Mariner Software and Now Software Sign Exclusive Agreement

Minneapolis, MN – July 1, 2003 -Mariner Software, Inc., a leader in productivity software, and Now Software, makers of Now Up-to-Date & Contact, the #1 best selling calendar and contact manager today announced an agreement giving Now Software exclusive rights to market Mariner’s word processing and spreadsheet applications to the North American education market. The deal gives buyers in primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, exceptional pricing for two of the strongest yet most streamlined productivity solutions available for the Macintosh, Mariner Write and Mariner Calc. The products are available immediately through Now Software education sales.

Mariner Software has gained a solid foothold in the word processing and spreadsheet categories due to the company’s philosophy of offering software with high usability at an affordable price. Mariner Write and Mariner Calc offer roughly 80% of the features of Microsoft Word and Excel, but at only 25% of the price.

“Mariner Write and Mariner Calc are ideal solutions for the education market, especially with institutional budgets as tight as they are today,” said Michael Wray, President of Mariner Software. “Both are easy to use and feature rich. The only trade-off that users make is they can buy four copies of Mariner Write and Mariner Calc for what they’d pay for one copy of Microsoft Office.”

“This agreement gives our academic customers a terrific alternative to the very expensive Microsoft products,” stated John Wallace, President of Now Software. “They get all of the word processing and spreadsheet features they need, including full Microsoft Word and Excel compatibility for less than they would pay to upgrade existing software. It’s an exceptional value and much needed for schools today.”

Compatible, Fully-Featured
Sporting elegant, easy-to-use interfaces, Mariner Write and Mariner Calc read Microsoft Word and Excel files and many other formats as well. Mariner Write and Mariner Calc are available in native Mac OS X and Classic Mac versions, enabling users to run the same application on old or new Macintosh machines, a requirement for most educational institutions.

Among Mariner Write’s many strengths is its support for multiple world languages plus Kanji and other international scripts. It offers a distinctive cool blue GUI that increases screen readability, plus it incorporates a wealth of productivity tools such as dynamic page scrolling, and 80,000+ word dictionary, automatic PDF document creation, and much more. Mariner Calc also offers native international script support. It is a robust application for the analysis, simulation, and forecasting of numerical data. It offers a comprehensive selection of 140 professional-level built-in functions for computational and analytical tasks. Documents can be saved in SYLK for MS Excel, CSV (Comma-Separated Values), and various test text formats. In addition to its two individual products, Now Software offers MarinerPak, a bundle of Mariner Write and Mariner Calc. The bundle and separate products are available with special education pricing, including volume licensing. The companies anticipate the debut of the Windows PC version of Mariner Write later in 2003, with Mariner Calc for Windows early in 2004.

Pricing and Availability
Education users may purchase these products directly from Now Software by calling 614-413- 4000 x3074. Information about Mariner Write and Mariner Calc for education is available from Now Software at Additional information about Now Software, its Now Up-to-Date & Contact personal information management solution, and its other software products, can be found at

About Mariner Software
Mariner Software, Inc., developers of the industry-recognized products, MacJournal, Mariner Write, Mariner Calc, Montage, WinJournal, StoryMill, Desktop Poet, MacGourmet Deluxe, Contour, and Mariner Paperless, has established itself as one of the most diverse leaders in consumer, business, and educational writing and creativity markets for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. With customers worldwide, Mariner Software is committed to delivering the highest quality software, with an emphasis on total customer satisfaction. For more information, visit the Mariner Software web site at

Mariner Write, Mariner, WinJournal, Montage and Desktop Poet are registered trademarks of Mariner Software, Inc. StoryMill, Contour, and Mariner Paperless are pending registration. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information contact:
Logan Ryan
Director of Marketing
Mariner Software, Inc.