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Creo Expands Solutions at drupa 2004

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DUSSELDORF, Germany--May 6, 2004-- Creo, Inc., expands its range of prepress solutions at drupa 2004, the largest international trade show for print media production held once every four years, underway in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 6-19, 2004. Creo's theme at drupa is Business Acceleration. Prepress solutions shown on the company's 1,550 m2 (16,600 ft2) booth and in 25 partner booths are designed to help printers streamline operations, decrease costs and grow sales. New products focus on the unique business needs of commercial and publication printers, small to medium-sized commercial printers, on demand digital printers, packaging and newspaper printers, as well as creative professionals. "Creo was little known by the industry when we introduced the first commercially-viable thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) system at drupa 1995. Today Creo has installed more than 6,000 CTP devices and thermal has been adopted as the industry-wide leading technology," said Amos Michelson, chief executive officer of Creo. "Over the last decade, we have expanded our offering with innovations in equipment, software, services and now in plate technology. Today we have a full range of complete solutions to serve the unique needs of every printing segment-commercial, packaging, digital and newspaper printers. At drupa 2004, Creo is the only vendor with solutions for all printing markets and for all of the major print technologies - including offset, flexographic, digital and gravure printing. We have an unmatched line-up of new and existing products that allows our customers to differentiate themselves and be profitable, even in challenging times." Creo prepress solutions deliver the speed, power, productivity and quality that provide printers with a competitive edge. At drupa Creo is debuting new products and business accelerating solutions for all market segments. Commercial printers - Small Business The new Creo Complete packages for mid-sized and small commercial printers feature CTP, prepress workflow, proofing, plates and customer service. The new Prinergy Evo workflow brings proven Creo color management, trapping and screening plus the productivity and reliability of a high-end PDF workflow system to commercial printers of every size. Commercial and Publication Printers Creo is introducing the new Magnus(TM) very large format (VLF) CTP device providing unequalled productivity and quality plate production for the most demanding applications and full workflow automation using new versions of the industry's two leading production workflows - the Prinergy and Brisque workflow management systems. Tying together the most productive prepress solutions is a full array of JDF-enabled workflow modules including Synapse InSite, Synapse Link, Synapse UpFront, and Synapse Director. Print On-Demand - the business opportunity of digital printing Creo is demonstrating how digital printing can reduce costs for short run, on-demand printing and generate personalized documents. The new Digital Print Integration for Prinergy workflow management systems integrates commercial offset printing with Creo Spire(TM) color servers and Xerox DocuColor digital color presses for fast, high quality production. Digital printing can be added easily to an offset printing prepress department with Prinergy directing work to the digital color press. Creo also features versions of the Spire color server and the Darwin(TM) Variable Information Authoring Tool. Newspaper Printing Solutions Newspaper printers can reduce costs and streamline production with the Trendsetter NEWS platesetter, the new Synapse NewsManager workflow management system, the new Prinergy Evo workflow system, and the new Fortis(TM) PN negative thermal plates. Creo CTP and Staccato screening software bring unequalled print quality to the newspaper world. Packaging - improved productivity, flexibility and output quality Creo offers solutions for offset, flexographic, and gravure printing. Creo is showing the new Magnus(TM) VLF CTP and Mirus(TM) PN negative thermal plates for offset printing, the ThermoFlex CTP with HyperFlex(TM) ready imaging for flexo printing and the new Exactus(TM) thermal gravure system with SQUAREspot quality for gravure printing. New versions of the Prinergy Powerpack and Brisque Pack workflow systems, the Pandora step-and-repeat tool; and the new Prinergy Evo workflow system complete the package. Creo also features samples of packaging printing from around the world showing how Staccato screening software and new Spotless(TM) printing produce packaging with unprecedented color range and shelf appeal. Solutions for the Creative Professional Creo solutions help design professionals with final layout, preflighting, high-resolution file management/ distribution, high-speed scanning, digital photography, and proofing. Solutions include the new wireless Leaf(TM) Valeo 22Wi and Leaf Valeo 17Wi digital camera backs; the new Integris(TM) Desktop proofer; new Synapse InSite version 4.0 for online collaboration, job submission and tracking; and the new Profile Wizard(TM) Mio ICC color management system. Networked Graphic Production As a member of Networked Graphic Production(TM), Creo is represented with the 43 NGP(TM) Partners in the NGP Pavilion in Hall 4, stand B22, beside the Creo stand. See NGP Partners deliver the value of JDF with practical, working applications, and watch live production of a daily newsmagazine on the pavilion.