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APPLE CLIENT/SERVER TOOLS PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR APPLESCRIPT

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen client/server tools vendors today announced support for AppleScript in future versions of their development software. Information systems (IS) professionals use these development tools to design and build custom business applications for their enterprise customers.
 AppleScript, an extension to System 7, is an easy-to-use Macintosh scripting language. This new scripting feature allows IS groups to create powerful custom solutions for enterprise customers and to automate a wide variety of routine tasks.
 Vendors announcing support for AppleScript include the following: Andyne Computing Ltd.; Brio Technology Inc.; Blyth Software Inc.; Component Software Corp.; Connectivite Corp.; Digitalk Inc.; Forte Software Inc.; Inference Corp.; Mitem Corp.; Powersoft Corp.; TGS Systems Ltd.; Sybase Inc.; Uniface Corp.; and Visix Software Inc.
 "AppleScript enables IS organizations to build custom client/server solutions with off-the-shelf components and the tools provided by our partners," said Mike Zivkovic, product line manager for Client/Server Tools at Apple. "IS organizations can create easily executable applications for end-users that take advantage of several application programs. Also, IS development teams can record and replay their own complicated tasks as they use a variety of scriptable tools in their efforts."
 The vendors who announced AppleScript support offer cross-platform development tools for the Apple Macintosh computer that enable IS professionals to design and build client/server applications across major computing environments including Macintosh, Windows, the new Apple Workgroup Servers and other platforms.
 "AppleScript brings a new level of flexibility and control to the Macintosh desktop," said Stonewall Ballard, chief technical officer at Component Software Corp. "The capability of easily connecting together off-the-shelf applications and small, specialized components created with Component Workshop allows more people than ever before to automate their work and do it in a way that makes their Macintosh computer work for them instead of the other way around."
 "The use of AppleScript in conjunction with Smalltalk/V enables enterprises to begin to build applications as assemblies of reusable object-oriented components," said Allen Wirfs-Brock, vice president of technology, Digitalk Inc.
 Douglas Ross, vice president of R&D at Andyne Computing, said, "The facilities embodied in AppleScript and System 7.1 make it possible to provide advanced, off-the-shelf solutions for information access."
 The introduction of the AppleScript Developer's Toolkit yesterday at the Apple Enterprise Computing Conference (AECC) is part Apple's plan to integrate scripting into the Macintosh computing environment as a method for applications to interact.
 Apple began this process in 1989 by working with developers to define a standard scripting architecture. The first step was defining AppleEvents, the System 7 messaging language dealing with Interapplication Communications (IAC) technology that allows applications to share data and functions.
 Further work with third-party developers resulted in the definition of Apple's Open Scripting Architecture (OSA), announced in May 1991, which provides a consistent way for mainstream applications to interact with any scripting system. With Apple events and the OSA as its foundation, AppleScript promotes consistent scripting across all applications.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks and System 7 and AppleScript are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies are acknowledged as such./
 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles, 408-862-5671, or Jackie Promes, 408-974-3609, both of Apple Computer/
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