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DAVIDSON & ASSOCIATES INC. BEGINS SHIPPING DAVIDSON'S KID CAD

 Multimedia 3-D Building Kit for Windows
 is the First of its Kind for Children Ages 7 and Up
 TORRANCE, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Davidson & Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVD) has announced that it began shipping Davidson's Kid CAD, a Windows-based 3-D building kit for children ages 7 and up, last week. Kid CAD offers unlimited ways to design and build almost any type of structure -- such as houses, castles, gazebos or more -- with electronic building blocks; decorate and furnish these designs; add plants, pets and characters; landscape the outside areas; and then view the creations three-dimensionally from different perspectives.
 The software has a suggested retail price of $49.95 and is immediately available at most major computer and software retail chains nationwide.
 "Kid CAD is a breakthrough product in a new category -- Computer- Aided Design (CAD) for children," says Jan Davidson, president and founder of Davidson & Associates Inc.
 "Kid CAD offers a 3-D virtual environment that is unparalleled in other software products for children. With just a few mouse clicks, players can select from over a hundred objects and tools; rotate and paint those objects; zoom in and out on their creations; and switch from a bird's eye view to ground level. This ability to manipulate three- dimensional objects and understand perspective captivates children and encourages their creativity."
 Software Highlights
 Kid CAD was developed by a team of software experts and professionals with extensive experience in computer-aided design, architecture and educational psychology. This experience led to a product targeted to children but equally appealing to adults. The unique aspect of kid CAD is its 3-D capabilities, making the software realistic and captivating to play.
 Key features of Kid CAD include:
 -- Three-dimensional capabilities, such as a zoom feature and multiple "camera views" for rotating objects. This allows users to view their creations from several different angles and perspectives;
 -- Ease of use (examples: inclusion of many pre-made shapes and patterns, an intuitive interface and a simple "point and click" to accomplish most tasks);
 -- An extensive set of tools to design any type of structure, select building materials, choose colors, decorate and furnish interiors and include characters, animals and plants;
 -- An exciting range of demolition tools such as bombs, bulldozers, laser beams and lawn mowers; and
 -- Animated panoramas for city, town and farm locations.
 Creativity Using Kid CAD
 When users first come into Kid CAD, they see an animated panorama; clicking on objects within that screen offers additional animations, clever sound effects and original music. Users then select where they would like to build: in a city, in a town or in a farm setting. A plot of land is now available in the selected location to begin building.
 Users can choose from 10 pre-made structures, or start from scratch using a variety of electronic building blocks that easily snap into place. Then they can decorate the structure, selecting elements such as Spanish tile roofs, wood parquet floors, glass blocks, and lots of different wallpapers and paints. A wide range of zany patterns -- like popcorn, polka dots, happy faces and ice cream -- can be applied to anything the user selects.
 Next, they can add furnishings to every room in the house; some options include bathtubs, beds, couches, kitchen appliances and backyard furniture. A virtual warehouse of furnishings are included, and each item can be easily customized by changing colors or patterns. A variety of characters, plants and animals -- apple trees, dogs, cats, birds, even dinosaurs -- can also be added.
 Any creation can be saved and printed on black & white or color printers.
 Price and Availability
 Davidson's Kid CAD has a suggested retail price of $49.95 and can be obtained at most major computer and software retail chains nationwide.
 System Requirements
 Kid CAD runs under the Windows operating system, requiring:
 -- Windows version 3.1 in enhanced mode;
 -- An 80386 processor or above (25 MHz or above recommended);
 -- 4 MB RAM;
 -- 9.7 MB of hard disk space;
 -- A VGA color monitor; and
 -- A sound card, such as Sound Blaster or other Windows-compatible
 sound cards, is recommended.
 Davidson & Associates Inc. publishes educational software for the home and school markets. Founded in 1982 by educator Dr. Jan Davidson, the company has won national acclaim for teacher-designed, student- tested software such as the Math Blaster series, Kid Works 2 and English Express. Products are available for the Windows, DOS and Macintosh platforms.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Duttenhaver of Davidson & Associates, 310-793-0600, ext. 230/
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