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AGFA TO OEM ALDUS TRAPWISE AND ALDUS PRESSWISE ON WORLDWIDE BASIS; TWO COMPANIES EXPAND STRATEGIC MARKETING RELATIONSHIP

 WILMINGTON, Mass., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Agfa announced today that it has signed an OEM agreement with Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) giving Agfa worldwide marketing rights for two new Aldus(R) professional prepress products -- Aldus PressWise(TM) page-imposition software and Aldus TrapWise(TM) trapping software, according to Aldus. This agreement marks the latest development of the marketing relationship between the two companies first announced in October 1992 at the Seybold Conference and Exposition in San Francisco.
 Customers can now buy Aldus PressWise and Aldus TrapWise directly from Agfa's worldwide network of dealers and subsidiaries. Aldus will provide technical support for customers, and will train Agfa's sales, service, technical support and dealer personnel on the two products. Agfa also plans to bundle trial kits of PressWise and TrapWise with each of its imagesetters and raster image processors (RIPs), giving customers the opportunity to test each application's capabilities. Customers who want to purchase the full product will simply contact Agfa. Plans for Europe will be announced at a later date.
 PressWise is a sophisticated Macintosh(R)-based imposition product that allows users to create signature forms of PostScript documents quickly, easily and automatically. Traditional page imposition, or stripping, is a slow, complex task requiring considerable skill and experience. Highly intuitive to learn and use, PressWise gives the prepress user a new set of software tools that automate the imposition process.
 TrapWise is the first prepress software package to perform professional-quality process and spot color trapping of encapsulated PostScript files. TrapWise offers new levels of speed and accuracy over traditional trapping, a difficult and time-consuming prepress operation that ensures proper alignment of adjoining colors during printing. Customers can choose to completely automate the trapping process, or use a range of professional operator controls to work with any color- conforming encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file, such as those from Agfa Catalyst, Aldus PageMaker(R), Aldus FreeHand(R), QuarkXPress(R) and Adobe Illustrator(R).
 "Selling PressWise and TrapWise helps us broaden the range of prepress solutions we can offer to our customers," said K. Richard Littrell, Agfa's senior marketing manager for image processing systems. "We're going beyond our own product line to work with companies like Aldus, who offer unique and innovative technologies, as well as the high level of support that our customers demand." Littrell cited the high quality, fast performance, and ease of use of TrapWise and PressWise as key benefits to Agfa customers.
 This latest agreement will be followed by other joint marketing efforts, according to Littrell. "This is the beginning of a long-term relationship," he said. "Our two organizations are working very closely together." Agfa and Aldus may make additional announcements of new joint marketing and development efforts over the next few months.
 According to Ranjit Mulgaonkar, Aldus business manager of prepress products, "The combination of Agfa hardware and Aldus software running on the desktop represents a new generation of prepress systems backed by world-class technical support, service and training. This OEM agreement is a clear example of the commitment by both companies to deliver complete technology solutions for prepress professionals at commercial and corporate printing operations, color trade shops and PostScript service bureaus."
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. In addition to TrapWise and PressWise, the Aldus product line includes Aldus PageMaker -- the company's flagship product -- Aldus Fetch, Aldus FreeHand, Aldus Gallery Effects, Aldus IntelliDraw, Aldus Personal Press, Aldus Persuasion, Aldus PhotoStyler, Aldus PrePrint and Aldus SuperPaint. The company distributes its products through an international network of more than 16,000 dealers and distributors.
 Agfa U.S. Graphic Systems manufactures and markets electronic and photographic prepress systems, type and font products, phototypesetting materials, and presentation graphics systems for the graphic arts and publishing industry. Agfa also manufactures products and systems for the medical and technical diagnostic, and amateur and professional photographic markets. Miles Inc. is a Fortune 100, research-based company with major businesses in chemicals, health care and imaging technologies. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Miles employs more than 26,000 people in its operations throughout North America. In 1991, the company's sales totaled $6.2 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Sullivan of Agfa Division, Miles Inc., 201-440-0111, ext. 4640; or Brad Stevens of Aldus, 206-628-2361/
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