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Ricoh Teaming with EFI to Introduce Job Submission and Workflow Management Solutions

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WEST CALDWELL, N.J. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Nov. 11, 2004-- Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, is teaming with EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, to offer new web-to-print and workflow management solutions to users of Ricoh's Aficio multifunction printers. EFI Digital StoreFront(TM) and EFI MicroPress products are now available to deliver complete, integrated web submission, digital prepress, and print procurement solutions to Ricoh customers. "In today's competitive marketplace, total document solutions offer an attractive path to future growth and profitability. EFI's Digital StoreFront and MicroPress products enable our customers to meet total print requirements by covering all segments of the document life cycle, beyond printing and finishing. These solutions focus on workflow and process improvements, offering a tremendous value to Aficio users to improve customer service and streamline operations," said Hede Nonaka, vice president of marketing for Ricoh Corporation. Digital StoreFront seamlessly integrates the flow of data from initial submission to printed output for optimum efficiency and profitability. It gives print centers the ability to project their own image and brand and serve customers via a robust, interactive Intranet and/or Internet presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A simple interface allows digital file submission from any PC or Macintosh computer. Through a PDF driver and web browser, customers can easily enter job specifications for production and finishing, and view PDF proofs of their documents online for approval. Job tickets and files are automatically submitted into the print center's workflow, billing systems, print servers and output devices. The integration of Digital StoreFront with EFI MicroPress DX and MX Servers optimizes productivity of Aficio color and black & white printers with robust digital prepress and production workflow management. MicroPress is a powerful print and workflow server developed for Print-On-Demand environments. It delivers support for up to 12 Aficio printers, powerful editing tools, pinpoint color control and customizable automation in one comprehensive application. MicroPress Servers easily integrate into existing environments and allow customers to make an immediate impact with advanced, post-RIP make-ready tools. The latest MicroPress technology features automated archiving, advanced document editing and imposition features and intuitive color management tools for easy, accurate color. "The ability for print providers to own and host their own branded web site that is easy for customers to navigate, understand and use provides unmatched control and flexibility, while improving workflow processes, customer service and loyalty. Combined with the powerful post-RIP production workflow tools of EFI MicroPress, Ricoh Aficio users have a valuable opportunity to reduce costs and boost profits," said Frank Mallozzi, VP of Worldwide Sales at EFI. Availability EFI Digital StoreFront Express for entry-level web submission, EFI Digital StoreFront 2.0 full-featured web-to-print solution, and EFI MicroPress are available today for the Aficio 1060, 1075, 2090, 2105, the 6513 and 3800 color products, and the new Aficio 2232C and 2238C.