Imitation Software has released its Java-creation solution– called Imitate – for Mac OS X.

Imitate lets Mac build Java applications without learning the Java programming language. Users simply need to demonstrate the steps they want the application to take, and the software automatically writes the Java, using advances in artificial intelligence research.

The developer's claim learning the basics of Imitate takes half an hour. This learning curve would let users build animated bouncing Java slogans, they say. More complex functions are also possible.

Artificial-intelligence specialist Dr Edmund Furse created the solution out of ten years work researching human imitation learning.

Furse explained: "This sort of program lets user's create a variety of functions previously beyond their grasp without spending months writing Java code."

The product costs £40.