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Timelock for InstallShield enables instant trialware on the Internet; Preview Software and InstallShield Software Corporation link up to provide developers a built-in trialware option for application development.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 1997--Preview Software today announced the release of its product TimeLOCK for InstallShield.

This new version of TimeLOCK will be provided free-of-charge with the purchase of InstallShield5 Professional, the world's most popular software installation development tool.

InstallShield5 Professional will be available from InstallShield Software Corporation in March, 1997. Developers will be able to obtain a TimeLOCKed, 30-day evaluation version of InstallShield5 Professional via download from .

TimeLOCK for InstallShield provides a simple Wizard approach to creating a custom time-locked version of any Windows 95 application. Developers can easily create full working versions of their applications, with time-locking controls and custom how-to-order screens. With the addition of the TimeLOCK Key Modules, a software manufacturer or reseller can unlock the user's copy remotely upon receipt of an order.

TimeLOCK is currently the most widely distributed trialware development and fulfillment system available. This new version, provided with InstallShield 5.0 Professional, makes TimeLOCK available to the majority of commercial software developers worldwide free-of-charge.

TimeLOCKed applications have rapidly become the Internet's most cost-effective and compelling method to deliver demonstration copies of software to on-line customers. Prospective users can download time-locked full working versions, then evaluate and purchase the software without leaving their PC. The software publisher or reseller also benefits by obtaining contact information on each and every potential customer, and can easily follow up with promotional information via the Net.

"By offering this special version of TimeLOCK with every copy of InstallShield5, developers everywhere will be able to instantly create their own downloadable software demos without a additional investment in time or tools," said Karl Hirsch, president of Preview Software, "TimeLOCKed applications are not only an excellent way to increase sales, but downloadable applications definitely attract new on-line customers and dramatically increase Web site traffic."

"The world of software distribution is rapidly changing with on-line distribution and fulfillment becoming an integral part of every software vendor's channel strategy," said Viresh Bhatia, president of InstallShield Software Corporation. "With the addition of TimeLOCK to InstallShield5 Professional, we can now deliver to our customers the means to easily develop e-commerce ready applications."

About InstallShield Software Corporation

InstallShield Software Corporation ( of Schaumburg, Illinois provides innovative software development tools for use on all Windows platforms. Founded in 1987, the privately-held company is recognized worldwide as a leader in software distribution technologies.

Products include InstallShield, the industry-standard installation development system; InstallShield Express, a visual installation development tool; InstallFromTheWeb, an application setup tool designed for commercial software distribution over the Internet; and PackageForTheWeb, a packaging tool for the Internet distribution of ActiveX controls and other component applications.

About Preview Software

Based in Palo Alto, Calif. since October 1996, Preview Software provides e-commerce solutions for software developers, publishers, and on-line resellers. Preview's TimeLOCK is the world's most widely distributed trialware software development system in use, and can be found in time-locked versions of many of the industry1s leading software applications, including PowerSoft's PowerBuilder, 3M's Post-It Notes, NetObjects Fusion 2.0, Starfish's Dashboard, Spyglass' SurfWatch, and CyberMedia's First Aid97. Preview Software is also focusing on providing full turn-key fulfillment services, enabling applications to transparently unlock through Web-based transactions. -0-

Note to Editors: TimeLOCK is a trademark of Preview Software. InstallShield is a registered trademark of InstallShield Corporation. InstallFromTheWeb and PackageForTheWeb are trademarks of Installshield Software Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Preview Software

Karl Hirsch, 415/326-2242


Davey Levy Communications

Julie Levy, 408/461-4600


InstallShield Software Corporation

Amy Gleason, 847/517-8060
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