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Apple annnouces System 7.5 to ship this summer - 07/1994

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From: [email protected] (Alan Coopersmith)
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Subject: Apple annnouces System 7.5 to ship this summer
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Date: 11 Jul 1994 16:04:53 -0500
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[The following is a slimmed-down copy of a recent Apple press release.
 The full text has been posted to comp.sys.mac.system and is available at

gopher://info.hed.apple.com:70/00/Apple%20Press%20Releases/11July94-System.7.5.Intro.txt

 Please note that I don't work for or speak for apple and I can't answer any
 questions you have about System 7.5.  Oh, and people who may be reading
 this on the south half of the planet may want to substitute "winter" for
 "summer" below.  -alan-]


The following release moved over PR Newswire on Monday, July 11, 1994 at 8:01AM, EST.


CUPERTINO, California--July 11, 1994

Apple Computer, Inc. today lifted the veil on the next release of the
operating system for the company's flagship Macintosh personal computers.
Called Macintosh System 7.5, the new release is based on customer feedback,
and incorporates an array of new capabilities designed to enhance the
productivity of people using a Macintosh.  Macintosh System 7.5 includes
technologies that can automate or guide people through many of the more
complex tasks associated with using a computer.  It simplifies the exchange
of information between Macintosh and MS-DOS or Windows computers.  And,
Macintosh System 7.5 integrates a number of time-saving features previously
available at additional cost.

Apple expects to ship Macintosh System 7.5 to the market in the late
summer, and plans to preview the operating system publicly at the Macworld
Exposition on August 2-5 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Macintosh System 7.5 brings significant improvement to the Macintosh
operating system in what Apple believes are five key areas for computer
usage in the future:  Active Assistance, Personal Productivity,
Compatibility, Collaboration, and Advanced Printing and Graphics.  As such,
Macintosh System 7.5 incorporates a wide collection of new features and
technologies (over 50 in all), in an effort to make the experience of using
the Macintosh computer more productive and enjoyable.
 

			  Active Assistance

Macintosh System 7.5 integrates technologies that make computing easier
for people by simplifying difficult or routine computing tasks.

For example, Apple Guide is a built-in, interactive guide that leaps
beyond traditional help systems by guiding the user, one step at a time,
from query through the completion of a task.  It provides on- screen visual
cues to highlight items so that the user can proceed through to the next
step.  Apple Guide can be customized to lead users through tasks that are
unique to their company or organization.

A new Scriptable Finder, based on the AppleScript technology, lets
users easily automate system tasks with scripts.  For example, people can
use one of the many scripts included in Macintosh System 7.5 to set up a
File Sharing "drop" folder that automatically enables File Sharing,
specifies privileges and creates a folder that can be shared with others on
a network.
 

			Personal Productivity

Macintosh Drag and Drop makes it even simpler and faster for users to
implement basic computing tasks by moving objects around the Macintosh
screen to get things done.  For example, when a user drags text or graphics
to the desktop, a clippings file is automatically created.  Another feature,
Hierarchical Menus, enables faster and easier access to items that are kept
in folders under the Apple menu by displaying sub menus of recent documents
and applications that have been used.  In addition, an improved Find File
capability presents a list of all found files and the path to an individual
file, as well as allows the user to drag-and-drop the file to a new
location, or even open the file.
 

			    Compatibility

Macintosh PC Exchange and Macintosh Easy Open, for example, are a set
of utilities that allow MS-DOS, Windows and OS/2 data files to be opened and
edited with compatible Macintosh applications. MacTCP offers built-in TCP/IP
(Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)--a major and pervasive
communications protocol for UNIX networking--at the software level.  TCP/IP
is also the standard protocol for the Internet communications network.
 

			    Collaboration

Today, the Macintosh is the most networked brand of personal computer, due
in part to Apple's pioneering efforts to develop and build in collaborative
tools and technologies.  With Macintosh System 7.5, collaborative technology
becomes part of the standard Macintosh operating system.

For example, PowerTalk --Apple's first collaboration solution for
individuals--allows users to send electronic mail, share files and digitally
"sign" and forward documents from within an application.  PowerTalk includes
the universal desktop mailbox--a single mail box for all incoming and
outgoing mail--including on-line services, fax, voice, electronic mail from
various sources, and documents from any application.
 

	      Advanced Graphics and Simplified Printing

QuickDraw GX offers easier printing, color management, typography and
document portability.  For example, to print a document in QuickDraw GX, a
user can simply drag the file to the desktop printer icon.  The print queue
status can easily be viewed and rearranged by double clicking on the printer
icon.  As well, the user can easily drag the document to a different printer
icon.

A new type of document file-format in QuickDraw GX also allows users to
create a file that can be opened, viewed and printed from any other
Macintosh with QuickDraw GX installed, without having the original fonts or
application installed.

Advanced features of QuickDraw GX that will appeal to the publishing
community include sophisticated typography, international support for
languages such as Kanji or Arabic and enhanced color matching.
 

		   Support for Macintosh System 7.5

Current third-party developer support for Macintosh System 7.5 is strong and
growing.  Among the vendors that will be supporting the new operating system
are WordPerfect Corporation, Microsoft, Aldus, Adobe and many more.
 

			 System Requirements

Macintosh System 7.5 will run on Macintosh computers with appropriate Random
Access Memory (RAM) and at least a 68020 processor.  This includes all
currently shipping desktop Macintosh models, PowerBook notebook computers,
and all of Apple's recently introduced Power Macintosh systems.  The new
release will be compatible with virtually all Macintosh applications
software currently available.

On a 680x0-based Macintosh computer, Macintosh System 7.5 requires a
minimum of four megabytes of RAM to run the core elements with most
applications and a minimum of eight megabytes of RAM to use PowerTalk and
QuickDraw GX.  When installed on Power Macintosh systems, Macintosh System
7.5 requires a minimum of eight megabytes of RAM for the core elements and
16 megabytes to use PowerTalk and QuickDraw GX.

Apple plans to make Macintosh System 7.5 available in CD-ROM and floppy
disk formats.  The CD-ROM package is expected to include an "Extras" folder
containing third-party applications such as "mail gateways" for PowerTalk
communications, printing extensions that allow customizing print output, and
other utilities.