"We're really excited about this release," says Mike "Ro" Soft of Apple DTS (Drink The Soda). "Users and programmers alike now can immediately have access to a wide variety of commercial beverages from their desktop, all with the familiar Macintosh mouse-driven interface."
The Caffeine Manager 1.0, available immediately from major commercial outlets as well as anonymous ftp from ftp.apple.com, will expand Macintosh connectivity on all models by providing a plug-and-play interface to Mr. Coffee machines and clones. High-end Quadra machines running it will be able to administrate a network containing soft drink vending machines.
Mr. Soft adds, "We hope this software will be a major step in crossing the fine line between word processors and food processors."
John Sculley, CEO of Apple Computer, was quick to hail the Caffeine Manager as a turning point in the development of the Macintosh. "It's where I've envisioned the company going, it's a dream I've had since my last job," he states. "This will make the Macintosh the choice of a new generation."
The first product to make use of the Caffeine Manager will be QuickBrew. Due to be released later this year, it will integrate sound and video with cream and sugar, and optional third-party ADB (Apple Desktop Brew) hardware will allow it to make a great cup of cappuccino.
Developers will be receiving recyclable aluminum CD's containing specifications for the Caffeine Manager resource types 'JOLT', 'KOLA', and 'JAVA' later this week.
Apple Computer, founded fifteen years ago today, is one of the world's major consumers of Mountain Dew.
--Brian S. Kendig