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EFI Command WorkStation Honored with BERTLs Best Product Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

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FOSTER CITY, Calif. — August 23, 2004 — EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced that its Command WorkStation software was named “Best Print Queue Management Utility” in the BERTL's Best 2004 Awards. The award is bestowed on the one product that delivers the most useful job-management capabilities for print shop, CRD and high-level graphics users. This is the second consecutive year EFI Command WorkStation has received BERTL's Best Award recognition. “The EFI Command WorkStation was selected for its combination of high functionality, ease of use, and compatibility with a wide range of devices,” said BERTL CEO Carmel Rowley. BERTL analysts annually review new and current products and services in the digital imaging industry. Following exhaustive research and competitive analysis, BERTL produces a shortlist of products or manufacturers that it considers representative of some of the finest examples of digital imaging technology and innovation to date. EFI Command WorkStation provides centralized print job management of one or multiple EFI Fiery-driven devices. It automatically identifies Fiery servers on the network, and offers customization options so users can choose how to display information about connected Fiery servers most efficiently. The intuitive interface provides a gateway to a variety of sophisticated, productivity-enhancing tools. Also noted by BERTL are new features available with EFI Command WorkStation 4.1 (in conjunction with Fiery print server technology). These include EFI's ColorWise Pro 3.0 color management tools, Spot-On Color Matching technology for creating and managing custom spot colors, and Fiery FreeForm for efficient handling of variable data printing. Tim Evans, Digital Service Manager at New York-based ImageKing Visual Solutions, says his staff relies on Command WorkStation to manage his fleet of Fiery-driven printers and digital presses more efficiently. “The Command WorkStation is the easiest interface for an output device that I've encountered,” says Evans. “It cut down training time and makes my staff much more productive. It also allows us to correct errors early in the production process, instead of at the end, saving additional time and resources.” “We are proud to be recognized by BERTL – for the second year in a row – as one of the industry's leading innovators of best-in-class digital imaging technology,” said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. “This highly prestigious industry award reflects the ongoing dedication of our employees and our commitment to improving customer performance and productivity with solutions that are easy to use yet highly functional and efficient.” EFI's industry-leading Fiery print servers featuring the award-winning Command WorkStation are available for nearly every segment of the digital printing market – from entry-level desktop printers to production-level digital presses. BERTL's Best Awards are based on rigorous analysis of close to 300 corporate-level digital copiers, network laser printers, multifunction peripherals (MFPs), color laser printing devices, high-speed copier-printers, high-speed/high-volume mono CRD/Print for Pay devices, digital monochrome wide format printers, digital duplicators and color laser production systems. BERTL analysts take numerous factors into consideration, including overall value for money, competitive advantage, design and build quality, network management utilities, standard functions, value added software, return on investment and more. For more information please visit www.BERTL.com.