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Symantec Introduces Web-Site Management With New Visual Page Release 2.0

- Major Release of Web Authoring Tool Combines Powerful Site Management with Support for Cascading Style Sheets and Layers -

Cupertino, Calif. --June 15, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the availability of Visual Page release 2.0 for Windows, a major new revision of their award-winning, critically acclaimed Web-page design and deployment product. Visual Page, which helps users build industry-standard Web pages within a flexible environment, features:

  • An intuitive WYSIWYG interface
  • Site management
  • Easy importing of existing Web sites
  • Cascading style sheets
  • Absolute pixel positioning
  • Easy table and frame creation
  • Automatic link checking and updating
  • Site-wide spell checking
  • Site-wide search-and-replace
  • Color-coded syntax editor
  • One-button Web-site deployment
  • Professionally designed templates
  • Automatic generation of industry-standard HTML
  • Project Manager with four views: Servers, Files, Links, and Status
  • Visual Page Art Collection with over 12,000 images
  • Easy Java applet inserting and previewing within the environment

"Our customers have told us they want to create cutting-edge Web sites with an impressive, state-of-the-art look," said Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "Visual Page lets them take advantage of the latest technology without having to worry about the coding details. As a result, they're able to build exciting Web solutions in less time."

"Cascading style sheets make it easy for me to use a consistent style across my Web site while using different styles within independent sections of my Web site," noted Gert Lems, a Web-site developer for ServIT Information Services. "Until now I had to painstakingly create CSS files by hand and carefully apply them so the correct styles were used in each Web site section. Visual Page allows me to create CSS files and to apply styles effortlessly. As a result, I can concentrate on making my site look incredible while Visual Page takes care of the coding details."

Mark Novack, President of MRN Computer Services, Inc., reported, "I am amazed at how simple creating and maintaining my company's Web site is using Visual Page. Its interface is very intuitive and it generates code that I am confident will work with my server and my customers' browsers. Visual Page is a true timesaver."

Powerful, Automated Site-Management Features
Visual Page 2.0 introduces the following new features:

AutoImport: Specify a home page and Visual Page quickly creates a project file containing information about the files that make up that Web site. The project file provides understanding of a Web site's structure, automatically maintains its integrity, and greatly improves the speed in which the site can be updated and enhanced.

Project Manager: Once a Web site has been created or imported, Visual Page's project manager provides four distinct views:

  • File View - Enables easy management of the Web site using a browsable view of local Web site directories and files.
  • Server View - Provides a complete understanding of how the Web site appears on its Web server.
  • Link View - Delivers a graphical view of the Web site for quick comprehension of the overall site structure.
  • Status View - Presents a list of the links that are invalid or missing, providing the means to quickly establish site integrity.

Automatic Link Checking: A Web site's links are automatically checked in the background while the site is built. Invalid and missing links are highlighted in both the link and status views. Fixing broken links is as easy as selecting the broken link and browsing to the file that should be linked to. Once fixed, all files that contain the same broken link are also automatically fixed.

Automatic Link Updating: Once a project file is created, all of its links are automatically maintained as Web sites are built and modified. Changing a file name results in all links to that file automatically being updated to the new name. Changing an email link in any of the project manager views results in an update of all Web pages that contain the email link.

Site-Wide Search-and-Replace: Updating content across an entire Web site is easily achieved using Visual Page's site-wide search-and-replace, eliminating worry about files with content that should have been changed. Site-Wide Spell Checking: Visual Page's site-wide spell checking prevents embarrassing spelling mistakes that take away from a site's professional image.

EZDeploy: Once all changes to a Web site, publishing the Web pages that have been updated is done with a click of a button. Only files that have been changed will be published. Specific files can also be selected for upload to a Web server or download to the local system.

StyleStudio: Cascading style sheets help build a uniform look and feel across an entire Web site. A visual cascading style sheets (CSS) editor makes it easy to create, apply, and preview styles. When a CSS file is assigned to a project, the entire Web site is automatically updated with a new and uniform look. Different style sheets can be applied to specific Web pages to build a distinct look for subsections of a Web site.

EZLayer: Absolute pixel positioning is easily achieved for ultimate control over the layout of Web pages. Web page objects are easily converted to layers to take advantage of grid tools for quickly positioning layers in a professional manner. Layers can be created within layers to blend word-processing and desktop-publishing layout metaphors for ultimate control of a Web page's look and feel.

About Visual Page
Visual Page has been lauded as a sophisticated, easy-to-use Web-page creation and management tool that helps everyone from beginners to seasoned Web designers quickly create professional-looking Web pages in an intuitive, WYSIWYG environment. Updating existing Web sites, keeping links current, creating a site-wide style, and incorporating new Web technologies is easily accomplished using familiar drag-and-drop methods. And Visual Page 2.0 generates clean, well-formatted, industry-standard HTML that works with all industry-standard Web servers and browsers.

Availability and Pricing
Visual Page release 2.0 will be available in late June of 1998 at an estimated retail price of $99.95. Symantec will offer a special bundle of Visual Page release 2.0 with Creating Commercial Web Sites by Kim and Brad Hampton and a special introductory $20.00 mail-in rebate offer. Current Visual Page customers will be able to upgrade for $49.95. For more information on Visual Page, please visit the Symantec Web site at http://cafe.symantec.com.

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, including Visual Page, Visual Café for Java Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition, and Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition, available for Windows 95/NT and Macintosh. Visual Page is integrated in all Visual Café for Java products. Symantec Visual Café has won virtually every award and honor available for Java development tools and more than any other Java development tool on the market.

About Symantec
Symantec is the worldwide leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Our products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com. A report on the meeting with financial analysts in New York will be available from June 10 on Symantec's investor relations web page at >www.symantec.com/invest/index.html.

Symantec Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains some forward looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's 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 April 3, 1998.