Sophist Solutions releases Led 2.2

High performance text engine available

Sudbury, Mass. (July 28, 1997) -- Sophist Solutions has shipped Led 2.2, an update to their critically acclaimed class library. Led 2.2 is a C++-based class library designed to support the construction of text editors, word processors, HTML editors, and other text intensive applications. The Led text engine is lightning fast, even when working with very large files. It supports style runs, tabs, word wrapping, object embedding (including OLE(tm), Pictures, URLs), and much more. Led is specially designed to take full advantage of the new UI features of Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0, and Apple Macintosh System 7.5, including drag and drop, OLE embedding, and the Internet.

This new Led release contains several new features. Led 2.2 now supports additional character styles (subscripting, superscripting, colored text, etc). It adds a new TextImager optimized to support "programming text editors". This release also adds Smart cut and paste, and numerous performance enhancements (including editing speed, and file IO). Led 2.2 supports MSVC 5.0 and CodeWarrior Pro1.

A major improvement in Led 2.2 was completely revamped documentation. A reference manual was added, as well as two additional sample programs, and several additional tutorials (including one on how to add syntax coloring to Led-based applications).

Sophist Solutions has also released an update of their suite of shareware applications and components. The LedIt! word processor was upgraded to take advantage of new enhancements to Led. LedLineIt! - a programmer's text editor application, and ActiveLedIt! - an ActiveX control word processor were added to the shareware suite of Led-based products.

Application developers will find it extremely easy to use Led. It has a robust, advanced object design. Led's abstract-class/mixin design scales from simple applications to complex applications without requiring the developer to use more features than are needed. Additionally, Led is provided with easy-to-use wrappers for the most popular Windows (MFC) and Macintosh (PowerPlant) application frameworks.

"Led was the ideal text engine on which to base the ActivPad student notebook accompanying our line of higher ed titles. We needed speed and large text capability - Led delivered it. We needed cross-platform files - Led enabled it. We needed the ability to embed pictures, diagrams, and Internet bookmarks - Led made all of that easy," said Doug Stein, technology manager of Addison Wesley Interactive, a new publisher of multimedia products for college courses. "We evaluated all the alternatives; Led was the only one that met our requirements for speed, robustness, features and platform independence. The price was extremely attractive as well."

"We (Wordwork) had some pretty unusual requirements and actually not even Led met those." said Per Gustafson of Wordwork, AG, Sweden, developers of Skribent, a Swedish writing tool. "Wordwork chose Led because it gave us access to the complete source code for what we bought, and while far from perfect for our needs it was a decent base to build on.". "[Sophist Solutions] usually replied promptly to my bug reports and was service minded about my comments/requests for features."

Pricing and availability

For commercial developers, a royalty-free license to use Led costs US$1000 per seat. This entitles the developer to source code for all supported Led platforms. The purchase price includes three months of free support. Additional support may be purchased separately. Contact Sophist Solutions for information on site licenses.

Non-commercial developers (those developing shareware, freeware, and all students) can obtain a totally free license to use Led. Such free licenses will not include support. Non-commercial developers may still purchase support contracts.

In both cases, the Led class library comes with full source code for the Led class library, and for the shareware applications above.

Sophist Solutions is a software consulting company specializing in the design and implementation of object-oriented systems, graphical user interfaces (Macintosh, Windows, X-Windows), distributed applications, and Internet technologies (e.g. Java, TCP/IP, ActiveX, ATL, HTTP, HTML, etc). Sophist Solutions may be reached on the World Wide Web at

Information about Led and LedIt! can be found on the World Wide Web at, by sending email to, or by writing to:

	Sophist Solutions
	P.O. Box 747
	Sudbury, MA 01776-0747 

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