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Metrix Users Win CIPPI Awards

Press release from the issuing company

Sydney, Australia, June 9, 2008 – LithoTechnics, developer of Metrix, award-winning, intelligent job planning and imposition system, announced today that two Metrix users have won the prestigious CIP4 International Print Production Innovation Award (CIPPI) for 2008.

The CIP4 Organization established the CIPPI awards "...in order to recognize leading printers, publishers, or prepress services that have demonstrated uncommon leadership in their pursuit of process automation technology."

Pragati Offset of Hyderabad, India, a Metrix user since 2006, won the honor for "Best Process Automation Implementation – Emerging Markets." Said the CIP4 judges: "Excellent knowledge in computers and software industry. Methodology is a good example of what has to be done. Very efficient integration in a short amount of time, sounds even easy!..."

Harsha Paruchuti, Executive Director of Pragati Offset, remarked: "I am very happy to have received the 2008 CIPPI Award for Best Process Automation Implementation in Emerging Markets. I take this recognition as an additional perk, because we have already been seeing the advantages of faster planning/process and error-reduction due to this implementation. Metrix with its strong JDF base and its easy-to-use interface has been a key part of making this happen. With the support of the team at LithoTechnics, we have no doubt that we will continue to improve and further automate our process."

Southern Colour of Victoria, Australia, a Metrix user since early 2007, took the prize for "Best Process Automation Implementation – Asia Pacific." The judges commented, "Good explanation, of goals and methodology. 250% more plates with 30% less staff. Very objective statements on competition," and "This is an example of a company that sees this as a change in the way they do business and keep going on to the next area with the process."

 "Metrix is a remarkable application," explained Allan Gardiner, Pre-Press Manager at Southern Color (Vic). "It enables our planners to quickly build accurate production plans and layouts, dynamically adapting the plan as changes are made. The user-interface is very intuitive and the software is cleverly designed. Now, rather than spending time folding pieces of paper our planners can perform quick 'what if?' scenarios to find the most efficient way to manufacture our jobs, automatically considering all necessary parameters – folding, press and binding equipment capabilities, sheet sizes, even grain direction. The resulting production plans can be printed as detailed reports, and can also be passed on as industry standard JDF files that can be used with other downstream processes within our workflow."

Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, said, "We are honored to be a part of our customers' success in implementing process automation, and thrilled that they have been recognized for their innovation and achievements."

The Metrix 3.0 family includes Metrix Commercial, Metrix Max, Metrix X-8 and Metrix X-80, targeted at different segments of the commercial print market. All editions are available on Mac OS X and Windows, and all automatically plan and impose flat, folded, and bound work. All editions can import JDF and export imposed PDF. Select editions include Auto Plan, and export various forms of JDF for prepress and finishing. The entire Metrix family is available in English, German, Spanish, and French.