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APPLE ROLLS OUT FILE ASSISTANT SOFTWARE FOR POWERBOOKS

 CUPERTINO, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced the PowerBook File Assistant, software created specifically to help people using both a desktop and a notebook computer keep information on both computers synchronized. In addition, the software package also includes an attractive array of tools designed to address issues specific to mobile computing including battery-life management, deferred printing and automatic server remounting.
 With the PowerBook File Assistant, Apple's portable computing group is fulfilling its aim of bringing notebook users an array of complementary products that answer needs specific to portable computing. This 'Assistant' line started with the introduction in November 1992 of PowerBook-DOS Companion, a $219 package that includes, in one box, the tools to exchange information created in popular software packages, between PowerBooks and computers running DOS; to print to many DOS/Windows printers; and to attach PowerBooks to a variety of VGA and SVGA displays. As it recognizes further opportunities to support PowerBook customers with the 'Assistant' line the group plans to bring new packages to market.
 "Making it easy has always been a hallmark of Apple products," said Randy Battat, Apple's vice president of Portable Computing. "PowerBook File Assistant draws on Apple's strength in software and in integration. Apple is unique in its ability to respond to the needs of portable computer users as a whole--not having to split the hardware experience from the software necessary to enhance usage. Being able to address issues such as battery management, automatic server remounting, exploiting the value of built-in networking; this all underscores the importance of an integrated hardware and software solution in mobile computing. It's an important plus we can offer PowerBook customers."
 The PowerBook File Assistant software is a synchronization application that will automatically ensure files on both a customer's PowerBook and desktop Macintosh computer are updated when the user connects the machines. This means they can be confident that they are always looking at the most current version of their work.
 "PowerBook users who also work frequently on another machine--either in their office or at home--have told Apple that having a simple mechanism to ensure consistency between files would be of tremendous value to them," added Battat. " This application reflects the principle of our 'Assistant' line - using common sense, working the way you do but unobtrusively."
 Art Serafine, a partner at KPMG Peat Marwick, explained "Because we're not deskbound, our people are always looking for ways to keep mobile computing users' files in sync with office server files and personal files people keep on their desktop machines. At least 70 percent of our Macintosh users are out of the office extensively. A product that assists in having up-to-date information would not only reduce the chance of error, but it would make us even more productive."
 For example: when a user works on a document on their PowerBook and later connects the PowerBook to their desktop computer (or vice versa) the PowerBook File Assistant looks for the same file on the desktop and updates it to include the changes the user made since last working on the desktop version.
 The application can be set to make updates manually or keep prior versions of documents, depending on customer preferences. With its unique database design it also avoids common synchronization problems, such as making extra copies of documents already updated, whose name has been changed or which have been thrown away intentionally. The PowerBook File Assistant can be used with all of Apple's notebook line - from the original PowerBook 100 right up to today's new, top-of-the-line PowerBook 180c.
 But the PowerBook File Assistant offers more than file synchronization--there are four other features that tackle problems specific to mobile computing.
 -- Deferred Printing. A PowerBook user on the road has just completed follow-up letters to clients and needs a reminder to print and mail those letters immediately on return to the office. The user sends those letters to the printer as if connected, only here the software sensing no available printer, will hold the files until the user reconnects and then prints automatically. Deferred Printing even suggests a change in printer name if it doesn't find the chosen printer on the network.
 -- Mouse tracker. This feature enhances visibility of the cursor as it moves across the screen.
 -- Server Mounting. Already offered on the PowerBook Duo, this feature will appeal to notebook users who connect to a network frequently. On reconnecting all the servers to which they had access when last on the network will be automatically remounted.
 -- Latest in EverWatch battery management technology. These additions to Apple's EverWatch technology brings a new range of features to notebook users:
 -- A handy key combination lets users send their PowerBook into sleep mode at any time;
 -- Permanent RAM disk ensures the contents of the RAM disk are automatically saved throughout shut-downs and restarts. Users can dedicate a portion of the PowerBook memory as RAM disk and optimize battery life by working with a copy of an application or a file in the RAM disk (which has its own icon on the screen). Using this copy ensures significantly reduced demands on the hard disk thereby maximizing battery life;
 -- Automatic backlight dimming, which is now offered across the current product range, ensures the screen lighting is turned down when the trackball or keyboard has not been used for some time. Having this module included ensures owners of earlier models can now add the latest software features to their PowerBook when they purchase the package.
 Pricing and Availability
 File Assistant will be available later this summer in the United States through software resellers and Apple authorized resellers. The suggested retail price is U.S. $79. Pricing and availability may vary worldwide.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks; PowerBook is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Jennifer O'Mahoney of Apple Computer, Inc., 408-974-0643/
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