Software MacKiev on Friday announced that it will release a new version of the multimedia authoring tool
HyperStudio. The new software — version 5 — is expected to be released for the Mac over the summer, with a PC version to follow later in the year.
HyperStudio was once a staple of the educational software market and is, in some respects, a spiritual successor to Apple’s long-lamented multimedia authoring software HyperCard. The software first got its start on the Apple IIGS when it was released by Roger Wagner Publishing, later brought to the Mac.
Software MacKiev is developing the new HyperStudio 5 itself, and has bought the rights to the HyperStudio trademark from its previous owner Sunburst Technology. But Software MacKiev is also going back to HyperStudio’s roots by collaborating with Roger Wagner himself to create the new version, which was previewed at this week’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Ga.
Software MacKiev expects to release HyperStudio 5 for Mac in the late summer. System specifications have been posted to the Web site — Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later, G4/400MHz or faster (including Intel), 256MB RAM, 1024 x 768 display and 700MB hard disk space.