MacPopUp 2.5b, a new version of the cross-platform instant messenger from the Kanex Group, now provides Mac users with Mac OS X compatibility.
MacPopUp — touted by Kanex as “the only full-featured IM LAN Solution available for Mac OS X” — lets Mac users exchange instant messages with other users on any local area network. Users can communicate with anyone on corporate, school and home networks. It works with Windows and UNIX systems and even “early” Macs with 68k processors.
“Built for Mac OS X, MacPopUp 2.5b provides users with all the advantages of Apple’s advanced operating system — an Aqua interface, protected memory architecture utilization and pre-emptive multitasking,” Paul Pen, Kanex’s vice president of Sales & Marketing told MacCentral. “It works natively with Apple’s latest OS without requiring the Classic environment.”
Pen said that the new version is even more effective in networks with a large number of users as they can now send simultaneous messages to multiple users or multiple workgroups; be members of multiple workgroups; and print received messages. What’s more, MacPopUp 2.5b takes advantage of the following Mac technologies such as Text-to-Speech; Apple Internet Address Detectors; AppleScript; Apple Text Encoding; and Apple Guide.
The preview beta version of the MacPopUp 2.5 is available at the
MacPopUp download site. The final version is due next month. Pricing will start at US$10 per copy with discounts for site licenses and educational institutions. All current users will be able to upgrade to MacPopUp 2.5 at no charge.
System requirements are any Macintosh with 1MB of free RAM; Mac OS version 7 or later (though there’s full Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X compatibility); OpenTransport software; and a local area network with TCP/IP services.