SOURCE: FreeHand Systems International, Inc.

October 11, 2007 09:00 ET

FreeHand Systems and Industry Leader Hal Leonard Sign Distribution Deal

LOS ALTOS, CA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - FreeHand Systems, Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of FreeHand Systems International, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FSYI), today announced that the company has signed an agreement with Hal Leonard Corporation -- the industry leader in music print publishing and distribution of sheet music -- for a wide-ranging distribution deal in the United States and Australia. Under the terms of this agreement, FreeHand will begin selling music from Hal Leonard on its consumer digital sheet music site, Freehandmusic.com, and Hal Leonard will become the exclusive distributor of FreeHand's MusicPad product line to retailers in North America and Australia as well as in some other international locations. The two companies have committed to work closely together on a wide range of marketing activities.

Hal Leonard President Larry Morton comments, "We believe FreeHand's MusicPad is an important tool for teachers, students and professional musicians. We are looking forward to working with FreeHand as the exclusive distributor of this innovative product to the music retail marketplace in the US. We also believe that FreeHand has a unique technology for digitally downloading sheet music, and we look forward to expanding our growth in the digital space sheet music market together."

FreeHand Systems' CEO, Kim Lorz, adds, "In our many discussions with Hal Leonard we have become impressed with their management team and distribution power which can significantly accelerate our growth in this exciting new field of digital music publishing. We are privileged to work with an industry leader that completely understands the future of the sheet music business and is willing to include our technology. I believe that together we can aggressively expand the marketing potential of both our companies in traditional brick and mortar distribution as well as digital distribution."

About FreeHand Systems

FreeHand Systems, Inc. (www.freehandsystems.com), a 6-year-old Silicon Valley-based technology company, is the global leader in digital sheet music publishing and is the manufacturer of the first digital music performance and education tablet, the MusicPad Pro® Plus, which provides innovative technology for displaying and performing digitally delivered sheet music. The company's digital sheet music website (www.freehandmusic.com) offers nearly 100,000 titles for digital download to print or transfer to the MusicPad Pro, including the largest digital classical selection available. In addition, the company offers a digital download to print service currently available in over 900 retail locations worldwide. In addition, FreeHand offers worldwide digital distribution via partnerships with local industry leaders including an exclusive arrangement with Peoples Music Publishing House in China, Yamano Music in Japan and Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong.

About Hal Leonard Corporation

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation (www.halleonard.com) is the leader in the music print industry, producing songbooks, sheet music, educational publications, reference books, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, children's music products and more. In its more than 100,000 available publications, the company represents in print some of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, writers, and arrangers. Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has offices in: Winona, MN; New York; Nashville; Melbourne; Hong Kong; and London.

Note to editors: For additional information visit FreeHand Systems' website, www.freehandsystems.com.

FreeHand Systems, Inc., MusicPad Pro®, MusicPad Pro® Plus, and MusicPad Maestro™ are trademarks of FreeHand Systems, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), including statements regarding potential sales, the success of the company's business, as well as statements that include the word "believe" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of FreeHand Systems International, Inc. to differ materially from those implied or expressed by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the risk factors included in FreeHand Systems International, Inc.'s Annual Report and any subsequent reports filed with the SEC under the Exchange Act. This press release speaks as of the date first set forth above and FreeHand Systems International, Inc. assumes no responsibility to update the information included herein for events occurring after the date hereof. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to factors such as the lack of capital, timely development of products, inability to deliver products when ordered, inability of potential customers to pay for ordered products, and political and economic risks inherent in international trade.

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