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Photodex and SuSE Give Linux an Imaging Boost

Austin TX, November 8, 1999 - Photodex Corporation, a leading supplier of digital content management, imaging and multimedia software, and SuSE Inc., based in Oakland, CA, the premier international distributor of commercial Linux, announced today their partnership to provide CompuPic Digital Content Manager software for the SuSE Linux operating system.

"CompuPic brings powerful, yet user-friendly imaging capabilities to the SuSE Linux desktop, enabling SuSE Linux to compete head-on with other platforms. These tools should not be taken for granted," said Paul Schmidt, CEO, Photodex. "Professional web developers need powerful tools to more easily develop and maintain web sites. Even novice users find it easier to use the Linux desktop when familiar applications are available. CompuPic solves these problems and more."

"Linux is being widely adopted because the tools users want are now available on it in familiar and easy-to-use interfaces," Says Marc Torres, President of SuSE Inc. "SuSE Linux has been praised in the press before for supporting a wide variety of graphic and multimedia hardware devices. Compupic is a professional tool for multimedia and graphic manipulation tasks, and helps make SuSE Linux an increasingly attractive platform for multimedia users."

Already tried and tested on the Windows and Mac platforms and with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, CompuPic Digital Content Manager will let SuSE Linux users visually access, manage and manipulate their graphics and media files. CompuPic provides a solid file management base for general use as well as specific graphics and media editing tools for web developers and imaging enthusiasts.

"Most users are afraid of command lines, which is one of the reasons Windows has been so successful," said Paul Schmidt, Photodex CEO. "We believe the next wave of software, including open source, will demonstrate that Linux can be as easy to use as Windows, perhaps easier!"

CompuPic for Linux is free for non-business use. Business users will be able to purchase licenses direct from Photodex Corporation and from vendors bundling CompuPic with enterprise solutions packages. Users wishing to join the CompuPic public beta program for Linux or seeking information on Photodex open source software should go to www.linux.compupic.com.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Photodex and CompuPic are registered trademarks of Photodex Corporation. SuSE is a trademark of SuSE, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Photodex

Photodex helps consumers and professional photographers create unique slideshows that transform their digital memories into something special. The ProShow family of HD slideshow tools is used by millions of people to turn their photos and videos into amazing stories for any screen at home, online and on-the-go. With more than 25 years of digital imaging experience, we're serious about slideshows and dedicated to delivering exceptional products, support and service to our customers.

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About SuSE

SuSE, with a workforce of over 180 people, is one of the leading Linux companies worldwide. SuSE offers an extensive palette of consulting and support services, as well as commercial Linux software and complete Linux systems. SuSE contributes to the development of Linux for projects such as the Linux kernel, glibc, XFree86[tm], KDE, ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and USB (Universal Serial Bus).

SuSE's North American office is located in Oakland, CA, where it offers technical support, consulting, Premier Partner Programs for VARs and ISVs, and sales support to customers, resellers, and distributors. SuSE is a privately held company. On the web at http://www.suse.com.

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