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InstallAnywhere ® Enterprise Edition Paves The Way for Java-Based Software Providing Developers Advanced Customization Features For Deploying Applications Across Multiple Platforms

SAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 1999 -- Zero G Software, the leading developer of multi-platform software deployment solutions, today announced the availability of InstallAnywhere® Enterprise Edition. The latest addition to Zero G Software's award-winning family of Java™-based deployment products, InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition gives commercial and enterprise software developers the power to create highly customized solutions for the complex task of installing and configuring software across multiple platforms.

At the heart of InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition is a powerful Open Application Programming Interface (API). This new Open API increases developers' ability to customize installations and makes Enterprise Edition an ideal solution for deploying software in all of the dominant enterprise application models: rich client-server, thin client-server, and standalone applications. The product's multi-platform capabilities also provide developers the ability to detect pre-installed software (such as Web or application servers and/or databases), making it a perfect choice for configuring heterogeneous clusters of servers running Windows NT, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX and virtually any other Java-compliant server and client operating systems.

"Today's client and server environments are difficult to configure and require extremely sophisticated deployment solutions," said Greg Maletic, executive vice-president of Zero G Software, Inc. "In speaking with enterprise developers, we found that what they want is a single deployment solution that runs on multiple platforms, can install Java or native software and is extremely flexible. InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition replaces the array of tools typically required to perform complicated, multi-system deployments and gives software developers a single solution that can handle the complexity of deploying software cross-platform."

Customize Any Deployment
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition combines the power of its Open API with a rich set of installer actions that enable developers to create installers flexible enough to meet the demands of diverse computing environments and smart enough to understand the global systems on which they are deployed. Despite the complexity of multi-platform deployment, InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition can make even the most complex software easy to deploy with one-click installation via traditional media like CD-ROMs or through Web browsers like Netscape Communicator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Some of the key features in InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition include:

  • InstallAnywhere's Open API, allowing for the addition of custom user interface panels or custom code actions for performing virtually any function before, during and after an installation
  • Flexible serial number and password protection allowing users to activate install sets, bundles, or control the installation of files and folders
  • The ability to search for existing files or folders on an end-user's system, allowing for upgrade-type installs over previously installed applications
  • Extraction of archives from a variety of formats (zip, jar, StuffIt, MacBinary, etc.) during an installation
  • Options for setting permanent system variables (inside the autoexec.bat file on Windows 95 and 98, the registry on Windows NT or 2000, or .cshrc, .login, or .profile on Unix)
  • Panels for user input allowing them to make custom choices, fill in fields, or make selections
  • InstallAnywhere "variables" for tying information about the installation and user choices to more than one action
  • Flexible "magic folders" for determining dynamic installation destinations and folders at installation time
  • Plus 15 NEW pre-built custom rules and actions!

Build Locally, Deploy Globally
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition's support for 29 different languages makes it the most powerful tool available for building localized installers. With support for both single and double byte characters, creating global deployment solutions has never been easier. InstallAnywhere's localization features are integrated directly into the product's existing architecture, allowing developers to simply check the locales they want to support. The Enterprise Edition's localization features allow you to:

  • Build one installer for multiple language
  • Tie graphics to certain languages
  • Build localized uninstallers
  • Edit for further localization

Supported languages include: Basque, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Iberian), Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Spanish.

About the InstallAnywhere Family of Products
Written entirely in Java, the InstallAnywhere family-of-products contain powerful solutions for building professional, multi-platform installers that are capable of installing and configuring software on virtually any client or server platform. Every installer created by InstallAnywhere recognizes the platform under which it is operating and tailors its installation to the user's system, whether creating shortcuts in the Windows Start Menu or setting custom icons on the Mac OS. This unique approach saves developers the expense of building installers for each platform and ensures that the end-user experience is a positive one.

The industry's leading commercial and enterprise software developers are using InstallAnywhere to simplify the process of deploying Java-based software to multiple platforms and rely on the product's ability to:

  • Create a single, universal installer that can deploy software to multiple platforms via the Internet or CD-ROM
  • Build installers for more platforms than any other solution, including: Windows 95, 98, 2000 and NT, Mac OS, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Tru64, OS/2, and virtually any other Java-enabled platform
  • Install a Java virtual machine (VM) as part of an application’s install, ensuring that the target system has the best VM for the application being installed
  • Automatically detect a project’s "main" class and classpath and switch to ‘Advanced Designer’ mode to make sophisticated customizations at any time
  • Create significantly smaller and faster installations with revolutionary SpeedFolders™ technology
  • Automatically build Web Installer HTML pages for easily deploying software via Intranets and the Internet
  • Support and install Java virtual machines (VM), including: Sun's Java 2 and Hot Spot, IBM's VM, Microsoft's SDK for Java, Symantec's Visual Café JIT, Inprise's JBuilder Java VM, Apple's MRJ 2.1.1, and Java 1.1.7 from other operating system vendors

Pricing and Availability
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition is licensed on a per-developer, per-system basis, allowing for the creation of an unlimited number of installers. InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition is currently available direct from Zero G Software for USD $1, 995. Special pricing is available for existing InstallAnywhere customers and members of the new Zero G Software Developer Network. For more information please contact Zero G Software's sales team at (415) 512-7771 x4.

Zero G Software Developer Network
The Zero G Software Developer Network (DevNet) is an annual, subscription based program designed to provide InstallAnywhere customers the highest level of support and aid them in the development of their multi-platform deployment solutions. Membership includes:

  • Unlimited e-mail and phone support
  • Free upgrades within Edition purchased
  • Access to a password-protected Web site with customer discussion groups downloadable custom code actions, case studies and third-party software

The DevNet is designed to complement the InstallAnywhere product line and is sold separately on a per developer basis for USD $995 per year.

About Zero G Software, Inc.
A privately held company, Zero G Software, Inc. is the leading developer of multi-platform software deployment solutions. InstallAnywhere, Zero G’s award-winning flagship product, has become the de facto standard for multi-platform deployment and installation, creating professional installers for all Java-enabled operating systems. Some of the company’s customers include Adobe, AT&T, FedEx, IBM, Intel, Novell, and Sun Microsystems. Zero G Software is headquartered in San Francisco, California and can also be found on the Internet at www.ZeroG.com.

Press Contact:
Chris Dorst
Zero G Software, Inc.
(415) 512-7771 x318

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