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By: Barbara Stefaney
Abstract: Daily news summary for 7 October 1999. Edited by Barb Stefaney.
OK, just a license will do. What, you've avoided integrating Visual Basic for Applications
because of its license for internal corporate use? Maybe you should turn to the
new corporate licensing program for VBA
announced by Microsoft last week.
Independent software vendors frequently license VBA for packaged
applications to help customers meet specific business needs. Microsoft's
new corporate licensing program provides noncommercial redistribution
license for VBA, allowing corporations to develop VBA-based customizable
applications for internal use. With VBA embedded in corporate applications,
departments and subsidiaries are able to tailor applications to meet their
specific needs. Extending the application doesn't require that you distribute the source code,
which eliminates the need for supporting multiple versions of the app.
The new licensing structure is part of Microsoft's release of a VBA 6.0
Software Development Kit. The VBA 6.0 SDK also includes tools aimed at
simplifying VBA integration for all developers. Features of the SDK include a wizard for fast integration of VBA into a Visual
Basic application, additional sample code, and more comprehensive
documentation -- all of which will speed the process of developing in VBA,
according to Microsoft.
The VBA 6.0 SDK is now available for evaluation.
It can be ordered free of
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to secure your on-line music
delivery and streaming media. Your weapon: the RPK Encryptonite Software
Security has released a Secure Digital Music Initiative version and a Java version of its
Encryptonite Toolkit. At the heart of both is RPK
Security's encryptonite engine, which combines elements of public-key encryption
systems (authentication, digital signatures, and key management)
with the speed of symmetric systems.
The SDMI Toolkit is a high-speed encryption solution for companies building
SDMI-compliant devices and software for secure digital music delivery. The
Toolkit helps developers add strong security to streaming and downloaded digital-music delivery applications without performance
The RPK Encryptonite Toolkit for Java helps software
developers add strong encryption to stand-alone Java
applications or applets. It performs at 95 percent of the speed
of native code versions, RPK Security says the toolkit is intended for
high-data-flow and resource-limited applications like streaming media, secure
music and video delivery, videoconferencing, e-commerce, and embedded
Among the Java toolkit's features: it allows development of fully transparent,
browser-based security applications; it enables on-the-fly encryption; and it builds
security into Web pages, eliminating the need for customers to download and
install client-side software.
RPK's SDMI and Java Encryptonite Toolkits are delivered as C/C++ libraries for Win95/98/NT,
HP/UX, Sun Solaris (C only),
Linux, a Delphi
3.0/4.0 VCL component for Win95/NT is available as are, DLL, and ActiveX
packages. Pricing starts at US$695 per
toolkit per developer. Deployment license fees are based upon
Xerox Corp. today
a server-based software solution, that helps incorporate paper documents
into the electronic office environment. Research conducted by Xerox shows that
we do not function in a paperless society. On the contrary, today's typical
electronic office uses more paper than ever before.
Xerox tackles the problem of how to integrate paper documents into digital
office workflow with FlowPort's PaperWare feature. Using encoded DataGlyphs
(technology developed at Xerox
Palo Alto Research Center), FlowPort reads directions from a specialized
paper interface (completed by the sender) and distributes the paper document
accordingly: e-mail, remote print, or Internet fax. FlowPort also stores and
"For many organizations, many mission-critical documents exist only in
paper [form]," says Mark Hill, vice president and general manager of Xerox's Office
Solutions Business Unit. "FlowPort provides an intelligent and powerful
solution for easily digitizing, storing, and retrieving hardcopy documents,
offering seamless information movement into an organization's electronic
In an interview with Developer News, Mr. Hill stressed FlowPort's
ease-of-use. "One of the targets in FlowPort's creation process was
that it be simple to use. For hardcopy capture, FlowPort is the easy and
economical way to go."
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