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New IKON PowerPort Transforms Legacy Print Data Streams to Simplify Workflow

Press release from the issuing company

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--July 21, 2004-- Ending customers' reliance on dedicated servers and complex workflow processes to handle enterprise print jobs, IKON Office Solutions, the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services, today announced the immediate availability of IKON PowerPort(TM), an integrated print-transform software solution. IKON PowerPort, powered by technology from Rochester Software Associates, simplifies the processing of legacy data streams and enables both mainframe and network print jobs to run on the same equipment - reducing associated costs while improving print quality. IKON PowerPort, the only print-transform solution to reside on the Canon imageRUNNER 110 and Pro 150+ controllers, gives customers greater flexibility and control in optimizing production printer use. Allowing print jobs to be completed anywhere on the network and boosting print quality of mainframe jobs, the IKON PowerPort is ideal for customers seeking replacements to aging printers or consolidating data centers as they reduce enterprise printing costs. IKON PowerPort is also available as a standalone solution for light production environments. "IKON PowerPort provides a more effective and functional software solution than legacy print-transform hardware offerings," said Cathy Lewis, Senior Vice President of Marketing for IKON Office Solutions. "With IKON PowerPort, customers should realize increased throughput, flexibility and optimized utilization of their networked production printers. Thus, reducing expenses across their enterprise." Delivering the simplified workflow, improved quality and lower cost are IKON PowerPort's impressive productivity features, which include: The automatic conversion of Xerox LCDS (DJDE, Metacode and XES/UDK) and IBM (AFP/IPDS) data streams to industry standard PostScript and PCL, allowing printing on network printers without costly reprogramming; Support for all Xerox LCDS commands; Control over complex paper management and full OTEXT support; The ability to merge images, electronic forms and variable data; Automatic PDF creation of all or selected jobs for archival and reprint; A companion print capability that drives jobs to smaller network printers to provide back-up or small job off-loading; and, An easy-to-use interface that does not require in-house Unix or Solaris operating system knowledge. The IKON PowerPort is available immediately from IKON throughout the United States and Canada with a retail price starting at $16,000.