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Smith Micro Announces the Complete WebDNA™ Version 5.0 Family Now Available

Mar 24, 2003
All Five Editions now Updated with Many New Features

Aliso Viejo, CA -- The Internet and Software Solutions Division of Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of software solutions for the Internet development tools market, today announced that the anticipated new version of the WebDNA™ development tools is now available.

The various editions are sophisticated eBusiness rapid development and deployment products based on WebDNA, Smith Micro's popular and easy-to-use Internet application generator. The five editions, Developer, Partner, Commerce, Intranet, and Enterprise, comprise the WebDNA family. Each are tiered for functionality and priced to closely match specific developer requirements.

In addition to its prior benefits, WebDNA Version 5.0 introduces XML document parsing and validation, XSLT translation, and XPath Query support, enabling developers to quickly and conveniently transfer XML-based data from virtually any file or application to a WebDNA database for web services use. Other new features include a Web Services Wizard, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE 'Lab') with an integrated development environment, the WebDNA Language Extensions, an ISP Sandbox and support for WSDL, XML, and XSLT.

The release of WebDNA 5.0 also means that the Enterprise Edition is now available for the developer and enterprise community. The Enterprise Edition helps workgroups organize and control the development process via its unique, browser-enabled Workgroup Content Management technology. Website projects can be broken down into sub-project work areas, with workgroups assigned security privileges to specific work areas. Workers can also manage "check-in" and "check-out" of versions, ensuring that changes and additions are coordinated among team members. As supervisors approve various submitted elements, emails are automatically sent to developers that notify them of the change.

"WebDNA 5.0 is a must upgrade for all serious business users, developers and alike that want to deliver critical mission web-applications," says Natai Aventaggiato, CEO of ComputerOil GmbH in Zurich Switzerland and beta tester of WebDNA 5.0. "The XML parser will enable our own Content Management Solution to use the next 'big thing' technology. Finally we will be able to let each of our customers have their own development environment with the ISP Sandbox feature, as well. SMSI has made the lives of many developers with the 5.0 version an easier one," Mr. Aventaggiato concludes.

"The release of WebDNA 5.0 culminates a project we started at the beginning of 2002," said Chris Lippincott, General Manager of the Internet and Software Solutions business unit at Smith Micro. "We can now offer a comprehensive set of tools that assist the developer and enterprise communities in building and maintaining a website," he concludes.

"We are really looking forward to WebDNA Version 5.0. It will enable all of the WebDNA developers to seamlessly work with Web Services and XML in a way that is miles ahead of our competition," said Alain Russell, Managing Director of Black Pepper Interactive Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand and beta tester of WebDNA 5.0."Add to this the new Sandbox features and we have a more versatile and secure platform than we've ever had before."

WebDNA has generated a strong following among solution providers and website developers due to its ease of use, rapid learning curve, flexibility, performance and its support of multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux and Solaris. Based on WebDNA's successful track record in the development community, Smith Micro upgraded the technology to a large degree from the feedback received from its development community and customer base.

WebDNA Editions

Developer Edition - A powerful yet economical toolkit for dynamic Web publishing. The Developer Edition leverages an internal database, enabling users to insert dynamic information into websites as well as to create banner ads, online quizzes, user tracking features, password protection, and much more. Price: FREE

Partner Edition - All the features and robustness of WebDNA, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) TCP connections, WebDNA Monitor program, a built in high performance database with access to external databases via ODBC, and the full richness of the WebDNA scripting language. The Partner Edition excludes commerce templates and tags as a means of providing the WebDNA engine at partner pricing. Price: $495.95 for one domain, add-on domains at $50 each, unlimited domains for an additional $1,000.00.

Commerce Edition - Allows users to quickly and easily create, improve, and administer eCommerce websites without having to use complex languages such as ASP or Java. Commerce Edition, also currently available, supports the development of any number of eCommerce sites, and includes back office order management and payment authorization capabilities as well as a wizard for easy storefront creation. Price: $995.95 for one domain, add-on domains at $50 each, unlimited domains for an additional $1,000.00.

Intranet Edition - The latest addition to the popular WebDNA™ product family. The introduction of this product addresses a significant business problem experienced by many companies of varying size, that being how to deploy an information rich Intranet site quickly and cost effectively. Price: $2,995.95.

Enterprise Edition - The first easy to learn, easy to use rapid development and deployment platform that spans multiple operating environments specifically designed for enterprise-level websites and Internet-based business applications. Price: $4,995.95 for unlimited domains.

All editions of WebDNA 5.0 are available for purchase direct from Smith Micro.

For more information about any of the WebDNA eBusiness Development products log onto the Smith Micro corporate website at or call 800-477-1543. Interested parties can also go Smith Micro's developer resource center at

About Smith Micro Software:

Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of Internet-based solutions and wireless communication and utility software products. The company designs integrated, cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless, and Broadband technologies, the company's products and services enable wireless communications, eCommerce, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800.

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the company's financial prospects and projections, the company's plans for returning to sustained profitability and the company's ability to increase its business in the Wireless and Broadband segments. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are new and changing technologies, customer acceptance of those technologies, fluctuations or cancellations in orders from distribution customers, new and continuing adverse economic conditions, and the company's ability to compete effectively with other software companies. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in any forward-looking statement and are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

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