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Monaco Systems Ships MonacoEZcolor 2 with ColorWorks

Press release from the issuing company

ANDOVER, Mass.-June 29, 2001--Monaco Systems, Inc., a leader in the field of color management, today released MonacoEZcolor 2.0. MonacoEZcolor has been the leading, scanner-based color management program for photographers and graphic designers and is looking to expand its user-base to the entire creative community with the highly anticipated MonacoEZcolor 2. MonacoEZcolor 2 also includes an add-on application, ColorWorks, which features a streamlined interface for applying ICC profiles to images, soft proofing, and printing directly from the application. "The creative community is calling for a more advanced solution to control color,'' said George Adam, CEO of Monaco Systems. "MonacoEZcolor 2 adds the extra control and functionality experienced users demand while remaining simple enough for those new to color management. With the added features that ColorWorks provide, users have even more control over color management. This package is extremely versatile and positions it as one of the premiere color management products on the market.'' MonacoEZcolor 2 creates custom ICC profiles for monitors, scanners and printers to provide accurate, consistent color between devices and paper types and save the time and expense of trial and error color corrections. The product includes a large set of new features and patent-pending technology wrapped into one convenient package for building, editing and applying ICC profiles. In addition to ColorWorks, MonacoEZcolor 2's new features include: * Improved color quality for more accurate and consistent profiles. * The ability to edit printer profiles. Users can adjust the lightness, saturation and make tonal adjustments to their output profiles until a desired effect or level of accuracy is reached. * An updated, more intuitive interface and integrated online help to ensure ease of use. ColorWorks, an all-new color management workflow utility, simplifies the way the creative community works with ICC profiles. It provides an efficient way of using ICC profiles to ensure images maintain their color accuracy and consistency regardless of the different devices used to capture and output the image. The program features a streamlined interface for applying ICC profiles to images, soft proofing and printing directly from the application. This is ideal for those who don't have access to ICC-compliant applications, or who need to perform minor edits to their digital images. ColorWorks provides a simple alternative to the complicated and cumbersome color management workflows found in high-end graphics applications. MonacoEZcolor 2 looks to build upon the success of the original version. The original release won immediate editorial and end-user acclaim for its ease of use and affordability. The program's intuitive, wizard-like interface and use of a flatbed scanner as a measurement device (in place of a spectrophotometer) were key to keeping the program simple and affordable. MonacoEZcolor 1.6 won a "Hot Pick'' from Seybold Seminars and went on to receive awards and high-ratings from Macworld, Publish and PC Photo magazines. The success of MonacoEZcolor prompted EPSON to include the software with the EPSON Expression 800, 1600 and 1640 XL scanners. EPSON also made MonacoEZcolor available to owners of the EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 and 1280 printers and EPSON Perfection 1240 and 1640 scanners at a discounted price. Pricing and Availability MonacoEZcolor 2 is available for Macintosh and Windows. Visit www.monacosys.com for updated release information. Prospective MonacoEZcolor users can download a demo version of MonacoEZcolor or purchase the program directly at www.monacosys.com. MonacoEZcolor 2 retails for $299 and the MonacoEZcolor bundle, which includes the MonacoSENSOR colorimeter, retails for $498. MonacoEZcolor can create a monitor profile without the use of the colorimeter, but the MonacoSENSOR provides a non-subjective and more accurate means of profiling a monitor. An upgrade to MonacoEZcolor 2 is $99, and includes an IT8 target, a manual, and ColorWorks.