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Enfocus and EFI provide automated proofing and production solutions

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

May 29, 2008 – Gent, Belgium – The new EFI XF configurator for Enfocus Switch seamlessly integrates proofing and production into larger automated workflows

At drupa 2008, Enfocus and EFI will for the first time show a new configurator for Enfocus FullSwitch and PowerSwitch that automates the EFI Bestcolor Technology-driven XF platform today consisting of EFI Colorproof XF, EFI Fiery XF and EFI XF Satellite. Configurators in Switch provide easy setup and automation of key publishing applications from within the Switch environment. The new EFI XF configurator is key to enabling high-quality proofing, economical large-format and wide-format production and first-class inkjet printouts from within larger automated workflows in Switch.

"Graphic Arts companies face the challenge of continually increasing productivity and efficiency. Their business is moving to an industrial production and the demand for integrated automated solution to streamline their workflows becomes increasingly important," says Frank Hueske, Product Marketing Manager, EFI GA Solutions. "Enfocus Switch is ideally suited to meet this challenge. Having our EFI XF platform with EFI Colorproof XF, EFI Fiery XF and EFI XF Satellite supported in Switch is a logical step and is of great value to our customers."

The products in the Switch product family (entry-level LightSwitch, mainstream FullSwitch and advanced PowerSwitch) enable gradual implementation of automation throughout all steps of professional publishing workflows. By not requiring companies to change the way they work and seamlessly integrating with key productivity applications, Switch provides the perfect platform to evolve to a more automated and standardized workflow. The new configurator for the EFI XF platform lets end-users combine EFI XF's proofing and production capabilities with other tasks such as PDF file creation, quality control, image optimization and more. Switch becomes a dashboard that configures and directs companies' workflows.

"Automation of third-party applications through configurators is a crucial aspect of Switch," says David van Driessche, Director of Enfocus Marketing. "As the EFI XF solutions are such versatile applications and cater to many different market segments, a configurator for Switch is a perfect development. Switch has that same inherent flexibility and can be easily adjusted to reap the maximum benefits in all of those workflows. We're extremely pleased to offer this new configurator to our customers today."

EFI XF Platform – Solutions

EFI's award-winning software RIP solutions with Bestcolor Technology offer flexible, economical tools for proofing, large-format and super wide format production and high-quality inkjet prints. They transform inkjet, laser and LED printers into powerful proofing and production systems and are renowned for its outstanding performance, color quality, flexibility and intuitive interface.

With more than 60,000 installations worldwide, EFI Colorproof XF is the top solution for high-quality proofing, economical large-format production and first-class inkjet printouts for the design, photographic and fine art market. As a complete cross-platform application with client/server architecture and a modular concept, Colorproof XF offers highest flexibility and enables customers to tailor individual systems according to their needs. EFI Colorproof XF caters to digital, commercial and hybrid printers, prepress providers, publishers, newspapers, packaging companies as well as agencies, print-for-pay print provider and photographers.

With EFI Fiery XF, large to superwide format printers can achieve a new dimension in color and productivity on banners, posters, signs and vehicle wraps. Based on market-leading EFI Colorproof XF, Fiery XF allows aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent or UV printers to produce the most accurate and vibrant colors in the industry. The solution's automated workflow maximizes customers' investments because it improves output and reduces production times, translating into greater profits, shorter turnaround times and increased customer satisfaction.

EFI XF Satellite is for customers working across multiple locations who have the sole and specific need to process, print and verify RPF (remote printing file) formats or "remote containers." XF Satellite is specifically designed for the task of remote proofing and can be installed at any remote locations.


The new EFI Colorproof XF configurator will be shown at the Enfocus drupa booths (Hall 8b, booth A23 and Hall 7 / 7.0C, print and publishing parc). The configurator is built into the new FullSwitch 08 and PowerSwitch 08, released at drupa 2008. Fully-functional trial versions are available for download for free from the Enfocus website (www.enfocus.com).




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