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Aladdin Systems Ships MacTicker 1.6 -- New Update Supports Leading Online Services, Offers Added Display Options for Easier Stock Market Tracking Right From the Desktop.

WATSONVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 1999--

Now America Online and CompuServe Users Benefit From

Monitoring The Market and Their Stock Portfolio Without

Launching a Browser

Aladdin Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aladdin Systems Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB:ALHI) and leading developer of personal productivity software, today announced the release of MacTicker(tm) version 1.6. The newest release of this popular desktop stock ticker features support for the latest versions of America Online and CompuServe. MacTicker users receive information on stocks, mutual funds and market indexes, delivered in a scrolling stock ticker directly to their desktop, without launching a Web browser. Customers of AOL and CompuServe, the two largest online services, can now utilize MacTicker to gather and update their stock information as frequent as once a minute for optimum financial tracking.

MacTicker works in the background, and displays a scrolling ticker that can be placed anywhere on the desktop. MacTicker updates information as often as every minute, and can easily be customized to provide each user with exactly the investment information needed.

The new version also includes a "Look Up" feature that allows users to look up stock symbols by entering the company name. MacTicker will then add the company name, stock symbol and stock exchange to the user's portfolio with a single click.

"America Online and CompuServe subscribers can now enjoy easy access to quotes on their favorite stocks and mutual funds," said Matthew Covington, MacTicker product manager. "With this information always available on the desktop, millions of people can make better, faster investment decisions."

Several new display options and Web-based features are in MacTicker 1.6: -0-

-- A floating ticker option allows users to float the ticker bar in
 front of other running applications, keeping stock information
 always visible.
-- A Control Strip module allows quotes to be displayed in the
 user's Control Strip, leaving the rest of the screen free for
 other applications.
-- MacTicker can also display quotes in succession at five- to
 ten-second intervals with the Control Strip feature.
-- The new version has the option to open a PPP connection, retrieve
 the requested stock quotes, and close the connection once the
 update has been completed.
-- Users will be automatically notified of the availability of a new
 version of the product when they go online.
-- Enhanced "Support" menu allows users to connect directly to
 Aladdin's support Web site for help.


How It Works

Operating through an active Internet connection, MacTicker gathers information from a list of financial Web sites that offer online stock quotes. MacTicker works with America Online, CompuServe, or direct IP access to the Internet, and can also be used with a SOCKS firewall Internet connection. The gathered information is displayed in a familiar scrolling ticker display that can be placed anywhere on the desktop. Detailed information is available by double-clicking on any ticker symbol in the display, or by going to the related menu for that item.

Pricing and Availability

MacTicker is $29.95 and is available directly from Aladdin at Version 1.6 is a free upgrade to registered 1.5 users. A trialware version is available for download and at select catalog retailers. Before registration, MacTicker will run full-featured for a thirty-minute period, at which time it will quit. Users can register their copy from Aladdin's online store at, or contact Aladdin Customer Service at 831-761-6200, or

System Requirements

MacTicker requires a PowerPC-based Macintosh computer running System 7.5 or higher, with 4 MB of RAM, Open Transport, Internet Config (or the Internet control panel under Mac OS 8.5 and later), and an Internet connection.

Aladdin Systems, Inc: Helping Transmit, Access and Organize


Aladdin Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aladdin Systems Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ BB: ALHI) was founded in 1988. Aladdin is a developer and publisher of Windows and Macintosh software products that are designed to assist users with the Transmission, Access and Organization (TAO) of information. Aladdin's software offers a range of solutions to increase user efficiency in the areas of information access, removal, recovery, security and Internet distribution. For more information on Aladdin products, visit:

Aladdin is located at 165 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076, USA; telephone: (831)761-6200; Fax: (831)761-6206. For more information about Aladdin, visit the company web site at: or e-mail:

Forward Looking Statements: Any information contained within this news release which is not historical data may be deemed 'forward-looking statements.' Factors which could cause actual results to vary materially from the future results covered in such forward-looking statements include competition and the management of our growth. Such forward-looking statements are subject to other risks and uncertainties, which are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

StuffIt, MacTicker, Spring Cleaning, ShrinkWrap, DragStrip and the Aladdin logo are trademarks of Aladdin Systems, Inc. All other product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.
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