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Williamson Printing Rolls Out ICS Remote Director for Monitor-based Contract Proofing

Press release from the issuing company

Dallas, Texas; December 8, 2003 – Williamson Printing Corporation, one of Texas' largest commercial printers, with a 120-year history, annual sales approaching $100 million and roughly 450 employees, is implementing Remote Director, the SWOP-certified monitor-based contract proofing system from Integrated Color Solutions (ICS), to maintain its competitive edge in national and international markets. A perennial winner of the prestigious Premier Print Awards (Bennies) and a beta partner with ICS during the development of the Remote Director system, Dallas-based Williamson offers full-service advertising and commercial corporate, legal and financial printing services from prepress to binding and fulfillment. Its blue-chip clients are prominent in a variety of fields including auto manufacturing, publishing, advertising, jewelry, fashion and retailing.   “A great deal of our business is outside of Texas and outside the country,” explains Jesse Williamson, President. “For us to compete with local printers, we need to perform the same functions as they do, but do the job better, faster and quicker.  When you consider proofing is our second largest prepress expense even before adding air freight costs, it’s easy to see why our ability to evaluate proofs in real time, and do it accurately, is key to competing more effectively in national and international arenas.” “We see a bright future in remote proofing. We chose ICS and the Remote Director system because ICS alone is able to color-manage both the monitors and the process, and their system is easy to implement and use effectively almost anywhere,” says Williamson. Art Bush, Director of Color and Technical Sales Support, adds, “Monitor-based proofing is without a doubt the wave of the future, and the ICS approach with the Remote Director system is simple, accurate and flexible. With it,  we’re able to  literally shave days off our average proofing cycle while fostering better communication with our clients, regardless of where they are located.” ICS President Jeffrey Silverman commented, “Williamson Printing is one of the premier printing companies in America and one that makes no secret about their passion for quality. It is exciting and rewarding to have a customer that pays such close attention to detail in how it chooses, tests and applies technology implement Remote Director as the proofing system of choice for their discerning customer base.” Williamson Printing joins a growing number of companies converting to color-accurate, monitor-based contract proofing using the Remote Director system. These include TV Guide magazine, Toppan Printing Company America, prepress provider C-t-PLUS, and other leading prepress firms, commercial printers, catalog firms and publishers. Remote Director is the first SWOP-certified, monitor-based contract proofing system that applies advanced color management to verify the accuracy of every monitor and every proof.  Running on commercially available hardware, Remote Director Software allows multiple reviewers in dispersed locations to view, collaborate and comment on color as well as content and build a digital record of the proofing process from start to finish including final legal sign-off. Reviewers can collaborate in real-time or work at their own convenience, allowing photographers, agencies, clients, prepress shops and printers to communicate more effectively while accomplishing in hours what used to take days. Uniquely able to support both RGB and CMYK workflows, the flexible Remote Director system can be used for proofing content, imposition, critical color and predicting press results, as well as for the final contract proof. Downloadable via the Internet, the software is easy to install, easy to use, and integrates into any proofing workflow.  For these achievements, ICS won the 2003 GATF InterTech Award for Innovative Excellence and most recently a Must See ’ems award at Graph Expo 2003.