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Latest enhancements to GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One set new benchmark for speed and error-free handling

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Regensdorf, Switzerland; May 19, 2005 – GretagMacbeth, the worldwide technological leader in color measurement and management solutions announced that it is shipping the accelerated version of its award winning Eye-One color management solutions that set a new benchmark for speed, error free handling and usability. The new features make it possible to go from zero to color in no time and ensure GretagMacbeth’s Eye-One solutions are the fastest, smartest, and easiest to use color management solutions available for creative and photographic professionals. The new enhancements to the Eye-One color management solutions include: - Newly designed, accelerated Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer that’s twice as fast, providing a fluid and effortless reading of color patches - New Eye-One Match 3.2 software, with patented improved patch recognition algorithms, lets users click, swipe and read patches almost instantaneously with no wait time between patch rows - New Eye-One Match Digital Camera module, that utilizes GretagMacbeth’s well-known ProfileMaker technology, accommodates different levels of users and functionality, with primary photo workflow tasks incorporated Accelerated Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer The new accelerated Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer is optimized to read twice as fast – 300 patches in less than a minute – as the original version of the instrument. It is also outfitted with new Teflon pads, creating a smoother gliding action. Unlike other color management technology, reading patches with the new accelerated Eye-One Pro is fluid and effortless, with no pauses required at the end of each row. The Eye-One Pro achieves greater, error-free patch recognition, resulting in less rereading of patches or rows. Together with the newest Eye-One Match v3.2 software, the new and accelerated Eye-One Pro lets users click, swipe and read color targets almost instantaneously. To accommodate workflow automation requirements, the new Eye-One iO automated chart reader, scheduled to ship in Fall 2005, will take full advantage of the enhanced speed of the new Eye-One Pro device – providing precise, automatic chart measurements in under three minutes! Eye-One Match 3.2 software Eye-One Match, the industry’s easiest-to-use color management software includes functionality and enhancements that benefit all Eye-One Pro owners. The new accelerated Eye-One Pro offers the fastest measurement speed when combined with the Eye-One Match 3.2 software. Even current Eye-One Pro owners will see an increased speed and all Eye-One Pro owners will benefit from the enhanced patch recognition. Eye-One Match 3.2 includes a new help video in the software to show novice users how quick and easy it is to scan a test chart. In addition, Eye-One Match 3.2 supports Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) platform and provides One Push Button Calibration for use with industry leading monitors including the Eizo CG 18,19,21, and Lacie Electron b4 models, giving customers one-step accurate monitor profiling. Eye-One Match Digital Camera Module The new Eye-One Match Digital Camera module is a unique and revolutionary new approach to digital camera profiling that allows users to easily create accurate ICC digital camera profiles. It incorporates a very intuitive user interface which provides the ability to view and choose the effect of various settings directly in an image. Even photographers without prior color management experience can quickly create an ICC profile for their camera. In Easy Mode, a new camera profiling wizard guides the digital photographer step-by-step, with verification along the way, so users can quickly and easily create a camera profile without having to set any special parameters. An Advanced Mode, also guided by the wizard, gives the user multiple options to adapt the profile settings to specific photographic conditions including contrast, exposure, color saturation, and adjustment of shadows and highlights. The technology used in the new Eye-One Match Digital Camera module is based on GretagMacbeth’s acclaimed, high-end ProfileMaker software, thereby, ensuring profiles that are accurate, precise, and dependable. Eye-One Photo SG bundle For digital photographers wanting to profile their cameras and other workflow devices, GretagMacbeth now offers a complete photo bundle - Eye-One Photo SG. This bundle contains the same features and functions of the Eye-One Photo plus it includes the Digital ColorChecker SG, which is needed to build camera profiles. Eye-One Photo SG provides a savings of $/€ 100 over the list price of the modules if purchased individually. Availability and Upgrade Options Eye-One Match 3.2 is now available as a free update to all current Eye-One owners. Customers can download the software from gretagmacbeth.com. The Eye-One Digital Camera module, included in Eye-One Match 3.2 software, is now available. Current Eye-One Photo owners that purchased after December 15, 2004 can download Eye-One Match 3.2 software (free). The Digital ColorChecker SG is required to support this module (sold individually). Eye-One owners who purchased prior to December 15, 2004 can purchase the new digital camera module separately. GretagMacbeth plans to announce a customer loyalty program in the next 30 days that will allow owners of original Eye-One Pro units to trade up to the new accelerated unit.