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Start-up promotes software lingua franca

Anysoft unveils a development toolkit that promises to let data from any software application or format be used in any other application.

A software start-up is promising to provide a lingua franca for software so that data from any software application or format can be used in any other application.

Anysoft is licensing its Any DataRouting Technologies to other software makers, corporations, Internet service providers, and online services to try and answer the call for true software interoperability. Although vendors of major desktop productivity applications like Microsoft have created formats that make it easier to share data between different applications, that effort hasn't extended to many vendors of client-server applications.

Anysoft's set of client-server technologies are designed to let applications gather, share, and process any digital content from any source and route the information to any destination regardless of application or format.

The Israel-based company believes corporate users can use its technology to move data and applications to other platforms without the need for reformatting or reprogramming. The software should allow all applications to work together, according to Illan Poreh, Anysoft's founder, CEO, and president.

Volume-based licensing fees range from $20,000 to $400,000 up front, plus a royalty of 1 to 3 percent per application enabled, spokesman Douglas Fish said.

The company has been developing the technology since 1993.

Licensing fees range from $20,000 to $400,000, depending on volume, plus a royalty of 1 to 3 percent on all applications sold, said spokesman Douglas Fish. Corporate users pay only the flat fee.