Macworld Expo showcases OS X support
At the wintertime gathering of Apple Computer enthusiasts here at the Macworld Conference and Expo Tuesday, a wealth of vendors announced support for the forthcoming Mac OS X operating system.
Many vendors were on hand at the show to preview support for the long-awaited operating system.
During his keynote speech, Apple CEO Steve Jobs whipped up excitement for the Mac OS X, which the company will release in March. Jobs demonstrated new features of the OS, including integrated QuickTime for enhanced multimedia functionality, a new user-interface, and an open-source Unix-based core designed to ramp up corporate appeal.
Web software vendor Roxen Internet Software, based in Stockholm, Sweden, announced support for Mac OS X in its XML-based Web content management software platform. The company showcased Roxen Platform 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X Public Beta, a preview version of its content management system for Mac OS X.
Roxen Platform 2.1 is a Web-browser-based content management system that runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, Sun, and Unix environments. Roxen Platform distinguishes itself from competitors, such as Interwoven and Vignette, with a system built on XML that is capable of customizing both images and text, according to Roxen officials.
"It is a complex task to handle dynamic Web sites. It is very important [for a content management system] to have functions like version control, access control, and to have the ability to handle both text and graphics," said Peter Lindgren, product manager at Roxen's San Jose office.
All Roxen platform interfaces are browser-based, which allow geographically distributed teams of developers, designers, and authors all to be part of the same collaborative environment.
Developing support for Mac OS X was a very important step for Roxen, according to Lindgren.
"Previously Mac hasn't been so successful in enterprise environments, but the robustness and flexibility of the Unix part of OS X is very promising. Unix is powerful but is hard to use, so with Mac OS X it will be a little easier," Lindgren said.
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based WildPackets was another vendor highlighting Mac OS X support at the show. The company announced a new Mac OS X-compatible version of its EtherPeek packet analysis tool, which is used to determine the cause of network problems and performance issues.
EtherPeek Version 4.1 will run on both Windows and Mac environments, according to company officials.
Adding Mac OS X support in EtherPeek will help Apple's forthcoming operating system gain ground in corporate environments, according to WildPackets officials.
"A tool that can isolate network problems in the Mac OS X world will help network administrators implement Mac OS X networks," said Joe Bardwell, vice president of professional services at WildPackets, in Walnut Creek, Calif.
"We see that Mac OS X opens the door to the deployment of Apple networks into more classic network environments because it is Unix based. People who have been reluctant to deploy Apple in business environments we think will be more receptive to Mac OS X ... because it offers the stability and portability of Unix with Mac features on top."
Other vendors exhibiting support for Mac OS X include FileMaker, which demonstrated its FileMaker Pro 5.0 running on Mac OS X, and FileWave, which announced support for the OS on its software distribution and management system.