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Connect3 Systems and Quark Announce Alliance

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Connect3 Systems Inc. and Quark Inc. Team to Deliver Dramatic Productivity Improvements by Linking Digital Media Management with Versioned Promotion Planning and Production Publishing Systems NEW YORK -- February 20, 2002 -- Today at the Seybold Seminars New York 2002 Exposition, Connect3 Systems Inc., (Booth #737) the leading provider of versioned promotion solutions for retailers and catalogers, announced that they have entered into a relationship with Quark Inc. to deliver enterprise-scale content management systems for retailers and catalog publishers. "Integrating industry industry-leading technology from Quark with Connect3 VELOCITY Performance Series allows us to offer leading retailers an enterprise-class, best-of-breed solution," said Dale Byrne, president and CEO of Connect3 Systems Inc. "In addition, teaming with Quark will allow our customers to leverage the investment in their existing Quark-based infrastructure while adding valuable promotion management and micro-advertising capabilities with the Connect3 solution." "Our relationship with Connect3 lets us focus on our respective strengths as we dramatically improve the effectiveness and profitability of all types of merchants," said Juergen Kurz, Quark's vice president of product management. "Quark Digital Media System has evolved as a foundation technology for enterprise publishing solutions. We are enthusiastic about working with companies like Connect3 to integrate our suite of media-independent publishing software with best-of-breed other premier vertical enterprise solutions." Quark Digital Media System is an enterprise content management system that lets customers manage a virtually unlimited number of text files, images, and other digital resources. It combines the speed and reliability of an Oracle8 database with a scalable three-tier architecture capable of serving hundreds of concurrent users. QuarkDMS streamlines production and delivery processes, and makes organization a natural part of the creative process. The Connect3 VELOCITY Performance Series is a new generation of software that allows all participants in the merchandising and advertising workflow to achieve the ultimate merchant productivity goal: one common toolset to create, manage, build and publish highly versioned promotions across all customer touch points. About Quark Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is a leading developer of tools and technologies for enterprise publishing. Quark has been providing award-winning software for professional publishers since its flagship product QuarkXPress changed the course of traditional publishing. Today, as its software is used by more than two million customers around the world, Quark is developing a highly scalable, modular technology platform that makes content independent of its delivery format and publishing to multiple media easy. Founded in 1981, Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held. About Connect3 Systems, Inc. Connect3 Systems Inc. is the leading provider of versioned promotion solutions that allow retailers and catalogers across all industry segments to compress the promotions cycle, reuse existing digital media, and version their item message to increase accuracy, efficiency, and profitability. The Connect3 VELOCITY Performance Series is a collaborative environment where buyers, merchandising managers, copywriters and graphic artists create and manage digital assets and content, plan, build and version promotional events, and publish the completed flyer, catalog, or Web content.