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Agfa Monotype Licenses New Media Fonts to Frontpath for Internet Appliance

Press release from the issuing company

WILMINGTON, Mass.-June 13, 2001--Agfa Monotype Corporation today announced that frontpath, inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SONICblue, Incorporated (Nasdaq: SBLU), has licensed Agfa Monotype's New Media Core Font set for ProGear(tm), fontpath's premier Information Appliance. The wireless web device is targeted to broadband-enabled markets such as hospitality, education and healthcare. "ProGear is one of a new breed of powerful Internet tools," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of sales and marketing for Agfa Monotype. "The New Media fonts will benefit frontpath's vertical partners by offering clear, legible type on screen." The New Media Core Font set consists of Albany(tm), Cumberland(tm) and Thorndale(tm). The fonts were designed specifically for software and hardware developers who create products for New Media market segments. Non-printer devices such as interactive TVs, palmtop computers, digital phones and information appliances comprise these segments. The New Media Core fonts are metrically equivalent to the original Microsoft(r) Windows(r) core fonts Arial(tm), Courier New(tm) and Times New Roman(tm) -- all members of Agfa Monotype font families. Compatibility provides exactly the same line endings and spacing as the Microsoft fonts, allowing for easy viewing and exchanging of documents without document reflow problems. Web pages and documents are seen as the designer intended. "The ability to include fonts that are compatible with other platforms and browser environments is important to us and our vertical partners," said Patt Montgomery, vice president of business development and marketing for frontpath. "The integration of Agfa Monotype's easy-to-read, high-quality fonts coupled with a high-resolution 10.4" TFT screen means the message that our partners want their customers to see is clear." The New Media Core Font set is part of Agfa Monotype's Enhanced Screen Quality(r) (ESQ(r)) line of TrueType(r) fonts that are optimized for viewing type legibly at any resolution. The Albany ESQ, Thorndale ESQ and Cumberland ESQ font families all contain regular, italic, bold and bold italic weights. They represent the three typeface styles found on most personal computers: serif, sans serif and monospace.

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