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EFI Fiery PDF Workflow to Integrate Adobe PDF Print Engine

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Connect - Las Vegas - June 11, 2007 - EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers, and print management solutions, today announced plans to integrate Adobe PDF Print Engine into its next-generation Fiery System Software. Upon integration completion, Fiery technology customers will be able to output Portable Document Format (PDF) files with greater accuracy of rendering (i.e. transparencies), faster processing, and improved consistency with Adobe desktop applications, resulting in greater efficiencies that lead to improved profits for EFI customers.

Fiery customers, particularly graphic arts professionals, commercial printers, and pre-press companies in hybrid offset/digital environments, deploying the Adobe PDF Print Engine will benefit from greater compatibility between Adobe Acrobat and Fiery RIPing (raster image processor) capabilities. Also, device-independent workflows will be enhanced via seamless JDF (Job Definition Format) integration and common technologies in the PDF Print Engine and Adobe Creative Suite.

More than 14 million users worldwide benefit from EFI Fiery power, performance, and speed, as well as its unmatched color output, extensive variable data printing support, and superior workflow management, which won the leading industry analysts BERTL's Best Award for Innovation for 2007. EFI's integrating Adobe PDF Print Engine, with its PDF content definition strengths, will allow PDF print jobs to stay device-independent across the workflow. The Fiery workflow integrating the Adobe PDF Print Engine will streamline offset/digital hybrid environments, allowing easy late-stage content corrections, enabling job repurposing for output on different printing systems and providing Fiery-driven on-screen, high-resolution previews.

"Our close working relationship with EFI ensures that new, flexible high quality print workflows are being enabled by the seamless integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine software with Fiery technology," said Don Walker, senior director of Print Publishing at Adobe.

"The Adobe PDF Print Engine is the first PDF RIP we've seen that natively integrates the content, PDF, with the job ticket, JDF," said Mehran Farimani, senior vice president and general manager, Fiery Products, EFI. "EFI is incorporating Adobe's newest technology into the Fiery, the industry's most advanced print server that turns digital production print engines into most effective competitive advantage, to provide our customers with greater efficiencies that help them profitably grow their digital printing business."

This new development is the most recent in the long-standing, successful EFI/Adobe relationship, which spans more than ten years. EFI is one of the largest licensee of Adobe PostScript printing technology for high-performance print workflow solutions. The Adobe Creative Suite to EFI Fiery JDF Connector, which provides JDF connectivity between Fiery color digital print servers, EFI's powerful print management information systems and Adobe Creative Suite is available via download at efi.com.