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April 28, 1994

PARCPLACE ENHANCES GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE-BUILDER, PLANS NEW VISUALWORKS FUNCTIONALITY

By CBR Staff Writer

Newly-public Xerox Corp spin-out ParcPlace Systems Inc, Sunnyvale, California, is offering a new 2.5 release of its ObjectBuilder C++ graphical user interface builder. As well as additional palettes and extensible editors, 2.5 includes ObjectBuilder/Xt kit, which enables third-party Xt widgets from KL Group Inc – XRT Graph, Expert Object Inc – HyperMatrix, and Expert DataBase Inc – Acme widgets, and other Motif 1.2 widgets to be used within ObjectBuilder to develop graphical user interfaces for C++ applications. The 2.5 release ships under Solaris, HP-UX and AIX operating environments next month at from $4,500. Sales of the company’s Smalltalk application development environment, VisualWorks, provide around 95% of revenue – it counts IBM Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Digital Equipment Corp, SunSoft Inc and Object Design Inc among its wins. A new iteration in the works will feature a more object-oriented design, with additional services and the ability to translate methodology directly into objects. Hewlett-Packard includes ParcPlace technology in its Smalltalk 2.0 object environment, DEC is doing its own implementation to the Common Object Model, Object Design is working on an interface to ObjectStore, ParcPlace will be supplying connections to IBM’s SOM/DSOM Corba technology and there’s no decision yet on who will do the SunSoft Distributed Objects Everywhere/OpenStep link. ParcPlace understands Hewlett-Packard has been asked, and will submit, specifications for SmallTalk mapping to the Object Management Group’s request for proposals, based upon ParcPlace technology. In its first full report since going public last February, the company posted revenues for the year of $26.6m against $13.8m in 1993. Net income was $2.0m against a $2.7m loss last time which included a $2.2m charge for acquisition and development. The fourth quarter showed revenue of $8m – $4.8m last time around and net income of $912,000 up from $154,000.

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