InstallShield(R) Introduces Solutions Co-Developed With IBM(R) to Simplify Software Installation Across Multiple Operating Systems

New InstallShield(R) Multi-Platform Edition Products Provide Installation

Support for Multiple Platforms Including Solaris(TM), Linux(R), AIX(R),

OS/2(R), OS/400(R), and Windows



Dec 04, 2000, 00:00 ET from InstallShield Software Corp.

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- InstallShield(R) Software Corp.,
 the leader in Internet-ready software installation and distribution solutions,
 today announced a major advancement for software developers targeting IBM and
 other platforms.
     Immediately available are three new InstallShield(R) Multi-Platform
 Edition products: InstallShield Express(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition,
 InstallShield Professional(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition, and InstallShield
 Enterprise(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition.
     The result of a yearlong co-development relationship with IBM(R)
 (NYSE:   IBM), the highly-anticipated Multi-Platform Edition products (formerly
 known as InstallShield Java Edition) further extend InstallShield's de facto
 standard installation experience into the multi-platform world.  The
 Multi-Platform Edition products provide developers with the capability to
 create one powerful and consistent application installation that meets the
 needs of multiple platforms, including Solaris(TM) (SPARC and x86), Linux(R)
 (Red Hat, Caldera OpenLinux, SuSE Linux, TurboLinux), AIX(R), OS/2(R), and
 Windows.  With the release of InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform
 Edition, InstallShield now also offers support for OS/400(R).
     "Our co-development work with IBM and the release of the InstallShield
 Multi-Platform Edition products represent a major milestone for software
 authors targeting multi-platform environments," said Stan Martin, president
 and chief operating officer, InstallShield Software Corp.  Citing the
 company's relationships with IBM, Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Corp.,
 Martin added, "Leading operating-system vendors continually rely on
 InstallShield to standardize how software and other digital goods are
 installed, managed and used across their platforms.  By working with IBM,
 we're advancing the installation standard across multiple platforms, helping
 developers significantly reduce development costs while delivering a
 user-friendly installation experience."
     "Organizations' computing environments are getting increasingly complex,
 and as a result are more difficult to manage," said Fred Broussard, senior
 research analyst at IDC.  "Deployment tools need to ensure they provide the
 flexibility required to design a solution to distribute applications to new
 users easily, quickly, and with minimal installation problems."
 
     Platform Independence vs. End-User Experience
     Using InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products, developers can
 address the unique requirements of each platform, eliminate redundant work,
 and take control of the end-user's first experience with their software.
 Although Multi-Platform Edition product's installation packages can be
 installed on virtually any platform that supports Java, a number of
 platform-specific issues keep platform-neutral installation packages from
 providing a simple and reliable user experience.
     To solve those issues, InstallShield worked with major platform vendors,
 like IBM and Sun Microsystems, to develop a solution that is completely
 extensible and meets the individual challenges of different operating
 environments.  Unique "Platform Packs" build upon the platform-specific
 capabilities found in each operating system to provide the most reliable,
 simple, and high-quality installations for each supported environment.  These
 Platform Packs combine both specialized Java classes and native code to enrich
 platform-neutral installs with the following benefits:
 
     -- Java applications launch correctly without requiring end users to run a
        separate batch file to launch the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
     -- Native "desktop" icons are built.
     -- Applications uninstall correctly, using the operating system's native
        control panel.
     -- File associations and properties are set for each native environment.
     -- Native installation technologies, such as RPM for Linux and Solaris
        Packages on Sun Solaris, can be incorporated into the installation
        setup.
     -- Software objects are defined and managed so that multiple products can
        share components.
 
     "We're very pleased to be using InstallShield's new installation
 technology for IBM's multi-platform offerings," said Dick Sullivan, vice
 president, Solutions and Integration Marketing, IBM Software.  "Working with
 InstallShield, the leader in software installation technology, has enhanced
 our development effectiveness by delivering a complete, easy-to-use solution
 that improves the overall installation experience for our customers and helps
 IBM developers worldwide save money, reduce time-to-market, and enhance the
 ease of use of our offerings."
 
     Graphical Installs Extend User Base
     Although power users of UNIX and Linux are familiar with manually
 installing software through a command line interface, applications must be
 simple and straight-forward to attract a wide base of users.  InstallShield
 Multi-Platform Edition products allow developers to provide multiple platforms
 with consistent, reliable graphical interfaces and installation experiences
 through the widely recognized InstallShield Wizard.  Using the InstallShield
 Wizard, InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products allow developers to
 create a simple and easy GUI-driven "Windows-like" installation sequence.
 Novice end users experience a familiar sequence instead of potentially
 confusing manual installation processes, command-line syntax and cumbersome
 shell scripts.  Multi-Platform Edition products also offer an intuitive build-
 time interface, support for suite installations, and customizable images in
 the Installation Wizard panel, as well as enhanced internationalization
 support (22 languages).
 
     Tiered Product Offering to Support Multi-Faceted Needs
     Providing developers with solutions that meet unique needs and specific
 environments, InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products are available in
 three different levels.
 
     InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition
     Quick and easy multi-platform installs
     InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition uses an easy-to-use file
 tree interface and 52 ready-made components to help developers get up and
 running quickly.  For software authors requiring less customized
 functionality, InstallShield Express provides many of the same features found
 in the InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition and uses the same
 intuitive, easy-to-use development interface.  With InstallShield
 Express -- Multi-Platform Edition, developers can share components in multiple
 features, cut and paste, and reorganize the interface panels into any
 sequence.  It includes 36 different Wizard panels and actions, and 16
 pre-built product components that are easy to use for simple installation
 projects, but powerful enough to handle complicated ones.
 
     InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition
     The completely flexible multi-platform solution for installations
     InstallShield Professional includes all of the capabilities of the Express
 Edition, and delivers additional flexibility with an open Application
 Programming Interface (API) and the ability to incorporate any pre-written
 code, customized panels, or custom actions into installations.
 
     InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition
     The multi-platform solution for large-scale applications
     InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition allows Independent
 Software Vendors (ISVs) or corporate application developers to deploy large
 applications in a fraction of the time.  Developers can install and configure
 application components on different servers using conditional logic so that
 the right elements get installed on the right machines (clients, servers, and
 databases).  With new remote install capabilities, end users can launch their
 installs from an attached client.
     In addition to having the features and functionality found in the
 Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition offers new support for developers
 targeting the OS/400 platform.
     Key features of the Enterprise Edition include:
 
     -- OS/400 Support -- provides support for deployment and installation on
        OS/400 through a new OS/400 Platform Pack.  The new Platform Pack
        includes support for OS/400 Pre-Packaged Product and OS/400 Licensed
        Packaged Product.
     -- Remote Installation Support -- allows end-users to launch their install
        from an attached client.
     -- Common Information Model (CIM) Support -- captures the product
        structure and component dependencies of the installed application to
        enable data sharing with Enterprise Management tools and frameworks
        such as IBM's Tivoli(R) TME.
     -- All the features and functionality of the Professional Edition.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The InstallShield Multi-Platform suite of solutions is available
 immediately from InstallShield and through a network of authorized resellers
 and distributors worldwide.
 
     -- InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition is available to new
        customers for $999.
     -- InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition is available to
        new customers for $2,199 (U.S.).  For current InstallShield Java
        Edition users, an upgrade is available for $499 (U.S.) for a
        limited-time.
     -- InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition is available for
        $4,999 (U.S.), with a limited-time upgrade price of $1,299 (U.S.) for
        previous InstallShield Java Edition owners.
 
     InstallShield also offers convenient subscription plans for both the
 Enterprise ($2,499, U.S.) and Professional ($999, U.S.) Editions, giving
 customers at least one upgrade within a year period.  Information on
 InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition product training classes, consulting
 services and technical support programs is available from
 www.installshield.com or by calling 800-374-4353.
 
     About InstallShield Software Corp.
     InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in
 software-distribution and installation-deployment solutions.  InstallShield
 provides a full spectrum of products and services that enable the
 distribution, management, and consumption of software and digital content via
 the Internet and throughout the enterprise.  Founded in 1987, the privately
 held, global company consistently is recognized as the authority in software
 deployment technologies, receiving over 50 industry awards for its products.
 Ranked by Media Metrix, Inc. as the sixth most frequently owned software
 solution for personal computers, InstallShield technology powers deployment
 for all of the top 100 independent software vendors and more than 100,000
 corporate and commercial software developers and digital content providers
 worldwide.  InstallShield's key customers and strategic partners include
 Adobe, Computer Associates Intl., IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
 InstallShield is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill.  For
 more information, visit www.installshield.com .
 
     About IBM
     IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
 of leadership in helping businesses innovate.  IBM offers a wide range of
 services, solutions and technologies that enable companies of all sizes to
 take full advantage of e-business.  For more information on IBM, please visit
 www.ibm.com .
 
     InstallShield is a registered trademark of InstallShield Software
 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  IBM, AIX, OS/400,
 OS/2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of the International Business
 Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries.  Linux is a
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open
 Group.  All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE InstallShield Software Corp.
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- InstallShield(R) Software Corp.,
 the leader in Internet-ready software installation and distribution solutions,
 today announced a major advancement for software developers targeting IBM and
 other platforms.
     Immediately available are three new InstallShield(R) Multi-Platform
 Edition products: InstallShield Express(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition,
 InstallShield Professional(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition, and InstallShield
 Enterprise(TM) -- Multi-Platform Edition.
     The result of a yearlong co-development relationship with IBM(R)
 (NYSE:   IBM), the highly-anticipated Multi-Platform Edition products (formerly
 known as InstallShield Java Edition) further extend InstallShield's de facto
 standard installation experience into the multi-platform world.  The
 Multi-Platform Edition products provide developers with the capability to
 create one powerful and consistent application installation that meets the
 needs of multiple platforms, including Solaris(TM) (SPARC and x86), Linux(R)
 (Red Hat, Caldera OpenLinux, SuSE Linux, TurboLinux), AIX(R), OS/2(R), and
 Windows.  With the release of InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform
 Edition, InstallShield now also offers support for OS/400(R).
     "Our co-development work with IBM and the release of the InstallShield
 Multi-Platform Edition products represent a major milestone for software
 authors targeting multi-platform environments," said Stan Martin, president
 and chief operating officer, InstallShield Software Corp.  Citing the
 company's relationships with IBM, Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Corp.,
 Martin added, "Leading operating-system vendors continually rely on
 InstallShield to standardize how software and other digital goods are
 installed, managed and used across their platforms.  By working with IBM,
 we're advancing the installation standard across multiple platforms, helping
 developers significantly reduce development costs while delivering a
 user-friendly installation experience."
     "Organizations' computing environments are getting increasingly complex,
 and as a result are more difficult to manage," said Fred Broussard, senior
 research analyst at IDC.  "Deployment tools need to ensure they provide the
 flexibility required to design a solution to distribute applications to new
 users easily, quickly, and with minimal installation problems."
 
     Platform Independence vs. End-User Experience
     Using InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products, developers can
 address the unique requirements of each platform, eliminate redundant work,
 and take control of the end-user's first experience with their software.
 Although Multi-Platform Edition product's installation packages can be
 installed on virtually any platform that supports Java, a number of
 platform-specific issues keep platform-neutral installation packages from
 providing a simple and reliable user experience.
     To solve those issues, InstallShield worked with major platform vendors,
 like IBM and Sun Microsystems, to develop a solution that is completely
 extensible and meets the individual challenges of different operating
 environments.  Unique "Platform Packs" build upon the platform-specific
 capabilities found in each operating system to provide the most reliable,
 simple, and high-quality installations for each supported environment.  These
 Platform Packs combine both specialized Java classes and native code to enrich
 platform-neutral installs with the following benefits:
 
     -- Java applications launch correctly without requiring end users to run a
        separate batch file to launch the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
     -- Native "desktop" icons are built.
     -- Applications uninstall correctly, using the operating system's native
        control panel.
     -- File associations and properties are set for each native environment.
     -- Native installation technologies, such as RPM for Linux and Solaris
        Packages on Sun Solaris, can be incorporated into the installation
        setup.
     -- Software objects are defined and managed so that multiple products can
        share components.
 
     "We're very pleased to be using InstallShield's new installation
 technology for IBM's multi-platform offerings," said Dick Sullivan, vice
 president, Solutions and Integration Marketing, IBM Software.  "Working with
 InstallShield, the leader in software installation technology, has enhanced
 our development effectiveness by delivering a complete, easy-to-use solution
 that improves the overall installation experience for our customers and helps
 IBM developers worldwide save money, reduce time-to-market, and enhance the
 ease of use of our offerings."
 
     Graphical Installs Extend User Base
     Although power users of UNIX and Linux are familiar with manually
 installing software through a command line interface, applications must be
 simple and straight-forward to attract a wide base of users.  InstallShield
 Multi-Platform Edition products allow developers to provide multiple platforms
 with consistent, reliable graphical interfaces and installation experiences
 through the widely recognized InstallShield Wizard.  Using the InstallShield
 Wizard, InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products allow developers to
 create a simple and easy GUI-driven "Windows-like" installation sequence.
 Novice end users experience a familiar sequence instead of potentially
 confusing manual installation processes, command-line syntax and cumbersome
 shell scripts.  Multi-Platform Edition products also offer an intuitive build-
 time interface, support for suite installations, and customizable images in
 the Installation Wizard panel, as well as enhanced internationalization
 support (22 languages).
 
     Tiered Product Offering to Support Multi-Faceted Needs
     Providing developers with solutions that meet unique needs and specific
 environments, InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition products are available in
 three different levels.
 
     InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition
     Quick and easy multi-platform installs
     InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition uses an easy-to-use file
 tree interface and 52 ready-made components to help developers get up and
 running quickly.  For software authors requiring less customized
 functionality, InstallShield Express provides many of the same features found
 in the InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition and uses the same
 intuitive, easy-to-use development interface.  With InstallShield
 Express -- Multi-Platform Edition, developers can share components in multiple
 features, cut and paste, and reorganize the interface panels into any
 sequence.  It includes 36 different Wizard panels and actions, and 16
 pre-built product components that are easy to use for simple installation
 projects, but powerful enough to handle complicated ones.
 
     InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition
     The completely flexible multi-platform solution for installations
     InstallShield Professional includes all of the capabilities of the Express
 Edition, and delivers additional flexibility with an open Application
 Programming Interface (API) and the ability to incorporate any pre-written
 code, customized panels, or custom actions into installations.
 
     InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition
     The multi-platform solution for large-scale applications
     InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition allows Independent
 Software Vendors (ISVs) or corporate application developers to deploy large
 applications in a fraction of the time.  Developers can install and configure
 application components on different servers using conditional logic so that
 the right elements get installed on the right machines (clients, servers, and
 databases).  With new remote install capabilities, end users can launch their
 installs from an attached client.
     In addition to having the features and functionality found in the
 Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition offers new support for developers
 targeting the OS/400 platform.
     Key features of the Enterprise Edition include:
 
     -- OS/400 Support -- provides support for deployment and installation on
        OS/400 through a new OS/400 Platform Pack.  The new Platform Pack
        includes support for OS/400 Pre-Packaged Product and OS/400 Licensed
        Packaged Product.
     -- Remote Installation Support -- allows end-users to launch their install
        from an attached client.
     -- Common Information Model (CIM) Support -- captures the product
        structure and component dependencies of the installed application to
        enable data sharing with Enterprise Management tools and frameworks
        such as IBM's Tivoli(R) TME.
     -- All the features and functionality of the Professional Edition.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The InstallShield Multi-Platform suite of solutions is available
 immediately from InstallShield and through a network of authorized resellers
 and distributors worldwide.
 
     -- InstallShield Express -- Multi-Platform Edition is available to new
        customers for $999.
     -- InstallShield Professional -- Multi-Platform Edition is available to
        new customers for $2,199 (U.S.).  For current InstallShield Java
        Edition users, an upgrade is available for $499 (U.S.) for a
        limited-time.
     -- InstallShield Enterprise -- Multi-Platform Edition is available for
        $4,999 (U.S.), with a limited-time upgrade price of $1,299 (U.S.) for
        previous InstallShield Java Edition owners.
 
     InstallShield also offers convenient subscription plans for both the
 Enterprise ($2,499, U.S.) and Professional ($999, U.S.) Editions, giving
 customers at least one upgrade within a year period.  Information on
 InstallShield Multi-Platform Edition product training classes, consulting
 services and technical support programs is available from
 www.installshield.com or by calling 800-374-4353.
 
     About InstallShield Software Corp.
     InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in
 software-distribution and installation-deployment solutions.  InstallShield
 provides a full spectrum of products and services that enable the
 distribution, management, and consumption of software and digital content via
 the Internet and throughout the enterprise.  Founded in 1987, the privately
 held, global company consistently is recognized as the authority in software
 deployment technologies, receiving over 50 industry awards for its products.
 Ranked by Media Metrix, Inc. as the sixth most frequently owned software
 solution for personal computers, InstallShield technology powers deployment
 for all of the top 100 independent software vendors and more than 100,000
 corporate and commercial software developers and digital content providers
 worldwide.  InstallShield's key customers and strategic partners include
 Adobe, Computer Associates Intl., IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
 InstallShield is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill.  For
 more information, visit www.installshield.com .
 
     About IBM
     IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
 of leadership in helping businesses innovate.  IBM offers a wide range of
 services, solutions and technologies that enable companies of all sizes to
 take full advantage of e-business.  For more information on IBM, please visit
 www.ibm.com .
 
     InstallShield is a registered trademark of InstallShield Software
 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  IBM, AIX, OS/400,
 OS/2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of the International Business
 Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries.  Linux is a
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open
 Group.  All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 SOURCE  InstallShield Software Corp.