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alfaQuest Installs at San Diego Union-Tribune

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Rolling Meadows, IL June 7, 2005 - alfaQuest Technologies, Inc., announces the installation of its PrintExpress Consolidated Production Management system at the San Diego Union-Tribune. The CPM system replaces the existing output management equipment at The Union-Tribune. The system includes a suite of PrintExpress software modules including PrintExpress consolidated server software with Adobe CPSI RIP modules, network imaging, PrintExpress Multi-Burn, Page Pairing, Bitmap Assembler, PDF Creator and Network Proofing modules. alfaQuest's exclusive CPM server configurations allow all software modules to be installed on fault-tolerant Sun Microsystems or Windows scalable platforms. Using consolidated servers simplifies installation and configuration, as well as reducing ongoing system hardware and software maintenance costs. PrintExpress' network licensing also allows CPM servers to be configured for automated manual failover or, in clusters for completely automatic failover. Basic PrintExpress management tools include input sorting and multi-level routing, plate re-queuing, multiple plate output, plate view and approve tools, load leveling, dynamic edition display tools, timed-release queues, priority plate processing, color plate locking, output sorting and routing, and remote site plate management. PrintExpress also can be integrated with page planning, pagination and press control systems for automated configuration. The Union-Tribune CPM system accepts PostScript, PDF, and TIFF files from its front-end systems and is comprised of two (2) Sun Microsystems Sun Fire V440 servers. * The Union-Tribune CPM system also accepts bitmap information from its full page scanning devices, performs "double-burn" processing of pages and drives its existing 3850 imaging devices. PrintExpress' exclusive network licensing facilitates customer-defined failover scenarios. Under normal conditions, San Diego's V440 servers are configured with backup power supplies, disk and CPUs. If a server does fail, a single server will take over operations. The Consolidated Production Management server replaces standalone software packages. In the case of The Union-Tribune, the server will replace multiple Harlequin RIPs, as well as multiple spooling servers. "We are extremely proud that The Union-Tribune has selected alfaQuest Technologies," said Dennis Nierman, alfaQuest's president. "We have worked hard to develop PrintExpress into a product that is rock solid, configurable, scalable and resilient to specifically to meet the needs of all our newspaper customers." The Union-Tribune installation was completed this month. Other alfaQuest Technologies installed PrintExpress CPM server sites include: The Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Cedar Rapid Gazette, Columbus Dispatch, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Greensboro News & Record, Tacoma News-Tribune, Tulsa World, Dallas Morning News, Providence Journal, Newark Star Ledger, Worcester Telegram, Boston Globe, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Long Island Newsday, New York Post, New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Raleigh News & Observer, San Francisco Newspaper Agency and Youngstown Vindicator.

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