Shrink-wrap managed code apps

A friend of mine at work just saw a copy of PrintShop 20 Deluxe and PrintShop 20 Professional Publisher Deluxe at Staples and noticed that they require the .NET Framework.  Very cool, speaks to the momentum we are seeing around not just line of business applications (which are still super import) but also shrink wrapped apps that used to be the realm of raw C and MFC\ATL alone.   


Are you seeing other shrink-wrapped managed apps?  What apps would really benefit from using managed code?


System requirements

  • Windows 98/2000/Me/Windows XP

  • Pentium II 300 MHz processor or faster

  • 128 MB RAM

  • Minimum 630 MB hard-disk space (Recommended: 100 MB free hard-disk space after installation)

  • 4x CD-ROM drive or faster

  • 800x600 display, 16-bit color

  • Windows compatible sound card and speakers

  • Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 (included on CD); Instant Expressions requires Microsoft Windows Messenger version 4.6 or higher or MSN Instant Messenger version 4.7 or higher

  • Internet Requirements: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher; 33.6 Kbps modem or faster, and Internet service provider account required for Internet access

  • Printer support: Works with most popular printers (monochrome and color) supported by Windows

Comments (21)

  1. Cory Smith says:

    Well… don’t forget two of your very own companies products… Windows Media Center Edition PC (software) and BizTalk 2004. 😉

  2. I think this is awesome and speaks volumes to the power of .NET, and the fact that it can even be used for modern multimedia! With DirectX 9 for managed code, I can’t wait to see what someone somewhere comes with…

  3. Peter Ibbotson says:

    The other app I’ve found thats written in .NET is the logitech digital pen software. Which given that it’s doing a lot of graphics manipulation surprised me.

    It’s happening slowly but surely.

  4. Mike Dimmick says:

    Do you count SourceGear’s Vault? I’ve been using this for the last few months as my own source control solution.

  5. Jordan Matthiesen says:

    When installing Franklin-Covey’s PlanPlus for Outlooks, I found that the .NET framework installer came up. Their system requirements don’t say anything about it, though:

  6. Camillo says:

    It seems to me that also Outlook 2003 makes use of .NEt

  7. Kevin Daly says:

    Sadly, the reviews of PrintShop 2.0 Deluxe on Amazon are…erm, not complimentary.

    But still, it *is* good to see commercial apps built on .NET starting to appear. I have long believed that .NET would eventually lead to a burst of creativity in desktop applications, as well as those that make interesting use of the internet.

  8. Max says:

    Matrox Power Desk for the P-series Graphics cards is a managed app

  9. Corrado Cavalli says:

    Other products are:

    Symantec (ex Powerquest) DriveImage 7.0 and V2i protector.

    Route 66 Navigate 2004

  10. Anonymous coward says:

    Not exactly shrinkwrap but almost:


    I’d classify this as a commercial application but maybe the author thinks that "You can download this application if you donate money to its development cause" does not qualify as selling…

  11. n4cer says:

    "It seems to me that also Outlook 2003 makes use of .NEt "

    The Business Contact Manager add-on does.

  12. Keith Hill says:

    To toot our own horn a little … 🙂 We will be shipping in the next two weeks an update to our graphical programming application – Agilent VEE Pro 7.0 – which uses the .NET 1.1 Framework. What is interesting is that the application has a sizeable code base that is implemented in a mixture of ASM, C, C++, Objective-C (don’t ask) and MC++. And amazingly enough – it just works (pun intended). 🙂 There is a lot we did not like about MC++’s rather cryptic syntax but at the end of the day, it allowed us to integrate .NET into a large unmanaged app that’s been shipping since the early ’90s. That’s pretty cool!

  13. Albert says:

    AutoCAD 2005 by Autodesk also uses .NET 1.1. This is CAD application shipping since 1983.

  14. Judah H. says:

    Overnet, a popular file-sharing cousin of the famous e-donkey, required .NET 1.0 when it was first released a year or two ago. Don’t know if it still uses .NET though.

  15. EL says:

    GoalCentrix. "Goal achievement system"

  16. Tony says:

    Our company ships several shrink-wrapped .net applications. The development process takes less than 1/2 of the time as traditional C++ applications did. You might want to check out: (also on (also on, tucows, and others)

    We currently have other .net desktop applications in the works. We meet almost no problems getting people to download and install the framework. Most new dell boxes even ship with the framework pre-installed.


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