Mainsoft Unveils Patent Pending Technology That Adds Platform Independence To Microsoft Visual Studio

Visual MainWin Enables Developers to Create Applications for Five Platforms

At the Same Time

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mainsoft Corporation

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- At the SD West show today,
 Mainsoft, the e-porting company, announced the general availability of Visual
 MainWin.  For the first time, developers can use the Microsoft Visual Studio
 development environment to rapidly deploy applications simultaneously on
 Windows, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX and Linux.  For companies facing increased
 business and competitive pressures in a turbulent economy, Mainsoft's
 application e-porting platform, Visual MainWin, enables Internet
 infrastructure and application software developers to expand market reach,
 saving time and money while maximizing developer resources.  Visual MainWin is
 available for a free thirty-day evaluation by calling 800-MAINWIN (624-6946)
 and can be downloaded for a limited time at .
     "No single deployment platform dominates today's market; therefore,
 software vendors are required to develop for multiple platforms," said
 Yaacov Cohen, president and chief executive officer of Mainsoft.
 "Additionally, in today's economic landscape, companies are searching for ways
 to cut costs while still providing the same, or even greater, levels of
 output.  Visual MainWin provides the only cross-platform solution available
 for Visual Studio developers to concurrently write applications for five
 platforms at the same time."
     ISVs and infrastructure providers such as Microsoft, Computer Associates,
 Siebel, UUNET, and Wind River have tapped Mainsoft's application porting
 platform for a unique cross platform experience.  Mainsoft's products and
 services enable companies to simultaneously release applications for multiple
 platforms and can reduce R&D costs for UNIX versions by up to 95%.
     "Mainsoft's cross-platform solution has benefited our company by freeing
 up our developers' time to concentrate on writing new applications, not
 re-writing code," said Bill Taylor, director of product marketing at Rational.
 "It's proven value in both saved time and money has allowed Rational to better
 address the cross-platform development challenge."
     Visual MainWin
     Visual MainWin is the first implementation of Mainsoft's e-porting
 initiative.  With Visual MainWin, the entire multi-platform development
 process can be completed from any PC with no direct interaction with a UNIX
 machine.  By providing seamless integration with Microsoft Visual
 Studio 6, specifically Visual C++, Visual MainWin eliminates the need for UNIX
 development expertise.
     Pricing and Availability
     Visual MainWin includes one developer license, three additional QA
 licenses to test and debug the resulting applications and one year of Web
 based technical support.  Premium support levels are also available.  Pricing
 is $2,495 per developer per platform.  Visual MainWin is available for
 Solaris, HP-UX, Red Hat Linux and AIX.  Please contact Mainsoft's Worldwide
 Sales for more information at 800-624-6946 or visit us on the web at .
     About Mainsoft
     Mainsoft Corporation, the e-Porting company, enables companies to leverage
 single source code across multiple platforms.  Despite robust demand for UNIX
 production applications, Windows remains the software development environment
 of choice.  E-businesses and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) require
 identical Windows and UNIX versions of software.
     Headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Boston, Washington
 D.C., London and Israel, Mainsoft has delivered a world class application
 portability platform since 1993.  Mainsoft's solutions help the Fortune
 1000 including e-businesses, ISV's corporate enterprise developers, government
 agencies and OEMs.  In 1999, Crystal Systems Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq:   CRYS)
 formed a strategic alliance with Mainsoft by assuming a controlling interest
 in the company enabling Mainsoft and Crystal Systems Solutions to leverage
 synergistic business opportunities in the corporate IT marketplace.  Crystal
 Systems is a member of the Formula Group (Nasdaq:   FORTY).
     About Crystal Systems Solutions
     Crystal Systems Solutions Ltd. develops and markets software tools and
 provides end-to-end transformation projects for e-Business enabling of legacy
 systems, cross-platform migration, and consolidation of information systems.
 Crystal provides comprehensive enterprise products spanning mainframe,
 midrange, and client/server computing platforms.  Crystal has enhanced its
 expertise through the successful completion of projects for Fortune
 1000 prestigious organizations, establishing solid credibility, and achieving
 global recognition and presence.  Crystal is totally committed to supporting
 its customers, both directly and via its partners, offering end-to-end
 solutions through consultancy, assistance, and service in conjunction with its
 wide variety of proprietary software tools.  For more information, please
 visit our web site at .  Crystal Systems Solutions
 is a member of the Formula Group.  The Formula Group is an international
 information technology company principally engaged, through its subsidiaries
 and affiliates, in providing software consulting services developing
 proprietary software products, and providing computer-based solutions.
     NOTE:  Mainsoft and Visual MainWin are trademarks or registered trademarks
 of Mainsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Microsoft and
 Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.  Linux is a
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other company and product names are
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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