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Preview Software, Portland Software Complete Merger

Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) companies Preview Software and Portland Software said they have completed their merger and will be known as Preview Systems.

The new company's first product offering, the ZipLock ESD System, is slated for release in mid-July.

Vincent Pluvinage, chief executive officer of Cupertino, CA-based Preview Systems, said: "The integration of our technologies and the two organizations went extremely well, and we are now ready to provide our next-generation ESD solution to our worldwide customer base."

The ZipLock ESD System will provide an end-to-end technology platform that enables software publishers, resellers and channel partners to work together, while ensuring they can take advantage of emerging e-commerce trends like remote license management, software rentals, pay-per-use, and subscriptions.

The ZipLock ESD System is designed to work with leading e-commerce servers such as Microsoft SiteServer Commerce Edition, OpenMarket's Transact and iCat.

Separately, Preview Systems announced a deal with France's largest ISP and electronic distributor, Softway International. Softway will use Preview Systems' ESD platform to enable online sales. Financial details were not disclosed.

Using Preview Systems' new ZipLock ESD System, Softway will build an electronic software download and commerce business that supports its two-tier network of over 1000 VARs, integrators and ISPs throughout France and the rest of Europe. In addition, Softway will serve as a reseller of ZipLock ESD Systems.