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Skinny Technologies Announces SkinnyPDF Workflow

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Jan. 22, 2002-- Skinny Technologies has announced SkinnyPDF workflow. Vancouver based Skinny Technologies Inc. offers a simple PDF workflow solution today and more with their recently announced Skinny Plug-in for Adobe PhotoShop6 and the SkinnyScript Server for PostScript to PDF processing. Skinny's solution is to first process at the scanning phase as many of the image files as possible with the PhotoShop Skinny format Plug-in prior to the composition process. The Skinny Plug-in encodes and calibrates the image files for output to YMCK based PostScript Printing Devices. The Skinny Plug-in also reduces the image file size substantially without a loss of quality in the printed version. Faster file transfers and reduced network traffic is also a benefit from the reduced file size, as well as faster in-house proof printing of high-resolution images. Skinny uses the same image encoding and calibrating process in their server based PostScript to PDF converter the SkinnyScript Server. SkinnyScript forces the embedding of fonts, a fixed standard for the RGB to CMYK processing and many other prepress preparations in different flavors though a configurable printer queue process to control the PDF creation standard (DSC). The resulting PDF is in near prepress ready condition. The composers can proof their SkinnyPDF composition page on site on screen or print to any YMCK PostScript Printing Devices as proof of the file's content. The SkinnyPDF pages can then be sent to the prepress services provider to be trapped with Ultimate Skinny Trapeze product and re-proofed with the page's original design composer in high resolution. Finally the SkinnyPDF pages can be imposed into printer flats ready for final proofing and plate making with the Ultimate Skinny Impostrip product. One of the drawbacks of high end PDF workflows today is the fact that the receiver of a PDF document cannot know which Distiller options were used to create the PDF file. Current preflight tools can't give you all the information you need. Another problem is the correct setting of Distiller options. Typically, every project needs slightly different settings. Every service provider has to create a manual for every customer describing the correct Distiller settings. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the customer uses the proposed PDF/X settings. Through the development agreement with Ultimate Technographics, and the successful development and beta testing of the software Skinny Technologies has placed an order for the first 10 software packages. Ultimate will now formulate a plan to integrate, distribute and market the Skinny products throughout Ultimate's Product line and dealer distribution channels. This will provide Skinny Technologies Inc. with a revenue source based upon the company's core technology. The Skinny file size allows this workflow to be performed over the Internet without the need for high bandwidth charges. Completely removing the courier costs, rush charges and the time delay associated with waiting for couriers. Any printer equipped with a PostScript based Plate Maker or Film Recorder can pull Impositions down from the Internet, process the final imposed SkinnyPDF files, and simply print. The Publisher would be billed only for plate making, press setup and print charges and no other prepress charges from printers. The SkinnyScript workflow is currently targeted at magazine publishing clients of CopyDot through a price per page and/or image, at rates lower than the printing and prepress industry has ever heard of before. CopyDot will acquire licensed server seats from Skinny Technologies Inc. Several new contracts are immediately available to CopyDot now that the SkinnyScript Server has been completed. This will provide Skinny Technologies Inc. with another revenue stream based upon the distribution of their core technology. Skinny Technologies Inc. has been producing Print On Demand publications and Prepress publications through PODbook.com and Copydot for some time now states CEO Walters. The SkinnyScript Server and Plug-in allows us to put a neatly bundled package on a client's site to secure production contacts for our Copydot, PODbook and PAM subsidiaries and their franchises. We will also look at marketing to catalog publishers and other similar types of publishers that would benefit from the SkinnyPDF workflow. The company plans to develop three new PhotoShop Plug-Ins with Ultimate Technographics by early spring 2002 to work with their SkinnyScript Server and PDF workflows: one for Digital Cameras, one for Flatbed Scanners and the current version for Drum or photo optical Scanners. Some versions will be for distribution with various Original Equipment Manufacturers and Original Software Developers. The doors for further development with Ultimate are open. We are very pleased with what Ultimate has done for us so far and look forward to deepening our relationship.




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