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                           LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

      THIS LOAN AGREEMENT is made this 30th day of August, 1996, between First
NH bank, a New Hampshire guaranty savings bank, with a mailing address of 875
Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101 ("Bank") and Omtool, Ltd., a
Delaware corporation, with a principal place of business at 8 Industrial Way,
Salem, New Hampshire ("Borrower").

      1.    LOAN.

            Bank agrees to grant two (2) loans to Borrower, and Borrower agrees
to borrow from Bank, upon the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the amount
of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) ("Loan") and the amount of Two Hundred
Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) ("Term Loan").

      2.    DEFINITIONS.

            2.1 "Collateral" refers to all property and assets of Borrower
described herein, or in any other Loan Documents, whether now existing or
delivered to Bank in the future.

            2.2 "Liability" and "Liabilities" mean all obligations of Borrower
hereunder, together with any renewals, extensions or modifications thereof, and
any and all other obligations of Borrower to Bank whether presently existing or
arising in the future.

            2.3 "Loan Documents" refers to this Loan Agreement, the Demand Note,
the Term Note and all other instruments, documents or writings delivered by
Borrower to Bank in connection with this transaction or any other loan from Bank
to Borrower.


            The following constitute continuing conditions to this Agreement:

            3.1 Borrower is a corporation, duly organized and existing under the
laws of the State of Delaware, and is duly qualified and in good standing in
every other state in which it is doing business. All organizational documents
and all amendments thereto of Borrower have been duly filed and are in proper
order. All outstanding capital stock issued by Borrower was properly issued; and
all books and records of Borrower, including its minute books, by-laws and books
of account, are accurate and up to date, and will be so maintained. Borrower has
the full power and authority to enter into the Loan Documents. The execution,
delivery and performance of the Loan Documents has been duly authorized and does
not conflict with any provision of Borrower's organization documents or of any
statute, regulation, ordinance, rule of law, agreement or other instrument
binding upon Borrower;

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            3.2 No litigation is threatened, contemplated or pending against
Borrower which will materially and adversely affect Borrower's financial

            3.3 All representations and warranties heretofore or hereafter made
by Borrower to Bank are or will be true and correct as of the date with respect
to which such representations or warranties were made;

            3.4 Borrower is (and as to Collateral hereafter acquired, will be)
the owner of the Collateral free and clear of any lien, security interest, or
encumbrance of any nature whatsoever, and Borrower shall defend the same against
all persons;

            3.5 Borrower is not a Treatment Storage or Disposal Facility, does
not generate, transport or store any type of Hazardous Waste as defined under
federal or state law or regulation. Borrower shall comply with all applicable
federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and permits
relating to the protection of the environment, waters and air of the State of
New Hampshire and United States of America; and borrower has no knowledge of any
pending or threatened enforcement action, violation or investigation relating
thereto. If at any time Borrower becomes aware of any violation it shall
immediately notify Bank;

            3.6 Borrower will not permit any lien upon, pledge of or security
interest (except that granted herein) on the Collateral. Borrower will not
incur, assume, guaranty or have outstanding any additional indebtedness;

            3.7 Borrower will maintain its depository accounts and its primary
banking relationships with Bank;

            3.8 Borrower will furnish to Bank within one hundred twenty (120)
days after the last day of each fiscal year, copies of its federal income tax
return (as filed) and an audited financial statement, including, but not limited
to, a balance sheet, statement of income, retained earnings, and changes in cash
flows and other supporting schedules, each prepared in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principals consistently applied with a report signed by an
independent certified public accountant satisfactory to Bank. Borrower will
furnish to Bank within thirty (30) days before the end of each fiscal year an
annual operating plan and budget for the next fiscal year, including a pro forma
income statement and cash flow statement. Additionally, Borrower will furnish
Bank with monthly internally prepared financial statements, and furnish to Bank
such other information concerning its business(es) or any guarantor as Bank may
reasonably request from time to time, which information shall be delivered
within fifteen (15) days of month's end and include, without limitation: (i)
monthly aging of accounts receivable and payable; (ii) monthly borrowing base
certificate; (iii) monthly operating statement and balance sheet; and (iv) such
other financial reports as Bank may reasonably request. All financial statements
previously or in the future delivered to Bank fairly present the financial
condition and the results of Borrower's operations at the times and for the
periods therein stated, and since the latest date covered by the most recent
financial statements delivered, there has been no adverse change in the
financial condition of borrower. Borrower will permit Bank to inspect

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and examine the books, accounts, records, ledgers and assets of every kind and
description of Borrower at all times;

            3.9  If borrower now or hereafter maintains an employee benefit plan
covered by Section 4021(a) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974 (hereinafter referred to as "ERISA") relating to plan termination
insurance, it will promptly: (i) notify Bank of filing of notice with the
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") pursuant to Section 4041 of ERISA
that the plan is to be terminated; and, (ii) notify Bank of the institution of
proceedings by PBGC under Section 4042 of ERISA;

            3.10 Borrower will not change its name, will continue in the same
line of business it conducts as of the date hereof and will operate its business
actively; Borrower shall preserve its separate legal existence in good standing
in each jurisdiction as required by law. Borrower will give Bank prompt written
notice at least thirty (30) days prior to the date it discontinues operations
at, or changes, any of its business addresses as listed herein;

            3.11  Borrower will not make any changes in its management
consisting of Martin A. Schultz, President and Robert L. Voelk CEO, without
the express prior consent of Bank;

            3.12 So long as the Liabilities under the Revolving Loan or the Term
Loan are outstanding:

                 3.12.a. Borrower shall at all times maintain a maximum
Indebtedness to Tangible Net Worth ratio of 2.0:1, reviewed quarterly. For the
purposes hereof, "Indebtedness" means all obligations, contingent and otherwise,
which should in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals
consistently applied, be classified upon Borrower's balance sheet as
liabilities, but in any event including, without limitation, liabilities secured
by any mortgage on property owned or acquired subject to such mortgage, assumed,
and also including, without limitation, (i) all guaranties, endorsements whether
or not the same are or should be so reflected in said balance sheet, except
guaranties by endorsement of negotiable instruments for deposit or collection or
similar transaction in the ordinary course of business, and (ii) the present
value of any lease payments due under leases required to be capitalized in
accordance with applicable Statements of Financial Accounting Standards.
"Tangible Net Worth" means the Capital Stock account plus Subordinated Debt plus
retained earnings plus additional paid in capital minus treasury stock minus
intangible assets, all in accordance with generally accepted accounting
principals consistently applied.

                 3.12.b. Borrower shall at all times maintain a minimum Cash
Flow Coverage Ratio of 3.0:1, reviewed quarterly. For the purposes hereof, "Cash
Flow Coverage Ratio" shall be defined as the sum of net profit after tax plus
interest plus depreciation minus nonfinanced capital expenditures minus
non-recurring income minus non-cash income minus distributions minus dividend
minus advances divided by the sum of Current Maturities of Long Term Debt plus
interest plus capital lease expense, all in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principals consistently applied;

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            3.13  Revolving Loan provisions:

                  3.13.a Definitions.

                         (i)  "Eligible Accounts" means such of Borrower's
Accounts which meet the following specifications: (1) not more than ninety (90)
days old from date of invoice; (2) is not owed by a customer owing any other
accounts more than ninety (90) days old from date of invoice; (3) does not arise
out of the sale by Borrower of goods consigned or delivered to Borrower on sale
or return terms; (4) arose in the ordinary course of business; (5) does not
arise out of any sale made on a "bill and hold," dating, or delayed shipping
basis; (6) is owed by a customer whose principal place of business is within the
United States; (7) is not owed by the United States Government, its agencies or
representatives; (8) is not owed by any corporation or other entity which is
related to Borrower, or is of common ownership with Borrower, or could be
treated as a member of the same controlled group of corporations of which
Borrower is a member; (9) is not subject to any claim, counterclaim, set off, or
chargeback, or includes terms under which the account debtor can return the
goods giving rise to such account or to Borrower; (10) is not evidenced by a
promissory note; (11) is not owed by any person employed by Borrower; and (12)
is not deemed to be an undue credit risk, in Bank's sole discretion.

                         (ii) "Availability" means the lesser of:  (a) seventy
percent (70%) of the face amount of each of Borrower's Eligible Accounts and (b)
One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00).

                  3.13.b Bank establishes the Loan as a revolving line of credit
in the amount of Borrower's Availability; the Revolving Credit is payable ON
DEMAND. Borrower may request advances from Bank from time to time hereafter in
amounts up to the then aggregate of Borrower's Availability. At the time of each
advance, Borrower shall immediately become indebted to Bank for the amount
thereof. Each such advance may be credited by Bank to any deposit account of
Borrower, or paid to Borrower. Requests for advances under the Revolving Credit
may be made on any day on which Bank is open to conduct business. If such a
request is received by Bank prior to 12:00 p.m. on a Banking Day, the advance
shall be made on such Bank Day and otherwise on the next Banking Day. Borrower
shall submit to Bank with each request for advance, a so-called borrowing base
certificate in a form acceptable to Bank, which certificate shall, inter alia,
include a computation of Borrower's maximum Availability. Each request for an
advance under the Revolving Credit shall constitute a confirmation by Borrower
that Borrower is in full compliance with this Agreement.

                  3.13.c If at any time the unpaid principal amount of the
Revolving Credit exceeds the limitations contained in Sub-Section 3.11.a,
Borrower shall, immediately upon receipt of notice from Bank, make a payment of
principal in an amount equal to such excess.

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            4.1   To secure the Liabilities, Borrower grants to Bank a
continuing security interest in the following Collateral, now existing or
hereafter arising, together with all products and proceeds (including insurance
proceeds) thereof.

                  All accounts, accounts receivable, demand deposits, "cash
                  collateral" (as defined in 11 USC Section 363(a)), rights of
                  reclamation and stoppage in transit, all rights of an unpaid
                  seller of goods or services and all other debts and
                  obligations owing to Debtor from any person in whatever form

                  All goods, merchandise, inventory, raw materials (in place or
                  on order), work-in-process, tangible property held for sale or
                  lease or furnished or to be furnished under contracts of
                  service, or property used or consumed in Borrower's business,
                  or consigned to others or held by others for return to
                  Borrower ("Inventory");

                  All machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, together with
                  all parts, tools, trade-ins, repairs, accessories,
                  modifications, and replacements ("Equipment");

                  All general intangibles, including, but not limited to, all
                  choses in action, contracts, leases, tax refunds, notes,
                  bills, all rights to payment under tenancies at will,
                  corporate names, trade names, trademarks, trade secrets, books
                  and records, customer lists, blue prints and plans, computer
                  programs, tapes and related electronic data processing
                  software, all corporate ledgers and all instruments, documents
                  of title, documents and other similar property
                  ("Intangibles"); and

                  A purchase money security interest in the computer and office
                  equipment purchased with the proceeds of the Term Loan.

            4.2   Borrower warrants that existing Collateral is and covenants
that future Collateral will be lawfully owned by Borrower, free and clear of all
other liens, encumbrances and security interests.

            4.3   Borrower's only place of business is set forth on page 1.
Borrower shall not sell, abandon, substantially modify or remove the Collateral
from its present location(s) without the prior written consent of Bank. Borrower
may sell Inventory in the ordinary course and replace obsolete or worn out
Collateral with new property of substantially equal value so long as said
property becomes subject to this security interest. Borrower shall permit Bank
to inspect and examine the Collateral and the books, accounts, records and
ledgers with respect thereto at all reasonable times.

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            4.4   Borrower will keep the Collateral fully insured with companies
and in amounts as Bank may require, including, without limitation, against fire
and casualties and hazards on an extended coverage all risk basis public
liability insurance and business interruption insurance, for the benefit of
Borrower and Bank, promptly delivering insurance policies or certificates to
Bank containing provisions that such insurance may not be cancelled or decreased
without thirty (30) days prior written notice to Bank and notify Bank within ten
(10) days of any claim made by Borrower under a policy of insurance which covers
the Collateral. Borrower agrees to maintain the Collateral in good condition and
repair (normal wear and tear excepted) and in accordance with all manufacturers'
recommendations. Borrower shall use the Collateral solely for business purposes
and not in violation of any statute or ordinance or applicable insurance policy
and will promptly pay all taxes and assessments levied against the Collateral.
Upon failure of Borrower to comply with its obligations above, Bank may procure
insurance and/or repair the Collateral, the cost of which shall be a lien
against the Collateral added to Liabilities and payable ON DEMAND with interest
at the Applicable Interest Rate as defined in the Demand Note and the Term Note.

            4.5   Borrower hereby appoints Bank as its attorney-in-fact to
execute proofs of claim, drafts or other instruments, negotiate settlements and
do all other things necessary to effect a settlement under any insurance policy
which power, being coupled with an interest, shall be irrevocable. Borrower
agrees that in the event of loss, insurance proceeds shall be paid to Bank to be
applied towards the Liabilities or repair/replacement of Collateral at the sole
option of Bank.

            4.6   Borrower will sign and deliver to Bank such Financing
Statements and other documents as Bank may request to establish and maintain a
valid perfected security interest in the Collateral, and Borrower will pay any
related filing fees and fees for lien searches.

            4.7   Borrower will indemnify and hold Bank harmless from and
against all loss, damage and costs, whatsoever arising from the use, possession
or disposition of the Collateral.

      5.    DEFAULT; REMEDIES.

            5.1   The occurrence of any one or more of the following shall
constitute an Event of Default:

                  5.1.a failure to make any payment when due hereunder or under
any Liability from time to time owed by Borrower to Bank, not cured within any
applicable cure periods;

                  5.1.b upon the earlier to occur of: (i) notice of default
under the Series B Agreement and (ii) commencement of an action by the Series B
Preferred Stockholders for breach of the Series B Agreement.

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                  5.1.c failure to Borrower in the observance or performance of
the terms, obligations, agreements, covenants or conditions contained herein, or
in any other Loan Document;

                  5.1.d any transfer, attachment or other interference with a
substantial portion of Borrower's assets (except for sales of Inventory and
replacement of Equipment in the ordinary course of business);

                  5.1.e death of any individual Borrower or dissolution or
liquidation of any corporate, partnership or trust Borrower;

                  5.1.f insolvency of Borrower, appointment of a receiver of
Borrower's property, assignment for the benefit of creditors, commencement of
any proceeding under bankruptcy or similar laws relating to the relief of
debtors, voluntary or involuntary; or,

                  5.1.g the termination of any guaranty or the occurrence of any
of the events described in this Sub-Section 5.1.c through 5.1.e, inclusive, with
respect to any guarantor; and,

                  5.1.h if any representation or warranty made herein or in
connection with the execution and delivery of any of the Loan Documents proves
to have been incorrect in any material respect when such representation or
warranty was made.

            5.2   Upon the occurrence of an Event of Default:

                  5.2.a Bank may accelerate any and all Liabilities and
declare the same to be immediately due;

                  5.2.b Bank shall no longer be obligated to make any
advances on the Loan or on any other Liabilities;

                  5.2.c Bank may exercise any rights and remedies available to
it under this Agreement, under any other Loan Documents, and/or under applicable

                  5.2.d Bank shall have the rights and remedies of a Secured
Party under the Uniform Commercial Code; and,

                  5.2.e Bank is hereby authorized to enter any premises where
the Collateral is and, without liability for rent may store, assemble,
disassemble, remove, sell or otherwise dispose of Collateral at public or
private sale upon ten (10) days' prior written notice to Borrower at the
expiration of which notice all rights of redemption in the Collateral shall be
deemed waived by Borrower. The proceeds of each sale shall first be applied
toward the payment of all expenses of sale and then any surplus may be applied
by Bank to the payment of the Liabilities. Borrower hereby covenants and agrees
to remain liable for any deficiency. Bank

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may require Borrower to assemble the Collateral and to make it available to Bank
at a place to be designated by Bank.

            5.3 Borrower agrees to pay all costs of collection when incurred
including court costs (including bankruptcy and probate proceedings), attorney's
fees together with interest thereon at the Applicable Interest Rate (as defined
in the Demand Note and Term Note) or the interest on judgments prescribed by New
Hampshire RSA 336:1, whichever is greater, which shall be deemed to continue to
accrue at said rate until the Liabilities are paid in full.


            5.5 Demand, presentment for demand, protest, notice of protest and
notice of non payment is hereby waived by Borrower.

            5.6 Borrower agrees that the amount by which the value of the
Collateral may exceed, from time to time, the outstanding obligation of Borrower
to Bank ("equity cushion") shall not, under any circumstances, be deemed to be
adequate protection for Bank in the event of any insolvency proceedings under 11
USC 101 et seq. Borrower acknowledges that the equity cushion that may exist is
solely for the benefit of Bank to ensure the repayment in full of all
obligations hereunder, and represents a benefit bargained for and acquired by
Bank in exchange for full and adequate consideration.

            5.7 Bank shall have the right of set-off against and a security
interest in all deposits and other property of Borrower which are maintained
with Bank.

            5.8 Bank shall have the right to notify any of Borrower's account or
contract debtors, to make payment directly to Bank, and to collect all amounts
due on account of the Collateral. Bank shall have the right to compromise,
settle, or execute releases with any of Borrower's account debtors, and to
prosecute, defend, compromise, or release any action relating to the Collateral;
to endorse the name of Borrower upon any and all checks, drafts, money orders,
notes, acceptances, or other instruments of the same or different nature; to
sign and endorse the name of Borrower on, and to receive as secured party, any
of the Collateral, any invoices, schedules of Collateral, freight or express
receipts, or bills of lading, storage receipts, warehouse receipts, or other
documents of title relating to the Collateral; to sign the name of Borrower on
any notice to Borrower's account debtors or verification of the Collateral; and
to sign and file or record on behalf of Borrower any financing or other
statement in order to perfect or protect Bank's security interest. Bank shall
not be accountable for more than it actually receives as a result of such
exercise of power, and shall not be responsible to Borrower except for Bank's
actual willful misconduct. All powers conferred upon Bank by this Agreement,
being coupled with an interest, shall be irrevocable until the within Agreement
is terminated as provided herein.

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            No delay or omission on the part of Bank in exercising any right
hereunder shall operate as a waiver of such right, or of any other right of
Bank, nor shall any delay, omission or waiver on any one occasion be deemed a
bar to or waiver of the same or any other right on any future occasion. In the
event any payment received by Bank shall be deemed to have been a voidable
preference or fraudulent conveyance then the obligations of the undersigned
shall survive and shall not be discharged by said payment notwithstanding return
to Borrower of this Agreement. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of
the State of New Hampshire. The obligations of the undersigned, if more than
one, shall be joint and several. The unenforceability of any provision herein
shall not effect the enforceability of any other provision herein. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors and
assigns of Bank and Borrower. This Agreement shall have the effect of an
instrument executed under seal. This Agreement shall continue in full force and
effect until all Liabilities are satisfied in full and Bank is no longer
obligated to make advances to Borrower, even if the amount of the Liabilities at
any time is zero.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been duly executed as of the day
and year first above written.

                                         Omtool, Ltd. ("BORROWER")

      _____________________________      By:  ______________________________
      Witness                                 Its:

                                         FIRST NH BANK
      _____________________________      By:  ______________________________
      Witness                                 Its: