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VERTISOFT SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES DOUBLEDISK GOLD 6.0; ADVANCED DISK COMPRESSION SOFTWARE LICENSED BY MICROSOFT FOR INCLUSION IN MS-DOS 6

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertisoft Systems Inc. today announced DoubleDisk GOLD(TM) 6.0, advanced disk compression software for DOS and Windows. Vertisoft Systems has recently licensed the compression technology of DoubleDisk GOLD to Microsoft for inclusion in MS-DOS 6 (DoubleSpace(TM)). The newest release of DoubleDisk -- the first on-the-fly data compression software for DOS -- offers increased speed and superior compression performance, easier installation and a more intuitive feel.
 "DoubleDisk GOLD outperforms Stacker(TM) and SuperStor Pro(TM) in both compression ratios and speed for all file types -- from database to CAD/CAM drawings. And this at two-thirds the price. It's our best release yet," said Chuck Runquist, vice president of product development and support.
 With DoubleDisk, retrieval of compressed files is now just as fast as retrieval of non-compressed files. DoubleDisk drives look and act just like DOS drives. The utility's performance is transparent to the user who is only aware of the additional disk capacity -- as much as 20 percent more compression than the previous release.
 DoubleDisk effectively doubles the size of a hard drive without the need for reformatting. Vertisoft Systems gives users two options in using DoubleDisk: 1) automatic installation with compression of all existing files, or 2) complete control of the disk environment, which includes creating individual and multiple drives, assigning DOS drive letters, or changing drive size and its capacity.
 Highlights of DoubleDisk GOLD 6.0:
 -- Blazing speed -- disk access performance is indistinguishable from normal DOS disk access;
 -- Superior compression performance with 20-percent more overall compression than previously attainable;
 -- 100 percent DOS and Windows 3.x-compatible;
 -- Full support for removable media, including floppy diskettes, Syquest, Bernoulli cartridges, Floptical disks;
 -- Exceptional price/performance ratio -- outperforms competitors at two-thirds the cost;
 -- Built-in disk defragmentation utility for compressed and uncompressed drives;
 -- Automatic support for all unerase utilities;
 -- Complete RAM disk support;
 -- Automatic installation with compression of selected or all existing files;
 -- Comprehensive reporting of disk utilization -- including file and directory review and compression statistics;
 -- Support for compressed partitions up to 512 MB
 -- Batch recompression utility delivers additional 10-20 percent in compression improvement;
 -- Support for large drives -- up to 2.5 GB
 -- Memory support for conventional, extended, expanded and UMB driver loading;
 -- Automatic conversion of DoubleDisk 2.6 files to 6.0 format;
 -- Enhanced difO repair facility (verify function); and
 -- Comprehensive on-line, context sensitive help within utilities and during installation.
 DoubleDisk GOLD 6.0 retails for $99.95, with a street price as low as $39.95. The product includes both 5.25- and 3.5-inch disk media and is available through distribution and retail channels.
 Founded in 1988 and headquartered in San Francisco, Vertisoft Systems designs and distributes computer disk management, printer and utility software for DOS and Windows systems. Its DoubleDisk product, introduced in 1989, was the first on-the-fly data compression software for the PC DOS market. With over 500,000 current users, Vertisoft Systems' products are distributed vrldwide through direct marketing and software distributors. The company's OEM agreements include Microsoft, Power Up! Software, Intuit, Bondwell, Sharp, Olivetti and APPROACH Software.
 NOTE: DoubleDisk is a trademark of Vertisoft Systems Inc. Microsoft and MS-DOS are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. DoubleSpace is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Bernoulli is a trademark of Iomega Corp. Floptical is a trademark of Insite Development Corp. Syquest is a registered trademark of Syquest Technology. Stacker is a registered trademark of STAC Electronics. SuperStor Pro is a registered trademark of Addstor Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Runquist, vice president-product support, 908-303-8627, or Anatoly Tikhman, president, 415-956-5999, both of Vertisoft; or Mary MacGregor, public relations, 408-730-4157, for Vertisoft/


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