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Quick Takes: ActiveX tool from Italy

ActiveX with an Italian flare

Mantua, Italy-based Acaco srl has released DbCAD dev, raster/vector/database technology in the form of standard OCX and ActiveX components.

It can be used to build GIS, MAPPING, GPS, and CAD applications in standard Windows development environments such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, Delphi, and Power Builder among others.

A demo may be downloaded through the company's Web site.

ANSA to integrate with .NET

Amalgamated Software of North America, Inc. (ASNA) has announced it will fully integrate ASNA Visual RPG/Caviar (AVR) with Microsoft's upcoming .NET.

The San Antonio, Texas company specializes in Windows and Web development environments for the AS/400 and Microsoft NT/2000 Server. Its first step towards embracing .NET is AVR's upcoming integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 7.0, including the full integration of AVR into the Microsoft programming object model.

More credit for in-house apps, Web sites

MicroBilt Corp. has announced a new program for integrating consumer or commercial credit report retrieval and automated decision-making into an organization's in-house software application or Web site.

The Atlanta-based company's new Software Developers Kit (SDK) features two COM objects, making it easier to retrieve raw data from credit bureaus and create a formatted report in several formats.

Preparing code before the Hammer makes its mark

At Linuxworld in Frankfurt, Germany, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. announced the availability of its x86-64 technology simulator, also known as the AMD SimNow! Simulator.

The Sunnyvale, Calif. company's simulator is designed to give BIOS vendors, tools developers, operating system manufacturers and application providers the ability to evaluate their x86-64 technology based software code prior to next year's release of processors from AMD's 64-bit processor program, codenamed Hammer.

The AMD SimNow! Simulator is available free of charge online from AMD.

Microsoft in your car

Microsoft Corp. has announced a strategic alliance with the automotive electronics maker Blaupunkt, the German subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, to develop several computing and communications products for use in automobiles.

Based on the Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive software platform, the devices will combine Internet connectivity with traditional car navigation and route-planning functions, as well as entertainment systems for drivers and passengers.

The companies hope to bring their first products, including OEM and aftermarket devices, to market in 2001.

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