CE Software, Inc., the publisher of QuickMail, QuicKeys2, and a bunch of other neat products, has just announced a new version of QuickMail designed to work with KanjiTalk, Apple’s Japanese version of the Mac operating system. CE worked on the project with a Japanese partner, Software Research Associates, or SRA.
Lots of normal Macintosh programs work fine under KanjiTalk, but a program must be specially designed to take full advantage of KanjiTalk, to allow users to work in Japanese. Because of the large number of characters in the Kanji Japanese writing system, KanjiTalk uses two bytes of the computer’s memory to represent each character, instead of the single byte used to represent a character in the Roman character set, used by most versions of the Mac OS. The screen shots enclosed with the press release distributed by CE recently show that the Kanji product, known as CEQUICKMAIL, cleanly integrates Roman and Kanji text within the same window.
CE has already been distributing versions of QuickMail in languages such as Swedish, German, French, Danish, and Italian, but this is the first two-byte version. According to Paul Miller, the director of CE’s International Department, "The goal of globalization of our products has leaped forward with the support of 2-byte character systems." He anticipates an exploding market for Macintosh networking in Japan. These Iowans are already the leading supplier of network mail software for the Macintosh, with over 350,000 QuickMail users worldwide.
Software Research Associates can be reached at:
Phone: 81 3 3234 2624, Fax: 813 3234 4338
CE Software, Inc. — 515/224-1995 — AppleLink: CESOFTWARE
Sue Nail, CE Software, Inc.