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Apple and Bitstream Sign Long-Term Font Licensing Contract

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Oct. 29, 2001--Bitstream Inc. announced today that Apple Computer, Inc. has entered into a long-term agreement to license Bitstream fonts for the Macintosh. The Bitstream fonts were selected from Bitstream's library of over 900 fonts. Bitstream's typographers have over 20 years' experience making high-quality typographic designs for developers of applications and operating systems. The fonts for Apple are based on Kingsley-ATF Type Corporation designs. Featuring the new user interface called Aqua, Mac OS X makes everything on the Mac even more intuitive for new users, while providing powerful, customizable tools for professionals. Aqua includes a number of innovative time-saving features -- including a new Finder and the Dock -- designed to help you navigate and organize your system, and give you instant access to your most frequently used applications, folders, and minimized windows. This new interface is built on three cutting-edge graphics technologies -- Quartz, OpenGL, and QuickTime -- bringing graphics capabilities to Mac OS X beyond anything ever seen in a desktop operating system. "Our fonts are world-renowned for their typographic quality. The fonts that Apple licensed have a simple, elegant look and feel, so they are well suited for the Macintosh,'' said Anna Chagnon, President of Bitstream. "Because of our experience working with application and OS developers who need great looking text on screen, we could offer Apple high-quality fonts from our extensive library. We are very pleased that Apple licensed fonts from Bitstream.'' "Kingsley-ATF Type Corporation, through its successor, Kingsley Holding Corporation, owns hundreds of trademarked fonts; however, we have been especially pleased with the high quality designs of those fonts as produced by Bitstream,'' said Mark Lester, Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Kingsley Holding Corporation. "We believe the Apple-Bitstream contract is but one in a series of future ventures with Bitstream which will bring typographic excellence back to the general public, and we couldn't be prouder to be reassociated with the innovative leaders at Apple Computer. This is a win-win-win operation.''




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