Press Release: LizardTech Chosen to Provide Digital Versions of Seattle Weekly Newspaper; Digital Replicas of Seattle Weekly Now Available Online Thanks to LizardTech's DjVu(R) Document Format

Sept. 28, 2005--LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content today announced its DjVu technology was chosen by Seattle Weekly for delivering exact digital replicas of its hard copy edition. The digital replica edition will give local readers who prefer to read the newspaper online the opportunity to enjoy Seattle Weekly in a digital form, whether they are visiting relatives in Pasco, WA, or off on a trip in Paris.

Copies of Seattle Weekly will now be available in digital replicas thanks to LizardTech's groundbreaking DjVu technology, originally developed in AT&T Research Labs. Seattle Weekly readers will now be able to receive digital replicas of the weekly news and entertainment paper, with the same layout as the print edition featuring all the editorial content, colorful images, advertisements and classifieds. In addition, the digital edition of the newspaper will feature hyperlinks to other Web sites giving readers immediate access to additional advertiser offers and information, event details and more.
"Seattle Weekly was looking for an alternative to a hard copy version of their newspaper and we are thrilled that they selected our DjVu technology as the best solution for efficiently delivering digital replicas of the magazine to their readers," said Carlos Domingo, CEO and president of Celartem, Inc.
"This partnership between Seattle Weekly and LizardTech to produce a digital replica electronic edition provides our readers an excellent opportunity to see, touch and feel the regular hard copy edition, even when the hard copy is not available. It's advantageous for readers and advertisers alike so we are excited to make it available," said Seattle Weekly Publisher Terry Coe.
Seattle Weekly Digital Edition is now available via a link from Seattle Weekly's current Web site Learn more about Document Express with DjVu here. Download the free DjVu Browser Plug-in here.
LizardTech's DjVu technology was most recently chosen by The New Yorker magazine to capture and compress 80 years of issues on just eight DVDs in a collection titled "The Complete New Yorker." The project consisted of processing more than half a million color scans, which resulted in highly compressed files that have far better image quality than JPEG.
About Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly is the largest weekly newspaper in the Northwest and the predominant alternative to the JOA daily papers in Seattle. Founded in 1976, Seattle Weekly and, serve up fiercely independent coverage of Seattle politics, urban issues, and arts and entertainment, with prize-winning reporting and writing, and provocative cultural commentary. Seattle Weekly reaches over 460,000 readers and is distributed locally through 2,600 distribution outlets. Seattle Weekly is part of the Village Voice Media group of alternative newsweeklies including Village Voice (New York), LA Weekly (Los Angeles), City Pages (Minneapolis), OC Weekly (Orange County, CA) and Nashville Scene (Nashville).
About Document Express with DjVu
Document Express with DjVu products combine advanced compression algorithms with sophisticated image segmentation technologies, enabling the rapid exchange and efficient archiving of complex color documents and optical character recognition (OCR) in more than a hundred languages, all without compromise to image quality or text legibility. The core technology underlying DjVu, developed in AT&T Research Labs, is in open source. The Document Express Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to integrate DjVu encoding and decoding functionality into their applications and enables organizations to integrate the DjVu technology directly into their document management workflow.
About LizardTech
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., was founded in 1992 to build valuable business solutions from technologies created by the world's leading research organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and AT&T Labs. LizardTech is a leader in applying state-of-the-art technologies to the real-world challenges of managing, distributing, and accessing large complex digital content such as aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and color scanned documents. LizardTech's software is installed on millions of desktops and integrated into a wide variety of platforms and applications. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, London and Tokyo. LizardTech is a division of Celartem, Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules:4330). For more information about LizardTech, visit
About Celartem
Celartem Technology Inc., develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc. with headquarters in Seattle.
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Posted: Wed - September 28, 2005 at 12:07 PM