Adobe Wiki
Adobe Wiki
Live Software logo

Live Software was the original developer of JRun, before being acquired by Allaire Corporation in 1999.[1]


Live Software JRun logo

Live Software was founded in 1995 by Paul Colton in San Diego.[2] Their flagship product, JRun, was released in July 1997 and added functionality to web servers through a set of Java classes to allow them to run Java "servlets".[3] The standards were adopted by the industry and became part of the J2EE specification. Live Software gave away JRun for free,[4] but gained revenue from the servlets that ran on JRun.[5]

On June 15, 1999, Allaire Corporation announced that it would acquire Live Software for 550,000 shares of Allaire common stock, worth about US$24.7 million at the time.[6].[7] Macromedia absorbed Allaire through a merger that was completed on March 20, 2001.[8] Adobe Systems then acquired Macromedia on December 3, 2005.[9]


  1. Live Software, Inc. has been acquired by Allaire Corporation., Live Software. Archived 1999-10-12.
  2. Corporate Overview, Live Software. Archived 1997-12-11.
  3. The Java Servlet Runner, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-29.
  4. Why is JRun Free?, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-29.
  5. Servlet Pack One, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-09.
  6. Allaire Announces Acquisition of Live Software, Allaire Corporation. 1999-06-15.
  7. Allaire livens up Java with Live Software buy, CNET. 2002-01-02.
  8. Macromedia Completes Merger With Allaire, Macromedia. 2001-03-20. Archived 2001-03-30.
  9. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.

External links[]

Stub This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.
  This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). Wikipedia-logo-v2