REAL Software has released REALbasic 2.1, an update to its popular BASIC-derived programming environment for Macintosh. (See "REALbasic 2.0 Gets Real" in TidBITS 493 for an overview of version 2.0.) The latest update provides extensive improvements for compiling REALbasic projects for Windows, improves both performance and database access, and fixes a number of bugs. Version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of REALbasic 2.0. REALbasic Standard Edition is $150; the Professional Edition is $350 and offers enhanced database support and the capability of compiling for Windows. (Volume and academic discounts available.) You can also download REALbasic (2.7 MB), and it will function as a demo for 30 days.