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Symantec Announces New Upgrade to Visual Page

Visual Page's Enhanced Features Including Frame Border Sizing, Page Property Default Settings, Spell Checking and Font Support Make It Easy For Web Designers to Quickly Create Powerful Web Pages

Cupertino, Calif. --January 5, 1998--Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced the availability of Symantec's Visual Page 1.1, the latest version of the award-winning web authoring program for novice to professional web developers. Symantec Visual Page once again delivers an outstandingly powerful web authoring tool with an intuitive interface, pure HTML code generation (no proprietary code or extensions), and True and Real-Time WYSIWYG capability. These expanded features are unsurpassed by any other web authoring tool on the market. With its easy interface, Visual Page is truly designed for novice and expert web designers who want a quick web solution, not just another arduous learning experience. A free fully functional evaluation version of Visual Page 1.1 is available on the Symantec web site at http://cafe.symantec.com. The Visual Page 1.1 release will be available in both Windows and Macintosh.

Mike Finn, a Web design consultant, has been sold on Visual Page ever since the first version shipped. He has found that Visual Page saves him time and money. "I am a computer consultant and trainer, working from a home office and I need an HTML tool that doesn't take forever to learn," said Finn. "Visual Page allows me to develop web pages for the web and Intranets in less than half the time of every other editor I have tried, and believe me I've tried them all. I am no expert and there lies the simple beauty of Visual Page, it makes me one."

Visual Page offers users a straightforward and intuitive HTML editor that provides them with the fastest and easiest way to move important business documents and crucial business information to the Web. Visual Page comes with a library of professionally designed templates. A user can start with one of these templates, add the desired content, and have a complete and professional web page in minutes. Using Visual Page's intuitive interface and drag and drop controls, creation and re-sizing of tables, frames and images is a snap. And, for advanced users that wish to add or modify HTML code directly, Visual Page generates clean, well-organized HTML code and includes a powerful source code editor.

"Beginner and expert web designers will appreciate the speed and ease that Visual Page offers. Most people want to put up a web page fast and easy, they don't want another program that takes forever to learn and even longer to use," said Mansour Safai, Vice President of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Visual Page is easy enough that a beginner can create impressive Web pages in minutes, yet flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses who are increasingly moving larger amounts of information to their corporate and division Intranets."

Visual Page users find no surprises in building web pages. With Visual Page, you get a true What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) environment. What you see as you create your web pages in Visual Page is what visitors to your site will see. Visual Page users can watch text wrap around an image as the image is resized, so they can see what the finished page will look like.

For users needing to develop Java applets, Symantec Visual Page is packed with Java power. Symantec Visual Page allows users to run Java applets inside the HTML editor!

Visual Page was created by the market-leading development team that created Symantec's comprehensive suite of award-winning Internet development tools, Symantec Café and Symantec Visual Café for Java.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Easy Table Creation – Quickly and simply organize your data the way you want to;
  • Easy Style and Format Customization – Makes your text look professional, exciting and visually pleasing;
  • Quality HTML File Generation – Web pages are easy to understand and modify since they contain pure HTML, not useless code. You don't have to worry about proprietary code or extensions that must be supported by your ISP;
  • Real-Time WYSIWYG – No need to repeatedly make adjustments for differences when your pages are viewed in a browser. The pages you create will look exactly like you want them to in a browser;
  • HTML Source Editor – Flexibility to work with your Web pages the way you want to, using the visual or color-coded syntax editor;
  • Comfortable Interface – Visual Page's incredibly short learning curve allows you to spend your time building your solution instead of learning a new interface;
  • Easy Frame Creation – Quickly organize the way your viewer browses through your site;
  • Image Map Tools – Easily create visually intuitive page links;
  • Built-In FTP Client – Easy one-step solution, Visual Page is the only tool you need to publish and maintain your Web site;
  • Preview Java Applets – Add and test applets inside of the Visual Page environment, no need to exit and preview in a browser.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
A free evaluation version of Visual Page 1.1 for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 is available immediately on Symantec Internet Tools web site http://cafe.symantec.com, a Macintosh version will be available shortly. The retail product will be available via a download from Symantec's update center in January. Visual Page has an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $79.95.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Minimum system requirements for Symantec Visual Page software for Windows include a i486 (66mhz) Pentium, or Pentium Pro or compatible personal computer running Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 or later. 8 MB of RAM (12 MB for Windows NT), a VGA or higher resolution monitor, a minimum of 20 MB of available hard disk space and a CD-ROM drive. Minimum system requirements for Symantec Visual Page Macintosh include a Mac OS, System 7.1, PowerPC processor, 5MB RAM minimum, 3.5 MB free hard disk space and CD-ROM drive for installation.

About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers.

About Symantec
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 Café 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 2,000 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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