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Macrovision's InstallShield Beta Supports IBM Solution Installation

Macrovision Announces the Beta of InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation

InstallShield Product Supports IBM's New Solution Installation for Autonomic Computing Initiative

Santa Clara, California, USA. July 16, 2004.

Macrovision Corporation today announced the public beta program for its new product line, InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation. The industry standard for software installations, InstallShield technology is uniquely positioned to support IBM's new Solution Installation for Autonomic Computing. This new functionality was developed in partnership between InstallShield and IBM to provide a common approach to software packaging that will allow developers to more efficiently deploy and maintain their applications across a wide variety of platforms.

"As an IBM Business Partner,InstallShield has been a key contributor in forming this standard for software installation," stated Alan Ganek, Vice President, Autonomic Computing at IBM. "Solution Installation for Autonomic Computing enables developers to cut time-to-market and development costs while enabling customers to achieve error-free software configurations."

"As the clear leader in installation technology, one of the challenges we have witnessed has been a lack of underlying standardization," says Brian Vile, vice president of Installation tools at Macrovision. "InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation seeks to address this issue. In order to ensure its success and adoption, IBM naturally approached InstallShield. We collaborated in designing the new open standard, which benefits developers and end users alike."

Software installation (and updates) are a key component of Macrovision's solutions for software value management, which also include software licensing, entitlement management, end user management, and usage optimization.

InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation provides a powerful and extensible solution that works across all platforms. This new product supports IBM's core technology by adding an easy-to-use IDE to simplify installation authoring and reduce development time.


InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation Features:

  • Visual Dialog Editor: Easily create new dialogs or modify existing ones.

  • Script Editor: Easily edit and format the custom action code for your script directly inside the InstallShield design environment.

  • Project Assistant: Jumpstart a project by using a simplified set of views to quickly guide you through the installation process. Design and implement your installation in just a few steps.

  • Sequence View: Easily insert actions within a specific sequence using a dedicated view. Run scripts and dialogs, launch browsers, and much more.

  • Actions View: Manage all aspects of an Installable Unit using the easy-to-use Actions View with numerous custom action capabilities.


The public beta program for InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation is open immediately at The end of the beta phase and commercial availability of the product is expected for Q4 2004.

For more information about IBM's new Solution Installation for Autonomic Computing, visit

About Macrovision

Macrovision Corporation (Nasdaq: MVSN) is the market leader in electronic licensing, installation, and digital rights management ("DRM") technologies. On July 1, 2004, Macrovision acquired the assets of InstallShield Software Corporation. Macrovision's Software Technologies Group markets the FLEXnet universal licensing platform and the InstallShield suite of software installation, repackaging and update solutions, which are deployed on more than 500 million desktops worldwide. Tens of thousands of software publishers and hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies use Macrovision technologies to maximize the value of their software. Macrovision holds more than 700 software licensing, DRM and content protection patents worldwide. Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has offices worldwide. More information about Macrovision and the InstallShield line of products can be found at and


Gerold Franke
Macrovision Corporation
Tel: +1 (847) 466 4300

Jason Mandell or Jesse Odell
Tel: +1 (415) 625 8555

Libra M. White
IBM Autonomic Computing
Tel: +1 (408) 463 3002

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in the news story: "W3C Member Submission from IBM and Novell: Solution Installation Schema."

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