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Bitstream Receives Chinese Government Approval for GB18030-2005 Stroke Font.

Chinese Government Agencies Certify Bitstream Stroke Font for Licensing and Use in PRC

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) today announced that it has received official Chinese certification for its GB18030-2005 stroke font from the SLC (State Language Committee) and the CITS/CESI (Committee on Information Technology Standards/China Electronics Standardization Institute).

The SLC and CITS/CESI are Chinese standards groups that approve multilingual fonts for distribution within the People's Republic of China. The GB18030-2005 font currently includes over 31,400 characters and supports Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Yi and Uyghur. The GB18030-2005 certified compact stroke-based font is just under 1 MB in size - less than one-tenth the size of a traditional TrueType Asian font. It integrates seamlessly with Bitstream's best-of-breed Font Fusion font rendering engine.

This small file size allows resource-constrained handsets to support scalable Chinese text, enabling modern fluid user interfaces with text displayed at a multitude of sizes and orientations for applications such as mobile maps. The font's small footprint offers the additional benefit of extra free memory and processing power that can extend the functionality of mobile devices and applications intended for the Chinese market.

Many of the thousands of Asian characters share common radicals. In order to create the smallest possible file size, Bitstream created a stroke-based font technology using an efficient data representation that utilizes and shares these common elements between characters.

"We are thrilled that our newest Chinese Stroke Font has been approved by the PRC government's standards groups," said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, Bitstream President and CEO. "The rapid growth of the Chinese consumer market has caught the attention of developers and OEMs around the globe. Our certified font solution makes it easy for them to quickly introduce products to the Chinese market."

About Bitstream:

Bitstream Inc. develops software technologies and applications for the graphic art and mobile communications industries. Bitstream's award-winning fonts and font technologies enable device manufacturers and application developers to render the highest quality text in any language, on any device, at any resolution. The company's MyFonts brand is the world's leading provider of fonts to consumers. Bitstream's Pageflex brand enables marketers to easily produce customized communications in print, email, and online. The company's latest offering is the BOLT mobile browser, which has been installed by millions of users worldwide since its release in February 2009. For more information visit
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