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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Information Contact:

Barbara Bogart
TV Objects Corporation
Phone: 609 514-1444
barbara@tvobjects.com
Christine Sheroff
Sheroff & Associates
Phone: 508-435-3306
csheroff@compuserve.com

TV OBJECTS LEADS THE MARKET IN BRINGING THE POWER OF JAVA TO
VB DEVELOPERS AND CONTINUES TO SIMPLIFY MIGRATION TO JAVA
WITH APPLET DESIGNER ENTERPRISE 1.7

Applet Designer Enterprise First to Deliver "Instant Run" and CORBA Support
for VB Developers Moving to Java

PRINCETON, NJ, August 25, 1997 -- TV Objects Corporation, an innovative provider of Internet-enabling development tools, today announced Applet Designer Enterprise Version 1.7, which provides the industry's most comprehensive solution for Visual Basic developers migrating to Java™. Version 1.7 adds significant new features and functionality to TV Objects' premier Applet Designer Enterprise product and makes generating Java-based applications/applets from existing Visual Basic programs even easier and more automatic.

"TV Objects' Applet Designer 1.7 represents just the kind of development tool that will help developers create dynamic, cross-platform Java applications," said Dr. Lew Tucker, director of corporate and ISV relations for Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s JavaSoft Division. "We applaud TV Objects for their work in this area and look forward to seeing more and more organizations migrate their Visual Basic applications to Java."

"INSTANT RUN" AND CORBA SUPPORT ADDED

Visual Basic developers typically run their applications before they debug and modify them. Applet Designer has added a feature called "Instant Run" which gets the newly created Java application running with the click of a button. Now all converted code will instantly deploy as a running Java application. Problem areas of code are noted and commented for future attention.

In recognition that many VB developers view CORBA as a necessary element for developing multi-tier, distributed applications, TV Objects' Applet Designer Enterprise 1.7 is the first and only product of its kind to offer automatic generation of CORBA Objects from Visual Basic applications. Two-tiered VB projects can be converted easily to multi-tiered Java applications using Visigenic's VisiBroker. Applet Designer customers can now deploy Java server components using CORBA or Java Remote Invocation Method (RMI).

The new product also features User Defined Types, allowing for less Java coding and more complete Java migration. In addition to the extensive list of controls already supported by Applet Designer Enterprise, other popular controls have been added to the new version, including SSTab, TreeView, ProgressBar, and ImageList. The next release of Applet Designer Enterprise, Version 2.0, will feature support for JavaBeans™.

Tom Taulli, industry expert and principal of VB2Java.com, said, "Applet Designer Enterprise is an amazing product. Before selecting it, I evaluated similar products and none even came close. I find that one of the biggest advantages of Applet Designer Enterprise is its ability to convert most of the VB code over the Java. Most conversion tools don't do a very good job of this, but Applet Designer Enterprise converts almost 90% of my VB code. That makes the process of converting code easier and more comfortable for me. I also find that it's a great learning tool. If I know the VB code, it lets me know the equivalent Java code. This helps me begin to learn and understand Java. Finally, I find that every version TV Objects comes out with is better and better. It's just a really well done product."

Applet Designer Enterprise Version 1.7 installs with Sun's JDK 1.1, Asymetrix's JADO (a 100% Pure Java implementation of the Microsoft Active Data Objects interface specification), and OpenLink's client-side Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers and server-side middleware.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

Applet Designer Enterprise Version 1.7 also features support for the following:

  • Property Get, Property Set, Property Let statements
  • Screen and Font Objects
  • Ubound & Lbound functions
  • Line method, Pset method, and DrawWidth property
  • Print method
  • Option to comment Java syntax errors

    PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

    Currently available and shipping, Applet Designer Enterprise Version 1.7 is offered for a limited time at the introductory price of $499 and runs on Windows 95 and/or Windows NT 4.0 and above. For a free trial of Applet Designer Enterprise, or for more information on TV Objects Corporation, visit the company's Web site at www.tvobjects.com.

    Founded in 1995, TV Objects Corporation develops, markets and supports innovative software tools and enabling technologies for corporations developing Internet/intranet applications. The company's mission is to provide powerful, easy to use solutions that allow developers and organizations to take advantage of advanced technologies. TV Object's flagship product, Applet Designer, makes it easy to convert Visual Basic-generated applications to Java. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, TV Objects markets and sells its products through direct and indirect channels throughout North America. TV Objects' international sales are managed by Soft/Export via their network of distributors. TV Objects can be reached at (609) 514-1444, via fax at (609) 514-1004, or on the Web at www.tvobjects.com.

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    TV Objects, Applet Designer, and Applet Designer Enterprise are trademarks
    of TV Objects Corporation.

    Java and JavaBeans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
    Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

    All other products referenced herein are registered trademarks
    or trademarks of their respective companies.

    EDITORS NOTE: Please visit TV Objects in the Java Pavilion, Booth 735, at the Java Internet Business Expo in New York August 25 - 27 at the Jacob Javits Center.