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Leading Pre-Press System Providers Back Adobe InDesign 2.0

Press release from the issuing company

Agfa, Creo, and Heidelberg Cite Superior Workflow, Enhanced Printing Interface and Rapid Throughput with Adobe InDesign SAN JOSE, Calif.--March 12, 2002--Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced that Agfa, Creo and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) are supporting Adobe InDesign 2.0 software, marking the latest surge of industry support for Adobe's professional layout and design software. With the announcement of InDesign 2.0 in September 2001, many new features and performance enhancements have garnered support from large print system manufacturers and their customers. Service providers and publishers working with Agfa, Creo and Heidelberg are seeing increased demand for Adobe InDesign files. Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc., one of the largest family-owned printing companies in the U.S., recently has taken advantage of the great interoperability of Adobe and Agfa. They have installed Agfa's Portable Document Format (PDF) workflow, Apogee, to drive several Agfa filmsetters and an Agfa Galileo. Walsworth has incorporated Adobe InDesign and other Adobe products, including Illustrator and Photoshop software, into their PDF workflow. "We see Adobe InDesign deeply rooted in the future of publishing,'' said Grant Fritch, director of Technology/R&D at Walsworth. "More and more of our clients are switching to InDesign because of its advanced control over type, easy pre-flighting and multiple undos and redos. Adobe InDesign combined with the Agfa Apogee workflow, the Agfa Galileo, Avantra 44 and Apogee PDF RIP technology based on Adobe PostScript software and PDF, gives us a publishing workflow that is fast, compatible with other Adobe products and has a multitude of graphic and design options.'' Support for InDesign Agfa is a worldwide leader in digital imaging systems for the graphic arts, prepress, and printing industries. "Our cooperation with the Adobe InDesign team has a real benefit for our customers,'' said Johan Berlaen, general manager of Digital Solutions at Agfa. "Testing InDesign with the Agfa Apogee prepress production system improves the reliability of the total solution.'' Creo is a global company with key strengths in imaging and software technology. "Our customers are seeing an increased demand for InDesign files,'' said Dave Brown, vice president of business strategy at Creo. "Dependable and precise printing is a top priority for our customers and InDesign helps them create predictable results from the initial stages of design to the final printing process.'' Heidelberg offers a comprehensive range of products for the graphic arts industry covering the entire spectrum -- from prepress and press right through to postpress. "It is imperative that front-end applications such as Adobe InDesign work tightly within our workflows,'' said Ray Cassino marketing director at Prepress Heidelberg USA, Inc. "The new print user interface and performance improvements ensure that customers can maintain the highest standards in production.'' "Support from the industry's leading print system manufacturers is a true testament to the power, performance and dependability of Adobe InDesign,'' said Susan Altman Prescott, vice president of Cross-Media Publishing at Adobe. "In combination with these high performance hardware systems, InDesign is giving service providers and publishers the ability to turn great ideas into print.''