|ACD SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES ACDSEE™ TO BE BUNDLED WITH LEICA CAMERAS|
Leading high-end camera manufacturer offers ACDSee
Victoria, British Columbia - April 18, 2002 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSE:ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced that ACDSee™ will be bundled with a digital camera from Leica Camera AG, of Germany. Leica's new Digilux 1 is a compact digital camera for reportage photography. Based on the company's reputation for producing exceptionally high-quality state-of-the-art photographic technology, Leica's cameras are prized among photographers, one of ACD System's key target markets.
The agreement includes the bundling of Leica's Digilux 1 model with ACDSee™ 3.1 in English, French, Italian, Portugese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch and Swedish, as well as ACDSee 1.6 for Mac in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and Japanese.
Andreas Lenhardt, Product Manager of Leica Camera AG said, "Our users are discriminating pros who demand quality. Our consistently high standards and dedication to quality technology made ACDSee a natural fit. We are pleased to be working with ACD Systems to provide high quality image management software with the Leica Digilux 1 camera."
Chair & CEO of ACD Systems, Doug Vandekerkhove said, "Leica is at the pinnacle of lens design and has an international reputation for quality. Having ACDSee bundled with the Digilux 1 and branded on the Leica camera box is yet another validation of our product and its highly recognized brand name."
The Leica Digilux 1 won the DIMA Award for most innovative digital product at the recent PMA 2002 International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, for its high quality and influence on the future of digital imaging. Owners of the Leica Digilux 1 have the opportunity to upgrade to ACDSee 4.0 or ACDSee 4.0 PowerPack, to benefit from the programs' increased functionality.
For more information on ACDSee™ or other ACD Systems digital imaging products and solutions, please refer to www.ACDSYSTEMS.com.
About Leica Camera AG
Leica Camera group of Solms, Germany, is an international company that forms part of the optical industry. The Company employs an average 1,456 employees, almost 700 of them in Germany, and generated sales of more than € 157 million in the fiscal year 2000/2001. Leica Camera group trades on the Frankfurt, and other German exchanges under the symbol LCAG.
About ACD Systems International Inc.
Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International (TSE: ASA) is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software. The company has a history of rapid revenue growth and consistent profitability. ACD has penetrated the global marketplace through advanced Internet distribution and strategic partnerships with manufacturers and developers. ACD has millions of consumer users and over 33,000 corporate customers including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit us at our corporate web site: www.ACDSYSTEMS.com
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