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Delrina expands presence in home consumer market with Echo Lake(TM) for Windows(TM) exciting new software for capturing and sharing life stories.

SAN JOSE, Calif. and TORONTO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 1995--Delrina Corp. (NASDAQ/TSE:DENAF;DC), acclaimed for its award-winning animated screen savers, communications and electronic forms software, Monday announced its first interactive multimedia consumer program, Echo Lake, designed to be a special place on the home computer where people can capture and share family memories.

The product will be available this spring on CD and diskette.

Echo Lake is a high-quality creative package that takes full advantage of multimedia technologies supporting a photo-realistic and inviting 3-D interface.

The program presents several ways in which individuals of all ages can create vivid accounts of their life experiences and prepare copies of their personal "books" in print, or in electronic form to share with others on diskette or through on-line services.

"Very few home PC software titles captivate and sustain consumer interest," said Mark Skapinker, Delrina president. "There is tremendous potential for a product that can redefine the way families use their home computer, taking its use beyond games and financial planning.

"Echo Lake is an engaging program that appeals to the widespread interest in nostalgia, recording our lives and experiences for ourselves and generations to come. Its a product that brings people together."

Echo Lakes flexible format allows individuals to write any number of stories, and add voice and sound clips and other media to enhance them. It also works with a wide range of complementary products and services, ranging from scanners, digital cameras and video capture cards, to Kodak Photo CDs, giving users the option to add photographs and video to further bring to life their personal and family memories.

"Delrinas Echo Lake software presents the user with rich visual imagery right from its first screen," said Paul McAfee, director of worldwide Photo CD marketing at Kodak.

"The program invites its users to include pictures of their lives. Because Delrina has included simple access to Photo CD images, users of Echo Lake software will find it easy to enrich their life stories with their own photos."

"Within the last three years, I have evaluated over 500 software titles," said Gary Kinsey, Entertainment Evangelist at Creative Labs. "In my opinion, Echo Lake is a truly ground-breaking product, with the potential to fit into every household. It also gives consumers a wonderful reason to learn more about how to use multimedia capabilities such as sound and video."

According to Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose, Calif., it is estimated that over 35% of US households currently own a personal computer. Dataquest predicts the home PC market will show a compound annual growth of 21%, while the rest of the US computer markets will grow at 8.9%.

It has also recently reported that 2 million of the 5.6 million personal computers shipped in the United States during the fourth quarter of 1994 were for the home market. Echo Lake will enable these computer users to maximize the enjoyment of their investment in multimedia computing.

"Echo Lake is a first-of-its-kind software program that makes the computer truly personal," said Greg Long, Delrina product manager and the creator of Echo Lake. "We think it will draw family members and friends together at the computer to recall, recreate, laugh, cry and reminisce about their experiences."

Although aimed at home computer users, Echo Lake will also appeal to students, schools, clubs, and other organizations seeking to create stories and capture history. The diskette version will enable these groups, as well as others who do not own a multimedia PC, to enjoy Echo Lake to create journals using text, graphics, and photos. Delrina Corp. designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC software products and services in the fax, data and voice communications, electronic forms and consumer software markets. Founded in 1988, the Company is ranked in sales among the top 15 software publishers in North America and is recognized as the worldwide leader in PC fax and electronic forms.

Delrina employs more than 600 people with headquarters in Toronto, Canada and offices in San Jose, Calif.; Kirkland, Wash.; Washington, D.C.; Lexington, Mass.; the United Kingdom; France; and Germany. Delrina can be contacted at 416/441-3676.

Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. Kodak Photo CD is a Trademark of the Eastman Kodak Company. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Delrina Corp., Toronto

Press Contacts:

Heather Sherman, 416/441-2778 ext. 2225

Internet: hsherman at delrina.com

or

Connors Communications, New York

Meredith Mansfield, 212/995-2200
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