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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following product update was released today by Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL):
 The Apple Business Systems (ABS) Division of Apple Computer, Inc. today announced the shipment of AppleSearch, a new information search and retrieval service aimed at providing Apple Macintosh computer users with personalized, easy access to unstructured text in client/server environments.
 Also available is an AppleSearch Client Developer's Kit for developers writing custom user interfaces to an AppleSearch server or integrating specific features of the client software into their own application solutions.
 Additionally, Apple announced plans to expand the functionality of the AppleSearch software by providing MS Windows client software capabilities in the first half of 1994.
 AppleSearch is designed as a client/server technology for use in departmental or workgroup settings. It is designed to turn a collection of unstructured documents stored on a server into an online library that can be searched to find necessary information quickly and easily. It combines features found on high-end bibliographic, full-text retrieval software with Apple's traditional ease of use and administration. Using their own words, users can set the parameters of their searches to have AppleSearch find and prioritize unstructured information residing on the server.
 The AppleSearch server software incorporates the Callable Personal Librarian (CPL), developed by Personal Library Software, Inc., as its search engine. The CPL uses a relevance ranking algorithm to present the most useful references first.
 Unlike most search and retrieval technology available today, AppleSearch is a client/server product designed to deliver on demand access to information as well as automatic updates on topics of interest from information that changes frequently. Users can create AppleSearch Reporters, which are electronic search agents, that can be saved, shared among users, and scheduled to deliver easy-to-read updates on a daily or weekly basis.
 In addition to internally generated documents, an AppleSearch user can tap into information sources such as server-mounted CD-ROMs, news wire services or other on-line services that feed into the AppleSearch server (See related press release on Third-Party products that enhance AppleSearch applications). Additionally, the software comes with an AppleSearch Information Sampler CD, which is a collection of sample documents on CD-ROM from a variety of sources, including major newspapers, on-line services, and publications for education and business communities. These sources can be searched using AppleSearch to familiarize users with the features of the product.
 On the AppleSearch Server, the documents searched are stored in their native format and are not altered by AppleSearch. The document text is extracted for indexing, searching and retrieval using Apple's XTND file format translator technology combined with MacLinkPlus/AppleSearch translators from DataViz, Inc., which allow users to view text of documents without using the application that created them. MacLinkPlus/AppleSearch contains XTND translators for most major word processing, page layout and spreadsheet software and is included with the AppleSearch software. When server users add, alter or delete documents, AppleSearch automatically detects the changes and re-indexes the documents on a scheduled basis as needed.
 The AppleSearch Client Developer's Kit includes an API software kit available in C Library and AppleEvents versions, several header and object files, developer documentation and sample application source code. Also included is the AppleSearch Update File Format Developer's Kit,including utility routines and the AppleSearch Update File Format Reference Guide, which enables developers to write software that reads and writes AppleSearch-compatible updates.
 The AppleSearch server software runs on any Macintosh computer with a 68040 microprocessor running System 7.0 or higher, including the Macintosh Quadra series, Macintosh Centris series, and the Apple Workgroup Servers 60, 80 and 95. The AppleSearch client software runs on any Macintosh computer running System 7.0 or higher and can access the server remotely using AppleTalk Remote Access.
 Availability and Pricing:
 The AppleSearch software comes in two shrink-wrapped configurations including an AppleSearch Server/Client 5-Pack, which allows for up to five users to search on a single server, and an AppleSearch Client 10-Pack for adding additional users. AppleSearch is available from authorized Apple dealers and resellers, or by calling The Apple Catalog at 1-800-795-1000.
 The manufacturer's suggested retail price in the U.S. is $1,799 for the Server/Client 5-Pack and US$499 for the AppleSearch Client 10-Pack. The AppleSearch Client Developer's Kit is priced at US$299 and is available through APDA, Apple's source for developer tools. Pricing outside the U.S. may vary. For more information, call the Network Information Line at 408-862-3385.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and AppleTalk are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. AppleSearch, Macintosh Centris and Macintosh Quadra are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. The Callable Personal Librarian is a product of Personal Library
Software, Inc. MacLinkPlus/AppleSearch is a trademark of DataViz,

Inc. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671; or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple Computer/

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