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Esko - 10/8/2008

EskoArtwork Release of ArtPro 9.0 Immediate Success

EskoArtwork today announced that the latest version of ArtPro 9.0 has met with tremendous customer approval, 
with 75% of current ArtPro 8.0 customers upgrading to the new version within a week of launch.

"One of our key objectives following the acquisition of Artwork Systems by Esko was to leverage the synergies 
of the respective products through increased integration," said Carsten Knudsen, President and CEO of 
EskoArtwork. "ArtPro 9.0 is a perfect example of the synergy that we saw between the two companies. ArtPro 
9.0 is now integrated with mature EskoArtwork workflow solutions, including Nexus, Odystar and BackStage. 
ArtPro users can take advantage of these efficiencies," added Carsten Knudsen.

ArtPro users are already starting to benefit from upgrading to ArtPro 9.0. "ArtPro's support for normalized PDF 
allows us to submit files directly to workflows that previously were exclusively PDF, a tremendous benefit when 
working with BackStage," said Tobias Frey, prepress manager of CD CARTONDRUCK AG. "We are examining 
our current processes in order to take full advantage of all of the new capabilities that are now available to us."

ArtPro 9.0 offers the most advanced solution on the market, especially when combined with the rest of the 
EskoArtwork product suite. The ability for ArtPro users to seamlessly exchange PDF production assets with 
other EskoArtwork applications without the need for conversion and with maintenance of critical production 
data boosts efficiency and reduces processing time, waste and errors. ArtPro 9.0 also imports native ArtiosCAD 
structural design files, an important enhancement for users in the folding carton industry. ArtPro 9.0's direct link 
to EskoArtwork Visualizer then allows instant creation of 3D mock-ups in an ultra-realistic, real-time environment 
that is revolutionizing the design of packaging and other dimensional applications.

EskoArtwork ArtPro 9.0 brings unmatched productivity to the production process.

With more than 12 000 licenses worldwide, ArtPro has become the standard in the packaging prepress industry. 
With ArtPro 9.0, prepress professionals can turn designs into print-ready files instantly, resulting in productivity 
benefits that remain unmatched by any other solution in the market.

* Easily Import Designs. Designs become fully editable files when ingested into ArtPro using its robust import 
mechanism. The import filter performs extensive preflighting and offers expert control over the incoming files, 
including separation remapping; on-the-fly ink conversions to Opaltone(r), Hexachrome(r), Indichrome(r) or other 
multi-color systems; OPI swapping; and font management. ArtPro's fast and accurate vectorization module imports 
designs which originate from conventional scanned artwork.

* Extended Gamut and MCPP. With the Equinox module ArtPro supports the conversion of line work and 
vignettes to extended gamut printing and MCPP of the entire job or on a selection.
* Advanced Editing Capability. Once the design has been imported into the ArtPro environment, all objects, 
including line art, live text and images, can be checked for shape, color, screening, transparency, blend mode 
and their relationships in the file structure (compound groups and layers). In addition, all parameters can be easily changed.

* Complex Trapping Made Easy. ArtPro 9.0's PowerTrapper module is based on proven 4Stage technology. 
This technology flawlessly handles the transparencies and blend modes that are often included today's modern 
design files. PowerTrapper is fully compliant with packaging applications and is able to handle special color 
pairs, opaque inks, varnishes, white plates, rich black trapping, and more.

* ArtLink automatically renders different versions of one file with hot links built into the ArtPro production file. 
These links connect the content and parameters of different objects to records in a database.

* viewX provides real-time pre-visualization depicting how the design will print and allows for verifying the printed 
result before expensive proofs or plates are made.

* PowerWarp allows distortion of a partial or complete graphic image to compensate for the deformation the 
printed product will undergo when it adopts its final 3-dimensional shape. Typical use cases are tin cans, cups 
and shrink sleeves.

* InPDF facilitates data interchange among designers, consumer product companies and prepress professionals. 
InPDF builds the bridge between ArtPro's extended imaging model and Adobe(r) Illustrator(r). With this smart 
handshake format, users can open and edit print-ready production files in Adobe(r) Illustrator(r).

* Structural Design Integration. ArtPro imports the industry's most popular native CAD file formats, including 
ArtiosCAD and common formats such as CFF2 and DDES. ArtPro's CAD export functionality enables the 
addition of cuts and creases to existing ArtiosCAD designs for a perfect match between print and die. ArtPro 
also incorporates EskoArtwork's new structural design software for flexible packaging shapes, and close 
integration with EskoArtwork Visualizer allows instant ultra-realistic visualization. ArtPro also seamlessly integrates 
with EskoArtwork's Studio Toolkit for Flexibles. This unique flexible packaging design application allows a 
designer to build realistic structural models of common flexible packaging types in a matter of minutes.

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