Pasted below is a news release announcing REAL Software's plan to support
Linux in REALbasic 5.5, the next major upgrade to the company's award-winning
cross-platform visual development environment. The announcement is significant
for three main reasons:

1. REALbasic is a high-productivity rapid application development tool for
Windows, Mac AND Linux.

2. REALbasic includes the Visual Basic Project Converter that converts Visual
Basic projects, forms and code into REALbasic, enabling the migration of
software from Windows to Linux.

3. REALbasic does not tie its users to any particular platform (Linux,
Windows, etc). REALbasic developers can start development on a REALbasic
project and change platforms along the way for any reason with little disruption
to the development schedule.

If you'd like to speak to company executives about the announcement, please
let me know. Screenshots are available.

Thanks,
Gwen Smith
Director of Marketing
512-328-7325 ext. 712
gwen@realsoftware.com


News

REAL SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES LINUX STRATEGY; ENABLES THE MIGRATION OF VISUAL BASIC
PROJECTS TO LINUX

REALbasic to Build Applications for Linux

AUSTIN, Texas (July 21, 2003) - REAL Software, Inc. announced today its plans
to support Linux in REALbasic 5.5, the next major upgrade to the award-winning
cross-platform visual development environment. REALbasic enables developers
to create native applications for multiple platforms from a single code base.
REALbasic 5, currently shipping, creates applications
for Windows and Macintosh from either platform. REALbasic 5.5 will add the
ability to create Linux applications from Windows or Macintosh computers.

"Our vision for REALbasic has always been to help people create software
more easily, regardless of their computing platform," said Geoff Perlman,
president and CEO of REAL Software. "Adding Linux is an evolutionary step
as a result of technology advances we introduced in REALbasic 5."

"By adding support for Linux, REALbasic could be the only high-productivity
rapid application development tool for all three platforms, Windows, Mac
and Linux," said Dan Farrand, president and founder of Green River Computing,
which provides software and services to support global corporate treasury
functions. "From a single code base, REALbasic gives us the power and flexibility
to provide our software on the platform our customers choose, and Linux is
what we're hearing."

REALbasic is a software development environment well-suited to creating all
kinds of applications, from utilities to enterprise-class applications. REALbasic
is a visual integrated development environment similar to Visual Basic(r).
REALbasic includes VB Project Converter that converts Visual Basic projects,
forms and code into REALbasic, enabling the migration of software
from Windows to Linux.

Pricing and Availability

REALbasic 5 Professional Edition, required for cross-platform compilation
for Windows and Macintosh, is available now starting at US$399.95. REALbasic
5.5 beta is currently scheduled for Q4 2003 and will be open to all REALbasic
5 users. REALbasic 5.5 is expected to ship in Q1 2004.

About REAL Software

For everyone who seeks the flexibility to create their own software, REAL

Software provides REALbasic, a powerful, easy-to-use software development

tool for Windows and Macintosh. REAL Software, Inc. was founded in 1996 and

is based in Austin, Texas. For more information visit
http://www.realsoftware.com or call 512.328.7325.

REAL Software, REALbasic and the REAL Software cube logo are registered trademarks
of REAL Software, Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders in the United States and other countries.



Linux FAQ

1. What is REAL Software's strategy for Linux?
2. Why is REAL Software adding Linux support to REALbasic?
3. When will REALbasic 5.5 be released?
4. When will REALbasic for Linux be released?
5. What will REALbasic 5.5 cost?
6. Which Linux distributions will be supported?
7. What REALbasic features will be supported on Linux?
8. Will plug-ins be supported for Linux?
9. How does this affect support for Windows and Macintosh?
10. What can I do now to port my applications to Linux?

1. What is REAL Software's strategy for Linux?

REAL Software is adding the ability to cross-compile to Linux in REALbasic

5.5 Professional. This means that REALbasic Professional will generate
native applications for Linux from Windows and Macintosh.

REAL Software will release the REALbasic development environment on Linux
in
a release subsequent to REALbasic 5.5.


2. Why is REAL Software adding Linux support to REALbasic?

REAL Software is adding Linux support based upon customer feedback and a

thorough analysis of the Linux market that revealed the need for a rapid
application development tool for Linux. This strategy also enables us to
leverage our experience on the desktop.


3. When will REALbasic 5.5 be released?

REALbasic 5.5 beta will be released Q4 of 2003 and will reach general availability
in Q1 of 2004.


4. When will REALbasic IDE for Linux be released?

A release date for REALbasic for a Linux IDE has not been set. The release
schedule for this product will be determined after the release of REALbasic
5.5.


5. What will REALbasic 5.5 cost?

Pricing for REALbasic will remain the same. Cross-compiling to Linux will
be a Professional level feature. New licenses for REALbasic 5.5 Professional
will cost $399.95. Upgrades for existing REALbasic Professional users will

start at $119.95. Customers who have a REALbasic subscription in effect at
the time REALbasic 5.5 is released will receive the upgrade to REALbasic
5.5 at no additional cost.


6. Which Linux distributions will be supported?

Initially we will formally support the Red Hat and SuSE Linux distributions
in REALbasic 5.5. Support for additional distributions will be added over
time based upon market requirements.


7. What REALbasic features will be supported on Linux?

The complete REALbasic language will be supported on Linux. We are currently
determining exactly which intrinsic controls will be initially supported
on Linux. Some platform-specific controls, like QuickTime, will not be supported.
We're still determining the U/I feature set, but keep in mind that we provide
native controls for each platform we support.


8. Will plug-ins be supported for Linux?

Yes, there will be support for REALbasic plug-ins for Linux. Details will
be released on the REALbasic-betas mailing list.


9. How does this affect support for Windows and Macintosh?

As the leading developer of cross-platform rapid application development
tools, REAL Software is committed to adding support for all relevant computing
platforms. REAL Software continues to fully support Windows and Macintosh,
as demonstrated by the release of REALbasic 5 for both of those platforms.
We also need to point out that there is ongoing development for both REALbasic
for Windows and Macintosh planned in release v5.5.


10. What can I do now to port my applications to Linux?

Existing users of REALbasic who would like to add Linux support to their
applications should begin working with the alpha and beta releases of REALbasic
5.5 and provide REAL Software with feedback on Linux support via both the
realbasic-betas mailing list and REAL Software online feedback system.

Visual Basic developers who have not yet tried REALbasic should begin working
with REALbasic 5 Professional for Windows and the VB Project Converter, which
will facilitate converting Visual Basic projects to REALbasic. Because alpha
and beta releases are not officially supported, new users are encouraged
to get their applications working in REALbasic 5 before beginning work with
a pre-release version of REALbasic 5.5.