Dimension X is about to announce an agreement with Marimba to bring drag-and-drop multimedia development to Marimba's Castanet channel technology with the addition of Dimension X's Liquid Motion Pro, a multimedia authoring tool.
Liquid Motion Pro will extend Marimba's Bongo application-development tool, which is used to create graphical user interfaces for Java applications that are "pushed" to desktops using Castanet technology. Until now, Java-based animations on Castanet channels had to be hand-coded in Java.
"When we were looking for tools to incorporate complex multimedia to our channel, the only tool available was Liquid Motion Pro," says Steven Damron, CEO of EntertainNet, in Los Angeles, a customer of Marimba's Castanet technology.
Users can subscribe to Castanet channels offered by Web sites to push both content and applications. Castanet currently can deliver Java applets, which are placed in a Bongo "presentation." A version of Castanet that will deliver Microsoft's ActiveX technology and Macromedia's Shockwave animations is due out later this year.
The Liquid Motion Pro authoring tool will be a button in the Bongo application builder, and it will let Java applets be published on Castanet channels with a few mouse clicks.
Liquid Motion Pro costs US$795.