[MD1] Installer VISE's Active Web Install
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[MD1] Installer VISE's Active Web Install

Installer VISE Delivers Active Web Install Capabilities
To Internet Explorer 4.0 For Macintosh

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- January 5, 1998: MindVision Software, the leading
provider of installer creation tools for the Macintosh platform, today
announces that Microsoft has chosen MindVision's new Active Web Installer
technology for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for Macintosh. Internet
Explorer 4.0 users will greatly benefit from technical breakthroughs that
seamlessly address data transfer rate, interrupted connections, and various
hardware configurations for a convenient, trouble-free download and
installation over the Web.

End users frequently do not need all the files contained in an installer.
Previously, online users faced an often-daunting task of either downloading
complete installers or choosing just the right installer for their system.
MindVision's Active Web Installer technology simplifies the user experience
by first downloading a small installer which can retrieve just the pieces
needed for the user's specific requirements.

Users will benefit from reduced download times, reduced risk of download
glitches, and the most up-to-date software available. Microsoft will
benefit from reduced server loads, as well as an increase in customer
satisfaction with the downloading and installation experience. In addition,
MindVision's technology provides Microsoft with unprecedented flexibility
in choosing when to offer updates and enhancements to online users.

The Active Web Install technology automatically handles interrupted
connections and corrupted files. When a connection is interrupted,
previously downloaded files will remain intact on the end user's system and
the remains of the active file being downloaded at the time of the
interruption will automatically be removed. When the end user reconnects,
the download will continue with the interrupted file and finish downloading
the remaining files.

"Users don't have all day to download everything they might possibly need,"
said Don Bradford, general manager, cross platform development at
Microsoft. "MindVision delivers the technology that allows Internet
Explorer users to get up and running quickly, while also delivering a
seamless installation experience".

MindVision's Active Web Install features include:

* grouping and packaging of files to create the smallest-possible data sets
for downloading
* storing the downloaded data into the installer application for future
installs
* various settings to easily handle the creation of an Internet-ready
installer for the Web

Web installation features will ship in Installer VISE 5.0, due for release
in the first quarter of 1998.

"As more and more users come to depend on the Internet for their software,
it's a natural extension of an installer''s functionality to download
software over the user's Internet connection," said Steve Kiene, founder
and CEO of MindVision. "With our Active Web Install technology, users no
longer need to download enormous installers for any possible configuration.
Installer VISE's Active Web Install technology will download just the
pieces they need, and get them on their way faster."

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 sales@mindvision.com.

Contact: Brett Benson
Phone: 402-477-3269 ext. 107

 

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