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Symantec Offers Pre-Release of New Visual Café, Rapid Application Development Tool for Java™

Pre-release Program available to Windows and Macintosh Café Customers

Updated Information - July 3, 1996
The Visual Cafe development team decided to go through one more round of limited beta testing before making a version of Visual Café available for public preview for both Mac and Windows. We are currently planning to post the Visual Café Preview for Mac and Windows in late July. We will keep you informed on as we get closer to that date. Please note that this will only be available to registered Café users on the Symantec Café website (

Team Visual Café
Symantec Corporation

The text of the original announcement follows.

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- May 29, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) todaqy announced a pre-release beta program for owners of Symantec’s popular Café product for Windows or Macintosh. Symantec Café is the best selling cross-platform visual Java development tool that features Symantec’s award-winning integrated development environment. Since its introduction in March, Café has been the most popular Java development tool in the industry. The pre-release program will allow registered Café customers to download beta versions of Symantec’s forthcoming product line of Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools for the Java platform that the company intends to ship later this summer. The preview tools will be available for download in late-June from the Café Update Center on Symantec’s Café website,

The new RAD toolset, called Visual Café™, will be available in separate versions for Windows or Macintosh and will give users the ability to visually create Java™-powered applications and applets quicker and easier than before. It features a host of new visual tools, drag and drop capabilities, and an extensive object library of reusable components. A professional version is expected to also provide database connectivity, a database server, and database wizards and controls. Also, due to the overwhelming popularity of Café’s integrated debugger and JIT compiler, Symantec expects to include further enhanced versions of these features in the new visual RAD tool product line.

"Café is the best-selling tool for Java development on the Windows and Macintosh platforms. We want to provide the highest value to the Café user by providing them for free our latest visual RAD tools thus making users more productive than ever before," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec’s development tools division. "The additional demand for RAD tools from high-end developers has lead us to the next progression from Café to Visual Café."

The preview version of Visual Café will be available free-of-charge to all registered owners of Café for Windows or Macintosh in late-June. The preview will be found on Symantec’s Café website at The downloading and use of the pre-release version of Visual Café is subject to the terms of a license agreement which is included with the software and also available on the Symantec Café website.

Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java technology is becoming the industry's platform for network computing.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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