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Brio and the MAC

Posted: 09:39:20, Thursday, Nov 21, 2002   Expiration: 18:00:00, Sunday, Dec 29, 2002  

Brio Software has officially dropped support for the Macintosh. They never did support Unix. This means there is no client (Brio Explorer) and no web-plug-in (Brio Insight) for the Macintosh or Unix.

Brio Software has officially dropped support for the Macintosh. They never did support Unix. This means there is no client (Brio Explorer) and no web-plug-in (Brio Insight) for the Macintosh or Unix. Brio Explorer and Brio Insight can be used on PCs to write ad-hoc queries (for example against the InfoAccess Data Warehouse). Insight is also used to open queries downloaded from the UW-Madison Query Library.

There may be a way to provide InfoAccess Mac and Unix users with the Brio functionality available to PCs. It's called WAF (Windows Access Facility). WAF is a Windows hardware/software environment that enables non-Windows platforms (e.g. Macintosh, Unix) to remotely control applications running on the WAF. Basically, your Mac or Unix platform acts as a WAF terminal. A WAF client on your platform opens a window on your desktop that looks/acts just like a Windows desktop.

Before spending a lot of time researching and piloting this technology, however, we at InfoAccess need to know how many Macintosh and Unix users would take advantage of this service if we made it available. If you're interested, please contact:

Scott Manley - InfoAccess Service Manager smanley@doit.wisc.edu

-- Scott Manley

Created: 09:39:20, Thursday, Nov 21, 2002 (by Weizhong W.)
Updated: 09:39:20, Thursday, Nov 21, 2002 (by Weizhong W.)