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Spectragraphic, Inc. Improves, Speeds Workflow Using MassTransit Enterprise

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July 15, 2003 (Arlington, VA) – Group Logic, developer of best-selling network workflow software products for the graphic arts industry, announced today that Spectragraphic, Inc. has implemented its MassTransit Enterprise product to improve the speed of transferring digital files—internally and externally—and to automate its prepress workflow processes.  Spectragraphic, Inc. is a prepress and sheet-fed print house serving major publishing, catalog and advertising clients. With three locations between New York and Boston, the company uses advanced technology to service customer needs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.   MassTransit Enterprise is the leading software product for mission-critical transfer of graphic arts files across high-speed wide area networks including the Internet.  Its added workflow and proofing features permit advanced levels of management that are unavailable in any other solution, including programmable e-mail notification of file arrivals and other key events; detailed, easily exportable logging and tracking of transmission data; and bandwidth usage prioritization capabilities.   The product is used by 10 of the top 15 printing companies in North America, as well as major publishers and Fortune 500 print purchasing and creative organizations. "In the printing industry, expected turnaround times for proofs used to be three days, then overnight, now within a matter of hours," says John Gulino, Technical Director for Spectragraphic, Inc.  MassTransit's easy-to-use "drag-and-drop" interface lets business partners quickly send files or print them on remote output devices at each other's locations. "We were looking for a way to reduce the amount of traffic on Wam!Net and through FTP," says Gulino. "With FTP, our clients would have to compress files on their end before sending - which takes time and allows for errors.  With MassTransit, the transfer is quick and seamless. We've significantly increased the speed at which we receive and process files, which means better service for our clients."   This time savings translates into costs savings. "Group Logic is a one-time upfront cost and service contract, where with Wam!Net you pay a monthly or per-use fee," says Gulino. "But greater than the cost-savings for us is the savings in time," says Gulino, "which allows us to meet demanding production schedules." Server-based software, MassTransit Enterprise installs at a corporate location(s) and can be easily shared with customers, vendors and other trading partners. Its universal design supports every file transmission workflow - server to server, Web to server, and server to Web – and eliminates delivery or usage fees typically associated with similar solutions.   "We use MassTransit Enterprise to automate the process of receiving files and preparing them for processing," notes Gulino. The open platform, allows customization for specific business practices. "We have written AppleScripts to deliver the incoming files to the appropriate folders for preflight work.  If there is an error in receiving a file, an e-mail goes out immediately to our production person, as well as to the client. Likewise, if it is received properly, an e-mail is sent to let the client know we've received it."  The process is fully automated and streamlines both communication and internal procedures. Spectragraphic currently employs MassTransit Enterprise using a "Satellite" client with three major publishing customers.  A number of its customers also utilize the product's web client. By July, the company anticipates all of their "Satellite" licenses to be operational and to have a rapidly growing base of web client users.

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