NetObjects expands offer with Arcadia deal

NetObjects has agreed to buy the software business of Arcadia Software in a move to broaden its offer to Web site developers.

NetObjects, which is majority-owned by IBM, is paying an undisclosed sum for Arcadia's Infuse and JavaScript Beanbuilder, adding to current products like Fusion 3.0 and TeamFusion. Massachussetts-based Arcadia is keeping its consulting business.

NetObjects says that more acquisitions may be in the pipeline as it moves to flesh out its product range still further in order to compete with players like Microsoft. It freely admits that without the cash that IBM's backing means, it would not be expanding its business at the present rate. California-based NetObjects now has 115 employees.

NetObjects said it has enhanced Arcadia's Infuse product and is now offering it as a stand-alone product called NetObjects ScriptBuilder 2.0. It supports competitive scripting standards JavaScript and Microsoft's VBScript.

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