Global Graphics Signs PDF Agreement with Largest Software firm in Japan
Press release from the issuing company
Cambridge, UK; October 11, 2002 — Global Graphics S.A. announced today that its subsidiary, Global Graphics Software Limited, has signed a three year agreement with Justsystem Corporation (Jasdaq: 4686), Japan’s largest developer and supplier of software with sales of 14.06 billion YEN in the financial year 2002, to integrate its Portable Document Format (PDF) creation software, Jaws PDF Creator™, into Justsystem’s top selling word processing application Ichitaro. The agreement is expected to be worth up to $2 million.
More than 1 million copies of Ichitaro have been sold in Japan in the financial year 2002. The agreement with Global Graphics will also see Justsystem selling a standalone version of Jaws PDF Creator, branded Justsystem PDF Creator, via its major distribution channels through which it has achieved significant sales to the Japanese government and large corporations.
Jim Freidah, Global Graphics Software’s president and chief operating officer, comments, "This agreement represents a strategic opportunity for us because it establishes distribution of our PDF products in Japan through collaboration with its most significant player. We have worked closely with Justsystem to ensure the seamless integration of our PDF generation tool with their word processing package as well as to provide them with the initial support they need to leverage our products through their substantial distribution network. This is our springboard into greater expansion of the Japanese market for further products and support. "
Global Graphics has been supplying the Harlequin RIP to the Japanese graphics arts market for many years via Original Equipment Manufacturers including Konica, Fujitsu and Morisawa. In 2001, a Japanese language version of Jaws PDF Creator was launched. However, Justsystem PDF Creator will offer broader support for users to convert documents from virtually any Kanji application into the universal PDF file format that retains the exact format, graphics, fonts and color of the original. It will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2003.
PDF is rapidly becoming the preferred, standard file format for document management and distribution in a wide range of applications. It is now recognized globally as the ideal electronic format for storing and distributing documents via corporate intranets, the World Wide Web, e-mail and CD-ROM. Unlike other file formats, PDF files cannot be altered easily and their small file size greatly increases file transfer speeds across networks, reduces Internet viewing and download times and maximizes archiving efficiency.
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