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Playboy joins computer revolution

CHICAGO -- Playboy magazine, the men's monthly that heralded the sexual revolution more than 30 years ago, joined the information explosion Thursday, announcing it would begin providing regular features - and pictorials -- to computer buffs.

Starting immediately, computer and other enthusiasts will be able link up with several information networks and get articles, interviews, the Playboy Advisor and the magazine's staple -- Playmate of the Month.

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The computerized version of the slick publication, called Playboy Online, will first be made available to owners of Apple Macintosh, but eventually will be available to other Apple and IBM-compatible computer models, said Eileen Kent, contracts administrator for Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

'We hope Macintosh users who see Playboy Online will enjoy it enough to go out and buy a copy of the magazine, or become a subscriber,' Kent said.

Playboy said the 33-year-old magazine will be the first non-computer related publication to provide computer owners with a combination of text and high quality graphics.

'I think everyone will be impressed with how we're able to take to a print publication with high production standards and make it available online,' said Paul McGraw, president of Buck, Wheat and Associates, a Blue Springs, Mo.-based computer firm producing the digitized Playboy.

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The computer version of the magazine is created using Microfilm, a proprietary software program designed by Jerry Daniels. The average Playboy Online will take up 80 to 100 kilobytes in the computer's memory.

The magazine will be available free via modem to subscribers of The Source, GEnie, Delphi, FidoNET, USEnet and other computer information sources and other Mac-exclusive bulletin boards.

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