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Dalim and Gruner & Jahr Partner on Internet-based Production System

Press release from the issuing company

September 5, 2002 -- Dalim Software and Gruner & Jahr announce a major new strategic development initiative based on Dalim Software's award-winning automatic production workflow software. The aim of the initiative is to develop the DruckDaten Management System (DDMS), an Internet-based, automatic prepress production system for Gruner & Jahr printers, designed to become the most innovative and complete prepress system for production management, automation and job monitoring in the industry. Based on Dalim Software's successful DALiM TWiST and DALiM FiCELLE applications for workflow automation, browser-based monitoring and product management, DDMS will provide a collaborative virtual environment for complete prepress production providing high levels of efficiency. The system will feature all the technical and management functions required for a prepress system handling printed data, from remote data transmission and data carriers to delivering data to a diverse range of imaging and printing systems. Gruner & Jahr is an international printing and publishing company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany and is an active publisher in 14 countries, with over 110 magazines and newspapers, and employing over 13,000 people. As well as publishing various magazines and newspapers in Germany, Gruner & Jahr also publishes another 50 magazines and newspapers through its subsidiaries in France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, Austria, China, Netherlands and USA. Major international subsidiaries include Prisma-Presse in Paris ˆ the second largest magazine publisher in France ˆ and Gruner & Jahr in New York, USA. The German-based print companies, Gruner Druck in Itzehoe and Dresden Druck und Verlagshaus in Dresden, as well as its USA-based offset print sites of the Brown Printing Corporation in Waseca, Woodstock and East Greenville, are recognized for their ability to provide both flexibility and high quality output using the most up-to-date technical standards. Gruner & Jahr is renowned for its application of innovation production solutions. The use of DALiM TWiST as an automatic production workflow engine with allow the company to optimize its prepress facilities still further and so remain highly competitive. DDMS will provide complete automation and bring the company close to error-free prepress production. Eventually, Gruner & Jahr plans to develop additional commercial services around, and integrated with, the DALiM FiCELLE system. Dr. Carol Werlé, Dalim Software Chief Operating Officer, comments, "Dalim Software has always been in the forefront in the provision of innovative solutions that give companies the ability to steer their businesses in new and exciting directions. We are proud to be working with Gruner & Jahr and the DDMS project and look forward to the possibilities that this extremely interesting partnership will bring for the industry as a whole."