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ScenicSoft and Creo Expand OEM Relationship

Press release from the issuing company

Lynnwood, Washington, April 12, 2002 - ScenicSoft and Creo announced today the further expansion of their OEM relationship with an OEM agreement for UpFront, ScenicSoft’s pioneering production planning tool. With the new agreement, Creo will add UpFront to the list of ScenicSoft applications that is offered and used with Creo workflows. ScenicSoft Preps and Pandora are also offered to Creo users. The new OEM agreement makes Creo the first equipment vendor to integrate an advanced digital production-planning tool with its high-end prepress workflows. While UpFront is a valuable add-on for all Prinergy and Brisque™ workflow users, printers looking to install or who have already deployed an MIS system supporting JDF, will benefit even more. These Creo users will be able to establish an effective connection between Upfront and the Creo workflow to automatically generate imposition templates and digital data, which will configure and operate cutting and binding equipment. Adding UpFront to its product portfolio is a perfect match for the Creo Networked Graphic Production initiative. By leveraging the benefits of ScenicSoft UpFront, Preps and Pandora, the Creo workflows help to achieve significant improvements in presswork quality, job turn-around time, and collaboration. Creo is demonstrating a fully digital “JDF-UpFront-Prinergy” workflow at IPEX 2002 in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England from April 9 – 17, 2002. “ScenicSoft and Creo share a common vision when it comes to automating print production,” says Erik Smith, President of ScenicSoft. “The new OEM agreement is a logical extension of a long, successful and thriving relationship between Creo and ScenicSoft. ScenicSoft products provide key technology components that extend the reach and scope of workflow automation. “UpFront is a unique, revolutionary product that is ahead of its time, but with CIP4/JDF and CIP3/PPF connectivity gaining real traction, the product is rapidly gaining wide acceptance and broad recognition,” adds Smith. “We are happy that a long-term business partner and a leading vendor of prepress equipment and workflow solutions also recognizes the unique advantages and benefits that our product brings to our industry.” “Creo is now implementing the Networked Graphic Production strategy,” says Judi Hess, president, graphic arts, Creo Inc. “Creo customers have been asking us to provide a complete digital end-to-end solution and we remain committed to offer them the most complete package in the industry. UpFront’s support for JDF connectivity, and CIP4 support complement the Networked Graphic Production strategy. ScenicSoft is a solid and reliable business partner that consistently delivers high quality products, service and support,” said Ms. Hess. “We are excited about extending this partnership with the UpFront product.”