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Agfa Monotype Introduces Baseline and FontSmith Foundries on Fonts.com.

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WILMINGTON, Mass. and SALFORDS, SURREY, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2003--Agfa Monotype Corp. has released the Baseline and FontSmith collections, adding over 40 new fonts and font packages to Fonts.com. The typefaces can be viewed by visiting www.fonts.com/foundries.

"From the historic revivals of Baseline, to the contemporary sans serifs of FontSmith, these two foundries provide a snapshot of where type has been, and where it is headed," said Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Agfa Monotype.

This roadmap is exemplified in how Baseline Fonts describes its goal. Nathan Williams, Baseline's founder, says the foundry works to provide "uninterpreted" revivals of type samples generated through disappearing printing methods while creating new fonts for dissemination in the type community. Williams' appreciation for typographic history is evident in designs such as Old Times American(TM), a typeface that imitates the less-than-perfect impressions of letterpress printing. Another example is Licious Script(TM), a nostalgic design inspired by logotypes used in the early 1900s. The 22 Baseline fonts and font packages are available for Macintosh(R) and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) platforms in PostScript(R) or TrueType(R) formats. Prices for individual Baseline fonts begin at $30 with font volumes starting at $62.

FontSmith founder, Jason Smith, creates each of his typefaces with branding and corporate identity projects in mind. The six-font Sophie(TM) family uses deep curves and smooth lines to create a modern look. The Albert(TM) family consists of nine simple sans serif designs with weights varying from thin to extra bold. Most FontSmith fonts are available in Macintosh PostScript and Windows TrueType formats with several fonts also available in Macintosh TrueType and Windows PostScript. Prices for individual FontSmith fonts begin at $84 with font volumes starting at $286.

About Fonts.com

As the Internet's most comprehensive and convenient place to preview, purchase and download fonts, Fonts.com offers single fonts, packages, family volumes and type libraries, including both the Monotype (R)and ITC(R) libraries, sources for such widely used designs as Arial(R) and ITC Officina(R). Visitors are greeted with clear navigation and multiple search options in addition to articles, tips, techniques and tutorials. Live customer care representatives are available to assist in identifying and selecting typefaces and to resolve technical font issues. Fonts.com also provides information about Agfa Monotype's custom font services, including customized fonts for brand identity projects.

About Agfa Monotype Corp.

Based in Wilmington, Mass. with regional offices in the U.K., Japan and China, Agfa Monotype specializes in fonts and font technologies for graphic professionals, software developers and manufacturers of printers and display devices. The company also provides printer drivers, imaging technologies and integration services for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). Agfa Monotype is a wholly owned subsidiary of Agfa Corp. based in Ridgefield Park, N.J. and is part of Agfa's Graphic Systems business unit. Agfa is the U.S. subsidiary of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, one of the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, produces and markets analog and digital systems primarily for the graphic imaging, healthcare, non-destructive testing, micrographic, and consumer desktop and photography markets. Headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium, Agfa has 40 national sales organizations globally, with worldwide sales of 4.683 billion euros in 2002. Additional information about Agfa Monotype and its products can be found on the company's Web sites at www.agfamonotype.com, www.fonts.com, and www.agfamonotype.co.uk.

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