Since winning an extra $4m funding back in May from its Japanese co-founder, Toyo Information Systems, Osaka, Oberon Software Corp has been hard at work through the summer beta-testing its SynchroWorks object-oriented visual programming environment, which is due for formal release any day now. The Cambridge, Massachusetts firm has already won the backing of SunSoft Inc, which is buying SynchWorks and shipping it as part of the Distributed Objects Everywhere early developers’ release. The idea is to help Solaris users move up to the Distributed Objects environment and Oberon hopes to win a long-term contract. SynchroWorks includes Object Design Inc’s object database and enables users to construct visual implementations of Unix programs – including those built using relational database technolgy – and plug them together with other objects so that they work as a complete program. Oberon descibes its software as object hyperspace where object and non-object technologies can be brought together in a single visual programming system. It says SynchroWorks could work with any Object Management Group Request Broker-compliant system, including the forthcoming IBM Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co object environments, although it is currently only up on Sun workstations. Oberon will sell SynchroWorks in the US, Toyo has rights throughout Asia and TGL has the stuff for Europe.