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America Online's You've Got Pictures Service Introduces New Home Printing Feature.



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DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2004

America Online See AOL. , Inc.

AOL's Online Photo Service Offers a One-Stop Solution for

Printing, Sharing, Storing, Organizing and Accessing Pictures

AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. (R) Member Participation in You've Got Pictures(R) Service Surges

Alongside Booming Digital Camera Market and Broadband Adoption

America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced the addition of a new Home Printing feature to the You've Got Pictures(R) online photo service. Powered by printing technology from HP, the Home Printing feature lets AOL(R) and AOL(R) for Broadband members and other Internet users Internet user ninternauta m/f

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 easily print favorite photos in the convenience of their own home directly from the You've Got Pictures service. The You've Got Pictures service allows millions of consumers to save time on what was once a multi-stepped process by delivering a one-stop solution for sharing, printing, organizing and storing their photo memories.

The new feature comes at a time when an increasing number of AOL members and other digital camera owners are opting to print their pictures at home. AOL announced today the results of the "You've Got Pictures Online Photo Survey 2004," which found that approximately 70% of those surveyed use a home printer to print their pictures. (See accompanying press release: "America Online's Digital Pictures Survey Finds that Instant Gratification GRATIFICATION. A reward given voluntarily for some service or benefit rendered, without being requested so to do, either expressly or by implication.  Factor Tops List of What Consumers Love Most About Digital Photography.")

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 traditional cameras. AOL has seen a corresponding surge in member interest in digital photography alongside this booming digital camera market. Since the introduction of the integrated Picture Finder and other digital media features in AOL(R) 9.0 Optimized last fall, You've Got Pictures usage has tripled and more than six million new photo albums have been created. Likewise, the increase in broadband usage has also fostered member participation in digital photography activities, particularly ones that are well suited for high-speed Internet See broadband.  connections. For example, picture sharing is one of the most popular activities among AOL for Broadband users. Opportunities to share images are weaved throughout the service, such as through AOL(R) Mail, Instant Messenger AOL's instant messaging service. See AIM and instant messaging. (TM), Member Directory profiles, as well as AOL(R) Journals for photo blogs.

"With 99% of the images managed on the You've Got Pictures service originating from digital cameras(1), they have quickly become the preferred way for our members to capture life's favorite moments, and we are excited to expand our online photo service with easy home printing capabilities, a top request from our members," said Jeff Hooker Jeff Hooker is a retired U.S. soccer forward who currently coaches the University of Denver women's soccer team.

Hooker attended Walnut High School in Walnut, California where he played on the school’s boys soccer team.
, Director of the You've Got Pictures service at America Online. "The You've Got Pictures service is an incredibly popular part of the AOL service because members can access and share their photos the way they want. Features like Home Printing reflect how we are continually enhancing the service to keep in step with our members' evolving interests and developing innovative solutions to deliver the best options for enjoying digital photography."

Highlights of the new Home Printing feature include:

- The ability to print various sizes from 2-1/2 x 3-1/4 wallet size to popular 4 x 6 to as large as 8 x 10 full-page prints.

- The ability to preview print layouts of different picture sizes before printing.

- To avoid paper waste, a quality resolution notification advises users if the resolution of a picture is too low and will result in a lower quality print.

The new Home Printing feature builds upon the service's full-featured offerings which provide AOL's 24 million members with easy-to-use options for storing, organizing, printing, accessing and sharing their photos online. The You've Got Pictures service features a broad range of easy-to-use digital photos solutions including unlimited photo storage, the ability to create online photo albums and share them with anyone on the Internet, the Internet, the, international computer network linking together thousands of individual networks at military and government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, industrial and financial corporations of all sizes, and commercial enterprises  ability to access photos anytime, anywhere through the AOL.com(R) Web site, order Kodak(R) prints and photo gifts, design a personal screensaver, create a slide show, construct a personal profile, perform simple photo editing See photo editor.  and more. With more than 125 million photos stored on the service and approximately one million uploaded each week, the You've Got Pictures service has evolved into a comprehensive online service tailored for the digital camera owner.

Mr. Hooker added, "We're a visual society and the You've Got Pictures service helps our members create their own great photography and makes it easier for them to share and talk about their photos. Whether members are instant messaging Exchanging text messages in real time between two or more people logged into a particular instant messaging (IM) service. Instant messaging is more interactive than e-mail because messages are sent immediately, whereas e-mail messages can be queued up in a mail server for seconds or  a photo to someone on their Buddy List A list of colleagues, workgroup members, friends, etc., that you might wish to communicate with via instant messaging. See instant messaging. (R) window, organizing all of their photos and albums in their 'virtual shoe box,' sharing a new image with friends on their AOL Journal, or printing out a set of vacation photos from their home printer, the You've Got Pictures service offers convenient and easy-to-use solutions that have helped AOL grow into one of the leading online photo services."

The You've Got Pictures service with the new Home Printing feature is available now at no additional charge to members of both the AOL and the AOL for Broadband services See broadband and broadband service provider. . Any Internet user who receives a picture album from an AOL member through the You've Got Pictures service can also utilize the Home Printing feature at no additional charge. The Home Printing feature works with any printer and does not require the user to install or download any additional software.

More information on the You've Got Pictures service can be found at AOL(R) Keyword: Pictures.

Media contacts: To view the online press kit for the You've Got Pictures service, please visit www.aolepk.com/pictures.

About America Online, Inc.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

Notes:
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia Dulles, Virginia is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Loudoun County, Virginia, part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headquarters of AOL, Orbital Sciences Corporation and ODIN technologies and the former headquarters of MCI Inc. are located in Dulles. , America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.

Kodak is a registered trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.

(1) Source: AOL Internal Data, April 2004
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