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Metacommunications Reaffirms Commitment To Open Standards; Joins Cip4 And NGP

Press release from the issuing company

IOWA CITY, Iowa – July 21, 2005 – MetaCommunications, Inc., a leading developer of business management and workflow solutions for the graphic arts industry, today reaffirmed its commitment to open standards by announcing it has joined the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress (CIP4), and the Networked Graphic Production (NGP) group. The company also announced that former Motorola Software Engineer Damon Deen has been appointed to spearhead its open standards product initiatives. CIP4, the organization behind the Job Definition Format (JDF) for achieving comprehensive system integration, and NGP, the industry-wide initiative focused on building cross-vendor JDF integrations, are the two most preeminent bodies in the graphic arts industry focused on JDF. The JDF standard allows for the integration of commercial and planning applications into the technical workflow, ensuring portability between different platforms. MetaCommunications’ memberships and hiring of Deen corresponds to the company’s commitment to develop solutions built on open, interoperable standards that automate and streamline the entire production process. "Our focus is on moving JDF upstream where content is being created. Making JDF part of the print parameters at the beginning of the process, having it built into the software architecture, is not only critical in order for metadata to travel with a job from start to finish, but it also allows for greater flexibility and scalability as additional systems are integrated into the process," said Robert Long, Executive Vice President, MetaCommunications. "We have already made great strides with our JDF Solutions Framework for Virtual Ticket 6.0, which provides a graphical front-end for creating customizable electronic JDF job tickets that meet specific creative and production needs. By inviting Deen to join our team, we aim to further this mission by active participation in CIP4 and NGP, and continuing to integrate the JDF standard across our next generation workflow products." Deen holds broad experience in the development of software, web applications, and standards-based control system integration. Prior to joining MetaCommunications, Deen served as Software Engineering Manager at Motorola, Inc. where he led a team of developers that was instrumental in researching, prototyping and developing Motorola’s enterprise platform architecture, consumer GUI design and inter-process communication projects. Deen also served as Systems Engineer at Lantronix, Inc., a company acquired by Motorola in 2002. Deen holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.