4.6 and now as a Release 5 (R5) client. (The corresponding Domino server is still primarily a Unix and Windows product.) The Mac version does an excellent but idiosyncratic job of handling e-mail and scheduling; it even functions as a Web browser.

DenebaCAD 2.0

The "point of sale" in architectural design is the moment when the client is suitably dazzled. For modern architects, that moment typically arrives via a QuickTime movie tour of a new structure. DenebaCAD 2.0, Deneba Software's 2-D/3-D CAD application, is optimally designed for this purpose-it renders so quickly that even a humble iMac can produce a series of on-the-fly building walk-throughs for a client. Five years ago, this feat wasn't even a delirious dream for Mac users.