Version 3.1 of REALbasic is here at last, and it supports Mac OS X, adds Mac OS X specific features, and improves database functionality.
REALbasic is the popular development environment from REAL Software. Version 3.1 is a free update for all REALbasic 3 owners. REALbasic now utilizes Mac OS X’s Aqua interface and operates on earlier versions of Mac system software as well, according to Product Manager Lorin Rivers.
REAL Software created this free update to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.0. Rivers said that all REALbasic users should download this update because, while it adds Mac OS X exclusive features, it also includes further major improvements to database functionality and more.
“REALbasic has supported Mac OS X for almost a year now,” said Geoff Perlman, president and CEO of REAL Software, “This version of REALbasic is designed to allow anyone to unleash Mac OS X’s power. With the successful delivery of the Mac OS X to the public, there’s a huge opportunity for developers to take advantage of the demand for native applications.”
REALbasic is available for US$149.95 for the Standard Edition and $349.95 for the Professional Edition packages, direct from REAL Software. REAL Software offers upgrade, academic, and volume discounts as well as license-only options. In addition to US English, REALbasic is available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese.
The next update, REALbasic 3.5, is tentatively slated for this summer. And REALbasic 4.0 has an estimated arrival date early in 2002. Traditionally, REAL Software’s upgrade pricing has been half the of the full price. Each of these releases (3.5 and 4.0) will be a paid upgrade, but not a full price upgrade.
“We haven’t decided on pricing yet, but it will probably be around 50 to 60 percent of the normal upgrade price,” Perlman said. “The result is that the cost to upgrade from 3.0 to 4.0 will likely be about the same as the cost to upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0. There will also be minor free updates between these releases if we feel there is the need for them.”