REALbasic 006 Release 2 review

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REALbasic project is the powerful, modern, object-oriented language and environment that runs on Macintosh, Windows or Linux and help

License: Other/Proprietary License with Free Trial
File size: 32745K
Developer: REAL Software, Inc.
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REALbasic project is the powerful, modern, object-oriented language and environment that runs on Macintosh, Windows or Linux and helps you create software for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.

Here are some key features of "REALbasic":
Window layout editor

Drag and drop

Drag controls onto a window to build your user interface.

Native support controls

REALbasic provides more than 40 native user interface controls for each platform, including buttons, fields, lists, sliders, tab panels, and much more.

Alignment guides

Assists in lining up controls on a window.

Code editing


Helps you write code faster with fewer errors by offering suggestions on valid syntax.

Syntax coloring

Use different colors to distinguish between keywords, variables, code and comments.

Block lines

Quickly see the structure of your code.

Code assistants

A contextual menu of syntax options that help you to write code faster with fewer errors.



Use the REALbasic Canvas class to create and display bitmap images.

Vector graphics

Includes a 2D vector graphics engine for spline-based images.

Real-time 3D engine

Add interactive real-time 3D graphics with REALbasic's built-in graphics engine.

Sprite animation engine

Interactive sprite surface with built-in collision detection.


Play and edit QuickTime movies and virtual reality (VR) scenes in your applications.

Language features

Modern and object-oriented

Modern, object-oriented version of BASIC. Supports inheritance, interfaces and polymorphism.

Advanced language

The REALbasic language is strongly typed and supports RTTI ((Run Time Type Information), operator overloading and try/catch exception handling.

Memory management

Works automatically via reference counting.

Powerful framework


Industrial-strength XML parser and generator enables you to read and write XML data with a few lines of code.


Includes a single-user desktop database engine based on SQLite.

Regular Expressions

Add powerful text searching capabilities to your applications that support regular expressions.


Socket control

Enable the development of powerful Internet client applications. Supported internet protocols include HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and UDP.

SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

Incorporate web services in your applications quickly and easily to provide access to live data, stock prices, weather information and more.

Learn by example

Example projects

Hundreds of examples are included with REALbasic. They are available on the REALbasic download page and are included on the REALbasic CD .

Hands-on tutorial

The REALbasic Tutorial and Getting Started guides walk you through creating real-world applications and familiarizing yourself with REALbasic tools and commands. These are available both in print for purchase and in .pdf as a free download.

Integrated help

Language reference

Powerful, fully searchable online reference is included in the REALbasic product and provides instant access to details and examples on every REALbasic keyword and framework class.

Status bar

Context-sensitive tips provide assistance while you work.

Language support

REALbasic 2005 is available in English
It will soon be localized for the following languages: German, Japanese, French, Italian.

Localize your applications

REALbasic applications can be localized easily to support any language.


With full support for Unicode built-in, REALbasic allows your application to support multiple languages simultaneously.


Plug-in development

Includes a software development kit (SDK) for creating cross-platform plug-ins for REALbasic.


Native code

Compile your applications down to native machine code. No interpreter or virtual machine is required.


You are free to sell the applications you create with REALbasic or give them away for free without ever paying a fee to REAL Software.

What's New in This Release:
REALbasic 2006 Release 2 delivers over 150 improvements throughout the product. This includes improvements to the code editor, window editor, project editor, the compiler and built applications. This release also includes a new version of Lingua™, a utility first included in REALbasic 2006 Release 1 for localizing applications.

REALbasic 2006 Release 2 also includes a number of new features, including an update to the code editor to hide events that contain no code and additional mouse cursors, including invisible, show and hide cursor commands.

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