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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today released a series of developer products that will accelerate the availability of native applications for its next-generation of Apple(R) PowerPC microprocessor-based personal computers and servers. Apple announced its Macintosh(R) on RISC Software Developer's Kit (SDK) which includes all tools and documentation necessary to create new applications or port existing Macintosh applications to run native on future Apple PowerPC processor- based systems. Apple also introduced the Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit and a comprehensive, self-paced training course titled Programmer's Introduction to RISC and PowerPC. Additionally, Apple is offering a bundle which includes the SDK and training course along with a new native PowerPC development environment, CodeWarrior, from Metrowerks.
 These new tools enable software developers to begin adapting their applications to run native on PowerPC microprocessor-based computers using current Macintosh development systems, before Apple PowerPC processor-based systems become available in the first half of 1994. A native application is an application that has been recompiled for the PowerPC microprocessor. Native applications take full advantage of the superior performance of PowerPC technology.
 "The momentum behind PowerPC development is impressive," said Ike Nassi, vice president, Apple Development Products Group. "Apple's new tools enable software developers to take full advantage of this robust, new architecture by delivering applications that leverage the industry-leading performance of PowerPC."
 "Apple's Macintosh on RISC SDK will kick-start the development process for many developers eager to take advantage of the performance of the PowerPC microprocessor," said Rick Fleischman, Macintosh with PowerPC Development Tools product manager at Apple. "Already being used successfully by major software vendors, these tools provide a comprehensive environment for developers at all levels who want to get a headstart on creating native PowerPC applications."
 Macintosh on RISC SDK
 The Macintosh on RISC SDK is an MPW(R)-based (Macintosh Programmer's Workshop) environment that runs on a 68020, 68030 or 68040 Macintosh and generates native code for Macintosh with PowerPC microprocessor-based systems. The comprehensive, cross-development environment enables developers to jumpstart the application development process. As soon as Macintosh with PowerPC processor-based systems become available, developers can finish the port by testing and debugging their native Macintosh with PowerPC applications. The Macintosh on RISC SDK includes:
 -- C/C++ compiler for high quality, optimized code
 -- PowerPC Assembler supporting the full PowerPC instruction set
 -- Two-machine PowerPC Debugger with an easy-to-use interface for setting breakpoints, examining and changing memory and registers and viewing code
 -- Universal System Header Files for both 680X0 and PowerPC processor-based platforms
 -- MacApp(R) 3.1, an update version of Apple's object-oriented application framework for accelerating application development. This gives existing MacApp developers a path to port their applications native on Macintosh with PowerPC.
 -- Apple Installer 4.0 which is capable of installing either 680X0 or PowerPC environments from a common set of files
 -- MPW Development System 3.3 which provides a complete development system
 -- Additional Tools and Sample Code including a PowerPC linker, complete build tools and scripts and sample applications for Macintosh with PowerPC
 -- Complete On-line Documentation including all documentation for the Macintosh on RISC SDK and the PowerPC System Software
 Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit
 The Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit introduces developers to the basics of the Macintosh with PowerPC. It includes a collection of documents for general information as well as detailed technical documentation about both the PowerPC microprocessor and System 7 for Macintosh with PowerPC. The kit includes:
 -- PowerPC 601 RISC Microprocessor User's Manual (Motorola Inc.)
 -- Complete instruction set and overview of the PowerPC architecture
 -- Inside Macintosh: PowerPC System Software
 -- Documentation on the new Macintosh with PowerPC system software:
 System 7 for Macintosh with PowerPC
 -- Migrating to Macintosh with PowerPC Checklist
 -- Tips for developers porting an existing Macintosh application to run native on Macintosh with PowerPC
 -- PowerPC Technology: An Overview for Apple Third Party Developers
 -- An overview of the path to PowerPC for customers and developers
 Programmer's Introduction to RISC and PowerPC
 Apple's Developer University course "Programmer's Introduction to RISC and PowerPC" introduces developers to the technical issues associated with RISC and PowerPC microprocessor technology. The format is an interactive, multimedia CD-ROM designed as a self-paced learning tool. It prepares developers for recompiling existing code for the Macintosh with PowerPC while enhancing speed and portability, as well as writing new code for Macintosh with PowerPC.
 Metrowerks CodeWarrior
 CodeWarrior is the industry's first native development environment for the PowerPC microprocessor-based and 680X0 microprocessor-based Macintosh. With quick turn-around time and an integrated user interface, CodeWarrior enables programmers to quickly and easily develop applications for both platforms using the same source code base. CodeWarrior comes in three versions, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The Gold version is the most comprehensive and includes development releases of C, C++ for the 680X0 Macintosh and for the Macintosh with PowerPC; a development release of Pascal for the 680X0 Macintosh; and C and C++ cross-compilers. The Silver version supports native PowerPC microprocessor development only, and will be released when Apple ships Macintosh with PowerPC systems. The Bronze version, available now in pre-release form, supports 680X0 development only.
 Price and Availability
 The Macintosh on RISC SDK is being made available at this time in pre-release form, with an automatic upgrade to the final version at no additional charge. It includes a non-disclosure agreement, which the user agrees to by opening and using the product.
 CodeWarrior Gold is also being made available at this time in pre-release form, with an automatic upgrade from Metrowerks to the final version at no additional charge.
 The Macintosh on RISC SDK, Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit, the Programmer's Introduction to RISC and PowerPC and Metrowerk's CodeWarrior Gold are available worldwide and can be ordered through APDA, Apple's source for developer tools. The SDK (delivered on CD-ROM) has an APDA catalog price of $399, the Starter Kit at $39.95, the Programmer's Introduction at $150 and CodeWarrior Gold at $399. APDA can be reached in the United States at 800-282-2732; in Canada at 800-637-0029; or internationally at 716-871-6555.
 Apple is offering a bundle including the Macintosh on RISC SDK, the Programmer's Introduction to RISC and PowerPC and Metrowerk's CodeWarrior Gold for a price of $849 through APDA. A one-time, special price of $749 is being offered to all who purchase the bundle during MacWorld Expo, Jan. 5-8, 1994. The promotional bundle and individual products can be purchased at the APDA booth in the Apple Developer Central area at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco (Room 200, Moscone Center). Prices will vary outside the United States and customers are urged to contact their local Apple subsidiary for pricing and availability information.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server, and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
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