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Minolta's DiMAGE Messenger now an ACDSee Plug-In
(Friday, January 9, 2004 - 14:29 EST)

Minolta expands the reach of their unique Windows-based "Messenger" image-annotation/communication system with a plug-in for a leading image-management tool.

Minolta's Dimage Messenger software extends photos as a communications medium, by letting users attach text, audio, and even other pictures to images, linked via hot spots anywhere within the frame. In its initial incarnation though, Messenger operated only as a standalone application, requiring additional steps in the image-management workflow. With this announcement though, Messenger moves much closer to the mainstream, given the extraordinarily broad base of the ACDSee image-management application. By integrating Messenger capability with a capable image-management tool, the combined system becomes immeasurably more powerful. (If you haven't played with Messenger yet, you ought to check it out - There's literally nothing like it for people or organizations who need to communicate around images. - You can download a free version of DiMAGE Messenger from Minolta's website, to give it a spin.

Original Source Press Release:


New multimedia communication tool now accessible to ACDSee software users

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2004) -- Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announced today that they have developed a DiMAGE Messenger 2.0 Plug-in for ACDSee digital imaging software. The DiMAGE Messenger 2.0 Plug-in serves as a multimedia communications tool to link images, audio and text. ACDSee's award-winning digital imaging software allows users to import, view, organize, print, enhance and share their digital photos.

"We're very excited to have developed this customized version of our DiMAGE Messenger software for use with ACDSee's popular and easy-to-use imaging software," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for the Camera Division of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "The combination of these two software programs enables savvy digital photographers to really get creative and have fun with their digital images."

Currently, Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A1, DiMAGE Z1, DiMAGE E323 and DiMAGE X20 digital cameras include a trial version of ACDSee digital imaging software. The bundle will be expanded to include other DiMAGE camera models later in the year.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Messenger version 2.0 software program, which was introduced in August of 2003, allows users to automatically link written text, additional images or an audio track to specific portions of digital images, share the combination with others via e-mail or printed copy, and invite related comments to be added from the receiver -- all in just a few, simple steps. Download a trial copy of the full version of DiMAGE Messenger at

The DiMAGE Messenger software plug-in for ACDSee digital imaging software is available for purchase and download in the U.S. on the Konica Minolta and ACDSee online stores.

About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Mahwah, NJ, is the North American sales and marketing subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). On August 5, 2003 Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. was formed to enhance both the competitive business capabilities and earning capacities of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.

Consumers around the world have come to know and trust the Konica and Minolta brands for all their imaging needs. Since the earliest days of the photo industry, Minolta and Konica have applied their talents and resources to create products and services that are essential to the world of imaging. Today, these efforts concentrate on the most important aspects of imaging: the quality of the images, the tools and methods for creating images, and the creation of environments for the application of images.

This focus on the essentials of imaging ties together the company's key business and consumer product lines. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of 35mm and Advanced Photo System film, single-use cameras, digital and 35mm film cameras, accessory lenses, binoculars, photographic and color measurement meters. In addition the company offers color print photo papers, Inkjet photo paper, digital minilabs, digital film scanners, optical instruments, software and advanced imaging and sensing technologies. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. also provides wholesale photofinishing services and Internet imaging services. It is a complete imaging company, from input through output.

For more information about Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., its products and services, visit www.ph.konicaminolta.us

About ACD Systems International Inc.
Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA) is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced cross-platform technical illustration and graphics program. ACD has penetrated the global marketplace through 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.

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