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INFORMAL SOFTWARE DEBUTS ENOTATE SOFTWARE V1.2.

Informal Software, Inc., a provider of software solutions that extend the usability of PC and Mac-based communication and collaboration applications, has debuted the latest version of its enotate software to meet the growing needs of business professionals by adding the electronic equivalent of "pen and paper" into daily computing. Based on the initial positive reception of enotate software, additional capabilities have been added to enotate v1.2, including support for Microsoft Excel and the Handspring Visor to expand the functionality of popular corporate applications that optimize the use of handheld devices. As a means of leveraging the widespread standardization on a range of Palm-based handheld devices by corporations, Informal Software's enotate v1.2 accommodates the changing needs of businesses by providing a critical new software tool that enables enhanced communication and collaboration both in and out of the office.

"Informal Software's newest enotate v1.2 software addresses the significant market need for a more natural and efficient means of interacting with the PC," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mobile Insights, a market research firm in Mountain View, CA. "As handheld devices continue to gain acceptance as vital tools in the corporate enterprise and among consumers, the need to electronically communicate creative ideas and information in a natural, intuitive manner plays a pivotal role in maximizing users' efficiency. By incorporating sketching and annotation into the everyday computing experience, Informal Software has created an entirely new category of software that is fundamentally changing the computing habits of both consumers and business professionals, while uniquely employing the handheld device as a direct, real-time input/output device."

New features of enotate v1.2 include support for Microsoft Excel and the Handspring Visor, full color support for the Palm IIIc, gray-scale support for the Palm Vx and m100, "slide show" support and control of "auto power off" in PowerPoint. Further, enotate v1.2 supports the Palm connected organizer, Handspring Visor, IBM WorkPad, TRG Pro, Microsoft Word 97/2000, Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000, Microsoft Excel 2000 and digital images in common formats such as JPEG, BMP, TIFF and PCX. Informal Software's enotate v1.2 is available for $69.99 from www.informal.com, and for existing customers, an upgrade that installs all the new features and functionalities of enotate v1.2 onto the original enotate platform is available for a discounted price of $14.99. Informal Software also has plans to release additional versions of enotate in Q1 2001 that support new applications and other popular platforms, including the PocketPC/Windows CE and Macintosh platforms.

INFORMAL SOFTWARE ANSWERS CORPORATE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES WITH PC "FOURTH PERIPHERAL"

As corporations continue to standardize on handheld devices like the Palm connected organizer, a broad base of business professionals will begin to look for innovative technology tools that will help them approach communication within their careers in a more intuitive and efficient manner. Informal Software is committed to developing products that are tailored to the inevitable communication and collaboration challenges that occur due to the limited tools available in the market today. By adding new features such as Excel and Handspring support, Informal Software developed an innovative software solution that simplifies PC computing with key corporate applications by making the process 100% electronic though a new "fourth peripheral."

In addition to allowing free-hand sketching/drawing and annotating or marking-up of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents, and standard graphics files, enotate v1.2 enables business professionals to add questions/comments or editing marks to Excel documents, thus increasing productivity, enhancing communication and allowing users to take full advantage of the devices they have at their disposal. Given Informal Software's goal of becoming platform independent, support of the USB port as part of the popular Handspring Visor will increase the appeal of enotate v1.2 among business professionals. Informal Software recognized the advantage of supporting the high-speed USB port in addition to the standard serial port, since graphics, digital photos and the general performance of the application are enhanced with the use of this port.

"Our latest software application takes us one step closer to solving many of the typical productivity and collaboration challenges that companies of all sizes face in today's disparate market," said Ian Cullimore, president and CEO of Informal Software. "With expanded support for Excel and the Handspring Visor, enotate v1.2 illustrates our commitment to deliver compelling business tools that enable effective electronic communication and provide a broad range of viable solutions for business professionals that bring true electronic writing into the PC computing equation. Furthermore, in the upcoming quarter, Informal Software plans to introduce a host of products that will allow virtually every computer user to benefit from our innovative electronic writing application."

ABOUT INFORMAL SOFTWARE

Informal Software, Inc., founded in 1998, provides innovative software solutions that extend the functionality and usability of PC and MAC-based applications, as well as simplify communication and collaboration by incorporating writing into everyday computing thereby making the process 100 percent electronic. With enotate, users can naturally and intuitively represent and communicate electronically the true "gist" of information, messages, thoughts and statements using a digital document or image. Unlike pen tablets, drawing/sketching software packages or other pen-based computing solutions, Informal Software's unique "Informal Interface" enables actual electronic writing that is compatible with existing applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to allow business professionals and consumers alike to interact with a personal computer in a more natural and intuitive manner. Informal Software's enotate is a platform independent application that optimizes handheld devices whether being used at home or at work, transforming them into the ideal "fourth peripheral" for the PC or MAC sitting alongside the traditional keyboard, mouse, and display. enotate software was developed for the family of Palm connected organizers, Palm OS devices, and Microsoft PocketPC-based handheld computers.

Informal Software can be found on the World Wide Web at www.informal.com.

For more information, call 408/727-0351.
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