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"The Oscars" At CeBIT

And the Winner Is: NERO 6 – The Multimedia-Suite By Ahead

HANNOVER, GERMANY (March 22nd, 2004) -- Innovative software's "Best Actor" also trod the red carpet at this year's CeBIT. At the "CeBIT-Highlights" awards, presented for the twelfth year running by CHIP computer magazine to the trade show's best, most innovative new products, the newest version of Nero 6 snapped up the CeBIT Oscar over products by Microsoft and Adobe. CHIP's editorial team awards the coveted title in a total of six categories, and the runaway winner in "CeBIT-Highlight Software“ was Nero 6.3, the new multimedia suite from Ahead.

From regular feature to star of the show

Playing and recording DVDs and CDs, editing video and music files and automating data backup – just a few of the features that have transformed Nero 6 from straightforward software burning program to full-scale multimedia suite. Ahead's newest development is the first ever burn software package to feature high-compression MPEG4 codecs for video and HEAAC for audio. For users, this means that a complete movie can be recorded onto a single CD in flawless quality. In addition, the software represents today's solution to tomorrow's burning needs; Nero not only deals with double-layer DVDs, but is also one of the first programs to speed up data access by using 64-bit and hyperthreading technology. "Consistent exploitation of state-of-the-art technology", was the comment of Judith Berkemeyer from CHIP's editorial team, "Thanks to the wealth of intelligent, well-designed features plus extreme user-friendliness, our decision to select Nero 6.3 as "CeBIT-Highlight Software" was an easy one.“

Closer Focus on Users

The Nero 6 Suite developed out of an ambition to create a package that met users' needs and desires as effectively as possible. It's a thoroughly logical, wholly customer-oriented advance on the bestselling Nero Burning ROM 5.5 that more than achieves its lofty target. Klaus Bock, General Manager of Ahead Software AG, confirms: "Our objective was to offer not only an all-in-one burn program, but an entire suite covering all functions related to production of media content and burning it on CD or DVD. This award for Nero 6 is a great honor for us, because it delivers the impressive proof that yet again, our vision of high-tech plus maximum usability really works.“

About Ahead

Ahead Software provides the most reliable CD/DVD software applications available to serve digital media markets worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, Ahead’s leading application, Nero, has built a loyal customer base of more than 120 million users world-wide.

Ahead’s award-winning flagship product Nero 6 provides an all-in-one comprehensive CD/DVD burning suite. Ahead’s product line also includes Nero Digital - audio/video technology, SIPPS™ - VoIP, and across - professional computer aided translation software. Ahead distributes its products globally through the world’s leading drive manufacturers and PC makers, as well as leading world-wide retailers, online portals, and also directly to consumers at www.nero.com. Ahead Software AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, with its subsidiary Ahead Software Inc. located in Glendale, California USA, and a further subsidiary set to open soon in Japan.