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Canon U.S.A. and EFI Announce ColorPASS Server for imageRUNNER C3220

Press release from the issuing company

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--July 1, 2004-- Canon U.S.A., the nation's market share brand leader in black-and-white and color laser copier/printer solutions(1) and EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the new ColorPASS-Z3000, the latest print controller option for Canon's new Color imageRUNNER(TM) C3220 color digital imaging system. Based on EFI's Fiery S350 color server technology, this powerful new controller delivers maximum color productivity and efficiency to graphic-intensive printing environments. "The use of color is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and widespread -- with office environments having to meet increasingly complex color and volume requirements quickly and efficiently," said Sam Yoshida, director and general manager, Corporate Systems Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And with the introduction of the new ColorPASS-Z3000 using EFI's Fiery controller capabilities, Canon's Color imageRUNNER C3220 system -- which makes color broadly accessible to office environments -- now provides even more robust color solutions to our customers." Powered by an Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz CPU, the Fiery S350 technology that underpins the ColorPASS-Z3000 controller brings a new level of speed and productivity to increase the output capabilities of Canon's Color imageRUNNER C3220 engine. The ColorPASS-Z3000 color controller features EFI's award-winning EFI Command WorkStation(TM) for efficient management and manipulation of jobs and includes a comprehensive array of professional features such as: ColorWise for consistent, "out-of-the-box" color output True Adobe(TM) PostScript 3 support Fiery WebTools(TM) for easy remote job management Hot Folders for automated batch processing of PostScript and PDF files Spot-On(TM) for accurate matching of spot colors such as logos Optional DocBuilder Pro(TM) for editing and assembling documents before RIPping the files Optional Graphics Arts Package -- a suite of precision color management tools for graphic arts professionals Optional EFI Color Profiler(TM) -- a color measurement solution that enables the creation of ICC profiles with CMYK digital printers "This latest Fiery enabled ColorPASS-Z3000 controller is a direct result of a long term, on-going partnership between Canon and EFI to offer customers the most robust solutions to suit their printing needs," said Bernie Lepore, Senior Director of Sales, EFI. "The ColorPASS-Z3000, combined with the Canon Color imageRUNNER C3220 engine, gives demanding color users a powerful and reliable printing solution." The ColorPASS-Z3000 controller also offers a powerful suite of tools to maximize throughput and streamline color, Variable Data Printing (VDP) production, offering the most comprehensive range of VDP languages including the industry standard PPML. Availability The optional Canon ColorPASS-Z3000 controller will be available through authorized Canon U.S.A. Dealers and Canon Business Solutions subsidiaries in the Third Quarter, 2004.