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Companies to offer unique zoom image hosting service for online businesses, powered by MGI Zoom Image Server

MGI, a leading global provider of visual media software and infrastructure solutions, today announced a first-of-a-kind agreement with two of the UK’s leading hosting companies, Powernet and RapidHost, whereby the companies will provide cost-effective hosting services for zoom-enabled images for the small business market, powered by MGI’s Zoom Image Server technology.

MGI Zoom Image Server allows high-resolution images to be streamed to a web site, providing customers with an extremely close-up view of items (for example, products, art, diagrams or maps), and allowing them to examine the items online in close detail before they make a purchase.

Stephen Mold, MGI’s European managing director, said, “Our partnership with PowerNet and RapidHost gives small businesses the flexibility to incorporate unlimited numbers of zoom-enabled pictures on their web sites, without the need to invest in further hardware or host their own images on separate servers. This functionality ultimately leads to higher sales levels and fewer returned goods for the SME vendor, and a more informed purchasing decision for their customers."

As an MGI partner delivering Zoom Image Server Hosting, RapidHost ( can deliver a package based on ‘per image requirement’, as well as a comprehensive, fully-managed service. MGI’s technology minimises the image’s download characteristics so that viewing is exceptionally fast while still remaining high in resolution, and also protects the image from a copyright perspective.

Nick Horslen, sales and marketing director, Rapidhost, said, "Our Zoom Image Server Hosting provides a new online software service at a new price threshold. To experience the viewing of, for example, an underlying 10MB image at excellent speed on a regular connection, and then to interrogate the image in great detail, is fantastic to see."

RapidHost enables small businesses to access and exploit technology through a low cost monthly subscription, and offers software as a service model, which means SME companies can increasingly incorporate new and compelling features and services into their web site for the benefit of their business, their customers and business partners. As part of their overall offering, RapidHost also offers its customer the choice between a complete end–to-end Internet solution, including design and infrastructure, to more bespoke services, such as domain registration, email and dial-up services and bespoke database and e-commerce application development.

Powernet ( offers two levels of image hosting service, ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Professional’. Both service levels share a common set of features, and are tailored to provide service offerings specific to different customer groups.

The Enterprise service is targeted at home and small business users. This service is used by small web design agencies, and similar companies, that have a requirement to host a limited number of images, but have few reporting requirements. The service also offers an affordable in-road to Dynamic Imaging. The Professional service is targeted at users with higher storage and bandwidth requirements, essentially enterprise level customers. Levels of support and reporting are more comprehensive than those offered in the Enterprise service.

David Kerindi, director of sales & marketing, Powernet, said, “This new service will be sold just like web space, thus keeping it very simple for customers to understand. Both of our services are a key component in the e-business marketing mix, and we are very confident that it will enable companies contemplating web site improvement to consider the visual images in more detail. The technology is great, but the customer results from using the service will be even greater.”

In addition to Zoom Image hosting, Powernet offers a total Internet communications package from web design – including back office development – to post-launch services such as marketing, communications, connectivity and consultancy. Its main strength lies in its ability to look beyond the development of shop-window websites. By recognising the difference between electronic catalogues and e-businesses, Powernet is able to develop websites which are graphically powerful, as well as offering the expertise to develop the most important aspect of an e-business – the back office. Powernet’s understanding of back office procedures, and its ability to provide advice and expertise as well as software to fulfil these requirements, makes the company unique in its field.

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For further information, please contact: Jenny Hodge, communications manager, MGI Software,
tel: +44 (0)1908 278106 / +44 (0)7775 897360, email: .

For further information about RapidHost Ltd, please contact Nick Horslen on 01628 400650, .

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For further information about Powernet, please contact David Kerindi on 01908 605188
or 07801 382045, .

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Customer enquiries and sales: 01908 278100

About RapidHost

RapidHost ( designs, creates, manages and hosts database-driven websites. The company has a wealth of experience from its continued growth in the hosting and bespoke development business. RapidHost, with hundreds of SME customers, has a good understanding of the kinds of services customers require, and has the on-site, in-house services and staff designed to be fast, friendly and flexible to its clients’ needs.

About Powernet Internet Ltd

Powernet is an Internet specialist that provides corporate e-business, connectivity and communications solutions. Established in 1995, Powernet was one of the first Internet services providers in the UK. Since then it has steadily expanded its suite of services to support corporate customers in maximising the potential of the Internet for their businesses. Basing its success on understanding its clients’ businesses and continually developing its service portfolio, Powernet offers a total Internet communications package that integrates all elements of clients’ existing marketing and operational strategies. Key elements include Internet strategy consultancy and development, back office integration and development, connectivity, marketing and communications – all of which are designed to support and enhance client-customer relations.

A total of 40 skilled individuals, based in two UK offices in Birmingham and Milton Keynes, form Powernet’s creative, marketing and technical teams who understand the needs of today’s corporate and consumer Internet users.

About MGI

MGI is a leading global provider of visual media software and infrastructure solutions that enable individuals and businesses to maximise their use of digital images and video. MGI’s flagship PhotoSuite and VideoWave products are distributed in more than 40 countries through traditional and online channels, and its image server technologies and web tools are used by leading commercial web sites worldwide. The Company’s products include proprietary technologies supported by more than 90 patents and patent pending applications. With headquarters in Richmond Hill, Canada, MGI maintains branch offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. MGI is a public company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'MGI'. MGI is ranked among Canada’s top ten fastest growing technology companies based on the percentage of growth in revenues from 1996-2000.

More information may be obtained on the Company at or .

In the UK, MGI is a member of the British Photographic and Imaging Association (BPIA), the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) and The European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

(c) MGI Software Corp., 2001. MGI, Zoom, VideoWave and PhotoSuite are registered trademarks of MGI Software Corp. All other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers.

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