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Broderbund Ships Family Tree Maker Deluxe Version 10 -- #1 Selling Genealogy Software Program.

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NOVATO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2002

Useful New Features Make It Even Easier To Discover,

Preserve and Share Family Heritage

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States(i) with about 120 million Americans interested in genealogy(ii), and it's probable that either you or a family member is currently researching your family tree. Broderbund, a leading publisher of home productivity and digital media software, recently acquired by Riverdeep, Inc., today announced the release of Family Tree Maker(R) Deluxe version 10, the complete and easy resource for building family trees. On the market for over 10 years, the #1 selling genealogy software program's(iii) most recent version of Family Tree Maker Deluxe helps users discover, preserve and share family history by providing tools and information to create detailed, heirloom-quality trees, maps, timelines and reports that can then be personalized and printed, or shared on-line. Trying to piece together a branch of a family tree, hoping to locate a distant relative, or preparing an album for the next family reunion? Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10 makes this pursuit even more rewarding and enjoyable with powerful new features including the ability to easily save and share files in PDF format, attractive new family tree templates, an improved photo editor and enhanced website integration.

Released in 1989, Family Tree Maker has sold over 4.5 million units and has evolved from a program that once simply offered a database to input names and dates to a comprehensive tool for users to discover, document and distribute family findings. Now, with Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10, users not only enter important facts and research genealogical records, but they can also bring history to life with powerful search tools and countless trees and templates to beautifully display and share charts, reports and photos.

These can be printed in a variety of formats, burned to CD to share, or preserved in albums for future generations to enjoy. With the software, users can create an electronic scrapbook to include music, recorded voices, photos and favorite video clips. Trees can also be uploaded to a family web page on Genealogy.com for family and friends to view.

"Family Tree Maker Deluxe is the most powerful and complete genealogy software title on the market," says Joe Roberts, Riverdeep's president of worldwide product development and marketing. "With new features such as the ability to save and share trees as a PDF file, our latest version offers more ways for people to share their heritage with family and friends. It's an excellent program that brings older and younger generations together in their efforts to share and preserve family history."

The Family Tree Maker software is developed by Genealogy.com, the leading online family history resource and a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks. Genealogy.com provides Family Tree Maker users who wish to further explore their family lineage with a broad array of data CDs and subscriptions, such as the U.S. Census Collection and International & Passenger Records. The site also offers users an exclusive search engine and access to exclusive records, providing the best and most comprehensive family research resources and services available on the Internet. Genealogy.com's online collections and subscriptions are perfect for those who choose to dig even deeper into specific branches of their ancestral search and offers an environment for people to access online message boards and attend online classes. Genealogy.com offers Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10 users one-month free access to their World Family Tree(R) Collection, a convenient, easy-to-use online resource.

New Features in Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10
-- Save as PDF - Users looking for a way to easily share their Family Tree Maker files can now save creations as a PDF file with version 10. This versatile format ensures hassle-free file sharing, even with those who don't have Family Tree Maker. Simply save a tree or report as a PDF file, then send it via email or burn it to a CD-ROM.

-- Date Calculator - The handy Date Calculator determines age and important dates including how old a family member was at the time of a specific event, such as the date they were married, or at what age they had children.

-- Family Tree Templates - Professionally designed layouts provide users with a variety of ways to display family information at the click of a mouse.

-- Family File Statistics - Fascinating facts, such as the average lifespan within a family or the number of generations in a family tree, can be easily discovered with the aid of the Family File Statistics.

-- Save as RTF - Reports can be saved to Rich Text Format for convenient editing and customization in any word processing application.

-- Enhanced Photo Editing With Red Eye Removal - Users can correct flaws, remove red-eye, crop and adjust color to favorite family photos with enhanced photo editing capabilities found within the program.

-- Standard Pedigree Tree - This convenient fact-gathering tool allows users to print a blank copy of this standardized genealogy form and bring it to the library, to the next reunion or anywhere they might uncover key family facts.


Availability and System Requirements

Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10 is now shipping to stores with a suggested retail price of $69.99. For installation the program requires Windows 98/ME/XP(a) Home Edition, 90 MHz Pentium (166 MHz recommended), 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended), 125 MB free hard disk space before installation, 2x CD-ROM drive or faster, 640x480 monitor, 256 colors (or higher). Internet connection required to access online data and features. Works with most popular printers (monochrome and color) supported by Windows.

(a) Windows XP operating system requires 300 MHz and 128 MB

RAM to run program.

Also currently shipping is Family Tree Maker Collector's Edition version 10 for $99.99 which includes all features and data found in Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10, plus two-months free access to Genealogy.com's World Family Tree Collection, featuring more than 2 million World Family Tree names. Family Tree Maker version 10, for $49.99, includes a selection of data CDs and one-month free access to Genealogy.com's World Family Tree Collection.

About Broderbund

Broderbund LLC, recently acquired by Riverdeep, Inc., is the leading publisher of home productivity and digital media software products. Its brands, including The Print Shop, PrintMaster, Family Tree Maker and 3D Home Architect, are category leaders. Broderbund's flagship brand, The Print Shop, has sold more than 17 million units since its introduction in 1984. The company has more than 40 million+ customers in homes, businesses and schools worldwide.

Broderbund operates www.broderbund.com, the company's award-winning website, which is visited by more than one million people every month. It offers greetings, photo albums, more than one million graphics and other products and services.

About Riverdeep

Riverdeep provides highly motivating, dynamic, curriculum-based Internet and CD-ROM learning experiences for the K-12 home and school markets. Riverdeep's products feature interactive problem-solving approaches and real-world applications that contribute to the depth of children's conceptual understanding. The Company also offers extensive online tools including support and professional development offerings via riverdeep.net, helping educators integrate technology with curriculum to assess and improve student performance. Riverdeep's science, math, and language arts learning activities are correlated to national and state curriculum standards. Riverdeep's award-winning products, including Destination Math, Science Explorer, Science Gateways, and Tangible MATH, are accessible via riverdeep.net and are available on CD-ROM for all major operating platforms. Riverdeep's product offerings also include EdVantage's language arts courses, Edmark's early learning software, the Learning Company's offerings, which include Reader Rabbit, Carmen Sandiego, ClueFinders, and Oregon Trail, and Broderbund's home productivity and digital media software, including The Print Shop, PrintMaster and Family Tree Maker.

Riverdeep was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, write to Riverdeep, Inc., 125 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140; call toll free to 800/564-2587; visit www.riverdeep.net; or send a note to info@riverdeep.net.

About Genealogy.com

Genealogy.com is a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks (AETN). The company enriches the lives of its customers by providing the tools, resources and community that empower them to uncover and share their unique family stories. Headquartered in Fremont, CA, it designs, develops and markets genealogy software applications and online resources that enable family history enthusiasts to research, organize and document their heritage at home or away. Developing software since 1984, Genealogy.com continues to be the leader in the genealogy technology space, producing the #1 selling family tree software -- Family Tree Maker -- for more than a decade. The company also provides extensive online genealogy resources, including subscriptions that give researchers continuous, easy access to valuable family history information, such as the U.S. Census Collection, Family and Local Histories Collection, International & Passenger Records, World Family Tree, and Genealogy Library. Other AETN Web sites include AandE.com, HistoryChannel.com and Biography.com.


 (i) Source: Fran Shane,
 National Genealogy Society Executive Director,
 as quoted in the Industry Standard

 (ii) Source: Maritz Marketing Research,
 Genealogy Market Poll - April 2000

 (iii) Source: NPDTechworld(SM),
 U.S. Unit Sales, 1993 - August 2002
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