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Novell software upgrades due in May.

OREM, Utah - Novell Inc. is gearing up for the May release of new versions of its WordPerfect Works and InfoCentral software applications.

The new version of WordPerfect Works, called PerfectWorks 2.1 for Windows, will integrate features from Novell's Perfect Office program to increase user productivity, according to the company.

Features from Perfect Office include Quick Correct, which automatically corrects misspellings, and Grammatik grammar and style checker, which will suggest replacement words, phrases and sentences, and rewrite if needed.

PerfectWorks includes Wysbygi - What you see before you get it - which lets users see changes to their data before those changes are made. PerfectWorks gives users the ability to import their files to many business applications on the market, including Quattro Pro, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and graphics programs.

Novell says it will offer consumers who purchase PerfectWorks 2.1 for Windows an integrated version of the Quicken Special Edition for Windows, the top-selling personal finance program.

The new version of InfoCentral, Novell's personal information manager, will offer enhanced calendar, address-book and printing capabilities, as well as such new features as Quick Notes and Caller ID.

The caller ID technology will automatically put a caller's information into the program and show the user the identity of the caller.

"This functionality will help users maintain the level of productivity necessary to effectively manage their daily responsibilities," says Sam Yee, product marketing director, consumer products division.

The new version of InfoCentral will continue to ship with iBase, a database for small and start-up businesses containing tax information and government agency news.

The program requires a 386 or higher, 4MB RAM, 6 to 11 MB of hard disk space, and Windows 3.1 or higher.

Novell is moving heavily into the OEM bundling arena. The company recently signed bundling agreements with two major PC manufacturers, Epson and Hewlett Packard. The two companies will include Novell's WordPerfect Main Street titles on their PCs.

Three of Novell's WordPerfect Main Street education titles, Read with Me 1 & 2, Write with Me and Memphis Math: Treasure of the Tombs, will be bundled on the Epson Action Tower 7500 and 8200 machines, which retail from $1,600 to $1,999.

The agreement is part of Epson's attempt to target the home market, as well as personal and business users.

"We selected the WordPerfect Main Street education products because they are quality products from a recognized name-brand vendor," says Michael DeNeffe, director of PC product marketing at Epson. "The Main Street products cover the ever-important three Rs of education at an age group of 3 to 14 years."

The bundled Epson PCs will be available in regional retail and store-front dealers in May. Software titles from Sierra Outpost, Magic Theater, Mayo Family Health Clinic Books, Claris Works and Quicken SE will be included in the bundle.

WordPerfect Main Street titles will also be bundled onto the three models in Hewlett Packard's new Multimedia 6100 Series. Available exclusively in Circuit City stores by the end of April, the PCs win retail for between $1,600 and $2,200. The WordPerfect Main Street bundle, which includes PerfectWorks, Clip Art for Home and Write with Me, is designed to reach PC users of all ages.
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Author:Greenman, Catherine
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Apr 10, 1995
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