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QUARTERDECK ANNOUNCES X11 AND MOTIF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TOOLKITS FOR DESQVIEW/X

 QUARTERDECK ANNOUNCES X11 AND MOTIF
 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TOOLKITS FOR DESQVIEW/X
 New SDKs Allow Developers Flexibility
 in the Choice of Programming Toolkits, Also Free GNU Compiler
 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Quarterdeck Office Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: QDEK) announced today at the company's fifth annual VAR and Developer Conference the DESQview/X X11 and Motif Software Development Toolkits. Also available at no charge with the toolkits is the popular GNU C/C++ compiler. The X11 Toolkit and the DESQview/X OSF/Motif Toolkit will ship in September 1992. Attendees at the full conference will receive the X11 toolkit free of charge at the conclusion of the event.
 "The DESQview/X X11 Toolkit provides a rich X development environment on PC systems," said Gary Pope, Quarterdeck's co-founder and executive vice president, development. "This environment allows developers to create X clients that will operate within DESQview/X, and are capable of communicating with other X Window systems across a network."
 The X11 Toolkit is an open system that adheres to such industry standards as the Berkeley Socket Interface (for network-independent communication), X Window System (for display output and distributed computing) and Adobe Type Manager font technology (for scalable fonts).
 "The X11 Toolkit provides access to advanced DESQview/X features such as remote printing, dynamic link libraries and virtual memory -- features that promote greater programming flexibility," added Pope.
 The Quarterdeck DESQview/X X11 Toolkit allows developers to create DESQview/X specific applications. DESQview/X, introduced in March 1992, is a multitasking and windowing environment that includes the first full implementation of the X Window System under DOS. With the X11 toolkit, developers will be able to:
 -- port X clients from other X Window System environments to DESQview/X;
 -- create new X clients that may be ported at a later stage to other X Window System environments;
 -- perform network-independent communication between different machines;
 -- access Adobe Type Manager to provide Type 1 scalable fonts; and
 -- customize DESQview/X through the creation of utility programs and configuration files.
 A special base-level DESQview/X X11 Starter Toolkit, for use with the GNU C/C++ compiler only, includes disks containing the full X11 R4 programming libraries, the DESQview/X system library with Berkeley Socket Interface, sample programs, make files for GNU, the DESQview/X Roadmap documentation and the GNU C/C++ compiler. The starter kit sells for $50.
 The complete DESQview/X X11 Toolkit, priced at $750, includes: X11 R4 programming libraries, the DESQview/X system library with Berkeley Socket Interface, sample programs, make files and library support for Microsoft C, Borland C++, Zortech C++, Rational Instant C, Watcom C/386, Metaware High C and GNU C/C++ compilers, the DESQview/X Roadmap, O'Reilly X Reference and Programming Guides (Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5), Rational Systems DOS/4GX DOS extender and tools, Instant C development environment, Oxygen and Quarterdeck's Developer Passport Support.
 The Developer Passport Support designates a specific Quarterdeck technician/programmer to provide technical support for individual developers. Developers are provided with direct-dial phone access to their designated support technician, as well as standard electronic bulletin board system (BBS) support. Developer Passport Support enrollees are also entitled to use the new Quarterdeck Porting and Programming Labs, staffed by company technicians and developers, located in Santa Monica and Chelmsford, England.
 In order for developers to select only the tools that suit their individual needs, the toolkit components are available separately:
 -- DESQview/X X11 libraries (for all supported compilers), DOS/4GX, DESQview/X Roadmap and O'Reilly Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 -- $300;
 -- Volume 1: Xlib Programming Manual -- $25;
 -- Volume 2: Xlib Reference Manual -- $25;
 -- Volume 4: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming -- $25;
 -- Volume 5: X Toolkit Intrinsics Reference -- $25;
 -- Instant-C for DESQview/X -- $250;
 -- Oxygen for DESQview/X -- $50; and
 -- Quarterdeck Developer Passport Support -- $450/year.
 All developer tools are available only from Quarterdeck directly; orders may be placed by calling 800-354-3222.
 For those programmers interested in developing DESQview/X applications who do not require documentation or support, Quarterdeck has made the Quarterdeck X libraries for DESQview/X available to GNU for distribution with the GNU C/C++ compiler for DOS, which can be downloaded free from Internet.
 Quarterdeck's OSF/Motif (v. 1.1.5) Development Toolkit, priced at $150, includes: Motif Widget libraries, Motif Resource Management library, Motif User Interface Language (UIL) compiler, sample programs, O'Reilly Volume 6, Motif Programming Manual, the DESQview/X OSF/Motif Roadmap and the DESQview/X end user OSF/Motif Window Manager.
 Quarterdeck is a technology leader in the development of software products that enhance the performance of DOS-based personal computer hardware and software. The company develops, markets and supports multitasking, windowing and memory management software designed to bring cost-effective computing solutions to business and professional PC users.
 Quarterdeck Office Systems Inc. is located at 150 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
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