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A Windows-savvy object database

Object Design debuts a bundle of tools for building Windows applications linked to its ObjectStore database.

Object Design (ODIS) is making its object database software Windows friendly.

The company, the largest of a handful of object database software makers, has debuted Active Toolkit, a bundle of tools for building Windows applications linked to its ObjectStore database.

Object Design also announced ObjectStore 5.1, a new version of its database server with better support for component development using both ActiveX and Java.

The Active Toolkit allows developers to use Microsoft's COM (compound object model) and OLE DB interfaces to enter data stored in ObjectStore. The Toolkit works in conjunction with Microsoft's Visual Basic, Sybase's PowerBuilder, and any other COM-enabled development tool.

Active Toolkit costs $1,900 per developer.

ObjectStore 5.1 adds a new component server framework for making component development and deployment easier. It also includes connections to transaction processing systems, such as Encina, CICS, and Tuxedo, through support for the XA Interface.

The updated database will ship next month, priced at $3,300.

ObjectStore is becoming a popular option for Web site developers who need to store a variety of data, such as images, Java applets, and numerical data.

Object Design is also riding a wave of increased awareness in object technology, thanks to the ubiquitous Java and recent moves by database vendor Oracle to boost its sales.

After finding initial success in the telecommunications and embedded systems market, the company has broadened its customer base to include Internet firms such as the Earthlink Network and USWeb, along with financial services firms and transportation companies such as Delta Airlines, said Patrick O'Brien, director of product management at Object Design.

In the past year, the company has also inked deals with Microsoft, Netscape Communications, and Borland International to use the small, embeddable database ObjectStore PSE in development tools and other products.