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ArtQuest Updates Restructuring: Crescendo 2.0 Now Shipping

Press release from the issuing company

MONTREAL, January 16th 2002 - ArtQuest International Alliances is heading towards an unsurpassed period of growth early in 2002. During the challenging consolidation period of 2001, ArtQuest has reorganized its activities in order to expand its market share in the graphic arts market in the year to come. Among the changes ArtQuest introduced in 2001, the restructuring of its European organization including the closing of French office ArtQuest S.A., the centralization of development resources to its Montreal (Canada) headquarters, as well as the evolution of its distribution and customer support strategy. Furthermore, ArtQuest is currently securing an additional CDN$1.2M of new financing in order to pursue its development efforts. ArtQuest is now entirely committed to the launch of the latest version of its flagship product Crescendo 2.0 , shipping today. Several sites are already running Crescendo 2.0 in Canada and the U.K. This version of Crescendo introduces ArtQuest’s PDF –IT universal file exchange format as a standard feature, which guarantees a new level of reliability in remote proofing and production. Thanks to its innovative open-system architecture, ArtQuest enables the most demanding print production environments to reach new heights of uptime and system availability. ArtQuest, a leader in Graphic Arts digital production software, has hundreds of installations in over 10 countries. Its customers range from small pre-press shops to the largest web printers. Several sites are producing up to 20,000 plates a month using ArtQuest software, and many internationally renowned magazines are produced using Crescendo workflow. More information is available on ArtQuest’s new Website (www.artquest.net).