Tabriz AgentWare and AgentTools
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1) What did General Magic's
Active Internet Products Division announce in June?
- On June 25, 1996, General Magic announced Tabriz AgentWare and
Tabriz Agent Tools, software for the World Wide Web
powered by General Magic's Telescript
technology. Telescript, a server-based communications language
launched commercially in 1993, introduced the
concept of software "agents." These are software components that
can be instructed to perform tasks and deliver results to users,
as discussed further below.
- 2) Who is Tabriz for?
- Any developer of applications for companies that use the
Internet or intranets to deliver information, products and
services, internally or externally. Tabriz transforms passive
networks and applications into active, secure processes for
competitive advantage. This gives users faster access to timely,
accurate information and allows them to do their jobs more
- 3) What is Tabriz AgentWare?
- AgentWare is general-purpose software that enables the
creation and interaction of "processes" that can occur and
interact with one another, even while users requesting the
processes aren't actively connected to a network. Processes can be
requests for information, authorization and verification and other
tasks that are part of a larger goal.
The technologies used to build AgentWare result in processes
that are active, secure and persistent across the Internet, the
World Wide Web and corporate intranets-processes that can be used
to build a new, superior class of applications.
- 4)How does this work?
- Tabriz agents operate by eliminating boundaries between:
- information stored in systems that are on the same
network(s) but are incompatible;
- information distributed across multiple computers or
- historical information and current circumstances requiring
immediate decisions or actions.
- 5) How are boundaries removed?
- Application developers write software that
includes "agents"-software components that can interact with
multiple other agents, computers, operating systems and
applications. These agents obtain and make accessible the
information and resources users need to solve problems and perform
tasks quickly and efficiently -- no matter where the data is located. Agents cross system and network
boundaries so users view information as if everything were on
their own computers or servers, in a consistent form ready for
- 6) How does the AgentWare
solution differ from previous communication- or agent-based
- Current technologies for enhancing applications include
messaging (e-mail) and topic-specific search agents. E-mail
provides only a simple communication agent with limited abilities.
"Topic-driven" agent software like that from several other
vendors, while sometimes useful, can only perform searches based
on rigidly pre-defined topics.
In contrast, AgentWare lets developers build applications
enhanced with flexibly defined, all-purpose agents that can
perform processes and interact, even while users are offline.
AgentWare empowers corporate and commercial developers to deploy
new applications with new features, rapidly and economically.
- 7) What are the security features of
- General Magic understands that security is a primary concern
among those doing business over networks, including and especially
the World Wide Web. Tabriz security features include:
- standards-based security that provides a safe environment
in which Tabriz applications may execute;
- two-way authentication, which assures information is being
shared among authorized users and applications only;
- access control, which lets Web site and intranet managers
determine who can and can't access Tabriz applications; and
- controlled resource allocation; to help make sure everyone
gets timely access to what they need to do their jobs while Web
site and intranet managers can monitor and reallocate resource
- 8) Does Tabriz provide a visual development
- Yes. Agent Tools, the Tabriz development environment, is an
integrated, graphical set of tools for creating, debugging and
maintaining Tabriz applications. Tabriz Agent Tools is available
now as a UNIX System application; a beta release of a version for
Windows NT is expected to ship this Autumn. Tabriz Agent Tools
provides a source-code editor, a class browser, a source-level
debugger and features for managing the components used to build
- 9) How does AgentWare compare with Sun's
Java and Microsoft's ActiveX?
- Architecturally, AgentWare and Agent Tools are able to support
and interact with either or both of these powerful, increasingly
popular technologies. The current implementations include support
for Java. Combined, Tabriz and Java technologies can be used to
create and deploy new network applications that fit seamlessly
within the browser-server computing models being promoted by
Microsoft, Netscape and their industry partners.
- 10)Is Tabriz shipping today?
- Yes. General Magic shipped Tabriz 1.0 on July 15,
- 11) On which platforms will Tabriz
- Tabriz runs on the following platforms:
- Hewlett-Packard 700/800 Series hardware running HP-UX
9.04 or 9.05 with C 9.61 and C++ 3.50
- Sun SPARCstation running Solaris 2.5 with C 2.0.1 and C++ 2.0.1
- Silicon Graphics Indigo hardware running IRIX 5.3 with C 3.1.8 and C++ 3.2.1
- 12) What are the system requirements for
- We recommend a minimum of 32MB of RAM for the Tabriz Agent
Tools and 64 MB for operating Tabriz AgentWare, alone or with
Tabriz Agent Tools. We recommend 200MB disk space for a full
installation of the Tabriz Agent Tools including documentation,
samples and demos, and 105MB for a minimum Tabriz AgentWare
In addition, Tabriz software requires the following:
- Perl version 5.0
- a Text editor (for Tabriz Agent Tools only)
- an X terminal that supports color (or a monochrome terminal
that supports 256 shades of gray)
- any web browser which supports tables (for Tabriz AgentWare
- 13) What clients will Tabriz and Tabriz
- Tabriz and Tabriz applications can be accessed by anyone using
a computer equipped with a Web or intranet browser. Collectively,
browsers represent the highest-volume client software on the
market today, which translates into large potential markets for
- 14) Will General Magic support Windows NT
or other platforms?
- General Magic will support Windows NT, with support for ODBC.
Beta release of Tabriz for Windows NT is anticipated for Autumn
1996. For information on other platforms, please contact General
- 15) How much are Tabriz products? How do I
get them or more information about them?
- Tabriz Agent Tools are currently available at no charge
(except shipping and handling fees). General Magic is providing
free Tabriz Agent Tools to encourage developers to build, test and
deploy non-commercial applications with them, and to experience
their unique advantages over other development tools.
Tabriz AgentWare is available for $4,995 per "engine." Multiple
engines can run on single Web or intranet servers. Each AgentWare
license allows Web and intranet site managers to deploy
distributed Tabriz applications commercially.
Under General Magic's "Jump Start" Promotion Program,
individual copies of AgentWare available at no charge (except
shipping and handling), one per customer, until October 15, 1996.
Those eligible to participate in the Jump Start program include
all third-party developers using tools or environments from the
following vendors. Contact General Magic for information on what's
required to identify yourself as a qualifying developer.
To order Tabriz AgentWare or Tabriz Agent Tools:
Visit General Magic's World Wide Web site at
Call 1-888-CONJURE (or 888/266-5873) toll-free in the
United States. From area where you can not dial a toll free (US)
number you can dial (408) 774-4298
(If you're ordering free Tabriz software, please have a credit
card handy to cover shipping and handling charges.)
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