|Helix provides RAD, power and flexibility for amateurs and professionals alike|
|Sep 01, 2003||
Dec 20, 2002--Helix 5.1, the release announced today by Helix Technologies, joins a distinguished product family with three tools at its core:
These are supplemented by the Helix diagnostic applications, Helix Utility and Helix Update Collection, which are used to maintain data and structural integrity respectively, and the Helix Converter, which is used to lock down an application to prevent access to its programming level.
These products are are in turn supported by various third-party applications, cgis and scripts that have improved and extended the functionality of Helix over the years, including Autograph Systems Call Helix, Databright Managements Database Chequer, CommonGround Softworks Osmosis and Qilan, Le Domaine St. Pierres HelixMail and many others.
Helix, first marketed as a databased management information system when it debuted in the fall of 1984, was--and continues to be--one of the most innovative tools that appeared in the original group of Macintosh® applications.
Since that time, plenty of programs have emerged to help individual computer users and businesses manage their most important asset: information. Unfortunately, the historical wave ridden by leading software companies to try and fit square pegs into round holes--the one-size-fits-all hypothesis of information management software--has always been and continues to be a dead end.
Always described as iconoclastic, Helixs history has constantly been plagued by concerns about its future. Yet Helix came on the scene when there was only a relative handful of products available for the Mac and here it is, nineteen years later and most of the others are long gone, including some with much larger user bases.
Helix has always occupied a niche just beyond whats available in those shrink-wrapped packages. Since its first release in December 1984, it has enabled thousands of individuals and businesses to tailor solutions to their specific needs. People with no previous background in programming have been able to use Helix to solve their data organization problems, often where efforts to use other products for the same purpose, or to communicate those needs to programmers using other tools have failed.
And while you dont have to be a programmer--in the traditional sense--to use Helix, the more you bring to it, the more it gives in return. Its power and flexibility enable skilled professionals to create vital business tools that give their customers a competitive edge in a fraction of the time it would take using a competitive product. In fact, no less an authority than MACWORLD magazine said, If you need a working database by Friday morning and its now Wednesday afternoon, or if you think your database requirements will be changing constantly, your best bet is Helix.*
Throughout its history, many professional programmers have turned to Helix. In fact, it has been largely through the efforts of professional developers that Helix has stayed alive. Its no secret that a lot of software companies have disappeared since the personal computer first emerged. An industry that once could claim thousands of companies is now dominated by a relative handful.
Improbably, Helix survives and continues to innovate. Its users are spoiled. Theyve been the beneficiaries of a superior tool for nearly two decades and their active support of the product has been whats kept it going in spite of often nearly overwhelming pressure to give up.
*MACWORLD, May 1990