has announced the launch of Revolution 1.1. It’s an application development system designed to work natively with Mac OS X, and it offers cross-platform database access, enhanced multimedia support for QuickTime and a slew of other features.
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.
Runtime Revolution said the new version of Revolution has support for the Aqua user interface and Mac OS X’s UNIX underpinnings. The company said that Revolution 1.1. sports a “write once, deploy anywhere” architecture that makes it possible to port your Revolution-built applications to all other available platforms.
Revolution 1.1 has more than 80 improvements and new features, including:
Native Mac OS X support
Cross-platform access to ODBC, Oracle and MySQL databases
Extended support for Internet protocols such as FTP
Seamless integration with Apple’s state-of-the- art QuickTime multimedia technology, including support for streaming media, sound recording and transition effects
PNG alpha channels and blends
If you’re interested in kicking the tires before you lay your money down on Revolution, you can download a free Starter Kit Edition from the Web site.
Revolution’s Standard license starts at US$349 — other licenses are available for academic users. Runtime also has a limited-time offer for current users of HyperCard or SuperCard. You can get a cross-grade to Revolution Professional Edition, which comes with one year’s worth of updates and e-mail tech support, for $199.