ACD Systems International Inc.
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ACD Systems International Inc.

March 30, 2006 19:03 ET

ACDSee Now Available on U3 Smart Drives, Delivering Secure, Powerful Photo Management on the Go

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2006) - ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX:ASA) -

Portable version of ACDSee Photo Manager fits into the hands - and the mobile lifestyles - of digital photography enthusiasts

Get ACDSee™ in the palm of your hand. ACD Systems International Inc. today announced that its award-winning ACDSee Photo Manager software is now available for the U3™ smart drive computing platform. ACDSee for U3 can be carried on any U3 smart drive, allowing users convenient access to photo management tools and personal files, data and preferences, all on a device no larger than a pack of gum. Photography enthusiasts can organize, enhance and share their images from a friend or family member's computer, or from an airport lounge or Internet cafe, with unprecedented mobility and security.

"In a matter of months U3 has evolved into a best-of-breed standard, reaching out to an ever-growing software community," said U3 Chief Executive Officer Kate Purmal. "With the addition of ACDSee to the U3 platform, ACD has established itself as a standard for the next generation of portable photo management and storage devices."

U3 smart drives transform the ubiquity of the USB flash drive into a private, portable and protected workspace that simply plugs into any personal computer running Microsoft Windows® 2000 or XP. ACDSee for U3 allows photography enthusiasts to manage their growing photo collections quickly, easily, and with impressive results, all directly from their U3 smart drives. Users can instantly view, organize and edit their photos, share pictures online or on their mobile phones, generate Flash and PDF slide shows, and manage their camera's memory card storage, without compromising functionality or privacy. When the U3 smart drive is disconnected from the computer's local hard drive, no images or personal information is left behind.

"ACDSee fans can now take the same photo management power, from their desktop, to wherever they want - vacations, business trips or to a friend's house down the street. ACDSee for U3 is there to help you manage your photos," said Bill Sequeira, Chief Operating Officer for ACD Systems. "With ACDSee for U3, photographers can manage and share their memories from anywhere in the world, with anyone in the world."

Analyst firm Gartner has predicted that USB flash drive shipments will reach nearly 150 million units by 2008. Already, consumers have more than 30 different U3 smart drives to choose from, all capable of carrying and launching ACDSee for U3 and other U3 smart applications.

System Requirements

ACDSee for U3

Windows ® 2000 or XP

Pentium® III 500MHz processor or equivalent

128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM recommended)

High Color (16-bit) or high display adapter

100 MB free hard drive space

U3 powered USB smart drive


Pricing and Availability

ACDSee for U3 is available for download to any U3 smart drive, in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese, at U3 Software Central on www.u3.com. Users may also access U3 Software Central directly from the U3 Launchpad on their U3 smart drives. ACDSee for U3 sells for $49.99 USD / EUR 49.99 / Pounds Sterling 29.99 including VAT. For more information, visit U3 Software Central at http://software.u3.com/.

About ACD Systems

Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX:ASA) is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced cross-platform technical illustration and graphics program. ACD has delivered value to a global marketplace through Internet distribution and partnerships with manufacturers and developers. ACD has millions of consumer and business users, and over 33,000 corporate customers including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit www.acdsee.com.

ACD, ACD Systems, ACDSee, and FotoSlate are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACD Systems Ltd. in Canada, the United States, or certain other jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems Ltd. are used under license by ACD Systems of America, Inc. Canvas is a trademark or registered trademark of ACD Systems of America, Inc. in Canada, the United States, or certain other jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems of America, Inc. are used under license by ACD Systems Ltd.

U3 is a trademark of U3 LLC. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on the estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements were made and the company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if conditions or opinions should change.

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