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CreoScitex Releases Prepress Bottleneck Breaker, Brisque 4.0

Press release from the issuing company

Vancouver, CANADA (August 14, 2001) - CreoScitex, a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSE: CRE), now provides the industry-leading Brisque™ Workflow System as an open system that allows users to select the modules they require and add imposition, proofing, trapping and output modules as their business needs grow. Introducing Brisque Entro - "We are expanding the Brisque range to the entire printing industry with the introduction of Brisque™ Entro, a new introductory family model," explains Marc Mascara, Product Manager. Brisque Entro is designed to allow users to grow and define their workflow as their customer base grows The single CPU system is configured for the 4- and 8-up market and uses the same award-winning interface and workflow. As a RIP-only system, Entro works as a true workflow server taking full advantage of the CreoScitex "hot folder" and "template building" technology, allowing users the flexibility of using both PDF-based and Raster-based workflow in the same system. Because the Entro can input almost all-prepress formats, the mixed environment workflow allows the smaller printer to reach out to any type of work with confidence. Brisque Entro operates on the current IBM 43P (Tiger II) platform, running the IBM AIX server operating system. Brisque 4.0 Released - The most powerful Brisque ever, Version 4.0, is now commercially available for Lotem Quantum customers and will support the full range of CreoScitex output devices this fall. Brisque 4.0 relieves bottlenecks in prepress departments around the world with its high performance, flexibility and openness to all standard file formats, including PDF. New features include: * Regional versioning with a new QuarkXTension™ that allows the designer to create and manage multiple versions of jobs, for language or regional localization. * New high-speed IBM platform comprised of six Power3 668 MHz RISC processors, and using IBM's innovative new copper chip technology. Clearing Prepress Bottlenecks in the Netherlands - Tijl Offset prints 200 magazine titles in the Netherlands and recently added the new Brisque Version 4.0 on a multi-CPU platform to its existing lineup of five Brisque units. "Adding our latest Brisque has not only reduced our typical Improof time from 12 minutes to 6 minutes, but with our new Lotem™ 800 Quantum platesetter from CreoScitex, we have produced 8,000 plates in the last 2½ months," explains Henk van der Hulst, Head of Prepress, Tijl Offset. "The multi CPU is just blistering and with the new Brisque Version 4.0 features, we have a prepress environment that takes it all in stride," says Henk. "The combination of these two devices has been staggering in terms of not only performance, but of providing valuable system feedback and manageability. The Brisque puts everything we need at our fingertips, and with effortless integration to the powerful Lotem-it is simply 'Top of the Bill'." Brisque 4.0 offers enhanced Multi Device Support, which allows it to drive up to eight devices while performing workflow tasks. At Tijl Offset, the Brisque 4.0 drives two proofers in addition to the Lotem Quantum. The printer also has a Dolev™ 400 and two Dolev 800v filmsetters, and two EverSmart™ scanners. Tijl Offset also appreciates the way Brisque 4.0 manages PDF and spot color. "The new Brisque manages these elements effortlessly," says Henk. See the entire Brisque Workflow System at work at CreoScitex Booth 5710 at Print '01 in Chicago, September 6-13.

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