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 SEATTLE, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) announced today that it has begun shipping Aldus PageMaker 5.0 for the Apple Macintosh in the United States. This version introduces a significant set of new product features, as well as enhanced services that are designed specifically for graphic design and production professionals.
 "From the very start, Aldus PageMaker 5.0 has been designed to be the best professional page-layout program available," said Lori Birtley, senior product marketing manager. "Its more than 100 features improve PageMaker's precision, control, integration and versatility. Our new service enhancements will help graphics professionals maximize their productivity with this upgrade.
 Version 5.0's most important new features include a revamped printing engine, advanced text and graphics controls, broader import and export capabilities, and new, professional Additions that extend PageMaker's functionality for special publishing needs. The service enhancements include a 24-hour technical support line, an increased number of Aldus Imaging Centers and a rebate offer available through these service providers.
 Professional Features
 The PostScript printing code in PageMaker 5.0 has been completely rewritten. Printing speeds, including those for background printing, are up to twice as fast as those of the nearest competitor. In addition, customers can now print non-consecutive pages and page ranges, and can easily add printers' marks (such as crop, registration and plate identification marks) to their output.
 A new Addition enables users to save oft-used print settings and to send multiple files with unique settings to different output devices simultaneously. Other new printing features include an Addition for simple page-imposition, diagnostic messages of PostScript-printing errors and the ability to print multiple EPS files of publication pages at once.
 Moreover, PageMaker now outputs process-color separations and can convert spot colors to process for all imported and user-defined colors.
 Version 5.0's advanced text and graphics controls features include the option to rotate and skew text and graphics in 0.01-degree increments, as well as flip them horizontally and vertically. PageMaker users can edit rotated text and crop rotated graphics directly in page-layout view.
 The program's Control palette has been significantly enhanced in the Macintosh version. Not only can customers precisely place and size both text and graphics through the palette, but they can also use it to apply type attributes, such as font, size and leading; define and apply paragraph attributes, such as styles and alignment; shift baselines and nudge objects; and apply transformations, such as skewing, rotation and flipping.
 Broader import and export capabilities include support for automatic compression and decompression of TIFF images; the option to link (or embed, through OLE) any EPS or TIFF graphic; and the ability to send only cropped image data to the printer to reduce printing times.
 Several new Aldus Additions included with PageMaker 5.0 enhance the product's typographic capabilities: Expert Kerning automatically adjusts the spacing between characters, for example, and Edit Tracks customizes font tracking information on a point-size basis.
 Expanded Support Services for Professionals
 For the first time, Aldus is offering 24-hour phone support to first-time purchasers of PageMaker for 90 days, starting from the date of their first call. Thereafter, this round-the-clock assistance is available through select Aldus CustomerFirst support subscriptions.
 Membership in the nationwide Aldus Imaging Center Program has been boosted by the number of service providers who joined the program to benefit from the power of the PageMaker 5.0 release. Because members receive targeted, high-level technical support directly from Aldus, they can provide PageMaker 5.0 customers with quality output and even faster service. The imaging centers are also part of a short-term promotion with Aldus to offer a $25 rebate to customers upgrading to PageMaker 5.0.
 System Requirements
 The recommended system configuration for PageMaker 5.0 is any Apple Macintosh II series, Quadra or SE/30 computer, System 7.0 or later, 5-8MB of RAM and an 80MB hard drive. The minimum configuration is an Apple Macintosh LC series or Classic II, System 6.0.7, 4MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. It will print to any PostScript- or QuickDraw-compatible laser printer or imagesetter.
 Pricing and Availability
 Aldus PageMaker 5.0 for the Macintosh is available now for a suggested retail price of $895 (U.S.). Customers who purchased a retail copy of version 4.2 after Jan. 1, 1993, are eligible to receive 5.0 free with a product registration card and a dated proof of purchase.
 Those who upgraded to version 4.2 from an earlier version may purchase 5.0 directly from Aldus for $75 (U.S.). All other owners of an earlier version of PageMaker for the Macintosh may purchase 5.0 for $150 (U.S.) from either Aldus or an Aldus reseller. Greater discounts apply for customers who have a service contract with Aldus.
 Until Aug. 31, 1993, PageMaker customers in the United States are also eligible for a $25 rebate on the upgrade price of PageMaker 5.0 for either Macintosh or Windows. Rebate coupons are available from Aldus Imaging Centers; for a list of these service providers, customers may call 800-685-3501 from a fax machine and request Document #499906.
 For more information on CustomerFirst, customers should call 206-628-2320. Businesses interested in the Aldus Imaging Center Program should call Aldus at 206-628-4513.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. The company focuses on three lines of business: applications for the professional publishing and prepress markets; applications for the general consumer market; and service and support programs for professional end-users. Aldus has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.
 NOTE: Aldus, the Aldus logo and PageMaker are registered trademarks, TIFF is a trademark, and CustomerFirst is a registered service mark of Aldus Corp. Other product and corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of other companies, and are used only for explanation and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Burke of Aldus, 206-628-6594, or Pam Miller of Kaufer Miller Communications, 206-450-9965, for Aldus/

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