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AGFA ENDORSES KODAK PHOTO CD SYSTEM

 AGFA ENDORSES KODAK PHOTO CD SYSTEM
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Agfa-Gevaert, Europe's


leading photographic manufacturer, will support the Kodak Photo CD system. The German/Belgian company will license Photo CD technology from Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), officials of Agfa and Kodak announced today.
 Agfa said it will use Photo CD discs as an additional source of input for the Agfa Digital Print System (DPS). The DPS allows photofinishers to produce prints from slides on regular color negative paper - called Digiprints - in previously unattainable quality by using digital electronic image enhancements and will represent a highly efficient hard copy output capability for the Photo CD system.
 The Kodak Photo CD system allows high-resolution 35 mm film images to be converted to digital form, stored on compact discs, and used in a variety of applications. These range from desktop publishing, using a PC or workstation equipped with a CD-ROM XA drive, to casual viewing on a TV set, using a conventional television and a special dual-purpose audio CD/Photo CD player.
 "The Photo CD system is the perfect marriage of film and electronics," said Rene Peeters, general manager of Agfa's Business Group Photo. "By combining the image quality of Photo CD discs with the image enhancement capabilities and outstanding print quality of Agfa's Digital Print System, we can provide an exciting new capability to our customers."
 Peter M. Palermo, vice president and worldwide business manager of Consumer Imaging at Kodak, noted that "with Agfa's announcement, the major players in the photographic industry have now uniformly expressed support for Photo CD technology." "This reflects the increasing acceptance of the Photo CD system around the world, and the recognition by photographic companies that the Photo CD system will increase demand for high quality 35 mm film products and processing."
 Palermo said that the DPS will help expand the options for printing images from the Photo CD system, offering the high quality of color negative paper. "We're delighted that Agfa is endorsing Kodak's Photo CD technology," stated Palermo. "Participation of this prominent member of the imaging industry will certainly enhance the Photo CD system's introduction to consumers later this year, and the technology's overall success," he concluded.
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