updated 08:20 pm EST, Fri February 17, 2006
Lasso Professional 8.5
OmniPilot Software today unveiled Lasso Professional Server 8.5 (LP 8.5), a free version of Lasso Developer 8.5, new charting software for Lasso, and a new education curriculum package during the Lasso Summit, which is being held in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Version 8.5 brings Universal Binary support to natively running on Intel-based Macs and support for LJAX, new Web 2.0 techniques for modern dynamic web design, including Lasso AJAX tags and JS functions that work together to enable interactive page updates. The new update also brings support for many native data sources including: Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, SQLite, ODBC, Filemaker and OpenBase; builtin LDAP Integration; new prepared statements that allow faster DB operations; shell support; an enhanced Site Admin; and several email enhancements (direct sending to remote SMTP servers, SSL support, improved encoding speed, and better support for attachments). [site not updated]
In addition, LP 8.5 has been enhanced with numerous customer feature requests including DNS lookup tags, URL rewrite tools, better encoding support in file and network tags, Server and Site Administration improvements, iCal file support, and much more.
Lasso Professional Server 8.5 retails for $650. Upgrades from version 8 start at $350. A Summit Promotion for February offers 15 percent off the retail price, while Lasso Professional Alliance (LPA) members will receive one free license of LP 8.5 with their current membership.
Free version of Lasso Developer
OmniPilot also announced free version of Lasso Developer 8.5 at its Lasso Summit, which is officially underway this weekend at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lasso Developer 8.5 now supports 5 IP addresses and 200 connections per minute as well as includes all of the new features found in Lasso Professional Server 8.5.
"By offering Lasso Developer 8.5 for free, we hope to remove some of the barriers that commonly exist when trying a new middleware programming language," said, Circe. "One way to do that is by offering free developer and test server licenses, which let you build, test and try before you buy."
Lasso Developer 8.5 will begin public beta shortly, the official release is scheduled for March. To receive a free license of Lasso Developer 8.5, users can fill out the required form; a pack of free Lasso solutions are also included with the free download. Lasso solutions include four solutions that enable users to add blogs, message boards, quick polls, and collaborate solutions to Web sites powered by Lasso. Another solutions pack is scheduled for release this year.
Chart FX for Lasso offers data visualization
The company also announced Chart FX for Lasso, which enables developers to add graphically dynamic charts to their Web applications quickly and easily. It allows Lasso developers to make use of many of the Chart FX for Lasso features, including borders, 2D & 3D, rotation & perspective, transparency & anti-aliasing, labeling, gradients, constants, series attributes, customized legends and many more.
Chart FX for Lasso Developer will be included free with the new Lasso Developer 8.5 that will be released in March. This combination will allow developers to build and test dynamic Web applications with data visualization before investing in a server for deployment. In addition to the free developer, the Chart FX Designer for Eclipse will be included within Lasso Studio for Eclipse ($200). Chart FX for Lasso will retail for $1000. As a Summit Promotion in the month of February customers can order Chart FX for Lasso for 10 percent off. A Public Beta for Chart FX for Lasso will begin soon, with a release expected in the second quarter of 2006.
The Lasso Education Curriculum Package
OmniPilot today introduced The Lasso Education Curriculum Package, which includes one Lasso Professional Server 8.5 license, 30 developer licenses, and a sample pack containing four solutions, written in curriculum-style to enable qualified instructors with the tools necessary to teach student programmers how to use Lasso to develop data-driven Web sites. The Lasso Education Curriculum Package is free for qualified instructors.
The Lasso Education Package includes a sample pack of four well-documented solutions to create blogs, quick polls, message boards and collaborate solutions. The package includes one license of Lasso Professional Server 8.5 and 30 developer licenses for student programmers. The entire package is available on disc or can be downloaded by a qualified instructor directly from OmniPilot's website.