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METHUEN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 2000

The Business Products Division of MicroTouch Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI) today introduced Ibid(TM) 2.0, the next generation software for the company's award-winning electronic whiteboards.

Ibid electronic whiteboards connect to a PC and let users instantaneously save, print, e-mail, and fax everything written on the whiteboard. The Ibid Professional series whiteboards can also be used as interactive touchscreens for presentations using LCD projectors. Ibid 2.0 enhancements include:

--Touchscreen Presentation Control - Delivering presentations using an LCD projector has been simplified by eliminating the need for user interaction at the computer and allowing users to control all computer functionality directly from the touch-enabled whiteboard. Its patent pending On-Board(TM) set up feature lets the user switch between whiteboard and touch-sensitive &uot;projection screen&uot; with the touch of a new projection icon.

--Teleconferencing - Ibid 2.0 provides automatic whiteboard recognition and easier teleconferencing. Automatic integration with Microsoft(R) NetMeeting(R) provides users complete control of the NetMeeting whiteboard using the Ibid whiteboard tools.

--Web Publishing - Ibid 2.0 enables users to publish their whiteboard notes to web sites where interested parties can view the notes with a web browser.

Ibid 2.0 enhances whiteboard functionality and makes the whiteboards simpler to use. Many presenters are hesitant to deal with the complexity of conducting their presentation from a computer. Ibid 2.0 allows presenters to easily activate the whiteboard as a touchscreen for their presentations using a simple icon on Ibid Professional Series whiteboards. They can conduct entire presentations from the whiteboard/touchscreen, without touching the computer. The simple icon strip on the whiteboard makes this easy even for novice users who typically may not be comfortable doing computer presentations.

Additionally, Ibid 2.0 greatly simplifies conducting teleconferences using a digital whiteboard by detecting when Microsoft NetMeeting is open and linking the Ibid whiteboard user interface into the NetMeeting teleconferencing application. No special knowledge or training on the Ibid whiteboard is required. If the user knows how to use NetMeeting, Ibid does the rest.

With corporate Intranets becoming a major repository for corporate data, Ibid 2.0 also enables conference room whiteboard discussions to be published directly to a web site. This lets departments maintain a password-protected web site where department members can save, view, and retrieve their meeting notes using a simple web browser. This eliminates the need to save and disseminate meeting notes at a later time.

Designed for education and business environments, Ibid 2.0 facilitates and promotes interactive training sessions and meetings. New features in the 2.0 software let presenters annotate PowerPoint(R) presentations and Excel(R) spreadsheets directly at the whiteboard. Edited documents can then be saved as computer files, printed, e-mailed, and even posted to corporate network and web sites, allowing students and employees easier accessibility to important information. Save formats include bitmap (.BMP), Windows metafiles (.WMF), JPEG, Tiff, and HTML.

&uot;We wanted to make it simpler for the average person to take advantage of the new electronic whiteboard capabilities,&uot; said Randy Smith, General Manager of MicroTouch's Business Products Division. &uot;Our primary goal is to make it easier for a non-technical user to conduct a presentation using an LCD projector. With Ibid 2.0 the user can stand at the whiteboard, touch the new projection icon, and turn the whiteboard into a touch-sensitive projection screen without going back to the computer. They can then run the entire presentation right from the whiteboard. This greatly simplifies making a presentation.&uot;

Compulabs, Kennesaw, GA, a leading dealer of education and presentation equipment in the U.S., has tested Ibid 2.0 for several months. &uot;Ibid 2.0 far surpasses the competition in convenience, functionality, and ease-of-use,&uot; said Kevin Talentino, Compulabs president. &uot;We know this product will more than meet the needs of teachers in functionality and performance because 99 percent of their work can now be done at the whiteboard. Information is easily accessed, saved, updated and printed right from the whiteboard. We believe this product will change the way teachers have been teaching for the last 50 years.&uot;

&uot;We are very excited about our new Ibid with 2.0 software,&uot; said Xavier Barrera, director of IT for the Fenn School, Concord, Mass. &uot;We went through an exhaustive search process before committing to the Ibid product. We involved teachers and trainers at the school in the selection process; it basically came down to two products and we went with Ibid. We had a few recommendations/concerns, but they were addressed by MicroTouch and actually incorporated into 2.0. We look at this product as a substantial expansion to our LCD projection presentation capabilities.&uot;


Available immediately, the new 2.0 software comes standard as part of the entire Ibid product line. Current Ibid users can download the 2.0 software at Complete upgrade kits containing an icon strip upgrade, stylus, software, and documentation are available through Ibid dealers at a suggested retail price of $199.

Ibid Product Line

Ibid electronic whiteboards are designed to fit into any environment including, offices, cubicles, conference rooms, and teaching facilities. MicroTouch's line of whiteboards includes the Business Series, its standard line of electronic whiteboards and the Professional Series, MicroTouch's premier line.

--Business Series - Ibid Business Series whiteboards range in size from 1' x 2' to 4' x 6'. Each is easy to install and connects to a PC through a standard serial port. Once installed anything written on the whiteboard can be saved, printed, e-mailed, faxed or posted to a web site directly from the whiteboard.

--Professional Series - Ibid Professional Series whiteboards range in size from 2' x 3' to 4' x 6'. Ibid Professional Series builds on the Business Series capabilities and provides enhanced functionality such as projection screen support with On-Board set up and control, multiple board tiling, and the ability to place custom overlays and forms direct to the whiteboard.

Additional information on all Ibid products can be found at

About MicroTouch

MicroTouch Systems, Inc., is the world's leading manufacturer of computer touchscreen display products and award winning electronic whiteboards. Founded in 1982, MicroTouch is headquartered in Methuen, Mass. The MicroTouch Business Products Division, formed in 1996, is a market leader in touch-enabled electronic whiteboards. Its Ibid product line has earned awards from such industry leading magazines as Presentations, Windows, PC Computing, and Media &Methods. More information on Ibid can be found at
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