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TESTDRIVE INKS FIRST RETAIL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT BY SIGNING PACT WITH SOFTWARE CITY

 SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- TestDrive Corp. today announced that it has entered its first retail distribution agreement by signing a contract with Software City.
 Under terms of the agreement, TestDrive will provide Englewood, N.J.-based Software City an initial order of Super Store CDs for distribution to each of the 40-plus retail outlets.
 First announced in March 1993, the TestDrive CDs allow computer users to try and evaluate various "off-the-shelf" software programs on their own PCs before deciding whether or not to purchase a product.
 In addition to the more than 40 fully functional "try-before-you- buy" programs on each TestDrive CD, each Super Store CD-ROM also contains nine free retail software programs. The initial TestDrive CDs will also contain electronic fact sheets about 33 additional programs that complement the more than 50 programs in the Super Store.
 "We think the future for electronic distribution of software is very bright," said Nathan Schulhof, TestDrive president. "Using CD-ROM as a distribution medium is just the first wave of this coming 'sea change.' The management of Software City is very forward-thinking in its approach to software sales and distribution, and we're pleased to have an agreement with a firm of their caliber."
 "TestDrive's been among the leads in this field from the outset," said Shep Altshuler, Software City's president. "They delivered a program that makes it attractive for our franchisees to begin evaluating customer interest before the start of the holiday selling season. New technologies that draw customer traffic always present opportunities for generating add-on sales."
 According to Schulhof, Kevin Scheier, TestDrive's director of worldwide distribution, played a key role in orchestrating the agreement.
 "We'll be signing many retail distribution and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreements over the next few weeks," Scheier said.
 Financial terms or other details of the agreement were not made available.
 TestDrive's first CD-ROM Super Store began shipping in October 1993. Among the companies with software programs available for trial and electronic purchase on the initial TestDrive CD are Borland International, Broderbund Software, Caere, Delrina, Lotus Development, Symantec, and WordPerect. To subscribe to the TestDrive Super Store, please call 408-496-0555.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: TestDrive and Super Store are trademarks of TestDrive Corp. All other product names and trademarks are property of their respective owners./
 /CONTACT: Nathan M. Schulhof, TestDrive, 408-496-0555; Stuart Rubinstein, Software City, 201-569-8900; or David L. Politis, Politis & Associates, 801-364-4649 (work) or 801-572-1371 (home)/


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