Visix Software Inc is set to release its Java-based application development environment Vibe, the successor to its 3GL Galaxy, known up until now as Eleven (CI No 2,941). Vibe, built in Galaxy, will fight for attention among the likes of Symantec Corp’s Cafe, Borland International Inc’s Latte and Microsoft Corp’s J++. The target market is the Fortune 2,000 companies says the Reston, Virginia based company. End-users could build an application and ship it out to its brokers, without having to worry about producing versions to run on different systems. Customers should not be fooled by the throwaway price of $200 for a single user version, says Visix. The tool has its sights firmly set on distributed applications and transaction processing. The single user version ships this quarter, while the fully-fledged version, supporting all the popular databases, goes into beta test at the same time. A Vibe application will run on any system that the company’s Java Virtual Machine runs on – in practice this will be Windows 95, Windows NT, IBM’s OS/2, Apple’s Macintosh and an assortment of Unixes. Visix plans to charge a one-off runtime fee for each desktop of around $50, which should allow pressurized information technology staff to keep budgets under control. Interested? You can download a preview copy of the software on the company’s Web site at www.visix.com. The preview software runs on Windows, Solaris and Linux.