Stylus Studio® Receives Recommended Status From CRN Magazine

Newly Released Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite Earns 8 Out of 10 Rating From CRN's Test Center

Bedford, MA, October 16, 2006 – Stylus Studio (http://www.stylusstudio.com), an industry-leading provider of XML tools and data integration components has earned a favorable review from CRN Magazine, the newspaper of record for the channel. The newly released Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite ranked 8 out of 10 from the magazines Test Center, earning the program a "Recommended" status.

"The response to the newly released Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Edition from our customers has been tremendous; getting a thumbs up from the technical staff at CRN magazine is both an honor and further validation of the power, productivity and value of our XML product offerings", said Robert Evelyn, Vice President of Strategy & General Manager of XML Products at DataDirect Technologies.

CRN's rating process consists of a Tech Rating and a Channel Rating. Both of these ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 5 – 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. Stylus Studio earned 4 out of 5 in each category. Products are reviewed and evaluated based on business and technology requirements – this includes channel analysis and technical summaries - by CRN's Test Center. The requirements for this review come from resellers, computer consultants and solution providers. With these requirements in mind, competing products are compared to one another. Products that rank 8 or higher achieve the esteemed "Recommended" status. The results of the CRN Test Center product reviews are then used to instruct solution providers and others on which products to recommend and sell.

CRN Technical Editor, Mario Morejon, was also impressed with the 2007 Suite's numerous benefits. In his article entitled: "Create Powerful XML Solutions Without Coding", he described the program by saying, "There is little need to write code from scratch in Stylus Studio.", referring to the all-new XML Pipeline and XML Publishing tools that are now available in Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite which, along with a comprehensive suite of so many other helpful XML tools help simplify the creation of powerful enterprise XML solutions.

About Stylus Studio®

Stylus Studio®, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE, providing a comprehensive suite of advanced XML tools and scalable deployment components for working with XML, XSLT, XQuery, XML Schema, Web services, EDI, legacy data integration, XML Pipeline, XML mapping, XML Publishing, Web services and more. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. For more information, visit: http://www.stylusstudio.com.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is the software industry's only comprehensive provider of software for connecting the world's most critical business applications to data and services, running on any platform, using proven and emerging standards. Developers worldwide depend on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300 leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on DataDirect Technologies to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation. For more information, visit www.datadirect.com.

DataDirect and Stylus Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or service marks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Other Stylus Studio Press Releases:

Monday, September 25, 2006 Stylus Studio Announces Significant Price Reductions on Award Winning Enterprise XML Tools Suite

Monday, September 25, 2006 Stylus Studio Releases All-New XML Pipeline and XML Publishing Tools to Simplify XML Development

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 Stylus Studio 2006 Release 3 XML Tools and Components Now Available to the Developer Community

Friday, June 2, 2006 UPGRADE COMPETING XML TOOLS TO STYLUS STUDIO 2006

Thursday, May 4, 2006 CRN: Stylus Studio Follows Most Standards Unlike its Competitors

Monday, May 1, 2006 Defining your own Functions in XQuery

Monday, April 24, 2006 XQuery Hacks

Friday, April 21, 2006 Learn XSL by Example

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Document XQuery with Stylus Studio and xqDoc!

Friday, March 31, 2006 Simplifying Web Services with XQuery

Monday, March 27, 2006 Stylus Studio® 2006 Release 2 Now Available

Thursday, March 16, 2006 Edit and Validate XML

Monday, March 13, 2006 XML Schema Made Easy

Friday, February 24, 2006 Building XML Workflow Applications

Friday, February 17, 2006 Business-to-Business Data Integration in a SOA World

Friday, February 10, 2006 Network World: Stylus Studio XML IDE Overachieves

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Learn Stylus Studio in 6 Minutes

Monday, January 23, 2006 XQuery Innovator Queried by Stylus Studio

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Product of the Year: Stylus Studio 2007 XML Suite

Monday, December 11, 2006 Build XML Pipelines

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