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NEURON DATA EARNS HIGH MARKS FROM EARLY USERS AS COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW CLIENT/SERVER TOOLS

 Users Praise OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS(TM) and C/S ELEMENTS(TM) For
 Their Object-Oriented Cross-Platform Development Capabilities
 PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Early users of Neuron Data's new object-oriented, portable client/server tools praise the products' cross-platform and multi-database capabilities. Neuron Data announced today that the products -- OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS(TM) Version 3 and C/S ELEMENTS(TM) Version 1 -- are now shipping.
 OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and C/S ELEMENTS both deliver object- oriented, cross-platform development facilities. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is a graphical user interface (GUI) application development environment that includes an extensible script language. C/S ELEMENTS features the GUI development and script facilities of OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, along with the capability to build applications that can access a full range of data sources.
 Both products enable developers to build enterprise-wide client/server applications across more than 40 platforms and their native windowing environments.
 "The move to a client/server environment is a critical challenge for many businesses," said Patrick Perez, CEO of Neuron Data. "It's essential to have tools that offer maximum flexibility and power while accommodating the broadest range of platforms and data sources. By providing increased productivity, portability and scalability, Neuron Data tools have consistently excelled at these kinds of challenges for both corporate and commercial developers."
 OCTEL BUILDS STRATEGIC CLIENT/SERVER APPLICATIONS
 Octel Communications Corporation is a leading provider of telecommunications equipment. They are using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to build client/server applications that target strategic business needs from Macintosh and PC Windows clients.
 "We depend on Neuron Data to provide us with tools that are rich enough for building mission-critical applications across a variety of platforms," said David Westerhoff, development manager at Octel. "Neuron Data's technology provides us with the ability to develop the type of high-quality applications that our users have come to expect."
 HUGHES AIRCRAFT APPLAUDS CROSS-PLATFORM, MULTI-DATABASE CAPABILITIES
 Hughes Aircraft is using the new release of C/S ELEMENTS to build a prototype system and simulation environment for the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Directorate. Hughes is a long-time user of Neuron Data products on multiple projects.
 "Each generation of Neuron Data tools has given us monumental increases in productivity and reliability," said Pat Wright, systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles. "The new C/S ELEMENTS product incorporates what we believe will be a cornerstone technology for us -- independent, dynamic access to our entire range of data sources and a common view to all of these sources. It's the next logical step in Neuron Data's progression of tools, which continue to meet our most important development needs."
 HARTE-HANKS LEVERAGES NEW TOOL FOR CLIENT/SERVER 'CONCURRENT ENGINEERING'
 Harte-Hanks, a value-added reseller of customized applications to banks, insurance companies, retail organizations and other marketing- intensive businesses, is using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to build new versions of its Personal/Customer Information System for IBM AIX and OS/2 platforms simultaneously. The company plans to use OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS for future versions of its software running on Microsoft Windows and Windows NT.
 "What OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS provides is critical to any company doing cross-platform software development," said Bill Langlais, product development manager at Harte-Hanks. "It gives us the functionality to deliver our system across all the popular hardware systems very quickly. And if a faster, more powerful platform comes along, we can deliver on that new system in time to meet customer demand."
 GMIS OPENS NEW MARKETS WITH NEURON DATA TOOLS
 GMIS, Inc., a software vendor specializing in automated medical management systems for the insurance industry, is using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop expert system client/server applications. These products help indemnity, manage-care and third-party administrator organizations assess the appropriateness, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction with treatment.
 "In an industry which utilizes diverse technologies such as ours, the ability to introduce new products that look, feel and function consistently across multiple platforms is absolutely critical," said James Chaban, manager of Clinical Product Technologies. "Through using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, GMIS products will now be able to offer expanded access to a multitude of data sources as well. Neuron Data has continually supplied strong, timely products and we look forward to working with their tools well into the future."
 INDUS ACCESSES MULTIPLE DATABASES FOR CLIENT/SERVER OLTP
 Indus Consultancy Services, a systems integrator, is using the new C/S ELEMENTS product to build client/server on-line transaction processing (OLTP) applications for Wall Street financial services companies.
 "Neuron Data's Elements Architecture is the right combination of building blocks necessary for developing Information Systems across multiple platforms," said Sandip Gupta, a principal with Indus Consultancy Services. "C/S ELEMENTS, which includes the data access component of the Elements Architecture, provides a very powerful and functionally rich interface to our most frequently used data sources."
 OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS DELIVERS EXTENSIBLE SCRIPT, NEW POWER WIDGETS
 OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is a full-featured GUI development tool for building cross-platform applications. New features in Version 3 include:
 -- A message-based script language for linking interface objects to application functions. The script language combines the speed and functionality of 3GLs with the visual programming style and productivity of 4GLs. Developers can rapidly and easily prototype and develop applications without using C or C++.
 -- Support for C++ enables developers to utilize C++ programming techniques and compilers. Developers can build a complete C++ application with the same Open Interface libraries and take advantage of all the features of C++ for better object-oriented design. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS supports all major C++ compilers across all supported platforms.
 -- New interface objects called "power" widgets include comprehensive business graphics, color icons and images, palette, text- edit validation and hypertext help.
 -- Drag & Drop capabilities, compatible with Microsoft Windows drag & drop, is portable across all platforms.
 -- Character-mode support.
 C/S ELEMENTS PROVIDES NEW DATA ACCESS CAPABILITIES
 C/S ELEMENTS is a comprehensive application development tool for building enterprise client/server applications spanning multiple platforms and data sources. New product features include:
 -- The complete GUI development and script capabilities available in OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS.
 -- A data source-independent, extensible API that enables developers to manage connections, queries, joins and updates across multiple data sources, including hierarchical, relational, flat-file and object- oriented databases.
 -- Support for full read/write access to Oracle, Sybase and ODBC- compliant databases such as Informix, Ingres, etc., through pre-packaged drivers optimized for each database. In addition, custom drivers can be written to access any data source.
 -- Full support for ANSI SOL along with support for data source- specific functionality, such as stored procedures, triggers and referential integrity.
 -- DBView, a flexible, point-and-click data viewing facility that separates the logical view from the physical data source, making data presentation and manipulation easy and intuitive.
 -- A Data Link Editor that enables developers to define relationships between GUI objects and DBView using point-and-click visual programming.
 -- Pre-packaged verbs (functions) specific to data access for rapid development of data-oriented applications.
 AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
 Priced at $4,850 for a Windows or Macintosh development license, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is available now. Priced at $6,850 for a development license, C/S ELEMENTS is available now. There are no run- time fees for either product.
 PLATFORM SUPPORT
 OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and C/S ELEMENTS support the following windowing environments: Microsoft Windows and Windows NT; OS/2 Presentation Manager; Apple Macintosh; Motif and Open Look. Both products are available on more than 40 platforms, including:
 -- Microsoft Windows NT;
 -- Digital Open VMS, VMS, OSF/1, ULTRIX and Alpha NT;
 -- IBM AIX UNIX and OS/2;
 -- SCO UNIX;
 -- Sun SunOS and Solaris for SPARC and Intel;
 -- Silicon Graphics IRIX;
 -- Hewlett-Packard HP-UX;
 -- Apple Macintosh.
 Both products allow quick and easy internationalization of applications for a variety of languages. With the resource compiler, users can substitute specific resource files into any of a dozen major languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Kanji/Japanese, and Hangul/Korean. The resource compiler supports any single-byte or double-byte language.
 ABOUT NEURON DATA
 Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Neuron data designs, manufactures and markets object-oriented tools for portable client/server development. With offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo and distributors throughout the Pacific Rim, Europe and Japan, Neuron data is the worldwide market leader in graphical interface and rule-base application development tools.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Briefs on OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and C/S ELEMENTS beta sites available on request. Neuron Data will exhibit at Microsoft's Booth, No. L2602, at Comdex in Las Vegas, Nov. 15-19./
 /CONTACT: Kimberly Fox of UpStart Communications, 716-244-5520, for Neuron Data, or Barbara Hochgesang of Neuron Data, 415-321-4488/


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