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 REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Communication Intelligence Corp. (CIC) (NASDAQ-NMS: CICI) introduced today its first consumer product for the Windows market in the United States -- Handwriter(R) for Windows(TM) -- the complete pen input system, including a suite of software and state-of-the-art electronic pen and ultra-thin graphics tablet. Handwriter for Windows brings the power of pen computing to desktop Windows users at all levels of experience. With Handwriter, using your computer is now as simple and natural as pointing, drawing and writing with pen and paper. Handwriter provides many benefits to PC users such as lower learning costs, ultimate efficiency in editing, greater comfort and creativity, and reduced risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
 Handwriter for Windows is compatible with standard, off-the-shelf Windows applications including graphics and desktop publishing, word processing, spreadsheet and databases. Compatible applications include Excel, Lotus, dBASE, Word for Windows, Corel Draw, PageMaker and others. A complement to the keyboard, Handwriter for Windows makes it much easier for the user to edit, annotate, point, select, drag, draw, navigate through menus and create customized gesture macros across these applications.
 CIC will initially release Handwriter for Windows as a PC peripheral through a direct sales effort in North America, in November of 1993, and then move into the distribution channels. Handwriter for Windows has a suggested retail price of $399. By calling 800-888-9242, customers may order the product directly from CIC until Dec. 31, at a special introductory price of $199.
 Personal computer users have been living with compromising input systems for a long time. The result has been high user learning costs -- twice those of the computer and application software combined. While initial text entry with the keyboard is fast for some users, 80 percent of document creation time is spend in editing and rewriting. Additionally, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 56 percent of all 1992 work-related injuries were repetitive stress injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome caused by excessive use of keyboards.
 Until now, some people did not use personal computers because they are keyboard-allergic. This has limited the PC market size.
 For some time, many have recognized that pen computing could be the solution, but, up to now, pen computing has been held back by inadequate handwriting recognition, pen operating environment software that is incompatible with existing application software, and inadequate, costly hardware.
 "Today, with Hardware for Windows, we are delivering the most advanced pen computing product to the Windows market at a breakthrough price," said James Dao, president and chief executive officer of CIC.
 "CIC's founding mission is to develop natural input technologies and products that increase PC users' productivity, creativity and fun," added Dao.
 "Over the last few years," concluded Dao, "CIC has become, via licensing to OEMs, a dominant provider of pen computing software that has been primarily used in vertical applications for mobile workers. As a complete pen input system for desktop computers, Handwriter for Windows allows us to also serve the estimated 150 million existing and new desktop personal computer users from all walks of life. Similar Handwriter products will soon be available for the Macintosh and other platforms. The Handwriter line of desktop pen computing products positions CIC as a key supplier in the emerging consumer market for natural input technology, and will make computers comfortable for everybody; thereby dramatically increasing the size of the PC market."
 The Handwriter for Windows software includes:
 -- CIC's Handwriter Recognition System Software -- two-time winner of Boston University and Pen Magazine's award for "Best Recognizer," and bundled with the new pen computers recently announced by NEC Technologies and Fujitsu Personal Systems. This user-independent recognition software enables Handwriter for Windows to accurately recognize a user's handwritten characters without training the software. Both left- and right-handed users can write naturally, immediately. In addition, a training utility has been provided for users who write with unique character variations or wish to create unique gestures.
 -- Microsoft Pen Extensions for Windows -- enabling the pen interface in the Windows environment. Microsoft Pen Extensions for Windows provides a useful electronic notepad as well as a "Pen Palette" utility which accommodates handwritten input and allows the user to create customized pen-based gesture macros to edit text and issue commands with a single stroke.
 -- Signature Sentinel(TM) -- a screen saver application, incorporating another of CIC's award-winning software products -- Dynamic Signature Verification (TM). Signature Sentinel allows the user to restrict access to the computer system using a signature instead of a password in order to protect proprietary or confidential information. To unlock the screen the user simply signs his or her name. The system uses sophisticated proprietary algorithms to check dynamics (speed and acceleration) of each signing against the dynamics of the user's signature.
 -- Award-winning crossword puzzles -- puzzles from The Washington Post, Penny Press and Crossword Magazine, with levels ranging from beginner (for children) to expert. As well as providing entertainment, the crossword puzzles help users quickly familiarize themselves with the pen in the desktop computer environment.
 The Handwriter for Windows Hardware includes:
 -- A state-of-the-art cordless pen and ultra-thin, ultra-light tablet manufactured by CalComp Inc. to CIC's specifications. The textured, high-resolution graphics tablet incorporates the most recent advances in digitizer technology. With the tablet's 10-foot cable users are free to work comfortably in a variety of positions. A standard pen with one side button is shipped with the product. Pressure-sensitive pens are sold separately and are available directly from CIC.
 The Handwriter for Windows tablet is simply plugged into a serial port on any PC running Windows 3.1 or higher. The product requires 4MB of RAM.
 The Company
 CIC is well recognized for its pen computing technologies, PenDOS(TM) pen operating environment, Handwriter(R) Recognition System and Dynamic Signature Verification(TM) software, in the United States and throughout the world. The company's handwriter Recognition System software, which is available in numerous languages and compatible with various operating systems, is the two-time winner of Boston University and Pen Magazine's award for "Best Recognizer." CIC's PenDOS(TM) and Handwriter(R) Recognition System for PenDOS(TM) are distributed and exclusively sublicensed by IBM to pen computer manufacturers worldwide. CIC's MacHandwriter(R), a desktop pen extension to the Macintosh computer, is distributed by Apple Japan Inc. and others. CIC is headquartered in Redwood Shores, and has a subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan, and Nanjing, China. The company is publicly traded and is listed on the NASDAQ National Market as CICI.
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