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Day: August 31, 2004

Agile Teams with Adobe to Provide Intelligent Document Capabilities for PLM Customers

Agile Software Corporation announced that it has expanded the scope of its relationship with Adobe Systems Incorporated. Under terms of the new agreement, the two companies will jointly develop solutions based on Agile PLM and the Adobe Intelligent Document Platform. In addition, Agile will resell the combined solutions. Through the combined offerings, companies managing their product record within Agile will have expanded enterprise-level functionality to address documentation, version-control, and form-based information management requirements across the extended supply network-including the most stringent FDA guidelines. Agile’s PLM solutions will utilize Adobe Acrobat, Designer, Form Server and Reader Extensions Server, to enable PDF creation from everyday document creation programs; allow users to collaborate on PDF documents with review and mark up tools; manage product record information with electronic forms; and sign-off on the final approved version. Organizations can now utilize Agile PLM solutions, PDF and the Adobe Reader to more easily transition paper-based processes to efficient electronic workflows. www.agile.com, www.adobe.com

FAST to Acquire NXT, Folio, LivePublish & GetSmart from NextPage

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Publishing Applications Business Unit from NextPage, including the NXT, Folio, LivePublish and GetSmart product lines, as well as over 500 NextPage customers. NextPage’s document management service, Chrome, will remain with NextPage. The deal is expected to close later this month. FAST’s acquisition of NextPage’s Publishing Applications Business Unit and its customers will allow FAST to expand its global presence in the Publishing market, and accelerate the development of a new Search Derivative Application (SDA) for the Publishing sector based upon FAST’s Enterprise Search Platform, FAST ESP. As part of the agreement, FAST will assume 34 employees from NextPage, the majority of which are employed in the U.S. FAST will continue to offer full support and maintenance to NextPage customers. NextPage will receive US$6 million in cash and be eligible to receive performance-based payments up to a maximum of US$9 million over four years. The deal is expected to close later in September 2004. The revenues associated with the acquired NextPage Business Unit were in excess of US$6 million for the first eight months of 2004. www.nextpage.com, www.fastsearch.com

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