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New IKON DocSend Makes Digital Document Distribution Easy and Efficient

Press release from the issuing company

VALLEY FORGE, Penn.--April 7, 2003-- IKON Office Solutions, Inc. and Electronics For Imaging today announced the availability of IKON DocSend(TM), an exclusive "scan-to" solution powered by EFI technology that integrates with products across the IKON portfolio. Developed by EFI exclusively for IKON, IKON DocSend is the result of ongoing collaborative efforts between IKON and EFI to deliver innovative products to help streamline customer workflow. IKON DocSend's next-generation capture-and-delivery system transforms paper documents into digital files for secure, instantaneous distribution and/or simplified storage. Technology-independent IKON DocSend offers a PC-style user interaction and plug-and-play convenience with IKON's lineup of best-in-class copiers, multi-function peripherals and TWAIN-compliant scanners from manufacturers such as Canon and Ricoh. In addition, IKON DocSend offers a seamless portal into Westbrook Technologies' Fortis document management system, thereby streamlining digital archival and retrieval capabilities. "It has never been easier for businesses to take advantage of the efficiency and productivity inherent in a digital workflow," said Cathy Lewis, Senior Vice President of Marketing, IKON Office Solutions. "IKON DocSend can create streamlined communications between companies and their customers and suppliers at a reduced operating cost compared to traditional information sharing processes like fax or express mail. EFI's cutting-edge scanning and delivery technology and expertise in intuitive user interfaces makes this a powerful new tool for information distribution and management." IKON DocSend is designed to allow users to scan pages in full color or black-and-white and preview the digital files as thumbnails or full-page images in PDF, TIFF or JPG format using a large, touch-screen interface. Personal annotations can be made at the IKON DocSend station, before documents are sent to multiple sources, including e-mail addresses, FTP sites, connected copier/printers and document repositories. Using EFI's integrated PrintMe Networks(TM) solution, the IKON DocSend can also be used as a powerful fax distribution system. Alternatively, users can leverage the "DocSend to Me" function for one-touch scanning that sends documents directly to their inbox for future retrieval or editing from any e-mail enabled workstation. "IKON DocSend takes the analog to digital conversion to the next level by linking digital imaging systems directly to enterprise business applications. This significantly enhances the office workflow process by offering greater speed, convenience and efficiency," said Frank Mallozzi, VP of Worldwide Sales, EFI. "We are pleased to partner with IKON to offer this valuable product exclusively to their customers." "IKON DocSend supports our commitment to bringing the best-in-class, value-added solutions to market," continued Ms. Lewis. "As a leading independent provider of document management products and services, we have the ability to offer customized solutions with the technology that best fits the ongoing needs of our customers." The IKON-exclusive solution is ideal for virtually any paper-intensive organization or workgroup involved in workflow that includes invoices, purchase orders, applications/forms, reports, proofs or other business communications. For specific applications or vertical markets, IKON DocSend also offers usage tracking and data export into accounting systems for accurate bill back to departments or clients. IKON DocSend does not require extensive setup, maintenance or training to implement or operate. In fact, local IT/MIS administrators can upload corporate e-mail lists directly via LDAP support, which users can easily access with a secure user log-in ID through the intuitive full-color touch-screen. IKON's Professional Services team is available to support more complex workflow, including custom scripting for enterprise-wide document management solutions that involve integrated capture, distribution, storage and retrieval functionality. With limited availability in April and full availability in May, IKON DocSend is priced at $6,995 which includes a connector for Westbrook Fortis and universal adaptor for Canon and Ricoh engines.