CUPERTINO, Calif. -- December 16, 1996 –- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), extending its leadership in JavaTM development tools, today announced the availability of Visual Café -- the next generation of visual Java development tools. Visual Café, based on visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) architecture, ensures that Java applications can be completely developed, debugged, and delivered in a minimum amount of time. Symantec has gained a foothold on the Java tools market by being first with award-winning development tools. The company continues to build on its Internet tools leadership by expanding into both entry-level and enterprise products. As a next step, Visual Café Pro for Windows, Symantec’s Java and distributed database development environment, is expected to be available by the end of the year.
Early in 1996, most Java tools were targeted to professional C/C++ developers. Symantec recognized this trend and delivered Symantec Café as the first Java development tool for Windows and Macintosh. Since, the market has expanded to a broad range of developers necessitating tools that encompass the varying experience levels. To satisfy these new customers, Symantec has delivered products featuring visual environments and a drag-and-drop interfaces to make it fast and simple to get started. For the power hungry, Symantec provides the most advanced Java debugging technologies, sophisticated class and hierarchy browsing, the fastest Java and JIT compilers, and comprehensive visual design and management for Java development.
“Symantec's Java offerings have been able to provide top-notch tools for all levels of developers," said Lew Tucker, director of ISV and Corporate Relations at JavaSoft, a business unit of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We are optimistic that Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java and JDBC standards will continue to flourish in Internet and intranet development and with Symantec's support of these standards with Symantec Café and Visual Café product lines, developers will be one step ahead in application development."
"The Java development community is maturing and needs a solution to handle sophisticated application development. With Symantec's early leadership and experience in the market, we have been able to focus on products that precisely suit customer’s current and future needs," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec’s Internet Tools Division. "Symantec can now provide Windows and Macintosh customers with the best tool for any Java application development with Symantec Café and our Visual Café family of products."
Symantec Café features a traditional 3GL Integrated Development Environment - perfect for the C/C++ developers to quickly start building sophisticated Java applets, applications, and components. Version 1.5 features an improved compiler that is now five times faster than the previous compiler and improvements in the debugger including expression evaluation, watch window and ValueTips features. For a limited time, those who purchase it also receive for free “Teach Yourself Java in Café in 21 Days," available only in the US and Canadian retail channels, making Café 1.5 a great choice to jump start Java development. With Visual Café, developers can quickly build sophisticated applications utilizing any of up to one hundred pre-built Java Beans components. New technologies including two-way programming, live Java controls, and Java layout management dramatically shorten the development process. For example, Visual Basic and Delphi developers will find Visual Café extremely familiar, leveraging their expertise to quickly prototype and build Java applications.
In the upcoming weeks, Visual Café Pro is expected to add the much needed database cornerstone to Java development. First to fully-integrate Java and RAD database tools, it incorporates Symantec's dbANYWHERE technology to provide distributed database access from anywhere on the Web. This is further facilitated by the inclusion of dbAWARE controls and a Form Wizard which help developers create forms on the Web in a matter of minutes. The dbANYWHERE Workgroup Server, a middleware database server, allows database access through any Java enabled browser. dbANYWHERE includes fully-licensed drivers for Sybase SQL Anywhere Professional and Microsoft Access. Direct drivers for Oracle and Sybase databases, Microsoft SQL Server, and ODBC are also included with a 2-connection limit with full licenses available through Symantec's dbANYWHERE Server. dbANYWHERE’s robust API includes JavaSoft's JDBC compliant API allowing developers to instantly connect Web pages to databases. Projects built with Symantec Café are automatically migrated to Visual Café or Visual Café Pro.
Pricing and Availability
Symantec Café for Windows Version 1.51 is available free to any registered Symantec Café user on the Update Center on the Café Web site. Visual Café and Symantec Café are currently available for purchase on the Symantec Café Web site (http://cafe.symantec.com). Symantec Café is available for an estimated retail price of US $79.95 and Visual Café is available for an estimated retail price of US $199.95. Customers who purchased Café before November 15, 1996 can upgrade to Visual Café for US $69.95. Visual Café Pro is expected to be available by the end of this year and will be available for an estimated retail price of US $499.95. All three products will be available through all major computer stores, software retailers, and corporate resellers. All products run on Windows 95 and Windows NT. Symantec Café is also available for the Macintosh and Power Macintosh platforms. Visual Café for the Power Macintosh is expected to be available soon.
Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, such as Windows 95 and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 1996.
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