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EFI's Connected Workflow Solutions Take Center Stage at drupa 2004

Press release from the issuing company

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--May 3, 2004-- EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, is presenting powerful new products and workflow strategies for increased productivity and profitability in its 'connected workflow' showcase at drupa 2004. Emphasizing the benefits of open connectivity and integrated digital workflows, EFI will demonstrate connected, end-to-end workflow solutions at its booth (Hall 4, Stands B34/B40) as well as at the CIP4 JDF Parc (Hall 4, Stand A33). EFI's exciting line-up of new product launches includes the next generation of its popular OneFlow(TM) prepress software, new proofing solutions with Best(TM) technology, enhancements to its suite of print MIS solutions, and a breakthrough ultra high-speed Fiery server designed for digital production, graphic arts and transactional printing markets. Drupa is the print industry's largest international tradeshow running from May 6-19 in Dusseldorf, Germany. EFI's innovative stand will take prospective customers through three distinct workflow environments-- a 100% digital environment, a mixed digital/offset small commercial print shop, and a large commercial offset print environment-- to illustrate how customers can achieve greater productivity and cost efficiency by implementing a range of integrated, automated solutions tailored to their individual printing requirements. From initial job submission via the web, to prepress management and proofing, to color and black-and-white production on both digital and offset equipment, as well as estimating, scheduling, fulfillment and billing, EFI offers cost-effective, productivity-enhancing solutions to address every stage of the printing process. "EFI is dedicated to offering customers a complete range of powerful workflow solutions that can be easily integrated within their production processes to maximize productivity and provide more streamlined, profitable operations," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "In line with our 'Essential to Print' theme, we are excited to showcase our comprehensive suites of integrated EFI workflows from web submission and MIS systems to prepress, proofing and production solutions, all designed to increase both efficiencies and revenues for digital and offset print environments." New EFI products and technology highlights at drupa include: EFI Production Workflow Solutions An extensive suite of applications enabling web ordering and job submission tools for digital and commercial print environments, including the new version 2.0 of EFI Digital StoreFront(TM) EFI OneFlow 2.0, a PDF-based prepress workflow solution for digital and offset production environments, featuring advanced imposition and screening capabilities, integrated Best(TM) proofing technology, and new interactive job management tools. JDF connectivity will also be shown between OneFlow and EFI Hagen OA(TM) as well as third-party systems. EFI Proofing Solutions EFI Designer Edition(TM) and EFI Photo Edition(TM) 4.0 proofing and color management tools for the design and digital photography market, offering cross Mac OS X/Windows platform support for greater flexibility A preview of the upcoming EFI Colorproof XF with Best(TM) Technology, a completely redesigned, modular, client-server based proofing solution featuring a new intuitive interface and cross Mac OS X/Windows platform support EFI Print MIS Solutions EFI Hagen OA(TM) print management system connected via JDF to eight industry-leading prepress and press equipment manufacturers EFI PrintFlow(TM) 4.0, the award-winning dynamic scheduling application, offering improved real-time visibility into the production plan, multiple step scheduling and significant customization features French and German language versions of EFI PrintFlow, EFI Hagen OA, EFI Auto-Count; and French, German and Dutch versions of EFI PrintSmith(TM) A preview of the upcoming German language version of EFI PrinterSite Fulfillment integrated with EFI Hagen print management system. PrinterSite Fulfillment, a web-based fulfillment ordering add-on, is currently available in the US on the EFI Logic and PSI systems. EFI Server & Controller Solutions Fiery CS600, the fastest Fiery in the world, capable of processing up to 2,000 full color variable data pages per minute. Based on Fiery QX9000 technology, the CS600 will drive the new Kodak Versamark V-Series line of digital printing systems. (Shown at the Kodak Versamark stand, Hall 5/B24) Fiery EXP5000 for Xerox DocuColor 5252 engine. Based on Fiery S500 technology, the EXP5000 offers unmatched output, extensive variable data support, and powerful production workflow features. EFI Everywhere at drupa EFI's deep and extensive partner relationships will be on display as well with EFI technologies and solutions in partner stands, including: Apple, Canon, Epson, HP, Komori, Kodak Versamark, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Krause, Mitsubishi, NexPress, Oce, Oki, Screen and Xerox.