Novell's R. Noorda

Named to ALPS BoardRaymond J. Noorda was named to the board of Automated Language Processing Systems Inc. The company is a leading supplier of computer translation services that help data processing machines speak with each other.

Mr. Noorda has been president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Novell Inc. for the last six years. He continues in those positions.

Under Mr. Noorda's steerage, Novell has grown from a company of 18 employees to a leader in the Local Area Network business, which allows personal computers to communicate with each other.

Novell now has 1,200 employees and revenues approaching $220 million.

Freightliner Expands

Its Software Program

PORTLAND, Ore. - Freightliner Corp. said it has expanded its SpecPro software program for writing custom truck specifications to include the company's FL 112 medium-length conventional truck models.

SpecPro now encompasses the entire Class 8 Freightliner product line, the company said.

The program, developed in 1985 by the Freightliner Software Group, allows buyers to evaluate factors such as cost, weight distribution and payload capacity when selecting custom options, using a personal computer and color video screen. The system is in use at Freightliner dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

Other Freightliner software programs include the recently introduced Fleet Assistant, a software package to compile parts and service costs and schedule preventive maintenance work and general repair.

Freightliner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG of West Germany.

Computer Software

Ties Into Databases

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Ability to tie in directly with database and spreadsheet programs and connections to secretarial word processing are among the features of Software Publishing Corp.'s Professional Write 2.0.

Professional Write 2.0 is designed to be used by managers. Most word processing programs have difficulty working with documents that have been created by other word processing software.

Professional Write can interact with WordPerfect, MultiMate, Microsoft Word, WordStar and Wang PC.

Professional Write can also integrate the numbers contained in such numbers-oriented programs as Lotus 1-2-3 together with words. This is something most software programs cannot do.