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Best Software Introduces the Peachtree(R) 3rd Party Add-On Program

Add-On Partners Extend Functionality and Increase Productivity for Peachtree Customers

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/07/05 -- Best Software announced today the inaugural members of its new Peachtree 3rd Party Add-On Program for the Peachtree Accounting product line. These partners in turn have unveiled eight new add-on products which extend the functionality of the Peachtree product line in the areas of manufacturing, construction, logistics, service management, point of sale, EDI, utilities and others.

"With the Peachtree 3rd Party Add-on Program, we've broadened the scope of available product features for our customers, by opening the door for our developer partners to add complementary functionality to our core product offerings," said Jim Portner, vice president, product management. "With eight products currently on board and more expected, these add-on solutions further enhance and extend the functionality of Peachtree for our small-business customers, giving them industry-specific features and additional capabilities to meet their businesses' diverse needs."

Developers who join the program have access to the Peachtree Software Developers Kit, which enables development of Add-On software for specific Peachtree 2005 products -- Peachtree Complete Accounting, Peachtree Premium Accounting and Peachtree Industry Solutions. The SDK includes documentation, sample code and a 'Getting Started' Developer's Guide. Partners participating in the program can join at one of two levels: gold or silver, depending on their preference, for marketing power, sales engagement, support, and more. For those who wish to develop integrated solutions but don't want access to the benefits of the Partner program, the SDK is available for free. A la Carte support options are available to assist those developers with their efforts, if needed.

One of the inaugural 3rd party Add-on partners, Attitude POSitive, offers AccuPOS Retail, a Point Of Sale solution for retailers. "For over eight years, AccuPOS Retail has provided a fast and reliable front-end solution for Peachtree Accounting," said Zion Shina, of Attitude Positive. "We are excited about the additional tools that Best Software has introduced for developers to use to further enhance the transfer of information from and to Peachtree Accounting. AccuPOS Retail enables collecting sales information in a fast-paced retail environment using Touch Screens and scanners. At the end of every shift AccuPOS automatically updates Peachtree with line item detail sales information. This type of integration allows users to maintain inventory, produce sales, profit and loss statements and final balances within Peachtree accounting. All businesses, from small family owned stores to franchises with multiple locations can benefit from the flexibility and ease-of-use this combination of solutions provides."

All of the new 3rd Party Add-on products have been reviewed by Best Software and are compatible and compliant with Peachtree 2005 products and the 3rd Party Program's guidelines. Inaugural partners and their product offerings include:

--  Attitude POSitive -- AccuPOS: AccuPOS provides easy & reliable POS
    that reports sales and customer details seamlessly into Peachtree for
    inventory management and bookkeeping.

--  Coastal Computer Corporation -- Electronic Service Control -- ESC: ESC
    is a service management system, and its integration allows users to
    seamlessly exchange data with Peachtree as if the two programs were one,
    completely eliminating the need for import/export and double entry.
    Currently, ESC's main areas of integration with Peachtree are customer and
    vendor information, job creation and costing, sales invoicing, and accounts

--  eBRIDGE Software Inc. -- eBridge for Peachtree: eBridge is an EDI
    management system for Peachtree that provides seamless integration allowing
    businesses to eliminate the need for manual data entry and to quickly
    achieve EDI compliance with their customers.

--  Multiware, Inc. -- Multiware Toolkit for Peachtree 2005: Multiware
    Tools enable users to access Peachtree data from MS Access, MS Excel, and
    MS Word. The tools include programmable COM (Active-X) library.

--  Ascent Business Systems, Inc. -- Automated Service For Peachtree:
    Automated Service for Peachtree is ideal for service and repair companies
    who want the ability to manage their service jobs and eliminate duplicate
    steps. The integration provides accurate and accessible customer service
    history, decreased administrative challenges, time to process service
    activity from initial service request to revenue collection, and the
    ability to retrieve equipment warranty information to support costly
    warranty issues.

--  Builder MT -- Production Scheduling and Wireless Workflow: Production
    Scheduling was created for the residential homebuilder, providing improved
    communication between the job site and the home office as well as between
    the job superintendent and the vendor.

--  Wizard Business Solutions, Inc. -- Barcode Wizard: Barcode Wizard
    helps to promote accuracy in shipping and receiving departments by
    providing barcode scanning capabilities. Barcode Wizard gives users the
    flexibility to manage physical inventory in the warehouse and update
    Peachtree upon returning to their workstation.

Pricing and Availability

All Add-Ons listed in this release are currently available at Pricing for the Add-On programs varies. For more information on joining the partner program, please visit

About Best Software, Inc.

Best Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.4 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra®, ACCPAC®, ACT!®, BusinessVision®, CPASoftware®, FAS®, MAS 90®, MAS 200®, MAS 500®, MIP®, Peachtree®, SalesLogix®, and Timberline® Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-BEST.

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