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XEROX INVENTS "SMART PAPER;" SOFTWARE ENABLES REMOTE INTERACTION WITH PERSONAL COMPUTERS THROUGH FAXED DOCUMENTS

 XEROX INVENTS "SMART PAPER;" SOFTWARE ENABLES REMOTE INTERACTION
 WITH PERSONAL COMPUTERS THROUGH FAXED DOCUMENTS
 PALO ALTO, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A software invention that transfers the power of a personal computer onto a single sheet of "smart paper" was announced today by Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX).
 Xerox PaperWorks is a personal communications and productivity tool that enables business people to interact with personal computers through fax machines from remote locations.
 PaperWorks allows users to retrieve, store, distribute and organize documents without having to be near their PCs. By faxing customized PaperWorks forms, users instruct their PCs to carry out a variety of tasks.
 "PaperWorks turns your personal computer into a highly productive document storage and distribution center that you can access from any fax machine, at any time," said John Seely Brown, chief scientist, corporate vice president and head of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). "We call this technology 'smart paper' because, for the first time ever, a single sheet of paper becomes a highly portable computer interface. We have, in effect, endowed paper documents with the ability to compute."
 To access a PC running Microsoft Windows 3.0 remotely, users make simple check marks in boxes and write names on one-page PaperWorks forms, and then fax the forms to their PCs, which carry out specified instructions.
 To retrieve documents, a user indicates the document to be accessed, then faxes the form to a PC equipped with a fax board. PaperWorks automatically returns the selected document to the remote fax machine.
 Information remains secure because PaperWorks will function only with those forms created on an individual's PC. For additional protection, a user can establish a security code and require that code to be marked on a form before it can be processed.
 PaperWorks also enables users to easily distribute documents to multiple locations. Using a "send" form, users indicate those people they want to receive a fax. The form is then placed in front of the document to be sent and faxed to the home PC, which then faxes the document to the intended recipients. Handwritten notes on the send form are automatically added to the recipient's cover sheet.
 "For the business traveler, this feature saves the time and expense of sending multiple faxes," Seely Brown said. "With just one phone call, a document can be sent to multiple locations at any specified time. PaperWorks is like having a 24-hour assistant."
 Documents can also be stored on PCs. A user simply fills out a PaperWorks "store" form and faxes it to their computer, along with the information. The document can then be retrieved remotely, printed or faxed to other locations at any time.
 PaperWorks also allows users to get a list of the fax mail received by their PCs. It then retrieves all or any part of the mail and sends it to the user at the remote fax location.
 If a user doesn't have a form and still needs to access a PC from a remote location, the user simply faxes a blank sheet of paper to PaperWorks, which will then automatically fax back a starter form.
 PaperWorks was created at Xerox PARC by software developers, research scientists and social anthropologists, who studied the way business people work with documents in their offices and while traveling. More than 50 patents have been filed on technologies such as image processing, text morphology and skew detection.
 PaperWorks is the first in a family of Xerox software products that will bridge paper documents and computer-based technologies.
 PaperWorks software is priced at $249.95. It is available immediately by calling 800-4FAXFAX (800-432-9329); Fax: 800-HAVEFAX (800-428-3329).
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 /CONTACT: David A. Galante of Xerox Corporation, 716-423-1158/
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