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Creo Collaborative Tools Save Time on Packaging Production at PackExpo 2002

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PACK EXPO 2002 CHICAGO, IL -- November 4, 2002 -- Creo Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSX: CRE) is introducing consumer product companies to the Creo tools for colllaboration, automation, efficient print production, and quality imaging at Pack Expo 2002 this week in Chicago. "We're letting consumer product companies know how they can benefit from digital technologies," explains Mark Vanover, director of marketing for packaging, Creo Americas. "We show how they can benefit by differentiating their product packaging from competitors using tools from Creo." Collaborate Online... Creo is showing the Synapse(r) InSite Internet portal that shrinks the length of production cycles by allowing online collaboration between consumer product companies and the trade shops or converters preparing their packaging. This powerful workflow management software allows users to submit jobs and proof them remotely. From wherever customers and service reps have access to the Internet, they can submit print jobs, track progress, proof, collaborate with creative and production staff on changes, receive up-to-minute job information, and approve work -- all on-line and in a secure environment. Efficient Workflow for Packaging... Synapse InSite integrates seamlessly with Prinergy Powerpack(tm) workflow, the PDF-based workflow management system for packaging that streamlines and organizes prepress production for converters, trade shops and consumer product companies. Prinergy Powerpack streamlines, automates and adds value to packaging-file production for offset, flexographic and gravure trade shops and converters. The latest version, Prinergy Powerpack 2.1, includes new features for flexography, including vector distortion and 7.5¡ screening; enhanced trapping and color management features. The workflow also integrates the Pandora(r) packaging and label step-and-repeat solution, using JDF (Job Definition Format) data to transfer step-and-repeat information and job data to the Prinergy Powerpack workflow. Future Savings with Spotless Solution... Creo is demonstrating the Spotless(tm) solution technology, which delivers spot color performance at a fraction of the cost. The solution uses SQUAREspot(r) thermal imaging heads, Staccato(r) screening for fidelity and continuous tone performance, the six-color workflow of the Prinergy(r) workflow management system, and implementation services provided by the Creo Consulting Services Group. The Spotless technology demonstration shows automatic six-color separation and proofing, bringing six-color workflow into the mainstream. This six-color technology will be available in Prinergy next year. On display are samples of six-color press sheets that were printed using the Spotless solution which illustrate the accurate replication of spot colors against a 12-color, CMYKOG plus six spot colors (two passes in a six-color press) press sheet. The Spotless solution beta release is targeted for early 2003. Packaging Samples on Show... On display at the Staccato Print Showcase are many packaging samples printed by Creo customers using Staccato(r) screening. When imaged with the consistency and accuracy of SQUAREspot(r) thermal imaging heads, Staccato screening delivers unmatched quality from proof and plate. Staccato also improves color and halftone stability on press which makes it a practical everyday tool for the pressroom. Scanning for Packaging ... The new iQsmart(tm) flatbed scanners from Creo produce high-quality color scans in-house. With productivity ranging from 30-45 scans per hour, iQsmart scanners deliver sharp resolution, consistent sharpness and quality, regardless of the original's size. The oXYgen scanning application allows for total control over the scanning process, which helps meet the demands of converters and tradeshops. Creo packaging experts are introducing Pack Expo visitors to all of the Creo collaborative and efficiency tools for the packaging market until November 7 at the Creo booth #E7163.