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For Immediate Release                                   Contact:
Amanda Ingalls
        
Spyglass
        
1.630.245.6512
        
aingalls@spyglass.com

        
Fonda Berosini
        
Shandwick Convergence
        
1.310.201.8857
        
fberosini@shandwick.com

Bitstream Partners with Spyglass to Incorporate Font Technology in
Interactive Television

Bitstream's Font Technology and Spyglass ThinGUI Graphics Library
Significantly Enhances Television Display Quality

CHICAGO -- Tuesday, March 2, 1999 -- Internet pioneer SpyglassŪ Inc.
(NASDAQ: SPYG) announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference Spring
that support for Bitstream's (NASDAQ: BITS) patented, award-winning
scaleable font technology, TrueDoc*, would be made available in the Spyglass
ThinGUI Library.

Bitstream's TrueDoc works well for interactive television applications. With
its small code size and fast rendering speed, TrueDoc provides interactive
television developers with scaleable fonts that have minimal impact on
system resources. TrueDoc takes up a small amount of space, generates
characters quickly, and renders high-quality text. The resulting characters
are fully scaleable to any point size at any resolution on any device.

Spyglass ThinGUI Library is a small footprint, 2-D graphics library created
specifically for device manufacturers that require a robust user interface
in processor and memory constrained environments. Spyglass ThinGUI Library
is bundled with Spyglass Device Mosaic Web browser and Spyglass Device Mail
Internet mail technology to assure a highly customizable, portable user
interface for television and other non-PC device implementations.

By integrating Bitstream's font technology in the Spyglass ThinGUI Library,
manufacturers and developers will have access to a broader range of font
capabilities that significantly improve the look of Web content displayed on
a television. TrueDoc's multilingual capabilities can record and render any
character shape. It is fully compatible with double-byte non-Latin fonts,
and it supports languages written vertically or right to left. These fonts
will speed the process of developing country-specific versions of both the
Spyglass Device Mosaic browser and the Spyglass Device Mail email product.
Versions of these technologies are on display here at the Embedded Systems
Conference in Spyglass booth #1221.

"Bitstream's TrueDoc is being widely adopted in the Internet, intranet and
embedded systems markets," said Randy Littleson, Spyglass vice president and
general manager. "TrueDoc's small size, high quality, fast performance, and
support for all languages, combined with the functionality provided by our
embedded Internet technologies means we can offer our customers a more
compelling interactive television solution."

"The ability to quickly generate high-quality text, fine-tuned for
television screens, will be a key ingredient in the success of interactive
television," said Paul Trevithick, president of Bitstream. "By working with
Spyglass, we gain access to their world-class customer base and can create
solutions with Spyglass that successfully integrate the Web with a
television."

Spyglass ThinGUI Library allows manufacturers and developers to employ rich
GUI functionality, including graphics primitives, a standard widget set, and
an event-processing model, in the device. It is designed for non-PC graphics
devices such as televisions, set-top boxes and smart phones. This product
can either be bundled with the Spyglass Device Mosaic Web browser or made
available as a standalone product.

About Bitstream, The Internet Font Company
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS), headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is
a leading developer of type technology, digital typefaces, and type
customization services for the graphics communications industry. Bitstream
licenses its WebFont*, TrueDoc*, and T2K* font portability and rendering
technology to hundreds of industry-leading Internet, Web, and publishing
software applications developers, as well as to manufacturers of computers,
printers, set-top boxes, and other devices. Bitstream has been awarded
several patents that cover aspects of creating subsetted fonts, managing and
rendering portable font objects, and using portable fonts for Web
publishing. Bitstream also offers on-demand publishing software through its
wholly owned subsidiary, PageFlex Inc. For more information on Bitstream and
its products, visit the company on the World Wide Web at
http://www.bitstream.com  .

About Spyglass
Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG) provides Internet expertise, software and services
for making devices work with the Web. Particularly active in the cable and
satellite television, wireless telecommunications, consumer electronics and
office equipment markets, Spyglass solutions are used by market-leading
companies including GTE, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Thomson Consumer Electronics
(RCA) and Xerox.  Spyglass headquarters are located at 1240 East Diehl Rd.,
Naperville, Ill., 60563; phone: 1.630.245.6512; fax: 1.630.245.6693; press
email inquiries: aingalls@spyglass.com; Web site: http://www.spyglass.com.



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