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Symantec Provides Caffeine Java Development Tools for Macintosh

Free patch lets Symantec C++ customers use the first Sun standard graphical Java development environment for Macintosh

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- March 4, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced today the availability of the first Sun-standard graphical Java development environment for the Macintosh. The software, code-named Caffeine, allows users to add Java development capabilities to the Symantec Project Manager (SPM) environment. Caffeine integrates Sun’s standard Java virtual machine, Java compiler and other components into the SPM, allowing users to create Java projects, edit and compile Java code, and automatically launch the Java applet viewer from within the SPM.

"A significant amount of web development is being done on the Macintosh platform," said Mansour Safai, general manager of the Symantec Developer Tools Division. "Caffeine allows our customers to immediately begin developing Java applets in Symantec’s award-winning development environment for the Macintosh."

Key Caffeine Features:

  • Support for development of Java applets on the Power Macintosh (68k support is expected to be released within a few weeks);
  • A full-featured Project Management environment;
  • Support for automatic Java syntax highlighting in the editor, including font size, color and style;
  • Automatic launching of the Java applet viewer from within Symantec’s environment once applets have been compiled;
  • Error reporting capabilities integrated into the environment enabling a user to quickly track down problems in their code;
  • A fully scriptable and recordable environment via Applescript, including over 20 bundled scripts to increase productivity and automate routine tasks;
  • Full integration of Sun’s standard Macintosh JDK into Symantec’s graphical development environment, ensuring compatibility with Sun-standard Java browsers running on Macintosh, Windows and Unix;
  • Full support for Java AWT classes, including networking, audio, and other capabilities;
  • Java documentation in Postscript and HTML format;
  • Sample applets to help learn Java.
Pricing and Availability
Current Symantec C++ for Macintosh Subscription customers (anyone who has purchased C++ for Power Macintosh) can download Caffeine via the Symantec Java Central Web Site at or via InfoMac ftp sites. For customers who don’t yet own Symantec C++ for Power Macintosh, a trade-up version is available for $149.95 for owners of any previous version of any Think, Symantec Macintosh tools, Metrowerks CodeWarrior, or Natural Intelligence Roaster development tools direct from Symantec or through the retail channel. Symantec C++ for Power Macintosh has an estimated retail price of $399. By purchasing the retail version or the trade-up version, customers will also receive Caffeine as part of their free C++ subscription service as well as the previously announced Symantec Café for Macintosh when it becomes available at the end of Q1, 1996.

Java is a programming language developed by Sun Microsystems for developing cross-platform applications across the public Internet and corporate intranets.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company’s global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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Product and Ordering Information:
Symantec Corporation, 10201 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014 USA
(800) 441-7234 or (541) 334-6054