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Smith Micro Software's New WebCatalog™ 4.0 Makes e-Commerce Site Design, Back-Office Support a Snap for Anyone

Apr 05, 2000
Powerful New Features Give Beginners and Experienced Users Alike the Ability to Create, Improve, and Administer Any Number of Sophisticated eCommerce Web Sites

Aliso Viejo, CA - Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a worldwide developer and marketer of Internet communication software, today unveiled WebCatalog™ 4.0, the latest version of its eCommerce and Web publishing platform. WebCatalog 4.0 combines all the functionality of WebMerchant-Smith Micro's order management/payment authorization software-with new design capabilities accessible from any Web browser, plus WebCatalog's existing tool set, to make powerful, scalable Web storefronts easy for anyone to create.

With WebCatalog 4.0 users can create multiple eCommerce storefronts equipped with back-office order management/payment authorization support, all without purchasing additional licenses, thus making it one of the most cost-effective solutions on the market. It also includes a number of other new productivity features:

  • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Support-makes e-tail sites accessible from any wireless device, attracting new wireless customers via the same URL
  • Free Extensions for Macromedia's Dreamweaver HTML Editor-eases WebDNA development for more experienced designers
  • Upload Graphics Directly from Browser-StoreBuilder template guides users to all places on a site where graphics should be placed; allows creation of secure, read-only graphics repository
  • Automatic Indexing of Web Site to Maximize Search Engine Exposure-individual static product pages are generated automatically, enabling major search engines (Yahoo!, Lycos, AltaVista) to recognize and send users directly to products, not simply to the home page
  • Open Integration, Including Support for Java and Other Technologies-lets you merge a variety of technologies in your Web site for faster development

"The intent with WebCatalog 4.0 is to make sophisticated Web eCommerce design and management accessible to even the most non-technical user, while still retaining all the functionality experienced users demand," said Chris Lippincott, General Manager of Smith Micro's Internet Solutions Division. "With WebCatalog 4.0, anyone can build as many fully-functional, state-of-the-art storefronts as they wish, without additional cost."

Versatile, Easy-to-Create Applications

WebCatalog 4.0 incorporates the exclusive StoreBuilder Wizard, a collection of tools that enable storefront site design from any Web browser. StoreBuilder allows users to upload graphics instantly, and allows users to edit product placement, pricing information, sell copy and more, right from a browser.

Multi-Platform Support, Including Exclusive Mac Support for Cybercash

WebCatalog continues to be the only storefront software package that supports Cybercash transactions on MacIntosh servers; the application also runs on Windows, Solaris, UNIX, and Linux platforms. WebCatalog also provides standard SQL database support, taking advantage of WebCatalog's internal database capability; users can access data up to 10 times faster.

WebCatalog 4.0 To Debut at InternetWorld, April 5-7

Smith Micro Software will have a fully functioning version of WebCatalog 4.0 available for demonstrations at InternetWorld, April 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Attendees should look for Smith Micro Software at Booth 5324.

The company expects to begin shipping WebCatalog 4.0 in the 2nd quarter of 2000, with an anticipated retail price of $3,495. For more information about WebCatalog 4.0 and its improved, cost-effective and easy-to-use features, users should visit Smith Micro Software's Internet Solutions Division home page, http://www.smithmicro.com/isd/.

About Smith Micro
Smith Micro Software, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of commerce and communication software products and services. The company designs integrated, cross-platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless and Broadband technologies, the company's products enable commerce, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at 949/362-5800.

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This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors effecting the company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, as well as, other factors detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

Smith Micro, the Smith Micro logo, WebDNA and WebCatalog are trademarks or registered trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.

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