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ACCESS Licenses Macromedia Flash SDK to Deliver Embedded Browser for Appliances

Integrates Macromedia Flash With ACCESS NetFrontBrowser

Tokyo and San Francisco – May 22, 2003 – Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) and ACCESS Co., Ltd., today announced a licensing agreement to integrate Macromedia Flash support into the ACCESS NetFront browser. The NetFront browser is one of the most popular and broadly deployed embedded browsers in the world. Macromedia Flash is the leading rich client on the Internet.

“Through Macromedia Flash Player SDK licensing, companies like ACCESS can deliver an embedded browser that includes all the leading web standards,” said Peter Meechan, vice president, Macromedia. “By integrating Macromedia Flash into its browser, ACCESS immediately enables developers to create rich content and user interfaces for its appliance customers.”

“Macromedia Flash is the obvious choice for our NetFront browser because of its ability to effectively deliver rich content in a compact format,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co, Ltd. “By choosing an industry standard such as Macromedia Flash, we now have access to not only a huge developer community, but powerful authoring software and a wide array of content types that we can deliver in our embedded browser platform.”

The Macromedia Flash Player Software Development Kit (SDK) has been licensed to the world’s leading technology platform companies and consumer electronics manufacturers. These licensees have integrated Macromedia Flash technology into numerous products ranging from digital television set top boxes to PDAs to educational toys. The SDK opens up a magnitude of rich content already available on the web and powers innovative user interfaces that can make any product more accessible and engaging to consumers. By leveraging the growing Macromedia Flash ecosystem, SDK licensees have the technology, tools, and community to accelerate their product development efforts.

Since its release in 1995 of NetFront from ACCESS, approximately 86 million licensed copies have been shipped for use in 230 products (as of February 2003). Specifically designed for embedded applications, this multi-platform Internet software module is incorporated in TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), personal digital assistants (PDAs), Web phones, Intranet terminals, video game consoles, smart phones, e-mail terminals, car navigation systems and kiosk terminals. NetFront has been optimized to ensure that the information appliances and other devices into which it is incorporated deliver maximum performance with limited hardware resources.

About ACCESS Co., Ltd.
ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, its subsidiaries abroad include ACCESS Systems America, Inc. in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary in Oberhausen, Germany, and ACCESS China Inc., its Chinese subsidiary in Beijing. Together with its foreign subsidiaries and contact offices in Korea, Taiwan and Spain, ACCESS has pursued an international strategy promoting its NetFront family of browser software to operators and manufacturers globally. ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Mothers Exchange on February 26, 2001.

About Macromedia
Experience matters. Macromedia is motivated by the belief that great experiences build great businesses. Our software empowers millions of business users, developers, and designers to create and deliver effective, compelling, and memorable experiences – on the Internet, on fixed media, on wireless, and on digital devices.

Copyright 2003 Macromedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Macromedia, the Macromedia logo, and Macromedia Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc., which may be registered in the United States and internationally. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


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