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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Sonic AuthorScript Used in Kodak EasyShare Software 4.0


Sonic Solutions(R) (Nasdaq:SNIC) announced today that Sonic AuthorScript(R), the world's leading CD and DVD formatting and burning engine, will be used in Kodak EasyShare Software 4.0.

Kodak's popular digital photography software provides millions of consumers with a simple way to organize, print, and share their digital pictures, all with one application. By incorporating Sonic AuthorScript into EasyShare Software 4.0, users will now have the ability to easily archive their photos onto CDs with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Sonic will also make available its MyDVD Slideshow(TM) for CD so that EasyShare Software users (with optional upgrade) can convert their photo projects into Video-CD slideshows for playback on DVD players and multimedia PCs. The new version of Kodak EasyShare Software, which is included with Kodak's EasyShare cameras and printer docks, can also be downloaded for free from http://www.kodak.com/go/easysharesw/.

"Due to the global, high-volume distribution of EasyShare Software, we require a robust burn engine for CD-based photo archiving," said William Jackson, general manager, Desktop Software, Eastman Kodak Company. "Sonic's AuthorScript gives us the kind of performance our users require, and MyDVD Slideshow will provide people with a simple way to create and share great-looking digital slideshows."

The new Kodak EasyShare Software 4.0 for Windows and Macintosh systems provides effortless digital picture organization, editing, sharing and printing. The latest version incorporates enhanced e-mail powered by Ofoto, Kodak's online sharing service; an Express Upload feature for keeping Ofoto online albums current, the ability to edit pictures in third-party applications, and the aforementioned optional Video CD and DVD burning. Its exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers.

"For millions of digital photographers, Kodak's EasyShare Software delivers a unique combination of features and simplicity," said Jim Taylor, general manager of the Advanced Technology Group at Sonic. "Our agreement with Kodak brings Sonic technology to a vast new group of customers to further enrich the storing, viewing, and sharing of pictures."

Kodak EasyShare Software 4.0 includes a direct link for users to download a trial version of MyDVD Slideshow for CD that can create Video CD slideshows directly from pictures in their on-screen albums. These Video CD slideshows can be played on most DVD players and incorporate Sonic OpenDVD(R) technology, which makes it possible for the slideshows to be edited and revised later. EasyShare Software users can also receive a special discount on MyDVD Slideshow for CD by upgrading to the full version from within the application.

About Sonic AuthorScript

The Sonic AuthorScript Software Development Kit (SDK) is the world's leading engine for the creation and burning of DVDs and CDs. AuthorScript makes it easy for third-party developers to add a broad range of CD and DVD technologies into their applications and to support the widest array of CD and DVD burners. AuthorScript contains modules for converting video and audio data into DVD and VCD-compliant MPEG streams, formatting and burning DVD-Video and Video-CD projects, data mastering for CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs, music CD ripping and burning, PVR recording, and DVD-Video and Video CD playback.

Sonic AuthorScript has been licensed by industry-leading companies including Adobe, AOL/Time Warner, Avid, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, and many others. AuthorScript also underlies Sonic's award-winning applications including RecordNow(TM), PrimeTime(TM), MyDVD(R) and DVDit(R) which are bundled by major OEMs such as Adaptec, Compaq, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Iomega, Lite-On, NEC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony, Toshiba, ViewSonic, and others.

Design specifications and licensing programs for AuthorScript solutions are available now from Sonic at authorscript@sonic.com.

About the Kodak EasyShare System

The award-winning Kodak EasyShare digital photography system -- consisting of cameras, software, docks and printer docks, inkjet papers and accessories -- makes taking, organizing, sharing, and printing high-quality digital pictures effortless. More information on Kodak EasyShare products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.

About Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC)

Based in Marin County, California, Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC) (http://www.sonic.com/) is the world's leading supplier of DVD creation software for professional, industrial and consumer applications. The majority of major film releases on DVD have been produced on Sonic's professional DVD authoring systems in studios around the world. Sonic's MyDVD(R) and DVDit(R) are the most widely-used DVD creation applications by consumers and video enthusiasts and are the solutions of choice among the key PC and after-market drive suppliers. Sonic's RecordNow!(TM) is a leading solution for audio and data mastering. InterActual, a subsidiary of Sonic Solutions, is the leading provider of software and services that enables cutting-edge DVD interactivity in computers and next-generation home entertainment platforms. Sonic's AuthorScript(R), the DVD and CD formatting and burning engine that underlies Sonic's applications, is the most widely deployed DVD software engine and has been licensed by Adobe, Microsoft, Sony and many others.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, AuthorScript, AutoDVD, Backup MyPC, CinePlayer, DVD Fusion, DVDit, DVD Producer, Edit-on-DVD, eDVD, HyperMux DL, InterActual, MyDVD, NoNOISE, OpenDVD, PrePlay, RecordNow, ReelDVD, Scenarist, Scenarist Studio, Simple Backup, Sonic DVD Creator, Sonic JumpSafe, Sonic PrimeTime, and Sonic SmartBalance are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions in the U.S. and/or other countries. EasyShare and Ofoto are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice.


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