MCL news release

MCL news release (Neves )
10 Nov 1994 20:24:36 GMT
The Institute for the Learning Sciences
Posted to: comp.lang.lisp.mcl

Janet Spinks
Regis McKenna, Inc.
(408) 974-3886
Apple Turns Over Development of Macintosh Common Lisp
to Digitool, Inc.
Digitool to Market and Support Macintosh Common Lisp,
Provide Native Power Macintosh Version
Cupertino, California--November 10, 1994--As part of its program to
accelerate the availability of developer tools for the Power
Macintosh , and demonstrating its commitment to Macintosh  Common
Lisp (MCL) users, Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that it has
licensed its MCL development software to Digitool, Inc.  The purpose
of the agreement is for Digitool to take over future development of
MCL.  Digitool has agreed to provide ongoing marketing and technical
support for MCL, and to introduce next year a Power Macintosh version
of the software, which will generate native PowerPC code.
     Digitool also has agreed to continue further development of the
version of MCL for Macintosh systems based on the Motorola 680x0
processors.  Apple  will continue to offer MCL through APDA, the
company's source for developer tools.
     "This agreement underscores Apple's ongoing commitment to the
developer community to provide strong support for our developer tools
and to allow developers to move their code forward to new hardware
platforms and OS releases," commented Peter Christy, Apple's senior
director of Developer Products Engineering.  "With this agreement,
Apple and Digitool will be working together to ensure a bright future
for MCL on both the 680x0-based Macintosh and Power Macintosh."
     Apple now expects that developers who have programs based on MCL
code will be able to continue development efforts with the knowledge that
their code can be ported to the Power Macintosh.  In addition,
developers will benefit by full support--and future enhancements--of
the 680x0 version of MCL by Digitool.
     "Digitool is very pleased with this new MCL responsibility," said
Hazem Sayed, president and founder of Digitool.  "MCL is in a league
of its own as an implementation of the Common Lisp standard and
object system.  It has sold many Lisp users on the Macintosh and sold
many Macintosh developers on Lisp.  Now, as well as with our future
release of a Power Macintosh native MCL, many of the large
workstation-based Lisp systems developed in academe, aerospace,
telecommunications, military, finance and medicine will find an
unbeatable price/performance delivery platform."
     Digitool, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a new software
company formed by the principals of Paradigm Software, Incorporated,
and staffed by former employees of Apple's MCL development team.
Digitool's MCL development effort is partially funded by eleven
corporate sponsors and MCL customers including Apple Computer, Inc.,
Flavors Technology, Inc., KyTek, Inc., Lissys Ltd., and the
University of Basel.
     Product Summary
Common Lisp is an advanced programming language widely used in
industry and research.  MCL is recognized as a premier implementation
of Common Lisp on personal computers with performance comparable to
Lisp workstations.  An object-oriented dynamic language, MCL
implements the ANSI Common Lisp Object System (CLOS) and includes an
incremental compiler and application generator.  MCL is ideally
suited for quick application prototyping and provides a delivery
environment for intelligent applications as well as high-level
Macintosh interface access.
     Availability and Pricing
MCL Version 2.0.1 is available for U.S. $495 through APDA, Apple's
source for development tools and related programming products.
Pricing for future versions will be announced upon product
availability.  Digitool also has announced that it will provide
current users with the ability to upgrade to future versions at a
reduced price.  Site licenses for MCL are also available from APDA.
     APDA publishes the APDA Tools Catalog which describes hundreds of
Apple and third-party products. Developers should contact APDA for
orders only and Digitool for product support and  all other inquiries
using the following addresses or phone numbers.
Apple Computer, Inc.
P.O. Box 319
Buffalo, NY 14207-0319
800-282-2732 (U.S.A.)
800-637-0029 (Canada)
716-871-6555 (International)
716-871-6511 (Fax)
Digitool, Inc.
675 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-576-7680 (fax)
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