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MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ, October 8, 2013Red Oak Software, Inc., the independent leader in legacy Application Integration solutions, announced today that it has released version 2.0 of Legacy Mobile™ for iPad to general availability. Legacy Mobile™ is an enterprise-level solution that enables intelligent legacy connectivity from any Apple iPad. It is an industrial strength business application that further extends the capabilities of the leading tablet in the marketplace.

Legacy Mobile™ is a fully-featured emulation solution for the iPad, providing access to all legacy IBM mainframe applications that support 3270 or 5250. The product comes in two versions, Legacy Mobile™ 3270 and Legacy Mobile™ 5250, each supporting its respective terminal type.

How is Legacy Mobile™ different from other terminal emulators?

Unlike most 3270 and 5250 terminal emulators, Legacy Mobile™ is a “native” iPad application written entirely in Objective–C, enabling it to run anywhere iOS is installed. Legacy Mobile™ also has innate intelligence. It inherently understands 3270 and 5250 data flows, improving performance with the server. With a full understanding of communication protocols, Legacy Mobile™ knows what data to expect.

Legacy Mobile™ also understands the data contents of a 3270 or 5250 screen. It recognizes start and end of fields and what data types they contain. This allows your iPad application to more efficiently query and make decisions based on the actual z-Series or i-Series application. Legacy Mobile™ can also process multiple 3270 and 5250 sessions on your iPad.

As a native iOS application, Legacy Mobile™ also takes advantage of all the security features provided to native applications developed and run on the iPad.

What's new in Version 2.0?

Version 2.0 of Legacy Mobile™ now includes three products for each terminal type: Pro, Base and Lite. The new Pro version supports the most extensive User Macro functionality available for the iPad. In addition, all products in this version have numerous enhancements over prior releases.

  • Legacy Mobile™ Pro–extends base functionality with the capability to record and execute sophisticated transaction macros, enabling users to quickly automate and more easily perform everyday manual tasks.

  • Legacy Mobile™ Base–provides enterprise-class terminal emulation with unlimited access to any number of hosts.

  • Legacy Mobile™ Lite–demonstration version that provides limited terminal connection time to a host.

Technical highlights:

  • Full support for TLS/SSL host connections, improving security when connecting to hosts outside an enterprise's secure network.

  • Improved runtime engine used to communicate with the host.

  • Ability to record and execute transactions through a macro recording framework. The end user can now record repeatable transactions with any host and run them on command.

  • Ability to record and execute transactions that span multiple screens, without limit.

  • Ability to easily edit Inputs within the transaction, allowing the end user to modify dynamic data input before execution.

  • Improved underlying storage of session and new macro framework information.

  • Improved Bluetooth keyboard support.

  • New user guide navigation.

Future plans are to release Legacy Mobile™ SDK, which will enable iPad developers to easily add legacy programmatic integration as a critical “under the covers” component to any native iPad application.

Pricing and Availability

Legacy Mobile™ Pro with professional User Macros is available from the Apple Store at a single user price of $25.99. All current Legacy Mobile customers will be updated with Legacy Mobile™ Pro.

Legacy Mobile™ Base with standard emulation capabilities and full function key support is available from the Apple Store at a single user price of $9.99.

Legacy Mobile™ Lite is a limited function demonstration version available at no charge.

The one–time fees include two years of full maintenance, complete technical support and version upgrades at no additional charge. Both Legacy Mobile™ Pro and Legacy Mobile™ are also available under the Apple Volume Purchase Program and can be incorporated into a Custom B2B application. Discounts are available for educational users. All components of version 2.0 are available immediately

OEM Availability

Legacy Mobile™ Pro and Legacy Mobile™ are also available as OEM products for those application developers and companies wishing to include legacy 3270 and 5250 connectivity as a part of their iPad mobile application deployment capabilities.

About Red Oak Software, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Red Oak has focused on creating leading edge Transaction Integration™ solutions for production legacy and web application systems. Each of Red Oak's enterprise–level products includes an SDK or Workbench and a Runtime Server that enables all legacy and web applications to be integrated seamlessly with any major enterprise system. These products also provide fast, efficient programmatic connectivity to all key middleware.

Red Oak designs, develops and supports this portfolio of server–based integration solutions under the umbrella of their Application Integration Framework. Their current AIF™ products include:

Legacy Composer Integrate application transactions from IBM and Unix/Linux systems
Legacy Integrator Integrate 3270, 5250 and VT application transactions
Legacy Mobile™ for iPad Execute any 3270 or 5250 application on iPad
Legacy Navigator Process modeling solution for integrating complex legacy transactions
Web Clipper Automated creation and deployment of web clipping portlets
Web Integrator Integrate any web application transactions
HP Integrator Integrate HP midrange host application transactions
Unisys Integrator Integrate Unisys host application transactions
.NET Bridge Integration adapter solution for above to Microsoft .NET systems

Leading industry analysts refer to this high value application integration market segment as Programmatic Integration. These highly scalable, efficient and non–invasive solutions can be integrated with a myriad of other enterprise application systems.

Red Oak is a privately–held corporation, financed through venture capital from Opticality Ventures of New York. The company is headquartered in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey with corporate offices in Rochester, New York.. Additional information is available at: Red Oak Software, Inc., 115 Route 46, Suite F1000, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey 07046; Phone: 973-316-6064; email:; or at the Web site:

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