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Minolta Upgrades Messenger Software

4/02/2003 10:37:00 AM Eastern

Ramsey, N.J. - Minolta announced today an upgrade to its recently introduced DiMAGE Messenger v1.01 software.

The new, enhanced version of the software has been programmed to consume less operating system resources than the original, allowing users with Windows 98 second edition and Windows ME to experience improved performance when opening or printing images.

Minolta's DiMAGE Messenger software allows users to connect written text 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.

DiMAGE Messenger files can be printed to show the original image with the detailed image sections arranged in up to three columns and the corresponding text beneath each. The boxes drawn by the user to identify the image sections are color-coded. Color matching is available for accurate monitor and printer reproduction

These annotated images can be sent to others via e-mail from within the application by selecting the 'mail' button from the command program's menu. A trial version of DiMAGE Messenger can be attached to the e-mail automatically, if desired.

The recipient can use the software during the 14-day trial period and obtain a software license key to register a fully active version. After 14 days the trial version reverts to become a reader if it has not been validated. The reader will allow the user to open and read images and comments, but it does not allow additional comments to be added or edited.

Minolta is currently selling the software on its Web-site but will ship a boxed version to retail in mid-May for a suggested retail price of $39.

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