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Tom Nies

Cincom® VisualWorks®

Cincom VisualWorksIt is our pleasure to bring you the current major release of Cincom VisualWorks 8.3. Both Cincom® ObjectStudio® and Cincom VisualWorks share the same core libraries and foundation, which means enhancements on the foundation improve both products. This release has very significant and meaningful upgrades for the Cincom Smalltalk Foundation and for each product, with over 700 action requests (ARs) being addressed.

VisualWorks is an enterprise-class, multilingual, cross-platform, application development and delivery platform that’s used by worldclass companies in areas such as semiconductor manufacturing, shipping, financial risk management, insurance, banking, government, education and healthcare.

The VisualWorks suite is the premiere Smalltalk environment and has an unrivaled live and interactive development environment that is highly effective and productive.

VisualWorks includes components for any type of work that your team might contemplate—Client, Server, Client-Server, Distributed, Grid or Web—and allows you to build them with superior development tools.

VisualWorks can work or integrate with most standard technologies such as internet protocols (HTTP , HTTP/2, FTP , POP3, etc.), secure protocols (TLS, HTTPS), most relational databases (RDBs), sockets, COM, Web services (WS*), Web standards (HTML5, JavaScript, Ajax, JSON, WebSockets), MQSeries and more. This allows VisualWorks to seamlessly plug into an enterprise infrastructure—an important feature for IS shops that need to integrate multiple applications from multiple sources.

What’s New?

Text2 Text2 A few areas of new capability in text handling include:
  • Annotation
  • Sparklines
  • Adornments
  • Lists
  • Alignments
  • Embedded images
  • Unicodes
  • Bidirectional content
  • Platform High-Fidelity (UI Skinning)
  • Native rendering combined with customizable widgets
  • Native rendering on Windows and MacOS
  • Allows custom looks to be created by developer


  • New! Text2
  • New! New UI Skinning
  • Internationalization
  • Seaside Web framework
  • Web services

VisualWorks is instantly portable across a wide range of platforms including:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Windows server 2008
  • Windows server 2012
  • Windows server 2016
  • MacOS (10.9.x – 10.12.x)
  • Linux (x86/SPARC/PPC)
  • AIX 7
  • Solaris (SPARC)

VisualWorks has 64-bit engines and images available on:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Windows server 2008
  • Windows server 2012
  • Windows server 2016

Other Features

  • 64-Bit–VisualWorks provides 64-bit VMs on most of our platforms including Windows 64-bit. The 64-bit solutions have a much larger addressable memory, allowing a much larger object space, very large collections and other optimizations for 64-bit.
  • Internationalization–VisualWorks includes an extensive locale system based upon CLDR (Unicode Consortium’s Common Locale Data Repository) locales. VisualWorks now supports bi-directional content for sophisticated internationalization solutions.
  • VisualWorks Project Manager–The Project Manager allows easy location and launching of projects as well as new project creation.
  • GUI Tools–The Cairo graphics package is an option with available libraries, allowing powerful graphic techniques for attractive applications. The user interface operates with multiple processes instead of a single “distinguished” process, enabling more responsive applications. Shortcut keys are industry standard where applicable.
  • Community–VisualWorks has an active community that shares solutions. To learn more, check out: