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ALDUS ACQUIRES MULTIUSER, MIXED-MEDIA DATABASE TECHNOLOGY

 ALDUS ACQUIRES MULTIUSER, MIXED-MEDIA DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
 SEATTLE, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) today announced it has acquired a multiuser, mixed-media database software technology -- code-named Fetch -- for the Apple Macintosh.
 Developed by Doug Dawirs, president of Provident Software Inc. of Anaheim, Calif., Fetch enables people to easily catalog, browse and retrieve digital media in standard Macintosh file formats. It can accept illustrations, clip art libraries, sounds, and digitized photographs and video clips.
 Aldus will immediately begin licensing the Fetch technology to companies that publish collections of clip art, photographs, QuickTime movies and sound clips. Fetch can serve as the interface for browsing, previewing and retrieving the content of these products. Later this year, Aldus will ship a retail version of Fetch in the United States under its own name.
 "Computer users who work with a lot of graphics will testify that one of their biggest challenges is quickly locating a specific file for a specific use. Fetch solves this problem," said John Testement, Aldus product marketing manager for Fetch. "It will increase the value and use of source files by giving the user instant visual access to digital media, regardless of its location or format. The program's visual interface, memory efficiency and powerful multiuser capabilities place it above any file management technology available today."
 Key features
 Fetch is designed to save time and money for anyone who creates or uses digital media. It records the location and vital information about any file in a catalog, each of which can hold up to 32,000 items. A user can view a catalog's contents in a visual "gallery" of thumbnail images, preview graphics at full resolution, and play sounds and movies to hear their contents.
 The program accepts most standard Macintosh file formats, including PICT, EPS, TIFF, SND, Kodak Photo CD and QuickTime files. It also catalogs several proprietary formats, including Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Multi-Ad Creator. Future versions will catalog files from Aldus PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand, Aldus Persuasion and other Aldus products.
 Users add items to a Fetch catalog by dragging and dropping files or entire volumes over the Fetch application icon. The contents are then ready to view and retrieve.
 "One of the keys to Fetch is the efficiency with which it catalogs and manages images," Testement continued. "Unlike existing graphic database products, Fetch avoids the oppressive memory overhead of duplicating and storing copies of digital media. Instead, it records only a low-resolution thumbnail for visual reference and retains only the information necessary to retrieve the file from its original location -- whether that's at a local site or across a network."
 A user can sort and search a Fetch database on a variety of criteria, including user-definable keywords, file type, and filename. Fetch can search a catalog of several thousand items in less than a second. Once located, a file can be copied, printed, placed into a document or other electronic communication, distributed to other users, or used to launch an application for further editing.
 Multiuser design
 Fetch can give over 100 users access to shared catalogs simultaneously, which makes it an effective tool in production- oriented publishing groups. It offers seamless access to media stored on any volume or network, even across a company-wide computing environment and from volumes that are currently "off-line." Moreover, users can readily retrieve a file without knowing its specific location, file format, or originating application because Fetch keeps track of all of that for them.
 "Computer graphics technology has fueled an explosion in digital media," Testement went on. "Fetch puts Aldus at the forefront of a new revolution -- mixed-media data management -- for those who create and use visual communications."
 Pricing and availability
 Pricing, availability and system requirements for the retail version of Fetch in the United States and international markets will be announced later. Companies interested in licensing the Fetch technology for their digital media collections can contact Aldus Product Information at 206-628-5739.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. In addition to Fetch, PageMaker -- the company's flagship program -- Aldus FreeHand and Aldus Persuasion, the Aldus product line includes Aldus Digital Darkroom, Aldus Gallery Effects, Aldus Personal Press, Aldus PhotoStyler, Aldus PrePrint, Aldus PressWise, Aldus SuperCard, Aldus SuperPaint and Aldus Super 3D. The company distributes its products through an international network of more than 16,000 dealers and distributors. NOTE: Aldus, the Aldus logo, PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand, Persuasion, PrePrint, SuperCard and SuperPaint are registered trademarks, and Digital Darkroom, Gallery Effects, Personal Press, PressWise, and Super 3D are trademarks of Aldus Corp. PhotoStyler is a trademark of U-Lead Systems Inc. and licensed to Aldus Corp. Other product names and companies may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Brad Stevens of Aldus, 206-628-2361/
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