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Ultimate and Enfocus Join Efforts To Integrate Leading Imposition Software Into PitStop Automate

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

April 11, 2006 – Birmingham, UK (IPEX - Stand A20, Hall 6) – Enfocus is rapidly expanding its Technology Partner Program introduced at Ipex 2006 by signing a letter of intent with Ultimate, a leading developer of imposition software. The first yield of the partnership will be integration of Ultimate’s latest version of Impostrip OnDemand Digital, launched at Ipex 2006, with Enfocus’ PitStop Automate solution; ultimately taking automation one step further by moving imposition higher upstream in the workflow. Imposition is the latest third-party component in a list of mainstream solutions -- including virtual and certified proofing, as well as color optimization and print standard certification -- that will be integrated with Enfocus PitStop Automate. PitStop Automate is a task-based production automation tool allowing design studios, ad agencies, printers and publishers to increase productivity and output consistency by introducing automation at an affordable price. Advanced routing capabilities enable it to intelligently guide files through the entire production process, avoiding the need for human intervention. Enfocus and Ultimate will be previewing their integrated solution for the first time at the On Demand Exposition to be held in Philadelphia next month. Ultimate is the First Imposition Supplier to Join Ultimate’s Executive Vice President, Joanne David, says, “We know from talking to our customers that they have been using both our and Enfocus’ technologies in tandem already for some time. By forging a more formal strategic partnership we will be able to offer them a higher level of automation through the integration of our technologies, making the process even easier and more seamless for the user.” Says Patrick van Dam, Enfocus Executive VP, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, “In introducing PitStop Automate, our mission has been to provide professionals at all stages in the publishing supply chain with easy-to-use, low-cost automation tools at entry level that help them to streamline production. “PitStop Automate was designed to be easy to use, and to integrate with a number of third party applications. By working with our partners and combining their best of breed products with our own, we can offer our customer base an even more compelling suite of automation tools, all accessible within the same simple and familiar user interface.” About Ultimate Impostrip OnDemand Digital 5.0 Impostrip OnDemand Digital 5.0 is the first imposition program to feature Dynamic Imposition, allowing the use of a hot folder and templates independent of page size. This enables the user to drop A4, letter, and other size pages into the same hot folder, without the need for different templates for each job. Jobs of different page quantities can also be dropped in, and the job will be automatically imposed. The workflow can be manual or automatic, as required by the user. Impostrip OnDemand has long been considered a leader in imposition with digital presses and small format CTP. With version 5.0, the program has been divided into OnDemand Digital and OnDemand Offset to better serve the needs of each market.




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