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Blue Wave debuts travel system

King of Prussia-based Blue Wave Solutions released Waveworx, a Web-based cruise distribution system that lets online cruise industry companies automate the entire cruise booking process.

Waveworx offers all businesses focused on selling cruises–travel agencies, independent agents, cruise lines and tour operators–automated and easy-to-use tools for enabling online bookings; distributing, managing and optimizing cruise inventories; maximizing yields; managing group sales; and increasing per transaction revenues, all the while reducing the total costs of sales.

Scanvec Amiable execs swap titles

The CEO and chairman of Philadelphia-based Scanvec Amiable Inc. will switch positions at the end of this year.

President and CEO Ramon Harel will become chairman of Scanvec’s board of directors, replacing Mark Blundell, who will become Scanvec’s president and CEO. Harel founded the company in 1989.

Scanvec Amiable provides software for the sign making, digital printing, screen printing and CNC machining industries.

Neoware among fastest-growing companies

Neoware Systems, which makes software, services, and appliances for thin-client computing, ranked Number 396 on the 2004 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.

Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years, from 1999-2003. Neoware grew 439 percent during this period.

Formation fills Norway disk order

Moorestown, N.J.-based Formation Inc. delivered the first of its ToughDisk line of rugged hard disks to Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace in Kongsberg, Norway.

Kongsberg selected the company’s TD7200 model disk to provide data storage for a ship based weapons system being developed for the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Franklin puts Adobe deal on fast track

Burlington City, N.J.-based Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc. will speed up development of linguistic technology for 13 languages for Adobe Systems Inc. and provide Adobe with linguistic technology for an additional three languages.

Franklin agreed in June to provide Adobe with linguistic technology for 13 languages through its Proximity Technology division, which develops software that provides spelling error detection/correction, hyphenation, and thesaurus and dictionary functionality.

Adobe, which develops graphic and publishing software, has used Proximity technology in its products since 1988.

Triton PCS to buy wireless company

Berwyn-based Triton PCS Holdings Inc. will acquire Urban Comm–North Carolina Inc. for $113 million in cash.

The acquisition would give Triton licenses to provide wireless communications services in eight markets in North Carolina, seven in Virginia and five in South Carolina with a total population of 7.4 million.

Triton will serve markets with a population of 14.3 million in the Southeast and 4 million in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, if its agreed-upon swap of networks with Cingular Wireless LLC and AT&T Wireless Service Inc. is approved later this year.

Miles buys AVselect.com

Moorestown, N.J.-based Miles Technologies, a provider of business technologies software, bought AVselect.com, a privately held Web development and hosting services company based in London, Ontario.

AVselect.com provides network environments to host Web sites, e-mail, business applications and other Web-related content. The company specializes in delivering targeted services to the aviation business.

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