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Firms want to back Mac

A handful of software makers announced their backing for the Macintosh at the Macworld exposition in Boston.

BOSTON--A handful of software makers announced their backing for the Macintosh at Macworld Expo here today.

Lotus Development said that this month it will post to its Web site a beta version of its Notes groupware for Apple Network Servers running IBM's AIX operating system. Lotus will also make its upcoming Domino version of Notes available on AIX.

CE Software demonstrated an update to QuicKeys, its Macintosh shortcut utility. QuicKeys 3.5, priced at $119, is scheduled to ship late this month. The update includes new options for displaying shortcut keys.

Lari Software announced Electrifier, an Internet graphics and animation display tool that allows Mac users to view large-scale graphics with Netscape Communications' Navigator browser. The software is available for downloading at Lari's Web site. The company said a future release of the tool will support QuickTime movie technology.

On Wednesday, Apple executives demonstrated a beta version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3.0a for the Macintosh, a browser that supports ActiveX controls and Java applets.