The Kanex Group, which has been developing Mac products for 10 years, has a new Carbonized application that they say offers “a new way to communicate in the office.” The app is QuickPopup, and it lets users exchange popup messages over corporate, school and home networks without connecting to the Internet.
“Built for Mac OS X, it provides all the advantages of Apple’s advanced operating system,” Paul Pen, Kanex’s vice president of sales & marketing, told MacCentral. “It’s also available for the classic Mac OS and Windows. Macs with 68k processors and Mac OS 7.5? No problem. QuickPopup works as easily as on the latest PowerMac G4.
With QuickPopup, any incoming message can be “popped up” on screen, indicating its importance. Or you can instead choose a warning sound and deal with a message at your convenience. Incoming messages can be read without leaving what you are doing. You can use templates to save time typing standard messages.
Data exchange doesn’t leave your network and stays confidential, Pen said.
“QuickPopup works on small, medium or large networks, on PCs and Macs,” Pen said. “No complicated installation, setup or special training is required. It can be deployed in minutes; its intuitive and simple interface makes it easy to use, even by beginners.”
QuickPopup supports a variety of Apple technologies, including AppleScript, Text-to-Speech, Internet Address Detectors, drag and drop, Apple Text Encoding, Apple Help and Balloon Help. Real life examples of how QuickPopup is used can found online (http://www.quickpopup.com).
Mac system requirements are Mac OS version 7.5 or later (including Mac OS X 10.x), OpenTransport 1.1 or later, and a local area network with TCP/IP or AppleTalk services enabled. Pricing starts at US$15, though there are discounts for educational institutes and site licenses. A 30-day
demo version is available.