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SoftQuad Announces HoTMetaL PRO 6.0: Product Offers Web Authors More Control and Productivity.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 1999--

SoftQuad Software Inc., the award-winning provider of HTML and XML content authoring tools, today announced the release of HoTMetaL PRO 6.0, the most powerful version of its professional Web development environment. HoTMetaL PRO 6.0's new features are designed to increase productivity and provide users with more control over the Web development and management process. They include new FTP and remote file editing capabilities, improved handling of imported HTML source code, an improved drag and drop asset management system, and powerful new customization options.

In addition, HoTMetaL PRO 6.0 also includes new learning tools and authoring aids that make it the only professional tool that helps new users progress from simple, WYSIWYG page design to full fledged HTML coding.

The professional user will be attracted to several specific new product features that address their wants and needs:

Enhanced FTP and Remote File Editing Features

Enhanced FTP capabilities provide more support for proxy servers, firewalls and binary/ASCII transfers. Using a site mapping table, developers now have drag and drop remote file editing capabilities, and the ability to synchronize site updates automatically.

Improved Source Editing and Authoring Aids

Developers can now import pages created in another editor without making any changes. The Attribute Inspector is now available in all editing views. Additionally, the improved interactive validator now provides a log of all errors, and allows users to review changes before they are made.

Improved Asset Manager

The improved Asset Manager provides drag and drop access to a variety of asset types, including images, multimedia files, applets, and scripts. It now includes more tools and pre-built effects, like a dynamic button maker. Users will also now be able to drag and drop effects directly from a browser onto an asset page.

Extensibility and Customization

HoTMetaL PRO 6.0's new COM interface and advanced scripting capabilities allows developers to deploy custom components that work in any production environment. Additionally the new macro toolbar and macro recorder makes it easier to automate repetitive tasks.

"The professional Web developer needs to be able to complete sophisticated tasks quickly and easily," said Roberto Drassinower, president and CEO, SoftQuad Software Inc. "HoTMetaL now provides greater productivity and flexibility in authoring, managing and publishing Websites. The enhanced FTP capabilities, automated synchronized site updates and the effortless remote file editing will improve the workflow in web production studios and will assist webmasters in keeping their sites up-to-date."

HoTMetaL PRO 6.0 will be shipping on September 27th, 1999 for the Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0 operating systems. The list price for the full product is $129.00 (US) with a special upgrade price of $49.95 (US) to registered users of HoTMetaL PRO who upgrade prior to October 31, 1999. Purchasers of HoTMetaL PRO 5.0 made after August 1st, 1999 are eligible for a free upgrade directly from SoftQuad, paying only for shipping. Further information is available on the HoTMetaL Web site www.hotmetalpro.com.

System requirements include a Pentium compatible processor, 32 Mb of RAM, 50 Mb available hard disk space, 256 color/SVGA display, 640 x 480 resolution or higher, and a CD-ROM drive for installation.

Bundled Software

HoTMetaL PRO 6.0 comes bundled with WS_FTP Pro 6.0, PC Magazine's Editors' Choice for FTP Client software; the award-winning Ulead PhotoImpact SE; a clip art library of more than 5,000 images, backgrounds and animated GIFs; DHTML Scripts and Cascading Style Sheets from webreference.com; HTML and JavaScript Self Study Courses from TrainingTools.com and HTML and CSS reference guides from Index DOT Html/Css; and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and Netscape Communicator 5.0; and the HoTMetaL Power Pack, a complete off-line development and testing solution for HoTMetaL Application Server. Rounding out the package are special offers and discounts on hosting and commerce services from HoTMetaL Power Partners.

About SoftQuad Software Inc.

SoftQuad Software Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning, standards-based web publishing solutions targeting electronic publishing, e-commerce and knowledge management applications for corporations and web professionals. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with European operations based in London, SoftQuad is a founding member and active participant in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and XML.org. The Toronto office can be reached at 416-544-9000 or on the SoftQuad Web site www.softquad.com

Note to editors: If you require additional information including technical specs, downloads, screen shots and box pictures, please visit the SoftQuad Web site at www.softquad.com or the HoTMetaL Web site at www.hotmetalpro.com.

SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO is a trademark of SoftQuad Software Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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