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Apertus and Bluestone Deliver Native Web Application Development Solution With Rich Legacy Links.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 1997--

Combined enterprise-strength solution integrates terabytes of

existing corporate data with Java, ActiveX environments

Apertus Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ: APTS) and Bluestone Software Incorporated today announced that Sapphire/Web, Bluestone's Web- and Java-to-database application development tool, has been linked with Enterprise/Access, Apertus' application server solution for integrating host applications with the Web. The strategic partnership means that users will be able to easily create mission-critical Web applications that leverage the volumes of existing corporate data residing on all corporate data sources, including mainframes and other legacy systems.

"The ability to leverage data remaining on corporate legacy systems will be critical as corporations deploy Internet/intranet solutions," said Lucinda Borovick, program manager of computer networking architectures at International Data Corporation. "Bringing Web application development tools together with products like Enterprise/Access certainly makes it much easier for larger organizations to access that data from the Web. It's a very complete solution."

Apertus is developing an integration module to link the two products that will be available in June. In addition, the two companies will roll out significant joint marketing and sales efforts, including dual promotional efforts, beginning this summer.

"We've provided a fast, scalable, complete solution for integrating Web applications with host information, so the next steps for prudent Fortune 1000 companies are clear," said Martin Hahn, president, Internet Solutions Division, Apertus Technologies. "Bring your mainframe onto the Web, install thin clients, then extend the enterprise to new users. Both Apertus and Bluestone customers have proven this works."

"Companies are ready to stop playing games with the Web and start getting returns on their investments," said Bob Bickel, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Bluestone. "Sapphire/Web makes that possible by delivering everything application developers need in a high- performance development environment. Enterprise/Access forges the critical bond between legacy and the Web in a similarly robust, easy-to-use environment. We expect a significant response from the marketplace."

Enterprise/Access has been designed to minimize programming with a powerful development studio, automatic code generation and an object-oriented framework to maximize reuse. With Enterprise/Access, there is no need for any changes to the existing host, application, or data. Typical applications can be extended, complete with robust error handling, in an average of 30 days.

For Web developers, Sapphire/Web is the Web- and Java-to-database development tool that makes it easy to create high-performance Internet/intranet applications. Unlike other tools that deliver server-side only solutions and technology lock-in, Sapphire/Web offers Java client and server-side business logic in an open approach giving you the choice of Java, ActiveX and the security and scalability to meet the most demanding tasks.

About Apertus

Apertus Technologies Incorporated, with annual sales in excess of $37 million, provides Internet and application integration software solutions that enable organizations to "extend the enterprise" to employees, trading partners, and customers by leveraging the power of open network computing. Key Enterprise/Access accounts include AT&T Universal Card Services, Dreyfus Corporation, and ReliaStar Financial Corporation. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Apertus has sales and service offices throughout North America and Europe. For more product information about Enterprise/Access, call 800-793-3509, send e-mail to info@apertus.com, or visit Apertus' Web site at http://www.apertus.com.

About Bluestone Software

Named to Inc. Magazine's annual list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States for the past three years, Bluestone has renamed itself Bluestone Software, Inc. (BSI). The cornerstone of BSI's offerings is its award-winning Sapphire/Web, a leading Web- and Java-to-database development tool. BSI has formed strategic partnerships with leading software companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Informix, IBM, Open Market and others. Over 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Bluestone Software products. Key accounts for Sapphire/Web include AT&T, Time Inc., Eli Lilly, MCI and GE Medical among others. Bluestone Software, Inc. headquarters is 1000 Briggs Road, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054, phone 609-727-4600, fax 609-727-5077. BSI can also be found at http://www.bluestone.com on the World Wide Web.

Apertus is a registered trademark and Enterprise/Access is a trademark of Apertus Technologies Incorporated. Bluestone and Sapphire/Web are registered trademarks of Bluestone Software Incorporated. Other names, products, and services mentioned are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective vendors or organizations.

CONTACT: Apertus Press Contact:

Aaron Pearson, Dillon Public Relations

(612) 349-9860; apearson@dillonagency.com

or

Investor Relations Contact:

Don McIlwain, Apertus Technologies

(612) 828-0311; don.mcilwain@apertus.com

or

Bluestone Press Contact:

Jeffrey Whitney

(609) 727-4600 x1960; jeff@bluestone.com
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