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LizardTech Releases MrSID Decode SDK 8.0

Developers can add support for MG4 files created with LizardTech GeoExpress 8

SEATTLE, Wash. – December 17, 2010 - LizardTech®, a division of Celartem Inc. and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the release of the 8.0 version of the MrSID® Decode SDK (DSDK) to complement the recent release of LizardTech GeoExpress 8. This SDK gives developers tools to support viewing files in the MrSID Generation 4 (MG4) format, unveiled with the recent launch of GeoExpress 8, which adds support for multispectral data, alpha channels and improved mosaicking.

Last year we introduced an updated MrSID DSDK for LiDAR data and now we’re adding support for raster data. This release of the MrSID DSDK allows third-party developers to add support for viewing and decoding data compressed to any version of the MrSID file format,” said Jon Skiffington, director of product management. “We’re excited to offer this SDK to our partners and look forward to the release of their products that support MG4 as well as MrSID Generation 3 and MrSID Generation 2.

MG4 is the new version of the LizardTech MrSID file format that the geospatial industry has relied on for years. MG4 accommodates new technologies for analyzing the earth by supporting hyperspectral imagery, LiDAR point cloud data, and multiterabyte datasets. With MG4 users can losslessly compress their geospatial data, mosaic datasets together, color balance raster imagery, and manipulate data in many other ways. LiDAR data compressed to MG4 can be viewed in Merrick MARS, Overwatch LiDAR Analyst, ESRI 3D Analyst, and LizardTech’s free GeoViewer. Raster imagery compressed to MG4 can be viewed with either of LizardTech’s free viewers.

A free download of MrSID Decode SDK 8.0 is available athttp://developer.lizardtech.com.

About GeoExpress

With powerful tools for reprojecting, color balancing, mosaicking, cropping and more, LizardTech GeoExpress software is your first choice for manipulating and encoding your geospatial imagery to the industry standard MrSID and ISO standard JPEG 2000 compression formats. GeoExpress supports alpha bands for true transparency control and multi- and hyperspectral imagery for more flexible band utilization. The interoperability within LizardTech’s Express Suite® software means that you can configure Express Server® and Spatial Express® software directly from GeoExpress, making it the ideal command center for your storage and distribution workflows.

About LizardTech

Since 1992, LizardTech has delivered state-of-the-art software products for managing and distributing massive, high-resolution geospatial data such as aerial and satellite imagery and LiDAR data. LizardTech pioneered the MrSID technology, a powerful wavelet-based image encoder, viewer, and file format. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, Denver, London and Tokyo. For more information about LizardTech, visitwww.lizardtech.com.

About Celartem

Celartem Technology Inc. http://www.celartem.com develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, JASDAQ: 4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc. d.b.a. LizardTech with headquarters in Portland, OR.