iTools 5.0 for Mac OS X: Serious Tools for the Internet

Santa Barbara, CA, January 4, 2000. Tenon Intersystems is shipping a new suite of internet tools for Apple’s Mac OS X Server. Building upon their award-winning WebTen software, Tenon has created a suite of internet tools for both Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. Tenon’s iTools extends and enhances Mac OS X ‘s networking performance, efficiency, ease-of-use, and functionality with a family of tools essential to serious, commercial content delivery and eCommerce.

iTools complements and extends the Apache that is included with Apple’s OS X Server and makes it easy for webmasters to set up and support sophisticated network servers. iTools allows Macintosh-savvy webmasters to take advantage of OS X Server’s preemptive multitasking and memory protection, without having to plunge into UNIX. Dave Simmer, Graphics Arts Director from Liberty Orchards (, said, "Your incredible iTools product is the only reason I was able to make sense out of Internet services on Mac OS X Server and the only reason we did not contract out the store to a specialty ISP house."

And, from Charlie Romero, CEO of JUMP INTERNET and owner of a web portal for Porsche enthusiasts (, "Tenon has taken the difficulties out of configuring the Apache web server. iTools is not only the easiest way to configure Apache, but the safest. We no longer have to worry about mistyped configuration files or possible security holes. The Internet business is a 24 hour car race, lost hours configuring web servers gives our competition the chance to catch us. With Mac OS X Server, and Tenon's iTools, staying in the lead is a lot easier."

Using Apple’s bundled Apache as a point-of-departure, Tenon’s iTools extends the underlying architecture with a point & click interface and a rich set of new features. Included with iTools, in addition to extensions and enhancements to the Mac OS X Apache web server, are a fully customizable, anywhere, anytime WEBmail server, a state-of-the-art domain name server, a multihoming FTP server, a robust Y2K tiered certificate-savvy SSL encryption engine to support eCommerce, a powerful caching engine with state-of-the-art proxy support,FastCGI support for enhanced performance, and a Sherlock-savvy search engine. All of the tools are supported using a point & click, browser-based administration tool.

iTools is shipped as a multipackage installer, bundled with demonstrations of third party applications: Smith Micro’s WebCatalog – for turn-key storefronts; Matador Design’s WebEvent – for web-based calendars; Lundeen’s WebCrossing – for web conferencing; Aestiva’s HTML/OS – for building dynamic web sites; and Frontline’s FrontBase – a high-performance database with a FileMakerPro-to-FrontBase translation utility. Also included are key open source applications : JServ, PHP, MySQL. Kirk Austin, President of Capi’s Moments, says, "The support for server-side Java in iTools is a pleasure to use. It’s just a single mouse-click to install and it lets me focus on my Java code, rather than on configuration issues. It’s so nice to have software that works right out of the box."

With WebTen (for Mac OS) and iTools (for Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X), content creation and delivery can begin on Mac OS and, as requirements grow, gracefully evolve to OS X Server and OS X, giving webmasters an evolutionary path across Macintosh systems of all sizes and power. iTools for Mac OS X Server is available now for $495; iTools for Mac OS X will be available as soon as Mac OS X ships. See /products/itools for more details or visit Macworld/San Francisco, Booth 4241 to see iTools on both Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X.

Founded in 1989, Tenon Intersystems is a leader in high-performance networking. Tenon technology, combined with the power of Apple’s G3 and G4-based machines, is providing the framework for world-class networking on the Macintosh. Last year WebTen was selected as the Macworld Editor’s Choice for Best Server Software, outpacing WebSTAR and Apple’s ASIP. Tenon Intersystems can be reached in the U.S. at 805-963-6983, by the internet at, or via the web at .

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