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1. Software blurbs: Collins Bilingual Dictionaries for PCs 2. Software Blurb: Microsoft Word upgrade to 6.0 3. Software Blurb: Corel Draw ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 01:29:21 -0600 From: H-NET <CAMPBELLD@APSU.BITNET> Subject: Software blurbs: Collins Bilingual Dictionaries for PCs 31-JUL-1993 17:57 COLLINS SERIES 100 BILINGUAL DICTIONARIES COLLINS SERIES 100 January 20, 1993 -- HarperCollins, the world renowned publishers of bilingual dictionaries, have just released an exciting new range of powerful electronic dictionaries for DOS and Windows 3, just in time for anyone who wishes to take advantage of the si ngle European market. Collins Series 100 contains over 75,000 references and over 110,000 translations, and is quick, easy-to-use and suitable for use with most word processing packages. Collins Series 100 is ideal for business people, secretaries, journalists, translators, students and teachers, indeed anyone who needs quick and accurate translation at their fingertips. Includes versions for DOS and Microsoft Windows 3. Collins Series 100 DOS version may be run as a memory resident program or as a DOS application, as required. Collins Series 100 features near matching, minimal typing and an easy to use look-up list. Words or blocks of text can be pasted directly into the working document. Wildcard searches are possible using * or ? functions. Cross-referencing between differen t languages, and historical look-ups are easy to use. The price for one bi-lingual dictionary is just 69 British pounds and add-on dictionaries cost 39 British pounds. (Prices exclude C&P plus VAT). Collins Series 100 was developed by the Rotterdam-based language computing specialists, AND Software. A Macintosh version will be released later this year. Collins Series 100 Bilingual Dictionaries - DOS & Windows Francais-Anglais/English-French Deutsch-Englisch/English-German Espanol-lngles /English-Spanish Italiano-lnglese/English-Italian HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 14 Steep Lane * Findon * Worthing * West Sussex * BN14 OUF * UK Tel +44 (0)903 873 555 * Fax +44 (0)903 873 633 ===== 31-JUL-1993 17:56 COLLINS ON-LINE ELECTRONIC BILINGUAL DICTIONARY COLLINS ON-LINE VERSION 2.15 23 February 1993 -- HarperCollinsPublishers have recently released a powerful new version of COLLINS ONLINE electronic bilingual dictionaries for IBM PC's using DOS. Collins On-line contains over 40,000 references and over 70,000 translations, and is quick, easy-to-use and suitable for use with most word processing packages. Collins On-line is ideal for business people, secretaries, journalists, translators, students and teachers, indeed anyone who needs quick and accurate translation at their fingertips. NEW FEATURES - Collins On-line v2.15 may now be run as a memory resident program or as a DOS application, as required. Quick Lookup using a new hotkey, compatibility with other speciality dictionaries and thesauruses, historical lookup for up to 6 previo us words, automatic insertion of selected word and cross referencing between headwords. Collins On-line features - meanings signposted for accurate use of translations, personal annotation files may be compiled, screen read facility, near matching, pasting words directly into wp documents, hotkey switching between dictionaries, facility for changing colour settings for menu and text, context sensitive help, customized menu settings (different languages), full documentation including Quick Reference Card. A Windows version will be released May 1993. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Electronic Reference 14 Steep Lane * Findon * Worthing * West Sussex * BN14 OUF * UK Tel +44 (0)903 873 555 * Fax +44 (0)903 873 633 ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 01:33:10 -0600 From: H-NET <CAMPBELLD@APSU.BITNET> Subject: Software Blurb: Microsoft Word upgrade to 6.0 ed note: This is a blurb from Microsoft about a product used by many of our subscribers. H-Net is not paid for these announcements; we run them for your benefit. If you don't like them let me know. Richard Jensen for H-NET H-NET@uicvm.UIC.EDU ========== MICROSOFT UPGRADES WORD FOR MS-DOS TO VER 6.0 Microsoft Upgrades Word for MS-DOS Version 6.0 Brings New Ease- of-use Features to Current Users REDMOND, Wash.--May 6, 1993--Microsoft Corporation today simultaneously announced in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States an upgrade to Microsoft Word for the MS-DOS operating system. Microsoft Word version 6.0 for MS-DOS is designed to simplify common word processing tasks and bring new functionality to the millions of Word for MS-DOS users in the United States (and in Europe, where Word for MS-DOS is the leading character-based word processor). The upgrade also aligns M icrosoft Word for MS-DOS more closely with other members of Microsoft's word processing family, including Microsoft Word for Windows and Microsoft Word for the Macintosh. "We've seen a dramatic shift away from character-based MS-DOS word processors as users move to the Windows and Macintosh operating systems," said Pete Higgins, senior vice president of desktop applications at Microsoft. "As that shift continues, many of our customers need to support a mix of users on all three platforms. We designed version 6.0 as a great upgrade for current users of Word for MS-DOS who still need a character-based word processor that requires minimum disk space and can run well on an 8 0286 or a low-end 80386 microprocessor machine. We also wanted to incorporate ease-of-use features similar to those in Word for Windows and Word for the Macintosh to make it easier for customers to operate in a cross- platform environment." Drag and Drop editing, Tables, TrueType fonts and Automatic Bullets are among the features that make Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS a valuable upgrade for current users who want to make everyday word processing easier. "I especially like the new high-resolution Print Preview mode in Word 6.0 for MS-DOS," said David Huxford, president of Financial Computer Support, Inc., a Maryland-based company with more than 800 financial and money management planning offices across t he country. "And the new menu structure is more consistent with the other Microsoft programs we use, including Word for Windows, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint." New Features Users who upgrade to Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS can take advantage of the following new features: * New Table tool inserts a table in one easy step * Automatic Bullet feature instantly adds bullets or numbers to selected text * Drag and Drop editing, pioneered in Word for Windows and Word for the Macintosh, now is implemented in Word 6.0 for MS-DOS * TrueType fonts provide professional-quality output on printed documents * New Ribbon gives one-click access to common formatting functions, such as changing fonts, indenting or unindenting, and making text bold, italic or underlined * Grammatik grammar checker proofreads documents and catches grammatical errors * Print Preview mode can magnify images from 50 percent to 200 percent * New Print Merge Helper gives step-by-step guidance for creating mail merges * Special symbols and foreign language characters are conveniently available on a single palette * Multilingual Spelling Checker checks multiple languages in a single pass * Line and Border tools frame tables and text and add visual interest to documents * Integrated outlining with the Outlining Toolbar makes organizing long documents easier * New macros simplify creation of envelopes and mailing labels in all the most popular sizes * Word 5.0 Transition Help explains changes between Word for MS-DOS versions 5.0 and 6.0 * Help for WordPerfect guides WordPerfect users moving to Microsoft Word * Improved file conversion tools convert Word for Windows, Word for the Macintosh, WordPerfect, MultiMate, DisplayWrite and WordStar files Awards The two most recent predecessors of Word 6.0 for MS-DOS (Word 5.0 for MS-DOS, released in November 1988, and Word 5.5 for MS-DOS, released in November 1990) have been recognized with the following awards: * PC World, Best Buy, 1991 (awarded to version 5.5) * Stiftung Warentest (Germany), Best Word Processor (highest rating overall, awarded to version 5.5), December 9, 1991 * PC Professionell (Germany), Suggestion of the Magazine (awarded to version 5.0), April 1991 * PC Magazine, Editor's Choice, 1990 (awarded to version 5.0) * PC World, Best Buy, 1990 (awarded to version 5.0) * PC Magazin (Germany), Best Word Processing Software, 1990 (awarded to version 5.0) * PC World, Best Buy, 1989 (awarded to version 5.0) International Versions Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS will be available in 10 languages worldwide, including the following international versions: Australian English, British English, French, French-Canadian, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. System Requirements Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS brings ease of use to character- based word processing, but remains true to its MS-DOS heritage of modest memory and hard disk requirements with a speedy editing interface. The following are system requirements to run Microso ft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS: * MS-DOS version 3.0 or higher * 384K available memory (512K of memory recommended) Hard disk space required: * Minimum installation requires 1.5MB * Full installation requires 5.5MB Pricing and Availability Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DOS has a suggested retail price of $495. Licensees of any version of Microsoft Word can upgrade for $99 through September 30, 1993 ($129 upgrade thereafter). The new version will also include a "dual license" for Word 6.0 for M S-DOS ad the next version of Word for Windows, due out later this year. The dual license will allow users who upgrade to Word 6.0 for MS- DOS to later move to Word 6.0 for Windows without having to purchase an additional license. Microsoft Word 6.0 for M S-DOS is also part of the Microsoft Select Program and the Microsoft Select Maintenance Program. License Paks will be available for the product in single, 20 and 100 unit quantities. The academic version is available for $99. Microsoft Word 6.0 for MS-DO S is expected to be available at the end of May 1993. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enj oyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day. Prices listed are U.S. suggested retail prices. Reseller prices may vary. Microsoft Corp, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399 206- 882-8080, fax: 206-93MSFAX [[[nb academic pricing is available]]] ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 01:35:34 -0600 From: H-NET <CAMPBELLD@APSU.BITNET> Subject: Software Blurb: Corel Draw ======================== [[product announcement]] Corel Corporation Releases CorelDRAW 4 New Windows Graphics Program Advances All-In-One Graphics Theme and Provides Users With Increased Capabilities for All Graphics Applications OTTAWA, Canada -- May 20, 1993 -- Corel Corporation today announced CorelDRAW 4, the most recent release of the company's internationally-acclaimed Windows graphics software package. In addition to hundreds of enhancements to CorelDRAW, CorelPHOTO- PAINT, CorelCHART and CorelSHOW, CorelDRAW 4 includes a new object- oriented animation program, CorelMOVE. With all its modules, CorelDRAW 4 continues to provide users with the easiest to use, yet most comprehensive and advanced package for all their graphics a pplications. "With new multi-page capability and powerful layout features, CorelDRAW 4 is now ideal for desktop publishing as well as graphics applications," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and CEO of Corel Corporation. "The addition of advanced spreadsheet and animation features make CorelDRAW 4 even more suitable for everyday business requirements." In line with Corel's strategy to market CorelDRAW 3 and CorelDRAW 4 simultaneously, CorelDRAW 4 will be positioned as the choice for users who require graphics features beyond those provided with CorelDRAW 3. CorelDRAW 4 is ideal for desktop professional s, technical illustrators, architects, prepress service bureaus, and corporate users for illustrations, charting and multimedia presentations. Pricing and Availability Now shipping, CorelDRAW 4 carries a suggested list price of $595 US and $695 CDN. Registered users of any version of CorelDRAW can purchase the CorelDRAW 4 upgrade for $249 US and $269 CDN. Available until June 25th, Corel is offering an Early-Bird promotion which allows CorelDRAW users to purchase the CorelDRAW 4 upgrade for $199 US and $219 CDN directly from Corel. With the release of CorelDRAW 4, Corel has implemented an innovative registration program whereby the company will donate one dollar to one of four charities listed on the registration card. With each order of Corel ArtShow, another option on the registr ation card, the company will donate an additional five dollars to the same charity. CorelDRAW 4 Contents Now featuring a uniform interface and tighter integration between the modules, CorelDRAW 4 is network-ready and includes the following modules: CorelDRAW CorelDRAW, the vector-based drawing module includes the following new features: New desktop publishing enhancements: * Support for multi-page documents. New professionally-designed templates provide a framework for newsletters, flyers, memos and other documents. * Advanced text controls allow text to flow from frame to frame. Enveloping features allow text to wrap around or inside a graphic element. New filters import text from popular word processors and automatically generate new frames and pages as required. * Advanced controls over tabs, bullets and indenting. New artistic features: * PowerLines. Innovative and patent-pending lines allow users to draw with a variety of shapes, including teardrops, wedges and other customizable shapes. * Support for pressure-sensitive tablets. * Over 30,000 variations of more than 40 fractal textures imitate natural phenomena such as water and marble. * New fills combine multiple colors in linear, radial and conical fills. Styles for complex drawings and documents. * Styles can be applied to graphic objects, paragraph and artistic text and saved as templates for future documents. Enhanced technical illustration and precision tools include: * Improved and elastic node editing for greater line editing control. * Data attachment to objects allows more convenient tracking of object-related information. * Other technical enhancements include dimensioning for easy measurement, cloning for reproductions, and welding to join object outlines. Additional enhancements to CorelDRAW include: * 99 levels of undo. * Over 5,000 "Drag-and-Drop" symbols. * Expanded roll-up windows. * Importing and exporting filters for Micrografx DRW, JPEG and over 20 word processing import filters. * Enhanced printing and prepress controls. CorelMOVE CorelMOVE, the most recent module to join the CorelDRAW suite, lets users combine sound and graphics to produce multimedia animations. Key features of this path-based animation module includes: * Extensive libraries of professionally-designed actors and props. * Allows convenience and flexibility of working with vector illustrations produced in CorelDRAW, or props and single-cel actors made in CorelPHOTO-PAINT. * Cues and simple scripting capabilities to create interactive animations. CorelPHOTO-PAINT Features new to CorelPHOTO-PAINT, the paint and image-editing module of CorelDRAW 4, include the following: * A simplified interface that includes roll-up windows. * Masking improvements. * Seven new image correction filters and 10 new artistic filters, including impressionism and pointillism. * New canvas layer to create realistic-textured backgrounds. * Monitor color calibration for more accurate color matching. * Ability to view CMYK color plates on screen. CorelCHART CorelCHART, the data-driven charting module of CorelDRAW 4 includes key improvements in data management and improved fills and printing: * Over 80 mathematical and financial functions. * Shares CorelDRAW printing and color separation engine. * Takes full advantage of CorelDRAW's fills, including patterns, fountain fills and textures. * Ability to format and print directly from the data manager. CorelSHOW CorelSHOW is the multimedia presentations module of CorelDRAW 4. New features include: * Ability to play animations in a frame. * Ability to add transition effects to single objects to fade text and graphics in and out of the same frame. * New cues allow the user to branch to different parts of the presentation. * Simulate unique "question and answer" multimedia presentations. * Timeline window allows users to see an entire presentation at a glance. CorelTRACE Upgraded to a full-featured module, CorelTRACE now includes OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. OCR allows users to scan editable text and lines as well as trace forms in a single step. Other enhancements include: * Improved batch tracing. * New woodcut and silhouette tracing algorithms. * Ability to trace selected areas. CorelMOSAIC CorelMOSAIC is a bonus utility that allows users to visually organize and manage their files. The new release includes an expanded list of supported file types and new "Drag and Drop" file management. Bonus CD-ROMs CorelDRAW also includes two CD-ROMs with the following value- added features: * Over 750 TrueType and Type 1 fonts, including 650 Bitstream and ITC fonts. * More than 18,000 clipart images and animation plus sound libraries. * Quick Tour CD-ROM tutorial. To encourage CorelDRAW users to register their software, Corel has initiated a program with the following international charitable organizations: * Amnesty International * Friends of the Earth International * International Red Cross * UNICEF "On behalf of CorelDRAW users, we are pleased to contribute to these important charities which have been selected to be ones of universal appeal," said Dr. Cowpland. Each box of CorelDRAW will include a registration card with a list of four charitable organizations. CorelDRAW users will use the registration card to select an organization to which Corel will donate one dollar upon receipt of the completed card. The registration card provides CorelDRAW users the opportunity to donate an additional five dollars to the same charity by purchasing a Corel ArtShow 3 CD-ROM and coffee table book. OLE 2.0 Support CorelDRAW 4 will include basic support for OLE 2.0. Support for in situ (in place) editing will be announced in the future. Multiplatform Strategy CorelDRAW is available for Windows, OS/2, CTOS, and Unix environments. Corel has also announced plans for a Macintosh version of CorelDRAW for later this year. Corel Corporation Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as an award-winning developer and marketer of PC graphics and SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) software. CorelDRAW, Corel's industry-leading graphics software is available in 14 languages and has to date won over 90 international awards from major trade publications. Corel ships its products through a network of more than 100 distributors in 60 countries worldwide. Corel is traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: COS) and the NASDAQ - National Market System (symbol: COSFF). Corel Corp, The Corel Building, 1600 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1Z 8R7 613-728-8200; fax: 613-728-9790 [[ed note: mail order prices are much cheaper; see PC Magazine ads]]