MindVision Software News Release
MindVision Demonstrates Overall Commitment
To Software Development Community
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - March 5, 1998: MindVision Software, the leading provider of installer creation tools
for the Macintosh® platform, has increased its Macintosh and Windows®
development efforts as the company focuses solely on developers and their software
delivery, installation, and updating needs. MindVision's total commitment to developers
has made Installer VISE the professional's choice for thousands of developers
Over the course
of the past four years, Installer VISE has embraced new technologies with
each of its four major releases to build on the great success and popularity of previous
versions. Version 5.0, due in the first quarter of 1998, will further strengthen
Installer VISE as the premier installer solution for the Macintosh platform.
Installer VISE 5.0 represents the culmination of an unprecedented level of
user-centered design and engineering investment.
As a demonstration of the ease of use, flexibility, power, and versatility of Installer
VISE, consider the upcoming version of Microsoft Office 98 for Macintosh.
This suite of products presented a daunting task for an installer because of its
multiple products and multiple languages. Installer VISE 5.0 features a number of
innovative breakthroughs which simplify the management and building process for these
complex installers. This innovative technology is particularly striking because it
does not require you to be a programmer to build these types of installers!
With electronic software distribution fast becoming a standard way to distribute
software, MindVision will soon release a robust, full-featured Internet installer
solution to provide developers the ability to deliver their software over the Web.
In a typical scenario, a user will click on a link to download a tiny application,
which will run just like any other installer. When it needs data to complete the
install, it will selectively pull only the portions necessary to satisfy that given
install. This technology will first be released in conjunction with Microsoft Internet
Explorer 4.0 for Macintosh, and will ship with Installer VISE 5.0 for Macintosh.
Additionally, Installer VISE 5.0 will include extensive Internet configuration support.
Internet service providers (ISPs), as well as Internet software developers, will
appreciate the ability to configure end-user machines to operate with their services
Installer VISE 5.0 reinforces our total commitment to providing the best installer
creation tool in the Macintosh industry. We spent months talking with our customers,
analyzing their suggestions, and designing ways to improve the product to meet their
needs. We devoted more engineering resources than ever before to guarantee that the
software is packed with high-impact all-new features, and a subsequent press release
will provide further details.
With the release of Installer VISE for Windows in September 1996, MindVision
became the only company to offer a cross-platform installer solution. Development
has progressed nicely, with a focus squarely on customer feature requests. Numerous
enhancements and unique features are being added on a regular basis. Installer
VISE for Windows is rapidly becoming the popular choice of Windows developers
for software installation. Version 3.0, due in the first quarter of 1998, promises
a number of technical and user-interface innovations to keep Installer VISE
on the cutting edge of installer technology. A subsequent press release will provide
MindVision has been working closely with Microsoft to prepare for significant installer-related
changes planned for Windows NT 5.0 and Windows 98. As part of Microsoft's efforts
to reduce the total cost of ownership, Microsoft is developing software installation
technology ( MSI). MindVision has already invested several months in development,
and will continue to do so to ensure that Installer VISE for Windows
users have the best tools on the planet to automatically and transparently support
MSI. Because of our preparation and close interaction with Microsoft, using Installer
VISE now is a great way for software developers to prepare for MSI.
also taken steps to further enhance its edge in the installer industry by naming
Brian Gansemer, President, and Scott Boyd, VP of Business Development, to its executive
management team. Steve Kiene, founder and owner of MindVision, will provide technical
and business leadership in his continuing role as CEO.
Brian Gansemer was named President in July, and oversees the company's business and development
operations. Brian joined MindVision in 1994, and has contributed to the development
of Installer VISE, Updater VISE, and Speed Doubler from Connectix.
Brian's technical and management skills have contributed significantly to MindVision's
success, and we look forward to his expanded responsibilities and leadership.
Scott Boyd joins MindVision as Vice President of Business Development. Scott brings
a long-standing interest in Macintosh development and the software developer community.
He co-founded and continues to run the annual MacHack Best Hack Contest. After six
years as an Apple tech lead and senior software engineer, he served as Editor for
MacTech Magazine. As a member of the MindVision team, his technical know-how and
broad industry relationships will assist in the building of strategic business relationships
with major software developers, including Apple Computer, Adobe, AOL, Claris, MetaCreations,
Intuit, Metrowerks, Microsoft, and Netscape.
to foster a tradition of excellence in customer support. The expertise and helpfulness
of our staff truly sets MindVision apart in an industry that seems to be moving away
from the personal touch. MindVision knows that strong, timely support from knowledgeable
engineers can make all the difference to a customer trying to ship software shipped
"I have never seen any company receive a feature request, add it to the program,
and send me a newly compiled version within 24 hours. Amazing! MindVision is the
Avis of installation programs. They try harder and succeed," says David Zizza,
Principal, MediaWorks Interactive.
"As someone who did technical support not too long ago, it was nice to get a
quick turnaround of my question, and have it be short and easily understood,"
observed Chris Yeh, Macintosh Build Engineer Gnome and Netscape Navigator Personal
Edition for Macintosh QA Lead, Netscape Communications.
This has been a year of growth for the company, and MindVision has staffed up our
engineering, quality assurance, and technical support teams. Our engineering staff
now boasts over 60 years of combined experience in developing commercial software
MindVision's world wide web site, http://www.mindvision.com, is a complete
resource for the latest product information, fully functional product downloads,
software updates, online documentation, contact information, email support, price
lists, and order forms. Other services currently being implemented are access to
a developer's support mailing list, an online knowledge base, technical notes, newsletters,
FAQ's, and an online enhancement request form.
To better serve Installer VISE customers, we have beefed up our electronic
infrastructure. We installed a dedicated T1 connection. The increased bandwidth to
our Web site delivers faster software downloads and access to product information.
To service the demand, our internet servers now include three dedicated high-end
machines with a combined storage capacity of over 15 gigabytes to handle web, ftp,
and email services. Rounding out the infrastructure enhancements, we have also upgraded
our phone system to provide more streamlined access to our technical support staff
and full voicemail support.
"MindVision has experienced tremendous growth in the past year and we are committed
more than ever to provide outstanding support and services to our customers. Our
customers have made Installer VISE the de facto standard, and we are determined
to continue providing absolutely the best products and support services available.
In the next several months we will be announcing even more products and services
to help our customers," stated Steve Kiene, CEO of MindVision. "Our unmatched
commitment to customer satisfaction is part of reason why we have thousands of satisfied
Founded in 1987, MindVision Software is a recognized industry leader specializing
in software delivery solutions for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Installer
VISE for Macintosh has long been the industry standard installer for the Macintosh.
Thousands of software companies, including Microsoft, Netscape, Adobe, and Claris
have come to rely on our software to deliver professional, easy-to-use installers
to their customers.
Completely functional evaluation versions of MindVision products can be obtained
directly from the MindVision Web site at http://www.mindvision.com, by calling
(402) 477-3269, or by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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