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  MINDVISION SHIPS UPDATE TO POPULAR MAC OS X INSTALLER
Installer VISE 7.1 adds even more support for Mac OS X installs

SAN FRANCISCO - January 9, 2001: MindVision Software has provided Mac OS X installation solutions since May 2000. Now, with the release of Installer VISETM 7.1 at Macworld Expo, it's even easier to build install targets to both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X.

"MindVision has always provided developers with rock-solid installation solutions ahead of the competition. With this new release of Installer VISE we have incorporated seven months of feedback from Mac OS X developers and users to provide a polished, mature solution for building Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X installers," said MindVision CTO Steve Kiene. "MindVision has always invested heavily in Apple's future, and our support for Mac OS X is no exception. As our competition scales back their software delivery solutions, we continue to add more value to our product line."

Fully-functional copies of Installer VISE 7.1 are available for downloading at http://www.mindvision.com/downloads.html.

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 7.1


With Installer VISE 7.1, developers can deliver their Mac OS X applications NOW. Features of the new Installer VISE include:

Easy conversion to Carbon installers
Virtually all Macintosh software developers rely on MindVision for their installation tools. To leverage this large body of work, Installer VISE 7.1 builds Carbon installers from existing installer projects. The smooth integration of a familiar tool with a new technology keeps today's installers in step with the future.

One installer executable for System 7 through Mac OS X
Installer VISE now builds installers for Classic (68K), PowerPC, Carbon and Unified platforms. As in previous versions, it can build all installers from the same archive.

Unified installers store executable code for PowerPC and Carbon platforms in a single executable. This allows one installer to run on anything from Mac System 7.0 to the latest Mac OS X systems.

Behind-the-scenes installs
Installer VISE 7.1 can build a data file containing all necessary files and install information. Applications can then call MindVision's new shared library to install files as specified in this data file. This performs installations without displaying a traditional installer interface. It is useful in situations where you don't need to give the user install options, such as for self-healing applications, or first-run installers.

The data file option is available for PowerPC and Carbon formats.

Mac OS X compatibility
In compliance with Carbon requirements, Installer VISE now uses Open Transport for networking protocols. Other new features include support for Navigation Services and the Appearance Manager. These allow developers to enhance the user's experience in navigation and file management.

Uses Mac OS X install locations
With newly added support for domains, Installer VISE allows your installers to use Mac OS X domains when looking for install locations.

Detection of user's access privileges
On Mac OS X, Installer VISE gives you the ability to detect the user's access privileges, and allow installs based on that information. Users will know whether they have the proper access privileges before - rather than after - the installation begins.

Support for Mac OS X large icons
Now your icons can match the rest of the Mac OS X landscape. Installer VISE supports 128x128 pixel icons for crisp display on Apple's Aqua interface.

Run custom code according to the OS
At runtime, Unified installers can call external code for either PowerPC or Carbon platforms, according to the OS in use.

Tightly integrated e-commerce support
Installer VISE integrates seamlessly with eSellerateTM, our sister company's comprehensive e-commerce tool kit.

WHAT INSTALLER VISE CUSTOMERS ALREADY EXPECT FROM US


Best Industry Support. MindVision is known for its unmatched dedication to customer support. MindVision provides support for the same low price as always - FREE!

Best Community Commitment. MindVision was founded by small, independent developers. Nobody knows how to support the shareware and freeware author like we do. MindVision offers free, full strength installer tools to qualified independent-minded developers.

Deep and wide feature set. Installer VISE was designed specifically to meet the needs of our thousands of customers, from the smallest to the largest. Installer VISE is used to build the most complicated software installations on both Macintosh and Windows.

Mac OS Commitment. Installer VISE supports the very latest system software features. We are there for our customers who support the latest Apple technologies.

100% solution. MindVision always takes the extra time to research all the minute details and provide a complete solution for any given feature. Extra effort in adding extensive support for Mac OS X domains and user accounts makes Installer VISE the only choice for developers who want top-notch solutions.

Features you can't get anywhere else, including:
·  Archive libraries to easily modularize your installer
·  C-like variables to graphically add programming-level power to your installer
·  Build directives to customize your installers for multiple purposes
·  Task assistants to make getting started and putting the polish on installers easier than ever

POINTS OF COMPARISON


When comparing installer tools, here are some points worth considering:

Industry acceptance. Installer VISE is used by Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, Metrowerks, id, AOL, Symantec, Dantz, Intuit, Kodak, MacSoft, Netscape, Connectix, and thousands of other software companies. Most of them used to use our competitor's product, but now they've come to rely on MindVision and Installer VISE.

Innovation. Installer VISE has consistently been first to market with the powerful features customers want. But don't just take our word for it - we encourage you to compare for yourself.

A company focused on developers. MindVision has been selling installation tools for over 8 years.

World-ready. Installer VISE can create installers in 16 languages.

Macintosh and Windows installers. Many Mac software companies also produce Windows versions of their products. By offering installers for both platforms, we eliminate the headache of using a cryptic, script-based Windows installer.

Installer VISE Lite. We offer a tightly-focused, low-cost alternative for smaller Macintosh customers.

We care. We always have, and always will offer our installer tools for free to shareware developers. We don't limit our offer to one year.

ABOUT MINDVISION


Founded in 1987, MindVision Software is a recognized industry leader specializing in software delivery systems for Macintosh and Windows. Installer VISE has long been the industry standard installer for the Macintosh, and is rapidly gaining recognition as an excellent choice for Windows. Thousands of software companies, including Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Netscape, Macromedia, AOL, Connectix and FileMaker have come to rely on our software to deliver professional, easy-to-use installers to their customers.

Fully-functional evaluation copies of MindVision products can be obtained directly from the MindVision web site, by calling (402)323-6600, or by sending e-mail to sales@mindvision.com.

MindVision and Installer VISE are trademarks of MindVision, Inc. eSellerate is a trademark and service mark of eSellerate, Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

 
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