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Opera and Virtual Mechanics Introduce New Web Developer Platform Tool

By Julio Franco
May 16, 2006
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  1. Oslo, Norway and British Columbia, CA – May 16, 2006 - Opera Software and Virtual Mechanics today partnered to integrate the Opera Web browser into Virtual Mechanics' Web authoring tool, "Web Engine", currently in public beta. Instead of spending hours spawning multiple, different sites to accommodate varying screen sizes and resolutions, anyone from hobbyists to high-end Web designers can create a Web presence that works perfectly regardless of the device used to access it. By incorporating Opera developers have an easy to use, yet powerful tool to create Web content for a variety of devices including PCs, PDAs and mobile phones.

    "Developers prefer to spend their time creating, rather than testing," said Peter White, CEO, Virtual Mechanics. "With Opera integrated, developers can build a site and then immediately test how it renders on screens of any size. This radically cuts site development costs by reducing testing time and additional strain to produce mobile or PDA-specific sites."

    Both Opera and Virtual Mechanics support a Web built on open standards. Virtual Mechanics' Web Engine allows developers to tap the functionality of existing and emerging standards such as SVG and XHTML and Opera's Web browser has long been the most standards-compliant browser. Whether casual users looking to build their own sites or experts building sites for others, the combined offering with Opera will help developers understand, use and test their standards-based code, helping to ensure an open and accessible Web.

    "Partnering with Virtual Mechanics naturally blends the best of both companies into one tool easy enough for do-it-yourself enthusiasts and capable enough for the most demanding content creators," said Christen Krogh, Vice President of Engineering, Opera Software. "By weaving the traditional strengths of our browser - cross-platform independence and support for open standards - into Virtual Mechanics intuitive design application, developers have a superior option for their Web design needs."

    The new version of Virtual Mechanics’ Web Engine with the integrated Opera browser will be available in Q3 2006.

    About Opera Software ASA
    Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

    About Virtual Mechanics
    Since 1998, Virtual Mechanics Inc. has been developing and marketing consumer products for the creation of device-independent, interactive, rich-media content for the Internet and mobile devices. VMI's affordable, easy to use, yet sophisticated visualization technology makes cross-platform website and mobile content creation quick and simple for both the average computer user as well as the graphics professional. With its advanced, interactive-animation software engine, VMI’s applications are industry standards compliant, and support state-of-the-art HTML, DHTML, and SVG content creation. VMI's products make it easy for anyone to create and publish rich, visual appealing websites for the desktop and mobile devices. Virtual Mechanics is a privately held company headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. Visit us at www.virtualmechanics.com.
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