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X-Rite and EFI Announce Breakthrough Solution for Remote and High-end Proofing

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Press release from the issuing company

Grandville, Mich. and Foster City, Calif. - Feb. 14, 2007 - EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, and X-Rite (Nasdaq: XRIT), the leading provider of color management solutions and services, today announce a breakthrough solution for prepress professionals, publishers, and creatives in production environments. Ideal for those who need to constantly measure test charts and update color management profiles, the powerful combination of EFI’s Bestcolor®-driven Colorproof XF highly scalable and versatile client/server-based software and X-Rite’s new Eye-One iSis, the precise, automated spectral chart reader, increases speed, accuracy and ease-of-use for customers executing high-end proofing, remote proofing, digital printing, photo processing and fine art printing. Renowned for its outstanding performance, color quality, flexibility and user-friendliness, Colorproof XF transforms inkjet and laser printers into powerful proofing and production systems. Significant new features and enhancements launched with Version 3 include a new output option for gravure printers, a new production option for wide format production environments and the FieryAZ Option, which seamlessly integrates Fiery-driven digital output devices into the Colorproof XF workflow. The X-Rite automatic chart reader is based on the industry standard Eye-One technology and provides fast, precise measurement of reflective test charts, measuring a 1500 patches target in just eight minutes with an absolute minimum of effort and training. Using the iSis measuring device with Colorproof XF speeds the system set-up process. Linearization and profiling, as well as calibration of the proofing system, can be done in an unprecedented timeframe and provide high quality results. “The advantages Colorproof XF provides customers makes this EFI software the industry’s leading solution for the proofing and large format production market,” said Jean Yves Billon, vice president, Worldwide OEM Business, X-Rite. “The powerful combination of our new Eye-One iSis highly automated spectralchart reader and Colorproof XF further increases customers’ profitability and productivity.” Eye-One iSis key features include: - Measurement Speed: 1,500 patches in eight minutes, saving customers’ valuable time - Switchable UV Illumination to capture No-filter and UV-Cut filter data in a single measurement cycle. - XL version (A3+, Tabloid format) allows to measure charts with as many as 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 (Tabloid) page - eliminating the time consuming task of cutting charts and feeding multiple pages. - Barcode reading, for chart identification adds further ease of use and error safety - Built-in vision system that offers high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system and automatically corrects for misalignment. “Our collaboration with X-Rite supports EFI’s commitment to empowering customers with increased automation, efficiency, and cost savings,” said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, Graphic Arts Solutions, EFI. “Colorproof XF customers, particularly those who must constantly measure test charts and update color management profiles, will derive great benefit from X-Rite’s Eye-One iSis as the easy-to-use automated chart reader increases their speed and accuracy.” Availability EFI Colorproof XF is sold through certified EFI dealers and distributors. More information is available at http://www.efi.com/bestcolor. Additional information regarding X-Rite’s Eye-One iSis is available at http://www.xrite.com/promotion/isis.




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