Agfa Monotype Announces Font Licensing Agreement with Sony
Press release from the issuing company
LAS VEGAS--Nov. 12, 2001--Agfa Monotype Corporation today announced that Sony Corporation has entered into a worldwide agreement to license fonts for SOCRATTO, a high-end digital production tool for creating special effects and composite images for movies and commercials. SOCRATTO, which allows post-production artists to work interactively using any number of clips at any resolution, is scheduled for release in July, 2002.
"We're pleased to be working with Sony on such an exciting new product,'' said Doug Shaw, senior vice president of Agfa Monotype's OEM business unit. "Our fonts, which will be used for text such as video captions and movie credits, are ideally suited to meet Sony's needs for high quality, flexibility and Windows compatibility.''
The licensed TrueType fonts include Albany(TM), Thorndale(TM), Cumberland(TM), ITC Avant Garde, ITC Bookman, ITC Charter, Monotype Century Schoolbook, Book Antiqua, Photina, ITC Zapf Chancery and ITC Zapf Dingbats. Post-production artists running SOCRATTO on Windows platforms will be able to display fonts as graphic objects to create 3D text shapes from 2D outlines.
"We selected Agfa Monotype from the standpoint of quality and selection,'' said Tetsuo Maruyama, marketing manager of VFX Software, a division of Sony. "Our product is used for high-resolution film, so it's important to work with technically-sound, high-quality fonts. Agfa Monotype also has a huge font library, giving us a wide range of choices.''
As a high-end production tool designed to allow digital production artists to work more quickly and intuitively, SOCRATTO features a comprehensive tool set that encompasses special effects, graphics, integrated 3D, compositing, editing, auto-conforming, painting and tracking. SOCRATTO provides a fully integrated, resolution-independent, 3D-compositing environment for creating 3D models and animation. Artists are able to import scenes and geometries as well as apply effects such as 3D tracking, plane extraction and bicubic deformation. Product demonstrations have already captured the attention of visual effects supervisors of major motion pictures and television commercials, and core technologies have been successfully used in the feature films "Cast Away'' and "What Lies Beneath.''
Renowned Font Library -- Superior Font Technology
With over 7,000 fonts, Agfa Monotype's library is one of the most comprehensive in the world. The library includes such well-known and popular typefaces as Arial, Gill Sans and Times New Roman. As the world's largest font company, Agfa Monotype's products and services span every type-related concern, from custom and retail fonts to virtually any Latin and non-Latin font requirement for developers and OEMs.
About Agfa Monotype Corporation
Agfa Monotype Corporation is a major provider of digital content for graphics professionals. The company is a recognized leader in fonts and font technologies and an innovator in color and screening technologies. Agfa Monotype is a wholly owned subsidiary of Agfa Corporation and is part of Agfa's Graphic Systems business unit. Agfa Corporation is part of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, one of the world's leading imaging companies, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa develops, produces and markets analog and digital systems, primarily for the graphics, medical imaging, non-destructive testing and consumer imaging and photography markets. Worldwide, sales for 2000 were 5.26 billion euros. In the U.S., Agfa is headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J. and employs approximately 4,000 people. Additional information about Agfa Monotype and its products can be found on the company's Web sites at www.agfamonotype.com and www.fonts.com.
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