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KODAK ANNOUNCES STEPS FOR NEXT PHASE OF PHOTO CD DEVELOPMENT

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) wants to enable the computer industry to read, display and write Photo CD discs and plans to hold discussions with major platform companies, Katherine M. Hudson, vice president and general manager of Professional, Printing, and Publishing Imaging, told people attending the opening session of the Seybold Conference being held in San Francisco.
 "To date, we have broadly provided the industry the capability to read Photo CD discs on a number of platforms," Hudson noted. "We have opened the format to electronically originated or reconstructed images.
 "Now we are focusing our efforts on broadening the access to Photo CD writing capability." Kodak plans to work with a number of key players, including Apple Computer, IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
 "We intend to meet with these companies, seeking their ideas and guidance so that we can begin a more aggressive implementation of a broader access to Photo CD reading and writing capabilities," Hudson said.
 In addition to providing news of Kodak's enablement initiative, Hudson detailed other steps the company is taking to improve access to the Photo CD format.
 -- Making Kodak's multisession disc authoring protocol available to hardware and software developers free of charge, beginning at the Seybold Conference. This protocol, which Kodak uses on both its Photo CD and Writable CD discs, has received the support of virtually every major CD-ROM drive manufacturer. By giving away the protocol, Kodak intends to make it easier for developers to provide driver- or system- level support for multisession discs.
 -- Publishing Kodak's Photo CD Portfolio description language code, making it available at no charge to software developers. This will allow software developers to incorporate Photo CD Portfolio authoring capability into their applications at no cost. Users of these Portfolio- enabled applications will then be able to merge images from a variety of sources with sound, text and graphics -- along with programmed access, or "branching" -- for final output to Photo CD Portfolio discs.
 -- Introducing the Kodak Print Photo CD format, which allows owners of color electronic prepress systems (CEPS) to use their high-end scanning equipment to write images in the Photo CD image pack format, which will be available next year.
 "We are continuing to play a leading role in driving the Photo CD format," Hudson concluded, "making certain that it prevails as the standard for quality digital images, even as the technology proliferates and expands."
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen, media relations, of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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