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Font Compression Technology To Further Enhance Adobe PostScript Printers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Ares Software Corporation, strengthening its position as a leading provider of printing system solutions. Ares Software is a privately-held developer of Chameleon(TM) font compression technology and related award winning retail products. Adobe plans to integrate Ares technology into Adobe(R) PostScript(TM) technology and offer it to Adobe's sixty-five printer manufacturers for use in printer system solutions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"With Ares font compression technology, we can offer our printer manufacturers a low cost solution for including hundreds of fonts in their Adobe PostScript printers without compromising printer performance," said Fred Schwedner, senior vice president and general manager of Adobe's Printing and Systems Group. "Users are increasingly printing more complex and visually rich documents, such as content on the Internet, and need fast, robust printing capabilities. By combining the worldwide standard imaging language, Adobe PostScript, and superior font compression technology from Ares, we are confident that our OEM customers will continue to develop and deliver best in class printer products to end users."

Since its introduction in 1985, Adobe PostScript software helped spawn the desktop publishing revolution and has become the standard imaging language in printers offering the highest quality output, cross platform compatibility and top performance. By reducing ROM requirements, Ares font compression and substitution technology will allow Adobe PostScript printer manufacturers to substantially expand embedded font sets for their customers at a low cost. In addition to Adobe Type Manager(TM) (ATM) which supports the Adobe Type library of more than 2,500 typefaces, consumers using Adobe PostScript printers with Ares font compression technology will have the capability to print more typographically rich documents with an unprecedented embedded font set. Ares font compression technology embedded in Adobe PostScript printers will provide consumers with an even more robust printing solution.

"Ares pioneered font compression technology and has continually strived to improve and bring new levels of compression to fonts. We are excited to be part of Adobe and look forward to making an impact in future generations of printer products," said Russ McCann, president and CEO of Ares Software Corp. "Ares technology coupled with Adobe PostScript will bring superior flexibility and font compression to printer manufacturers, and ultimately provide customers with groundbreaking printing solutions."

Ares developed and published several leading font management and utility software applications. Adobe will offer continued support to all registered users of Ares' retail products for one year. Future plans for these products will be announced at a later date.

Adobe offers a total printing solution with Adobe PrintGear(TM) for the small office/home office (SOHO) market; Adobe PostScript as the standard from corporate desktop printers to high-end publishing printers; a new architecture, code named "Supra," that incorporates both Adobe PostScript language and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) for production printers; and Adobe PrintMill(TM), an Internet-based printing service. Adobe also works with leading software vendors and printer manufacturers to provide Adobe printer drivers. Adobe printing technologies provide quality, compatibility, price/performance and choice for anyone who prints.

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Adobe Systems Incorporated develops and supports products to help people express and use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at on the World Wide Web.

NOTE: Adobe, the Adobe logo, Chameleon, PrintGear, PrintMill, Adobe PostScript and Adobe Type Manager are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
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