EFI to Debut PrintMe Networks, a New Standard in Internet Printing
Press release from the issuing company
FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Oct. 22, 2001-- Electronics For Imaging today debuted PrintMe Networks(TM), the first complete Internet printing solution that enables remote printing without requiring print drivers, cables or complex setup. The company also announced, along with eight industry leaders, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Xerox and Yahoo!, plans to provide the technologies and channels to make this new technology widely available.
Based on breakthrough technology developed by EFI, the world leader in software and hardware imaging solutions for networked printers, PrintMe Networks changes the way mobile professionals conduct business by solving their most vexing problem -- printing while away from the office. PrintMe enables users to print documents from their personal computers, personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, two-way pagers and even cell phones by simply "dialing'' in to any printer on the PrintMe Network.
"PrintMe Networks is a giant leap forward for Internet and wireless printing,'' said Guy Gecht, chief executive officer at EFI. "EFI's breadth of industry relationships and depth of printing technology expertise have enabled us to develop this revolutionary technology. PrintMe takes the hassle out of printing by allowing people to print anytime, anywhere from any device to any printer.''
"For more than a decade, Adobe and EFI have shared a common vision of bringing high performance, color accuracy and ease of use to the print world. This powerful and convenient solution brings the Network Publishing vision to the millions of Adobe PDF users around the world,'' said Bruce Chizen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe.
"Xerox was the first company in the industry to embrace EFI's color controller technology on our award-winning DocuColor products,'' said Gil Hatch, president of Xerox Office Systems Group. "We view the PrintMe initiative as a significant opportunity for Xerox and EFI to engage in a new effort to support workers by providing mobile printing capabilities via mDoc and our office and production line of printers.''
The PrintMe Network concept has been embraced by leaders in the printing, publishing, Internet, wireless and travel markets who recognize the need to make printing easier and more convenient. Ultimately, with PrintMe Networks available in hotels, airport lounges, print shops, and corporate offices, people will be able to print documents whenever and wherever they want. The following leaders are participating in launch projects of PrintMe, with widespread implementation planned in 2002:
* Adobe Systems Incorporated: Adobe builds award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, ePaper, print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Adobe plans to include the PrintMe option in Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Studio(TM), allowing users easy access to the PrintMe Network to print out their files.
* Xerox Corporation: Xerox Corporation is a leading provider of color and monochrome digital printers and presses, copiers and related document processing solutions. Xerox plans to incorporate PrintMe services into their mDoc wireless server software, and office and production printers.
* Yahoo! Yahoo!Everywhere extends Yahoo! services beyond the desktop by providing a virtual office or "briefcase'' for storing and editing documents. The Yahoo!Everywhere pilot incorporates the PrintMe button so that mobile users can now have a complete mobile document service, including printing.
* Sir Speedy: Sir Speedy is one of the world's largest and most successful printing, copying and document management franchises with nearly 700 locations nationwide. In its PrintMe Networks pilot program, the company plans to install PrintMe printers in four locations in Dallas, Texas, to offer business customers another quick and simple printing option.
* STSN: STSN is a leading global provider of high-speed Internet access and broadband services to hotels. STSN has the largest installed base of hotels in the United States and Europe with more than 127,000 hotel guest rooms served in nine countries. STSN plans to pilot test PrintMe Networks to enhance printing service from hotel guest rooms and meeting rooms and to allow remote printing directly to in-hotel printers.
* The Troy Group: The Troy Group, a leading supplier of MICR printers for checks and other negotiable instruments, is testing PrintMe technology to provide "checks on demand.''
* Itrezzo: Itrezzo develops value-added software for corporate customers that allow access to documents via wireless handheld devices. Itrezzo now incorporates PrintMe to enable printing from the BlackBerry(TM) handheld.
* The Printing House: Canada's largest, privately-owned print for pay corporation with 60 sites, plans to offer PrintMe services in three locations in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto, including a center in the largest business complex in Toronto.
For more information on partner support for EFI's PrintMe Networks, please see additional press materials at www.printme.com.
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