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ICS Announces RIP partner program and first members

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Chicago; October 10, 2004 — Integrated Color Solutions (ICS), the technology leader in providing monitor color proofing solutions, today announced a new RIP Partnership program that enables RIP suppliers to add Remote Director contract monitor proofing to the list of proofing devices they currently support. In addition, ICS announced that five RIP suppliers have joined the Remote Director RIP Partnership: Apago, Inc., CGS (with ORIS Color Tuner), DuPont (with ChromaPro), Fuji (with Celebrant Plus), and GMG (with ColorProof). Raster Image Processing, or RIP software is used to render a page description file such as PDF to device pixels for output to film, plate and paper or on a monitor. ICS’ new Remote Director RIP program enables RIP partners to augment standard RIP capabilities with Remote Director RIP technology, thereby allowing their users to view accurate color on screen, without the time and expense associated with hard copy output. Prior to the support from the Remote Director RIP Partnership, a RIP manufacturer could assign color profiles for color accurate, hard copy only. Therefore a hard proof had to be made to review and verify color accuracy. The addition of Remote Director support to these manufacturer’s RIPs enables users of those products to see accurate color proofs on screen throughout the production process. Remote Director’s use of profiles means it can match to any other output device driven by the supported RIP. "ICS Remote Director is considered the technology leader in monitor proofing, and we are pleased and excited that these leading RIP suppliers have chosen Remote Director as the preferred monitor proofing device," said John Sweeney, ICS Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The obvious benefit to the industry is current users of our partners’ RIPs can move quickly and inexpensively into monitor proofing." Apago Inc. – Apago is a software development company providing high-quality workflow solutions for today's demanding pre-press and graphics art users. Apago's software solutions integrate PostScript, PDF, PDF/X, TIFF/IT and Scitex systems into a seamless production environment. CGS ORIS Color Tuner – Developed in 1991, ORIS (Open Reproduction on Industrial Standard) is a complete proofing system, combining software, high-speed proofing technology and proofing-specific ink and paper. With the ORIS Digital Proofing System, you can create contract quality proofs on affordable inkjet devices. Dupont ChromaPro – The ChromaPro inkjet color proofing system is a comprehensive color management, RIP and media solution for serious graphic arts inkjet users who are ready for an affordable, high-end color management solution. The system offers cross-platform flexibility between DOD inkjet devices, as well as dye and pigment ink sets. Fuji Celebrant Plus – Celebrant Plus provides a production system for managing the output of imposed pages to proof, film and plate. It contains a range of features that streamline your production process such as ripping and imposing the same jobs in parallel, and the ability to perform last minute page corrections without having to re-impose your jobs. GMG ColorProof – The central element in ColorProof is its unique “4-D Color Transformation Engine”, which guarantees the best possible quality and color accuracy when producing contract proofs with a variety of output devices. Together with a set of highly developed linearization tools, this makes the system particularly well suited for remote proofing applications. “I have always compared using Remote Director to how we use hard proofing systems,” says Dan Caldwell, ICS Vice President of Operations. “Third party support from these industry leading RIP manufacturers strengthens this position and allows mutual customers to seamlessly integrate a monitor based proof into their current workflow.”