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 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Communication Intelligence Corp. (CIC) (NASDAQ-NMS: CICI) today announced its first consumer product for the Macintosh market in the United States -- MacHandwriter(R) -- a complete pen input system, including a suite of software and state-of-the-art electronic pen and ultra-thin graphics tablet. MacHandwriter brings pen computing to Macintosh users at all levels of experience. With MacHandwriter, using your computer is now as simple and natural as pointing, drawing, and writing with pen and paper. MacHandwriter provides many benefits to Macintosh users, such as lower learning costs, ultimate efficiency in editing, greater comfort and creativity and reduced risk of repetitive stress injuries (including carpal tunnel syndrome).
 MacHandwriter is compatible with standard, off-the-shelf applications including graphics and desktop publishing, word processing, spreadsheet, and databases. Compatible applications include various Works packages, Quark, WordPerfect, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Fractal Design and numerous others.
 A complement to the keyboard, MacHandwriter for the Macintosh makes it much easier for the user to edit, annotate, point, select, drag, draw, navigate through menus and create customized gesture macros across these applications.
 CIC will initially release MacHandwriter as a peripheral through a direct sales effort in North America, during the third week in January, and then move in the distribution channels. MacHandwriter has a suggested retail price of $399. By calling 800-888-9CIC (800-888-9242), customers may order the product directly from CIC until Feb. 28, at a special introductory price of $199.
 Personal computer users have been living with compromising input systems for a long time, resulting in high user learning costs -- twice those of the computer and application software combined. While initial text entry with the keyboard is fast for some users, 80% of document creation time is spent in editing and rewriting. Additionally, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 56% of all 1992 work-related injuries were repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome caused by excessive use of keyboards.
 "Today, with MacHandwriter, we are delivering the most advanced pen computing product to the Apple market at a breakthrough price," said James Dao, president and chief executive officer of CIC. "CIC's founding mission is to develop natural input technologies and products that increase PC users' productivity, creativity, and fun. MacHandwriter fits our mission."
 "Over the last few years," concluded Dao, "CIC has become, via licensing to OEMs, a dominant provider of pen computing software used primarily in vertical applications for mobile workers. As a complete pen input system for desktop computers, MacHandwriter allows us to also serve the estimated 25 million existing and new Macintosh users from all walks of life. Similar Handwriter products are available for Windows users in the PC market and will soon be available for other platforms. The Handwriter line of desktop pen computing products positions CIC as a key supplier in the emerging consumer market for natural input technology, and will make computers comfortable for everybody; thereby dramatically increasing the size of the computer market."
 The MacHandwriter Software Includes:
 -- CIC's Handwriter Recognition System software is two-time winner of Boston University and Pen Magazine's award for "Best Recognizer." Handwriter Recognition System has been shipped with the new pen computers recently announced by IBM, Toshiba, NCR/AT&T, NEC Technologies, Fujitsu Personal Systems, Seiko Epson and many others yet to be announced. This user-independent recognition software enables MacHandwriter to accurately recognize a user's handwritten characters without training the software. Both left- and right-handed user can write naturally, immediately.
 -- CIC's PenMac(TM) pen operating environment -- makes the Macintosh System Software and Macintosh application pen aware. PenMac operates with CIC's consumer proven, multilingual Handwriter Recognition System which has thousands of user worldwide. PenMac allows users to point, and enter commands, handwritten text, and graphics directly and naturally into Macintosh applications with the pen. PenMac also displays electronic ink providing the user immediate feedback of pen events.
 -- Award-winning crossword puzzles -- puzzles from The Washington Post, Penny Press, and Crossword Magazine, with levels ranging from beginner (for children) to expert. As well as providing entertainment, the crossword puzzles help users quickly familiarize themselves with the pen in the desktop computer environment.
 The MacHandwriter Hardware Includes:
 -- A state-of-the-art cordless pen and ultra-thin, ultra-light tablet manufactured to CIC's specifications. The textured, high-resolution graphics tablet incorporates the most recent advances in digitizer technology. With the tablet's 10-foot cable, users are free to work comfortable in a variety of positions. The tablet dimensions are 9.75"(h) x 11"(w) with a 6"x9" active area and weighs only 19 ounces. A standard pen with one side button is shipped with the product. Pressure sensitive pens are sold separately and are available directly from CIC. The tablet comes with a standard three-year limited warranty (one-year limited warranty on the pen).
 The MacHandwriter tablet is simply plugged into the ADB port and has a Y connector with a second ADB available connector. MacHandwriter requires Apple System 7.0 or later, 5MB of RAM and 3MB of hard disk space.
 The Company
 CIC is recognized for its pen computing technology and products in the United States and throughout the world. The company's Handwriter(R) Recognition System software, which is available in numerous languages and compatible with various operating systems, is two-time winner of Boston University and Pen Magazine's award for "Best Recognizer." CIC's PenDOS(R) and Handwriter(R) Recognition System for PenDOS(R) are distributed and exclusively sub licensed by IBM to pen computer manufacturers worldwide. CIC's Handwriter(R) for Windows(TM), and MacHandwriter(R) II -- pen input systems for the desktop, combining both hardware and software -- are currently distributed in the United States and Japan, respectively. CIC is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., and has subsidiaries in Tokyo and Nanjing, China. The company's stock is publicly traded and is listed on the NASDAQ National Market System as CICI.
 NOTE: CIC will be exhibiting MacHandwriter at the MacWorld Exposition in San Francisco, Jan. 5 through Jan. 8, booth no. 4084.
 Company and product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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