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SYMANTEC SHIPS FIRST NATIVE C++ FOR MACINTOSH; INTRODUCES THREE NEW DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

 CUPERTINO, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Macintosh developers can now write software faster and more easily with Symantec C++ 6.0 for Macintosh, a development environment introduced today by Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC). Symantec C++ for Macintosh is the first development environment for the Macintosh with an integrated, native C++ compiler. C++, the object-oriented evolution of the C language, is fast becoming the computer industry's most popular programming language.
 KEY FEATURES OVERVIEW
 -- 1st Native C++ development environment for the Macintosh;
 -- Fast C and C++ compilers with incremental linking dramatically
 reduce development time;
 -- Open environment allows developers to integrate their favorite
 editors and tools;
 -- Automatic project management eliminates routine hassles; and
 -- Support for team programming enables teams of developers to
 tackle development of more sophisticated programs.
 The company also announced the availability of THINK(TM) C 6.0 and Symantec C++ 6.0 for Apple's Macintosh Programmer's Workshop (MPW). THINK C, the number-one selling Macintosh development environment, is a complete package of tools and libraries for programmers, students and hobbyists. Symantec C++ for MPW is a native C++ compiler for users of MPW.
 "Object-oriented programming in C++ is revolutionizing the process of software development," said Gene Wang, Symantec's executive vice president of applications and development tools. "As the leading provider of Macintosh languages, Symantec is now bringing this revolution to Macintosh developers."
 "At Apple we are seeing strong demand for C++ to improve programmer productivity and to help bring applications to market faster," said Steve Weyl, Apple's director of developer tools group. "Symantec C++ for Macintosh, with its tightly integrated development environment, faster compile/link times and support for the latest C++ features, provides the capabilities developers most need to rapidly bring to market the innovative new applications for which the Macintosh is famous."
 Symantec C++ for Macintosh: Fastest C++ Development
 Environment Symantec C++ for Macintosh gives developers access to all of the benefits of object-oriented programming through a fast, native C++ compiler in a tightly integrated environment. Symantec C++ for Macintosh is based on the THINK environment and includes all of THINK C 6.0. THINK products have long dominated the Macintosh languages market because of their reputation among professional developers for high speed and tight integration of development tools.
 "The three most important things about this program are that it's fast, open and native C++. And, I can use my favorite editors and tools," said Randy Hill, software engineer at Claris Corp. "I have been waiting for a very fast C++ for the Macintosh, and this is it!"
 Fast C++: Symantec C++ for Macintosh is the only development environment available with an integrated native C++ compiler and incremental linker. According to company benchmarks, the compiler is 50 percent faster than the Apple MPW CFront implementation. The incremental linker significantly reduces development time by only linking new or modified code into the program. Also supported are the latest C++ features such as templates, multiple inheritance and nested classes.
 Open Environment: The environment includes an editor, a source code browser and a C++ source code debugger. An open development environment means that during the development process, programmers can use their favorite tools, such as code editors and resource tools. Symantec C++ for Macintosh is Apple Event- and AppleScript-aware, and can execute Macintosh MPW scripts from within the Symantec environment.
 Automatic project management: The THINK Project Manager in Symantec C++ for Macintosh keeps track of the relationships between all files and libraries. It tracks all new or modified code and upon request, recompiles the appropriate files and rebuilds the program. The THINK Project Manager eliminates routine hassles and is one of the unique features that makes the product line so popular with programmers.
 Team Programming: Symantec C++ for Macintosh includes Apple's SourceServer which creates an environment that supports team development. SourceServer tracks programming modules that have been "checked out," and provides a source code control system that coordinates the efforts of multiple programmers working simultaneously on the same program.
 THINK C: Number-One Product Has New, Open Environment
 With THINK C 6.0, developers can build any kind of Macintosh application, desk accessory, device driver or code resource. A new, open development environment allows developers to use the tools included in THINK C, or a compiler, debugger or editor from another vendor. THINK C also features an improved project manager with increased performance for faster development. An improved debugger enables developers to debug larger pieces of code and, as a result, build superior applications.
 Symantec C++ for MPW: The C++ Choice
 For users of Apple's MPW, Symantec C++ for MPW delivers a native C++ compiler that, according to company tests, is 50 percent faster than the CFront alternative. It is the same C++ compiler that comes in Symantec C++ for Macintosh, and supports the latest C++ features including templates, nested classes and multiple inheritance.
 Pricing and Availability
 Symantec C++ 6.0 for Macintosh, THINK C 6.0 and Symantec C++ 6.0 for MPW are available immediately. Symantec C++ 6.0 for Macintosh has a suggested retail price of $499, and cross-grades for THINK C 5.0 users are $149.95. THINK C 6.0 has a suggested retail price of $299, and upgrades for THINK C 5.0 users are $89.95. The suggested retail price for Symantec C++ 6.0 for MPW is $499.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers, IBM-compatible PCs and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Information on the company and products can be obtained by calling: 800-441-7234 toll free, or 408-252-3570.
 NOTE: Brands and product references herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Brinker of Symantec, 408-446-7490, or Rebecca Fuller of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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