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Agfa Monotype Announces Universal Font Scaling Technology version 4.2

Press release from the issuing company

Wilmington, Massachusetts, April 25, 2001 - Agfa Monotype Corporation today announced the availability of UFST (Universal Font Scaling Technology) version 4.2, the latest release of the most widely integrated font scaling technology used by OEM printer manufacturers. Over 90 percent of laser printers that ship worldwide utilize font technology from Agfa Monotype. UFST leads the way as the company's flagship product. "UFST 4.2 reflects our commitment to continually refine products for our customers based on their needs and requests," said Al Ristow, vice president of engineering for Agfa Monotype. "More of our OEMs are developing products for Asian markets. We've added new features and performance enhancements to UFST to better serve these markets." The new version features the ability to process embedded bitmaps in TrueType® fonts -- particularly useful for Asian solutions because Asian fonts typically contain embedded bitmaps for use at low resolutions. In addition, UFST 4.2 allows engineers to access TrueType fonts by raw glyph-index and user-specifiable "cmap" tables. A query function has also been added to enumerate TrueType "cmap" tables. Additionally, the latest release includes a new version of Agfa Monotype's Asian Compression for TrueType (ACT™) font format, featuring improved performance in the decompression of font data and a reduction in RAM requirements. Performance improvements have also been made to fixed-point arithmetic when using 64-bit emulation systems.

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