Tuesday, September 7, 1999

Ontrack releases comprehensive, easy-to-use ZipMagic 2000

ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, today releases ZipMagic® 2000, the successor to its popular ZipMagic 98 Zip file compression utility. Retaining ZipMagic's patented ability to use Zip compressed files without unzipping them first, the new version features an updated interface, support for Windows 2000, the capability to stop and resume Internet downloads, new wizards, a DOS command line version, the ability to split self-extracting Zip files into predetermined sizes, and anti-virus program support.

“ZipMagic 2000 is the Zip utility for the new millennium. It combines the extraordinary ease of use of Ontrack's patented ZipFolders technology with new interface enhancements and new functionality," said Michael Rogers, Ontrack CEO. “We believe this is the most comprehensive, easiest-to-use Zip utility on the market, perfect for home and small business users as well as large corporate sites."

New Features Simplify Zipping Tasks

The new ZipWindow™ gives users access to all major Zip functions using an updated interface that focuses on a simple, contemporary approach. In this environment, users can access the program's wizards, view many types of graphics stored in Zipped files and access advanced Zip functions.

ZipMagic's current wizards have been enhanced with a new graphical look and two new wizards have been created. The Zip&Mail™ wizard lets users choose files to zip and then automatically attaches them to a new email message with current MAPI-compliant email programs. This feature was previously supplied through Windows Explorer context menus. The Zip&Backup™ wizard allows users to create backup "sets" that define files or folders to back up using the Zip file format. Each backup set can have its own unique storage destination (e.g. a network drive, a hard drive directory or removable media).

Support for Anti-Virus Software

As Zip files may contain viruses, ZipMagic 2000 can be configured to work with current versions of Ontrack Fix-It Utilities 99, as well as other anti-virus programs, by scanning zipped files for viruses.

New Help for Internet Downloading

The new DownloadMagic™ feature makes downloading easier by creating a separate pop-up window when a download activates. In this download window, users can restart crashed downloads, stop and resume downloads or simply queue multiple downloads to occur one after the other.

New Features for Zip Power Users

Many of ZipMagic's features are now available via a Windows command line version, accessible from a DOS box in Windows. The command line allows users to create Zip files and self-extracting Zip files, span Zip files over multiple diskettes, specify input text files (response files) containing the names of files to be zipped, password protect and update the contents of Zip files.

ZipMagic 2000 also has a stand-alone DOS command line option, which features basic zipping and unzipping and is useful for creating batch files or manipulating files in DOS without Windows running.

Two enhancements have been added to the product's ability to create self-extracting Zip files for distribution. Users can now add a custom icon to a self-extracting file and can also split a file into multiple segments (for example, a five megabyte file could be split into five one-megabyte segments).

ZipMagic 2000 requires Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000 with at least 8MB of RAM (16MBs for NT and 2000 users) and 11MB of free disk space. (Under Windows 2000 the product does not currently support certain advanced Windows 2000 features, such as extremely long file names and the Intellimirror function.). Support for the Windows 3.1 version has been discontinued with this release.

ZipMagic 2000 will be available in mid-September at retail stores nationwide for an MSRP of $39.95. A detailed reviewer's guide is available at http://www.mijenix.com/press.asp

Ontrack, a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, helps customers protect, backup and recover their valuable data. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack is able to recover lost or corrupted data from all operating systems and types of storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities. With its acquisition of Mijenix, Ontrack provides award-winning software tools to help prevent critical data loss. Ontrack also licenses Connected Corporation's leading Internet protocol PC backup and restore solutions. Ontrack can be reached through its World Wide Web site at http://www.ontrack.com or by calling 800-872-2599 (612-937-5161). In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack operates data recovery centers in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, Tokyo, London, Paris and Stuttgart and maintains Mijenix headquarters in Boulder, Colo.