Opera Enables Playing Both Static and Animated Images Inside Browser

2/18/2005 - Opera Software announced that it has added Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) playing capabilities to its browser for mobile devices by enabling Ikivo's SVG player technology. Opera's collaboration with Ikivo offers users the ability to play both static and animated images inside the browser.

In a foresightful effort, Opera now accomodates content creators as they increasingly use SVG in the creation of graphic centric applications. The addition of the SVG player enables users to view graphics such as cartoon animations, maps and other characters and symbols in an effective and high quality way. Mobile device users will benefit from Opera's addition of SVG playing capabilities with sharp, non-distorted images in the browser.

"We see SVG as the future of animation because it's scalable, open standard and appealing to more and more of the development community," says Timo Bruns, Opera's Vice President of Business Development for mobile. "Ikivo is a leader in the SVG industry and we are excited to enable each other's technology with this new addition to the Opera browser."

"Ikivo is a leading SVG company that offers a product that will add value to Opera's full Web browser for mobile devices," says Magnus Zetterberg, Ikivo's Vice President of Sales. "Our cooperation with Opera results in a high quality product that handset manufacturers, operators and the end user can all value. Opera's decision to incorporate our SVG player proves that they look to the market, see a need and provide the best possible product to meet that need."

The Opera browser with SVG player integration is available from first quarter 2005. Product announcements regarding incorporation of the Opera browser with SVG playinging capabilities on mobile devices will be made at a later date.

About Ikivo
Ikivo, (formerly Zoomon) based in Stockholm, Sweden is the leading developer of software solutions for Mobile SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). These solutions address the needs of mobile device manufacturers, mobile operators and content creators, empowering them to create and enable rich, compelling media services for mass-market mobile phones. Core products include the Ikivo SVG Player, a standard, compliant technology that allows phone manufacturers to enable their devices for Mobile SVG, and Ikivo Animator, a professional content creation tool that integrates into any design workflow to animate static SVG content for mobile phones.

Ikivo is an active participant in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), instrumental in driving industry standards and shaping the future of mobile graphics. www.ikivo.com

The Ikivo SVG Player solution for Mobile SVG is specifically developed to meet the unique requirements for mass-market mobile phones requiring only a minimum of memory and CPU capacity. The Ikivo SVG Player solution is easily integrated into any platform operating system environment.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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