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Issue 18.1 ('SceneKit')
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A New Year

Thoughts from the Publisher

Issue: 18.1 (January/February 2020)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: When xDev publisher Marc Zeedar was a kid he used to create magazines just for fun. Now he's doing it for a living!
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It's now 2020. That seems crazy to me. The first decade I became aware of was the 90s—I was too young for the concept to make much of an impression in 1980, but in 1990 I was in college and living on my own. Suddenly I started thinking about things in terms of decades.

For me the 90s were about technology. I had an Apple Mac II "supercomputer" that could display 24-bit color photographs. That was huge back then. By the end of the 90s I was realizing my dream of writing my own software in what was then REALbasic.

We've come a long way since then. My iPhone 11 Pro has worlds more power and storage than that Mac II with its 60-Mhz processor and 16MB of RAM (both upgraded). Who knows where things will be in 2030?

In This Issue

Markus Winter finally finishes his NumbersField project and provides us with the source code and Paul Budd shows us how to deploy the "simple web app" we've been building.

For Windows' users, Eugene Dakin shows a clever way to use Xojo to control Microsoft Word to add spelling checking to your apps.

MBS' Stefanie Juchmes shows how to link items in PDFs and gets us started with SceneKit, Apple's 3D graphics toolkit.

In our regular columns, Susan writes about goal-setting, Paul covers Xojo 2019r3, and in Beginner's Corner, I tell of my adventures upgrading my apps to 64-bit so they'll run under MacOS Catalina. Enjoy!

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