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Macintosh Application Environment (MAE)

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The Macintosh Application Environment (MAE) from Apple Computer, Inc. brings the functionality and ease-of-use of the Macintosh environment to Sun SPARCstations running the SunSoft Solaris 2.3 operating system and Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 700 workstations running HP-UX 9.01.

MAE is Apple's first cross-platform software product for open systems, and the first to bring the Macintosh environment to non-Apple computers.

MAE provides a Macintosh run-time layer on top of the UNIX(R) operating system allowing UNIX users to take advantage of the wide variety of off-the-shelf 680x0-based Macintosh productivity applications available, including popular spreadsheet, desktop publishing, word-processing, graphics, and business applications. These programs run unmodified under MAE, taking advantage of UNIX workstation performance.

MAE includes the System 7.1 Finder, bringing to the UNIX file system the same file-handling and navigation functionality that Macintosh users have, the Macintosh graphical user interface and Desktop Manager, and the ability to cut and paste data between applications. MAE provides many of the new features of the Macintosh Operating System, such as the ability to use aliases, and "publish-and-subscribe" functionality. All of these features are provided within a standard X Window System(TM) client window.

MAE is the only product in the marketplace developed and supported by Apple Computer that helps UNIX workstations to be Macintosh-application capable.

It offers UNIX workstation users the most up-to-date Macintosh experience because technology owned and developed by Apple, such as the Finder, is built into the product.

MAE takes advantage of NFS (Network File System) from Sun Microsystems, which allows transparent file sharing and file services across the network. As a result, remote as well as local Macintosh and UNIX files and applications can be displayed and manipulated by the Finder.