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Lucid Dream Announces Release of I-Trap

Press release from the issuing company

Offers In-RIP and Interactive Raster-based Trapping to Harlequin(R) Users HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL, August 19, 2002-Lucid Dream Software, developer of the TIFF/ITflow and OnTimeProof software solutions, recently released I-Trap (TM), the first major upgrade for Harlequin (R) in-RIP trapping. The raster-based solution offers both automated in-RIP and interactive trapping in a single easy-to-use, off-the-shelf package. Ideal for all size print shops, I-Trap simplifies operations, increases productivity, and achieves high-quality trapping-all at a cost-effective price. "I-Trap provides the best of both worlds," says David Lewis, president, Lucid Dream Software. "Combining Global Graphic's SDK plug-in for the Harlequin RIP with our sophisticated trapping technology, I-Trap meets the demand for a reliable trapping application for computer-to-plate, as well as the need for a workflow solution for both conventional page layout and PDF production. I-Trap plows through the largest files and the most complex jobs quickly, easily and reliably. If your RIP can RIP it - I-Trap can trap it!" I-Trap provides maximum performance and increased productivity for Harlequin users. It integrates easily within your existing Harlequin workflow environment, has independent trap parameter settings, and features a Harlequin native interface. The plug-in works with virtually any vendor's ScriptWorks RIP and provides high-quality trapping for both PostScript(R) and PDF workflows. The I-Trap Interactive Viewer lets users interact directly with the trapping settings and quickly see the results. The Viewer includes a page manager, an information manager, a graphic configuration tool, and page preview. The "Trap on the Fly" feature allows users to quickly preview the results of their custom settings for all of the parameters including miter trapping, ink control behavior, trap widths, and image and gradient trapping. The I-Trap user interface is well-designed and easy to use. Lucid Dream also provides an easy-to-use import wizard for additional file formats such as Heidelberg Delta, TIFF/IT-P1, and others. "I-Trap is a powerful, fast, and thorough trapping solution," says Adam Olson, prepress manager, Econoprint, a Wisconsin-based firm. "It's easy to use and can do all the things a vector-based solution can't. We do a lot of two- and three-color work (black and spot colors) and it handles elements such as blends and images without a problem. The I-Trap viewer is more useful than the Harlequin roam feature," he adds. I-Trap installs as an integral part of a Harlequin RIP on the PC platform. Additional platforms will be added in the future. I-Trap supports Heidelberg Delta, ArtQuest Crescendo, and TIFF/IT-P1 files. The price for I-Trap is $5995. Lucid Dream's Trapping Web site (www.trapping.org) offers a free demonstration download of a limited version of I-Trap as well as additional information on the product's features and benefits, and on trapping in general. About Lucid Dream Software Lucid Dream Software, Inc., is a private, Illinois-based corporation. Lucid Dream provides industry-leading, vertical market software tools and solutions for the pre-press and printing industries both in the retail market, with their line of Delta additions, and in the OEM market for several industry-leading prepress manufacturers. Its "dream team" developed the first desktop trapping solution called RIPLINK Trap in the 1980s. Since then, it has developed two additional mainstream trapping products. For more information about Lucid Dream products, contact Lucid Dream Software, 4570 Topaz Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL 60159. Tel: 847-202-8424. Fax: 847-202-9352. Or visit the company's Web site at www.luciddream.com.