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Extensis Launches PrintReady for Preparing and Sending Perfect Print Jobs

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

The new product line, powered by Preflight Online technology, includes a low-cost version for content creators and an expanded version for service providers SAN FRANCISCO--Sept. 10, 2002-- Extensis today introduced PrintReady, a powerful, web-based system for preflighting, collecting and submitting files for printed output. PrintReady, based on Extensis' award-winning Preflight Online technology, is a new family of products that dramatically simplifies preflighting making it a seamless part of the file submission process. Extensis can be located at the Seybold Conference and Expo at booth number 701. The product line includes a product for designers and small workgroups (priced below $400), and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers. All three PrintReady packages are available for purchase immediately from the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/printready. PrintReady is a complete quality control/file delivery solution that provides designers, publishers and printers with the perfect solution for preparing, collecting and sending print-ready files. Less expensive and easier to use than traditional preflighting software, PrintReady catches potential problems, such as embedded fonts and missing images, before files are submitted to a printer, saving users time and money. "When designers hear the word preflighting they generally think `root canal' because until now, it's been a tedious and painful process," said Joseph Schorr, senior product manager for PrintReady. "PrintReady totally changes this. It turns preflighting into a seamless part of the file submission process, explains potential problems in plain language, and delivers print jobs directly to their destination." PrintReady also offers a significant advantage for service providers, who wish to provide preflighting capabilities to their clients. Instead of buying and installing software for each customer, a service provider can buy one PrintReady Service Provider Edition account, customize the branding, and deliver preflighting to every customer -- for less than $2,000. In addition, administration of the account is completely centralized, enabling a service provider can set up inspection profiles that are applied on every users desktop -- with nothing to manually install or configure. The PrintReady family of products includes: * PrintReady, the lowest-cost package, saves designers, printers and publishers time and money by offering built-in preflight, file collection and FTP capabilities through an easy-to-use web interface. Interactive `help' function shows users how to fix potential printing problems and customizable profiles allow them to fine-tune preflight reports. The PrintReady license includes up to five users and an unlimited number of workstations. This product includes free updates and upgrades. PrintReady offers an unlimited number of file inspections. * With PrintReady Service Provider Edition, printers, service bureaus, and publishers can provide customized preflight, collection and file delivery capabilities for their customers without requiring them to buy or configure anything. PrintReady allows for complete customization of the user interface, job tracking and reporting on a user-by-user basis. PrintReady Service Provider Edition includes up to 12,000 file inspections annually and includes free updates and upgrades. * With PrintReady Enterprise Edition, printers, service bureaus, and publishers can provide customized preflight, collection and file delivery capabilities for their customers without requiring them to buy or configure anything. Its ability to store and post results of each preflight inspection in XML format allows for full integration with existing online job tickets and customer databases. In addition, the Enterprise Edition includes a 24-hour Platinum Maintenance Agreement and up to 30,000 file inspections annually. PrintReady Enterprise Edition includes free updates and upgrades. Pricing and Availability The PrintReady product line is available now for download from the Extensis web site and is available for a suggested retail price of $349.95US for the PrintReady product, $1,999.95US for the Service Provider Edition, and $9,999.95US for the Enterprise Edition. These prices reflect one year of PrintReady service that can be renewed on a yearly basis for a suggested retail price of $99.95US for PrintReady, $599.95US for Service Provider Edition, and $4,999.95US for the Enterprise Edition. Upgrades are available for registered users of Preflight Pro at a suggested retail price of $199.95US and Collect Pro starting at a suggested retail price of $149.95US. System Requirements PrintReady will support Macintosh Operating System 8.6-9.2.2 and Mac OS X, v 10.1.5 and higher (via Classic), Windows 98, NT and XP and requires Internet Explorer 4.5 - 6.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.5 - 6.2. About Extensis Preflight Online Preflight Online, the underlying technology that powers the PrintReady product line, is a patent-pending technology that Extensis first introduced in 1999. Since then, the technology has been adopted by major printers and publishers in the U.S., Australia and Europe, including the Associated Press, Harper Collins, Primedia, and Courier Corporation. Native document support currently includes EPS, QuarkXPress, Quark Passport and Adobe PDF.




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