Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The product, code-named Loma Prieta, is now scheduled to be released late this summer for Windows 95, Windows NT, and Macintosh as Claris Home Page. Home Page will be available as a free beta next month from the Claris Web site.
Claris is positioning Home Page as the linchpin for its overall Internet strategy, but the company plans to add Internet access and connectivity across its product line, including the popular database FileMaker Pro and the application suite ClarisWorks.
Claris will face stiff competition in the Web-authoring tool market from Adobe Systems' PageMill and SiteMill, Microsoft's FrontPage, SoftQuad's HotMetal Pro, and Netscape Communications' Navigator Gold. Although Claris has not yet set a price for Home Page, the company is likely to target the beginner Web designer or home user and to compete with its established rivals on price.
Microsoft FrontPage and Adobe SiteMill reviewed