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Creo Presents Powerful New Packaging Tools for Prepress Automation and Integration

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GRAPH EXPO 2004 CHICAGO -- October 12, 2004 -- Creo is demonstrating new workflow features that increase automation, improve integration, and provide powerful new tools that save prepress operators time. New! Prinergy Powerpack Automation... Creo's PDF packaging workflow, Prinergy Powerpack 2.3, delivers unprecedented control, integration and automation. New automation features allow multiple outputs to be created from one input file, accelerating production and increasing efficiency. The new PDF preflight allows operators to customize preflight criteria or use predefined profiles to check and correct input files automatically. Another new feature in Prinergy Powerpack is Trap Trimming, which creates labor savings by reducing the manual editing required to prepare packaging files for production. Trap Trimming automatically adjusts the size of traps that extend into small objects and prevents the traps from "leaking" into uncolored areas in the artwork. All of these new Prinergy Powerpack features are being demonstrated at the Creo booth (#4006). A sneak preview of Prinergy Powerpack version 3.0 is also being shown to Graph Expo visitors. At the Globe-Tek booth (#5420) and DiMS! booth (#4417), demonstrations feature Prinergy Powerpack integration with Synapse Link business integration software. Synapse Link allows access to production data for integrating business systems. New! PDF Compare and PDF Merge... PDF Compare and PDF Merge are new Adobe Acrobat plug-ins for the Prinergy Powerpack workflow management system. These innovative new tools will reduce the time and cost associated with managing correction cycles in a packaging workflow. Prepress operators often perform last-minute copy changes, image correction, or other changes when preparing one-up artwork for production. During this process, the approved design file and production-ready file often fall out of synch, as the changes made to the production file are not updated in the design file. PDF Compare and PDF Merge provide the ability to synchronize the design file with the production-ready file, highlighting the differences between them, and merging only the changes into the production-ready file. Until now, packaging trade shops and converters have had to rely on high-cost editing workstations to accomplish this. PDF Compare and PDF Merge deliver this functionality, at a much lower cost, and allow all changes to be made in off-the-shelf desktop publishing applications. With these simple tools, trade shops and converters can save time in prepress, reduce costly errors on press, and improve relationships with customers through improved management of assets. Creo is demonstrating PDF Compare at Graph Expo. See Spotless Live at Graph Expo... Creo Spotless(tm) printing is a revolutionary solution from Creo that delivers the visual impact of spot colors using process inks instead of spot inks. It makes spot color replacement easy and accurate; helping printers to dramatically reduce the use of special inks in their press room. Spotless printing is being demonstrated live by Creo and KBA in the KBA booth (#1054). New! HyperFlex 2.0... Creo is demonstrating version 2.0 of the GATF and FTA award-winning HyperFlex(tm) flexographic screening solution, which results in higher quality and greater consistency. In addition to stabilizing platemaking and holding a small-sized dot on the plate, HyperFlex 2.0 can now be applied to normal AM screening in addition to Creo Maxtone(tm) screening. HyperFlex makes flexographic presswork more predictable, reliable and consistent. It reduces the amount of file customization and adjustments normally required to get around the unpredictable rendering of highlights. HyperFlex also brings quality benefits to the final printed package, which is of interest to packaging print buyers and consumer product companies. New! Pandora Step-and-Repeat Utility... A new utility for the Pandora step-and-repeat application promises to save operators valuable layout time by providing tools that correct problems, rather than waiting for revised files to be returned by the customer. Creo introduces CAD Correct, a utility for Pandora that provides production operators with the ability to create a stepped CAD file where no die file exists, or to correct CAD files that have been improperly prepared. When a die file is incorrectly prepared (with unknown line types, for example), the file cannot leverage the automation features in Pandora. CAD Correct allows the Pandora operator to define the outer cut lines so the software can deduce the location and number of 1-up positions. The file can then be saved as a proper CFF2 file. For jobs that are missing a CAD file from the customer, it is now possible to create one using the die-line separation from the 1-up artwork, if it exists. CAD Correct can import an EPS file of the die-line separation, identify the cut lines, step it to create the die layout, and write out a CFF2 file for Pandora. Pandora 2.7, featuring CAD Correct, will be shown for the first time at Graph Expo. New! Magnus Very Large Format CTP... The new Magnus(tm) VLF (very large format) computer-to-plate (CTP) imaging device is making its North American debut at Graph Expo. The revolutionary Magnus VLF CTP device produces superior quality imaging with repeatability, reliability, improved functionality, and increased productivity for packaging printers. The overall format size has been increased to 63 x 83 in. (1,600 x 2,108 mm) to accommodate large sheet-fed presses and to provide enhanced plate loading flexibility for smaller plates. See the Magnus VLF CTP device at the MAN Roland booth (#1017). See Creo at booth # 4006 at Graph Expo 2004, North America's largest trade show for the printing and graphic arts industries, in Chicago, IL, October 10-13, 2004.