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NetObjects Announces Scripting Strategy

NetObjects, Inc. today announced it acquired the market-leading Acadia Infuse and JavaScript Bean Builder scripting products from Acadia Software, Inc. to extend its offering of authoring products for Web professionals.

Acadia Software will continue to pursue its technology consulting and business applications practice. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NetObjects has enhanced Acadia Infuse and is offering it as a standalone product, NetObjects ScriptBuilder 2.0, starting today. NetObjects ScriptBuilder 2.0 is the first scripting product that provides client- and server-side scripting while supporting competing scripting standards JavaScript, JScript, and VBScript.

In addition, under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Netscape Communications will continue to license the JavaScript Bean Builder product from NetObjects for inclusion in its SuiteTools 2.0 offering.

NetObjects ScriptBuilder is the first product to be delivered by NetObjects' Application Development Tools division, a newly formed business unit chartered with focusing on the needs of application and enterprise developers.

NetObjects ScriptBuilder offers scripters and advanced HTML authors a powerful script editor that combines rich development tools with a point-and-click environment to enable rapid creation of both client- and server-side scripts.

Using NetObjects ScriptBuilder, Web developers can write scripts to add sophisticated animation effects and interactivity, advanced transaction capabilities, and other sophisticated application functionality to their Web sites.

The product supports the divergent Netscape and Microsoft Web scripting environments, providing full support for HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, JScript, VBScript, Netscape's Livewire extensions, and Microsoft's Active Server Pages extensions.

NetObjects ScriptBuilder is designed to facilitate client- and server-side scripting for the Web. The product bridges the gap between high-end and proprietary server-side development tools like Microsoft's Visual Interdev, and HTML products like Allaire HomeSite and Microsoft FrontPage 98.

NetObjects ScriptBuilder will be available for an estimated street price of $99 through a wide network of distributors and resellers. Current Acadia Infuse customers who purchased the product directly from Acadia will be able to upgrade to NetObjects ScriptBuilder 2.0 for free.

In addition, those customers who received a free copy of Acadia Infuse when they purchased NetObjects Fusion for Windows will be eligible for a $49 upgrade. For more information, visit NetObjects' Web site.