Macrovision releases 2nd generation Java version of FLEXlm.Macrovision Macrovision is a company that develops and markets licensing, access control, and secure distribution technologies for electronically delivered creative works. This includes digital media (video, music), web publishing (text, images), and computer software (consumer software, Corporation has announced the upcoming release of FLEXlm Version 9.0. With an object oriented See object technology and object-oriented programming. client API (Application Programming Interface) A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol. that is 100 percent pure Java Refers to initiatives from Sun that specify 100% compliance with its Java specification. The goal is to maintain a consistent, single interface for Java so that all Java Virtual Machines can run all Java programs. See Holy Grail. . FLEXlm 9.0 addresses a key requirement in the enterprise software industry: a fully featured, flexible, and proven electronic licensing solution for the Java development environment. As the world's de facto standard Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. Contrast with de jure standard.
de facto standard - A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO, in electronic licensing, FLEXlm reduces unlicensed software use and enables software vendors to offer more creative licensing options and evaluation programs.
"Java technology has become increasingly important in enterprise IT systems as a development and deployment platform for the Web," said Steve McHale, vice president of research, Software Partnering and Alliances at International Data Corporation ("IDC"). "With FLEXlm 9.0, independent software vendors ("ISVs") and enterprises get the ability to apply Java technology to the delivery and management of software assets. This should help ISVs create new and more compelling business models, while customers can improve productivity and better manage their software."
FLEXlm 9.0 eliminates a major limitation of Java applications A Java program that is run stand alone. The Java Virtual Machine in the client or server is interpreting the instructions. Contrast with Java applet. See servlet. . Now Java applications can enjoy the same breadth of pricing and licensing models enjoyed by traditional applications. To support the growth in enterprise Web application development and the needs of Java developers, enterprise IT, and software vendors, FLEXlm 9.0 allows software developers to specify customer usage rights for any type of software and software delivery method.
"As a leader in digital rights management, we are committed to providing the world's most advanced electronic licensing management solutions to support virtually any development platform," said Daniel Greenberg
General availability for FLEXlm 9.0 is scheduled for March 31, 2003.