CUPERTINO, Calif. -- August 18, 1997 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh, a new version of the most powerful contact manager for the Macintosh platform. ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh now provides direct integration with Microsoft Word, a new customizable contact list and is Internet savvy. With these new features, ACT! for Macintosh users can manage their contacts more efficiently than ever before.
"The powerful combination of the ACT! contact database integrated with the data available on the Internet, provides Macintosh users with more complete knowledge of their customers," said Christopher Calisi, Vice President of the Remote Productivity Solutions Group. "ACT!'s power and ease-of-use are essential tools for managing business relationships more effectively and increasing personal productivity."
Microsoft Word Integration
ACT! 2.8 now supports direct links to Microsoft Word by simply choosing the option in the application preferences. ACT! 2.8 will continue to include the integrated ACT! word processor but now allows the ACT! user the power and flexibility of Microsoft Word. The user has complete flexibility to choose which word processor best fits their needs.
Customizable Contact List
ACT! now allows users the option of viewing their contact records in a list format and lets the user select which fields are shown in the contact list and how the data is sorted. The list can be customized by adding or subtracting columns or by easily moving the fields to different locations within the contact list. ACT! uses a "non-modal" interface which means the user can display multiple calendars, activity lists, task lists and history views at the same time, eliminating the need to open and close windows to perform these procedures.
In addition to tracking key information about contacts, ACT! users can now tap the power of the Internet. The advantage of a contact manager is instant access to information and the Internet is a powerful way to get up-to-date and accurate information. Users can now automatically link to numerous sites on the Internet including Yahoo! maps, Yahoo! Get Local, weather information, yellow page data and much more. For example, with one click of the mouse, the user can see a street-level map of the contact's business or home location, or search the Internet for company information.
Internet integration also includes direct Internet e-mail integration using Qualcomm's Eudora e-mail system. The user can send an e-mail message or broadcast an e-mail message to an entire database using Eudora. Additionally, there is a new URL field type where the user can input any Internet web address and then invoke that link directly from ACT!. ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh supports most popular browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.
ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh requires Macintosh (68020 processor or higher) or Power Macintosh, System 7.0 or higher, including the System 8.0, 4 MB or RAM and 5 MB of available hard disk space.
Pricing and Availability
ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh will be available from Symantec's network of authorized resellers. It has an estimated retail price (ERP) of $169.95 and an upgrade price of $69.95 for registered users of previous versions of ACT! for Macintosh.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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