March 13, 1997 6:00 PM ET
InstallShield aims to simplify Web downloads, installs
By Christy Walker

  InstallShield Corp. hopes to make downloading and installing applications from the Web more efficient with the release of a new wizard-driven utility.

InstallFromTheWeb provides a Webmaster or developer with the tools needed to Web-enable any existing Windows application. It also allows an end user to download an application from the Web with a simple one-step installation process, bypassing the need to download a ZIP or an EXE file.

If the Internet connection fails during a software download, InstallFromTheWeb picks up where the connection cut off, freeing the user from beginning from scratch.

"Before, our clients would have to download and extract the executable files [from our Web site], which caused problems," said Delia Rose, a software engineer at Omega Research Inc., in Miami. "Now it's changed considerably. If your modem disconnects, [InstallFromTheWeb] remembers where you left off. ... It's easier for clients, too, with a one-button click."

The $395 utility, available now, runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT and supports Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscape Communications Corp.'s Navigator 2.0 or later browsers.

InstallShield also recently announced the latest version of its flagship product, which allows developers to create installation programs for their commercial applications.

New features in InstallShield 5 Professional, due at the end of the month, include an integrated development environment with time-saving wizards and a visual interface similar to Microsoft's Visual C++. The $795 InstallShield 5 runs on Windows 95 and NT.

InstallShield, of Schaumburg, Ill., can be reached at www.installshield.com.

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