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Merrill Common Content Enables Online Document Management

Press release from the issuing company

 St. Paul, Minn (May 07, 2008) – Merrill Corporation, a leading global provider of technology-enabled services for the financial, health care, real estate, legal and other corporate markets, today announced the launch of Merrill Common Content, a new web-based document production solution. Merrill Common Content offers unprecedented efficiency, ease and control, enabling companies to focus on their greatest priority—the content.

With an increasingly challenging regulatory environment and accelerating compliance document life cycle creating increased pressure for investment management companies, Merrill Common Content offers four key advantages: it saves time, it facilitates total control, it’s easy to use and it can help reduce costs. Prospectus and SAI documents are an ideal fit for this application.

"Our clients are facing changing demands, and they need speedier and simpler document production tools to stay ahead," said Roy Gross, president of Merrill’s Marketing and Communication Solutions business. "Merrill Common Content responds to that need by offering faster, easier online document management, giving users total control and letting them focus on document content. I’m very excited about how this will improve the document creation experience for our clients."

Merrill Common Content is significantly faster than competing products, generating fully composed, completely formatted PDF documents in seconds. Fully self-service, Merrill Common Content allows the user to manage the entire document life cycle; the document never leaves the user’s control, and the company’s internal team can manage the entire process, saving time and resources.

Merrill Common Content has a strikingly simple, web-based, intuitive interface designed for non-technical users. It doesn’t require installation or maintenance of software; all that’s needed is a web browser, so it can be accessed from any place, at any time. Merrill Common Content also provides a complete audit trail, enabling users to view the history of all changes to the document.

While Merrill Common Content is a perfect match for the needs of investment management companies that are faced with an increasingly challenging regulatory environment and compliance document life cycle, it has tremendous potential application to other document-heavy sectors facing similar challenges, such as the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Merrill Common Content will officially launch at the 50th annual gathering of the ICI General Membership Meeting, May 7-9 in Washington, D.C., where attendees are encouraged to participate in demonstrations of the new product.