InstallShield® and Red Bend™ Partner to Deliver Integrated Software Update Packaging Capabilities to Software Developers


Partnership Significantly Reduces Cost and Size of Actual Software Updates with a Combination of Industry-Leading Software Update Technology and De Facto Standard Installation Authoring Solutions

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and HAYWARD, Calif. June 17, 2002 – InstallShield® Software Corp., the acknowledged leader in software distribution and deployment solutions, and Red Bend Software™, Inc., the leading provider of solutions that enable the simple and efficient deployment of software updates, today announced a partnership to streamline the creation and delivery of software updates and patches for software developers.

The two companies will work to jointly develop and market an integrated solution that combines Red BendÂ’s vCurrent software update technology with InstallShieldÂ’s application packaging solutions to provide a dramatically simplified approach to creating and delivering minimal-size software updates over the Internet as well as the corporate intranet. The co-developed solution is scheduled for availability in Q4 of 2002.

“A significant portion of our Windows-focused customer base is looking to adopt the use of delta-based software updates in the near future,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO and co-founder of InstallShield. “Partnering with Red Bend enables us to provide customers with access to the industry’s best software update technology in conjunction with the InstallShield solutions they’re already familiar with using.”

Today, it is estimated that approximately 80% of all software distributed is in the form of product updates. With the increase of Web-based downloading and the need to reduce bandwidth costs, todayÂ’s developers are looking for reliable ways to create and distribute the smallest software packages consisting of only the changes occurring between versions, commonly referred as delta-updates. While using delta-updates ensures fast, economic, reliable, and secure software updating that can be distributed via virtually any electronic media, this method can add additional management and technical requirements and the need to use a stand-alone updating solution.

The InstallShield-Red Bend partnership will enable software developers to effectively and efficiently manage, create, and deploy software updates using a co-developed solution that provides seamless integration between the most advanced and professional installation development environment and the most cost-effective and powerful delta-update solution available today.

“The partnership truly combines the best of the best,” said Yoram Salinger, president and CEO of Red Bend. “The partnership leverages the synergy between the software packaging and the update process to deliver a solution that solves real customer problems. InstallShield is clearly the leader in software packaging solutions and we are pleased to be working with them to bring to market a tightly integrated, best-of-breed updating solution.”

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 Hayward, California and Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel.

For more information, visit www.redbend.com.

About InstallShield Software Corp.

With worldwide headquarters outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., 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 also has European headquarters based in Bristol, England. For more information, visit www.installshield.com.

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