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
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
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
This integration will establish a simple and seamless method for ESD
enabling, making this distribution channel available to all software vendors.
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.