REAL Software Ships REALbasic 5.5.5 -Announces Related Customer Survey Results: Of 25% Who Use REALbasic to Port Applications, 47% Are Porting Visual Basic Applications

REAL Software announced today the company is shipping REALbasic 5.5.5, an update that improves reliability in REALbasic and improves the user experience for VB Project Converter. VB Project Converter is a utility included for free with REALbasic that helps Visual Basic developers port existing applications to REALbasic where they can be cross-compiled for Linux and Macintosh.

AUSTIN, TX (PRWEB) March 22, 2005 -- REAL Software announced today the company is shipping REALbasic 5.5.5, an update that improves reliability in REALbasic and improves the user experience for VB Project Converter. VB Project Converter is a utility included for free with REALbasic that helps Visual Basic developers port existing applications to REALbasic where they can be cross-compiled for Linux and Macintosh.

The company also announced the results of survey data collected from 831 customers as they purchase REALbasic. Of customers who responded to the recent survey, 25% are using REALbasic to port existing applications cross-platform. Of these 25%, nearly half (47%) are using REALbasic to port existing Visual Basic applications.

"This data clearly shows REALbasic is in fact a great tool to use to port existing applications, and especially Visual Basic applications, cross-platform," said Geoff Perlman, president and CEO of REAL Software, Inc. “In addition, quotes from customers indicates that they are very pleased with REALbasic and its abilities to port existing applications from Windows to Macintosh and Linux."

In addition to the 47% who are using REALbasic to port existing Visual Basic applications, 11% are porting existing applications from C++; 4% from Java, and 20% from others, which includes environments like Delphi, other BASIC-based languages and database development environments.

According to Evans Data Research, Visual Basic developers are looking for alternatives to complex environments like .Net. In their recent study (November 2004), more developers in North America use Visual Basic 6 (or earlier) than .NET — 45% to 34%, respectively.

REALbasic offers these developers a cross-platform alternative as REALbasic's language and environment is very similar to Visual Basic. Customer feedback relating on using REALbasic for porting existing applications were collected during the survey process. Some of them are included below (please note that these comments are direct from the survey responses and may contain cryptic phrases and incomplete sentences):

"Fantastic product, I wish I'd found it before Visual Basic. We've wanted to switch to Mac OS X from [the] PC, but had some Visual Basic apps that needed to be ported." -- Bernn Hitch, Gilroy CA

"I really like the ease of creating Windows input and output. I also use Linux and am looking forward to porting to that. Overall I am very pleased with the product." -- Jeff Tempas, Oostburg, WI

REALbasic 5.5.5 is shipping now and includes numerous feature updates and reliability improvements. VB Project Converter has also been updated to help Visual Basic users be even more productive with the process of migrating existing applications. REALbasic 5.5.5 is available now for free to existing REALbasic 5.5 customers. To download this latest version, please visit http://www.realbasic.com/download.

About REALbasic
REALbasic is a full-featured software design environment easily suited to creating all kinds of applications, from utilities to enterprise-class applications. REALbasic is highly compatible with Visual Basic and includes a utility to help migrate existing Visual Basic applications. REALbasic is available now starting at $99.95 direct from REAL Software, Fry's and other software retailers. REALbasic Professional Edition, required for cross-platform deployment, starts at $399.95 and includes extended functionality for database and team development.

About REAL Software
REAL Software provides REALbasic, Cross-Platform That Really Works, for people who want to create and deliver cross-platform software for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. REAL Software was founded in 1996 and is based in Austin, Texas. For more information visit http://www.realsoftware.com or call 512.328.7325.

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