iTools 6.0 has been released by Tenon Intersystems. iTools is a Web server that takes advantage of the preemptive multitasking and memory protection of Mac OS X.
The iTools Web server suite is an Apache-based Web server package and is a family of tools essential to “serious, commercial content delivery and e-commerce,” Anita Holmgren of Tenon told MacCentral. iASP is a Java implementation of the Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) framework, used for running and building interactive Web sites. serious, commercial content delivery and e-commerce.
“Using Apple’s bundled Apache as a point of departure and incorporating the latest open source protocol implementations of Apache, DNS, FTP and sendmail, iTools extends the Mac OS X platform with a rich set of network services,” Holmgren added. “Tenon’s iTools includes SSL for secure eCommerce transactions, FastCGI and mod_Perl for top CGI performance, an integrated, state-of-the-art caching proxy server that augments Apache’s built-in proxy services, integrated domain name services, integrated multidomain FTP services, integrated logging, a high-performance Sherlock-savvy search engine.”
Tenon’s iTools Web server package for Mac OS X is an evolution of Tenon’s WebTen for Mac OS, said Holmgren. It’s designed to complement and extend the Apache that is included with OS X and to make it easy for Webmasters to set up and support sophisticated network servers. Using Apple’s bundled Apache as a point of departure and incorporating the latest open source protocol implementations of Apache, DNS, FTP and sendmail, iTools extends the OS X platform with a rich set of network services, Holmgren said.
Also included are support for Java servlets and Java Server Pages with Tomcat, support for Active Server Pages with Halcyon’s iASP, and mod_dav to support the transition from a read-only web to a collaborative, writable Web via WebDAV clients. A growing collection of open source and commercial Web development tools are included and pre-configured to make setting up Web services easy for Webmasters.
According to Holmgren, a partial list includes: PHP, a powerful scripting tool, MySQL, a popular open source database with Web-based administration via phpMyAdmin, OpenBase and FrontBase, two commercial databases, Qilan, a Web application construction environment that provides connectivity to multiple databases and MRTG (Multi-Router Traffic Grapher), for monitoring and graphing network traffic load. Also included is a WEBmail server that turns Mac OS X into a POP3 and IMAP4 mail server and a customizable, anytime, anywhere “Hotmail” style mail client, Holmgren said.
Tenon’s iTools WEBmail was developed by EMUmail, a vendor of Web-based mail systems. The new WEBmail supports multiple attachments, address books, user definable folders, outbox for sent messages, real-time SPAM filtering using the “Real-Time Blackhole” list of known spammers, customizable tag line for site branding, blind carbon copy, spell check, quoted reply, forwarding, per-user or per-domain message quotas, an per-user or per-domain access restrictions. Plus, WEBmail supports FastCGI for optimized performance.
Tenon’s iTools 6.0 is available for download from the Tenon Web site. The introductory price is US$399 and $299 (educational and “sidegrades”) and $99 (an upgrade from iTools 5.0).