EFI - 7/30/2008
EFI MIS Systems Achieve Industry First "Lights Out" Prepress Integration
with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System
Connect - Las Vegas - July 30, 2008 - EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing
innovation, today announced that EFI Prepress Integration will soon be commercially available, commencing
with integration between EFI Prograph and the KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System. This integration is on
display at Connect 2008, one of the printing industry's largest user conferences, taking place through August
1st at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
"EFI continues to strengthen its portfolio of workflow products both organically and through alliances with
important industry leaders such as KODAK," said Jeff Palser, EFI Prograph product manager. "In the highly
competitive and fast-paced world of commercial and high-volume printing, the more automated and streamlined
the workflow and the faster the time to market, the more profit a printer sees in the bottom line. Integration
between EFI Prograph and KODAK PRINERGY System represents an industry first and is only the first iteration
of the JDF-compliant EFI Prepress Integration Suite. We will continue to add components over time to extend
compatibility with a wide range of products and solutions."
One of the most powerful results of this innovative offering is the ability to support true "just in time" plating.
Prograph begins the process by receiving content links and images from KODAK PRINERGY System and
KODAK INSITE Unified Workflow System. The content is automatically linked to pages in the Prograph
Planner, where the user can view spreads and imposed layouts on-screen. The Planner provides a workflow
system with a detailed layout showing content page positions and all process marks - including folding, color
bars, punch, and side guides - necessary for automated plate creation. This automated process creates a
comprehensive set of manufacturing instructions for all steps of the production process, including reconciled
distribution planning and detailed instructions for page-level version assignments. Additionally, when the client
makes changes requiring a new page count, a different press, new paper sizes or new positions, the Planner
will automatically rebuild the plate file(s) without user intervention.
One of the most revolutionary elements of this solution is the elimination of the requirement to build fixed
imposition templates based on the press and dimensions of the imposition. In Prograph, impositions dynamically
scale to the size of the product being produced and the press being used. Changes are implemented instantly
and the time required for imposition maintenance is dramatically reduced.
"Prograph connectivity is a new complement to our PRINERGY Workflow System that delivers increased
automation," said Jon Bracken, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Solutions, for Kodak's Graphic
Communications Group. "We are pleased to collaborate with EFI in adding this extra element of workflow
efficiency for our customers."
EFI Prograph is a comprehensive planning solution for high-volume and large commercial operations. This
globally optimized Print MIS solution compares the necessary manufacturing processes with companies' internal
equipment and resources to determine discrepancies. Prograph enables more informed decision making and
facilitates contingency planning. Starting in Q3, Prograph will integrate seamlessly with the KODAK PRINERGY
Workflow System, making it an ideal planning solution for the large installed base of KODAK PRINERGY