SCHAUMBURG, Ill., November 14, 2002 - InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software installation, packaging, and deployment solutions, and Red Bend Software™, the leading provider of solutions for simple and efficient deployment of software updates, today announced the immediate availability of vBuild™ 1.0 for InstallShield Professional™, a revolutionary new approach to create and deliver minimal-size software updates.

Software updates can be painful for both developers and end users. The constant need for new versions, bug fixes and feature enhancements often requires large files and a long deployment process. vBuild enables developers who use InstallShieldÂ’s Professional 7 product to effectively manage, create and deploy their software with technology that dramatically reduces download size-without any of the pains normally associated with software updates.

“The technologies that vBuild has integrated into this tool greatly reduce the media size of the packages that we generate,” said Tylee Gooderham of Trading Technologies. “Our customers will benefit from this in reduced download/transfer times, especially those connecting over lower network bandwidths. vBuild’s simplicity and intelligence make it a huge addition to our packaging mechanism.”

vBuildÂ’s industry leading byte-level updates allow developers to achieve up to a 95 percent reduction in package size, for significantly smaller and faster downloads. End users no longer need to sit through prolonged downloads that risk interruption; instead they receive quick and painless access to the latest software updates.

“Our customers are constantly seeking reliable ways to improve their software update distribution capabilities, not only to reduce bandwidth costs, but also to improve the end user experience,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO of InstallShield. “Combining the strength of InstallShield Professional’s feature set with Red Bend’s advanced software update technology provides our customers with a powerful, pre-integrated update solution that meets their needs.”

Seamless Integration vBuildÂ’s seamless integration with InstallShield Professional saves developers time by allowing them to create packages without additional programming or scripting. vBuild works directly with compiled InstallShield setups, automatically extracting the necessary information. vBuild also automates various steps to streamline the update creation process, and creates packages that have the same media format as packages built with InstallShield Professional 7, with the setup logic and user interface files copied unchanged from the original media.

Single Distribution Package

With vBuild, every download is custom tailored to the specific needs of the target PC, so no unnecessary files are sent. Developers only need to build and post a single universal distribution package that supports all users, relieving them from having to choose between several different download options.

Powerful Compression

For new files and full version setups, vBuildÂ’s advanced compression provides a 15 to 40 percent reduction in installation size.

“We are pleased to be part of InstallShield’s commitment to its developers and end-users,” stated Yoram Salinger, president and CEO of Red Bend. “With vBuild, InstallShield empowers its Professional 7 users, providing them with the best solution available for easy and dependable software updates. vBuild supplements InstallShield’s reputation for comprehensive, state-of-the-art solutions.”

Pricing and Availability (US) vBuild for InstallShield Professional is available immediately from InstallShield, its online eShop, and through a network of authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. The product is available for $2,999 (US - MSRP). For a limited time, InstallShield is offering an introductory price of $2,499 (US - MSRP), as well as a special bundle offer of InstallShield Professional 7 plus vBuild for $2,799-a savings of $1,399. Information on InstallShieldÂ’s complete line of products, and professional services is available from or by calling 800-374-4353.

About Red Bend Software

Red Bend Software provides solutions for software developers that enable simple and efficient deployment of software updates over any electronic channel. Red Bend products combine tools to easily create, manage and deploy updates, with technology that dramatically reduces size of update files. Red BendÂ’s solutions benefit both developers and end-users by making software updating manageable, cost-effective, fast and reliable. Red Bend Software, founded in 1999, is a privately held company headquartered in Boston, MA with R&D center in Rosh HaÂ’ayin, Israel. For more information, visit .

About InstallShield Software Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software-distribution and software-deployment solutions for independent software vendors and corporate IT systems administrators. InstallShield technology powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and is used by more than 200,000 corporate and commercial software developers and systems administrators worldwide. InstallShield is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., with European headquarters in Bristol, England. For more information, visit