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October 7, 2002


Competent Technologies, Inc. and Tools4Media announce a new partnership and expanded product line offering

Tools4Media, Inc. and Competent Technologies, Inc. have partnered to provide encompass:ews, an Enterprise Workflow Server to Media companies in North America.

encompass:ews is a content collection and management system that both automates and centralizes the intake, translation, routing and storage of electronic communication for any or all departments at a paper/publication. The encompass:ews suite of products builds upon the proven solution FaxAction, installed at over 20 newspapers in the United States. The product has been completely modularized to allow sites to select individual solutions and add to them as new opportunities and challenges arise. The FaxAction fax module has become encompass:fax and the email module, encompass:mail. These are just two of the multiple modules that make up encompass:ews.

"We needed to accomplish two major things this quarter", said Karl Costenbader, President and Chief Technology Officer of Competent Technologies, Inc. "We had to change the name of FaxAction to something that would better describe the full scope of the product line, which supports not only fax technology but e-mails, attachments, web forms, FTP file transfers, voice mails and scanned images. We also wanted to team up with a group that was experienced in helping publishers select products that enhance and streamline their existing operations."

"The media industry has been looking for a premiere workflow server, and encompass:ews is the answer to that search.", says Frank Loversky, President and Founder of Tools4Media, "Additionally, encompass:ews has an immediate positive impact on customer satisfaction by returning immediate receipts to their e-mails and faxes. Work is simplified for the IT staff by having one tool to seamlessly interface with any of their internal systems."

Tools4Media, Inc. is a company founded to provide innovative software tools to the Media industry, www.tools4media.com.

Competent Technologies, Inc. is a software development company that focuses on building products that enhance front end systems and provides custom software applications to publishers around the world. Additional information can be found at www.competent.com.

For sales and marketing information or to arrange an online product demonstration please contact: Frank Loversky at 240.888.4880 or frank.loversky@tools4media.com.