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Creo Reports Brisk Business in Newspaper Thermal CTP: 21 New CTP Sales

Press release from the issuing company

Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 11, 2005) – Creo Inc. announced today the sale of 21 new thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) devices with a variety of workflow solutions to newspapers throughout North America. These deals were signed during NEXPO, and since the event in March 2005. Newspapers of all sizes are choosing Creo newspaper solutions to streamline production, increase print quality and dramatically reduce prepress costs. They range from the Ladysmith Press in BC, Canada to Corning Publishing Company, in Corning, AR. They include independent publishers, such as the Wooster Daily Record, as well as the corporate sites of the Black Press Group and Freedom Communications. New Creo CTP sales include: Mass Web Printing of Auburn, MA chose the Trendsetter NEWS 70 CTP imaging device to produce the Boston Phoenix, Providence Phoenix entertainment weeklies, and many other weekly newspapers. The Trendsetter NEWS 70 images 70 plates per hour using SQUAREspot thermal imaging, which ensures accurate and consistent imaging on plate, enabling accurate and consistent presswork. Trendsetter NEWS platesetters are available with semi-automatic or automatic loading, imaging from 50 to more than 200 plates per hour. The Black Press Group Ltd. purchased two additional Trendsetter NEWS CTP devices during NEXPO 2005. A Trendsetter NEWS 70 was purchased for the Ladysmith Press in Ladysmith, BC, and another Trendsetter NEWS 70 for the Caribou Press in Vernon, BC. Later, the Victoria, BC group also purchased a Trendsetter NEWS 70 for its Van Press site in Burnaby, BC. All sites print a combination of dailies and weeklies. Blue Island Newspaper Printing, Inc. of Harvey, IL purchased two Trendsetter NEWS 70 devices that will be used to produce several dailies. The Valley Morning Star of Freedom Communications Inc. in Harlingen, TX purchased a pair of Trendsetter NEWS 100 CTP imaging devices. Wooster Daily Record, Inc., L.L.C. of Wooster, OH has adopted thermal CTP with the purchase of two Trendsetter NEWS 70 CTP devices. Corning Publishing Company of Corning, AR purchased the new Creo Magnus VLF CTP for the production of its weekly newspapers and real estate guide books. This revolutionary very-large-format device produces quality imaging with repeatability, reliability, and improved functionality over previous VLF models. The Magnus VLF is the fastest fully-automated VLF platesetter on the market. Ten other newspapers have installed complete Creo workflow and CTP solutions. They include: The News-Tribune daily of Jefferson City, MO purchased a Trendsetter NEWS 50 CTP device, Staccato screening for photo-realistic print production, the Prinergy Evo PDF processor, Preps imposition software, and PrintLink, the award-winning CIP4-compliant digital ink-key preset software. The News-Tribune also purchased an Integris proofer to produce quality digital contone proofs. Main Street Media, Inc. of Russell, KS purchased a Trendsetter NEWS 50 CTP device, Staccato screening, and the Prinergy Evo PDF processor. Prinergy Evo is the affordable workflow solution for controlling prepress and plate production with outstanding performance and output quality. It increases workflow efficiency and reduces the cost of production. Main Street Media prints the Russell County News and other area newspapers. Media News Group of Denver, CO purchased an additional Creo solution for its second site, Utah Media, Inc. in Murray, UT. A Trendsetter NEWS 50, Staccato screening, Prinergy Evo PDF processor, and Synapse NewsManager will be used in the production of The Park Record and other weeklies. Synapse NewsManager is a powerful PDF workflow management tool that provides a flexible and automated workflow from edition plan to plate production. KPC Media Group Inc. of Kendallville, IN purchased the Trendsetter NEWS 50 with Prinergy Evo PDF processor and the Integris proofer to produce three dailies and several weeklies. Greenville News, Inc. of Greenville, MI purchased the Trendsetter NEWS 50 and the Prinergy Evo PDF processor to produce The Daily News. Mulligan Printing Corporation of Tunkhannock, PA which publishes newspaper and shoppers, purchased a Trendsetter NEWS 70, Prinergy Evo PDF processor and Staccato screening. Home News Enterprises, L.L.C. purchased the Trendsetter NEWS 70 and the Prinergy Evo PDF processor to produce the Greenfield Daily Reporter in Greenfield, IN. Castle-Printech, Inc. of DeKalb, IL purchased a Trendsetter NEWS 70 and the Prinergy Evo PDF processor to produce weeklies and inserts. Freedom Communications, Inc. of Jacksonville, IL purchased two Trendsetter NEWS 100s, the Prinergy Evo PDF processor and Preps imposition software to produce the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. Geo. J. Foster & Co., Inc. of Dover, NH prints Foster’s Daily Democrat. The company purchased the Synapse NewsManager workflow to complement its existing Trendsetter NEWS. For more information, visit www.creo.com/newspaper.