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Adobe Systems announces Adobe Streamline 3.1 for the Power Macintosh.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 1995--Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) Wednesday announced Adobe Streamline version 3.1 software for the Power Macintosh.

The Adobe Streamline product is a widely acclaimed software application that converts color and black & white bitmapped images into Adobe PostScript language line art.

The package will now include application software for both the Apple Macintosh and Power Macintosh on floppy diskette, automatically installing the version appropriate for users and allowing users to take full advantage of their equipment now and in the future. Adobe Streamline 3.1 is expected to be available by the end of this month.

Adobe Streamline 3.1 for Power Macintosh takes advantage of the increased processor speed of the Power Macintosh, allowing users to convert files from pixels to vectors at three times the speed of a 68040 processor.

"Adobe Streamline gives me the ability to set preferences and customize how I want my tracing done," said Abigail Rudner, partner in On the Wave Visual Communications, a design firm based in Oakland, Calif., that specializes in interface design, 3D modeling and animation for print and multimedia. "I have seen a huge improvement in productivity when using the Power Macintosh version of the product."

Adobe Streamline software is used by graphic artists, desktop publishers and technical illustrators for converting logos, photographs, sketches and non-technical illustrations into Adobe PostScript language line art. Streamline provides the ability to scan artwork directly into the program (using any scanner plug-in compatible with Adobe Photoshop software); to retouch images with an assortment of pixel-editing tools; to convert images using a variety of commonly used options or through custom settings; and to recolor and edit the resulting Adobe PostScript paths. Once converted, the artwork can be edited further with Adobe Illustrator software or incorporated directly into a page layout.

"With the new version of Adobe Streamline, Adobe now offers a complete line of Power Macintosh graphics arts tools," said John Kunze, Adobe's vice president of graphics products. "Power Macintosh users can now take full advantage of cross-application integration with Adobe Streamline, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dimensions via PostScript on the Clipboard and then similar interfaces."

Adobe Streamline for the Macintosh and now Power Macintosh provides support for posterizing both color and grayscale images, and converting them into filled and stroked Adobe PostScript objects. Scanned color photos can automatically be posterized into vector-based art by specifying up to 256 different colors or 16 grayscale levels.

Direct scanner control is provided through the Acquire interface, allowing any scanner with an Adobe Photoshop-compatible plug-in or that supports the TWAIN interface to be used for scanning images directly into the program.

Retouching images prior to conversion is accomplished with Adobe Streamline software's image editing tools and commands. These tools are modeled after similar features in the Adobe Photoshop program and include the marquee, lasso, magic wand, pencil, eraser and line tools, the eyedropper, "Grow" and "Select Similar" commands and "Adjust Levels."

After conversion, users can use sophisticated color controls and simplify images by deleting points and smoothing paths. For example, the "Smooth" command lets users adjust the bezier curves created during image conversion, while the "Paint Style" palette, modeled after the Adobe Illustrator 5.0 program, provides interactive drag-and-drop editing of process and custom colors. Special commands allow searching by fill color, stroke color or stroke weight enabling easy selection and editing of the artwork.

System Requirements

System requirements for running the Adobe Streamline 3.1 program include a Macintosh II, Classic, Centris, SE/30, Quadra or any other Macintosh with a 68020 processor or higher, including Power Macintosh; 2 megabytes of application RAM on a 68000-based machine or a Power Macintosh; a hard disk; Apple System 6.0.7 or greater. For improved performance, Adobe recommends 4 megabytes of application RAM and a color monitor.

Price and Availability

Adobe Streamline 3.1, supporting both the Macintosh and the Power Macintosh, is expected to be available by the end of January from Adobe Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $199.

Registered users of version 3.0 may upgrade to version 3.1 for $29. Registered users of Adobe Streamline 1.0 and 2.0 for the Macintosh may upgrade to the full retail package of Streamline 3.1 for $69. The upgrade will include two floppy disks and Type On Call 4.0, a locked CD-ROM containing both the Macintosh and Windows versions of the Adobe Type Library.

In addition to instant access to more than 2,000 typefaces available for purchase, Type On Call 4.0 includes the latest versions of ATM, 32 free fonts, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Type Reunion and KeyCap Access. To upgrade, customers may call Adobe direct at 1-800-521-1976. Customers who purchased Adobe Streamline 3.0 for Macintosh on or after Nov. 1, 1994, will receive a free upgrade with proof of purchase.

Adobe Systems Inc., founded in 1982, is headquartered in Mountain View. Adobe develops, markets and supports computer software products and technologies that enable users to create, display, print and communicate electronic documents. The company licenses its technology to major computer, printing and publishing suppliers, and markets a line of application software and type products for authoring visually rich documents.

Additionally, the company markets a line of powerful, but easy to use, products for home and small business users. Adobe has subsidiaries in Europe and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors. Adobe recently completed a merger with Aldus Corp. and Adobe's 1993 revenue on a combined basis was approximately $520 million.

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Note to Editors: Adobe, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Streamline, Type On Call and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Apple, Macintosh, Power Macintosh, Macintosh Centris and Macintosh Quadra are registered trademarks, and Power Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Classic is a registered trademark licensed to Apple Computer.

CONTACT: Adobe Systems Inc., Mountain View

Patricia J. Pane, 415/962-2967

Fax: 415/962-2659

ppane@mv.us.adobe.com
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