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IBM ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION MANAGER/2

 IBM ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION MANAGER/2
 ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of Multimedia Presentation Manager/2 (MMPM/2), a set of extensions to the 32-bit OS/2(a) 2.0 environment, providing an architected platform for applications to incorporate sound, graphics, video and images through the use of an easy-to-program, high-level interface.
 "OS/2 2.0 with MMPM/2 is the first architected environment for multimedia that exploits the power of today's 32-bit Intel processors," said Michael A. Braun, assistant general manager of Multimedia at IBM.
 "Based on the solid technological foundation of OS/2 2.0," he continued, "MMPM/2, with its premier multimedia programming environment, should bring an explosion of sights and sounds to modern personal computing. Its benefits to customers and ISVs are far reaching."
 With MMPM/2, applications that have a critical need for uninterrupted data -- including audio, video or application data -- can benefit from OS/2's pre-emptive multitasking, which manages multiple streams of activity simultaneously. In addition, MMPM/2 facilitates synchronization of these same elements.
 "The pre-emptive multitasking offered by OS/2 and MMPM/2 coupled with the data streaming capability of CD-ROM XA on IBM's Ultimedia(a) computers offer the first real platform for delivering high-quality, high-performance multimedia applications," said Thomas M. Lopez, chairman, Mammoth Micro Productions of Seattle, developers of CD-ROM XA multimedia creation and playback software.
 The high-level, standardized interface of MMPM/2 gives the application device independence, insulating it from the underlying configuration and file formats, and strengthening program portability. Now, for the first time under OS/2, applications and tools can be written independent of the wide variety of multimedia devices and formats. Additionally, the resource manager of MMPM/2 allows multimedia hardware to be more fully exploited through device sharing.
 To protect customers' investment, the extendable architecture of MMPM/2 enables new functions, devices and multimedia data types and formats to be easily added as technology advances.
 KnowledgeWare, a leading supplier of Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering tools for application development, is using MMPM/2 to enhance its Application Development Workbench(b) product line.
 "We believe that multimedia offers significant opportunities to enhance our product line and we want to be on the leading edge in bringing the benefits to our customers," said Donald P. Addington, president and COO, KnowledgeWare, Inc. (NASDAQ: KNOW), Atlanta. "Customer reaction to our prototypes and plans in this area has been very enthusiastic."
 Also available is a toolkit to assist the integration of multimedia into new or existing applications. The toolkit includes C language bindings, utilities and sample programs.
 These features of MMPM/2, together with the power of the underlying OS/2 operating system, combine to support delivery of superior multimedia solutions.
 "The availability of the standard interface in high-performance 32- bit systems should stimulate growth of multimedia applications for business, government and education," said Braun.
 Multimedia Presentation Manager/2 requires OS/2 2.0, and is available for $125. The Multimedia Presentation Manager Toolkit/2, which includes the base MMPM/2 product, is available on CD-ROM for $199.
 For more information about these products, contact the local IBM representative, the IBM Authorized Remarketer, or call the IBM Multimedia Information Center at 800-426-9402, extension 160.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: (a) Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 (b) Indicates a registered trademark of KnowledgeWare, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Jim Keller of IBM, 914-642-5472/
 (IBM KNOW) CO: International Business Machines Corporation; KnowledgeWare, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: PDT


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