Revolution 1.5, the upcoming new version of the multi-platform development tool, will be previewed or the first time at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York.
Revolution is a rapid application development and prototyping environment that runs on Mac OS X, Mac OS, Windows, Linux and other UNIX systems. Its features include support for popular graphics and multimedia formats, sockets and Internet protocols. The environment is also suitable for educators, students and those without programming experience.
Version 1.5, scheduled for release in the third quarter and contains the following new features: an XML library for creating and parsing XML documents; spreadsheet-format text fields; a new sound-recording architecture; MIDI music file creation and playing; windows of any size and shape; fully Perl-compatible regular expressions; and a Transcript Cookbook of useful script routines. In addition, Mac OS X functionality is slated to increase across the board, with newly-available Unix functionality and better SQL database access on the Mac OS X platform, according to the Revolution development team.
If you’re attending MWNY, you can visit Runtime Revolution in the MacTech Central Pavilion at booth 2023, Wednesday through Friday. Also, the Revolution “Birds of a Feather” conference session will be held on Wednesday, July 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. The session is titled “Beyond HyperCard: Revolution” and is hosted by Bill Vlahos of NASA. Top experts from Runtime Revolution will be attending, and several editions of Revolution, including the popular Small Business Edition and the Student/Teacher Edition, will be on sale throughout the show at the DevDepot store in booth 2023.
Interested users and developers can preview Revolution by downloading the free Starter Kit edition from the company’s Web site. The Starter Kit is fully enabled and can be used to build applications for any supported platform; The only limitation is on the length and complexity of code.
The Professional Edition, which includes technical support, more powerful database-access features and all updates for a year, is priced at US$995. Other license options include the Small Business Edition at $299; K-12 educational licenses starting at $25 (with a minimum 10 copies); the free downloadable Starter Kit Edition; and discounted educational, multi-pack, and site licensing.