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Symantec Announces Café 1.5 for Macintosh Java(TM) Development Environment

Market-leading toolset upgrade offers comprehensive Java environment to Macintosh developers

Symantec Café 1.5 New Features

  • Enhanced debugger
  • A recursive compiler for much faster builds
  • New JIT
  • JDK 1.02 integration
  • MacOS Runtime for Java included
  • Read/write zip files for classes

CUPERTINO, Calif. --March 24, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading supplier of Java development tools and environments, today announced Symantec Café 1.5 for Macintosh. An upgrade to Symantec's best-selling Java toolset, Café 1.5 now offers the richest feature-set available for Macintosh Java development, including an enhanced debugger, new just-in-time compiler for faster applet and application performance, new recursive compiler for faster builds, integration of JDK 1.02, and the inclusion of the MacOS Runtime for Java.

As with its entire spectrum of development tools, Symantec is making good on its commitment to the Macintosh development community by delivering the most complete set Java development tools, which includes Café, Visual Café (Rapid Application Development environment for Java) and Visual Page (WYSIWYG HTML authoring tool). Netscape recently pledged its support for the Symantec approach with their recently announced partnership to license the Symantec Just-in-Time compiler for the Macintosh.

"Macintosh developers asked us for faster Java performance on the Mac, more powerful debugging and development tools and we've responded with the Café 1.5 upgrade. Symantec is well aware that a large percentage of Web development takes place on the Macintosh platform, and we intend to take that arena seriously," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "We're pleased to be upgrading Café for Macintosh, because it means Macintosh developers can share the advantages of the latest Java development technologies."

"Symantec is providing the support and competitive products that Macintosh Java developers need right now," said Jim Gable, Apple Computer's vice president of Platform & Technologies product marketing. "With access to the latest Java development technologies from Symantec, Macintosh developers can readily match and even exceed their Windows Java developer comrades in building applets and applications that meet the demands of business today."

Product Features
Enhancements in version 1.5 of Symantec Café for Macintosh include:

  • Improved debugger offering significant speed improvements
  • Improved features in debugger offering significant speed improvements through faster redrawing, ability to identify changes in values, enabling the setting of breakpoints in executing code
  • A recursive compiler
  • Enhanced Project Manager and the Java VM can read .ZIP files
  • Faster Java compiler for faster development
  • A new JIT
  • Updated Java Development Kit (JDK) that integrates JDK 1.01 and 1.02 updates
  • Apple's Macintosh Runtime for Java

Pricing and Availability
Symantec Café 1.5 is now available in the standard retail channel and on Symantec's Web site ( for an estimated retail price of US $79.95. Existing Café for Macintosh customers can upgrade to Café 1.5 for Macintosh free through the Web site or purchase a shrink-wrapped version for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling).

Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantecís future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 27, 1996.

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, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (541) 334-6054 or toll free (800) 441-7234.

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