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Bitstream Releases Its Seventh Set of Fonts from the New Font Collection Program; Release Includes Nine New Display and Text Fonts from International Designers.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 26, 2003

Bitstream Inc. (Nasdaq:BITS) today announced that it is releasing its seventh set of fonts from the New Font Collection program.

The new release features display and text fonts from designers Ray Cruz, Nick Curtis, Archana Lothe, and Brian Sooy.

All the fonts are available in PostScript Type 1 and TrueType formats for both Windows and the Macintosh.

All fonts are available for purchase:
-- on the Web: http://store.bitstream.com

-- by phone: 800/522-3668 (United States only) or 617/497-6222

-- by fax: 617/868-0784

-- by e-mail: sales@bitstream.com


The following typefaces are featured in the company's 1st Quarter, 2003 release:

-- Arkeo Regular, Condensed, and Extended by Sooy

-- Cruz Cantera Light, Medium, and Bold by Cruz

-- Melina Plain and Melina Fancy by Curtis

-- Modakshar by Lothe

"Bitstream's international design family continues to grow. Archana Lothe is the first designer from India to be published by the New Font Collection," said Jim Lyles, director of typographic development at Bitstream. "In addition to Mrs. Lothe, we are excited to add two new designers to our NFC family -- Ray Cruz and Brian Sooy -- as well as old hand Nick Curtis.

"Besides Archana Lothe's elegant Modakshar, this release also includes Cruz Cantera, a crisp and stylish yet informal sans serif typeface created by NYC type designer Ray Cruz. Also included is Brian Sooy's Arkeo typeface family. Given very few design elements to work with, Brian has designed a bitmap font that is handsome and very readable.

"In addition, Nick Curtis' Melina Plain and Melina Fancy are characterized by graceful lines, strong contrast, and nostalgic overtones. The NFC continues to thrive on the inspired works of these veteran designers."

About the Designers

"Learn by Doing" is Cruz's philosophy. He emphasizes this to lettering students, and practices it in his career. His expertise in custom lettering and typographic design has brought in freelance work from ad agencies, publishers, and firms specializing in package design and corporate identity and has netted him more than 30 art achievement awards. The Cruz Cantera family is the first of several NFC releases.

Curtis is a graphic designer with more than 30 years of experience in print, A/V, broadcast television and the Web. He has been passionately interested in typography ever since he discovered a type specimen book in his early teens.

A prolific type designer, Melina Plain and Fancy are Curtis' third releases with Bitstream. These typefaces are patterned after two members of a type family named Greco, released by Fundicion Richard Gans of Madrid, Spain, in the 1920s. Melina Plain is a refined version of Greco Bold, and Melina Fancy is based on Greco Adornado, with the notable addition of a lowercase, which was not a part of the original design.

Lothe has always had a love for calligraphy and type, and she believes that this was inherited from her forefathers. In the 19th century, Lothe's ancestors owned and operated a type foundry. Blessed with outstanding handwriting skills, her forefathers produced samples of carefully handwritten scripts, which they would convert to font formats suitable for printing purposes.

Lothe was inspired to create a Latin-based typeface based on those traditional handwritten scripts. The result, Modakshar, is dedicated to the memory of her artisan forefathers. This is Lothe's first Latin typeface design.

Sooy is the principal designer for Altered Ego Fonts, www.aefonts.com (formerly known as Sooy Type Foundry, or STF), offering custom typeface design for commissions and licensing. Sooy is also the creative director of Brian Sooy & Co., www.briansooyco.com, a marketing design firm that specializes in converging print and interactive media.

Located in Elyria, Ohio, he and his staff of four work with a diverse list of clients. Arkeo Regular, Condensed, and Extended are Sooy's first typeface family published with Bitstream.

About the New Font Collection (NFC)

Bitstream announced the New Font Collection (NFC) program in August of 2000. The current Bitstream Typeface Library has been a mainstay of the graphic design community for 20 years.

Bitstream felt the time had come to begin a new collection of typefaces, not only to add fonts to the library but, more importantly, to seek out designs from both new and established designers. To that end, Bitstream established the New Font Collection program.

About Bitstream

Bitstream is the leading developer of font technology, digital fonts, and custom font designs. Bitstream licenses its award-winning TrueDoc(R) and Font Fusion(TM) technologies to Web and application developers, and to manufacturers of information appliances, wireless and handheld devices, set-top boxes, embedded systems, and printers.

Setting the standard for excellence in font technology, Bitstream holds numerous key patents that cover the creation of portable fonts for the Internet. Building on this experience, Bitstream has released ThunderHawk(TM), a full-featured browser for the wireless Web.

Founded in 1981, Bitstream is the first independent digital font foundry. In 1999, Bitstream created MyFonts.com(TM) Inc. (www.myfonts.com), the Web site for finding, trying, and buying fonts online. Bitstream has headquarters in Cambridge.

Note to Editors: Bitstream and TrueDoc are registered trademarks, and Font Fusion, MyFonts.com, and ThunderHawk are trademarks, of Bitstream Inc. Other technologies and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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