This time of the year news is always a little light on the ground (understatement this year), however this item may be of interested to ACDSEE users (those who know a good image browser when they use one). "Under the terms of the agreement, Corbis and ACD Systems will use their multi-million user bases to sell each other's digital image products online. ACD's digital imaging software will be promoted on www.Corbis.com. In addition, Corbis will promote ACD software through its e-newsletter, circulated monthly to its 200,000 user base."

Full press release:

ACD Signs Co-Marketing Agreement with Corbis, World's Largest Digital Image Collection

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ACD Systems International Inc. (TSE: ASA - news), maker of the world's most popular digital imaging software, has signed a co-marketing agreement with Corbis Corporation of Bellevue, Washington, owner of the world's largest collection of digital images.

Under the terms of the agreement, Corbis and ACD Systems will use their multi-million user bases to sell each other's digital image products online. ACD's digital imaging software will be promoted on www.Corbis.com. In addition, Corbis will promote ACD software through its e-newsletter, circulated monthly to its 200,000 user base.

In turn, ACD Systems will promote Corbis and its vast collection of downloadable images on its highly popular website, www.ACDSystems.com. Users will be able to access either site from the other by hotlink.

ACD's platform software, ACDSee(TM), is the world's most popular digital image viewer, browser, database, file management and image management tool. With more than 15 million individuals users and 15,000 corporate users, ACDSee provides easy-to-use, high-speed viewing of images in high resolutions, with state-of-the-art management tools. ACD provides more than 500,000 software downloads a month from its website.

Corbis is the definitive destination for photography and fine art in the digital age. The Corbis Collection contains 65 million images, of which 2.1 million are online, and is a one-stop shopping service for licensed and royalty-free images.

"Corbis is excited to be taking this first step in co-marketing with ACD Systems,'' said Mark Sherman, VP of Business Development at Corbis. "We're looking forward to expanding the synergies and profitability of this relationship as quickly as possible.''

"ACD and Corbis both benefit from new exposure to millions of potential customers. This co-marketing deal represents a great opportunity to utilize each other's online customer bases in order to expand our revenues and market shares,'' said Doug Vandekerkhove, President and CEO of ACD Systems.

About ACD Systems: Based in Victoria, British Columbia, ACD Systems International Inc., (TSE: ASA - news) designs, develops and markets leading edge Digital Imaging Software. ACD has been actively developing quality software since 1993, has enjoyed rapid growth and established significant market penetration through progressive Internet distribution and strategic partnerships. ACD products have an estimated 15 million users worldwide, and over 15,000 corporate customers that include many Fortune 500 companies. ACD Systems' shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ASA. ACDSee, the company's flagship software, was recently named to the Stroud's Download Hall of Fame for the third successive year. Further details available at our web site: www.ACDSYSTEMS.com