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Pacific Software Publishing repositions KanjiWORD

Pacific Software Publishing is repositioning the first version of KanjiWORD as KanjiWORD Basic to meet the needs of the Japanese education market, based on strong growth figures for this market. KanjiWORD Basic fits well as an entry level, affordable Japanese word processor for students and teachers. KanjiWORD Basic expands students' familiarity and use of Japanese and prepares them for using it in a business environment. The new educational price is $99.

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PSP to release Japanese Input Software for Windows

Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. (PSP) will release its new Japanese Input Software, VJE-Delta for Windows, on November 17, 2003. This product will add to PSP's Japanese input software lineup, KanjiKit 2000 and KanjiKit Dash. VJE-Delta is developed and sold in Japan by VACS Corporation for Japanese Windows and has been popular because of its ease of use, accurate conversion of kanji characters and useful features. The partnership between VACS Corporation and PSP Inc. led to the release of VJE-Delta Ver. 4.0 for English Windows 2000/XP.

VJE-Delta Ver. 4.0 takes advantage of the Japanese language support within Windows 2000 and XP, thus reducing the chance of incorrect Japanese display. Because of its ease of use, users can input Japanese characters on most applications without cumbersome setting adjustments, making it easy for beginners. It also has unit conversion features (from mile to kilometer, pound to kilogram and so on). Address search features will search prefectures, towns and cities from postal codes, saving time to search and input addresses in kanji characters. Additionally, about 500 letter templates are available for many occasions.

VJE-Delta Ver.4.0 also bundles VJE-Pen Ver.5.5, word processing software ideal for creating horizontal and vertical Japanese documents. The program has all the essential features to create Japanese documents that include business documentation with tables and charts, Japanese learning materials and exams.

PSP teams up with Feral Interactive

Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. (PSP) has entered a partnership agreement with Britain's Macintosh game publisher, Feral Interactive Limited, to distribute localized game titles to the Japanese market. As an exclusive distributor, PSP will distribute Feral's Macintosh games to resellers and end users in Japan.

Feral converts PC games to Macintosh format and localizes in several languages, including French, Spanish and Japanese. It has released such titles as Sports Interactive, Lionhead, Elixir and Team 17.

The partnership was the result of continuing efforts to introduce unique products to Japan. Feral's strength to convert and localize PC game titles to Macintosh format, and PSP's strengths to market to Japanese consumers through e-commerce site and relationship with resellers contributed to making the partnership agreement. PSP is planning to release at least six Japanese language versions of Macintosh game titles before the end of 2003.

KanjiKit 2000 released

Pacific Software Publishing, Inc., announced the release of KanjiKit 2000, an updated version of KanjiKit 97, its Japanese utility for English Windows. New to KanjiKit 2000 is a new input method editor and interface, including a smaller, simpler toolbar. Also new, KanjiKit 2000 is a true 32-bit utility for Windows 2000, NT and 95/98 and is supported on many 32-bit applications such as Office 2000 and 97. While KanjiKit 2000 runs on English Windows, it also works on any language version of Windows, including CJK versions.

KanjiKit 2000 also comes with two additional Japanese utility programs, Code Converter and Unicode FontMaker. The Code Converter utility allows users to convert text or RTF data between DBCS code and Unicode, while the Unicode FontMaker utility allows users to edit or merge Unicode fonts. Finally, KanjiKit 2000 has four Unicode fonts, up from two that came with KanjiKit 97.

KanjiWORD upgrade includes OLE 2.0 technology

Pacific Software Publishing Inc.'s latest version of KanjiWORD is the first Japanese word processor for US Windows to incorporate OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) technology. KanjiWORD 3.0's unique use of OLE 2.0 Object Support on Windows 3.1 provides expanded Japanese word processing, graphics and database support within other US Windows applications. This original and practical use of OLE 2.0 technology eliminates the confusion and high cost of Japanese character (double-byte) word processing in the US Windows environment. The new OLE feature will allow users to create and edit Japanese text within other US applications, such as Word, WordPerfect, Excel, and PageMaker. For example, a user can open a document in Word and embed Japanese text from KanjiWORD by copying and pasting. The Japanese text can subsequently be edited within the English program by double clicking on it, which activates the KanjiWORD menu bar.

KanjiWORD 3.0 also has two new TrueType fonts (Mincho and Gothic). Other KanjiWORD features include an English-Japanese dictionary, sample Japanese documents, an English spell-checker, vertical writing and bilingual screens. KanjiWORD is priced at $279.

Pacific Software Publishing offers multimedia Japanese learning program

Pacific Software Publishing Inc. has introduced Kantaro, the first multimedia educational software program with graphics animation for learning to read, write and pronounce Japanese kanji. Made available in July 1995, Kantaro teaches over 200 kanji characters through mnemonics, animated graphics and games to promote memory retention.

Each of 10 chapters presents 20 units of kanji, through five different learning methods: Discoverer features animated picture-to-kanji character morphing; Memory tests skills through a matching game; Match connects kanji, pictures, pronunciation and more; Reading focuses on kanji pronunciation; and Stories tests the user's new skills through advanced sentence reading exercises.

Kantaro details each kanji character with the origin, meaning, stroke order, pronunciation and use to provide a complete kanji learning program. Kantaro was developed by Fujitsu Australia Ltd. and is republished and distributed in the United States by Pacific Software Publishing through both direct and retail channels, with a suggested retail price of $129

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