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Apple buys SchemaSoft for file translation technology

updated 03:40 pm EST, Tue March 22, 2005

Apple acquires SchemaSoft

Apple has , a small Canadian company that helps software makers translate rival file formats. "Apple has acquired assets from SchemaSoft, a developer of software components for facilitating digital information workflow," the Cupertino, Calif.-based company said in a statement to CNET Apple said it plans to use SchemaSoft's technology in future products, but did not offer specific details. SchemaSoft's tools can extract data found in a variety of formats including those used by Microsoft Office documents, along with Quark and Adobe Systems' Portable Document Format, the software maker states on its Web site. The tools can also output into those formats as well as into HTML and XML. Apple is already a customer of SchemaSoft, according to the Canadian company's Web site. Other well-known customers include Microsoft, Adobe and Corel.

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple said it plans to use SchemaSoft's technology in future products, but did not offer specific details.

    Well, first and foremost, Spotlight! Since Spotlight can only index what it can read, you need file translation plug-ins for as many file formats as you can spit out.

    Secondly, the iWork suite.

  1. VR6

    Joined: Dec 1969


    expect MS office clone

    This acquisition assures that Apple can create an excel knock-off which would give it a complete replacement for MS-Office, a photoshop knockoff, quark knock-off, etc.. The strategy here is to protect the Apple platform and further differentiate it from PCs.

  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This was a deal for the stoockholders. Apple gets 1 talented individual, plus an out-of-US company to which to pass plenty of debt.

  1. torifile

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has no debt.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft is a customer?

    What, do they not have internal capability to support multiple versions of Office? (facetious)

    Seriously, I'm surprised Apple hasn't bought out the Omnigroup, Omnigraffle being a key Visio substitute and with a staff of devs that know Cocoa as well as any in or outside Apple.

    Still, this bodes pretty well, though a real office killer would need:
    [x] email
    [x] group calendaring
    [x] word processor
    [ ] spreadsheet
    [ ] database (Filemaker, or better Postgres with Cocoa frontend)
    [x] presentation
    [ ] charting (buy Omnigroup)
    [ ] project management

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: omnigroup

    i say this as a licensed owner of graffle since 2.0, they still need to work out a bunch of kinks in that application. makes gorgous charts, but devours everything your hardware can pump out and then some...

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