AGFA, Heidelberg and Other Graphic Arts Suppliers Show Support for Mac OS X
Press release from the issuing company
MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK-July 18, 2001 — Adding to the momentum of users moving to Mac OS X, Apple today announced that more than 1,000 applications are now available for Mac OS X, Apple’s new UNIX-based operating system. Leading developers such as Adobe, Aspyr, Alias|Wavefront, Blizzard, Connectix, FileMaker, IBM, Microsoft, Quark and WorldBook demonstrated their support with native applications running on Mac OS X at Macworld today.
“In a short amount of time we have seen incredible growth in our developer community and the number of Mac OS X applications now tops 1,000,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “Every major Mac software company sees a huge opportunity and is bringing applications to Mac OS X, while new developers are helping broaden the applications available to Mac users around the world.”
Since the introduction of Mac OS X Public Beta in September 2000, the appeal of Mac OS X has led to more than 50 percent growth to Apple’s developer community. With an open architecture incorporating UNIX and industry standards such as Apache, OpenGL, Java, WebDAV and PDF, new developers are tapping the power of Mac OS X to create exciting new applications. In fact, 32 percent of new Apple developers are Java programmers, while 35 percent develop for other UNIX platforms.
A host of developers announced their support for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo New York including:
“Adobe is committed to being the leading Network Publishing application provider for Apple’s Mac OS X platform,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s executive vice president of Product Marketing and Development. “The Mac will remain a mission-critical publishing platform for many of our Network Publishing customers and therefore a strategic platform for Adobe. Adobe is very supportive of Mac OS X.”
“Fotolook takes full advantage of the imaging capabilities of Mac OS X. It makes professional quality scanning practically fool-proof,” said Peter Verhulst, Agfa’s director of marketing for Consumer Digital Imaging. “Because of Mac OS X’s emphasis on imaging, Agfa developed a native Mac OS X scanning solution so users could realize the benefits of the operating system’s speed, color capabilities and quality levels.”
“StuffIt for Mac OS X was the first demonstration of Aladdin’s commitment to bringing products to the new OS,” said Jonathan Kahn, CEO of Aladdin Systems. “And, with the recent release of Spring Cleaning 4.0, we took advantage of the power of the new OS and designed several new features exclusively for Mac OS X.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with Apple on the introduction of Mac OS X,” said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Digital video is a business necessity for presentations and web sites and an affordable addition at home for entertainment and preservation of family memories. Our DV camcorders with FireWire connectivity combined with Apple’s iMovie and Mac OS X give our mutual customers the ultimate set of tools for creative expression.”
“The strong performance and scalability of Mac OS X further empowers the productivity of FileMaker Pro workgroups,” said Dominique Goupil, FileMaker president. “FileMaker is thrilled to be among the very first software vendors to ship its products supporting Mac OS X.”
“We see Mac OS X as an opportunity to prove our competence in software,” said Herbert Kenn, head of Product Center Prepress Equipment at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany. “Our Coloropen tools will be one of the first professional color management solutions for Mac users and we are planning to adapt our Signastation software for impositioning and the scanning solution, Newcolor, for Mac OS X as soon as possible.”
“HP is excited to have our Mac OS X printer drivers ship with Mac OS X, giving every customer direct access to our built for Mac OS X drivers,” said Hugh Amick, program manager, HP Mac-connect, HP Imaging and Printing Systems. “As the leading provider of Mac peripherals, HP will continue to work with Apple to expand our Mac OS X solutions to enrich our customers’ Mac OS X printing and imaging experience.”
“IBM is committed to continue developing and delivering award-winning speech solutions for the Mac OS X platform. By working closely with Apple, we have taken full advantage of the innovations and advances in Mac OS X,” said Toby Maners, segment manager of IBM Voice Dictation and Pen Systems. “IBM has developed ViaVoice for Mac OS X to be fully integrated with Apple’s popular Aqua user interface, incorporating new features that allow users to dictate into applications and navigate the Mac with greater accuracy and ease. ViaVoice for Mac OS X will be available in UK and US English later this year and is planned for other selected languages after that.”
“As the first product we delivered for Mac OS X, Macromedia FreeHand 10 has gotten an amazing response,” said Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia Products. “Mac OS X provides us with a great platform to bring our market-leading solutions to Apple’s next-generation operating system.”
“Media 100 is committed to providing our customers with digital media solutions that leverage the latest and greatest technology platforms available. Our engineering team works very closely with the engineers from Apple to ensure that our solutions are compliant for all new platforms. This close relationship enables us to refine key features in our digital media design and delivery solutions and provide seamless hooks within Mac OS X,” said Charlie Mascari, senior product manager, Media 100.
“Mac OS X is a rock solid operating system that will reinvigorate the Mac community,” said Kevin Browne, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is increasing its already large investment in Mac with a full range of products for Mac OS X. Not only do customers get a native version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 for Mac installed with Mac OS X, but Microsoft is working hard to deliver Office 10 for Mac OS X, which is built specifically for Mac OS X. It’s an exciting time to be living and working in the Mac space.”
“Quark stands strongly behind Mac OS X, and we’re working diligently to make QuarkXPress run natively on Apple’s next generation operating system,” said Jürgen Kurz, Quark’s vice president of Product Management. “Since a significant number of Quark customers are also Apple customers, Mac OS X is an integral part of Quark’s future.”
“Symantec is pleased to have recently increased the capabilities of our market-leading Internet security and problem-solving products to support Mac OS X users,” said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. “We are continuing to create best-of-breed solutions to provide our Macintosh customers with peace of mind that their valuable applications and data will remain safe and secure.”
“Wacom and Apple are working closely together to deliver the best tablet solution for creative professionals,” said Joe Deal, president of Wacom Technology Corp. “By optimizing for Mac OS X’s power and ease-of-use, Wacom will be delivering exciting features for graphic designers and tablet users. We are very excited to be working with Apple to deliver full-featured tablet support for Mac OS X.”
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