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Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group Announces Successful Integration with New Workflow Partners at IPEX

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IPEX 2006, Birmingham, UK (April 4, 2006) - Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group (PODS) is showing live JDF-based integration with its workflow partners at the JDF pavilion at IPEX 2006. Creo PODS announces the completion of JDF integration with EMTEX VIP document workflow solutions, RSA WEBCRD, and APAGO CLUSTER WORKFLOW. These new partners join the successful CREO PODS workflow partnership program that certifies JDF integration of open, independent third-party solutions with the CREO PODS suite of digital colour servers. These new partners add value and freedom of choice for end-users of workflow, job submission and prepress. Creo PODS is an independent unit of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group. The Creo PODS group develops and supports high-performance digital colour servers for a range of digital printers and presses. CREO PODS digital colour servers drive production digital presses of industry-leading vendors, such as HP, IKON, Konica Minolta, and Xerox. The CREO PODS colour servers are dominant in print environments where workflow integration, high productivity, and job streaming are required. By leveraging the cooperative power of leading third-party software vendors, users can customise different print shop components from multiple vendors, yet be assured that these solutions will seamlessly connect with the CREO PODS colour servers. End users can continue developing their workflow tools using their existing proprietary systems. Or they can build from scratch a workflow system that combines different solutions from independent vendors that best meets their needs for robust digital printing capabilities. By using solutions certified by the Creo PODS workflow program, customers can achieve full process automation with solutions that are tested and certified. They also cut their overall turnaround time and increase overall quality and profit margins. These integrations are implemented under the NETWORKED GRAPHIC PRODUCTION (NGP) program, in order to increase end-user confidence in the quality of the integration. "We are very happy to offer our users the flexibility to choose the digital printing workflow that best fits their business requirements," said Hagar Gal, Marketing Manager, Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group. "With this integration, these partners join the other members of this program, who, as leaders and innovators of the Print On-Demand market, are committed to implementing plug-and-play systems using open standards. Creo PODS customers now have even more connectivity to advanced workflows, which allows them to achieve full process automation with tested and certified solutions." CREO PODS integrated solutions with workflow partners are presented at the JDF pavilion, where a CREO PODS colour server runs integrated applications with partners' solutions at set intervals. EMTEX VIP EMTEX VIP is a high-performance output management solution that provides centralised print production management, real-time data stream transformation, resource management, and job accounting. EMTEX VIP supports all leading data stream formats including IBM AFP, XEROX LCDS, HP PCL and ADOBE POSTSCRIPT and PDF. EMTEX VIP's integration with the CREO PODS colour servers enable end-users with proprietary print stream applications such as IBM AFP or XEROX LCDS/Metacode to easily and seamlessly send jobs to the CREO PODS digital colour server for automated processing. EMTEX VIP converts the incoming print streams to POSTSCRIPT, dynamically generates a JDF job ticket, and utilizes feedback for real-time job status from EMTEX VIP. RSA WEBCRD RSA WEBCRD from Rochester Software Associates is a portal to the print centre, delivering reliable enterprise-wide, web-based print-job submission and powerful job management. Orders can flow directly to production printers based on user-defined rules. WEBCRD is now fully integrated with Creo PODS's JDF-compliant colour server for a fully automated, standards-based workflow. JDF job ticketing is supported throughout the web submission and production process. Using WEBCRD integrated with the CREO PODS digital colour server, Print Center operators can leverage the power of the CREO PODS server and continue to rely on WEBCRD's powerful job production management tools, with full accounting of all jobs using the latest standards. APAGO CLUSTER WORKFLOW APAGO CLUSTER WORKFLOW is an innovative solution for creating reliable and highly scalable workflows for prepress, magazine and newspaper publishers, and printers. By efficiently managing the computing power of an entire network of servers, the APAGO CLUSTER WORKFLOW helps users remove real-world production bottlenecks. Rather than assigning specific tasks to individual servers, the workflow allows a server to perform any task as it becomes available. APAGO CLUSTER WORKFLOW includes modules that perform common prepress tasks such as PDF distilling, ripping, file conversion, preflighting and correction, variable data document assembly, ICC colour management, and cropping. Each of these new partners is presenting their integrations, along with other Creo PODS workflow partners, at the JDF pavilion during IPEX. Spire CXP8000 Server Version 2.0 Released The new version 2.0 of the Spire CXP8000 digital colour server is also being demonstrated at IPEX to show JDF and JMF support with third-party systems, such as MIS systems. Demonstrations include GretagMacbeth Eye-One colour management support. The CXP8000 version 2.0 provides complete workflow capabilities from creation through production. See Creo PODS demonstrate JDF connectivity at the JDF pavilion, Hall #20 POD#E, from April 4-11 at IPEX 2006.

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