Macrovision’s New Collaboration Module for FlexNet InstallShield Tightens Integration within Large Development Teams for Improved Software Quality and Shorter Development Cycles

FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration Bridges Communications Gap Between Application and Installation Development Creating New Industry Best Practice

SANTA CLARA, CA - Nov 29, 2005 - Macrovision Corporation® (Nasdaq:MVSN), today announced FlexNet™ InstallShield® Collaboration, a new tool designed to improve efficiencies within large software development teams. For the first time, developers can capture, test, track, and use installation requirements as they write application code. With FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration, development managers gain a repeatable, standardized process that improves team communication leading to enhanced product quality and shorter development cycles.

"Software companies today are struggling to find a better way to manage developer communications to improve efficiencies among growing and increasingly complex teams," said Fred Amoroso, President and CEO of Macrovision. "FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration gives every developer involved in a project visibility into installation requirements throughout the development cycle, which leads to better quality products and greater efficiencies for the team."

Installation requirements today are generally gathered in an ad hoc manner through emails or informal conversations at the end of the development cycle. FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration changes this process by creating a central file for installation information that the team can access throughout the development cycle. In establishing a new best practice for integrating installation creation more tightly into the development process, FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration enables higher quality products, reduces risks, and maintains standards and team integration for development managers.

FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration builds on Macrovision’s long-standing leadership in establishing industry standards, providing the following key benefits:

  • Allows developers to create installation requirements as they write the application code, which keeps quality high and improves efficiencies within the team
  • Automatically populates the installation with application data to further improve quality and reliability, while minimizing potential errors
  • Bridges the gap between the application and installation—building knowledge across the team and protecting against information loss with team changes
  • Enables the development team to make changes without having to worry about subsequent communications with the installation developer—the module’s transparent data presentation allows this communication happens automatically

FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration is a core element of FlexNet, the industry’s premier Software Value Management (SVM) platform which includes solutions for software installation, updating, packaging, licensing, entitlement management, end user management, and usage optimization.

Pricing and Availability
FlexNet InstallShield Collaboration is an add-on module to the newly released FlexNet InstallShield 11.5. It is available immediately from Macrovision and a network of authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. Additional information on the complete FlexNet InstallShield product line, as well as training classes and professional services, is available from
or by calling 1-800-809-5659 (U.S.), +44-870-871-1111 (EMEA).

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