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PRESS RELEASE: ACD Systems Signs Licencing Agreement With Fujitsu Siemens Computers
ACDSee 3.1 and ACDSee Mobile for Windows CE bundled with new Fujitsu Siemens Computers Pocket LOOX PDA
Victoria, British Columbia - September 9, 2002 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX:ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced that ACDSee™ 3.1 and ACDSee Mobile for Windows CE will be bundled with the new Fujitsu Siemens Computers' handheld computer, the Pocket LOOX. Pocket LOOX buyers will receive a mobile version of ACDSee as well as a desktop version of the popular image management software for use on their PC system. The agreement also sees the inclusion of the ACDSee brand on the Fujitsu Siemens Computers' Pocket LOOX marketing materials.
This integrated offering is at the forefront of mobile imaging. The Fujitsu Siemens Computers Pocket LOOX PDA, available in Europe as of mid-July, is based on the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 operating system and delivers a mobile solution that meets the needs of individual and business customers. This small, easy-to-use device is lightweight, has a very long battery life and can be used as a mobile phone. The inclusion of ACDSee enables Pocket LOOX users to view, manage and enhance photos on their handheld Pocket LOOX device. Pocket LOOX buyers will receive both ACDSee Mobile and a desktop version of ACDSee for use on their PC system, thus connecting the desktop and the mobile experience.
The Pocket LOOX with ACDSee will be distributed throughout the growing European marketplace, the Middle East and Africa. According to InfoTrends Research Group, mobile imaging is expected to become a significant driver for digital imaging technologies with Europe and Japan leading the way in the advancement of wireless mobile communications technologies. The use of mobile business applications is expected to have particular success in Europe as users of wireless communications see mobile communications as an affordable way to enhance their conversations with snapshots and video.
Peter Esser, Executive Vice President for Volume Products & Supply Operations of Fujitsu Siemens Computers said, "We wanted to work with ACD Systems because of the company's well respected name and leading-edge digital technology. ACD Systems' comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the European market and their proven success here was also a key factor in this distribution agreement."
Chair & CEO of ACD Systems, Doug Vandekerkhove said, "Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a well-established leading computer company in the European market. The European market is a significant area of revenue generation and recent growth for ACD Systems and this agreement will encourage further distribution of ACDSee in this dynamic digital imaging market - both in desktop and in mobile digital imaging."
This agreement builds on ACD Systems' previous achievements in the mobile space, which included ACD's partnership with Microsoft for the launch of the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 and the creation of ACDSee Mobile for Palm OS.
About Fujitsu Siemens Computers:
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European computer company. Serving the needs of large corporations, small- to medium-sized enterprises and consumers the company operates in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It offers a unique choice of world-class computer technology and innovative IT infrastructure solutions. Embedded in a global cooperation, Fujitsu Siemens Computers takes advantage of the strengths and the innovative power of its parent companies Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG.
"Powering the Information Age" is the company´s vision. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will enable people to freely access information and services anywhere and at any time with world-leading products, services and solutions, thus ensuring people´s success within a knowledge-based society. The strategic direction is focused on Mobility and Business Critical Computing as the key drivers of the Information Age in the 21st century.
The company offers everything for enterprise computing, ranging from best-in-class Intel- and Unix-based servers to mainframes and enterprise storage solutions. It is also one of the leading providers of mobile computing products, PCs and workstations to business customers, and is the No. 1 supplier of computers for home users in Europe. For further information, please visit: www.fujitsu-siemens.com
About ACD Systems International Inc.
Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International (TSX:ASA) is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software. 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. The company has a history of solid revenue growth. For further details, please visit us at our corporate web site: www.ACDSYSTEMS.com
(First posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 13:18 EDT)