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FAST-GROWING PAGENET WILL PURCHASE MORE THAN $500,000 IN APPLIX'S ASTER-X; ASTER-X IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT

FAST-GROWING PAGENET WILL PURCHASE MORE THAN $500,000 IN APPLIX'S ASTER-X; ASTER-X IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT
 WESTBORO, Mass., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Paging Network Inc. (PageNet) and Applix, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement under which PageNet will purchase more than $500,000 of Applix's Aster-x(tm) office productivity software. Within the next six months, PageNet is expected to double its investment in Aster-x. This is part of a multimillion dollar investment being made by PageNet for a UNIX- based solution centered around Aster-x and the Motorola Delta 8000 series from Motorola Inc.
 PageNet will replace character-based office automation software used by all its 1,800 employees in 33 U.S. offices with Aster-x, a powerful suite of UNIX-based applications and tools that allow users to create, edit and share information in text, graphical or multi-media formats across networks of X-based workstations.
 "After reviewing many options, we chose Aster-x because it's easy to learn and easy to use and has a consistent look and feel across all applications," said Reggie Rippitoe, director of special projects at PageNet. "Aster-x will facilitate communication and the exchanging of documents between offices. In addition, with Aster-x's extension language facility, we were able to develop an application that enables all PageNet employees to send Aster-x mail messages directly to the field sales representatives' pagers. This is a tremendous time-saver."
 Due to the open standards and price/performance of X-based technology, PageNet opted to convert from its character and proprietary- based environment, to a graphical, UNIX-based environment.
 Richard Davis, executive vice president of Applix, said, "PageNet is a fast-growing company expected to double in size this year. It's looking for the best technology to help maintain its competitive advantage. This is what Aster-x offers." Aster-x Features
 The challenge for PageNet was to find feature-rich UNIX applications that would not be difficult for its employees to use, and did not require extensive training. More than 100 of the firm's employees who were involved in an internal pilot program to evaluate software chose Aster-x based on its functionality, ease of use and minimum training requirements.
 Aster-x offers advanced word processing, integrated graphics, and optional spreadsheets, mail and filter packs for easy import and export of files. Its flexibility is markedly enhanced by its extension language facility (ELF), which users can employ to effortlessly customize Aster-x and integrate or live-link it with a wide variety of third-party products.
 Paging Network, Inc., based in Plano, Texas, has become the largest and fastest-growing major supplier of paging services in the United States by providing service to selected major metropolitan areas and aggressively pricing its services at rates generally below the competition. With its state-of-the-art, high-quality transmission system, PageNet can maintain a low-cost structure while providing excellent customer service at a reasonable price. PageNet's common stock began trading publicly in October 1991. Its operating cash flow, the performance measure in the paging industry, and operating cash flow margins are among the best in the industry.
 Applix, Inc., based in Westboro, is the leading developer and worldwide supplier of UNIX(tm) and X-windows-based office integration software. Its products are sold in Fortune 2000 companies, leading universities and many international organizations. Customers include McDonnell Douglas, Federal Express, General Electric, Xerox, General Motors, Motorola, Bell Atlantic and Salomon Brothers.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: In above references to this product, the dash represents an asterisk. The correct presentation of the product Aster-x should be Aster (asterisk symbol)x.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Weinstein of Applix, 508-870-0300 x388; Jenny Haynes of PageNet, 214-985-6986; or Mary Maguire of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042 x310, for Applix/ CO: Applix, Inc.; Paging Network Inc. ST: Massachusetts, Texas IN: CPR SU: JVN


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