As Gulker points out, Apple is addressing the publisher's need for communication between Macs and PCs: "Apple has a product called AppleShare IP 6.1. Giga recently did a report about it and said, 'Hey, Apple scored a hit with this one.' This is our new IP-based server that supports both Windows workstations and Macs; it's a plug-and-play server. It will support—depending on how intensely you're using it, of course—between 200 and about 500 users."
Workstation provider Intergraph Computers, Huntsville, AL, is also addressing the cross-platform concerns of publishers with its ExtremeZ IP software for Windows NT 4.0 Server and Workstation that provides AppleShare IP file services to MacOS clients. The program, according to Intergraph, will operate on any Windows NT workstation, but provides the best performance with processors of 266MHz or greater and 128MB or greater of free RAM.
Greg Goodman, director of product marketing, Miramar Systems, Santa Barbara, CA, joined Gulker and Yellen on the MagazineTech panel in February. "You can solve the problem of (cross-platform) connectivity a couple of ways. You can either (connect multiple platforms) with a server, with something from Intergraph or Xinet, or an NT Server or a UNIX box. Or you can do it on a workstation level, and that's where we come in," Goodman remarks.
"We feel that both (server and workstation) solutions are very important," Goodman adds. "Both Microsoft and Apple ship peer-to-peer solutions in their base (operating systems), so, all Macs can connect to other Macs, etc. …We provide the peer-to-peer solutions for Macs and PCs, so a Mac can see a PC, and a PC can see a Mac. They can even share the same printer."
Miramar's connectivity solution—PC MACLAN—runs on either Windows 95/98 or NT platforms. The latest version (7.2) of the Windows 95/98 offering allows PC-to-Mac inter-operability, with IP support. Windows users are able to access AppleShare IP 5.0 (and higher) servers. Remote access via the Internet is also supported.