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Creo Streamlines Offset Print Production for R.R. Donnelley Customers

Press release from the issuing company

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--April 15, 2002-- Creo Inc. announces the largest installation of its Synapse InSite Internet portal into prepress. The installation by R.R. Donnelley, a leading commercial printer and communications services company, will enable its offset customers to submit their printing files to prepress, track the status of print jobs, collaborate, proof files, and make changes or approve print jobs-all remotely using the Internet, no matter where they are physically located. This installation implements the Networked Graphic Production initiative by Creo, an integrated, collaborative production environment that streamlines printing cycles, shortens cycle times and minimizes errors on press. R.R. Donnelley will install two major software products by Creo-the Synapse InSite Internet portal and the Prinergy workflow management system-into Digital Solution Centers, rolling out across the company's offset print platform over the next 18 months. The first center, based in Pontiac, IL, southwest of Chicago, will prepare files for nearly 700 publishers of short-run magazines throughout the U.S. for printing at several R.R. Donnelley plants. "We're pleased to provide R.R. Donnelley clients with the ability to access their offset job files in the Prinergy workflow, to check job status, proof and approve jobs on-line with the Synapse InSite Internet portal. These products will significantly reduce production cycle times," says Kevin Harrell, Creo global accounts manager. "This accounts for the largest end-user client base using the Synapse InSite Internet portal for remote proofing." "R.R. Donnelley's Digital Solution Centers will provide customers with the versatility and convenience to access their pages anytime, anywhere," said Mary Lee Schneider, president, Premedia Technologies, R.R. Donnelley Print Solutions. "This will give our customers greater control over their schedules and make file processing more streamlined and accurate." "We have a long history of success working together," said Judi Hess, president, graphic arts, Creo. "As industry leaders, we developed the first computer-to-plate (CTP) installation in 1994 with R.R. Donnelley. Today CTP is the industry standard. This new installation will enable R.R. Donnelley to realize significant improvements in presswork quality, job turn-around time, and collaboration with their customers by leveraging the benefits of the Prinergy workflow and the Synapse InSite Internet portal." Last year, R.R. Donnelley installed the Prinergy workflow in five North American book publishing plants. More than half The New York Times bestsellers are printed by the company, which serves several of the largest book publishers in North America.