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PRESS RELEASE: ACDSee™ 5.0 Wins Leading Industry Awards
Digital Imaging Editors Choose ACDSee™ 5.0 as Top Software
Victoria, British Columbia - February 24, 2003 - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), the digital imaging company, today announced that ACDSee™ 5.0, the latest version of ACD's flagship image management software, has been recognized as award-winning by the Editors of PC Photo and Maximum PC magazines.
With a circulation of 300,000 Maximum PC is the market-leading special interest PC and personal technology enthusiast magazine. In the January 2003 issue, Maximum PC launched their first ever "Software Awards" with staff editors naming the software that "most rocked their worlds in 2002". John Phillips, Editor-in-Chief of Maximum PC chose ACDSee as "the ultimate image management tool" recommending that readers "go download the demo version, and then ask yourself how you've been able to live without the software for so long."
In the November 2002 issue, PC Photo magazine named ACDSee™ 5.0 as their Editors' Choice. With a circulation of almost 200,000, PC Photo is a leading consumer magazine with a focus on both cameras and computers. In naming their picks, PC Photo Editors' focused on products that "make digital photography easier, better or more productive."
In the February 2003 issue, PC Photo published a comprehensive review of ACDSee™ 5.0 noting, "Even if you have Windows XPů a program like ACDSee is still a very useful tool because it can do so much and yet costs relatively little. We like the latest version, ACDSee™ 5.0, for its ease of use and powerful features."
In addition to accolades received from Maximum PC and PC Photo magazines, ACDSee™ 5.0 has been selected as a Finalist in the "Best Consumer Product" category of the 2003 Codie Awards, sponsored by the Software Information and Industry Association (SIIA). The Codie Awards showcase the software and digital content industry's finest products and services in the consumer and corporate markets. The Codie Awards is the only peer recognition program in the software and information industry, providing a unique opportunity for companies to compete for the praise of their competitors. Winners of this year's Codie Awards will be selected in May.
ACDSee™ 5.0 has also won many international awards including the German PC Praxis Testsieger Award in September 2002, the PC Praxis Empfehlung Award in January 2003 and the German Internet Magazin Award in February 2003. Other award winning products by ACD Systems include ACDZip, which won the Windows & .NET Magazine, Best File Compression Tool Award in October 2002.
Doug Vandekerkhove, Chair and CEO of ACD Systems commented, "Maximum PC and PC Photo magazines are leading publications in the field of photography and computers. We are honored that ACDSee has been chosen for these awards as it further demonstrates ACD's continued leadership in developing and marketing quality digital imaging software in a rapidly growing market.
ACD Systems will be featuring ACDSee™ 5.0 and ACDSee 5.0 PowerPack, at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) convention in Las Vegas, March 2-5. Since its release, ACDSee™ 5.0 has been well received by media, consumers and professionals around the world and has achieved record-breaking sales in both the North American and European markets.
ACDSee™ 5.0 is priced at $49.95 and is available for purchase from the company's Web site. For more information on ACDSee or other imaging software from ACD Systems, please refer to www.ACDSYSTEMS.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 Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 03:07 EST)