Claris Corporation announced Claris Home Page 2.0, the next version of the company's popular web authoring software for Mac OS and Windows 95/NT users. Registered Claris Home Page 1.0 users will be eligible to download a free upgrade to Claris Home Page 2.0, scheduled to ship in December. A free, time-limited beta version of Claris Home Page 2.0 will be available for downloading in mid-October.
Claris Home Page 2.0, designed for novice-to-expert web page authors, will deliver a number of important new capabilities and features designed to enhance both the look of web pages and the productivity of web authors.
Key new features will include built-in site publishing, with auto- consolidation of files; support for popular multimedia plug-ins, including QuickTime and Shockwave; spell checking and support for multiple fonts; client-side image maps for linking to other pages and sites, and HTML editing enhancements such as syntax coloring (color-coding of HTML tags).
Claris Home Page 2.0 users will also be able to dynamically re-size and position Frames by pointing and dragging with their mouse; preview background GIF images from within Claris Home Page; drag and drop tab-delimited text from spreadsheet and database documents to automatically create tables within their web page, and specify row heights and column widths within Tables.
The new version will also provide concurrency between WYSIWYG and HTML modes, allowing users to go to the precise location in which they were working in the previous mode.
Claris Home Page 1.0 began shipping on August 5, 1996. Nearly 100,000 users downloaded the beta version of the product via Claris Corporation's worldwide web site.
Claris Home Page for Mac OS requires a Macintosh, Power Macintosh, or compatible computer with a 68020 processor or higher; 8 MB memory; System 7.1 or later; and 2MB free for minimum installation (6MB for full installation). For Windows users, Claris Home Page requires an Intel 486 or higher compatible PC System; Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.5.1 or newer; 8MB RAM (16 MB for NT) and 4 MB free hard disk space.
Claris Home Page 1.0 is currently available through authorized resellers at an estimated retail price of $99 and estimated education retail price of $79. Users of competitive web authoring software applications - including Adobe PageMill (1.0.2 and 2.0); HoTMetaL Pro; Tapestry; GNNPress; Microsoft FrontPage; Netscape Navigator Gold; Corel Web. Designer 2.0; Quarterdeck WebAuthor; DeltaPoint QuickSite; InContext Spider, and others - qualify for a $20 rebate ($10 rebate for education retail price buyers) direct from Claris with proof of purchase. Users may download a free time-limited trial version of Claris Home Page 1.0 from the Claris World Wide Web site through mid-October.
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