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YET ANOTHER PLATFORM FOR METACARD: MAC OS X.

The just-released 2.4 version of MetaCard, the award-winning cross-platform application development and multimedia authoring tool, adds support for Mac OS X to the platforms supported in previous releases: Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/2000, popular UNIX platforms (including Solaris, HPUX, AIX, and Linux Intel and Linux PPC), and MacOS PPC and 68K. Also new to the 2.4 version are many new image import, editing, and export features, improved QuickTime integration, and support for embedding images and hidden tags in text fields.

As has been the case with all versions of MetaCard since version 1.0 was released in 1992, no preprocessing, recompiling, redesign, or platform-specific debugging is required to deploy an application on all platforms simultaneously. MetaCard has a fully functional development environment on all platforms and doesn't rely on limited-function "players" or cross compilers. You can build single-file double-clickable royalty-free applications on all platforms: no shared libraries, virtual machines (Java or otherwise), browsers, installers, or other add-ons are required. This means no DLL or JVM version conflicts, and high reliability and low support costs for applications you distribute.

MetaCard's advanced graphical Integrated Development Environment (IDE) includes a graphical layout editor, script editor, and debugger. The IDE boosts productivity above what is possible using scripting languages that were designed to be used with a text editor and console window. The entire IDE is built using only standard MetaCard features, which not only demonstrates the power of the MetaCard, but also provides something not available with other tools: you can change any aspect of the development environment to make it suit your needs.

MetaCard's easy to learn high-level language (MetaTalk) enables even non-programmers to build the productivity-enhancing applications they need. Experienced developers will appreciate the flexibility they gain from advanced language features like associative arrays, regular expressions, support for manipulating binary data, high-level language support for socket communication, and the increased productivity that comes with freedom from the compile/link/debug cycle that is characteristic of development in third-generation languages like C++, Java, and BASIC. MetaTalk offers the power and productivity of open source scripting languages like Perl and Python without the syntactic gymnastics, and with a fully integrated graphical toolkit instead of having to use one grafted on from another language.

A single-user, all platform license (that's right: a single license key can be used on any supported platform, no need to buy a separate license for each), which includes a year of free upgrades and unlimited tech support via email, is $995. Educational institutions receive a 50% discount. K12 schools can purchase MetaCard through a special program for $250 for a 10-user license which comes bundled with "MetaTalk Programmer", an on-line learning package that has kids writing real programs in a matter of hours. Running MetaCard in a non-graphical mode (like a normal UNIX shell script or Windows batch file) is free on all platforms, including Darwin, the UNIX platform underlying Mac OS X.

For more information or to get the free Starter Kit version of MetaCard, write to MetaCard Corporation 4710 Shoup pl. Boulder, CO 80303 or call 303-447-3936 or visit http://www.metacard.com.
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