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THE SOFTWARE TOOLWORKS(R) AND SHIN SHIN CO. LTD. REACH AGREEMENT TO BRING TOOLWORKS PRODUCTS TO JAPANESE MARKET

 NOVATO, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Software Toolworks Inc. (NASDAQ: TWRX) and Shin Shin Co. Ltd. have signed an agreement that will bring Japanese and English language versions of Software Toolworks products to the Japanese retail and OEM markets. The Software Toolworks (TST) is a leading publisher of education, edutainment and multimedia software. Shin Shin Co. Ltd. is one of the largest computer software duplicators and packagers in Japan.
 Commenting on the new business agreement, Bob Lloyd, chairman and chief executive officer of The Software Toolworks, said, "The Japanese market is important. Out relationship with Shin Shin will allow us to expand our Asian base and strengthen our presence in Japan."
 The Software Toolworks and its subsidiary Mindscape International currently have offices in Castle Hill, Australia, which serve the English speaking Pacific markets. The Shin Shin agreement is targeted at the Japanese-speaking market.
 Under the terms of the agreement, Shin Shin will have non-exclusive retail rights to the entire Software Toolworks product line for which TST has licensing rights in the Japanese market, and the exclusive right to translate, manufacture, distribute and market eight Toolworks CD-ROM based multimedia titles for the Japanese retail and OEM markets: "The Software Toolworks Presents(R) ... Space Shuttle" (for MPC, Macintosh and 3DO), "The Software Toolworks Presents(R) ... Oceans Below(TM)" (for MPC, Macintosh and 3DO), the award-winning "The San Diego Zoo(TM) Presents ... The Animals!(TM)" (MPC, Macintosh and 3DO), "MegaRace(TM)" (for 3DO and Sega CD), "Dragon Tales(TM)" (for 3DO), "The Software Toolworks(R) Star Wars(R) Chess" (for MPC), "The 20th Century Video Almanac" (for MS-DOS and 3DO), and "The Software Toolworks(R) World Atlas" (for MPC and Macintosh).
 "We are very happy to be able to work with The Software Toolworks," said Katsuichi Kitada, the chairman of Shin Shin. "We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to translate popular American titles into the Japanese language. It's important for our domestic markets."
 Two recent events have increased the demand for multimedia software in Japan. The introduction of Microsoft Windows 3.1J and The 3DO Co.'s announcement to sell the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer(TM) in Japan.
 For years, the top selling personal computers in Japan were based on proprietary architectures that could not run IBM or Apple software applications. Windows 3.1J allows Microsoft-standard multimedia software to run on popular Japanese computers, including the top-selling NEC 98-series.
 "We expect the release of Microsoft Windows 3.1J will greatly increase the demand for multimedia software," added Kitada. "Our partnership with The Software Toolworks will help us fill that demand with high quality, award-winning products."
 The other event expected to increase the Japanese demand for multimedia CD-ROM products is the March 1994 introduction of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer. Under the terms of the Toolworks/Shin Shin agreement, Shin Shin will translate, manufacture, distribute, and market Japanese-language versions of Toolworks' 3DO titles. The Software Toolworks 3DO titles include: "The San Diego Zoo Presents ... The Animals!," "The Software Toolworks Presents ... Oceans Below," "The Software Toolworks Presents ... Space Shuttle," "The 20th Century Video Almanac," "MegaRace" and "Dragon Tales."
 The Software Toolworks Inc. develops, publishes and distributes entertainment, edutainment and educational products for IBM(R) and compatibles, Macintosh(R), CD-ROM MS-DOS, CD-ROM Macintosh, MPC (CD-ROM Windows), 3DO(TM), Sega(TM) CD, Nintendo Entertainment System (R), Super Nintendo Entertainment System(R), Game Boy(R) and Sega(TM) Genesis(TM).
 The Software Toolworks is headquartered in Novato, with offices in Chatsworth, Calif.; Naperville, Ill.; London; Dusseldorf, Germany; Paris and Castle Hill, Australia. The company is listed on NASDAQ under TWRX.
 Establish in 1940, privately owned Shin Shin Co. Ltd. has three wholly owned subsidiaries, Niigata Shin Shin, a duplication and packaging company, Shinwa Kiki Co. Ltd., a trading company, and Shin Shin America, a licensing and export company. Shin Shin America was established in 1985 and is based in Torrance, Calif. The company expects to utilize The Software Toolworks agreement to leverage its position in the CD-ROM marketing and distribution arenas.
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