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Canon U.S.A. and EFI Achieve SWOP Certification for ColorPASS-Z800 Color Server

Press release from the issuing company

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Aug. 3, 2005-- Canon U.S.A., the nation's market share brand leader in black-and-white and color laser copier/printer solutions(1), and EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced that the jointly developed ColorPASS(TM)-Z800 color server for Canon's CLC1140/1180 has earned the publishing industry's demanding SWOP certification. SWOP, Inc. (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) is a non-profit organization that recommends specifications for publication production. SWOP certification of the ColorPASS-Z800 for the CLC1140/1180 assures graphics, publishing and production professionals that their color output represents consistent and accurate color to match the appearance of certified press proofs used in publication production. "With SWOP certification, the combined ColorPASS-Z800 and CLC1140/1180 solution delivers on the promise and benefits of a fully digital workflow," said Tracie Sokol, director and general manager, Graphic Arts Systems Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "By combining the fast processing power, advanced printing technology and expert color control of the CLC1140/1180 with the ColorPASS-Z800, users can confidently achieve repeatable SWOP certified proofs. In today's competitive environment, such accurate, quick and reliable color management is an essential tool for both graphics arts professionals and commercial printers." This state-of-the-art Canon-EFI solution addresses the most demanding needs of color-critical, mid- to heavy-use graphic and marketing environments, commercial printers, design agencies, prepress departments, copy shops, and corporate reproduction departments. SWOP certification ensures that the Canon-EFI solution delivers the most accurate color possible, which is of paramount importance in these environments. When connected to the Canon CLC1140/1180, the ColorPASS-Z800 enables users to submit jobs, monitor progress, accurately proof digital documents, make revisions and issue approvals, all from the award-winning Command WorkStation interface(2). Paired with Canon's Real-Time Calibration; Finer, Brighter Toner; Press-Like Density Curve and Automatic Image Refinement with Tag Bit Support, this solution meets the growing need for short-run, on-demand and versatile digital color print management. "This SWOP certification affirms the high caliber of solutions resulting from our continued collaboration with Canon," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president, sales and marketing, EFI. "And underscores the fact that EFI consistently delivers state of the art technology." "Canon is driving the highest image quality and providing the most powerful processing value in increasingly complex color production jobs. SWOP certification is another 'proof' point that the Canon CLC Series is the industry's leading high quality color management solution and that we are firmly committed to addressing the demanding needs of the graphic arts market," continued Sokol. The ColorPASS-Z800 and CLC1140/1180 solution met the rigors of the SWOP committee by speedily delivering proofs perfectly replicating SWOP target colors. ColorWise, the EFI patented color, calibration and profile managing environment, and the Fiery Graphic Arts Package - precision color tools standard on the ColorPASS-Z800 - were integral to the certification win. The solution provides built-in intelligence for producing consistently precise colors from all applications, platforms and file formats. The following components are required for a SWOP Print: Canon CLC 1140/1180 Canon ColorPASS-Z800 color server with the following standard applications: EFI Command WorkStation 4 EFI Graphic Arts Package EFI ColorWise Pro Tools Canon Coated One Side Glossy Card Stock (160gsm /60# Cover) (0282V797(8.5" x 11"), 0282V800 (17" x 11"), (0282V802 (18" x 12")) CMYK Simulation Profile: EFI_SWOP_2004.ICC Output Profile: CLC1100_SWOP_2004.ICC Availability Canon's CLC1140 & CLC1180 driven by the ColorPASS-Z800 color server are available today through authorized Canon U.S.A. dealers, select distributors, and Canon imaging resellers at 1-800-OK-CANON and http://www.usa.canon.com.