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INFORMATION INTERNATIONAL SIGNS POST PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH NICHIMEN GRAPHICS

 INFORMATION INTERNATIONAL SIGNS POST PRODUCTION
 DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH NICHIMEN GRAPHICS
 CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Information International Inc. (triple-I) (NASDAQ: IINT), a supplier of computer- based prepress production equipment for the publishing industry, has signed a $1 million engineering services agreement with Nichimen Graphics Corp. of Tokyo for the development of an advanced real-time graphic arts system. The effort focuses on high productivity television post production tools for the NTSC, PAL and High Definition (HDTV) markets.
 The product development cost is funded by Nichimen, with triple-I providing the software, hardware and systems engineering expertise. The development leverages triple-I's long experience with graphics and imaging using sophisticated computing technology.
 In announcing the agreement, Alfred L. Fenaughty, triple-I chairman of the board, noted that "we have been impressed with Nichimen Graphics' commitment to the application of advanced graphics capabilities to television. We believe this is the first step in a long-term business relationship between the two companies," Fenaughty said.
 "The development of this advanced real-time graphic arts system applies triple-I's technically advanced, performance-based graphics capabilities to a new high technology segment of the communications industry," Fenaughty explained. "Triple-I is excited by the prospects for this new enterprise and views the Nichimen project as a first step in broadening the application of our technology," he said. "We believe there are very attractive opportunities for high-end digital video effects products with principal customers in television studios, network service providers, corporate and industry post production houses."
 Tom McMahon, triple-I's director of engineering, will oversee the year-long development project. Formerly head of R & D at Symbolics Graphics Division, McMahon worked on joint product development with Nichimen Graphics for nearly eight years. "I look forward to a continuation of that long term relationship here at triple-I," McMahon said.
 McMahon was part of triple-I's Motion Picture Project during the 70s, producing film and video computer graphics. The Motion Picture Project, recognized for ground-breaking innovations in digital scene simulation, created computer-generated special effects for Walt Disney's "Tron," Kodak's EPCOT Center at Disneyworld, Los Angeles PBS station KCET, and other film and video customers. As the concept was not commercial enough a decade ago to warrant additional financial investment, triple-I concentrated on newspaper, magazine and technical documentation prepress equipment for the publishing industry.
 "It's strange seeing all this technology come full circle after so many years," McMahon noted. "Back in the days of 'The Juggler' and 'Tron,' our animation systems were home brew, and by today's standards, expensive," he explained. "The 1980s saw a plethora of turn-key second generation systems. Now we are embarking on third generation technology to meet the needs of the radically changing markets of the 90s," McMahon said. "It's a big challenge, but we've got an excellent team and are already well-positioned to meet our first milestones. Nichimen and its distributors will be making product specific announcements later this year."
 Fenaughty said while technology for the Nichimen project "is separate from triple-I's prepress digital image processing, it is complementary and will be directly applicable as the emerging concepts of multi-media become better established for electronic publishing.
 "Triple-I's business plan is aimed directly at increasing our market penetration as a reliable, high-quality source of computer-based 'publishing' systems for diversified multi-media markets," Fenaughty continued. "Selective additions to our operations will improve and strengthen our products, increase earnings, and reward our shareholders," he said. "The Nichimen agreement was undertaken for the larger strategic aim of deepening triple-I's involvement in non-print media and enhancing the stability of future earnings."
 Information International Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services computer-based systems that automate prepress production in newspaper, magazine, technical, financial, and catalog publishing.
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 /CONTACT: Cher Meyer of Information International, 310-390-8611/
 (IINT) CO: Information International Inc.; Nichimen Graphics Corp. ST: California IN: CPR PUB SU:


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