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Mustang Software, Inc.
Bakersfield, CA USA
The Forbin Project, Inc.
Cedar Falls, IA
F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
Bakersfield, CA October 13, 1991 -- Mustang Software, Inc. (MSI),
developers of the WILDCAT! bulletin board system, joins with The Forbin
Project and John Friel, developers of the PC telecommunications program
QMODEM, in announcing the acquisition of QMODEM by MSI. "The QMODEM
purchase is the second major step in our goal of becoming a single-source
supplier for our customers," said Jim Harrer, Mustang's President and CEO.
Based on agreements made over the past few weeks, QMODEM's author and
developer, John Friel, joins the MSI programming team and has already begun
work on the next major update of the program. Development, distribution
and ownership of QMODEM will be transferred to MSI on January 6, 1992, at
which time a new major update will be released to the 70,000-plus registered
QMODEM users by MSI.
"Acquiring QMODEM as a complementary product for our WILDCAT! BBS offers
many exciting possibilities for users of both programs," Harrer said.
"Our development team is very excited about the opportunity to work
with John Friel on new ways to incorporate features that complement both
products. We are indeed fortunate to have John join our staff. His talents
give us what I believe is the best development team in the telecommunications
Friel was also excited about the opportunity to move QMODEM into the retail
channel. "I've worked on and off with Mustang for more than 5 years on various
projects, and I'm pleased to accept the position of Vice President of R&D
for MSI," Friel said. "It's a very positive move for the product and the
In an effort to keep customers of both companies informed, the following
product information is being released. It is designed to help users make
informed decisions regarding future purchases, and to limit speculation
and rumor about the future direction of the newly acquired product:
QMODEM v4.3 - The current release is 4.3 and remains available from the
Forbin Project, while quantities last for $30. This version includes
Qmodem Registration, Disks and Manual. Support for QMODEM will
remain with The Forbin Project until 1/6/92, at which time it will be
assumed by Mustang Software, Inc. The shareware version of QMODEM will
not be updated by The Forbin Project beyond v4.3, and effective 1/6/92
The Forbin Project will forward all sales and support requests for QMODEM
QMODEM v5 - MSI will release QMODEM v5 on January 6, 1992. It will be
available through retail channels including all 255 Software Etc stores
nationwide. The new QMODEM v5 will incorporate many new features and will
be priced at $99. Current QMODEM owners will be able to upgrade to
QMODEM v5 for $35 until March 1, 1992.
MSI intends to continue its tradition of offering a Test-Drive of its
products and will be releasing an evaluation version of QMODEM shortly
after the release of QMODEM v5.
Mustang is very excited about the addition of the new product and staff.
This is the second in a series of enhancements slated for the five year
old company. Just two weeks ago Mustang announced the acquisition of
Technique Computer Systems, developers of the TOMCAT! mail door, SLMR
mail reader and TNet Network message processor. In addition to the
product technology gains, MSI also added the talents of Scott Brynen and
Greg Hewgill to its development team.
The combined impact of these back-to-back mergers positions MSI as the
major player in the integration of telecommunications products. Together
with their recent announcement of gateway products for the company's
WILDCAT! BBSfor MCI, MHS and CompuServe (CIS), MSI is positioned to
offer something to nearly everyone with any type of telecommunication
Mustang Software will be exhibiting at COMDEX/Fall '91 in the Mirage Hotel,
booth M-137. The company is also sponsoring a Sysop party and Ping-Pong
Tournament on Wednesday night October 23, 1991 in Bally's Casino resort,
Metro 2 & 3. Invitations will be available at their booth in the Mirage.
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