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JVC ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUPPORT AUTHORING OF PHOTO CD PORTFOLIO DISCS

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- JVC Information Products Company of America intends to support the authoring of Photo CD Portfolio discs on its Personal RomMaker CD-Recordable (CD-R) production systems, officials of JVC and Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) announced today.
 Kodak designed the Photo CD Portfolio format for creating CDs that combine still images with text, graphics, and sound. A programmed access or "branching" capability built into the format lets users create interactive discs. Like all Photo CD formats, Photo CD Portfolio discs can be played back on TV or computers.
 JVC said it plans to bundle Kodak software for producing Photo CD Portfolio discs with its UNIX-based RomMaker products, and to brand JVC's CD-R systems with the distinctive Photo CD trademark. Personal RomMaker systems are complete hardware and software solutions for in- house production of CD-ROM discs.
 Kodak Photo CD Portfolio authoring software will be introduced by early next year. Kodak and JVC are demonstrating beta versions of Photo CD Portfolio authoring software at COMDEX in Las Vegas.
 "The Photo CD format is gaining acceptance as an industry standard for high-quality still images, and JVC expects Photo CD Portfolio format discs to become a popular medium for CD-ROM publishing," said Richard Young, vice president of JVC Information Products Company of America. "We plan to move as quickly as possible to provide our customers the ability to author Photo CD Portfolio format discs using JVC's RomMaker products."
 The Kodak Photo CD system scans photographic images onto special compact discs for input to a computer or playback on television. The Photo CD Portfolio format is an extension of the core Photo CD format designed to serve as a CD-ROM publishing medium.
 "Kodak's strategy is to enable the broadest possible base of computer users to read and write Photo CD discs," said Fred Geyer, general manager and vice-president, Kodak CD Imaging. "We are extremely pleased that JVC, one of the leaders in CD-Recordable hardware and software, has expressed its intent to let customers create Photo CD Portfolio format discs."
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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