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IKON Delivers Newest EFI Fiery Server for Production Print Environments

Press release from the issuing company

MALVERN, Pa. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Aug. 23, 2005-- IKON Office Solutions, the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services and EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the availability of the S300 Version 2 color server for the IKON CPP(TM) 500, built on the most advanced EFI Fiery technology to date. Driven by the Fiery color server, the IKON CPP 500 is an ideal solution for high-demand color and black-and-white printing needs. The server's modular design enables a customized solution for a wide range of users: commercial print, light production, corporate reprographic departments, graphics-intensive (graphic arts, creative services, prepress/proof) and print for pay environments. S300 Version 2 customers enjoy seamless integration with other EFI-based IKON products, including the industry's leading web-to-print solution, Digital StoreFront(TM), which recently won the 2005 BERTL's Best Innovation Award, IKON DocSend document capture and distribution solution and IKON PowerPress(TM) universal server that enables high-volume users to spread work across multiple devices. "While our customers in professional print environments all demand superior color and productivity, each has a set of unique requirements as well," said Cathy L. Lewis, senior vice president of marketing for IKON. "The S300 Version 2, coupled with the versatility of the IKON CPP 500, is an ideal solution for a wide range of professional print users. Also, the Fiery-powered CPP 500 is supported by IKON's team of 7,000 customer service professionals worldwide, making it a great system for mission-critical production print environments." The S300 Version 2 combines a powerful hardware platform (3.06GHz processor and 1GB RAM are standard) with versatile, integrated system software. The Fiery server's robust suite of color precision and control tools make it a powerful tool for graphic arts professionals. The S300 Version 2's Fiery VDP support and advanced workflow further enables the IKON CPP 500 to address the professional environment's demanding production and quality requirements -- while maintaining superior dependability and flexibility. Following are key capabilities of the S300 Version 2 standard configuration: Fiery Command WorkStation, which recently won a 2005 BERTL's Best Award, provides robust centralized print job management capabilities with an intuitive interface and a variety of productivity-enhancing tools. Advanced Workflow -- The S300 Version 2 workflow is WYSIWYG and consistent, whether the job is VDP or non-VDP. Also, Command WorkStation can be run remotely, locally, and connected to multiple servers. Spot-On Precision Color Matching with Substitute Color accurately reproduces named and custom colors, and modifies spot color values to achieve color matching with pinpoint precision. EFI Hot Folders automate batch processing of PostScript and PDF files. Pre-Production, Configurable Auto Trapping settings enable greater flexibility and control, resulting in significantly improved print quality. Driver-Based Imposition for comprehensive booklet imposition. Powerful options that customize the S300 Version 2 for any professional print environment include: Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition and Advanced Job Imposition -- Easily integrating into existing graphic arts workflows, the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition utilizes the most advanced tools for color proofing and control. IKON bundles the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition with Impose Fiery Edition. This WYSIWYG client/server-based imposition application enables entire documents to be imposed, edited and assembled quickly, before RIPping the files. The Fiery Production Printing Package delivers functionality exclusively provided by EFI. The Package is a set of advanced job management and submission tools that enable the IKON CPP 500 to deliver fast output for complicated print jobs. EFI Color Profiler(TM), a color measurement solution for generating ICC-compliant device profiles, optimizes print quality and helping to produce color consistency between printers. The ES-1000 handheld spectrometer is included to instantly and accurately measure the full visible spectrum of light reflected from color samples. The Fiery Advanced Controller Interface kit enables Command WorkStation to be run locally at the Fiery, making it ideal for operator-centric environments. The Fiery stand, custom-designed furniture, is also included in this option. "Among the world's largest distributors of document management solutions and services, IKON has been -- and continues to be -- a great channel partner for EFI," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "Our close collaboration gives IKON CPP 500 customers access to a superior digital color printing solution that includes the flexible workflow and advanced printing optimizing capabilities of the Fiery Production Printing Package." Availability The IKON CPP 500 with the Fiery-based IKON S300 Version 2 server is now available. More information on the IKON CPP 500 and the S300 Version 2 can be found at http://www.ikon.com/cpp500.