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Agfa Monotype Announces e-Book Font Pack for the Palm Reader

Press release from the issuing company

Mortsel, Belgium, 19 December 2001 - Agfa Monotype Corporation, a major provider of fonts and font technologies worldwide, today announced the availability of the Agfa Monotype e-book Font Pack for the Palm Reader, Palm, Inc.'s award-winning e-book reader. The pack contains high-quality, hand-tuned fonts that optimize legibility when reading e-books with the new Palm Reader Pro software. Three font styles are included-serif, sans serif and condensed-for both the Palm OSreg; and Pocket PC versions of the Palm Reader software. The Palm OS version includes four sizes for each bitmapped font, while the Pocket PC version includes a scalable TrueType font for each font style. This provides users with a versatile selection for displaying e-book fonts in different styles and sizes based on their personal preference and resolution of their handheld devices. "We're pleased to be working with the Palm Digital Media group to create fonts that will enhance the reading experience of Palm Reader customers," said Bill Davis, vice president of Agfa Monotype. "Special hinting technology has been applied to each character to meet our specification for Enhanced Screen Quality fonts-fonts that have been engineered for superior on-screen quality for low-resolution devices." "A choice of fonts is one of the most requested features from users of the Palm Reader, and one that is a clear advantage for the Palm Reader," said Mike Segroves, director of business development for Palm Digital Media. "We expect it to be a big hit with customers." Palm Reader. Available for handheld devices running Palm OS or Pocket PC, the Palm Reader is an intuitive and powerful program for viewing e-books from Palm Digital Media. Palm Reader Pro, announced today, includes an option for users to change the font used when displaying e-books. Enhanced Screen Quality (ESQ) Fonts. Agfa Monotype offers a growing range of ESQ fonts that have been designed specifically for optimal on-screen display and reproduction on low-resolution devices. Far surpassing typical TrueTypereg; and PostScriptreg; fonts in clarity and readability, ESQ fonts can also be modified for special applications, multi-language support or other custom needs. Agfa Monotype e-Book Font Pack Availability. Available immediately for the suggested list price of $14.95, the e-book Font Pack can be purchased directly from Agfa Monotype at www.fonts.com or Palm at www.palm.com/ebooks. The font pack is also available from Palm software e-retailers at www.palmgear.com and www.handango.com. 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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