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Ultimate Drupa New Dealer Program Surpasses Target by over 60%

Press release from the issuing company

Montreal, Canada, June 10th, 2004 – Ultimate Technographics Inc, the leading imposition software developer and the inventor of digital imposition is pleased to announce today that it surpassed its projections for new dealer applications at Drupa by over 60%.  With 72 new dealer applications from 43 countries including; Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and from most Western European counties, Ultimate has broken its own records and has experienced one of its best trade show to date. Increased interest in Ultimate’s Impostrip product line was overwhelmingly the results of two factors; small and medium print shops acquiring their first CTP system and prepress resellers specializing in non-Creo hardware and software looking for alternatives to Preps imposition.   David Watson, President and CEO Ultimate Technographics, “After participating in the last four Drupa’s, and trade shows around the globe, we can easily say that Drupa ’04 represents a milestone in CTP interest in the small and medium printer market – and this drives direct interest in our imposition products. The Impostrip product family provides solutions for all size printers – regardless of their technical product knowledge. We are particularly popular with small and medium printers because of our simple and automated process of imposing files. Our Impostrip On-Demand product is an easy step-up for small shops accustomed to imposing files with QuarkXPress, limited plug-in solutions, or still doing it by hand stripping.”   Impostrip On Demand is the only imposition product that is specialized for the small CTP and digital printer market. The growth of the small CTP market could be seen in booths where Impostrip On Demand was on display, AB Dick, ECRM and Jet Plate. Digital on demand print vendors showing Ultimate’s products running in live production were Creo, Xerox, Xeikon, Kodak and HP Indigo.   It was also the “JDF Drupa” for Ultimate when Ultimate launched its 7.1 version of Impostrip with support for JDF. Prior to Drupa, Adobe, Agfa, Artwork Systems, Dalim and Global Graphics successfully tested Impostrip’s JDF with their workflows and RIPs.   Watson said: “Our Impostrip and Impostrip Solo products are popular because of their unsurpassed speed for indexing and printing due to their unique client-server architecture. We also saw great interest from workflow manufacturer partners and customers looking for a full feature non-limited JDF imposition solution. Impostrip JDF workflow files, unlike most competing imposition products, can be composite or separated PS or PDF, and our CIP4 files are also unique because they include ink, cutting and folding data”.   Ultimate sensed a real change among printers from many countries who were no longer satisfied with the imposition product their CTP supplier provided them. They are starting to realize there are real productivity differences between different imposition software and they are in the market to switch.   Impostrip 7.1 is now shipping for Mac OS X and Windows 2000 and XP, additional new features and enhancements include: • Greater performance and speed of RIP and print engine, leveraging multitasking in Mac OS X Panther 10.3 (10.3 is new minimum Mac System requirement) • In addition to PDF signature previews in 7.0, Impostrip 7.1 is the first imposition software that supports TIFF, EPS and PS, composite or separated, preview of imposed signature, with zooming, in the Mac OS X version of Impostrip • Enhanced CIP 4 JDF file format and workflow support in Impostrip (Not Impostrip Solo) including support for separated and composite PS and PDF workflows that has been certified by many CIP4 members. • Expanded support for several updated/upgraded design and publishing applications, including Adobe Acrobat 6, InDesign 3 CS and Illustrator 11 CS and many other new applications • New support for ‘coming and going” in Impostrip for Windows • New Mac OS X Impostrip QuickStart manual - an easy read and reference