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Ultimate Technographics Turns to Harlequin for its Jaws Products in a Major License Deal

Press release from the issuing company

Cambridge, UK; May 2, 2001 - Harlequin, a subsidiary of Global Graphics (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR, Euronext: GLOG) announced today that it has signed a software license agreement with Ultimate Technographics Inc. of Montreal to incorporate the Jaws RIP (raster image processor) into a range of pre-press products. The deal is estimated to be worth in the region of $500,000 to $1,000,000 over the first 12 months. David Watson, President and CEO of Ultimate, explained, "We decided to change suppliers of RIP software, to obtain a more robust technology that has good technical support and support for multiple operating environments. We needed a partner who is committed to keeping up with future technological developments and gives their OEMs a high level of service. We were also looking for a supplier of a PDF library who would assist us in our PDF development." James Freidah, Chief Operations Officer, Global Graphic's Printing Software Division, said, "Ultimate is a great example of a new breed of OEM customers that are now embedding our RIP and PDF technology directly into their software products. We are very pleased to work with Ultimate, which has an excellent and proven record in the marketplace." Ultimate invented digital imposition software, Impostrip, and was the first to incorporate a RIP in imposition software for the purpose of previewing the complete digital printing plate before output to film or plate. Ultimate provided the first desktop trapping product, Trapeze, to incorporate a LanguageLevel 3 PostScript(R) compatible interpreter for high quality trapping and also uses a RIP for its Full Plate product for interactive job ganging and scatter proofing. Designed to support a wide range of system architectures and operating systems, the Jaws RIP is a compact and highly efficient 'kernel' interpreter. It offers sophisticated graphics and color handling routines, and supports multiple input formats. It provides support for a number of page description languages, including PostScript, and native interpretation of PDF files (without first converting the data to PostScript). The Jaws RIP provides almost unlimited flexibility for OEMs and users through its device class interfaces. It provides support for a wide range of output devices, including rendering architecture, output format, and resolution and handshake requirements, which can be easily customized for an OEM's specific needs, devices and markets.

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