REAL Software on Monday announced that its Mac OS X application development environment
will support Cocoa, Apple’s own framework for software development. The company also noted that it will support Universal Binaries, making it possible for REALbasic developers to create software that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
REALbasic is a cross-platform development environment that lets users create applications that can work on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.
In a statement, Geoff Perlman, REAL Software’s president and CEO, explained that Cocoa support in REALbasic will help his company incorporate new technologies developed by Apple into REALbasic faster than before.
REAL Software said that it will offer Universal Binary support concurrently with its Cocoa support. The new features are expected to ship in an update to REALbasic that will be released later this year through the REALbasic Rapid Release program. Any customer who has a current plan at the time of the release will be able to get the upgrade for free.
REALbasic starts at $99.95. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later, 512MB RAM and a G3/600MHz or faster.