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NEW APPLE PARTNERS OFFER DEVELOPMENT SOFTWARE FOR CLIENT/SERVER APPLICATIONS

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced seven Client/Server Tools Partners today at the Apple Enterprise Computing Conference. The seven independent software vendors (ISVs) are introducing new software development tools for designing and building client/server object-oriented, cross-platform applications. The new partners join the first wave of nine partners who announced development tools for constructing client/server applications last November, showing strong industry support for the Apple Macintosh computer and the newly announced Apple Workgroup Server product family.
 The wide array of development tools offered by Apple's client/server tools partners make it easy for Information Systems (IS) professionals to rapidly design, develop and deploy client/server applications for competitive advantage in a multiplatform environment. The tools enable IS professionals to take full advantage of key Apple technologies, yet minimize duplicate cross-platform development efforts. AppleScript, Apple's open scripting architecture, also announced today, is among key Apple technologies such as Apple Events, Data Access Manager and Data Access Language, that will be widely supported by the client/server tools partners.
 "Development tools are the lifeblood of the industry," said John Nauman, senior director of Apple Computer's Enterprise Systems Division's Integration Technologies business unit. "We are pleased that today's announcements with our partners add to the rich collection of tools that will help information systems professionals design and deploy their enterprise applications to a variety of computing platforms -- from Macintosh and other personal computers to mainframes. The Macintosh platform is suited for developing and deploying client/server applications in today's enterprise because of its ease of use, inherent graphics capability, robust networking capabilities, and high performance."
 A broad spectrum of client/server, object-oriented, cross-platform development tools for design and construction of applications are being offered by the seven vendors -- Andyne Computing Ltd.; Blyth Software Inc.; Connectivite Corp.; Inference Corp.; Sybase Inc.; Uniface Corp.; and Visix Software Inc.
 "These new development tools," Nauman added, "indicate that our Client/Server Tools Partners -- savvy business people who make significant investments building programming and development tools -- recognize the power of the Macintosh platform." They join other ISVs -- Brio Technology Inc.; Component Software Corp.; Digitalk Inc.; Forte Software Inc.; Micro Focus; Mitem Corp.; Powersoft Corp.; Software AG of N. America Inc.; and TGS Systems Ltd. -- who announced their tools at last November's MacIS conference. They add to the growing list of Apple partners, including IBM, Digital Equipment, Oracle and Symantec, all of whom provide advanced software development tools for the Macintosh computer platform.
 Client/Server Tools and VITAL
 The new development tools support rapid prototyping and development of custom applications for the enterprise using object-oriented technologies and Apple's data access solutions -- Data Access Manager (DAM) and Data Access Language (DAL) and other core Apple technologies such as Apple Events, AppleScript and A.O.C.E. (Apple Open Collaboration Environment).
 Data access is one of five information activities specified in Apple's VITAL framework. VITAL (Virtually Integrated Technical Architecture Lifecycle), announced in spring 1992, is a set of guidelines to help Apple's corporate customers design information systems that more easily integrate their desktop and portable computers into enterprise systems that include "legacy" mainframes. In addition to data access, the VITAL architecture includes data capture, repository, desktop integration and systems infrastructure. The VITAL architecture describes the corporate information system in enterprise environments and opens the path to a new "anywhere, anytime" model of computing.
 Apple's enterprise customers can obtain more information about VITAL by calling 800-635-9550, ext. 502, or by contacting an authorized Apple sales representative.
 Overview of Development Tools
 The following is an overview of the new companies and products involved in the Apple Client/Server Tools initiative. For detailed pricing and availability information on specific products, contact the appropriate vendor directly.
 Andyne Computing Ltd.
 Andyne GQL (Graphical Query Language) is a fully customizable family of ad hoc data access and reporting applications that provide a multiplatform (Macintosh, Windows, Unix Motif) desktop solution for enterprise-wide, end-user computing. The GQL product family includes tools for database and systems administrators, as well as end users who need flexible access to SQL databases. GQL supports Data Access Language, Apple Events and has announced plans to support AppleScript. Contact Scott Rankine at 613-548-7801.
 Blyth Software Inc.
 Blyth Software is a leader in client/server application development for Macintosh and Windows desktop systems. The company's product, OMNIS Seven, enables application developers, such as MIS organizations and custom software development organizations, to build cross-platform, mission critical applications capable of running on multivendor networks and accessing SQL and non-SQL databases. OMNIS provides support for Data Access Language, and has announced plans to support for AppleScript. Contact John Mann at 415-571-0222.
 Connectivite Corp.
 Connectivite's Both 3.0, is a development environment for building client/server applications. From graphical user interface design to host coupling and data management, Both enables IS developers to retain their client applications -- logic and presentation -- while, behind the scenes, migrating incrementally to different data sources (SQL, LU6.2, etc.). Both is architected for rapid development, enabling the rapid creation of new, easy-to-use production-quality cooperative applications. Connectivite has announced planned support for Apple Events, AppleScript and Data Access Language. Contact Lisa Grey at 914-631-5365.
 Inference Corp.
 ART.Enterprise is a fully object-oriented, client/server development tool for building enterprise-wide computing applications. ART.Enterprise features point-and-click generation of GUI, database mapping and application objects, multimedia, multideveloper support, unstructured information retrieval and rules, allowing creation of applications that link multiple heterogeneous databases and are portable across Macintosh, Windows, NT, OS/2, UNIX and MVS. ART.Enterprise has announced planned support for Apple Events, AppleScript and Data Access Language. Contact Chuck Williams at 310-322-0200.
 Sybase Inc.
 Deft is a CASE solution designed specifically for RDBMS engineers and provides Data Flow, Entity-Relationship and Program Structure modeling. Users use it to design data-entry forms and report prototypes easily. Deft provides specific support for Sysbase, Ingres, Oracle, Rdb and DB2. Deft allows several engineers to work on the same design simultaneously. Deft generates SQL and forms from completed Deft designs and allows host databases to be reverse-engineered into Deft diagrams and dictionaries. Sybase has announced plans to support AppleScript. Contact Linda Adreveno at 510-596-3500.
 Uniface Corp.
 UNIFACE is a cross-platform, client/server development environment suited to the needs of building enterprise-wide applications. Its unique 3-schema architecture allows developers to build, deploy and maintain applications that are platform and database independent. The UNIFACE 4GL development environment for the Macintosh computer enables software developers to build enterprise client/server applications that transparently perform access to heterogeneous data sources across multiple networks on multiple servers. Uniface has announced plans to support Data Access Language and AppleScript. Contact Hal Steger at 510-748-6145.
 Visix Software Inc.
 The Galaxy Application Environment is a multiplatform development environment designed for building large-scale, distributed, graphical applications. With Galaxy's cross-platform API and integrated tool set, applications can run enterprise-wide on a broad range of desktop and server platforms, networks and graphical interfaces. Galaxy will support Apple Events, AppleScript, Data Access Manager and Data Access Language and other key Apple technologies. The Macintosh version will be released during the second quarter of 1993. Contact Sheri Winter at 703-758-8230.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles, 408-862-5671, or John McCreadie, 408-974-4398, both of Apple Computer/
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