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CreoScitex Features All Adobe-PDF Workflow for Packaging

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CMM 2001, Chicago, IL (April 23, 2001) - CreoScite, a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSE: CRE) now provides an end-to-end, all PDF packaging workflow software solution for printers, converters and tradeshops. This innovative workflow, Prinergy Powerpack, is being demonstrated at the Converting Machinery/Materials Exposition International in Chicago from April 23-26. "PDF has many advantages for consumer product companies and their packaging printers/converters and tradeshops," explains Ron Shahar, Director of CreoScitex Packaging Workflow Solutions. "For the first time, the concept of a digital master is reality - the file you design, trap, step, proof and approve is the actual file that goes to plate. PDF saves time and increases reliability since there is no need to translate file formats and risk unintended changes. PDF can be read by everyone because it is a universal format accessible anywhere in the world." A PDF is also editable with standard tools, resolution independent, and small in size. "As a leader in digital workflow technologies, CreoScitex was an obvious choice for partnership in the development of Prinergy Powerpack," said George Cacioppo, Vice President, Internet Printing Group, Adobe Systems Inc. "We're pleased to see the widespread adoption of Adobe® PDF and the Extreme architecture. Extending these technologies into the packaging market seemed like a logical next step. Adobe PDF and Extreme provide a foundation of automation and reliability and new meaning to the flexibility of vector-based workflow for CreoScitex customers. We look forward to continued development and in helping CreoScitex bring leading edge solutions to the packaging industry." Two industry-leading tradeshops, Southern Graphic Systems, Inc. of Louisville, KY and Schawk, Inc. of Des Plaines, IL have already recognized the benefits of a PDF workflow, and are beta sites for Prinergy Powerpack. The world's second largest food company, Kraft Foods North America, Inc., has long awaited a PDF packaging workflow. "Over the past five years, Kraft has aligned with its strategic partners, technology manufacturers, leading industry associations, and colleges to research, test, and develop open workflow solutions for the print and packaging industries," says C. Ted Namur, IV, Senior Project Manager, Kraft Foods, Inc. "Throughout this process, Kraft and its strategic partners have tried to isolate technology and workflows that provide a stable industry platform, and significant opportunities with regard to cycle time compression and productivity. From the beginning, Kraft has been determined to leverage the promise of the PDF format into its entire print and packaging workflows, from final design, through separation, file distribution, and the plate making process. Kraft and its supply partners understand the considerable production advantages of a complete PDF workflow, and are proud to partner with industry-leading companies such as CreoScitex."