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Graphics Gone Wild: Opera enables Ikivo's SVG player capabilities in its browser

February 15, 2005

Oslo, Norway - February 15, 2005

Opera Software ASA today 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 playing 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.

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.


Berit Hanson
Public Relations Specialist
Opera Software
Tel: +47 24 16 42 14
Fax: +47 24 16 40 01

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