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Creo Announces Successful JDF Integration with Creo Spire Color Server and ROI Distribution, Pageflex

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AIIM On Demand, Philadelphia, PA, USA (May 17, 2005) - Creo Inc. announced today the successful completion of JDF integration between the Creo Spire" color server and ROI Distribution's Xralle e-procurement systems and the Pageflex Storefront web submission solution. The integration was performed under the auspices of the Digital Print working group of Networked Graphic Production", the strategic initiative helping to create seamless integration between NGP" partner systems and products. ROI Distribution Ltd of March, United Kingdom is a specialist software developer and distributor for Xralle, a leading online software engine for automated procurement. Xralle provides scaleable e-procurement for many market sectors' e-commerce requirements. They include management and procurement of print, on-line asset management and cataloguing, full administration and financial links to external or bespoke systems supporting MIS, accounts, warehousing, through to RFQ, and full on-line quotation management and 'B2B' transactions. The Xralle product offers unrivalled commerce for transactional purchasing. Jobs can be personalized via a standard wizard step or application base. Orders can now be placed, dynamically designed and automatically processed via an Xralle web front end to the Spire color server. The Spire seamlessly consumes Xralle's JDF commands and jobs, allowing full automation and thus minimizing user intervention and maximizing productivity while reducing the margin for error. ROI is also showing Pageflex Mpower and .EDIT as optional and scalable modules within Xralle. ROI recently announced a partnership and collaborative developments with Pageflex. "These are very exciting and important developments for the products," said John Murphy of ROI. "We saw a technology demonstration of JDF implementation using Creo Spire at drupa last year and were very keen to get involved with our own JDF integration. It further enhances not only the products but also our clients' opportunities in staying ahead of the game." Xralle has more than 150 installations since its launch over six years ago. Until now, web-based e-procurement has been limited to business cards and stationery. With the power of Xralle and the implementation of Pageflex products, customers now have the option of true 'web-top publishing' design and 'print via the web'. The Pageflex Storefront web submission solution enables the user to define, auto-generate, and manage attractive web-to-print document customization sites. "The JDF integration of Pageflex Storefront with the Creo Spire color server will provide enormous benefit to our customers," commented Anna Chagnon, Pageflex chief executive officer. "Ultimately, this will result in more complete control of all stages of the job from creation through delivery of finished goods, directly from the Pageflex authoring application." "We are pleased to have achieved this integration with our partners," said Guy Hilton, Creo marketing manager. "These integrations will provide value to our customers as they automate their workflows and minimize the margin for error while enhancing their productivity. This integration will harness the strength of their applications to work seamlessly with the Spire color server." The Spire color server enables plug-and-play connections with JDF-supported systems for reduced costs, streamlined workflows and improved quality. This capability was first shown by Creo at drupa 2004. These strategic partnerships provide Creo digital printing customers with the ultimate flexibility in choosing the best workflow to fit their production requirements. The partners offer Spire users open connectivity to their upstream workflow and allow them to achieve full process automation. By leveraging the cooperative power of third-party vendors, digital printing users will no longer have to consider replacing their upstream workflow tools with proprietary systems in order to provide robust digital printing capability. Users of Creo and its partners' systems and tools can now easily incorporate digital printing using the Spire color server into their existing JDF-based workflow configuration. The specifications of this JDF connectivity will be contributed to the Digital Printing workgroup of Networked Graphic Production. Creo plans to integrate its Spire color server with more application vendors to enhance its offering to its users. Integration will be performed through the digital printing working group within the NGP framework.