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APPLE ANNOUNCES AT EASE -- SOFTWARE FOR CUSTOMERS WHO SHARE A SINGLE MACINTOSH; NEW SYSTEM 7 EXTENSION STRENGTHENS MACINTOSH APPEAL

APPLE ANNOUNCES AT EASE -- SOFTWARE FOR CUSTOMERS WHO SHARE A SINGLE MACINTOSH; NEW SYSTEM 7 EXTENSION STRENGTHENS MACINTOSH APPEAL
 BOSTON, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced At Ease, new software that makes it easier for customers of Macintosh personal computers to share them with children, students and novice users. An extension to the Macintosh System 7 operating software, At Ease simplifies the tasks of launching applications and opening files, while providing simple protection for system settings, files and folders.
 "At Ease is Apple's first software package that customizes the Macintosh for a specific set of customers," said Roger Heinen, senior vice president for the Macintosh software architecture division. "At Ease makes the Macintosh an even stronger solution for the home and education markets by providing enhanced ease of use for parents sharing a Macintosh with youngsters, and teachers who manage the sharing of Macintosh computers among many students."
 At Ease is an alternative to the standard Finder desktop. Providing a simple, friendly desktop, At Ease comprises a Documents folder and an Applications folder. Both folders feature large, single-click buttons that make it easier to launch applications and open documents. All documents created by the user are automatically displayed in the Documents folder, regardless of where they are stored, reducing the search for a document to just one location. The primary user of the computer indicates during setup which applications and system controls will be displayed in the Applications folder. While At Ease is running, the user cannot move, rename or delete documents or applications.
 With this simplified access to documents, applications and services, a parent can create a setup that is perfect for a child's use of games and educational applications. An educator can manage a lab with several Macintosh computers by restricting students to specific applications and only their own documents. And, a business customer can let co-workers use his or her Macintosh, assured that the system settings will remain unchanged and confidential files will remain private. In addition, a service bureau with public-access Macintosh computers can set them up for unsupervised use by customers.
 One option of At Ease simplifies management of the shared computer's hard disk by saving all documents on a floppy disk or a remote file server, effectively locking the hard disk. Saving only to a floppy disk is especially useful for sharing Macintosh computers in public areas such as service bureaus or storefronts. Saving to a remote file server is useful in classrooms, computer labs and many businesses.
 The primary user of the Macintosh computer can easily alternate between At Ease and the Finder. A password can be specified to limit access to the Finder.
 At Ease includes Mouse Practice, an application that teaches novices how to use a mouse; a quick reference card; and setup documentation. For United States customers, At Ease includes one year of toll-free telephone support from Apple for the primary user of the product. Availability and Price
 In the United States, At Ease will be available in mid-August through a wide range of software resellers and Apple authorized resellers, for a suggested retail price of U.S. $59.
 At Ease will be available to educators through Apple's education channels, both as a single-user product and as a 10-user product.
 Outside of the United States, At Ease will be available through Apple authorized resellers. Pricing will vary by country. System Configuration
 At Ease requires a Macintosh computer running System 7. 2MB Random Access Memory (RAM) is required and 4MB RAM is recommended. While At Ease is running (instead of the Finder), an additional 200K of system memory becomes available for use by applications and documents.
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 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks and At Ease, System 7 and Finder are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
 CONTACT: Sue Bowdoin, 408-974-3429; or Nancy Morrison, 408-862-6200 both of Apple Computer/
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