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 1. Media Vision Announces Resignations, Appoints Acting CEO, Interim CFO;
    Media Vision Creditor Committee Forms
  
 2. Microsoft to Eliminate Suggested Retail Prices in North America Beginning
    July 1, 1994
  
 3. KnowledgeWare Signs Microsoft, IBM, Novell and others to ObjectView
    Certification Program
  4. Compaq and PictureTel Forming Strategic Alliance
  
 5. Apple Brings Music to the Macintosh with Help from Roland Corporation
  
 6. Precision Navigation Introduces Revolutionary Low-Cost Head-Tracking
    Solution for Virtual Reality
  
 7. Timeworks Launches Affordable Windows Translation Programs
  
 8. Individual Software Beefs Up AnyTime to Attract Veteran Organizers
  
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              Media Vision Announces Resignations of CEO, CFO, COO,
         Senior VP of Worldwide Sales; Appoints Acting CEO, Interim CFO
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|  \/  |                Fremont, CA -- May 17, 1994
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|_|  |_|edia Vision (MVIS: NASDAQ) today announced the resignations of Paul 
Jain as president and chief executive officer of the company, Steven J. Allan 
as vice president, finance and administrations and chief financial officer, and

Russell C. Faust as chief operating officer. Mr. Jain also resigned as a member

of the company's Board of Directors.
  
Mr. Michael Humphress, vice president of worldwide sales, also announced his 
resignation from the company which is effective on June 1, 1994.
  
Robert Brownell, 47, vice president of domestic sales, was named acting Chief 
Executive Officer by the Board of Directors. Mr. Brownell was originally hired
in March 1994 to replace Michael Humphress. Mr. Brownell is the former 
president of Altima Corporation, a manufacturer of laptop computers. In 
addition, the Board of Directors named Judson W. Goldsmith as interim chief 
financial officer. Mr. Goldsmith is a principal in the consulting firm of 
Durkee/Shalit Associates with specializes in turnaround management.
  
The company also announced the appointment of Robert Brownell and Brendan R. 
O'Flaherty, the company's corporate counsel, to the Board of Directors. The 
Board of Directors now consists of G. Bradford Jones, Professor John Chowning,
Robert Brownell, and Brendan O'Flaherty.
  
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|  \/  |                 Fremont, CA -- May 17, 1994
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|_|  |_|edia Vision today announced that, at the company's suggestion, its 
suppliers and creditors have formed a committee of nine companies to represent
the interests of all trade creditors and establish a satisfactory payment plan.

Media Vision and the committee have agreed to work together to achieve a
resolution of outstanding trade debt.
  
In addition, Media Vision has taken several other steps toward resolving its 
current financial problems including the appointment of consultant Judson W. 
Goldsmith of Durkee/Sharlit Associates as interim acting chief financial 
officer; the completion of an agreement with Comerica Bank and the Bank of 
Boston; and the selection of consulting firm Price Waterhouse to assist with 
the near-term releationships with both banks and creditors.
  
"These steps demonstrate that we are implementing action toward resolving our 
current cash situation," said Robert Brownell, Media Vision's acting president
and CEO. "We will continue to take appropriate steps to restructure the
company, including active recruitment of a permanent CEO, CFO, and addition
permanent members for the Board of Directors."
 
Brownell added that the company has continued shipping products to dealers and
OEM customers. "April shipments were the best start we have had for a quarter,
and our sell through at the store level is strong," he said. "Media Vision's
recent problems have disappointed many people. I believe these problems can be
surmounted. And I want to assure our investors, suppliers, and customers that
we are doing everything possible to stabilize the situation."
  
  
Media Vision's mission is to popularize multimedia by offering solutions at 
affordable prices. Headquartered in Fremont, California, the company is a 
leader in multimedia for personal computers, including hardware products 
ranging from systems and add-in cards to chips based on emerging multimedia 
standards for mainstream personal computers, and software titles developed 
specifically to take advantage of the power of multimedia computers. The 
company sells its products through retail and mass merchandise channels and to
original equipment manufacturers. Media Vision's European subsidiary, Media
Vision Technology GmbH, is located in Munich, Germnay.
  
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                 Microsoft to Eliminate Suggested Retail Prices
                    in North America Beginning July 1, 1994
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 ____       Sees SRPs No Longer Required in Software Market Pricing
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|____/eginning July 1, 1994, Microsoft Corporation will no longer use the 
convention of publishing suggested retail prices (SRPs) for Microsoft(R) 
products in the United States and Canada.
  
Following a long period of consulation with its channel partners and end-user 
customers, Microsoft has decided to eliminate its use of SRPs. Many customers 
felt there was no longer a meaningful link between the price and the advertised

SRP. Microsoft research showed the large difference that had emerged between
SRPs and the prices paid resulted from the rapid growth of low-cost
distribution. The research also confirmed that variations in prices paid by
customers reflect the level of service sold with the product and do not relate
to SRP.
  
Microsoft eliminated its SRPs in Europe July 1, 1993, a move that was received
very positively by customers and dealers. Several large software manufacturers
followed Microsoft's lead and also eliminated SRPs in Europe.
  
"SRPs were originally intended to provide a guideline to customers about the 
price of a product," explained Mike Appe, Microsoft's vice president of 
reseller and end-user sales. "Today, the discrepancy between SRPs and actual 
retail prices is such that SRPs no longer serve this purpose at all. Price- 
conscious customers simply ignore SRPs and look at the prices advertised, and 
new customers are just confused by SRPs. As Microsoft releases more products 
designed for the home user, it is important that we not add to this confusion.
By eliminating SRPs, Microsoft is acknowledging that the dealer sets the retail

price of a product. Since our prices to distributors and dealers will remain
unchanged, the price the customer will pay for software should not change as a
result of this announcement."
  
"Microsoft's elimination of SRPs supports the reseller marketplace, which has 
been moving to cost-plus pricing for its customers," said Steven Weiner, senior

vendor manager, Corporate Software Inc. "We expect other vendors to follow
Microsoft's lead."
  
"SRPs no longer have relevance in the marketplace. I endorse Microsoft's 
decision," said Peter Janssen, vice president of merchandising and advertising
for Egghead Software, Inc.
  
"Inacom fully supports Microsoft's move away from suggested retail pricing," 
said Brad Casell, vice president of distribution products for Inacom Corp. 
"Suggested retail prices are not an accurate barometer for the customer because

every manufacturer offers a different pricing structure. The reality of pricing

in the Fortune 1000 environment is a cost-plus model."
  
"We fully support Microsoft's move away from SRPs." said Rose Hultgren, 
director of marketing at Software Spectrum. "The SRP has little meaning to most

customers because it no longer represents the real cost of software."
  
 Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software 

for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and 
services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of 
making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full 
power of personal computing every day.
  
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                 KnowledgeWare Signs Microsoft, IBM, Novell
               and others to ObjectView Certification Program
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                     Program provides compatibility in
 _                multi-vendor client/server environments
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|_|n a significant step to provide compatibility in diverse client/server 
environments, KnowledgeWare Inc. today announced it has signed more than 20 
software vendors to its new ObjectView Certification Program. The program 
includes system testing and verification to certify compatibility between 
KnowledgeWare's ObjectView and other vendors' products such as databases, 
middleware, networks, tools, and testing and reporting products. As a result, 
organizations can confidently develop and implement open client/server 
applications using a multi-vendor approach.
  
ObjectView Certification Program
  
The ObjectView Certification Program demonstrates KnowledgeWare's commitment to

providing a seamless and scalable environment for developing and deploying 
client/server applications. ObjectView is KnowledgeWare's family of visual 
development tools for rapidly creating high-performance client/server 
applications from the desktop to departments and to the Enterprise.
  
"Close relationships between KnowledgeWare and the market-leading vendors of 
diverse client/server products demonstrate KnowledgeWare's ongoing commitment 
to customer satisfaction," said Donald P. Addington, KnowledgeWare president 
and chief operating officer. "When vendors cooperate to provide reliable 
solutions, customers can use technology more successfully to solve their 
problems. That's what we are all in business to offer, and that is what has 
value to customers today."
  
More than twenty vendors are participating in the ObjectView Certification 
Program at its introduction. KnowledgeWare is continuing to add vendors as 
testing is completed and they become eligible for certification. Current 
certified vendors and products include:
  
Networks:
 IBM Corp., LAN Server
 Microsoft Corp., Windows for WorkGroups
 Novel Inc., NetWare
  
Databases:
 Cincom Systems Inc., SUPRA Server RDBMS
 Gupta Corp., SQLBase
 Oracle Corp., Oracle7 and Oracle6
 Quadbase Systems Inc., Quadbase - SQL for Windows XBS
 Sybase Inc., SQL Server
 XBD Systems Inc., XDB SQL RDBMS and XDB Server
  
Middleware:
 Digital Communications Associates Inc., QuickApp for Windows
 Dharma Systems Inc., Dharma/SQL ODBC Driver
 Netwise Inc., TransAccess
 Q + E Software Inc. (Intersolv Inc.), Q + E Database LIBRARY
 ShowCase Corp., OBBC AS/400 and Database Gateway
 Visionware Ltd., SQL - Retriever
 Wall Data Inc., RUMBA for Database Access
  
Tools:
 DB Open Inc., DBXTensions
 Intersolv Inc., PVCS Version Manager
 Visual Tools Inc., First Impression and Formula 1
  
Testing
 AutoTester Inc., AutoTester Plus
  
Report:
 ClearAccess Corp., ClearAccess
  
  
"We feel it is important to work closely with other vendors to provide 
compatibility between our products right out of the box., said Michael J. 
Ciocia, KnowledgeWare senior director of industry marketing. "The ObjectView 
Certification Program provides organizations with the confidence to implement 
client/server environments with intertwined dependencies between products and 
vendors."
  
"Our certification of NetWare with ObjectView is not only important to our 
companies, but to the user community at large," said Joe Firmage, vice 
president of Novell's AppWare Systems Group. "As a result, the client/server 
development community is provided with a robust operating system combined with
ObjectView, a leading development tool."
  
Nimish Mehta, vice president of Oracle's Desktop Product Division, said, "We 
are delighted to certify the Oracle family of database servers with ObjectView.

The combination of Oracle database servers and ObjectView provides an ideal
environment for quickly developing client/server applications."
  
Larry Goldsticker, AutoTester Inc. director of strategic relations, said, "Our
customers continue to tell us that the migration to client/server is a critical

part of their strategic direction. AutoTester's partnership with KnowledgeWare
will allow them to build highter quality, client/server applications that can
be throroughly tested during development."
  
The KNOVA Partnership Program
  
The ObjectView Certification Program is one component of KnowledgeWare's KNOVA
organization of partnerships between KnowledgeWare and leading companies
throughout the industry. The KNOVA Partnership Program also includes the
following:
  
 * The Developer Program to facilitate the development, compatibility
   testing and marketing of products and services complementary to
   KnowledgeWare products;
  
 * The Client/Server Alliance of partnerships between KnowledgeWare and
   selected system integrators and consultants who incorporate
   KnowledgeWare products into turn-key client/server solutions;
  
 * The KnowledgeWare Store which contains a variety of software products
   developed by other companies and now remarkedeted and supported
   KnowledgeWare;
  
 * Value Added Resellers who provide solutions for unique business niches
    and vertical markets by incorporating KnowledgeWare technology; and
  
 * KnowledgeWare's University Grant Program which places KnowledgeWare
   products with colleges and universities around the country.
  
"KnowledgeWare vigorously pursues partnerships throughout the industry to 
provide developers of client/server applications with a variety of product, 
middleware, hardware and operating systems," said Kim B. Addington, 
KnowledgeWare vice president of marketing. "Our KNOVA program includes more 
than 285 organizations, and we will continue to expand our partnerships to 
include broad choices for our customers."
  
KnowledgeWare's ObjectView family includes ObjectView Desktop and ObjectView 
Enterprise. ObjectView Desktop is the new visual development tool scaled for 
desktop developers who want a comprehensive yet affordable visual development 
environment. ObjectView Enterprise is a comprehensive environment for diverse 
and complex client/server application development and deployment. Both tools 
include the SQLBase database from Gupta Corp. at no additional charge, as well
as high-performance native database drivers and middleware connections to
nearly 75 databases and database servers.
  
ObjectView Enerprise is priced at $3,200, and ObjectView Desktop is priced at 
$499, with an introductory price of $199.
  
KnowledgeWare Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS:KNOW) is a worldwide leader in providing 
scalable application development tools and services for rapidly responding to 
changes in business needs and requirements. The Application Development 
Workbench, ObjectView, Flashpoint, Legacy Workbench, NorthStar, ForeSight, and
associated products and services are used for developing, redeveloping, and
maintaining a range of applications in open, client/server computing 
environments. To date, the company has shipped more than 123,000 products to 
5,000 companies in 50 countries, and had revenues in its fiscal year 1993 of 
$128.8 million. Revenues for the first nine months of FY 1994 ending March 31,
1994, were $111.13 million.
  
For more information, contact KnowledgeWare, Inc., 3340 Peachtree Rd., NE, 
Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone 404/231-8575.
  
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                Compaq and PictureTel Forming Strategic Alliance
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                Joint Effort to Focus on Development, Marketing,
  ___          and Distribution of Personal Conferencing Systems
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| | )_|                Danvers, Mass. -- May 3, 1994
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 \___/ompaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) and PictureTel Corporation 
(NASDAQ: PCTL) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of 
Understanding outlining a five-year strategic alliance for the design and 
manufacture of standards-based personal conferencing products. The memorandum 
calls for the two companes also to develop join marketing programs and 
promotions that take advantage of each others established presence in the PC 
and telephony distribution channels. The memorandum of understanding will be 
the basis for a formal agreement now being developed. Financial terms of the 
agreement were not released.
  
Combining the resources of the world leader in videoconferencing with the 
leader in industry-standard personal computers will produce new products 
scheduled to appear in the worldwide marketplace by 1995. The first products 
will be compiant with the ITU-TSS (International Telecommunication Union - 
Telecommuncations Standardization Sector) H.320 telephony standard, making them

able to communicate with the more than 15,000 standards-compliant systems
already in use around the world today.
  
"Compaq believes personal conferencing will be one of the major computer 
applications for the rest of this decade and beyond," said John T. Rose, senior

vice president and general manager of Compaq's Desktop PC Division. "This
strategic alliance with PicutureTel is a major element of our overall personal
conferencing strategy and strengthens other development activities we currently

have under way. Personal conferencing will bring real productivity benefits to
our customers -- especially as the PC evolves into the center for both
advanced-communications and computing."
  
"PictureTel is committed to being a major player in the desktop conferencing 
market and Compaq is a perfect partner for us in that venture," said Domenic J.

LaCava, senior vice president of PictureTel's Personal Systems Division. "This
strategic alliance will accelerate the worldwide acceptance of personal 
conferencing. By working together, we will combine our expertise to bring 
price/performance leadership to the market."
  
Each company will make significant contributions to the joint effort. Compaq 
will leverage its extraordinary engineering resources in audio, graphics, and 
system integration, plus its presence in distribution channels and its ability
to manufacture in high volumes. PictureTel will leverage its expertise in
standards-based compression algorithms, high-end audio technology and worldwide

telephony integration. Windows-based collaborative computing software from
PictureTel also will be incorporated into the jointly-developed Compaq
products. This software, for example, allows two people in a conference call to

have the same document on their screen, with each able to make changes and see
the changes made by the other.
  
Compaq Computer Corporation is a world leader in the manufacture of servers, 
and desktop, portable, and notebook personal computers. Founded in 1982, the 
company reported 1993 worldwide revenues of $7.2 billion. Compaq products are 
sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of more than 
21,000 Compaq marketing partners. Compaq also sells directly to customers 
through COMPAQ Direct Plus at 800/888-5858. For information on Compaq products,

call 800/345-1518. Users needing technical support for their Compaq products
can call 800/OKCOMPAQ.
  
Founded in 1984, PictureTel Corporation headquartered in Danvers, Mass., 
develops, manufactures and markets a full range of visual telecommunication 
solutions that are "redefining the way the world meets." PictureTel, with more
than 800 employees worldwide, enables global videoconferencing systems. 
Additional information on PictureTel products can be obtained by calling the 
PictureTelecenter at 800/716-6000.
  
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  ___    Apple Brings Music to the Macintosh with Help from Roland Corp.
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| |_| |                 Cupertino, CA -- May 10, 1994
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|_| |_|pple Computer, Inc. a computer and information industry pioneer, and 
Roland Corporation, a leading manufacturer of professional music instruments, 
today announced an agreement in which Apple(R) will license Roland's music 
instrument sound collection for use in future versions of QuickTime(TM), 
Apple's software that brings multimedia capabilities to computers and consumer
electronics devices.
  
The Roland(R) Sound Canvas(TM) musical instrument collection includes digitized

samples of more than 10 instrument families including piano, organ, guitar,
bass, strings and orchestra, ensemble, brass, reed, percussion, sound effects,
and more. These sounds can be used to create and play music on computers --
without users needing to know the technical nuances of MIDI technology.
  
"Until now, our instrument samples have been used primarily by professional 
musicians," commented Ikutaro Kakehashi, president of Roland Corporation. "The
rapid growth in the multimedia industry, however, has prompted us to lower the
barriers to entry for people who want to create and play music, without
assembling an entire music studio. Apple's move to include our Sound Canvas
libraries with QuickTime will make high-quality music much more widely 
available, while allowing a natural upgrade path to Roland's professional 
instruments."
  
"Like music in feature films, music in CD-ROM titles and multimedia 
presentations results in a more approachable, entertaining user experience," 
said Tom Ryan, manager of AppleSoft Media Software Group. "Over time, music 
will become a standard part of the Macintosh experience."
  
QuickTime Music Architecture Makes Music Easy
  
The QuickTime Music Architecture, a component of QuickTime 2.0, includes 
several features that make it easier for compuer users to create, edit, play 
and synchronize music with video. Through the use of the Roland instrument 
library and Apple's proprietary sound synthesis technology, the architecture 
requires no additional hardware to play music.
  
A key feature of the QuickTime Music Architecture is that is requires very 
little of the user's disk space. For example, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 
would require nearly 180MB if recorded as CD-quality audio, but when stored as
a QuickTime movie it only uses 75K of disk space. Or an entire corporate 
presentation -- complete with high-quality images with background music -- 
could fit on one floppy disk.
  
The QuickTime Music Architecture is also compatible with MIDI, yet is 
distinctly different from MIDI. Any Standrad MIDI File can be converted 
directly into a QuickTime music movie, and MIDI devices, such as MIDI 
keyboards, can record directly into music movies. In addition, the architecture

is scalable, so it will automatically take advantage of the best available
device for playback -- including MIDI devices, such as those offered by Roland.

Unlike MIDI, additional hardware is not required and users do not need to know
how to configure instruments or channels, or understand complicated file
formats.
  
QuickTime 2.0: Bigger, Faster Video
  
QuickTime 2.0, announced this February, not only includes enhanced support for
music, but also provides greatly increased performance for video. The latest
version of QuickTime provides for larger video windows to be played at faster
frame rates, resulting in full-screen movies without the addition of hardware.
QuickTime 2.0 also provides an infrastructure for development and delivery of
interactive television applications, including MPEG support and network
enhancements so that QuickTime can address distributed networks and devices.
  
System Requirements
  
QuickTime 2.0 will run on any color-capable (68020 or later) Macintosh computer

running System 7 or 6.0.7 with at least 2 MB of memory.
  
Availability
  
The QuickTime 2.0 developer kit for the Macintosh is expected to be available 
in mid-1994. As with previous versions, QuickTime 2.0 is designed to permit 
cross-platform compatibility between platforms which support it.
  
  
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) 
develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server, and personal 
interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, 
science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the
information industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
  
Roland Corporation is a leader in the development and production of electronic
musical instruments. Headquarted in Osaka, Japan, Roland manufacturers and
distributes products through four divisions: musical instruments, comtemporary
keyboards, professional audio, and a newly formed multimedia division. Roland
promotes a multi-brand strategy which includes the Roland, BOSS, and Rodgers
line of products. Roland is a global company with 19 overseas joint ventures
and affiliates, 40 distributors, and six R&D facilities worldwide.
  
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                  Precision Navigation Introduces Revolutionary
 _____         Low-Cost Head-Tracking Solution for Virtual Reality
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| |_| |                  San Jose, CA -- May 11, 1994
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|_|recision Navigation, Inc. unveiled its source-less low cost head-tracker, 
the Wayfinder-VR, at the Meckler Virtual Reality '94 Show today. With a single
unit price of just $599, the Wayfinder-VR revolutionizes standards for price
and performance in head-tracking. Precision Navigation, Inc., a leading 
manufacturer of digital compass products for navigation, has achieved this 
breakthrough through the application of its state-of-the-art electronic compass

technology to virtual reality.
  
Any virtual reality system depends upon a high-quality head-tracker -- the 
component that senses the orientation of the user's head, thus allowing the 
computer to generate video images of a virtual world with the proper 
perspective. Unfortunately, existing trackers are either extremely expensive or

require unacceptable performance compromises.
  
Precision Navigation's patented compass technology, however, has created a new
approach to head-tracking that offers by far the lowest cost solution for high
performance tracking. As a result, the Wayfinder-VR makes practical 
applications of virtual reality far more accessible to consumers and 
businesses. With the Wayfinder-VR, the virtual reality community can for the 
first time equip a head-mounted display (HMD) with a head-tracking component 
that costs far less than the HMD itself!
  
The Wayfinder-VR is a 3 DOF tracker based upon a 3-axis magnetic field sensor 
and a 2-axis tilt sensor. Because it utilizes the earth's magnetic and 
gravitational fields to detect orientation, the entire system is fully 
contained in a small head-mounted unit. No bulky transmitter unit is required,
nor are users forced to restrict operation to "line-of-sight" or to a narrow
cone of space. The Wayfinder-VR system also offers greater immunity to
interference fields, and its extremely low power requirements make wireless
applications possible.
  
The unit is implemented on a small printed circuit board with an RS232 data 
interface. The current Wayfinder-VR, which is closely related to Precision 
Navigation's electronic compass instruments for navigation, offers an 8 Hz 
sampling rate. Versions optimized for virtual reality will offer much higher 
sampling rates in the near future.
  
Precision Navigation has also begun licensing the Wayfinder-VR technology to VR

equipment manufacturers for very high-volume applications. This provides the
ultimate solution to enable high-performance, very low cost consumer VR 
products. To date, Precision Navigation has signed several such licensing 
arrangements.
  
Precision Navigation, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, developed its 
patented digital compass technology for the military and offers a variety of 
high-performance compasses for industrial, military, and consumer applications.

Its navigation products are found in everything from jet aircraft to tanks to
oceanographic buoys and off-road vehicles. Most recently, the company has begun

applying its technology to the field of virtual reality.
  
  
Wayfinder-VR: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  
Q: What is the Wayfinder-VR?
A: the Wayfinder-VR is a low-cost, source-less 3DOF head-tracker.
  
Q: What is a "source-less" tracker?
A: A source-less tracker operates without the need for a transmiter unit,
   thus providing greater convenience and portability for the user.
  
Q: What makes the Wayfinder-VR different and/or better than existing
   products?
A: * It is extremely low-cost
   * It offers excellent performance
   * Since it is source-less, it is self-contained in one small unit
   * It offers good immunity from magnetic interference
   * It consumes very little power
  
Q: Who is Precision Navigation, Inc.?
A: Precision Navigation, Inc. was incorporated in 1987, and developed its
   patented digital compass technology for the U.S. Army. It is a leading
   manufacturer of digital compasses, with a broad range of products for
   military, industrial, and consumer applications. It has recently begun
   applying its digital compass technology to the field of virtual reality.
  
Q: How does the Wayfinder-VR work:
A: It utilizes a 3-axis magnetometer to sense the earth's magnetic field,
   and a 2-axis tilt sensor to measure pitch and roll. It combines these
   data to mathemetically compute orientation in 3 axes.
  
Q: What about reliability? (Is this a proven technology?)
A: The Wayfinder-VR is a solid-state system, and is based upon a technology
   that's been proven through years of field use. We've sold over 35,000 of
   our electronic automobile compasses, which typically see very harsh
   environmental extremes.
  
Q: Why does the current version (v1) only respond at 8 Hz?
A: Wayfinder-VR v1 is very closely related to its cousin, the TCM1, which
   is a high-performance navigation instrument that sacrifices sampling rate
   for precision and accuracy. Future versions of the Wayfinder-VR will be
   optinized for greater sampling rate. Expect a 30 Hz version by July,
   1994. You'll also note that many of today's applications simply don't
   require very much sampling rate because the software can't update very
   fast anyway.
  
Q: What about drivers?
A: A driver for Sense8 VR software is available today; drivers for the other
   popular VR platforms will be available soon.
  
Q: If this is so great, why aren't others doing it?
A: Precision Navigation, Inc. holds a patented technology that allows us to
   deliver this capability at such a low price. We have a proven track record
   and years of experience using this technology for navigation.
  
Q: What's the best reason I should buy one today?
A: The Wayfinder-VR is by far the most cost-effective tracker available.
   Combined with the rapidly dropping prices of high-quality HMDs and the
   steady increase in affordable computing power, you can now put together
   a practical VR system for a fraction of yesterday's cost.
  
Q: I'm a manufacturer, and want to do a high-volume application, but need
   a rock-bottom price. Can the Wayfinder-VR help?
A: Qualified manufacturers can license the Wayfinder-VR technology for
   high-volume applications, and integrate the tracker into their own
   electronics. This is THE ultimate solution for consumer applications.
  
  
Data Sheet: Wayfinder-VR -- VR 3DOF (v1) Head Position Sensor
  
Description
  
The Wayfinder-VR is a 3 DOF attitude sensor whose combination of high- 
performance, low-power, and low cost make it ideally suited for head- 
positioning and other virtual reality applications.
  
The Wayfinder-VR is a passive attitude detection system based upon a 
proprietary triaxial magnetometer system and a biaxial electrolytic 
inclinometer. It does not require tansmitters to provide a reference source 
signal, instead utilizing the earth's gravity and magnetic fields as 
references. It outputs heading, pitch, and roll data via RS232 serial link, and

a serial mouse emulation mode is also available which maps yaw to left-right
motion and pitch to up-down motion.
  
It is user configurable and programmable, provides advanced calibration and 
distortion detection algorithms, and tolerates rugged use. The Wayfinder-VR is
implemented on a compact, single-sided printed circuit board with tooling holes

for mounting to a motherboard or chasis. Each unit is rigorously tested and
calibrated before shipment.
  
  
Heading Information                   Tilt Information
  
Accuracy        +/- 2 degrees         Accuracy        +/- 1 degree
Repeatability   +/- 1 degree          Repeatability   +/- 0.5 degree
Resolution      +/- 0.1 degree        Resolution      +/- 0.1 degree
Tilt Range      +/- 25 degrees        Tilt Range      +/- 25 degrees
Update Rate     8 Hz                  Update Rate     8 Hz
  
  
Electrical Power
  
Supply Voltage  +5VDC regulated or 6 to 25 VDC unregulated
Current         12 mA typical
  
  
Physical Measurements
  
Dimensions      2.5" x 2" x 1.1"
Weight          1.6 ounces
  
  
Environmental Characteristics   
Operating Temperature   15 to 45 degrees C
Storage Temperature     -20 to 70 degrees C
  
  
Interface
  
Digital         RS232C
                Serial mouse emulation
  
  
Features
  
Distortion Detection: raises a warning flag when magnetic disturbances such as
nearby ferrou smetals and electrical currents are compromising operation.
  
Automatic calibration algorithms
  
  
For more information, contact Precision Navigation, Inc., 1350 Pear Avenue, 
Suite A, Mountain View, CA 94043, telephone 415/903-1845, fax 415/962-8777.
  
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 ____      Timeworks Launches Affordable Windows Translation Programs
|  _ \     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
| |_) |                  Northbrook, IL -- May 3, 1994
|  _ <
| |_) |
|____/uilding upon its customer-acclaimed DOS-based translation products, 
Timeworks International announced today that it is now shipping two highly 
accurate, fast and affordable language translation programs for the Windows 
environment: Translater It! for Windows -- a whole-document translation 
program, and Word Translator for Windows -- a multidirectional word 
disctionary. Both programs retail for under $100 and will be demonstrated at 
Spring Comdex '94 (May 23 through May 26 in Atlanta at the Georgia World 
Congress Center, Timeworks International booth number 7672, Windows World).
  
Translate It!: Highest Accuracy, Largest Distionary Available
  
Translate It! for Windows is a series of whole document, bi-directional, 
foreigh language translations programs for IBM-compatible computers. The 
programs translate entire documents at once with idiomatic accuracy. Timeworks
is now shipping three languages: English to/from Spanish, English to/from
French, and English to/from German. The products are currently shipping in DOS
and Windows versions, and will be available for the Apple Macintosh environment

in June 1994.
  
Translate It! for Windows can process over 20,000 words per hour with up to 90
percent accuracy -- the highest of any translation product currently on the
market. Its 250,000-word dictionary is the largest available and can easily be
customized for business, educational and personal use. Documents can be typed
and translated interactively using the built-in text editor, or created in any
word processing program and imported and translated in a single step. Its
grammar module can help users learn the foreign language by providing specific
information on conjugation, use and definitions.
  
Word Translator: The Only Five-Language, Multidirectional Dictionary
  
Word Translator for Windows is a multidirectional translation dictionary that 
works with Translate It! as a stand-alone program or with any translation 
program available, as well as with word processors, desktop publishers and 
other applications. It quickly and easily translates words or phrases to or 
from one of the five built-in languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, Spanish, 
French, and German. With over 40,000 words with 60,000 meanings, and 130,000 
cross-translations for each language, Word Translator can increase the 
grammatical accuracy of translations, presenting several meanings for each word

and translations for each.
  
The program includes a spell-checker that identifies misspellings and words 
with multiple spellings. It also conjugates verbs in all resident languages, 
shows simple and compound tenses, singlular/plural forms, and gender forms of 
adjectives. Word Translator is easy to use, displaying menus and dialog boxes 
familiar to Windows users. 
  
Special Premium Offer
  
Timeworks also announced today that as a premium through July, purchasers of 
Translate It! for Windows who send in the registration card can receive free a
single-language version of Word Translator for Windows in the same language as
their Translate It! for Windows program. Customers pay only shipping and 
handling charges.
  
Small and Home Office Experts
  
"Timeworks International has tailored these translation products to the small 
business, education, government, and home office users who demand high-end 
performance at an affordable price," said Curtiz Gangi, Timeworks International

vice president of sales and marketing. "In fact, we understand this market just

about better than anyone because we have served the needs of its users since
1982 with programs such as our award-winning Publish It!"
  
System Requirements
  
Translate It! and Word Translator run on any 386 or higher DOS-compatible 
computer with 2MB of memory. The Spanish and French versions of Translate It! 
for Windows require 14MB of hard disk space while the German version takes up 
18MB. Word Translator needs 1.5MB of hard disk space for each language 
dictionary installed.
  
The suggested retail price for each of these programs is $99.95, and they are 
available through dealers and distributors worldwide. All Timeworks programs 
include free technical support.
  
  
About Timeworks International
  
Founded in 1982, Timeworks International publishes a broad line of cost- 
effective productivity software for home, business, government, and educational

use. Timeworks products are available in Windows and DOS versions for
IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers, and have received over 20 media awards.

  
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      Individual Software Beefs Up AnyTime to Attract Veteran Organizers
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                 AnyTime 2.1 -- the easiest-to-use personal
 _____          organizer now has import/export capabilities
|  _  |
| | | |                Pleasanton, CA -- May 2, 1994
| |_| |
|___  |
    |_|uick to respond to the varied demands of the retail customer, Individual

Software Inc. today announced that it is shipping an upgrade of its popular
Windows personal organizer AnyTime 2.0. This upgrade, AnyTime 2.1, retains the
price, features, and functionality of its predecessor, and adds the ability to
import and export data, allowing users to use existing data from major database

and scheduling programs. This new version of AnyTime also boasts more than 50
customizable print outs -- twice as many as any other organizer. Priced under
$30.00 on the retail shelf, AnyTime 2.1 is still the lowest priced Windows
personal organizer available in its class.
  
"When we shipped AnyTime 2.0 in February of this year, we knew we had a winning

product that would attract many first time and mainstream computer users," said

Diane Deitzler, vice president of sales and marketing at Individual Software.
"We were pleasantly surprised to find an equally strong interest in AnyTime
among users of competing organizer programs who were still looking for a clean,

simple approach to scheduling and organizing. In version 2.1, we've responded
quickly to the needs of these veteran users by adding the feature they demand
most -- the ability to import and export data."
  
In addition to import and export, new features in AnyTime 2.1 include: 
additional portrait versions of weekly print outs, the ability to copy 
appointments, to-do's, and addresses formated for pasting into other 
applications, the ablity to select a default window to automatically open when
AnyTime is started, automatic recall of user settings such as window view
modes, and an interface that allows quick access to AnyTime from any 
application's system menu. The program has also been optimized to run faster.
  
AnyTime's three main components -- Day Planner, Address Book, and To-Do List --

help users tackle those important personal and professional organizational 
tasks in a user friendly, intuitive environment. In addition to tracking 
appointments, to-do's, and addresses, users can add further details, notes and
directions to any item. Once organized, users have an extensive variety of
print out options to choose from for presenting professional-looking documents
and labels.
  
Quick Glances Provides Unlimited Flexibility in Scheduling
  
A key feature that sets AnyTime apart from the competition is Quick Glances. 
Quick Glances gives users unsurpassed freedom in the way they choose to view 
and manipulate their schedules. By clicking on a Quick Glance button, users can

get a weekly, monthly, or annual view of their schedule in either a graph or
calendar format. They can then easily add new appointments, events or revise
existing information throught the Quick Planner. The ability to view and add
information from this mode is unique to AnyTime.
  
Largest Choice of Customizable Print Outs
  
 * More than 50 print outs to choose from
 * Customizable fonts, borders, headers, footers, shading and colors
 * Ability to print schedules and calendars to fit popular paper-based
   organizers like Day-Timer, Day Runner, Filofaxes and Franklin Planners
 * Ready-made special print out styles including Monthly Calendars, Agenda,
   Travel Planner, To-do List Planner and Emergency Contact List
  
Packed with Extra Tools for Staying Organized
  
 * Automatic warning of conflicting or overlapping appointments
 * Schedule repeating events
 * Separate schedules into groups
 * Quickly search appointments, important dates, to-do's and addresses
 * Prioritize to-do's with automatic rollover of unfinished tasks
 * Check off tasks as they're completed
 * AnyTime supports network use. Users can use the Attach features to view
   a master schedule on the network
  
System Requirements
  
AnyTime 2.1 for Windows requires a 386-based PC or higher, Microsoft Windows 
3.1 or higher, 2MB of RAM, a hard disk with 3MB of space available, and a VGA 
or higher display.
  
Pricing, Availability, and Upgrade Policy
  
AnyTime 2.1 for Windows has a suggested retail price of $49.95. Anytime 2.0 
customers can upgrade to version 2.1 free of charge by mail ($4.95 shipping and

handling). AnyTime DOS users can upgrade to Windows for $19.95.
  
Individual is offering AnyTime for Windows with a lowest price personal 
organizer guarantee. If users find a lower priced Windows personal organizer in

its class, Indivudual will pay the difference. AnyTime for Windows is 
distributed through Ingram Micro, Merisel, Handleman, and Kenfil. The program 
is available in stores including Egghead, CompUSA, Computer City, Office Depot,

Fry's, and Best Buy. To order AnyTime direct from Individual Software call
800/822-3522.
  
About Individual Software
  
Founded in 1981, Individual Software is the world's leading developer of 
computer-based training, productivity, and multimedia software products for 
IBM, IBM-compatible, and Macintosh computers. For more information about 
Individual Software and its products, call 800/822-3522 or write to the company

at 5870 Stoneridge Drive #1, Pleasanton, CA 94588.
  
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        Double Doozy Fun Pack for Windows -- Accessories with Attitude
 _____  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
|_   _|
  | |                Berkeley, CA -- March 21, 1994
  | |
  | |
  |_|oday Access Softek introduces Double Doozy Fun Pack for Windows. A lively
addition to the Video Toys Software division, Double Doozy offers "accessories
with attitude" -- twenty full animated screen savers, twenty- five tasteful
wallpapers and backgrounds, and fifty icons that can be mixed and matched to
personalize the desktop.
  
This eclectic assortment of images ranges from the sophisticated to the absurd,

to fit the personality and mood of each individual user. Double Doozy Fun Pack
supports Windows 3.1 and retails for $29.95.
  
With Double Doozy, users can choose from a diverse array of innovative and 
constantly surprising screen savers. Gone are the days of monotonous images 
floating inertly across the screen. In the wacky world of Double Doozy, a 
frenzied artist splashes paint onto the desktop; an accidental streaker sprints

off screen, shocked by his own nakedness; a personal Yes Man strokes the user's

ego with flattery. For the more literary-minded, the poet screen saver writes
lines of surreal poetry, or see the graffiti artist, take the user's own poetic

utterances and -- after checking for cops -- spray-paint them across the
screen. Complementing these absorbing screen savers is a gallery of wallpapers
culled from the works of Van Gogh, Picasso, and other renowned artists. To
round out the package, Double Doozy offers a collection of whimsical icons,
from Marilyn Monroe and Richard Nixon to cartoon bears and bug-eyed monsters.
Easily installed and manipulated, Double Doozy brings fun to the desktop for
users of all ages.
  
  
Access Softek is a privately held software company founded in 1984 and based in

Berkeley, California. The third software company to release an application for
Microsoft Windows and the first to develop an integrated Windows product line,
Access Softek is a longtime pioneer of new technology. In November 1992, the
company launched its line of Video Toys with Matinee, the first screen saver to

bring full-motion video to personal computers. More Video Toys are currently in

development.
  
For more information, contact Access Softek, 2550 9th Street, Suite 206, 
Berkeley, CA 94710-2554, telephone 510/848-0606, fax 510/848 0608.
  
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                  Growing Need for Digital Photography Prompts
            Two New CD-ROM Product Lines from Seattle Support Group
            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              Growing demand for digital color photography prompts
         Seattle Support Group to launch two new lines of CD-ROM-based,
           royalty-free photography for Windows and Macintosh users:
         Screens & Wallpaper (200 screen-resolution images per volume
          for $19.95) and Color Digital Photos (200 magazine quality,
 _____            high-resolution photographs for $79.95).
|  _  |
| | | |        New Media EXPO, Los Angeles, CA -- April 12, 1994
| | | |
| |_| |
|_____|ver 2.5 million color printers were sold in 1993 alone, reflecting the 
increased use of color in desktop publishing and presentations. This growing 
need for quality, royalty-free photography, plus the increasing demand for 
color images in video and multimedia, has prompted Seattle Support Group to 
launch two new product families of digital photography on CD-ROM.
  
The new 2-volume Screens & Wallpaper collection features 200 screen- resolution

images per CD-ROM disc, for use as backgrounds in multimedia productions, as
screen savers, as Windows Desktop background, or in presentations using
programs like PowerPoint, Pursuasion, and Astound.
  
The second collection, called Color Digital Photos, features 200 magazine 
quality-images per CD-ROM disc. Color Digital Photos are high-resolution (2100
x 1500 pixels), 24-bit color images suitable for color desktop publishing of
brohcures, posters, etc. Images are stored as JPEG files that expand to 9 MB,
and print to 7 by 5-inches at 300 DPI (or 150 LPI).
  
Each high-resolution Color Digital Photos image also comes in screen- 
resolution format for previewing, or for use in the same ways possible with 
Screens & Wallpaper. Both collections also come with Kudos image browsing 
software for easier previewing and drag-and-drop transfer into packages like 
Photoshop, PageMaker, and Quark.
  
Both collections feature a range of subjects including professionally 
photographed scenes of nature, lifestyles, business, animals, plants, vehicles,

sunsets, etc. Color Digital Photos includes some single-subject CD-ROM discs --

such as NASA pictures of space and spacecraft (Vol. 2), flowers (Vol. 3),
aircraft (Vol. 4), and glamour shots (Vol. 6).
  
Screens & Wallpaper and Color Digital Photos both feature the work of 
professional photographers. Images are chosen for their ability to maintain 
their quality and usefulness after their conversion to digital form. Once 
digitized, all photos are previewed, cleaned, cropped, and color corrected. 
Imperfections -- such as dust particles captured during scanning -- are removed

digitally.
  
All of the photographs in Screens & Wallpaper and Color Digital Photos are 
completely royalty free. They can be freely used for any commercial or 
non-commercial purpose -- except for redistribution in digital stock 
photography collections, or in sexually explicit materials.
  
Screens & Wallpapers and Color Digital Photos discs can be used inter- 
changeably on CD-ROM-equipped PC or Macintosh personal computers. If you own a
PC, minimum system requirements are: 80286 CPU, Microsoft Windows 3.0 or later,

VGA color video board and compatible color monitor, and a mouse or other
pointing device. Macintosh systems require at least a 68020 CPU, 2 MB of
application RAM, Apple system software 6.07 or later (including version 7),
32-bit QuickDraw extension and QuickTime extension.
  
The first two Screens & Wallpaper volumes will be available at the beginning of

May 1994. Each volume costs $19.95 and includes 200 royalty-free screen- 
resolution images.
  
Color Digital Photos will be available in mid April 1994 in 6 different CD-ROM
volumes: Premiere, Space, Floral, Planes, Paramount, and Glamour. Each volume
sells for $79.95 and contains 200 photographs, saved in high- resolution and in

screen-resolution formats.
  
Learn more by contacting Seattle Support Group, 20420 84th Avenue South, Kent,
WA 98032, telephone 206/395-1484, fax 206/395-1487.
  
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 _____         ORIGIN Goes Head-to-Head with Wing Commander Armada
|_   _|        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  | |                    Austin, TX -- May 6, 1994
  | |
  | |
  |_|he rules of combat are about the change in the Wing Commander(R) universe.

With the release of ORIGIN's Wing Commander Armada(TM) in late June, gamers
will have the option of waging thier intergalactic battles head-to-head with
another player by using a modem or network. Wing Armada is the first in a line
of multi-player products from ORIGIN. There's a split-screen view that allows
two players to compete on the same computer. And, for the first time in a Wing
Commander game, a player can switch sides and fly for the evil Kilrathi Empire!

  
But there's much more to Wing Armada than head-to-head combat. You're no longer

just a hotshot pilot fulfilling an assignment. Here you have the freedom to
construct your own missions and your own campaign. For the first time, players
will merge their space combat abilities with strategic responsibility. From
quadrant maps and information from recon ships, you plan an expansion of your
fleet and manage critical resouces. At the end of each decision lies a battle,
and you lead the Wing. If that weren't enough, you also choose the intricacy of

combat, from short dogfights to extended campaigns across an infinite universe.

  
Unlike previous multi-player games, Wing Commander Armada utilitzes a next 
generation 3-D engine complete with fully textured, light-source shaded 
objects. Some of the new features include an invisible cockpit that gives the 
player a larger viewing area, actual 3-D shields that protect your ship from 
the inevitable onslaught, an intuitive "Starmap" naviagtion/deployment 
interface, and a "Tauntmaker" option in which the player can customize digtal 
taunts to use against the enemy. External camera angles, a dynamic musical 
score, and digitized sound effects add to the depth of the experience.
  
Current system requirements for Wing Commander Armada are:
  
  IBM-PC, 386/33+, Intel 486 or 100% compatible system
  4 MB RAM, 8-10 MB hard drive space
  MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
  256-color VGA
  Music (optional): Ad Lib, Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, Roland
    LAPC-1/MT-32, Gravis Ultrasound, GEneral MIDI MPU-401 interface, or
    100% compatible sound board
  Speech/Sound Effects (optional): Sound Blaster or 100% compatible
    sound board
  Head-to-Head Play (optional): Hayes compatible 2400+ baud modem or
    NetBIOS Network
  Expected retail price: $55-65
  (Note: You must have a sound card with an internal recording program and
  an external microphone to record taunts. Wing Armada will integrate *.WAV
  files you create using your sound card hardware.)
  
  
ORIGIN Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software.
To date, the company has released more than 40 titles, including the
award-winning Ultima and Commander series of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin,
Texas, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS).
  
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                 Wrath of the Gods Brings Greek Myths to Life
             in New CD-ROM Adventure Game for Windows & Macintosh
             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                  "Photo Surrealistic" Adventure Lets Players
 _         Experience the Exploits of the Greatest Heroes of All Time
| |
| |                  San Francisco, CA -- April 4, 1994
| |
| |__
|____|uminaria shipped its debut Windows title, Wrath of the Gods, a CD-ROM 
adventure game that brings the Greek myths to life. The unique look of the game

was created using production techniques that combine motion video, special
effects, graphics, and high resolution still photographs.
  
In the course of 40 hours of game time, players embark on a journey through 
dozens of interactive adventures based on the exploits of the Greek heroes. On
a quest to regain their kingdom, they face challenges like battling a 
many-headed Hydra, navigating the Labyrinth of the Minotaur, and stealing the 
Golden Fleece from a fire-breathing dragon. Wrath of the Gods also has a very 
contemporary feel: Players encounter real-life situations and colorful 
characters who deliver witty dialogue.
  
Produced by the team that founded the award-winning San Francisco Production 
Group, Wrath of the Gods features digital video of 60 actors in full costume, 
with more than 300 backgrounds collaged from original photographs of Greece. 
Wrath of the Gods incorporates layers of digital special effects seamlessly 
combined to create the feeling of full-screen motion.
  
"Wrath of the Gods is an excellent example of what the future holds as far as 
Hollywood meeting Silicon Valley," said Maxis CEO Jeff Braun. "This is a TV and

film production company that's used its expertise to create a quality 
multimedia experience with a great adventure game." The game will be 
distributed to retail outlets by Maxis, one of the leading distributors of 
interactive entertainment.
  
"We were inspried by the university of the Greek myths," stated Jeff Cretcher,
president of Luminaria. "With Wrath of the Gods we aimed to create a game that
people will truly enjoy, while avoiding gratuitous violence."
  
Wrath of the Gods goes beyond the limits of the traditional computer adventure
game. Its lifelike characters, extensive soundtrack, and photo- realism combine

with a high degree of interactivity to create the experience of being inside a
movie. Mythological creatures from Pegasus to Medusa spring to life, created
with stop-frame animation. The visual style is enhanced by an audio track that
features original music and rich environmental sound.
  
The game's geographic layout is truly non-linear. As players acquire 
appropriate inventory, they can roam the extensive terrain at will, 
encountering numerous live-action characters, nightmarish monsters, and 
entertaining puzzles and dilemmas. For quicker navigation and hints to the 
puzzles, an animated Oracle offers clues in exchange for points from the 
player's score. An integrated "information space" provides background on the 
myths the adventures are based on (and frequently, if you dig deep enough, free

hints to the puzzles). This user-friendly resource is illustrated with images
of Greek mythology obtained from museums and private collections around the
world.
  
Wrath of the Gods also offers a novel alternative to untimely "death" in game 
play. Rather than being ousted unceremoniously from the action with no recourse

but to restore the most recent saved game, the player is transported to worlds
like Hades or Olympus for further adventures.
  
Wrath of the Gods for Windows is available through standard retail channels. 
Suggested retail price is $69.95.
  
A Macintosh version is also available.
  
  
Two very interesting screen captures from Wrath of the Gods are available for 
previewing the game from the Multimedia/Cyberspace Library:
  
  1028  Name: OLYMPUS.GIF  Approximate # of bytes: 128512
  1029  Name: GOLDFLEE.GIF Approximate # of bytes: 142848
  
  
Luminaria was formed in 1991 by Joel Skidmore and Jeff Cretcher to produce 
interactive multimedia entertainment. Luminaria's film-style production values
draw on the experience of its founders, who have produced award- winning
animation for a diverse range of clients, including Anheuser Busch's Bud Bowl
television commercial series, Hanna Barbera, and ABC's "Good Morning, America."

  
For more information, contact Luminaria, 152 Brewster Street, San Francisco, CA

94110, telephone 415/821-0536, fax 415/821-0167.
  
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              CD Utility Collection & MPC Specs in CYBERSPACE Library
 _____        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
|  _  |
| |_| |                 GEnie Cyberspace -- May 19, 1994
|  ___|
| |
|_|articularly interesting files uploaded this to the Multimedia/Cyberspace 
Library this week include:
  
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Number: 1027  Name: CD_UTILS.ZIP
Address: D.TRAVISON   Date: 940518
Approximate # of bytes: 247424
Number of Accesses: 6  Library: 7
Description:
A great collection of 19 DOS utility programs for your CD Player. Everything 
from audio play, resume, reset and stop, to eject, lock and unlock. Monitor 
CD-ROM status flags, scan directory structure, get brief contents (track 
numbers, start times and disc length), or create a full image of a CD; player 
status report, test loading times, block read utility, timecode display, and 
CHKCD (like CHKDSK but for ISO-9660 CD-ROMs). ALL COMPLETE WITH INSTRUCTIONS! 
Requires IBM-compatible with DOS and CD Player.
  
 *********************************
Number: 1030  Name: MPCSPECS.TXT
Address: MULTIMEDIA   Date: 940518
Approximate # of bytes: 15232
Number of Accesses: 2  Library: 2
Description:
The official Specifications direct from the Multimedia PC Marketing Council 
which define requirements for Multimedia PC (MPC) Level 1 and Level 2 systems 
and software. Details on Graphics, Sound, and CD-ROM requirements. You may need

this information if you're considering upgrading an IBM-compatible to handle
multimedia applications or buying a new system. This ASCII text file can be
<L>isted online or downloaded and displayed on any kind of computer. 
  
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