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Global Graphics Demonstrates its Wide Range of XPS Printing Solutions Using the Company's Next Generation RIP and eDocument Platform

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LOS ANGELES--May 15, 2007-- Global Graphics demonstrates the two pillars of its next generation OEM document platform today at WinHEC. The combination of Global Graphics' new RIP technology and powerful eDocument (electronic document) library makes it possible for IHVs and ISVs that are developing printing devices and applications compatible with the XML Paper Specification (or XPS, the print and document format for Windows Vista), to accelerate their roll out of solutions for all their devices and print workflows. Two demonstrations of printing from XPS that underline this flexibility are taking place in Global Graphics' booth (# 512) at WinHEC. In the first, Global Graphics is demonstrating a printer driver based RIP, developed using its Harlequin(R) Host Renderer SDK, rendering XPS to raster natively, without conversion to another format, and honoring PrintTicket settings. This demonstration shows how a native XPS print path allows the knowledge worker to produce high-quality, professionally printed documents from the desktop. Native XPS printing provides the best printing experience because the XPS Document is RIPped directly by the print driver or print device without conversion to another intermediary format. The second demonstration shows how legacy print devices can be enabled to support XPS or other emerging Page Description Languages, by demonstrating XPS to PostScript(R) conversion driving an off the shelf printer. This is achieved using Global Graphics' eDocument Library, an SDK that provides fast, high-performance conversion from XPS to device-supported formats such as PostScript. Martin Bailey Global Graphics' chief technology officer said, "We offer a number of solutions that process XPS natively, from technology for desktop inkjet printers at the low end to digital presses at the high end with our range of driver-based, embedded and server-based RIP technology. But we can also offer, as part of our eDocument library, conversion technology to XPS-enable legacy devices and workflows via high performance XPS to PostScript or PCL conversion making it easy to quickly bring XPS compatibility to a broad range of devices in the field. "All these solutions are based on a common architecture which offers a cost-effective approach for printer manufacturers because they can reduce their engineering costs by standardizing on one platform for all their Page Description Language requirements instead of maintaining several different architectures. This also results in reduced support costs and shorter product development cycles, allowing manufacturers to accelerate their roll out of production-ready products. Simple APIs easily allow the integration of proprietary technology such as color management, image filters, screening or fonts for customers who do not wish to make use of our extensive capabilities in these areas. " Global Graphics is an expert in developing technology for processing Page Description Languages. In 2003 Global Graphics was chosen by Microsoft to provide consultancy and proof of concept development services on XPS and worked with the Windows development teams on the specification for the new format. Global Graphics' XPS technology has been in continuous development since the early days of the company's involvement with Microsoft and its development of a prototype native XPS RIP that was first demonstrated towards the end of 2004. "Global Graphics was a valuable contributor to the development of the XPS format," said Madelyn Bryant McIntire, principal group program manager of the Windows Experience division at Microsoft Corp. "In addition to providing technology that enables IHVs to support XPS natively within document peripherals, Microsoft welcomes the capability, demonstrated at WinHEC, that assists manufacturers looking to support existing devices with XPS."