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MetaCommunications Releases New Virtual Ticket 5.0

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This major upgrade of the Virtual Ticket production platform includes more than 50 new features and introduces advanced enterprise management tools. IOWA CITY, IA—September 9, 2002 – Today MetaCommunications, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Virtual Ticket 5.0. This new version is a major upgrade to the highly successful Virtual Ticket 4.0 production platform, with more than 50 new features and a comprehensive set of tools designed to support the enterprise environment. MetaCommunications will be demonstrating the software at Seybold San Francisco 2002 (in the MetaCommunications booth #1543) and Labelexpo Americas 2002 (in the Pitman Company booth #5705). Virtual Ticket 5.0 is an electronic job ticketing and digital asset management software solution for printing, publishing and creative development. The system is designed for graphic arts organizations that need to efficiently manage job information and digital assets. A built-in forms editor and a scripting engine allow organizations to adapt the software to their existing job ticketing systems and workflows, and the system’s new features enable enhanced efficiency, speed and productivity. “With Virtual Ticket 5.0’s new functionality, this powerful production platform is expanding even further into the enterprise workflow and digital asset management market. This system is completely customizable and scalable, capable of performing under heavy loads in challenging production environments,” said Robert Long, Executive Vice President of MetaCommunications. New features in Virtual Ticket 5.0 include: Real-time automated asset cataloging * Newly revamped InterSync technology designed to monitor file servers and catalog assets in real-time * Digital asset categorization and association based on customizable rules * Centralized monitoring and command consoles * Multiple file server monitoring Detailed digital asset information for searching and archiving * PDF parser * PDF thumbnailer, text extractor and preview generator * PowerPoint thumbnailer, text extractor and preview generator Streamlined user interface * Customizable presentation and assignable shortcuts for finds * Floating file collectors * Copy and paste files from Virtual Ticket or Finder to QuarkXPress * And many additional user interface features Pricing and Availability Virtual Ticket 5.0 is currently available directly from MetaCommunications or through certified partners worldwide. The Virtual Ticket base package starts at $999 (U.S.). Additional concurrent user license packs are available separately, starting at $659 (U.S.) for a single-user license and $2,999 (U.S.) for five users. Upgrades from Virtual Ticket 4.0 are available free of charge for a limited time for customers with Software Assurance and Support, or for those customers who purchased Virtual Ticket 4.0 after July 8, 2002. About Virtual Ticket Virtual Ticket 5.0 is a production platform for printing, publishing and creative development that provides an easy way for workgroups and organizations to centralize, manage and use production information. Virtual Ticket 5.0 is the only product available today to combine customizable workflow, digital asset management and archiving tools in one scalable, cross-platform solution. Virtual Ticket 5.0 may be used as a standalone system or in conjunction with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or production process management system. For more information, please visit www.meta-comm.com/products/virtual_ticket About MetaCommunications MetaCommunications is a leading software developer of business management and workflow solutions for the graphic arts industry, including the award-winning Job Manager and Virtual Ticket programs. These cross-platform products are customizable and scalable for five-user workgroups to hundreds of users in an enterprise environment. MetaCommunications has more than 500 installations of its software worldwide, helping some of the world’s top creative agencies, corporate marketing groups, printing and prepress firms, and publishers work more efficiently and profitably. MetaCommunications was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information, please visit www.meta-comm.com.

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