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MACINTOSH SYSTEM SOFTWARE FOR POWERPC GOES BETA; MORE DEVELOPERS COMMIT TO MACINTOSH PLATFORM ON POWERPC

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that it has passed a major milestone in the development of Macintosh systems based on the PowerPC microprocessor. System 7 for PowerPC has reached the beta stage, which means that development work for the software has been completed and is now undergoing final testing. System 7 is the operating system for Macintosh personal computers. Apple made the announcement at the COMDEX show, which opened here today. Additionally, six more key developers from around the world announced support for the Macintosh with PowerPC platform.
 "Reaching beta for System 7 on PowerPC means we're right on track and on schedule for the delivery of the first Macintosh systems based on PowerPC in the first half of 1994," said David Nagel, general manager and vice-president of the company's AppleSoft division. "This is one of the most significant milestones of this project and things are really looking good."
 Macintosh systems based on PowerPC will be compatible with thousands of current Macintosh software applications, which means that customers will be able to run existing Macintosh applications on newer systems based on PowerPC. "Developers and early customers are lining up behind the platform. They're especially pleased with the high levels of compatibility and with the exceptional performance of native applications," said Pierre Cesarini, manager for PowerPC system software in AppleSoft.
 Applications written especially for System 7 on PowerPC ("native" applications) will feature groundbreaking performance.
 "It took us less than a week to have an early version of Painter up and running native on a PowerPC processor-based Macintosh and we already seen speed improvements of 2 to 4 times versus the Intel version of Painter running on a Pentium! It's really amazing," said Mark Zimmer, president of Fractal Design Corp., developer of Painter -- a breakthrough graphic application that simulates natural media. "We have been impressed by what we have seen so far, it looks really promising for Apple's future."
 New developers show support
 Six additional third-party Macintosh developers, spanning the U.S. and Europe, today announced plans to deliver new versions of their applications that tap the power and performance of Macintosh with PowerPC. The six developers include the following:
 -- ABVENT SA, France-based developers of ZOOM, a three-dimension
 modeling and rendering package targeted principally for product and
 industrial design use.
 -- Brossco Oy, Finland-based developers of Voyant, a graphical
 reporting tool for relational databases.
 -- CTM Development SA, Switzerland-based developers of personal
 communications and telephony applications, including VoiceAccess, a
 line of voice-mail solutions, and TeleSearch CD-ROM based telephone
 directory solutions.
 -- Dantz Development Corp., a leading worldwide supplier of backup
 software for standalone and networked Macintosh computers including
 Retrospect, Retrospect Remote, DiskFit Direct, and DiskFit Pro.
 -- Graphsoft, Inc., developers of a range of software products for
 engineers, architects, illustrators, and designers, including
 MiniCad, a 2D/3D CAD package, Blueprint, a 2D CAD application, and
 Azimuth, a mapping program.
 -- Hi Resolution Ltd., U.K.-based developers of several
 applications desktop control and network control, monitoring, and
 management products for education and corporate markets, including
 MacPrefect, MacVisa, and MacSupervisor.
 This brings the total number of developers who have announced applications support on Apple's PowerPC platform to 24.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, CA, Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal comptuer, server, and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks and System 7 is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
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