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                           ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
                              CONSULTING AGREEMENT

      This Consulting Agreement ("Agreement"), dated as of October 24, 1997, is
entered into by and between Adobe Systems Incorporated, 345 Park Avenue, San
Jose, CA 95110-2407 ("Adobe"), and Infodata Systems Inc., 12150 Monument Drive,
Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033-4058 ("Consultant").

      Adobe desires to retain Consultant as an independent contractor to perform
consulting services for Adobe from time to time and Consultant is willing to
perform such services, on the basis set forth more fully below.

      In consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, Adobe and
Consultant agree as follows:

      1. SERVICES. Consultant agrees to perform the Services described in any
Project Assignment pursuant hereto in a workmanlike manner according to the
schedule of work set forth therein. A copy of the form of Project Assignment is
attached hereto as EXHIBIT A ("Project Assignment"). Consultant agrees that the
terms of this Agreement will apply to all services performed by Consultant for
Adobe even if a Project Assignment form has not been completed for a special
assignment. Consultant may perform services for any other person or entity so
long as Consultant does not perform similar services for a direct competitor of
Adobe's and so long as Consultant's performance of such services does not
interfere with the performance of Consultant's obligations under this Agreement.

      2. PAYMENT FOR SERVICES. Adobe shall pay Consultant the fee set forth in
the Project Assignment for the performance of the Services. Consultant
acknowledges that its sole compensation for the Services shall be this fee, and
that it shall not be entitled to any other compensation for the Services,
including salary, bonuses, benefits or expense or other reimbursements.

      3. RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. Consultant shall perform the Services under
the general direction of Adobe, but Consultant shall determine, in Consultant's
sole discretion, the manner and means by which the Services are accomplished,
subject to the express condition that Consultant shall at all times comply with
applicable law. Consultant is an independent contractor and Consultant is not an
agent or employee of Adobe, and has no authority whatsoever to bind Adobe by
contract or otherwise. Consultant specifically agrees to comply at all times
with Adobe's Insider Trading Policy Statement attached as EXHIBIT B ("Insider
Trading Policy Statement").

provide its own facilities and place of business to perform the Services (except
as required to install software), and Consultant shall bear the entire
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cost of its facilities without reimbursement by Adobe. Adobe shall have no
obligation to reimburse Consultant for any costs or expenses incurred by
Consultant in the performance of its duties, and all such costs and expenses
shall be borne by Consultant. Consultant shall be responsible for providing, for
itself and its employees, at its expense and in its own name, disability,
liability, workers' compensation and other business insurance as is necessary,
appropriate and/or required by law. In connection with its performance of the
Services, Consultant agrees that it will be solely responsible for, and will
maintain, any records required by law. Consultant for agrees that it obtain all
required licenses (if any) relating to its performance of the Services.

      5. TAXES AND BENEFITS. No part of Consultant's compensation under this
Agreement will be subject to withholding for any federal, state, social
security, workers' compensation or other required taxes or payments. Adobe shall
report all fees paid to Consultant to the Internal Revenue Service (and other
taxing agencies) on Form 1099 or other appropriate forms. Consultant
acknowledges and agrees that it shall be the obligation of Consultant to report
as income, and pay all taxes upon, all compensation received by Consultant
pursuant to this Agreement and Consultant agrees to indemnify Adobe and hold it
harmless to the extent of any obligation imposed on Adobe to pay any taxes or
insurance, including without limitations, withholding taxes, social security,
unemployment, or disability insurance, including the interest and penalties
thereon, in connection with any payments made to Consultant by Adobe pursuant to
this Agreement. Consultant agrees to pay, indemnify and hold Adobe harmless from
any Tax imposed by any governmental authority with respect to either or both of
any payment to be made by Adobe under this Agreement or any item to be delivered
by Consultant to Adobe under this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Tax" shall mean any tax, fee or cost not based on Adobe's net income,
including, but not limited to, sales, use, excise, value added, withholding, or
similar tax or any fees and penalties or interest associated with any of the

      6. INVENTIONS. All designs, artwork, software programs, brochures,
manuals, products, procedures, drawings, notes, documents, information,
materials, discoveries and inventions (hereafter "Designs and Inventions") made,
conceived or developed by Consultant alone or with others which result from or
relate to the Services, or which Consultant may receive from Adobe while
performing the Services, shall be the sole property of Adobe. Consultant
specifically agrees to assign all its rights, title and interest to any Designs
and Inventions for which (i) Consultant has signed a Project Assignment in the
form attached as EXHIBIT A ("Project Assignment"), (ii) Adobe provides
Consultant with any Confidential Information (as defined in Paragraph 7
("Confidentiality") below), or (iii) Consultant invoices Adobes. Adobe shall
have the sole right to determine the method of protection for any such Designs
and Inventions, including the right to keep the same as trade secrets, to file
and execute patent applications thereon, to use and disclose the same without
prior patent application, to file registrations for copyright or trademark
thereon in its own name, or to follow any other procedure that Adobe deems
appropriate. Consultant
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agrees (i) to disclose promptly in writing to Adobe all such Designs and
Inventions, (ii) that Adobe has a power of attorney to apply for in Consultant's
name, and (iii) to execute any applications and/or assignments reasonably
necessary to obtain any patent, copyright, trademark or other statutory
protection for such Designs and Inventions in Adobe's name as Adobe deems
appropriate. These obligations to disclose, assist, and execute shall survive
termination of this Agreement. At Adobe's option, it shall be entitled to use
the name of Consultant in advertising and other materials.

      7. CONFIDENTIALITY. Consultant agrees to hold Adobe's Confidential
Information in strict confidence and not to disclose such Confidential
Information to any third parties. Consultant further agrees to deliver promptly
all Confidential Information in Consultant's possession to Adobe at any time
upon Adobe's request. For purposes hereof, "Confidential Information" shall
include all confidential and proprietary information disclosed by Adobe
including but not limited to software source code, technical and business
information relating to Adobe's current and proposed products, research and
development, production, manufacturing and engineering processes, costs, profit
or margin information, finances, customers, suppliers, marketing, and
production, personnel and future business plans. "Confidential Information" also
includes proprietary or confidential information of any third party who may
disclose such information to Adobe or Consultant in the course of Adobe's
business. The above obligations shall not apply to Confidential Information
which is already known to the Consultant at the time it is disclosed, or which
before being divided either (a) has become publicly known through no wrongful
act of the Consultant; (b) has been rightfully received from a third party
without restriction on disclosure and without breach of this Agreement or other
Agreements entered into by Adobe; (c) has been independently developed by the
Consultant; (d) has been approved for release by written authorization of Adobe;
(e) has been disclosed pursuant to a requirement of a governmental agency or of

      8. TERMINATION. This Agreement shall commence on the date first written
below and shall continue until terminated as follows:

         (a) Either party may terminate the Agreement in the event of a breach
by the other party of any of its obligations contained herein if such breach
continues uncured for a period of five (5) days after written notice of such
breach to the other party;

         (b) Either party may terminate this Agreement upon written notice to
the other party if either party is adjudicated bankrupt, files a voluntary
petition of bankruptcy, makes a general assignment for the benefit of creditors,
is unable to meet its obligations in the normal course of business as they fall
due or if a receiver is appointed on account of insolvency;

         (c) Either party may terminate this Agreement for its convenience upon
thirty (30) days written notice to the other if there is no outstanding Project
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Assignment. Adobe may terminate this Agreement for its convenience if Consultant
has not commenced work under an outstanding Project Assignment. In addition, if
Consultant has commenced work under a Project Assignment, Adobe may terminate an
outstanding Project Assignment by paying Consultant a termination fee of ten
percent (10%) of the unpaid next installment of the fee for services described
in such Project Assignment.

            Upon the termination of this Agreement for any reason, each party
shall be released from all obligations and liabilities to the other occurring or
arising after the date of such termination, except that any termination shall
not relieve Consultant or Adobe of their obligations under Paragraph 5 ("Taxes
and Benefits"), Paragraph 6 ("Inventions"), Paragraph 7 ("Confidentiality") and
Paragraph 9 ("General"), nor shall any such termination relieve Consultant or
Adobe from any liability arising from any breach of this Agreement. Upon the
termination of this Agreement for any reason, Consultant shall immediately
return to Adobe any Adobe property or information (including Confidential
Information) that is in Consultant's possession or control.

      9.    GENERAL.

            9.1 PRE-EXISTING OBLIGATIONS. Consultant represents and warrants
that Consultant is not under any pre-existing obligation or obligations
inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement.

            9.2 ASSIGNMENT. The rights and liabilities of the parties hereto
shall bind and inure to the benefit of their respective successors, executors
and administrators, as the case may be, provided that, Consultant may only
assign this Agreement either in whole or in part with the prior written consent
of Adobe.

            9.3 EQUITABLE RELIEF. Because Consultant shall have access to and
become acquainted with the Confidential Information of Adobe, Consultant agrees
that Adobe shall have the right to enforce this Agreement and any of its
provisions by injunction, specific performance or any other equitable relief
without prejudice to any other rights and remedies that Adobe may have for the
breach of this Agreement.

            9.4 ATTORNEY'S FEES. If any action at law or in equity is necessary
to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled
to reasonable attorney's fees, costs and expenses in addition to any other
relief to which such prevailing party may be entitled.

            9.5 GOVERNING LAW; SEVERABILITY. This Agreement shall be governed by
and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California as such
laws are applied to Agreements to be entered into and to be performed entirely
within California between California residents. The parties agree that the
United Nations Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is
specifically excluded in its entirety from application to this Agreement. If any
provision of this Agreement
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is for any reason found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be
unenforceable, the remainder of Agreement shall continue in full force and

            9.6 COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING; MODIFICATION. This Agreement constitutes
the full and complete understanding and Agreement of the parties hereto and
supersedes all prior understandings and agreements. Any waiver, modification or
amendment of any provision of this Agreement shall be effective only if in
writing and signed by the parties thereto.

            9.7 NOTICES. Any notices required or permitted hereunder shall be
given to the appropriate party at the address specified at the beginning of this
Agreement or at such other address as the party shall specify in writing and
shall be by personal delivery, facsimile transmission or certified or registered
mail. Such notice shall be deemed given upon personal delivery to the
appropriate address or upon receipt of electronic transmission or, if sent by
certified or registered mail, three days after the date of the mailing.

            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have signed this Agreement as
of the date written below.

ADOBE:                                    CONSULTANT:


By  /s/George Cacioppo                    By:   /s/ Richard M. Tworek

Print                                     Print
Name:  George Cacioppo                    Name:  Richard M. Tworek
Title: VP & GM Internet Division          Title:      Exec. V.P.
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                                    EXHIBIT A

                              PROJECT ASSIGNMENT #1


      Consultant shall render such services as Adobe may from time to time
      request in connection with the modifications of the Re:mark Software (the
      "Modifications") as set forth in Attachment 1 to this Exhibit A. The
      parties shall define the final specifications of the Modifications no
      later than November 7, 1997.


      The work will commence on October 24,1997. Infodata will use commercially
      reasonable efforts to deliver the Modifications and the Alpha Version of
      the modified Re:mark Software no later than January 31, 1998. "Alpha
      Version" shall mean that version of the product for which the following
      are true: (i) the product is functionally complete (including installer)
      and the API's are frozen with no new coding planned; (ii) the product is
      assumed to be buggy; (iii) the product is ready for serious testing by
      Adobe with its test plans and test documentation written during, the
      development phase. After delivery and acceptance of the Alpha Version of
      the product, Infodata shall deliver the beta version and release candidate
      of the product.


      Fee:  $729,000 (the "Service Fee").

      Consultant shall invoice Adobe on the schedule set forth on Attachment 1
      to this Exhibit A. The Service Fee shall be non-refundable, except in the
      event that Infodata materially breaches this Agreement or the proposed
      license agreement based on the terms set forth in the Letter of Intent,
      dated October 24, 1997, or in some other fashion demonstrates willful
      negligence (e.g., Infodata licenses or otherwise encumbers the Re:mark

      Payment terms: net 15 days from the later of acceptance or receipt of
      invoice in Accounts Payable Department.


      For good and valuable consideration, the undersigned sells, assigns and
      transfers to Adobe Systems Incorporated, a California corporation, and its
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      successors and assigns, the copyright in and to the above work(s) which
      were created by the undersigned and all right title and interest of the
      undersigned, vested and contingent therein and thereto.

      Executed as of                                  , 19__.

ADOBE:  /s/ George Cacioppo                     CONSULTANT:  Richard M. Tworek
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                                  ATTACHMENT 1
                                    EXHIBIT A
                              CONSULTING AGREEMENT,
                              DATED OCTOBER 24,1997

                                Modification Plan

            Infodata will enhance Re:mark Software on a service fee basis to
meet Adobe's requirements. Infodata will use Re:mark 2.04 for Windows source
code as the base for development of the enhancements described herein.


1.    Plug-in format:

Infodata shall deliver plug-in source code in Adobe standard template format for
an Acrobat plug-in.

2.    Macintosh PowerPC Version:

Infodata shall develop a Macintosh PowerPC Version on Mac OS 7.0 and 8.0. Later
versions of Mac OS including Rhapsody will not be supported but "blue box"
compatibility (similar to pending Acrobat blue box support) is required.

3.    Multilingual Capability:

Infodata shall enhance Re:mark Software to support double-byte and roman
localization. Infodata shall perform a mock translation by the Delivery Date.
Infodata shall modify Re:mark Software to follow the Adobe Engineering
specifications so Adobe Release Engineering can generate a Localization kit for
the translators. If translations are to be made to French, German, Japanese,
Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish and Italian, such translations will be
done by Adobe translators, but Infodata shall fix any and all bugs in the core
code of Re:mark Software and/or the Modified Re:mark Software relating to

4.    Update Re:mark File Format:

Infodata shall document and present the Re:mark file format to "PDFLang" and
implement the changes that it recommends. Changes are expected in the following
areas: using appearances for drawing annotations, implementing RSA security at
the annotation level and cosmetic changes to the keys used in Re:mark
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5.  User Interface:

Infodata shall modify the User Interface of Re:mark Software, including the
Re:mark toolbar, so that such User Interface is compliant with that of Acrobat
4.0. Infodata shall modify Re:mark Software to support the new Selection Server,
if appropriate, and to support new command key equivalents and changes to menus
and toolbars as appropriate. No dialog changes are anticipated at this time.

6.  Summarize Notes:

Infodata will extend the Summarize Notes feature in Acrobat to include notes
from Re:mark Software annotations (removing the text bubble and resolving the
text bubble vs. textnote differences).

7.  Prior Re:mark Versions Support:

Infodata shall modify Re:mark Software to support previous versions of Re:mark
Software. Annotations saved in previous versions of Re:mark will be readable,
but new annotations cannot be saved in the old format. Some annotations (e.g.,
Free Text and Sound) will no longer be supported.

8.  Import/Export API Feature:

Infodata shall develop a feature to import and export annotations in FDF.

9.  Develop Web Annotation Capability:

Infodata shall enhance and extend Re:mark Software to send and retrieve
(separately stored) annotations over the Web using HTTP POST using the Grammar
Calls. The Grammar Calls will be integrated into the Modified Re:mark Software
and will not require any additional plug-ins or libraries for development or use
by third parties. Web annotations should work both in the browser window and
with the Acrobat 4.0 HTTP stack directly.

10. OPTIONAL: Develop Web Publishing Capability:

The feature described in this Section 10 (Web publishing capability) may be
developed and delivered at Infodata's option; provided that such optional
modification, if developed and delivered, must be delivered to Adobe no later
than the Delivery Date; provided further that the development work on this
optional feature shall not delay or otherwise impede Infodata in fully
performing all other Modifications specified in this Modification Plan.
Infodata's failure to deliver the feature described in this Section 10 shall not
effect a Service Fee reduction. Except for the Service Fee, Adobe shall not be
responsible for any additional charge or expense for this optional feature.
Optional Feature: Infodata may also deliver an optional feature to develop Web
publishing capability which will enhance and extend
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Acrobat to support one button publishing using the Grammar Calls. The Grammar
Calls will be integrated into the Modified Re:mark Software and will not require
any additional plug-ins or libraries for development or use by third parties.
The user interface for the Web publishing component will look similar to
Infodata's Aerial Navigator tool.

11. Integrate with Adobe Engineering Process:

Infodata shall assist Adobe engineer on the project to integrate Re:mark build
process into the normal Adobe Engineering process. Iinfodata shall support the
transfer of Re:mark Software and Modified Re:mark Software source code and build

12. Provide Internal Documentation:

Infodata shall update current (as is) internal documentation for Re:mark
Software with a maximum of two person-week effort.

13. Provide QA Test Documents and Assistance:

Infodata shall provide Adobe all QA Test Documents used to test Re:mark.
Infodata shall provide at least 2 person-weeks of assistance to help Adobe QA
get familiar with Re:mark.

14.   Quality Assurance Testing:

Adobe shall perform all Quality Assurance testing on the delivered and accepted
Alpha Version, Beta Version and Release Candidate of the Modified Re:mark. Adobe
may, at its discretion, perform Quality Assurance testing on any intermediate
release of the Modified Re:mark Software.

15.   End User Documentation:

In connection with the license of the Modified Re:mark Software, Infodata shall
deliver the end user documentation related to the Re:mark Software. Adobe will
be responsible for modifying such documentation for the release of Acrobat 4.0.


Windows platforms:

-Support Windows 95, 98 (when available), NT 3.51, NT 4.0 and NT 5.0 (when
-No support for Windows 3.1, 3.11.

Macintosh platforms:
-Will support both Mac OS 7.x and 8.x.
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-No support for the versions of Mac OS including Rhapsody but "blue box"
compatibility (similar to pending Acrobat blue box support) required.

Acrobat platform:
-Support for Acrobat 4.0.
-No plug-in support for viewing notes or some annotations in Acrobat Reader.
-No support for Acrobat 3.0 or 3.01.

Operation under Browsers:
-Type/vendor of browser parent to Remark.
-Will only test with Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
-Use the Acrobat HTTP stack when annotating documents within documents are
opened from the web directly.
-Use the browser's HTTP stack when operating in the Browser window.
-Web annotations will work in an external Acrobat window or within Acrobat.

Appearance Support:
-Design may depend on resolution of conflicts with annotation security
-Operation under Reader will be limited to display of some annotation icons.
(Re:mark annotations will be hidden by default so no annotations will be shown
in Reader).


- Re:mark annotation specific security will be retained.
- Encryption of secured Re:mark annotation data will be converted to RSA if
required by "PDFLang"; will be independent of, and in addition to, Acrobat's
document security. 
- No special license agreement required for RSA.

User Interface:
- Adobe will provide specifications, necessary Acrobat SDK extensions to support
required enhancements to Re:mark. 
-Only Acrobat tool bar and menu items need to be updated; Re:mark dialog okay as
-New Selection Server support will be added if appropriate.

Re:mark product changes:
- Support for current Re:mark Text and Sound annotations will be removed. 
- Re:mark Rendering operation will be updated to be more consistent with Notes
summary; Adobe will provide technical support.


Infodata estimates the total effort required to develop the above features
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Version - feature complete version) to be 133 person weeks (not including the
Adobe engineer).

Infodata further estimates the effort required during the Alpha Version and Beta
Version stages of development to be 52 person weeks (not including the Adobe
engineer). This estimate is based on the Alpha Version and Beta Version stages
lasting for a total period of six months (January through June).

Infodata will provide all of these services on a time and materials basis at a
substantially reduced rate of $85 per man-hour. This substantially reduced rate
will be valid until June 30, 1998. Based on this rate, and the estimates
provided above, the total cost (Service Fee) to deliver a complete version of
Re:mark is approximately $729,000, and the project fee shall not exceed this
$729,000 unless Adobe materially revises the specifications of the Modifications
and the parties mutually agree to revise the Service Fee.


Based on a start date of October 24, 1997 and the above-listed assumptions,
Infodata anticipates delivery of the above-described enhancements by the Alpha
(feature-complete) date requested by Adobe of January 31, 1998. Infodata will
provide a weekly Project report to Adobe's Project Manager and identify any
delays or "red flags" as early in the development process as possible.


Adobe shall pay the Service Fee in installments based upon calendar dates and/or
the successful completion of certain milestones:

(i)   $100,000 pavable upon signing of the Letter of Intent;
(ii)  $125,000 payable on November 30, 1997;
(iii) $125,000 payable on December 31, 1997;
(iv)  $125,000 payable on January 31, 1997;
(v)   $125,000 payable upon Adobe's acceptance of the Alpha Version of the
      Modified Re:mark Software;
(vi)  $129,000 (or the remaining Service Fee, if the Service Fee was revised by
      agreement of the parties) paid upon Adobe's acceptance of the Release
      Candidate of the Modified Re:mark Software.


If Infodata fails to deliver the Modifications and the Alpha Version of the
Modified Re:mark Software by February 10, 1998 (through no delay or fault of
Adobe's), the Service Fee payment due upon acceptance of the Alpha Version
($125,000) shall be
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reduced by 10% ($12,500).


Upon receipt of any deliverables by Infodata (e.g., Alpha Version, Beta Version,
Release Candidate), Adobe will test and accept or reject such deliverables
within two weeks of its receipt. If any release of the Modifications or Modified
Re:mark Software fails to meet any of the requirements in the Modification Plan
or in the event that Infodata fails to provide the deliverable in accordance
with the schedule provided within the Modification Plan, Adobe shall notify
Infodata in writing, and Infodata shall have an additional fourteen (14)
calendar days (the "Correction Period") in which to correct or modify the
deliverables to meet the requirements or to provide the deliverables, and to
resubmit or submit such deliverables to Adobe for testing. If the deliverables
fail to meet the requirements at the end of the Correction Period, then at
Adobe's option, (1) the Correction Period may be extended as may be agreed by
the parties, (2) Adobe may terminate the applicable Consulting Agreement or the
Agreement or (3) Adobe may supply, correct or complete the deliverable item and
either deduct an amount equal to Adobe's fully-burdened costs (including without
limitation direct internal labor and fringe benefits and any sums, including
royalties, paid to third parties) from any payments due to Infodata or receive a
refund from lnfodata for such costs up to the total amount of the Service Fee
paid by Adobe hereunder. For the purpose of calculating Adobe's fully-burdened
costs pursuant to subsection (3) of this paragraph, internal labor costs shall
be expensed at a rate of $85 per man-hour. Adobe's fully-burdened costs shall be
base If Adobe does not notify Infodata in writing of its rejection of a
deliverable within two weeks of its receipt by Adobe, then Adobe shall be deemed
to have accepted such deliverables.


In connection with the development undertaken by Infodata pursuant to this
Modification Plan, Adobe shall undertake the following:

1. Adobe will extend the FDF format of Acrobat to support an annotation creation

2. Adobe will provide technical assistance to Infodata engineers in implementing
the Summarize Notes feature, particularly with respect to Acrobat double byte
text annotations.

3. Adobe will generate the Localization Kit to assist in the localization of the
Modified Re:mark Software.

4. Adobe will perform the translation of Re:mark strings to all other languages
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besides English

5.  Adobe will extend the FDF toolkit to support "annotations" to support Import
and Export of Re:mark annotations in the FDF format.

6.  Adobe will provide one senior engineer to work on the Modifications from the
agreed upon start date of this project till the release of Acrobat 4.0.

7.  Adobe will provide engineering assistance in making Re:mark dialog boxes run
under Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers.

8.  Adobe will provide technical assistance as necessary to Infodata to help get
approval of the Re:mark internal format (including Annotation Security) from the
"PDFLang" committee.

9.  Adobe will provide Infodata standard third-party access to certain
engineering servers, subject to written agreement and a specified level of

10. Acrobat's HTTP stack will, at a minimum, support HTTP 1.1 State Management
(cookies) (EFS).
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                                    EXHIBIT B

                           ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED


      The purpose of this insider trading policy statement is to establish
guidelines to ensure that all Adobe employees and contractors and the
corporation itself comply with laws prohibiting trading in stock by persons
having knowledge of material non-public information ("Insider Information").
Employees or contractors who trade on Insider Information (or tip information to
others) can be personally liable for damages totaling up to three times the
profits made or loss avoided by the individual trading with inside information.
Insider trading is also a crime which can result in a fine (no matter how small
the profit) of up to one million dollars and a jail term of up to ten years.

      Example: The SEC charged a secretary and her husband with securities
      fraud. The secretary told her husband that her employer was about to
      acquire another company. Her husband bought stock of the target company
      before the public announcement and then sold the stock for a profit of
      about $25,000. The couple signed a consent decree with the SEC, gave up
      the $25,000 profit and paid a $10,000 penalty.

      REMEMBER, the above penalties apply whether or not you benefit from
another's actions. For example, the SEC investigated the spouse of Genentech's
president in 1991. The spouse learned that a controlling interest in Genentech
would soon be acquired by Roche and she told her brother that "good things were
about to happen" and he should "buy Genentech stock now." Even though she did
not trade on the information, she paid a penalty of $162,000 for tipping her
brother, and her brother had to give up the profits and pay a criminal fine.


      No employee or contractor in possession of Insider Information should
trade in Adobe stock from the time he/she obtains such Insider Information until
the third business day following a press release of such Insider Information by
Adobe. For example, if the press release goes on the Businesswire Tuesday before
the stock market opens, trading cannot occur until Thursday morning. If the
press release goes out after the stock market closes on Tuesday, trading cannot
occur until Friday morning when the market reopens.

      If you have any concerns about whether you are in possession of
information which falls within the definition of Insider Information, or if you
are in a sensitive position within Adobe, you should contact Adobe's Vice
President of Finance, or
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Colleen Pouliot, Adobe's General Counsel, before you buy or sell Adobe stock.
This will ensure that employees or contractors unaware of a particular piece of
information do not give the appearance of improperly trading in Adobe stock.

      If you have received Insider Information, you should not disclose this
information to anyone outside of Adobe. You also should not disclose this
information, in writing or casually, to any other Adobe employee or contractor
unless that employee or contractor has a need to know the information in order
to perform his or her job. When you provide Insider Information to an Adobe
employee or contractor, you should inform him or her that it is Insider
Information and that the employee or contractor is restricted from trading in
Adobe stock until the third business day following a press release of such
information by Adobe. You should also notify Adobe's General Counsel of any
Adobe employee or contractor who receives Insider Information.


      Employees or contractors of Adobe should not buy or sell Adobe stock or
options while in the possession of Insider Information. Employees or contractors
also should not (1) reveal Insider Information to third parties for the purpose
of assisting their trading activities or, (2) make buy or sell recommendations
to third parties based upon such Insider Information. Employees or contractors
who knowingly trade Adobe stock while in the possession of Insider Information
will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

      In order to avoid placing employees or contractors in a position in which
they are prevented from trading Insider Information should be limited to a small
group of employees who "need to know such information in order to perform their
jobs." If, however, Adobe management becomes aware that Insider Information has
been leaked widely within Adobe, then Adobe management will impose a ban on
trading for all employees and contractors.

      In order to avoid selective disclosure of Insider Information to parties
outside of Adobe, employees or contractors should refer any requests for
financial information or financial projections to the Vice President of Finance
and/or John Warnock. This includes requests by analysts or others to corroborate
their financial projections for Adobe. Other inquiries from the investing
community or the press should be referred to, or cleared by, Director of
Corporate Communications, in order to ensure that Insider Information is not
inadvertently disclosed. Product managers for each of the Adobe products should
of course feel free to discuss any non-confidential matters relating to their
products with the press and others.


      An Insider is anyone who possesses Insider Information.
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      Example: An OEM Business Manager knows that Adobe has signed an OEM
      agreement with a potentially significant customer. Prior to public
      announcement of the relationship, the OEM Business Manager is an Insider
      because of his/her knowledge of the existence of this material, new OEM.

      Example: Adobe holds a company meeting on the day quarterly earnings
      results are publicly announced. The employees are Insiders until the third
      business day after the results are released (See Paragraph B ("Trading,
      While in Possession of Insider Information") above).


      Insider Information means material information which has not been
disclosed to the public that has a substantial likelihood of affecting a
reasonable investor's decision to buy, sell, or hold Adobe's securities or that
would significantly affect the market price of Adobe's securities.

      Examples of Insider Information:

      -     negotiation and/or execution of an OEM contract with a potentially
            significant, unannounced customer or loss of a significant OEM

      -     quarterly or annual financial results of Adobe as a whole or the
            financial results of either the Systems Division or the Application
            Products Division before they are announced

      -     major new announced products

      -     unannounced dividend information

      -     unannounced stock splits

      -     unannounced major financing

      -     unannounced significant personnel changes

      -     unannounced significant acquisitions or dispositions of assets

      -     unannounced significant litigation

      The materiality of preliminary merger negotiations depends upon a
balancing of the probability that the transaction will occur and its
significance to Adobe.
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      If you have questions about the scope or application of this Policy
Statement, please see Colleen Pouliot, Adobe's General Counsel.