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HELIOS Exclusive PDF-Native OPI Breakthrough Debuts at PRINT 05

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CHICAGO, Sept. 7 -- HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading network and prepress solutions developer, today announced its PDF-native Open Prepress Interface (OPI) image replacement solution, HELIOS PDF HandShake UB and ImageServer UB, will debut at PRINT 05 (booth #6124) in Chicago. PDF-native OPI is an essential, and until now, missing component of time critical, high volume PDF document workflows based on Adobe(R) InDesign(R) software, which would benefit from server-based image repurposing with color management and output optimization. The HELIOS solution fully supports PDF transparency and XMP metadata features, and speeds local and remote page composition workflows by eliminating the need to transfer high-resolution images back and forth. "OPI has been one of the unfinished components of high-end PDF workflows," said Mark Hilton, senior director of product management at Adobe. "Now with the HELIOS PDF-native OPI solution working with Adobe InDesign, customers have a much more complete and versatile print production toolset that supports the advanced features in InDesign." HELIOS PDF-native OPI replaces, within a PDF file, all low-res bitmap images with the high-resolution originals, and applies color management for printing and proofing. It is the only server-based OPI workflow to preserve Adobe InDesign PDF features like transparency, drop shadows, and embedded XMP metadata. "Adobe InDesign is an essential application for HELIOS customers, and we developed PDF-native OPI especially for them," according to Helmut Tschemernjak, President of HELIOS. "This adds to our PostScript OPI, document preview, remote workflow, and color management solutions for InDesign documents." The HELIOS PDF-native OPI solution offers these key advantages: -- Remote page composition with low-res images. -- The ability to submit PDF print jobs before all images are ready -- the server will then generate final high-res PDFs when all of the images are completed. -- Server-based color management, which enables you to apply or embed ICC profiles into PDF print jobs to transform images for different printing processes. -- Output optimization -- including downsampling, compression, and file format conversion. -- Easy repurposing of low-res PDF jobs from InDesign, so you no longer need to reproduce InDesign documents for different needs, e.g. optimized for press, proof, web, or archive. For more information on HELIOS support for PDF-native OPI, see http://www.helios.de/ . Smart ideas for Better Networking HELIOS UB Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Macintosh, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server services, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations. HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Computer Mac OS X, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX and Tru64 UNIX, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris, and Linux on Pentium based systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, DOS/Windows and UNIX-based clients. Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.