IMUG Past Events Archive




1993 Events

The list below includes full a description of each talk when that could be copied from the original Usenet posts. We are gathering more descriptions from paper archives, and hope to post those here soon.



Speaker / Affiliation



Mimi Obinata
Apple Computer, Inc.

WorldScript (Part I):
General Overview


WorldScript is the technology in Apple's new System 7.1 software that integrates the support for all the different writing systems supported by the Macintosh (e.g., Cyrillic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese). It is intended to let Macintosh users use several writing systems at the same time and, e.g., combine Japanese and Arabic text into one document.

In this first of two talks about WorldScript, Mimi Obinata will present the concepts of WorldScript and related additions to System 7.1, such as the new international control panels. She will show the system extensions that add multi-script capabilities to a plain 7.1 system, and demonstrate several applications that make use of these capabilities. She will also talk about some of the limitations of this new technology.

In a second meeting in February, Joel Cannon (Apple) will talk about special issues with script systems that have large character sets, i.e., Japanese, Chinese, Korean.



Joel Cannon
Apple Computer, Inc.

WorldScript (Part II):
Support for Script Systems with Large Character Sets


In this second of two talks, Joel Cannon will focus on the script systems with large character sets: Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. He will discuss input methods that let the user enter characters from a large character set using a regular keyboard, and how WorldScript supports inline input so that all editing can be done in the context of the document. Joel will also demonstrate WorldScript-savvy applications and the Japanese language module that Apple is planning to release soon.



James DeLaHunt
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Microsoft Windows for the Far East


MS-DOS and Windows dominate the personal computer market in the Far East, just as in North America and Europe. Jim DeLaHunt will give an introduction to versions of Microsoft Windows for Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. He will describe the PC and Windows markets in each of the countries, with an emphasis on the traditional and emerging Japanese PC market. He will discuss the architecture for Far East language support and fonts. Finally he will provide a peek into the future: the prospects for Far East versions of Windows NT with its built-in Unicode support.



Travis Huch and Mika Saitoh
Frame Technology Corp.

International and Kanji Framemaker


Stephen Amerige
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Multibyte Fonts for Large Character Sets


Ken Lunde
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Understanding Japanese Information Processing
[ Pic of original announcement Twitter pic ]


Ryland Madison
Nisus Software, Inc.

Multilingual Word Processing


Ryland Madison will present Nisus, the multilingual word processor for the Macintosh. The new version of Nisus builds on Apple's WorldScript technology and lets users write in 18 languages in the same document, offering advanced language features in Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, and most European languages including Russian. It also provides powerful formatting features and integrated graphics tools, plus unlimited undos.



James Caldwell
Pacific Rim Connections, Inc.

Current Developments in Asian Software and Fonts


Jim Caldwell will start his overview on current developments in Asian software and fonts with a summary of information gathered at the CompuWorld conference on Chinese computing, focusing on Chinese solutions for word processing, data management and publishing on computers. In the second part of his presentation, he will demo applications and fonts for Japanese and Chinese on the Macintosh and on Windows.



Jeff Dao and Andrew Gilburne
Communication Intelligence Corp.

Pen Computing on the Macintosh


In recent months there has been growing interest in pen extensions on the Macintosh. Fueled by the shipment of pen computers from companies such as NCR, NEC, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and IBM, the pen market opportunity is growing more and more apparent. Now the emergence of Newton technology only leaves the Mac community even more anxious. Well, wait no longer. CIC will present MacHandwriter II, a pen interface to the Macintosh which is currently distributed by Apple in Japan. CIC will also give a sneak preview to new products which will ship later this year.



Sharon Wienbar and Lisa Cleary
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Japanese Graphics Applications


Adobe will demonstrate Adobe Type Composer and Adobe Photoshop 2.5J, two new applications for the Japanese market. The speakers will also discuss trends in the Japanese design environment, and show some examples of recent work.

Graphic designers in Japan have relied on proprietary typesetting and design systems to achieve high quality typography, typefaces and design. While the U.S. and European markets have largely converted to PostScript, commercial printers in Japan still rely on systems like ShakenUs.

Adobe Systems has developed several Macintosh applications which are changing the design and printing environment in Japan. It has just released Photoshop 2.5J. Even more exciting is Adobe's first Japanese-only product, Adobe Type Composer. This type utility allows users to customize Japanese fonts by changing the kana, Roman and punctuation characters, adding gaiji characters, or making other style choices. Adobe Type Composer gives Japanese Macintosh users the flexibility previously found only on high-end, proprietary systems.



Martin Minow
Apple Computer, Inc.

Speech on the Macintosh


Since its first release, the Macintosh provided a variety of speech- related capabilities, particularly text-to-speech. The newly released Quadra AV systems have built-in digital signal processors and provide developers and users with high quality text-to-speech and speech recognition technologies.

Martin Minow will give a brief overview of the Mac's text-to-speech and speech recognition capabilities and the technology that supports them and will discuss some of the issues faced by speech developers in an international environment.



Don Hsi
Halcyon Software, Inc.

How to Start a Software Company without Outside Capital


Starting a software company is a dream shared by many software engineers in the bay area. It is at the same time intimidating, considering all the obstables that lie ahead: funding, marketing, operation, management, and of course coding. As an engineer, Don Hsi started his company three years ago without any funding but a big dream and willingness to work hard. Three years later, the company has developed several products, generated consistent profit, and has eight employees. At the IMUG meeting, Don will share his experience with anyone who has the same desire to start, but is worrying about not having enough capital.



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