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Balise Free to Developers

Inso PDM Division Announces New Licensing Policy for Balise

Leading XML/SGML Transformation Tool Free to Developers

MILPITAS, California. August 19, 1999.

Inso Corporation's Product Data Management (PDM) Division today announced significant changes in the licensing policy of its Balise developer kit, an easy-to-learn scripting language specifically designed to manipulate and transform structured documents and build powerful XML/SGML solutions.

The company plans to offer free development licenses for all platforms, expanding the product's availability to XML/SGML programmers worldwide.

"Balise has long been recognized as one of the most advanced XML/SGML transformation tools on the market," said Paul R. Anderson, president of Inso's PDM Division. "Its modular architecture, highly flexible authoring model, integrated design, and frequent updates have made it an XML/SGML application development tool of choice for leading systems integrators around the world."

Proven in major enterprise projects, Balise has more than 200 customers in Europe, including Airbus Industries. Since its introduction into the North American market last year, Balise has already gained support from leading corporations, such as Novell and Schlumberger, which are using Balise to develop industrial-strength document processing and publishing applications.

Balise's modern, feature-rich development environment provides a unique XML/SGML-aware, interpreted scripting language that includes built-in memory management. Any C or JavaScript programmer can easily read and understand a Balise program. This shortens the learning curve, reduces training and services costs, and provides almost instant programmer productivity.

"Balise has always been a cost-effective XML/SGML development environment because its powerful SGML document manipulation functions keep development times to a minimum," said Christophe Lecluse, director of product management, in charge of the Balise and Dual Prism product lines.

"We are very excited about this new licensing policy, which makes the Balise technology more accessible to an increasing number of XML/SGML professionals worldwide." For additional product information, visit

About the Product Data Management Division

The Product Data Management Division of Inso Corporation develops and delivers enterprise-grade solutions for managing the product development process and product information, and communicating and delivering this mission-critical information via the Web and other media.

With a strong combination of enterprise-grade Product Data Management and Web publishing technologies, and more than ten years of production experience, the PDM Division provides comprehensive product and services to help manufacturing organizations manage internal and external resources more effectively.

About Inso Corporation

Inso Corporation is a leading provider of tools for the management, exchange and dynamic delivery of critical business information. Inso's award-winning technology enables large corporations to manage, exchange and publish all types of information, from the simplest memo to the most complex multimedia document.

For more information on Inso or the Product Data Management Division, visit the company's Web site at

Note to Editors: Balise, Dual Prism, Inso and the Inso logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inso Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other company, product, or service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


Inso Product Data Management, Milpitas
Robin Ratajczak, 408/941-4823


Hamilton Group PR
Annie Grace, 415/401-9281

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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