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KPG Acquires Pagecomposer Workflow Software From Bell Microproducts Solutions

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

Norwalk, Connecticut, USA – Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) expands its portfolio of solutions to help customers optimize their workflows with the acquisition of Bell Microproducts Solutions B.V.’s PageComposer software. The effective date is June 1. Developed for the workflow needs of the prepress industry, PageComposer bridges the gap between standard prepress file formats across different workflows. The product will be sold worldwide as MatchFlow Composer. “MatchFlow Composer software helps our customers improve production efficiencies and increase revenue opportunities by significantly expanding the number of prepress file formats they can accept,” said Jeff Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer, KPG. “We acquired MatchFlow Composer because it extends the value we bring to customers of serving as a total solutions provider that understands their challenges and offers the right solutions to address them.” MatchFlow Composer is used worldwide for the conversion of such industry standard prepress file formats as PostScript, PDF, PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-3, Scitex Native, Handshake CT & LW, and TIFF/IT-P1 into any standard file format, with secured content, to output on all types of devices, such as high-resolution imagesetters, color proofers and CTP equipment. MatchFlow Composer also delivers data for gravure applications, and performs extremely fast anti-aliasing of linework for output to proofers and color printers with high quality small text, thin lines and close-cut masks. MatchFlow Composer technology will be integrated as a component of the KPG Color Fidelity System. Featured as a technology demonstration at drupa, the groundbreaking Color Fidelity System enables customers to easily automate critical color management operations from capture to output and benefit from efficiency-based cost savings and higher image quality. “Our agreement with KPG gives our customers access to a company with a deep understanding of the graphic arts industry and a commitment to helping its customers succeed,” said Philip de Vrieze, Director Software Development, Bell Microproducts Solutions B.V. “The intellectual property that our group adds to KPG’s worldwide R&D resources will help to create new and even more innovative solutions in helping customers optimize their workflows.” Bell Microproducts Solutions B.V. employees who developed, continue to upgrade and support MatchFlow Composer will join KPG. Acquisition terms will not be disclosed.




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