Navis to Use UltraLightClient Technology

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Navis LLC, the global leader in supply chain execution software solutions for cargo logistics, has licensed UltraLightClient for application development.

Canoo today announced that Navis LLC (, the global leader in supply chain execution software solutions for cargo logistics, has licensed UltraLightClient ( for application development. Navis will use UltraLightClient to develop enterprise web applications for its worldwide customers. Further terms of the agreement remain undisclosed.

"We are impressed by the concept and high quality of UltraLightClient. We tested and evaluated the product extensively, and will use this Java library to build rich GUIs for our web applications. UltraLightClient will dramatically improve the end user experience, especially for our highly interactive, data intensive applications", Jon Shields, Chief Technology Officer of Navis, commented. "Canoo offers a clear and simple pricing model, a mature and stable product based on standards, as well as excellent support."

"We're excited to welcome Navis to our customer base", said Marc Domenig, Chief Executive Officer of Canoo. "Using UltraLightClient, Navis will be able to provide a new generation of software for its customers that is more efficient and user-friendly than HTML-based web applications. We believe that market leaders like Navis, who want to stay ahead of their competitors, need to adopt emerging technologies like Rich Internet Applications (RIA) with diligence and ahead of the mainstream. Navis's choice of UltraLightClient shows their competence and foresight. A pure Java solution like UltraLightClient is going to be viable for many years to come, since Java is here to stay."

About UltraLightClient

UltraLightClient is a library to build Rich Internet Applications (RIA) in Java. Using this standard Java library, developers achieve unprecedented productivity in providing rich, responsive graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for enterprise web applications within J2EE and J2SE infrastructures. UltraLightClient builds on available developer know-how by following the Swing API, yet shields the developer from the complexities of client/server code distribution by taking care of the code split and optimizing communication. Application releases are deployed on the server only. The user interface is handled by an application-independent Java presentation engine distributed as an applet to a browser, to Eclipse RCP, or via Java Web Start. UltraLightClient is available for purchase at A developer license costs US$ 1495 and includes free runtime distribution on any number of servers. A free evaluation license may be obtained for 30 days.

About Navis LLC

Navis develops innovative supply chain execution software solutions that optimize the flow of cargo through vital nodes in the global logistics network, including marine terminals, rail terminals and road-based distribution centers, enabling the world's leading logistics service providers, retailers and manufacturers to respond rapidly to market demand by providing unprecedented visibility and control of goods in-transit. At over 160 facilities in 36 countries, Navis products have helped increase the profitability of moving all types of cargo by encompassing the entire workflow of each operation in a comprehensive, real-time information system.

The Navis product suite serves all sizes of marine, rail and depot terminals, shipping lines and vessel tonnage centers, distribution centers, and handles all manner of cargo including container, conventional and RO/RO vehicles. The company's products consist of Navis SPARCS, Navis Express, Navis WebAccess, Navis Depot, Navis PowerStow and Navis DC. Each product provides Navis customers with the detailed information they need to maximize their operational performance, while providing the conduit to expedite vital commercial transactions between parties in the supply chain via the Internet.

About Canoo Engineering AG

Canoo ( is specialized in object-oriented, J2EE-based software, delivering solutions for business applications and products for software development. The software company is based in Basel, Switzerland.

The Canoo product range includes UltraLightClient, a software library for Swing-based rich internet applications; WMTrans, a software library for language analysis and generation; and Webtest, an open-source, XP-style functional testing tool for Java-based web applications.

Canoo is participating in the Eclipse Visual Editor project. The Swiss-based company is currently porting its ULC Visual Editor to the new Eclipse visual GUI construction and editor platform 1.0.

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