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MADCAP SOFTWARE USING XPS, FLARE, AND BLAZE TO ALTER THE PUBLISHING LANDSCAPE

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MadCap Flare 2.5 and MadCap Blaze are vehicles for delivering Microsoft's revolutionary new XPS documentation format


San Diego, CA, USA – May 2, 2007 — MadCap Software today announced that it is coupling its technologies with those of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to change the way that individuals and companies create and publish information. MadCap Software, the leader in multi-channel content authoring, is promoting the natural link between Microsoft's new XML Paper Specification (XPS) format and MadCap's growing arsenal of native XML single-source documentation products. MadCap's applications include Flare for multi-channel publishing to the Web, intranets, desktop systems, and print, and Blaze for large-scale print documents.

"Microsoft is extremely excited with the work that MadCap Software has accomplished," said Marcio Mello, XPS lead program manager at Microsoft. "We believe that XPS is a great format for securely publishing and delivering content, and MadCap has compatible native XML content publishing products in Flare and Blaze, which are perfect examples of how to take full advantage of the latest technology offered through Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0."

"Microsoft and MadCap share a common vision of revolutionizing the world of documentation," said Anthony Olivier, MadCap Software CEO. "The promise that Microsoft brings with XPS is widely recognized among our customers and the industry, and it is enormous validation of our MadCap products that we are aligned with Microsoft in this endeavor."

About XPS

Microsoft's XML Paper Specification (XPS) describes electronic paper in a way that can be read by hardware, software, and humans. With XPS, documents print better, can be shared easier, are archived with confidence, and are more secure.

Microsoft has integrated XPS-based technologies into the 2007 Microsoft Office system and the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, but XPS itself is platform independent, openly published, and available royalty-free. Microsoft is using XPS to bring additional document value to its customers, its partners, and the computing industry.

About MadCap Flare

MadCap Flare is the first native XML content authoring application designed for the single-source, multi-channel publishing demands enterprises face today. Bridging the gap between highly technical documentation tools and popular, intuitive applications like Microsoft Word, Flare serves the needs of documentation professionals and the growing number of business content owners, who are becoming content authors.

Along with the 2007 Microsoft Office System, MadCap Flare 2.5 is one of the first content authoring applications to allow users to publish information in the XPS format. With full support for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System, MadCap Flare 2.5 lets customers (1) create new projects and import legacy content (including Word and FrameMaker); (2) enhance the Flare project, using the latest state-of-the-art features that documentation professionals have come to expect; and (3) generate the highest quality output through multiple online and print channels, including the XPS format. In Flare 2.5, producing XPS content is literally just a matter of a single click of the mouse, and Flare does the rest.

About MadCap Blaze

MadCap Blaze is the heir apparent to Adobe FrameMaker. Scheduled to be released in 2H 2007, MadCap Blaze will allow individuals to create native XML documents in a modern editor and will be the ideal solution for easily producing very long documents for print—such as books, manuals, and illustrated guides—using the latest technological advances possible. Among the many output options available will be both XPS and PDF.

For years, authors have had to choose between ease of use (e.g., Microsoft Word) or the power to handle very large documents (e.g., Adobe FrameMaker). Now, with MadCap Blaze, authors have a complete package: ease of use, power to create long documents, flexibility, and an eye toward the future.

About MadCap Software

MadCap Software, Inc. is a trusted resource for the thousands of companies around the globe that rely on its solutions for single-source multi-channel authoring and publishing, multimedia, and translation management. Whether delivering technical, policy, medical, marketing, business, or human resources content, MadCap’s products are used to create corporate intranets, Help systems, policy and procedure manuals, video tutorials, knowledge bases, eBooks, user guides, and more to any format, including high-end print, online, desktop or mobile. MadCap services include product training, consulting services, translation and localization, and an advanced developer certification program. Headquartered in La Jolla, California, MadCap Software is home to some of the most experienced software architects and product experts in the content development industry.


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