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GretagMacbeth showcases complete range of solutions at DRUPA 2004

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Regensdorf, Switzerland and New Windsor, NY; February 26, 2004 -- GretagMacbeth, the worldwide technological leader in color measurement and management solutions, will showcase its complete range of solutions including a number of new products for creative professionals, color prepress, and the pressroom, in Hall 5, Stand D40 at the upcoming DRUPA 2004, the world’s largest graphic arts tradeshow in Dusseldorf, Germany running May, 6-19, 2004. The new products GretagMacbeth is introducing at DRUPA include new entry-level solutions that make the benefits of consistent color reproduction more accessible and affordable to a wider range of users, especially small to medium sized printers. The company is also introducing new solutions that provide price/performance advantages tailored to the production requirements and skill sets of specific vertical market segments, like package and textile printers. “The new products we’re introducing at DRUPA extend the benefits of consistent color reproduction to the widest range of users -- creative, prepress and pressroom professionals -- involved in all phases of the digital print production workflow. This will help them increase their productivity, streamline their processes, and reduce operating expenses so they can remain competitive in today’s world of digital communications,” says Thomas Vacchiano, CEO of Amazys Holding AG, parent company of GretagMacbeth. In addition Iris Mangelschots, VP and GM of Digital Imaging at GretagMacbeth, elaborates “The new products we’re introducing at DRUPA reinforce our position as the foremost supplier of the most comprehensive range of high quality color measurement and management solutions. Our new solutions are attractively priced and provide the ease of use and operational efficiencies required to fit into the real world workflows of users from designers and photographers to publishers, photo processors and commercial, packaging and textile printers.” New creative and prepress solutions at DRUPA For both creative professionals as well as those in prepress environments, GretagMacbeth will introduce at DRUPA a new enhancement to their Eye-One solutions which allows users to create profiles in an even more convenient and time saving method, combining the Eye-One Pro measurement device together with a new sophisticated software to calculate profiles. With this newest technology, Eye-One provides a clear advantage over today’s competitive offerings in terms of ease of use and, on the spot, reliable results. Also at DRUPA, the latest version of GretagMacbeth’s professional color management software for use by prepress and publishing professionals, ProfileMaker 5, will make its European debut. Commercial shipments of ProfileMaker 5 begin in March 2004. Among the many enhancements in the new ProfileMaker 5 release, the software is now available in three, vertically focused solutions – PM5 Publish, PM5 Packaging and PM5 Photostudio Pro. These packages provide optimal price/performance levels for prepress-publishing, professional studio photography and, for the first time ever, for multicolor packaging-textile printing. Each solution is tailored to provide only the functionality for each specific workflow, maintaining ease of use while also providing the capability to expand the packages as the user’s need grow. The new ProfileMaker Packaging solution includes a revolutionary new Multicolor module that supports a limitless n-color multi-color profile generation capability for up to 10 channels, with and without CMYK inks, in addition to Hexachrome and CMYK+Red/Blue profiles. Also unique to the ProfileMaker Packaging solution is a new patent-pending generic output profiling technology with which users can replace inks in existing profiles instead of making new test charts. This reduces the need for remeasuring/profiling when changing inks, significantly decreasing time and cost associated with recreating plates, cylinders, etc. for new test charts. New pressroom solutions at DRUPA New solutions for the pressroom being introduced at DRUPA include entry-level products that make consistent and predictable color more affordable and accessible to a wider range of users as well as products that offer new and advanced features to existing users. • A new series of DensiEye densitometers for CMYK and spot color measurements make it faster and easier to control color on press, shortening make ready time and providing color consistency throughout the print run. The new DensiEye densitometers are light weight, easy to handle and feature a new user interface that shortens the learning curve. Their high speed and accuracy, plus a new low price point make them a cost effective addition to any pressroom. • The newest version of the leading InkFormulation 5.0 software will be introduced in vertically focused market solutions, optimizing price/performance levels for ink makers, their clients and commercial printers. InkFormulation 5.0 will boast many significant enhancements, such as batch processing, formulation of additional substrates such as metallic foils and transparent films, enhanced customizable printing functionality for labels and reports, simplified communication between pressroom (Color Quality) and ink laboratory (InkFormulation) plus recommendations to reduce the amount of leftover inks. • A new, more economical Ink Formulation package addresses the specific requirements of the small to medium-sized printers. Configured with either a Spectrolino or SpectroEye spectrophotometer, new InkFormulation software provides a powerful, high-end ink formulation engine that makes it possible for users to measure a color and obtain the ink recipe without a cumbersome trial and error process. This reduces waste and shortens down time due to on-press corrections. With the new InkFormulation solution, printers that until now did not have in-house ink formulation capabilities, will save both time and money by streamlining the ink mixing and matching process. • Another new web-based ink formulation solution gives ink manufacturers and suppliers the ability to offer a centralized, easily updatable database of ink formulation data to their customers which they can easily access via the Internet. This will give printers that do not wish to install ink formulation applications in-house access to high quality ink formulation databases, developed by experts, they can rely on for mixing and matching inks. • A new entry level version of the iCPlate plate reader for conventional and CTP plates joins the recently introduced iCPlate II. The new model, which is fully upgradeable, supports the range of most frequently used offset litho and polyester plate types, with AM screening. • A new version of iCPrint 1.4 software for SpectroMat, an automated x/y measurement table, includes a number of enhancements. Among these the new software version enables all measurements of a job to be stored for later recall of zone and trend data. The new software reads the entire color bar and provides fast, visual, on-screen feedback to the press operator in an easy to understand format. Instead of having to remember measurements, the press operator can review measurements over time or over a series of sheets, identify problems and the reasons behind them and more easily make adjustments based on individual ink keys. Further details about these and additional new products will be available from GretagMacbeth during DRUPA in Hall 4, Stand D40.