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Banta to Highlight DesignMerge and PPML Driver at OnDemand 2001

Press release from the issuing company

Cambridge, MA; Banta Integrated Media, a leading provider of software and e-business solutions for digital content management, electronic commerce, and Internet enabled variable data printing, will showcase DesignMerge(TM) 4.0 - the latest release of its popular variable data XTension for QuarkXPress(TM) developed by its affiliate Meadows Information Systems - in booth #1236 on January 28, 2001 at the 2001 On Demand Digital Printing and Publishing Strategy Conference and Expo. DesignMerge 4.0 gives production staff and digital printers user-friendly, variable data tools that provide automation, save time, and optimize the printing process. The new release extends the software beyond basic personalization (e.g. merging of names and addresses for business cards and direct mail pieces) to support extensive customization of the content and layout for an endless variety of documents. Also in the booth at On Demand 2001, Banta will preview an optional add-on driver for DesignMerge that will output Personalized Print Markup Language (PPML) files. PPML is a recently developed standard for the specification of variable data print jobs written by the standards development group of the Print On Demand Initiative (see www.podi.org). Banta is a contributing member of PODi. Based on DesignMerge's user-friendly interface and PPML support, Xeikon N.V. (manufactuer of commercial digital color printing systems) has selected DesignMerge 4.0 as the only variable data software it will bundle with its new CSP sheet-fed digital press. Enhanced drivers for Xerox VIPP and Indigo JLYT DesignMerge provides device-specific support for a wide cross-section of digital presses through optional add-on drivers. These drivers provide enhanced functionality and optimized printing thereby enabling digital printing facilities to provide customers with extra benefits, faster RIPping, and the ability to process the same variable data files on multiple devices.