As for "tools that embody a sense of mission far more potent than mere productivity solutions," let's get real. A tool, by definition, is "merely" a productivity solution. Furthermore, if Steve Jobs is expedient, it is because he is maturing as an entrepreneur. And if John Sculley is a visionary, it is only because he had the common sense to peel the Macintosh.
So, "What, outside of survival, is the point?" The answer is simple: success.
For quite some time, people have pontificated on NeXT's ability to survive. Each time, the pontification is replete with statements such as Barlow's "NeXT, if it survives (and I believe it will) . . . ." NeXT has survived to this point. It still exists, and offers the software marketplace an exceedingly viable alternative to substandard software systems on other hardware platforms.
Many American businesses do not have the corporate strength of character to make the difficult decisions required to do business well. I admire the fortitude the people at NeXT exhibit as they challenge the rest of us in American business to get back to the basics, and to do them well.
Object Technology Center
In the corporate market addressed by NeXT, the price of the development software is insignificant compared with the costs of the programmers or the benefits of the application. NeXT's pricing may be costing it end-user sales, but that's not the company's target market. Ð Dan Ruby
Infinitely. But considering the legal obstacles involved, we're not holding our breath. Ð NW
The update of PasteUp did improve, but we realized that the promised features of color separations are very limited.
Who hands out these awards, and who does the testing of these programs? I would like to hear from the person who decided that PasteUp was such a great program, if he or she has really tested all the output possibilities.
T. Thomas Henschke
Our judges determined that PasteUp's 2.x version, which is reviewed in this issue, solved enough of the program's earlier problems that it deserved the nod for best Document Creation program against undistinguished competition. Regrettably, except for PasteUp's change of ownership, not much has changed since May. Ð NW
Manhattan Beach, California
Beginning with this issue, we are supplementing our Box Scores with a short article amplifying on the summary data. Ð NW
"Not everyone has the expertise or need to program with Objective-C and InterfaceBuilder," Mr. Sherman concedes in his commentary for the Best of Breed award. You bet Ð that's why we ordinary nonprogramming mortals choose HyperSense as our preferred authoring software.
University of Glasgow, Scotland
For the record
In "News in Brief" (NeXTWORLD Extra, November), the phone number for Epitome was incorrect. Epitome can be reached at 615/675-0910, 615/966-2558 fax.
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