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GretagMacbeth Announces NetProfiler2

Press release from the issuing company

Regensdorf, Switzerland; September 8, 2005 -- GretagMacbeth, the worldwide technological leader of color measurement and management solutions, has announced the immediate availability of NetProfiler2, the single most significant advancement for the graphic arts industry in color measurement technology in recent years. NetProfiler2, initially supporting SpectroEye devices, is the next generation of NetProfiler, a breakthrough technology successfully implemented in recent years throughout GretagMacbeth’s color and appearance markets. With NetProfiler2, an entire population of spectrophotometers, whether in a single plant or across a network of affiliated locations, can be verified and certified to ensure accurate and trustable color measurements, enabling effective global color communication. Already Deutscher Drucker, a leading European industry magazine, has selected NetProfiler2 as one of the Top 3 nominees for Most Innovative Technologies in the Print Industry. NetProfiler2 is an internet-based application consisting of software and certified physical standards that routinely check and profile instruments to ensure optimal performance, provides certificates of performance, and unlimited report access. NetProfiler2 also includes sophisticated remote diagnostic tools, which can be programmed to run on a regular basis. Should the spectrophotometer no longer meet performance specifications, a NetProfiler2 run will detect and correct the problem, restoring the instrument to defined specifications. NetProfiler2 helps maintain production processes without interruption for service and certification. With NetProfiler2, the quality of an entire instrument network, consisting of one or a few devices at one location or various spectrophotometers at locations worldwide, can be verified and profiled at any time against certified standards to ensure that all are performing accurately and consistently. When connected to the Internet, NetProfiler2 acts as a sentinel, constantly monitoring the performance of all connected instruments. Unlimited reports document the performance and history of every instrument on the network. NetProfiler2 ensures instrument quality, uptime and reliability and is ideal for ISO, QS9000, Six Sigma, and other quality systems. GretagMacbeth color management instruments can be verified against the certified standards as often as desired to ensure accurate instrument performance. The ISO certification of the instrument network can be viewed and printed at any time. “NetProfiler2 is an exciting addition to the GretagMacbeth portfolio of color management solutions,” commented Dr. Iris Mangelschots, VP and GM, Digital Imaging at GretagMacbeth, in making the announcement. “Over time, even the best instruments can drift due to age and soiling and may introduce uncertainties into the digital color communication workflow. NetProfiler 2, by eliminating these uncertainties, reduces rework, speeds time to market, and makes consistent, accurate color more profitable and manageable throughout a global digital color network. This patented process is an industry first.” The NetProfiler 2.0 release will support the GretagMacbeth SpectroEye spectrophotometer. Additional instrument support, including the GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro, Spectrolino, Color i5, Color i7 and ColorEye XTH, will be available Q4 2005. Any supported instrument can be added to the NetProfiler2 solution at any time. Availability NetProfiler2 is immediately available from GretagMacbeth and its distribution partners.