InstallShield and TechWave Team
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InstallShield Software Corp., creator of the standard software distribution and installation technology, signed an exclusive licensing agreement with TechWave Inc., an electronic commerce software and distribution company.
TechWave's Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) technologies and distribution programs will be included with the next major release of InstallShield Professional.
According to the terms of the multiyear agreement, InstallShield will seamlessly integrate TechWave's ESD technologies into the full suite of InstallShield's product line, including its award-winning InstallShield Professional, InstallShield Express, and InstallFromTheWeb applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
For the first time, the more than 100,000 InstallShield customers will be able to use the InstallShield applications to enable their products for ESD. In the upcoming InstallShield Professional release, developers will be able to specify ESD options using the InstallShield IDE (Installation Development Environment).
At the heart of TechWave's ESD solutions is its Digital Container technology, a flexible, integrated client/server technology designed to allow software manufacturers, publishers, and resellers to sell software, or other digital content, in a variety of ways.
Publishers will also be able to begin distributing their products online through TechWave's Online Stores Distribution Network--a network of more than 200 software stores consisting of Internet reseller, VAR, online community and other third-party Web sites.
"This partnership signifies that ESD technologies are both available and accessible to all software companies, which will create an explosion in the number of software titles available for resale on the Internet," said Dwayne Walker, president and CEO of TechWave.