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Presstek and EFI Join Forces at Connect 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Connect, LAS VEGAS, May 1 -- Presstek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of high tech digital imaging solutions for the graphic arts market, and EFI, the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing today announced the Presstek Facet RIP, powered by EFI Fiery, will be featured at EFI Connect 2006 conference, the industry's largest users' conference, being held from April 30th through May 2nd in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel. The Facet RIP is available for immediate ordering and installation. "We are excited to be demonstrating the Presstek Facet RIP at EFI Connect, because conference attendees will see first hand how easily the Facet RIP can integrate into their existing EFI workflow," said Peter Bouchard, Presstek's Vice President of Marketing. "Facet is designed to enable print providers to grow their service offerings by allowing the easy implementation of Presstek DI or CTP products." Bouchard adds, "Our partnership with EFI combines the industry's leading RIP and workflow solution with the leading short run color printing solution to create an affordable opportunity for small- and mid-sized shops to seamlessly add digital offset printing." Presstek Facet RIP, based on the Fiery, sets a new standard for connectivity in digital and offset environments with advanced digital prepress capabilities in an easy-to-use, cost-effective software solution. Based on Adobe CPSI 3016, the Facet RIP is the industry's most powerful platform, generating the highest quality documents through its RIP Once Output Many (ROOM) architecture, which ensures the same results on proof as on plates. Re-RIPping is not required and variations are not introduced by the requirement to RIP files multiple times. "Presstek's DI and CTP products are recognized in the industry for their ability to produce high quality short-run color printing," said Frank Mallozzi, EFI senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. "Integration with the Fiery's precision color, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation will greatly benefit EFI/Presstek joint customers. At Presstek's booth, we believe the more than 1000 Connect attendees will see the superior performance, cost savings and increased productivity they'll experience integrating the Fiery-based Presstek Facet RIP in their operations." Facet has been developed for operation with all Presstek-branded digital output devices, including DI presses and Dimension Excel, Vector TX52, and ABDick DPM platesetters. This simplifies the process of adding a Presstek system into environments with an established Fiery workflow. The Facet RIP is sold and supported exclusively by Presstek and is the initial product in a portfolio of digital solutions. It provides the core foundation for adding advanced workflow modules and business management solutions to the operations of these establishments. The Presstek Facet RIP builds on EFI's heritage of providing innovative, market-leading imaging and print management solutions. With more than 1.4 million Fiery controllers installed worldwide and managed by EFI's award-winning Command WorkStation interface, the Presstek Facet RIP takes advantage of EFI's unmatched technology, market reputation and ease-of-use. Based on EFI's Adobe CPSI Fiery G210 RIP, the Presstek Facet RIP can be configured with a wide range of capabilities, including: * Automatic in-RIP trapping * The ability to quickly and easily re-map spot colors from the desktop without returning to the native application * Advanced proofing and ICC-based color management functionality based on Best Technology * ImageViewer local and remote soft-proofing and color editing capabilities, including real-time pixel-level zoom of a rasterized job before it is committed to the print device * Drag-and-drop hot folders for automation of repetitive tasks * Easy integration with EFI Print MIS solutions, including PrintSmith * Powerful digital workflow management tools Printers can manage their entire digital workflow from the Fiery-based Presstek Facet RIP. Since Facet is built on Fiery technology, it is controlled via the Command WorkStation interface. This is the same familiar interface used by millions of Fiery digital controller customers around the world. The Fiery Command WorkStation, operated from a Mac or PC platform, offers the ability to view and control multiple Fiery-based RIPs, including Facet, from remote locations. This allows a customer to move a job from one device to another right from Command WorkStation. Now, with the click of a mouse, a customer can output 10 copies on a digital toner device and 250 to 10,000 prints with the DI press without ever going back to prepress computers. Command Workstation also offers Sort, Search and Archive capability for increased operational flexibility. The Sort function allows jobs to be organized by name, date or print status. The Search function enables operators to quickly locate jobs that were previously printed. And Archive offers the ability to easily save pre-RIPped files to another server or disk for easy retrieval and reprinting as well as for distribute-and-print applications.

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