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Review of Fusion 1.0

  • By Karl Moore
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This is a groundbreaking product that not only squeezes your program into the smallest of spaces, but also packs all OCX/DLL dependencies into a singular, self-sufficient executable.

All that compression also dramatically reduces the possibility of a decompiler getting its hands on your code. And these advantages aren't restricted to VB developers, neither—Delphi, C++ Builder and Visual C++ programmers will find Fusion equally as useful.

On the thumbs-down side; at #130/$199 the full version is fairly expensive for the hobbyist (though nothing short of pocket change for large corporations). Also, I did experience a couple of nitty processing problems along the way.

But all these issues fade in comparison with the long-term problems Fusion 1.0 very cleverly solves.

If you check out just one Visual Basic tool this month, make sure it's the free, evaluation copy of Fusion—then decide for yourself whether it's worth the dough.

Well done, BitArts—a breath of fresh air in the development market.

You can download the trial version of Fusion 1.0 from Bit Arts at www.bit-arts.com

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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