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Thomson Learning Installs Enfocus Certified PDF Technology

Press release from the issuing company

SAN MATEO, CA – March 23, 2004 – Enfocus Software today announces that Thomson Learning, a leading educational publisher, has installed Enfocus Certified PDF technology to standardize its prepress production workflow. Enfocus says it worked closely with the Techno Task Force – comprised of representatives from Thomson Learning, its printers, and compositors -- to establish PDF specifications for job submission. The specifications include Enfocus PDF Profiles, which will be used to certify the print-ready files. All participants in the production workflow have agreed to utilize Enfocus’ Certified PDF solutions, including PitStop Professional & PitStop Server, to verify compliance of the PDFs exchanged with the established PDF specifications. According to Wendy McCully, Manager of Digital Process Standards at Thomson Learning, the main objective was to be able to verify integrity of files and eliminate errors. “Upon review of the entire workflow, which includes printers and many external compositors, we realized that there was an opportunity to tighten-up our workflow and decrease the number of improperly formatted files. We asked, ‘How can we improve this?’ We knew PDF was the way to go. We examined workflow solutions from leading manufacturers and noted that the one thing they all had in common was Enfocus.” Extensive review, testing, and development led to successful implementation of an Enfocus Certified PDF-based workflow standard that supports Thomson Learning's Content Management initiative for soft proofing and proofless workflows. A key benefit is security, as Thomson can track changes made to the files. Says Vicki Blake, Enfocus’ Director of Business Development, North America, “Thomson Learning is clearly a progressive company and committed to excellence. They recognized the value of taking charge of quality assurance upstream in the workflow and embraced the concept of partnering with their composition vendors, printers and own staff to eliminate the bottlenecks and headaches of bad production files. They’ve streamlined the workflow, to everyone’s benefit.” Enfocus worked closely with Thomson Learning to assist in implementation. Numerous Enfocus Certified PDF workflow webinars were held; a series of tests were run; and special Thomson Learning vendor pricing was made available for purchasers of Enfocus solutions. Says McCully, “It was a very collaborative process, and everyone came on board. The result to date is that we now have perfect PDF files for production.” According to Enfocus, Thomson Learning is also looking into the potential of utilizing CertifiedPDF.net to post its latest documentation and PDF profiles, as well as provide automatic notification of workflow specification changes, to vendor partners. Once implemented, Thomson Learning can look forward to having all of its associated printers and compositors being able to automatically update their profiles, job options, and more directly from the site.