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Bachmann Software's PrintBoy Bundled with AlphaSmart's New Portable Computer for Students

PrintBoy gives students and faculty the ability to quickly and wirelessly print assignments from new portable computer

SPARTA, NJ - November 6, 2002... Bachmann Software is pleased to announce that its PrintBoy software is bundled on the new AlphaSmart Dana, a Palm Powered™ handheld portable computer designed to provide powerful yet affordable computers to students. Students will be able to use PrintBoy to print their assignments to any IR or USB printer directly from their AlphaSmart Dana computer.

Viewing printing as an essential function for students, whether they are using desktop PCs or handheld portable computers, AlphaSmart has chosen to include PrintBoy printing support for its Alphaword word processing application on the ROM of its new computer, rather than offering it as an optional program. AlphaSmart will also distribute a trial version of PrintBoy Deluxe, which will introduce its customers to convenient printing of spreadsheet, database, email, Memo Pad, Date Book, and Address Book files from their AlphaSmart computers.

"PrintBoy is viewed as the industry standard among educators when it comes to printing from Palm OS® handhelds," said Glenn Weyhausen, senior director of product marketing at AlphaSmart. "A computer of any type just isn't complete without the ability to print, especially in the education market where collaboration and paper grading requires hard copies to be produced."

"The education market has strongly embraced the necessity of printing from PDAs," said Glenn Bachmann, president of Bachmann Software. "As schools are under increasing pressure to provide every student with access to a computer, and budget constraints and anytime/anywhere learning opportunities prevailing in today's education system, the adoption of AlphaSmart's cost-effective portable computers is sure to grow, and with it the need for users to be able to quickly and easily print their assignments."

About PrintBoy

PrintBoy software provides the users of Palm Powered handhelds with the ability to print their most important content. By including driver support for most of the popular printers on the market, users can simply select the application that they want to print and beam their data to a printer. PrintBoy supports appointments, contacts, memos, to-do items, email, and the clipboard. PrintBoy Deluxe includes all of those same functions, with the addition of documents, spreadsheets and databases, allowing users to print imported Word and Excel compatible documents.

About Bachmann Software & Services

Bachmann Software & Services is a leading provider of software products and development services for handheld computing and wireless applications. Based in Sparta, N.J., the company primarily develops applications for the Palm OS platform. Its premier products include PrintBoy™ a suite of applets that allows users to wirelessly print highly-readable output of most information stored on a Palm OS based handheld. PrintBoy is based on Bachmann's printing SDK which allows users to easily add printing to their applications Bachmann also produces the InfraReady adapter, designed to convert nearly any printer's parallel port to accept an infrared beam. The company's newest product line, FilePoint, extends many of the "Windows-style" file management conveniences to Palm Powered devices that desktop users have long enjoyed.

Bachmann is a leading contributor to the overall Palm Economy by producing more than 50 products for the Palm OS platform. Many Fortune 500 companies have engaged Bachmann to develop mobile computing solutions. The company's president, Glenn Bachmann is also the author of the book, Palm OS Programming, published by Sams Publishing and now available in its 2nd edition. For more information, visit www.bachmannsoftware.com.

About AlphaSmart
AlphaSmart, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions for education, focused on reducing the cost of computing for educators and students. AlphaSmart's portable computer-companion products are used by millions of students to enhance writing, keyboarding and comprehension in sixty-five hundred U.S. school districts and in more than fifteen countries. Based in Cupertino, Calif., the privately held company was founded in 1993 by former Apple engineers. Additional information about AlphaSmart can be obtained at the company's Web site: http://www.alphasmart.com


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