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Issue No.09 - September (2004 vol.37)
pp: 89-90
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
Character Animation and 3D Workflow App
Discreet, a division of Autodesk, recently announced 3ds max 7, the newest version of the company's 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software. The new version integrates Discreet's character studio into the 3ds max feature set. In addition to its standard set of animation tools, the software package will offer a constraint- based nonlinear animation mixer, scalable behavioral crowd simulation capabilities, and motion capture filtering and editing facilities.


3ds max 7, the latest version of Discreet's software package, is designed to offer developers a set of animation workflow tools, including a new character-animation tool, new visual effects tools, and support for new production environments.

3ds max 7 costs $3,495; www.discreet.com.
UML Enterprise Edition from Gentleware
Gentleware AG, a supplier of Unified Modeling Language software, recently made available an object-oriented development tool designed to facilitate synchronization among large, disparate development teams over a shared server.
Poseidon UML Enterprise Edition is available online at www.gentleware.com for $1,549 per user.
Novell's Open-Source Answer to .NET
Mono 1.0 is Novell's open-source development platform based on Micro-soft's .NET framework. The software is designed to help users build Linux and cross-platform applications that can interoperate with .NET services. The product includes a C# compiler, a .NET-compatible runtime environment, and two API stacks—a Mono stack that exploits Linux servers and desktops, and a set of APIs that supports ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and several other components.
Mono 1.0 is available for download at www.mono-project.com/downloads/index.html.
VMware's Open Interface to Virtual Infrastructure
The Virtual Infrastructure SDK from VMware is designed to help developers integrate the company's virtual infrastructure software into existing management frameworks. The product incorporates a Web services interface that uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so developers can program in their choice of environments, such as Java or Visual Studio .NET.
Download the SDK from www.vmware.com/support/developer/vc-sdk.
Early Access Release of InsiTech's XTT 5.0
InsiTech announced an early access release of the newest version of its XML Tunneling Technology, a Java development platform designed for Internet applications deployed in a thin-client environment. XTT 5.0 includes integration with Java Data Objects such as Kodo JDO and other object-persistence technologies, including Hibernate and Oracle's TopLink.
The upgrade will cost $100 per developer and $1,000 per deployed CPU; www.insitechgroup.com.
Microsoft's Visual Studio and SQL Server Express
At this year'sTechEd Europe conference, Microsoft announced Express versions of Microsoft SQL Server and Visual Studio aimed at hobbyists and students. These lightweight, easy-to-use versions are designed to help nonprofessionals build dynamic Windows applications; www.microsoft.com.
Web File Compressor from Port80
Port80 Software released an application for Web file compression. Called w3compiler, the software can compress XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, and PHP files. Optimization includes removing comments, remapping file names, reducing the size of certain entities, and managing metatags. The software automates JavaScript compression by shortening user-defined variables, functions, and objects, and remapping built-in object names.
w3compiler costs $79.95 per CPU; www.w3compiler.com.
Alienbrain Studio 7 Gets Windows SDK
Avid Technology announced a new SDK for Alienbrain Studio 7, digital asset management software for entertainment and computer graphics professionals. Avid acquired the Alien- brain product line when it acquired NXN Software earlier this year.


Avid Technologies released a Windows SDK for Alienbrain Studio 7, a digital asset management software tool for entertainment product development teams. Alienbrain provides a version-control platform for all file formats.

Avid's Windows Integration Framework will allow content creators to integrate Alienbrain Studio 7's core functionality—including file access, version control, and workflow features—to any Windows-based program. The Alienbrain system already integrates with leading content creation and administrative tools like Criterion RenderWare, Adobe Photo-shop, and SoftImage/XSI.
Windows Integration Framework is available at no cost with Alienbrain Studio 7; www.alienbrain.com.
Flash Application Development Tool
ScreenTime Media recently announced mProjector 2.0, a tool designed to extend the Flash development environment so developers can more easily create Windows applications. The mProjector tool adds native Windows COM access to Flash's ActionScript.
mProjector costs $299; www.screentime.com.
Real-Time 3D Visualization App
Mercury Computer Systems recently announced Open Inventor 5.0, a new edition of the company's object-oriented 3D graphics API for C++ and Java developers. Version 5.0 includes several new components for application development and 3D visualization, including more than 1,000 classes and a programming interface designed specifically for rapid prototyping. The new version also includes support for programmable shaders, OpenGL 1.5 texture extensions, and an interactive scene editing tool.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.mc.com.
Content Security Acceleration Kit
Sensory Networks, a company that develops hardware-acceleration technology for security applications, recently announced the NodalCore Content Series Accelerator development kit to help developers build security applications that can identify, analyze, and prevent threats. The kit includes two C-series PCI 64/66MHz cards, an SDK for host- and kernel-level development, and API documentation.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.sensorynetworks.com.
Application Development with DataWindow .NET
Sybase DataWindow .NET, a new development tool for .NET development, is designed to simplify the creation of enterprise applications. Ac- cording to the company, DataWindow .NET can help developers more easily incorporate data access, complex logic, and data presentation into .NET applications. A point-and-click environment allows developers to incorporate business logic into applications and to modify it when needs change.
Sybase DataWindow .NET costs $695; www.sybase.com.
New Version of AppForge Crossfire
AppForge announced an upgrade to the company's tool for mobile application development. The new version of Crossfire includes performance improvements as well as telephony support for Pocket PC. Crossfire applications are created using specialized mobile controls, libraries, and modules that are plugged directly into the Visual Studio .NET. Crossfire ships with more than 30 standard controls, as well as modules and libraries for database synchronization, bar code scanning, communications, and telephony.
Crossfire costs $1,000; www.appforge.com.
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