JavaWorld News Briefs (6/1/97)

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"Our decision to license our Solo technology to others was based on the industry's need for a standard, open, and secure operating system and language, the very reasons we adopted Java Card API ourselves," said Jean-Paul Bize, VP of Schlumberger Electronic Transactions.

"The Solo development by Schlumberger [coupled with] Hitachi's advanced semiconductor technology represent an extremely powerful combination. We are very excited about the possibilities it presents for our future business," stated Matthew Trowbridge, general manager of Hitachi Europe.

Mike Inglis of Motorola's Worldwide Smartcard Semiconductor Operations said, "By offering an open standard OS which utilizes one of the most popular and dynamic programming languages, Java, on our microchips, Motorola would give developers the freedom to create a wealth of new smart card applications. In short, this kind of licensing agreement will do for smart cards what Windows and MacOS have done for the personal computing market."

For more information, contact the Schlumberger site.

http://www.slb.com/et/cyberf lex_faq.html

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Aimtech's Jamba 2.0 enhanced authoring tool

Aimtech released version 2.0 of Jamba, its Java authoring tool. Enhanced or new features that Version 2.0 provides are timeline animation, data collection/data publishing capabilities, Jamba wizards, and improved performance and user interface.

The new timeline and path-based animation lets Web content creators and animators visually lay out a sequence of graphic movements and actions with effects such as fade, rotate, hide, and zoom. Jamba 2.0 lets developers do this quickly, resulting in smaller files than you get from products such as Shockwave or Director, according to company officials.

There are three new ways of capturing and managing data within Jamba 2.0: e-mail, FTP, and CGI.

New Jamba wizards are organized into five categories to quickly allow users to create common components such as banner ads, tickertape text, and data-collection forms. The wizards automatically create all of the objects and To Do Lists to make the applet work. They also act as a tutorial, explaining what the objects do and how to modify them in a step-by-step fashion.

A new Page Inspector gives authors a visual decision-tree view of each object and event on the Jamba page. A new Notes Tab on the To Do List gives developers a way to add notes to individual objects inside of Jamba.

As for performance, the Jamba Java classes have been made even smaller (40 to 130KB). And the Java code for the 2.0 classes has been streamlined and optimized for playback performance.

Jamba supports Windows 95 and NT, and it will run on Windows 95, NT, Unix, and Macintosh machines. Jamba 2.0's list price is 49. Version 2.0 will be available at PC EXPO on June 17, and will include a Bonus Bundle of clip media and the ImageLab graphics utility. Current Jambateers can upgrade to Version 2.0 for 9. Get a 30-day free trial at http://www.microsoft.com/sitebuilder/.

http://www.jamba.com:80/

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