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AJAX World - Curl's RIA Run Time for the Mac Out

Brings Enterprise-class Features of the Curl RTE for Both Windows and Linux to Macintosh Users

Curl announced the general availability of the Curl Run Time Environment (RTE) for Macintosh. The Curl RTE is the engine of the Curl Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform that executes Curl applications and renders code, content and graphics on client machines. As a result of this release, Macintosh users can now take advantage of the same enterprise-class features of the Curl RTE that are already offered to Windows and Linux users.

The Curl RTE for Mac can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.curl.com/download/rte/index.php.

With the increasing penetration of Macintosh in the enterprise, Curl's support allows those companies to develop and deploy RIA's across multiple platforms. The Mac RTE supports the full range of features that are supported by the Curl Windows and Linux RTE products. This includes:

  • Full multimedia support - Includes 2D and 3D graphics libraries, scripting of event-based interactions, support for dynamic animations and audio data.
  • High security - Offers flexible and reliable privilege-based security features.
  • Unmatched connectivity - Supports all standard networking protocols and server-side architectures and protocols, including HTTP, HTTPS, XML, cookies, TCP/IP, SOAP, Unicode, PHP, J2EE and .Net.
  • Just-in-time compiler - Compiles Curl content language applications into native code that executes with the full performance of the client machine.
  • Declarative and elastic graphical layouts - Layouts can be described declaratively, as in HTML. Layouts also adapt elastically to the size of the window in which they are displayed, so users can size browser windows as they prefer.
  • Integrated controls, dialogs and layout objects - Provides all the capabilities of HTML controls and HTML forms.
  • Fully internationalized GUI system - Includes support for text entry and display using Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
"The Macintosh's expansion within the enterprise coupled with more businesses realizing the true benefits of Rich Internet Applications has created the perfect storm," said Bert Halstead, vice president and chief architect, Curl. "As a result, we have experienced in up-tick in demand for deploying Curl applications on the Macintosh. We have responded by bringing the full enterprise-class features of our other Curl RTE products to the Macintosh community, allowing enterprises the flexibility for end users of their Curl-developed applications to deploy on whatever system they choose."

As with the Windows and Linux RTE products, the Curl RTE for Mac includes a browser plug-in so that any user who installs it can run applications from the Web simply by visiting the URL of the application to be executed. Where conventional Web applications render graphics in software, Curl applications enable PCs and now Macs to fully leverage graphics cards, sound cards and other hardware and drivers, delivering the robust performance typically associated only with client-server applications.

The Curl RTE can run on Power PC and Intel Macintoshes with operating systems of OS 10.4 and later, as well as execute applications developed for the current release of the Curl RIA platform, Version 6.0.

For more information on Curl contact Mark Bilotta, Mark_Bilotta@lpp.com at Lois Paul & Partners.

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