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CANON AND LIGHT SOURCE JOIN EFFORTS FOR WORLDWIDE EXPANSION INTO COLOR IMAGING MARKET

 MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Canon Inc. and Light Source, Larkspur, Calif., announced today a worldwide technology partnership to develop color imaging and other related products. By jointly developing and exchanging technologies, Canon and Light Source will deliver completely integrated hardware and software product solutions and consumer friendly features to high quality, color imaging products. Both companies are taking an integrated approach to product development and expect to announce their first joint effort by the end of the first quarter of 1994. In the United States, Canon Computer Systems Inc. (CCSI) will be responsible for all product sales and marketing.
 "The combination of Canon's state-of-the-art imaging technology and Light Source's unsurpassed image processing software will bring a new dimension to the world of color imaging," said Katsuichi Y. Shimizu, senior general manager of Canon's Image Peripherals Group. "Our product strategy is very similar to the way in which we approached the camera business -- professional quality results in a one button, easy-to-use package. We expect this partnership with Light Source to bring the same exciting opportunities to the color and imaging markets."
 Light Source is a leading software company, best known for its highly acclaimed scanning software, Ofoto(TM). "In partnership with Canon, we will continue our product development philosophy to deliver very compelling and easy-to-use imaging products to the consumer," noted Michael D. Solomon, president and CEO of Light Source. "Our product, Ofoto, removes many of the steps associated with complicated imaging software and shortens the time consumers will invest into producing professional and quality output. Together with Canon, we can bring complete, easy-to-use solutions to consumers."
 Both companies also expressed a keen interest in pursuing future joint projects especially in the area of color to provide inexpensive tools for the desktop. Canon's innovative color Bubble Jet printing and color laser copier technology are recognized around the world for their high quality, affordable color output. As an example, the award-winning BJC-600 color Bubble Jet printer was just introduced in October 1993 at an affordable $719 (MSRP).
 Canon Inc.
 Partnerships with leading companies are an important part of Canon Inc.'s business, sharing the strengths of each to develop technologies and products that are new and original through cooperative efforts. Headquartered in Tokyo, Canon Inc. was established in 1937. Today, the company employs 67,000 people worldwide and is a leading producer of office equipment and image processing machines, including analog copiers, digital monochrome copiers, digital color copiers, facsimiles and printers.
 Light Source Inc.
 Light Source Computer Images Inc. was founded in 1989 to bridge the gap between computers and photographic images with innovative software. Its scanner software, Ofoto, has won numerous awards and enjoys tremendous popularity among both Macintosh and Windows users of scanning equipment. The privately held company is based in Larkspur, Calif.
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