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NEWSWEEK INTERACTIVE'S FULL-SCREEN, SVGA PHOTO ESSAYS REPRESENT A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT IN CD-ROM PUBLISHING

 NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Newsweek InterActive for DOS is the first CD-ROM to feature a soundtrack synchronized with full-screen Super Video Graphics Array (SVGA) photographs. CD-ROMs currently on the market interrupt or loop audio playback while changing full-screen images or restricting themselves to quarter-screen images. Newsweek InterActive is the only CD-ROM that simultaneously displays full-screen images while playing continuous, uninterrupted audio streams.
 "What makes this accomplishment significant is that it's done without special compression or acceleration hardware," said Mike Duffy, vice president, software development for The Software Toolworks (NASDAQ: TWRX). "We're doing this real-time on a standard 33 MHz, 386 IBM compatible, and that requires wringing every last bit of performance out of the system."
 Technology Advancement
 Toolworks programmers faced two problems making Newsweek's creative vision appear on-screen: available memory and CD-ROM transfer speeds. To reduce the memory required to create visually appealing transitions between images, the transition sequence was pre-computed using proprietary tools from The Software Toolworks' toolset. The sequence was then compressed and interleaved with audio data (again using custom tools) to meet CD-ROM speed requirements.
 DOS Version Now Available
 With today's release of a DOS version of Newsweek InterActive, the editors of Newsweek and engineers at The Software Toolworks have created a new medium that uses virtually every imaginable story-telling method.
 "Newsweek InterActive marks the beginning of digital journalism," said Michael Rogers, managing editor of Newsweek InterActive. "We're combining the best aspects of magazine, television and radio into a new medium that puts our readers in control of the content."
 Medium for Photojournalism
 Now that high-resolution, full-screen images can be presented as narrated photo essays, Newsweek InterActive has become an ideal medium for photojournalism. Karen Mullarkey, a leading photography editor who is now a consultant to Newsweek InterActive, saID, "With CD-ROM, we can now tell stories with a large number of photographs, plus video. We are no longer limited to simply illustrating text, as in magazines, or showing exactly what the narrator is talking about, as in television. Photography can stand alone, allowing you to be an eyewitness to a story, drawing your own conclusions."
 Technology Showcase
 The Software Toolworks will continue to use Newsweek InterActive as a showcase for technological innovations in CD-ROM publishing. In future releases of this quarterly multimedia magazine, Toolworks plans to demonstrate effects normally seen on much more sophisticated hardware, such as morphing. Morphing, made popular in recent films and television commercials, is a visual effect where one image "melts" into another.
 Available at Retail and by Subscription
 Newsweek InterActive is issued quarterly. Featuring one, two, or three original multimedia stories per disk, it is also a long-lasting reference, a living encyclopedia of modern history. At the end of a year, readers will have eight to 10 original multimedia documentaries on the most important issues of the day, 2 million words of Newsweek, nearly 1,000 articles from The Washington Post, and almost 20 hours of "Newsweek On Air" -- all on four compact disks. Newsweek InterActive will be an ever-expanding reference work to which readers can turn for additional perspective on breaking news.
 The suggested retail price is $49.95; call The Software Toolworks at 800-234-3088 for the location of the retailer nearest you. Annual subscriptions priced at $129.95 are sold directly by Newsweek, call 800-634-6850.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Pearson, 212-350-4342, or Eve Weiss, 212-350-4870, both of Newsweek; or Jeneane Harter, 415-883-3000, ext. 520, or Tracy Egan, 415-883-3000, ext. 828, both of The Software Toolworks/
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