We started this blog so there would be one place that had everything someone needed to know about Arbortext to make a decision, to get started, to find help. There used to be a wikipedia page, but it fell prey to hasty marketing folks (which then resulted in speedy deletion).
Arbortext has a rich history. It was one of the first pieces of software that ran on multiple operating systems from a single set of source code. Written using the Visix software (another wikipedia page that’s gone missing because it had been moved to the Arbortext page which is now gone), the Visix development environment was very Java-esque, long before java existed: You could write software and compile it to a variety of operating systems.
How do I know? I know several of the Visix engineers who remember this cool company named Arbortext that was doing interesting stuff with their software. Plus, Arbortext purchased the Visix source code when Vixix went under. Until Arbortext 5.0, all the Arbortext software was written in the Visix software. After that, the code lines split and only the unix software was compiled with the Visix environment. The Windows software was re-written as a native windows client. When PTC decided to drop the unix clients, the last of the Visix code finally disappeared.
* In case you’re wondering, this page used to be hosted at HubPages (formerly Squidoo), but they’ve become difficult to work with. They still have a copy of this information (“Everything Arbortext in One Place”) but this site is now the official home.