Monkey Bread Software has a new
REALbasic Plug-in collection available.
It enhances REALbasic, the development environment from Real Software (http://www.realsoftware.com) with over 100 new functions, methods and properties such as details about IDE drives (like the serial numbers); calculation of checksums; filemapping class; file icons; filestreams for files bigger than 2GB; bitwise functions; NameRegistry class (hardware details); functions to access special folders; the ability to create pictures from strings; details about laptop battery life; a “fast search” for hard drives; details about your computer; an encryption class; an alias class; a folderitem of your running app; and more. This plug-in supports Mac OS Classic and Mac OS X (in Carbon form), but some functions depend on the platform, according to author Christian Schmitz.
Meanwhile, a couple of new REALbasic developed apps have been released. APT (Automated People Tracker) is a lightweight client/server application for Macs and PCs featuring a call-back facility.
Clients are available for both platforms with the server component having been tested on the Mac.
Also, the new TeXPalette provides a graphical user interface to Darwin-based TeX distributions, such as teTeX. (Darwn is the open source foundation of Mac OS X.) You use your favorite Mac OS X text editor to write the code, and you can go from source to final output in one click via TeXPalette. Alternatively, you can use the Dock menu if screen real estate is tight. TeXPalette requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher; a Darwin-based TeX distribution (tested mostly with teTeX); and a Mac text editor, such as BBEdit or Pepper.