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New Version of Dana by AlphaSmart Introduced in Conjunction With Back-to-School Season; AlphaSmart's Affordable Laptop Alternative Now Offers New Features At a Lower Price.

LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- AlphaSmart, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for education, today announced that the company will begin shipping an enhanced version of Dana(TM) by AlphaSmart(R) at a new lower price of $379 beginning August 18, 2003.

"AlphaSmart's products, the AlphaSmart 3000 and Dana by AlphaSmart, have been selected by more than 7,500 school districts around the world for their durability, affordability, and exceptional word processing capabilities," said Manish Kothari, president and co-founder of AlphaSmart. "Our newest version of Dana continues the AlphaSmart tradition of providing affordable classroom computing solutions, and not only offers students access to the technology that is essential for their success beyond the classroom, but is ideal for mobile professionals as well."

Dana has been updated with new features and enhancements, including a doubling of memory capacity, SDIO support for adding peripherals via Dana's two SD slots, additional on-board fonts, and enhanced spell checking technology in AlphaWord, Dana's word processing program.
 Specific enhancements and new features:
 -- Memory expanded from 4MB ROM/8MB RAM to 8MB ROM/16 MB RAM.
 -- PrintBoy Premium: Bachmann Software's latest edition providing
 printing support for many Palm OS(R) applications.
 -- SDIO support (Bluetooth, and many other SD peripherals): The Palm OS
 Input/Output library for SD allows devices such as Bluetooth SD cards
 and many other SD peripherals to work with Dana.
 -- Additional USB drivers: Expanded support for several USB modems and
 select 802.11b wireless network adapters is now built into Dana.
 -- Enhanced display: Dana's display now supports 16 grayscale shades.
 -- Improved spell checking technology: AlphaWord's spell-checking engine,
 dictionaries, and thesaurus have been enhanced to provide faster and
 more robust language capabilities.
 -- Additional fonts in ROM for access by AlphaWord, Dana's word processing

The majority of the new features (other than expanded memory) can be installed on previous models of Dana by AlphaSmart using DanaUpdate version 1.2, a software update available from the company for a $10 media charge.

Dana can be purchased directly from AlphaSmart for $379 plus shipping by calling 888-274-0680 or on the web at DanaUpdate version 1.2 is available for $10 plus shipping by calling AlphaSmart at 888-274-0680.

About AlphaSmart, Inc.

AlphaSmart, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions for education and productivity. AlphaSmart's portable computer-companion products are used by millions of students to enhance writing, keyboarding, and comprehension in more than 7,500 U.S. school districts and in more than 15 countries. Based in Los Gatos, Calif., the privately-held company was founded in 1992 by former Apple Computer engineers. Additional information about AlphaSmart can be obtained at the company's Web site:

NOTE: Dana by AlphaSmart is a trademark, and AlphaSmart is a registered trademark of AlphaSmart, Inc. Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm Powered is a trademark of PalmSource, Inc.

CONTACT: Kate Brinks for AlphaSmart, +1-415-318-4156, or

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