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Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., Announces Release of CODEC v1.0.1

Vero Beach, FL - Friday, March 30th, 2001: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the release of CODEC v1.0.1 for Macintosh and Windows. CODEC is a 4th Dimension component which provides MD5 digest creation routines for 4th Dimension programmers.

CODEC is a subset of functions available already in the BASh 4D component, also available from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc. In keeping with the tradition of offering high quality developer tools and services, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., has made the CODEC component available for free to the developer community.

The maintenance release fixes a bug in the range checking of encoding particularly sized objects using the routines available in the CODEC component.

Features in the CODEC component

The CODEC component consists of two methods for the creation of MD5 digests.

  • CODEC_Encode_MD5_x creates a properly formatted MD5 digest directly from a supplied 4D text value.
  • CODEC_Encode_MD5_z creates a properly formatted MD5 digest directly from a referenced 4D BLOB value.

Both methods are immediately available for use upon installing the CODEC component. No plugins, external documents, or initialization is needed to begin using the methods. And, all of the code in the CODEC component is set up to handle even the most stringent 4D Compiler settings (e.g. All Variables are Typed).

Pricing and Availability

The CODEC component is officially released as peepware. For those unfamiliar with peepware, it is similar to postcardware except that Marshmallow Peeps (more information about Marshmallow Peeps available at http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/) are requested from those developers that find the CODEC component to be useful in their 4th Dimension projects.

The CODEC component can be downloaded by following the Downloads link on the Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., website, located at:


The CODEC component can also be found by following the Freeware link on the 4D Zine web site and searching for "CODEC". The 4D Zine web site can be found at:


About Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., provides software development, consulting, hosting, and colocation services. Founded in 1997, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., develops and supports a wide variety of software development tools and services to aid in the creation of custom applications and web sites for the Macintosh and Windows platform. For more information, please visit our home page at http://www.deepskytech.com/.

For more information contact:

Steven G. Willis
President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.
(561) 794-9494

All trade names referenced in this document are the trademark or registered trademark of their respective holder.

BASh is copyright Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

4th Dimension, ACI, ACI US, 4D Compiler, 4D, 4D Server, 4D Client, 4D Compiler, and 4D Insider are trademarks of 4D, Inc.

Macintosh and MacOS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

Marshmallow Peeps and Just Born are trademarks of Just Born, Inc.

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.


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