What Does Transformation From Legacy v3 Product to NG2 Mean?

Legacy v3: A Product From the Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) Era

Legacy v3 product (released in 2008) was a Carbon 32-bit application and a product of the Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) era.

    2009-2013: Free OS-Related Maintenance Updates:

  • From 2009 to September 2013, Gigawiz justified providing FREE maintenance updates for the v3 product (far beyond the norm of complimentary maintenance support), related to ongoing modifications and deprecation that was taking place in the next three major versions of Mac OS X including Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mountain Lion (10.8).
  • In October 2013, due to system-related unresolved issues in Mavericks (10.9), and the fact that Apple subsystems and OS technology to which the v3 functions had dependency were increasingly deprecated, and partly or entirely removed, Gigawiz announced: "Using the v3 on Mavericks (10.9) is not recommended".

What Does Transformation From Legacy v3 Product to NG2, v5 x64 Mean?

Summary

Aabel™ NG is NOT an upgraded version of the legacy v3 product. NG2 is the second major version of an entirely new application:

    The first major version of the new application was released in June 2014: For NG1 licenses, a major discount was offered to end-users of the legacy v3 product.

    The second major version of the new application was released in February 2016, at which time the following information was announced:

    • Important Note: Until May 31, 2016, a limited discount is available to the eligible Individual-User licensees of the legacy v3 product. However, before considering to order a license of Aabel™ NG2, v5 x64, (i) review the information about Backward File Compatibility related to 32-bit legacy subsystems that are NOT available in 64-bit systems, and (ii) try the demo version of the current product.
  • For information about the transformation leap from the legacy v3 product to Aabel™ NG, visit here.
  • For information about Aabel™ NG2, v5 x64 NEW licenses, pricing, educational eligibility, software activation and license management, visit here.

Important Information About Backward File Compatibility Related to 32-Bit Legacy Subsystems

The v3 product is a 32-bit application; Aabel™ NG is 64-bit and hence cannot use Apple data structures and formats that have not been ported to 64-bit. In summary, the implications are as follows:

  • A feature of legacy v3, called database metaphor (i.e., a container that refers to a collection of worksheets), due to its dependency on Apple 32-bit subsystems, is not available in the 64-bit version.
  • While Aabel™ NG reads the worksheet files of v3, it will NOT be able to read the v3 viewer files, because the latter files have contents that require Apple 32-bit subsystems (which are NOT available in 64-bit).
  • In v3, the System Alias Manager managed the connections between the graphs and their source worksheets. Due to unresolved issues of the Alias Manager, the continuation of its use was not sustainable. In Aabel NG, the saved graphs are hot-linked to their source worksheets along paths defined at the time their pipelines are created.