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3DO EXPANDS SOFTWARE LICENSEE SUPPORT WITH HIGH-LEVEL AUTHORING TOOLKIT TO SPEED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3DO Company (NASDAQ: THDO) today broadened its array of software development support with the 3DO Authoring Toolkit(TM), a comprehensive suite of high-level tools. The 3DO Authoring Toolkit is designed specifically to make developing software for the 3DO(TM) Interactive Multiplayer(TM) easier for a broad base of software and entertainment companies.
 The 3DO Authoring Toolkit consists of 3DO's easy-to-use title creation software tools including 2D animation and imaging, 3D modeling, video and file translation tools, as well as Macromedia's Director(R), MacroModel(TM) and Three-D(TM).
 While useful for 3DO's current 311 software licensee companies, 3DO's new toolkit will be especially important for software licensees who do not have extensive programming experience, according to Bill Duvall, senior vice president, software, The 3DO Company.
 "More and more multimedia authors and non-programmer professionals are becoming involved in creating software for the 3DO system," Duvall said. "With the 3DO Authoring Toolkit, artists and multimedia designers don't have to become programmers to be an integral part of the software design process.
 "With support like the 3DO Authoring Toolkit, 3DO is ensuring that virtually any company interested in interactive multimedia can develop for the 3DO system and that there will be a wide range of software available for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer," Duvall added.
 By including popular Macromedia(R) products in the toolkit, 3DO provides the more than 75,000 users of Macromedia Director with a familiar environment in which to develop titles. "Macromedia is pleased to be able to bring our widely used tools to a new and exciting platform like the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer," said John C. (Bud) Colligan, Macromedia's president and chief executive officer.
 The 3DO Authoring Toolkit will be available to 3DO software licensee companies in July.
 Based in San Mateo, Calif., The 3DO Company is backed by a unique coalition of partners from consumer electronics, communications, entertainment and software industries. Investors include Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the world's largest manufacturer of consumer electronics and parent of Panasonic, National, Quasar and Technics; AT&T, one of the world's leading communications and computer companies; Time Warner, a leading media and entertainment company and second- largest cable operator in the United States; MCA, a major entertainment company; Electronic Arts, the leading entertainment software publisher; and Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
 NOTE: 3DO, 3DO Authoring Toolkit and Interactive Multiplayer are trademarks of The 3DO Company. Macromedia and Macromedia Director are registered trademarks and MacroModel and Three-D are trademarks of Macromedia Inc.
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