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EFI Dramatically Ups Print Productivity with MicroPress 7.0

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FOSTER CITY, Calif.--March 9, 2005-- EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the release of MicroPress ProSeries 7.0 production print software for multi-printer digital environments that will help customers, from corporate workgroups to high volume Print-on-Demand operations, realize greater workflow productivity and profits. Significant new features of this server-based print distribution software include higher speed, added document composition, color management, and printer and job management capabilities and a powerful new media catalog. Additionally, simplified installation procedures improve setup speed and eliminate installation errors. "The MicroPress ProSeries 7.0 Software delivers the time-saving tools and workflow automation capabilities that enable customers to achieve unprecedented levels of productivity by maximizing the output of their digital printers," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI. "With its simplified installation features, MicroPress ProSeries can be quickly implemented in a digital workflow to maximize productivity while the enhanced edit and color features will ensure even better print quality. Its flexible, scalable design provides a clear growth path toward future production demands." EFI MicroPress is a powerful server-based software production tool that can manage up to 12 black and white and/or color engines through one interface. By applying powerful digital prepress and workflow management across a multi-engine environment, MicroPress maximizes throughput and quality, generating cost savings and efficiencies throughout high volume digital printing environments. New capabilities include: Advanced Document Editing The MicroPress TrueEdit suite of make-ready tools dramatically improves productivity by automating manual processes such as hand collating, tab inserting, document renumbering and booklet creating. Users can prepare already RIPped documents for printing with total independence from the original application and author to make job and page-level changes. New in TrueEdit are ruler and guideline improvements that increase editing control, enhanced layout views make changes like tab or color insertions easier, and extensive page and chapter level support provide a visual representation that accurately reflects each page and its attributes for error-free document composition. Easier, More Efficient Job Management The MicroPress Print Station Manager features a new intuitive interface that offers greater consistency and ease of use with EFI's end-to-end workflow solutions. Integration with EFI Digital StoreFront(TM) establishes a complete web-to-print workflow, allowing the seamless flow of job ticket information from web submission to print production. Significant media handling improvements are also available with the new Media Catalog feature, offering the ability to easily import, export and manage media entries. Media Catalog entries are universal to all engines as well as Digital StoreFront. Operators can map media descriptions to engine specific media types and trays, and even maintain finishing options when dragging RIPped jobs between engines. On Screen Color Management The MicroPress TrueColor application allows users to adjust color at job, engine or queue level for easier color management. New Real-time on screen views of color changes -- via curve adjustment or the new hue circle -- show the impact of those changes as they are made for instant visual feedback. Patented post-RIP calibration, color matching and image editing tools allow users to make fine tune adjustments quickly and easily for consistent color accurate results. Availability EFI MicroPress ProSeries 7.0 Servers are now available through certified EFI reseller partners. ProSeries Servers leverage the latest in platform and operating system technology, shipping on next generation Dell computers.