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Canon U.S.A. and T/R Systems Announce Availability of MicroPress Version 6.2

Press release from the issuing company

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. & ATLANTA--Dec. 19, 2002-- T/R Systems, a leader in developing innovative solutions for the management and production of digital documents, and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, and leader in networked imaging systems, announced today the availability of the latest version of T/R Systems' MicroPress software for use with high-volume Canon imageRUNNER and CLC color production systems. MicroPress Version 6.2 provides significant enhancements to existing robust make-ready and workflow functionality. T/R Systems' innovative MicroPress X Series is at the heart of this print-on-demand (POD) solution. The MicroPress X Series provides a document production server for print-on-demand customers that bridges the gap between low-volume workgroup printing and high-volume centralized printing. By combining powerful document make-ready capabilities with advanced workflow tools, sophisticated color management and unique print device connectivity options, the MicroPress provides customers with a scalable production printing system. "We are very enthusiastic about the impact that the launch of MicroPress Version 6.2 will have on the POD community," said Mike Kohlsdorf, president and CEO of T/R Systems. "The pairing of Canon devices with this latest release brings enhanced features and functionality that we believe will make this solution ideal for production print environments." "The combination of Canon engines and T/R Systems production workflow technologies continues to enhance customer options for satisfying workflow demands in production printing environments," said Dennis Amorosano, director and assistant general manager of Canon U.S.A. Copier and Networked Office Systems Division. "We are confident that our customers will be well positioned to address ever-changing application needs with these solutions while ensuring that their businesses remain poised for profitable growth." MicroPress Version 6.2 features improvements to TRueEdit, the PrintStation Manager and to the MicroPress RIP. Enhancements to TRueEdit, an image editing application designed to let users edit MicroPress jobs, include Tab Editor features that allow multiple tabs to be inserted, edited and labeled from one dialog box, which significantly reduces the number of steps required to add tabs to a document. TRueEdit's tab feature supports multi-line tabs, the placement of images on tabs and is capable of re-ordering tabs in significantly faster time. Other new features include the ability to export jobs as TIFF, PostScript or PDF for use in third-party applications, such as PhotoShop, and for multiple user access to editing tools with Remote TRueEdit. Version 6.2 also provides significant upgrades to the PrintStation Manager, such as the automatic splitting of black & white and color pages within a job, job scheduling, subset stapling, page and subset level tray calls and overall speed optimization. Version 6.2 further advances the MicroPress RIP, offering faster RIP speed and improvements to ICC profiles, calibration curves and process spot color matching, which are all part of the TRueColor color management suite. In addition to previously announced support for the Canon imageRUNNER 110, 105, 8500, 550, 600, 60, 85 and 7200 models and the CLC5000, the MicroPress now supports the CLC 3900 color production system. The CLC 3900 is a 39 page per minute printer with a print resolution equivalent of up to 800 x 400 dots-per-inch (dpi) and maximum recommended monthly volume of 150,000 letter size impressions. The device is targeted to the production print-for-pay, corporate and graphics central reprographic department, and service bureau. The CLC3900 Connectivity Kit for the MicroPress X Series will be available at the end of the fourth quarter of 2002 through authorized Canon U.S.A. dealers and subsidiaries with a suggested retail price of $17,500.