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AlphaGraphics Selects EFI Color Management Suite As Preferred Solution

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Press release from the issuing company

BOSTON -- EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks and print management solutions, and AlphaGraphics, Inc., a leading provider of visual communications solutions, today announced that AlphaGraphics will add another EFI product to its select list of preferred solutions. AlphaGraphics will standardize on EFI Color Profiler Suite color management workflow solution across its more than 250 franchises, joining AlphaGraphics' standardization on EFI Fiery color digital print servers with connectivity to PrintSmith, an EFI Print MIS solution. Awarded a Graph Expo 2006 Must See 'Em at its launch, Color Profiler Suite provides integrated color management tools that deliver total color quality control in the color printing workflow for AlphaGraphics graphic design team members. This strategic relationship with EFI supports AlphaGraphics' business objective of delivering high value and setting the standard in visual communications technology. The company's Technology Assessment Group executes a rigorous screening and testing process to determine which solutions AlphaGraphics will recommend to its franchises to ensure that they incorporate only products that will help them succeed. "EFI continually supports AlphaGraphics with technology innovation designed to increase automation, efficiency and cost savings for our owner-operated, locally based business centers," said Darnell Ghidotti, vice president, Business Solutions, AlphaGraphics. "Adding to our arsenal of EFI solutions, Color Profiler Suite empowers AlphaGraphics with superior color management tools that enable graphic arts professionals to create, visualize, test and edit color profiles with a single profiling solution." With an intuitive interface, smooth integration into existing operations and extensive functionality, Color Profiler Suite enables graphic arts professionals to build customizable ICC (the International Color Consortium standard) profiles of the highest quality and reliability. Ensuring integration into each AlphaGraphics business center's overall workflow, Color Profiler Suite also offers absolute synergy with EFI solutions, most notably with EFI Fiery digital color print servers, which deliver precision color, consistent high-quality output and workflow innovation to AlphaGraphics business centers, among the more than 1.4 million Fiery server installations worldwide. The perfect synergy between Color Profiler Suite and EFI server technology streamlines color management processes to ensure accuracy and predictability and substantially enhances the user experience. Via the EFI Fiery JDF Connector, AlphaGraphics' Fiery-driven digital output devices integrate with EFI PrintSmith, providing a more accurate, more efficient production workflow - from capturing the designer's original intent to real-time estimating, accounting and billing, to producing brilliant digital output. Further, EFI's compliance with GRACoL, CGATS, ICC, JDF, PDF, PPML and other open standards, and EFI's collaborations with leading native pre-press workflow providers ensure that EFI solutions readily integrate into AlphaGraphics business centers' respective workflows and will grow with them. "Continually engaging with customers is an EFI business tenet, and we've worked closely with AlphaGraphics to understand their evolving challenges and needs," said Mehran Farimani, senior vice president and general manager, Fiery products, EFI. "Their choice of Fiery servers, our PrintSmith Print MIS solution, and now Color Profiler Suite as AlphaGraphics preferred solutions is testament that we're delivering the innovative solutions that enable our customers to thrive in a dynamic market." EFI solutions will be shown in partner booths throughout On Demand (April 16-19, Boston Convention Center).




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