updated 08:50 am EDT, Wed October 4, 2006
REALbasic 2006 R4 ships
REAL Software today announced that REALbasic 2006 Release 4 is now shipping. The software development solution enables REALbasic users to build Universal Binaries for Mac OS X for native application execution on both Intel-based Macs as well as legacy PowerPC-based Macs. In addition, REALbasic itself is now a Universal Binary, delivering much greater performance on Intel-based Macs: in most cases, it compiles more than twice as fast than the previous release when running on an Intel-based Mac, according to REAL. Release 4 also includes cross-platform toolbars, large file support (removes the 2GB limit), can now check for errors without building an application, adds a new currency datatype, offers extended 64-bit integer support, and includes over 100 fixes and improvements to existing features. REALbasic Professional Edition also now supports database encryption using AES 256-bit ciphers and improves SSL Sockets. It is a free upgrade to existing customers with support plans. Upgrades start at $50, while the full version starts at $100.