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SYMANTEC RELEASES THE BEDROCK ARCHITECTURE CD; FIRST LOOK AT CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION FRAMEWORK

 CUPERTINO, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: SYMC) today announced the availability of the Bedrock Architecture CD, a CD-ROM disk that allows software developers to familiarize themselves with the Bedrock cross-platform application framework technology.
 Bedrock allows programmers to deliver the same application on Windows and Macintosh in a single effort. This technology will speed the design of commercial and corporate development and improve the quality and maintainability of applications. Symantec Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop Bedrock in June of 1992. The Bedrock Architecture CD, a CD-ROM for use on both Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows computers, is designed to give potential Bedrock developers a technical overview of the framework.
 Bedrock represents the state-of-the-art in application framework technology. An application framework provides a common set of building blocks or "objects" that give developers the basic structure for an application. This framework enables developers to create applications more quickly and easily while providing the freedom to innovate.
 "Corporate and commercial developers face the challenge of quickly developing applications for both Macintosh and Windows platforms," said Gene Wang, Symantec's executive vice president of applications and development tools. "Bedrock will speed-up application development in this rapidly changing environment and developers will find the Bedrock Architecture CD to be valuable in planning their transition to the Bedrock framework."
 "The Apple/Symantec relationship is producing technology that will alter the dynamics of software development around the world," said Steve Weyl, Apple's director of development tools group. "In addition to shortening development cycles, Bedrock will allow companies to develop more reliable and maintainable products, as well as enable them to more efficiently localize products in global markets."
 A Glimpse Into Bedrock
 There are three main components of the Bedrock Architecture CD: Bedrock header files, on-line documentation and Bedrock sample programs.
 Bedrock Header Files: These header files define the objects that are provided by the Bedrock Application Framework and describe how they are organized. They provide an understanding of the hierarchy of the framework and precisely define the data strwChUre of any type of object in the Bedrock framework.
 On-Line Documentation: On-line documentation gives developers a first look at preliminary Bedrock documentation. The CD includes a hypertext utility for browsing, searching and printing documentation. Also included on the CD is a series of Bedrock-related white papers.
 Sample Programs: Several sample Bedrock applications are included on the CD. Source code and executables provide developers with examples of how to build applications. These include a paint program, a WYSIWYG editor and the most basic GUI application.
 Availability
 A limited supply of Bedrock Architecture CDs are offered at no charge to members of Symantec's Bedrock Partners Program. Developers may apply to this program by calling the Bedrock Information Hotline at 408-446-8931. The Architecture CD will be followed by an early developer's release in the fourth quarter of 1993. The product will be available through Apple and Symantec distribution channels.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers and compatibles and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234, toll free, or 408-252-3570.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Brinker of Symantec Corp., 408-446-7490; or Rebecca Fuller of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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