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Instantiations Unveils WindowBuilder Suite of Rich Client Development Tools for Java.

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 25, 2004

WindowBuilder Becomes First Enterprise Java Development Suite to

Provide Easy-to-Use, Affordable GUI Construction Tools for both SWT

and Swing in Single Solution

Instantiations, Inc., a leading provider of advanced Java development solutions, announced today that it has begun shipping WindowBuilder, a new line of graphical user interface (GUI) construction tools for Java. The new Java-based development suite is the first enterprise development product to support both the Eclipse-based standard widget toolkit (SWT) and Sun's Swing component technology in a single solution. The new WindowBuilder suite seamlessly integrates into today's most popular Java IDEs and provides exceptionally powerful and intuitive technology for creating rich client Java applications.

"Instantiations has a history of leading the industry in creating advanced GUI building technology," said Eric Clayberg, senior vice president of product development at Instantiations. "What started with the initial introduction of WindowBuilder for Smalltalk has blossomed into a solid foundation that's moving the industry forward by delivering advanced GUI building tools for Java under the WindowBuilder brand."

WindowBuilder products install into Eclipse-based IDEs, including IBM WebSphere Studio, and provide a sophisticated, easy-to-use Java GUI construction environment. The new line, which includes SWT Designer, Swing Designer and the full WindowBuilder Pro suite, offers developers the choice of creating Java user interfaces with either the SWT or Swing technology. The visual designer in WindowBuilder enables complex user interfaces to be created in minutes by eliminating hours of hand coding. WindowBuilder ensures that Java developers create high quality software in record time at reduced cost.

"WindowBuilder delivers the kind of GUI building productivity that we use to have before we converted to Java," said Sally Rich, senior software engineer at RSS Solutions Inc. "WindowBuilder not only dramatically improves productivity for design and maintenance, but it also enables us to significantly improve the look-and-feel of our GUIs without costing days of coding. Until discovering WindowBuilder, I had forgotten just how much fun and easy it can be building Java GUIs."

WindowBuilder provides a rich "WYSIWYG" design environment that includes intelligent layout assist, drag-and-drop, direct property editing and widget morphing. WindowBuilder automatically generates high quality Java code in a multitude of styles and can read code generated by most popular Java GUI builders. Developers can select from a complete set of layout managers as well as SWT, JFace, AWT or Swing controls to create rich client Java applications. Java GUIs created with WindowBuilder can be executed and tested instantly within the design environment.

"The powerful rich client capabilities that are emerging in the Eclipse technology base signal the return of Java as a viable alternative for building client-side applications," said Mike Taylor, CEO of Instantiations. "By leveraging the rich client technology, SWT and Swing, we have created a comprehensive family of GUI building products for all Java developers."

Pricing and Availability

WindowBuilder products are available immediately for Eclipse 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 and IBM WebSphere Studio 5.0 and 5.1 running on Windows 2000/XP or Linux/GTK2. The price per developer for WindowBuilder Pro is $299, SWT Designer is $199 and Swing Designer is $199. More information may be obtained at www.instantiations.com.

About Instantiations

Instantiations, Inc. provides leading edge software products, services and technologies for Java. Through our industry partnerships with IBM and Eclipse, Instantiations ensures that our products integrate seamlessly with the latest development environments and platforms. Instantiations is a member of the Eclipse Foundation and offers a line of products for IBM WebSphere Studio and IBM Rational Java development tools. Based in Portland, Ore., Instantiations was founded in 1997 by a team of internationally recognized pioneers in the field of component software technology.

WindowBuilder, SWT Designer and Swing Designer are trademarks of Instantiations, Inc. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.
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