Applix Selects ALPNET to Enable Its Applixware Product Suite For the Chinese Market

SALT LAKE CITY, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ALPNET, Inc. (Nasdaq: AILP - news), a world leader in Multilingual Business to Business Services, has been selected by Applix, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLX - news), a leading provider of applications for Linux and UNIX desktops, to localize Applixware 5.0 Linux for the Chinese market.

ALPNET will localize Applixware 5.0 for Linux in Simplified Chinese, allowing Applix to move rapidly into the Asian market. Applixware is a front office suite offering a set of applications and technologies that enable users to solve problems, whether they need powerful desktop productivity applications or access to data from databases or other information sources. Applixware for Linux provides high productivity applications for the Linux desktop. ALPNET will complete the localization of Applixware 5.0 for the Applix Words, Applix Spreadsheets, Applix Graphics, Applix Presents, Applix Data and Applix Mail productivity tools. ALPNET will also localize Applix Online Help and the Applix Make it Happen Guide.

``Applix is dedicated to meeting the needs of today's highly competitive markets by delivering industry-leading, data access, rapid application development and productivity tools to organizations around the world. ALPNET's multilingual expertise and wide range of globalization services will help us in launching Applixware 5.0 for Linux successfully in China. This market is crucial for us, and ALPNET, with its operations in Asia, will be crucial in helping us meet the needs of our customers in China,'' says Mr. RJ Grandpre, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Applix, Inc. ``ALPNET's experience in localizing Linux software, its innovative use of language technology, industry standards and process refinement, are definitively great assets in helping us localize Applixware 5.0 for Linux efficiently in Chinese,'' states Ms. Cornelia Jaeger, Applix's Localization Manager.

Stephen Ryan, Business Development Manager, ALPNET says, ``One of the reasons Applix chose ALPNET is our substantial presence in the Chinese market. In our Shenzhen, China facility, we have more than 80 in-house specialists, including translators, DTP experts, localization and software engineers, operators and project coordinators.'' Dave Emery, ALPNET's Vice President of International Marketing and E-commerce adds, ``Achieving success in the international arena requires companies to realize the full value of their information as a global corporate asset. Today, language remains a key barrier to success in the global economy. At ALPNET, we're dedicated to helping clients such as Applix overcome this barrier by enabling effective communication and marketing of their products and messages in an ever-increasing variety of languages and cultures. With more than 650 professionals in 15 countries on four continents, ALPNET has one of the largest global presences in the industry, ensuring our clients global business objectives can be met successfully.''

About Applix, Inc.

Applix, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLX - news) headquartered in Westboro, Massachusetts, develops, markets and supports web-based, front office business solutions, which allow organizations to improve decision-making and corporate productivity. The Front Office Business Solutions include a suite of thin-client Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications, which include the Applix Enterprise and Enterprise Anyware product lines, and a set of real-time Business Intelligence applications, which include the Applix TM1 product line. In addition to its Front Office Business Solutions, Applix's Linux Division is a leading provider of productivity and analytic applications for the Linux, UNIX and Microsoft platforms, including Applixware Office and Anyware. Applixware Office is a leading office suite designed for and integrated with the Linux and UNIX environments. Applix SHELF is an open source application development and deployment system. With Applix Anywhere, applications are deployed to any standard web browser using Java. is Applix's Linux customer support and collaboration web site. More information can be found at and

About ALPNET, Inc.

ALPNET is one of the world's largest publicly owned dedicated suppliers of Multilingual Business to Business Services, with more than 650 employees working in 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. ALPNET provides a comprehensive range of Multilingual B2B Solutions and Consulting capabilities, including Web Localization, Software Localization, Documentation, Solution Design and System Integration, Localization Engineering, Linguistic Testing, and Content Creation (Authoring). Additional information about ALPNET is available on the World Wide Web at An investor package can be obtained by calling our Investor Relations Department.