FWB Software Inc. announced on Monday plans to sell the complete source code for its Hard Disk ToolKit, CD-ROM ToolKit and DriveUp! 98. The company is hoping to sell the intellectual property to another developer, but restated its commitment to existing customers and its intention to stay in business.
The news comes after a particularly trying couple of years for the utility software maker. FWB had an ownership change in 2002, then in 2003 saw itself embroiled
in a legal dispute with Tri-Edre that was later resolved. FWB then announced plans to release
a new version of RealPC, a PC emulation product that once competed against VirtualPC, updated with better performance and Mac OS X compatibility. Last summer, the company — under new management — called those plans ”
vaporware ” and discontinued RealPC all together.
FWB said that the code it is selling is fully functional and ready to be ported to Mac OS X. The company is including all source code, but it is not selling the rights to the product names or the FWB brand, name or logo, according to a statement.
“FWB has no plans at this time to cease operations. We are fully committed to our customers, products, and the Macintosh platform. Our intention is to continue to innovate and continue sales and support at the level of excellence that we always have.” said FWB President Mark Hurlow.
Companies with an interest in acquiring the source code to Hard Disk ToolKit, CD-ROM ToolKit or DriveUp! 98 are directed to contact FWB by
FWB’s other products include RAID ToolKit, Partition ToolKit and DriveTest.