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Esko - 10/21/2014

Esko Launches i-cut Production Console

The increasingly growing demand for ever more sophisticated production tools has inspired Esko to develop the i-cut Production Console. This newly 
developed front-end operating system will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems. It combines the feature set of the XL-Guide 
tailored for packaging applications and i-cut Vision Pro, the industry standard front-end for cutting and short run productions. Designed for all operations 
on all Kongsberg tables, the i-cut Production Console forms a solid foundation for any future developments.

The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration 
and tool adjustments. “These tried and tested features are industry favorites, and are now incorporated into a much more intuitive operating system for 
users,” explains Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. “We want to help customers simplify their approach so they can maximize their capabilities. 
Ease of use is about making complex tasks easy. A good portion of accomplishing this is hidden in great software design created completely from 
scratch, consulting with user interface specialists to build an efficient system. The iPC instinctively supports the machine operator and displays colors 
with a meaning, which draws focus to the right area at the right time. It will change the way operators finish a job, and allow them to get even more 
out of their machine: they will get up to speed faster while improving the output quality. It all leads to less downtime and more efficiency ? with less 
training or service intervention.”

Assuring the most stable operating system
The i-cut Production Console is ingeniously designed to guide and support the operator, and incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features: from its 
icon-based graphical interface with color coded alerts and updates, to the ability to follow production progress from a distance. “This enables one operator 
to do other tasks while overseeing the production on a Kongsberg table,” explains Naess. “With clear display functionality and easy to understand icons, 
every step of operation can be readily identified for a smooth process.”

The legacy of i-cut Vision Pro software along with the Esko XL-Guide that operated previous generations of Kongsberg tables has created a firm base for 
the iPC to deliver on Esko’s Highest Flexibility promise – one common user interface for all tables and all applications, allowing users to easily understand 
how to expand the capabilities of their machine into different business areas. “It's a platform designed to help operators get jobs done faster and easier, 
with more options,” explains Naess. “For example, they can pause a run, complete an urgent job or quick prototype, and return to the first batch of work. 
The result is maximized capacity and uptime with increased efficiency.”

Extended versatility
"As Kongsberg users work with a greater variety of production tools, they want to be prepared for any job and be more efficient, whether they are working 
on packaging or wide format displays,” concludes Naess. “The development of the i-cut Production Console is also based on extensive input and testing 
from our users who contributed to the system’s specifications. Their experience was very valuable to identify particular user features that bring ease of 
use to a next level. The iPC will add even more to the already high popularity of our tables and help customers become more productive than they 
already are.”

The i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. 
Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, including upgrades for existing customers.

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Esko - 10/20/2014

Esko Demonstrates Finishing and Software Solutions

At the SGIA Expo 2014, October 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV, Esko (www.esko.com) will present the widest range of digital finishing tables, from the 
Kongsberg V for Sign and Display Production, offering durability, precision and ease of use at an attractive price, to the Kongsberg C64, a 3.2-meter 
table designed to keep up with faster, wider printers. SGIA Expo is also the North American introduction of a new, easy-to-use front end for Kongsberg 
tables, i-cut Production Console, combining the best elements of Esko's market leading i-cut vision control system and well-known table guide 
software. Accompanying these solutions within a complete 'design to print to cut' workflow is the Esko i-cut Suite. 

“It is an exciting time for Esko, as our two new Kongsberg tables—the C series and Kongsberg V—are being successfully installed in North America,” comments 
Jon Giardina, Esko President, Americas. “At SGIA Expo, Esko offers a wide variety of systems for sign and display companies to choose from—systems 
that are already making a difference in North America. And, we continue to make the process easier with the introduction of our new a new, easy-to-
use operating system for Kongsberg tables, i-cut Production Console.”

Newly developed i-cut Production Console (iPC) user interface makes operating Kongsberg tables highly intuitive, easy, fast and flexible
Esko has created the i-cut Production Console (iPC), a new front-end operating system that will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital 
finishing systems, combining the best elements of Esko’s market leading i-cut vision control system and well-known table guide software. The i-cut 
Production Console drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and 
tool adjustments—with a much more intuitive operating system for users.

Displayed on both the Kongsberg XN and Kongsberg V during SGIA Expo, the i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko 
sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, 
including upgrades for existing customers. 

Kongsberg C64: A larger finishing table re-engineered for the 21st century
Esko will be featuring its Kongsberg C digital finishing table with its 3.2-meter platform. One of the most noticeable new features is the innovative 
composite traverse technology that provides the fastest throughput along with the highest quality and precision in cutting and routing compared 
to all other systems of the same size. It provides the highest versatility for all sign, display and packaging applications. At SGIA Expo, Esko 
demonstrates the Kongsberg C64 model: working with 126” wide x 126” long materials to accommodate today’s large format printing sizes. 

Along with the Kongsberg C64 system will be an auto feeding system, capable of handling a wide range of rigid and flexible media, picking up materials 
from a pallet or table. It eliminates the manual loading of large format materials, thus preventing imperfections caused by manual handling. 

Cost-effective cutting with the industry’s most solid table 
At SGIA Expo, Esko will also be showing the Kongsberg V for Signage and Display Production for companies that are introducing in-house finishing 
capabilities. It delivers durability, precision and ease of use at an attractive price. Kongsberg V cutters offer a broad selection of tools, providing quality 
results on a wide range of cutting, creasing, and plotting activities. Kongsberg V for Signage and Display Production, which comes with a MultiCUT 
tool head for milling productivity, along with a camera system. 

i-cut Suite: Software to power the design to print to cut workflow
i-cut Suite software lets sign & display companies streamline their workflows. It preflights and edits incoming PDF files, and helps build and edit sheet 
layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of substrates through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. Kongsberg table technology ensures 
that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly, registering the actual dimensions and positioning cuts on the printed result. With i-cut 
Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention. In a more commoditized market, sign & display 
shops are also realizing that unique 3D display projects offer higher margins. More and more companies are also investing in ArtiosCAD for structural 
design. ArtiosCAD’s extensive library of resizable display designs helps designers so they don’t have to design new displays form scratch.

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Esko - 8/21/2014

Esko and Highcon: A Powerful Digital Duo for the Packaging Industry

Esko, market leader in packaging design and workflow solutions and Highcon, developer of the Highcon(TM) Euclid digital cutting and creasing 
machine, expand their cooperation with an OEM agreement. Highcon will distribute, install and support the Esko CAD Digital Front End (DFE) 
software as complement to the 2014 MUST SEE'EMS award winning Highcon Euclid. This combined solution is available immediately on a worldwide 
basis.

Today, Esko's CAD software is already the standard for processing structural designs for production on the Highcon Euclid. It converts packaging structures 
to the finishing format required by the Euclid, which receives its CAD cutting and creasing information from ArtiosCAD prepared or converted DFX files. 
With the new OEM agreement, the Highcon Euclid now offers an on-board software tool, the Highcon Light Editor, that allows Euclid operators to take 
full advantage of the benefits of digital technology by editing crease and cut lines in the structural design of the job at the point of production, including 
the ability to incorporate last-minute changes. It also enables optimizing of nicks by increasing or decreasing their size or adding or removing them; and 
adding, removing or editing stripping lines. 

"We are proud of the opportunity to partner with Esko, incorporating their industry-leading technology into our game-changing digital converting 
solution," comments Eitan Varon, Highcon's Executive VP. "We have been working with Esko since the beginning and are excited to extend this 
collaboration for the benefit of our existing and future customers. Flexibility is one of the key advantages of digital technology and by implementing 
the Esko CAD DFE, our customers will be able to perform a wide range of last minute edits that ensure the proper production of the package, 
promotional item, or greeting card that their clients require."

"This late-stage capability is especially important in an environment where run lengths and cycle times are compressed," adds Richard Deroo, Product 
Manager Structural Design at Esko. "Packaging converters accept files from a wide variety of sources, and it is essential that they have the ability to 
control final structures at the point of production to ensure a consistent quality product with limited waste and downtime."

"Esko's mission is to deliver integrated customer solutions that drive profitability throughout the printing and packaging supply chain," concludes Deroo. 
"By partnering with Highcon to integrate Esko's CAD DFE with the Highcon Euclid, the packaging workflow is streamlined through the ability to perform 
edits to design files at the point of production, ensuring optimal digital converting in the fast-paced world of digital packaging production. This 
minimizes downtime and maximizes productivity. We are very pleased to be working with Highcon to bring this innovative solution to the market."

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Esko - 7/24/2014

EskoWorld US Exceeds Expectations

Esko (www.esko.com) announces that it recently concluded another successful EskoWorld user group meeting. The event, held June 15-18 at the Walt 
Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels in Orlando, FL, was host to more than 700 users, industry partners, product specialists and support staff, who 
exchanged ideas along with product and application knowledge. Sessions offered insight into the breadth of the Esko experience, including flexo 
platemaking, packaging prepress, color management, structural and 3D design, brand management, digital label and large format print and digital finishing. 

The curriculum of more than 90 sessions included special guest speaker contributions from the Disney Learning Institute, Wallace Church Agency in New 
York City and selected customer presentations.

“EskoWorld had an expanded audience this year by appealing to more companies, but also by encouraging companies to send more participants. They 
see the value in this event,” comments Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. “EskoWorld continues to offer an opportunity for our customers to 
converse with each other and interact with Esko product management. We are very careful not to make this event a sales show, but rather a user 
event—a learning experience where people can develop a better understanding of the business we are all in. We have always focused on printers, 
converters and tradeshops, but this year we made a specific effort to expand the program to include useful tracks for brand owners. We had a large 
group of brand owners at EskoWorld for the first time, focusing on their workflow and approval cycle challenges they face every day.”

Key presentations focus on customized package design and importance of branding
“Esko has significantly changed our company from where we were a few years ago to today. This was my fourth EskoWorld. EskoWorld always offers a 
great opportunity to network with people, who give me great ideas to bring home to my company,” notes Amanda Webster, Pre-Press Production 
Supervisor at the Bowling Green, OH based Century Label. “I felt that a significant focus was made to bridge the communication gap between the brand 
owners and print providers in the supply chain. Some of the relevant technologies were Esko’s 3D solutions, and the ability to use PantoneLIVE to match 
brand owners’ color expectations with print capabilities. I also had a chance to see the new Automation Engine 14 and learn what changes were being 
made in the software structure – and I highly appreciated the opportunity to provide input during the roadmap sessions. Esko listens to its customers and 
seriously reviews concerns that are translated into fixes and software updates.”

EskoWorld hosted two very powerful presentations from Wallace Church and Disney. They both covered important topics facing all partners of the supply 
chain: How to engage consumers on a personalized basis, and how to maintain brand loyalty. 

Rob Wallace, Chief Brand Advocate at Wallace Church, a Manhattan and San Francisco-based brand identity strategy and package design 
consultancy, offered the Keynote 'Hyper Customization—Engaging Consumers with Personalized Package Design'. It explained how new advances in 
digital printing make it viable for marketers to engage consumers on a truly individual basis. Church offered a next generation vision for how brand 
messaging can be hyper customized. 

Another highlight was presented by The Disney Institute, ‘Disney’s Approach to Brand Loyalty’, providing their perspective about managing the Disney 
brand. 

EskoWorld also provided a number of sessions from brand owners that provided their unique perspectives about how they view the packaging supply 
chain. 

Exceptional networking event with Esko industry partners
EskoWorld’s Partner Zone allowed Esko supply chain partners to explain how their products enhanced the use of—and work seamlessly with—Esko 
tools. Companies included CHILI Publish, Color-Logic, Dupont, EFI, Enfocus, Global Vision, HP, MacDermid, Meta Communications, Southern 
Lithoplate, The Quick Brown Fox GmbH, Western Computer, and X-Rite Pantone. 

Focused demo lab area
Esko also staged a demo lab where users could speak with solution experts or sample the latest software. The labs also housed two Kongsberg tables 
including the new Kongsberg C Series—the largest fully functioning table in the industry.

“I attended EskoWorld to review a lot of new technology,” explains Tim Gustafson, Press/Prepress Manager, Professional Image, Tulsa Oklahoma. “I 
specifically wanted to see the new RIP in Suite 14 that uses an Adobe kernel rather than an Esko Kernel. I also liked many of the color 
management sessions—for example, the class about PantoneLIVE. Matt Furr offered a very good presentation about his Clemson master’s thesis 
research with 7-color extended gamut printing. I’ve returned to our company with a good idea how to use Max GCR to color manage easier and to 
synch profiles to run GRACoL and connect them together. It was definitely worthwhile to attend EskoWorld.”

The next EskoWorld event is planned for June 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Esko - 6/24/2014

Esko Knowledge Base Web Site has Successful Rollout

Esko (www.esko.com) announces the successful implementation of its on-line Knowledge Base system. This system, part of a complete Esko help 
center available at http://help.esko.com/, is a digital platform for customer support self-service. It is accessible for Esko users worldwide and can be 
navigated in a number of languages.

“According to the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), planned spending on knowledge management and self-service technology is currently 
very high. Companies are relying on technology to create more robust self-service knowledge base systems,” comments Igor Vandromme, Esko Vice 
President Global Services. “TSIA also reports that new technology is enabling self-service sites to be overhauled and help to improve success rates. 
When more than half of TSIA members plan to spend resources in a single technology area, it is obvious that a major industry shift is occurring.”

Esko is responding to customer preferences that more users prefer to access online resources as their ‘first line’ of immediate support. According to 
Forrester, 72% of customers prefer using a company’s website to answer their questions. Esko is responding to the challenge of providing different 
support solutions and delivering more options for people to learn about their software and equipment. In the process, the online help system offers 
creative, insightful answers to ‘How would I do this’; not just solving technical problems. The efforts have paid off. Visitor traffic has increased 75% 
from its launch less than half a year ago.

The Knowledge Base library is Wiki-based and searchable. It is populated with articles written by Esko experts: support associates, product specialists, 
and others who have a good sense of what is – and what is not – helpful, practical information. Each article goes through an extensive auditing process 
to ensure it is valuable, categorized properly and technically correct. 

“Esko’s Knowledge Base is a supplement to our support teams, a means to help customers find answers immediately. We are building an integrated 
support network and therefore are deploying modern technology to assist our customers,” adds Vandromme. “Our customers are pushing us to offer a 
self-service model, something that is more efficient and effective for basic questions. We’re just responding to the changing needs of the workforce.” 

Esko develops topics that they see are being tapped for information, using Google Analytics as a tool to analyze site use. “Our daily management shows 
who is adding articles,” says Pieter Reel, Engineer at Esko, “so we can react quickly, review content and post the articles.”

After each Knowledge Base answer, Esko gives the user the opportunity to tell the company if the article was helpful or not, and to make a comment. 
“Esko is getting a 20% hit rate on user feedback, well above industry standards. The vast majority tells us that our articles have been helpful,” 
explains Vandromme. “We truly value that feedback. If a comment suggests that the item was not helpful, we will review that feedback to the 
author and address the issue immediately. In the same way, if an article receives a favorable comment, we will compliment the author. This helpful 
feedback has helped grow Knowledge Base contributions from Esko experts rapidly. We want to get everybody at Esko involved, and it appears 
to be working.”

Esko continues efforts to improve the site: navigation, user experience and immediate access to the most important information for the user are key 
drivers. Among other new features, ‘hot fixes’ will become part of the Knowledge Base. If newly released software needs to be corrected, Esko will 
offer a button on the Knowledge Base home page to check these solutions. 

“Our most important objective is to offer a support system that helps our customers get answers in the way they find most efficient – whether online, from a 
call center, or from our field support,” concludes Vandromme. “Our ongoing efforts to extend our service offerings have proven to be useful and 
appreciated. We will continue to develop innovative ways to support our customer base.”

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Esko - 6/17/2014

Esko Releases Suite 14

Esko (www.esko.com) announces the release of Esko Suite 14, a comprehensive collection of new and updated software designed to give brand 
owners, premedia houses, converters, sign and display producers and commercial printers the resources they need to manage today's complex 
preproduction environment. 

"To be successful today, packaging service providers and brands owners are required to perform exceptionally well in all areas of packaging 
preproduction," says Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. "Brand owners must create packaging designs that resonate with consumers 
and that are designed, developed and produced with the utmost accuracy. Converters must execute perfectly and efficiently to remain profitable. 
There is also a need ensure regulatory compliance and to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner within the entire ecosystem. Above all, 
everyone throughout the entire packaging supply chain must be able to work together effectively to achieve these goals."

Esko Suite 14 builds on Esko's years of packaging preproduction expertise and features breakthrough developments as a result of ongoing investment 
in innovation, and based on feedback received from brand owners, packaging converters and industry thought leaders.

Knudsen adds, "In the Suite 14 development process, Esko concentrated its resources on addressing five key trends in packaging preproduction: 
• Increasing importance of Workflow Automation
• The use of Smart Templates to handle package variations
• Quality as the most important driver
• A more task-focused software user interface to drive increased efficiency
• Integration of the Supply Chain and data-sharing via the cloud

The result is Esko Suite 14, bringing together a family of solutions that provides all parties in the packaging preproduction supply chain with the resources 
they need to succeed in this dynamic market. We believe that the Esko software Suite is the broadest and deepest collection of professional software 
tools available today in the package production industry."

Efficiency, Productivity, Ease of Use: Suite 14 is a Sweet Deal for Packaging Preproduction
Esko Suite 14 includes a wide range of breakthrough improvements and enhancements that support these key trends in the packaging preproduction 
market. Each element has been fine-tuned to better meet the needs of the entire supply chain. Details of each of the enhanced Suite 14 modules 
follow.

WebCenter: Focused on Supply Chain Connectivity 
Improved connectivity leads to faster turnaround times and reduced errors. WebCenter 14, now a 64-bit application and supporting HTML 5 for the 
Viewer, offers easy-to-implement connectivity with third-party solutions. 

Interconnectivity among Esko products is also boosted with WebCenter 14. Seamless data transfer between WebCenter and packaging editors such 
as ArtiosCAD and Adobe Illustrator guarantee better utilization of centrally managed assets and information.

And WebCenter servers can now interact with each other to even better integrate the entire supply chain. Launching a task or sharing assets among 
multiple WebCenter servers shifts workflow automation into high gear. This makes it easier to achieve true supply chain integration with exceptional 
efficiency and real-time communication among all stakeholders in the packaging preproduction supply chain.

Automation Engine: Taking Time and Touches Out of the Packaging Preproduction Process 
Suite 14 includes a broader and more sustainable integration framework that goes well beyond the boundaries of XML and JDF by standardizing the way 
third-party solutions are integrated with any Esko component. This Connect software kit enables users to further remove manual activities from the 
packaging preproduction process, driving end-to-end automation. Connect allows for easy integration with all wide-ranging third-party solutions as 
MIS, shipping systems, popular web applications such as Google Maps, or other web portal or cloud-based solutions.

In addition, a series of new color tasks are now integrated into the Automation Engine. This ensures consistent color through automated color 
management. Automation Engine now automatically converts brand colors to a fixed ink setting using Equinox profiles, reducing the need for spot 
colors and increasing press productivity and quality while reducing overall ink usage.

ArtiosCAD: More Creativity, Less Clicking
With the updated ArtiosCAD editor, users have more time to be creative and will spend less time clicking buttons. Users can now create more accurate BOM's 
in less time with the new BOM capability available directly from the ArtiosCAD browser. Other enhancements increase designer productivity when 
preparing designs for production and improve die-press efficiency as well. 

Suite 14 also gives ArtiosCAD users more realistic 3D visualization when folding corrugated and paper board, setting more realistic expectations for clients 
when presenting designs.

This update of ArtiosCAD also features a number of improvements for die making manufacturers, resulting in higher precision and productivity. This 
includes single-click options for filling a line or path with nicks and configurable options for driving various output devices to reduce the time it takes 
to get a design into production. Enhancements to the die-board bolt hole mounting pattern tool allows users to select mounting holes more quickly 
and efficiently, optimizing die-press efficiency.

3D Visualization: 360 Degrees of Packaging
3D tools are increasingly important in the packaging design and preproduction processes to ensure as early as possible in the process that the final 
product meets the needs of all stakeholders. Esko Suite 14 includes a number of enhancements to its 3D capabilities.

• Visualizer effects in Illustrator: Suite 14 lets users of Studio Designer go beyond the normal 3D view to add special effects and finishing details when 
creating packaging graphics in Illustrator. This streamlined solution brings enhanced speed and enables better creative decision making during the 
design and review process.
• Store Visualizer: Created in partnership with VTales Graphics, Esko Store Visualizer lets users place virtual objects in photographed scenes, enabling 
them to see their designs in an in-store setting to determine how they compare with competitive products. The integration of an innovative LOD (Level 
Of Detail) system gives users enhanced speed when rendering virtual store views, especially in environments with vast numbers of 3D models. Suite 
14 ships with three pre-established hyper-realistic environments that help users quickly and easily see what their 3D products will look like in a store 
environment.
• Studio: Two new and one enhanced flexible bag types are available in Suite 14, including the popular quattro seal bag. In addition, the new version of 
Studio includes an Augmented Reality viewer for mobile devices which is perfect to share and view 3D packaging designs in context for quick 
comparisons and informed decision making.

CHILI Publish Integration: Cloud based package editing
Esko has partnered with CHILI Publish to bring to market the world's first in-browser editor dedicated to packaging design. With this solution, the artwork 
creator can enable anyone in the supply chain, such as the brand manager of a global brand, to modify packaging content within established constraints. 
This gives brand owners control over their packaging content, avoiding mistakes and ultimately product recalls, and ensures that both the brand integrity 
and design intent are protected throughout the entire process.

Visual Inspection Systems: You Have to See It to Believe It 
In Suite 14, this module provides digital communication of critical parameters for automatic setup of the visual inspection system, eliminating set-up time 
and saving 3-5 minutes per job. This is especially important in digital printing environments with shorter runs and a larger volume of jobs running through 
the shop. For these operations, time savings can quickly add up to two hours per day or more. In addition, this digital link to inspection systems is the only 
way to inspect variable data in the packaging production process.

ArtPro+: Exceptional Quality Control
ArtPro+ in Suite 14 is a new application that gives users a tool for quality control of artwork and prepress files. ArtPro+ is a no-charge companion 
product to ArtPro 14 and PackEdge 14, running on both Mac and Windows. With its innovative interface and modern 64-bit architecture ArtPro+ is 
ready for the workflow of the future.

Imaging Engine: APPE3 for CTP
Now built on Adobe's PDF Print Engine (APPE3) platform, Esko's Imaging Engine 14 brings users into the next generation of CTP production. Reduced 
need for operator intervention in the platemaking process, more consistency, fewer errors and elimination of duplicated data entry are just a few of the 
benefits of the updated Imaging Engine included in Esko Suite 14. 

FlexProof: The Proof Is in the ... Proof!
A new, task-driven, wizard-style user interface makes it much simpler to fine-tune and optimize proofer device profiles for the highest possible 
accuracy. FlexProof enables users to quickly meet color accuracy expectations while saving operator time.

i-cut Layout+: Next-Generation Layout Editor
Suite 14 speeds up production with a next-generation layout editor. i-cut Layout+ is a simple, task-oriented user interface that makes the learning 
curve extremely short. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows for full flexibility.

With a new flexible subscription model for i-cut Layout+, users can better manage software costs, reduce risk and achieve more flexibility in load 
balancing across regions and during peak periods. Using a "pay as you go" SaaS model for software is becoming increasingly popular, both from a 
usability perspective and to transition software ownership from a capital investment to an operating expense. DeskPack and Preflight are also now 
available in a subscription-based SaaS model.

Sweet Success with Suite 14
Esko is rolling out Suite 14 beginning July 2014. Customers with maintenance contracts will receive the software for which they are entitled to as part of 
those agreements. Esko's customer services organizations around the world are prepared to install, support and provide training for the new version of 
the software to guarantee smooth transitions and continuity of operation. 

"At Esko, we are in close contact with our customers and industry thought-leaders," concludes Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior Vice President Software 
Business. "We are aware of the many challenges that are involved in packaging preproduction and have worked hard to incorporate as many 
solutions to those challenges as possible in this release. That is why everyone at Esko is so proud of Suite 14. From extensive previews and testing 
at customer sites, we know the impact it will have on improving various aspects of the process, and, most importantly, the way in which it will make 
our customers even more successful."

www.esko.com


Esko - 4/15/2014

EskoWorld 2014 is Coming to the Sunshine State

Esko (www.esko.com) announces that EskoWorld 2014, the annual event for Esko users in the Americas, is headed to Orlando at the award-winning 
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin - located in the heart of Walt Disney World, June 15-18. The 2013 event hosted nearly 600 attendees, and Esko 
plans to be prepared for a valuable learning experience for all. 

“Whether someone is looking for tips and tricks on Esko Studio, the latest enhancements for ArtiosCAD Enterprise or a roadmap session on 
WebCenter, EskoWorld will have numerous sessions to help our users increase their knowledge. We hope they can use this information to squeeze 
productivity from their print operations and explore new revenue-building opportunities,” explains Tony Wiley, President, Esko North America. 
“EskoWorld has become extremely valuable for our users, and we expect this event to be no different.”

EskoWorld mission: Share ideas and knowledge
EskoWorld brings together users, industry partners, product specialists and support staff, encouraging the exchange of ideas and product and 
application knowledge. Sessions offer insight the breadth of the Esko print experience, including flexo, packaging prepress, color management, 
structural and 3D design, brand management, digital label and large format print and digital finishing. Esko’s expert staff contributes presentations 
and demonstrations—with ample time to listen to customer input and provide feedback. Visitors can meet for one-on-one discussions with Esko 
Product Managers, inquire about the latest product releases from business partners or visit the open lab to speak with solution experts. 

The session curriculum of more than 90 sessions, including a dedicated number presented in Spanish, is currently in development and will be posted on 
the EskoWorld website in the coming weeks. The program will also include special guest speaker session contributions from the Disney Learning 
Institute, Wallace Church Agency in New York City and selected customer presentations.

Key presentations focus on customized package design and importance of branding
EskoWorld is proud to host two very powerful presentations from Wallace Church and Disney. They both cover important topics facing all partners of the 
supply chain: How to engage consumers on a personalized basis, and how to maintain brand loyalty. 

Rob Wallace, Managing Partner of Wallace Church—a Manhattan and San Francisco-based brand identity strategy and package design consultancy—will 
offer the Keynote and a separate one-hour session during the event this year. Brand identity is not just Rob’s job; it’s his passion. Referred to as “the 
industry thought-leader on quantifying design’s return on investment”, Rob sees his primary goal as proving that brand identity/package design has 
returned a higher ROI than any other branding tool. Rob works with some of the world’s smartest brand owners on their most successful global brands. 
Current Wallace Church clients include PepsiCo, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Heinz, Colgate-Palmolive, Revlon, Kroger, Bacardi, The Vitamin 
Shoppe, Del and more than three dozen corporations of equal caliber. Rob has lectured more than 50 industry events across the US, Europe, Latin 
America and Asiaas well as Columbia Business School, Georgetown University, The School of Visual Arts and several other MBA programs. He has 
co-authored the book “Really Good Package Design Explained”. 

Wallace’s presentation, ‘Hyper Customization—Engaging Consumers with Personalized Package Design’ will explain how new advances in digital printing 
make it affordable for marketers to engage consumers on a truly individual basis. Showcasing their strategic thought-leadership, Wallace Church & Co 
created a next generation vision for how brand messaging can be hyper customized. They applied their vision to an over-proliferated product category—
micro brewed craft beer. They challenged convention and created a unique brand premise and then used digital package printing to engage consumers 
in a truly individual way. The result creates disruption and engagement that has been unprecedented in this or any other category. 

Also on the agenda is The Disney Institute, who will offer a presentation, ‘Disney’s Approach to Brand Loyalty’, providing their perspective about 
managing the Disney brand. EskoWorld 2013’s general session ended with a keynote presentation about Walt Disney’s success and leadership 
principles. Walt Disney's original success formula, "Dream, Believe, Dare, Do", has transformed both entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 companies 
alike. 

Esko customers offer their own experiences
Upon popular request, Esko will again draw upon its user community to provide their unique perspectives about how they use Esko solutions. These 
sessions are always very popular because attendees benefit from the information passed on from other users of Esko products. Topics have ranged 
from technical product experiences to issues of building a business taking advantage of the unique tools that Esko provides.

Exceptional networking event with Esko industry partners
EskoWorld’s Partner Zone will allow Esko supply chain partners to explain how their products enhance the use of—and work seamlessly with—Esko tools. 
More partners than before will participate at the event. These include companies like EFI, Enfocus, Global Vision, HP, MacDermid, Meta Communications, 
The Quick Brown Fox, Western Computer, and x-Rite. 

Focused demos at the demo lab area
As always, Esko will stage a demo lab area where users can speak with solution experts or sample the latest software. The labs will also house some 
hardware, including the new Kongsberg C Series finishing table—the largest fully functioning table in the industry.

Time for team building and fun
EskoWorld always includes an evening of entertainment—time for attendees to network with each other in a less formal environment. Many 
EskoWorld participants build long-term friendships where they share knowledge.

Information and registration
EskoWorld is open to any company that has an Esko solution or has signed a purchase order for scheduled delivery. For a complete overview of 
EskoWorld 2014, attendees can visit www.esko.com/en/eskoworld/. The site provides frequent, updated news about the event, offering the latest 
information, agenda details, speaker backgrounds, and more. 

An early bird fee applies to anyone who registers and pays all fees until May 16. In addition, for every four registrants from one company paid in full, a fifth 
person can attend for free. To register, guests can visit http://www.esko.com/en/EskoWorld/Register/. More information about the Walt Disney World 
Swan & Dolphin resort and booking rooms is available at www.swandolphin.com.

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Esko - 4/14/2014

Esko Demonstrates New, Wide Range of Kongsberg Tables

Esko (www.esko.com) will present the North American launch of a new Kongsberg digital finishing platform, and show a new, optional extension to its 
recently introduced Kongsberg C-series when it demonstrates the Kongsberg V for Sign and Display Production and the Kongsberg C64 at booth 2103 
during the ISA International Sign Expo, April 24-26 in Orlando Florida. The two systems reveal a completely new range of Kongsberg tables that offer 
both smaller and larger shops the opportunity to operate Kongsberg systems for different uses.

“Our Kongsberg development team has been very busy over the past couple of years,“ explains Tony Wiley, Esko North America President. “At SGIA 
we introduced the large, Kongsberg C series of digital finishing tables that, at ISA Sign Expo, will be exhibited with an auto-feeding system. At ISA Sign 
Expo we have the North American launch the Kongsberg V for Sign and Display Production, a cost-effective cutting table for the smaller shop. Even 
the Kongsberg XN table, on display on our booth, was introduced just two years ago at drupa. It provides a wide variety of systems for sign and 
display companies to choose from.”

Cost-effective cutting with the industry’s most solid table 
ISA Sign Expo will signal the North American launch of the Kongsberg V, a cutting table that delivers durability, precision and ease of use at an attractive 
price. The Kongsberg V series features the same, rock-solid Kongsberg tabletop construction. In fact, most Kongsberg cutting tables—thousands of them—
are still in operation today. Kongsberg V cutters offer a broad selection of tools, providing quality results on a wide range of cutting, creasing, and 
plotting activities. It has many of the popular features that have made Kongsberg tables popular, such as the i-cut Vision Pro camera system, which 
ensures print-to-cut registration, even with print-distorted materials. Exchanging different tools is quick, tool-free and error-free because every insert is 
identified by a unique bar code. Insert knife tools are available for cutting a wide range of materials, from thin paper to synthetic sheets through 
heavy-duty packaging and display material. The tooling selection also includes creasing, plotting and drilling tools. 

There are two models of Kongsberg V tables. At ISA Sign Expo, Esko will demonstrate the Kongsberg V for Signage and Display Production, which comes 
with a MultiCUT tool head for milling productivity, along with a camera system. The MultiCUT combines all tool insert options with a milling spindle up to 
45.000 RPM, perfect for a wide range of sign and display materials including acrylics and other synthetics. The camera system and innovative front-end 
software make it the perfect solution for smaller sign and display production.

Kongsberg C64: A larger finishing table re-engineered for the 21st century
Esko will be demonstrating its new Kongsberg C digital finishing series, a completely re-engineered and redesigned platform for Kongsberg finishing systems. 
One of the most noticeable new features is the innovative composite traverse technology that provides the fastest throughput along with the highest quality 
and precision in cutting and routing compared to all other systems of the same size. Just as impressive, the Kongsberg C provides the highest versatility for 
all sign, display and packaging applications. It does all this while making it easy to use the machine – from the new, simple interface to the ease of replacing 
tools on the table. At ISA Sign Expo, Esko demonstrates the Kongsberg C64 model: it works with 126” wide x 126” long (3210mm by 3200mm) materials 
to accommodate today’s large format printing sizes. Also available is the Kongsberg C60 model to accommodate 126” wide x 63” long (3210mm x 1600mm) 
sizes.

www.esko.com


Esko - 3/26/2014

Esko Launches 14-City Flexo Imaging and Prepress Educational Tour

Esko (www.esko.com) announces the launch of The Esko Educational Summit, a series of free educational summits designed to educate guests the 
latest in flexo imaging and prepress technology. If the promise of learning isn't enough, to add to the appeal each session will be held in a popular local 
venue--many at noteworthy sports locations.

Esko will tailor each event to the particular interests of the attendees. The agenda will cover a number of topics helpful for tradeshops and converters, 
including color management, workflow automation, structural design, flexo platemaking and tips and tricks for energizing packaging and label concepts. 
Experts will explain powerful Esko solutions, including:

• ArtiosCAD, the structural design software for packaging design
• WebCenter, the web-based life-cycle management for pre-production approval
• Automation Engine, for superior workflow automation & job management
• CDI, Esko’s HD Flexo is the industry standard to compete with offset and gravure, providing consistency, vibrant color and superior print quality.
• Color Engine, which combined with PantoneLIVE, offers unprecedented brand color consistency. Representatives from X-Rite may participate in 
selected events.

Esko’s top trainers and presenters will be on hand to answer specific questions discussed during the sessions.

Esko will repeat these workshops in the morning and afternoon, with a continental breakfast and buffet lunch available for guests. As an added incentive, 
at the conclusion of each event, one fortunate attendee will be drawn for a no-cost registration to EskoWorld 2014, Esko’s user event, to be held June 
15-18, at the Disney World, Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL, valued at $595.

“We met—and helped—so many people during our road show this past fall that it made sense to schedule a similar program this spring. I don't think there is 
any other company that is more knowledgeable to advise tradeshops, printers and converters about prepress requirements throughout the supply chain 
and the technology of flexo plate imaging,” says Tony Wiley, President, Esko North America. “Our experience can offer any company a realistic overview 
of the technology and what can be expected from both a quality and an economic perspective.”

Events will be held at:
• April 8, Memphis, TN: FedEx Forum
• April 8, Long Beach, CA: Hilton Long Beach Executive Meeting Center
• April 15, Minneapolis, MN: St. Paul River Center
• April 16, Indianapolis, IN: Lucas Field
• April 16, Newport, RI: Tennis Hall of Fame
• April 16, Philadelphia, PA: Citizens Bank
• May 1, Toronto, Canada, Ryerson University
• May 6, San Francisco, CA: AT&T Park (Public House)
• May 6, New York, NY: MetLife Stadium
• May 8, Montreal, Canada: Printability and Graphic Communications Institute
• May 8, Vancouver, Canada: Centerplate British Columbia
• May 13, Dallas, TX: Gaylord Resort
• May 14, Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
• May 15, Orlando, FL: Quantum Leap Winery

Information and registration
To register, guests can visit http://www.esko.com/en/Campaign/2014/US_Roadshow/.

www.esko.com


Esko - 1/30/2014

New Esko Store for Bits, Blades and Parts Opened

Reinforcing its leadership position and as the first in the sign and display industry, Esko announces the opening of its unique online store with 
intelligent storefront that simplifies the bits, blades and underlays purchasing for users of Kongsberg cutting tables and the consumables purchasing for 
CDI flexo platesetters. Esko Store, currently available in English, is located at www.esko.com/store and is publicly available for new and existing 
Esko customers around the world. 

“Come shop with us!” says Christian Korte, Esko Senior Vice President Sales, “Our intelligent storefront features a state-of-the-art shopping experience 
that makes it easy to find the right bits, blades and underlays quickly and easily. This is a unique capability among digital cutting table suppliers, 
again demonstrating Esko’s leadership in this field. Visitors to the store will find not only the best materials, but also the best know-how, service and 
shopping experience.”

Choosing the right cutting tool, one time, every time
“Built-in intelligence is especially useful when searching for Kongsberg accessories using the Kongsberg bits and blades finder,” adds Kenny Van Bogaert, 
Esko Business Development Manager e-commerce. “Find the best bits and blades for a specific job by entering material, quality and finishing 
method specifications. And for each bit and blade, the Esko Store advises the set-up you require on site, including which Kongsberg table, tool insert 
and adapter you need. In My Store Account, customers will see the Kongsberg table(s) they own. Simply selecting a specific Kongsberg table 
provides immediate access to ordering underlay fittings for that table. Our customers pointed out the value of this new capability and for further 
improvements of the store we will continue to take suggestions from visitors into account.”

Ordering made easy
The Esko Store features advanced filtering options that allow visitors to narrow their search when browsing a specific category as well as a 
compare functionality that enables side-by-side comparisons of products within the same category. Visitors can use the one-step search by product 
code or name to quickly reach a detailed product page. With the recently viewed items feature they can quickly access previously visited product 
pages. While browsing the site, visitors also get an immediate indication whether or not an item is in stock. Finalizing the order, multiple shipping 
methods and accurate tax calculations are available at check-out.

www.esko.com


Esko - 1/13/2014

Esko and Amtech Announce that Imaginera Supports ArtiosCAD 12.1

Esko (www.esko.com) and Amtech (www.amtechsoftware.net), leaders in their respective CAD and EPR packaging industry fields announce that 
Amtech Imaginera ERP supports the most recent edition of ArtiosCAD, version 12.1. Within the past year, Esko and Amtech Software had formed a 
Packaging Alliance partnership aimed at working closely to develop products that integrate the two platforms on multiple levels. The integration of the 
two products allows corrugated packaging companies to collect structural design information, thus automating the creation of estimates for dies, 
materials, and other costs in Imaginera, based on accurate CAD data. It also helps in the automatic creation of shop cards for the production lines. 

Imaginera is an integrated ERP suite of products that enhance all aspects of a business. The Amtech software is comprised of a powerful set of modules 
that address key components in a business's operations processes and procedures. Amtech provides all the tools necessary for making smart 
business decisions that positively impact a company's bottom line. The wide, flexible range of modules includes financial applications, plant 
management, customer service, planning, and EDI integration. 

ArtiosCAD is the world's most popular structural design software for packaging design. With dedicated tools specifically designed for packaging professionals 
for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing, ArtiosCAD increases productivity throughout a company.

Imaginera is able to collect real-time structural design information directly from the ArtiosCAD database. It can import the baseline style grade, width and 
length, 3D dimension, design name and drawings. This information is vital for costing and pricing - and workflow solutions while eliminating the need to 
re-enter data into both systems. 

If a converter already has Esko WebCenter, information from that system can be integrated into Amtech's MobileForce Customer Care Portal - a unique 
Web-based collaboration tool that provides customers access to real time job order and production status. It lets them view native CAD drawings, orders 
and item information, request quotes, place orders, view delivery and invoice documents, and directly communicate with the printer.

The two companies are also expanding integration to ArtiosCAD Enterprise. This will enable new customers to be pushed into the business and 
workflow systems, and allow them to see project status. Utilizing Amtech's full suite of products including the Core Imaginera ERP, MobileForce 
Sales applications and Customer Care Portal, along with Esko's Enterprise and WebCenter, the corrugated industry will be able to benefit from a highly 
integrated solution that will allow for automation and collaboration across sales, design, customer service and end customers. 

"Amtech strives to bring our customers valuable products that keep their business moving forward. By partnering with strong industry leading companies 
like Esko, we continue to add value and ROI to our customer's original investment in the Amtech system," says Cosmo DeNicola, Amtech President. 
"The integration of ArtiosCAD data is an excellent way to work with more complete, accurate costing information."

"We have had many customers asking us if ArtiosCAD can connect to Imaginera," comments Richard Deroo, Esko product manager. "It helps them reduce 
the waste in their business processes while also eliminating possible errors by eliminating touch points in data management. We're pleased that our 
partnership with Amtech is successfully moving forward."

www.esko.com


Esko - 12/5/2013

Esko to Hold Open House at Americas Headquarters

Esko’s series of free educational summits, The ‘Real’ Flexo Experience, designed to educate guests about the latest in flexo imaging technology will 
culminate with a complete open house of innovation at Esko Americas headquarters in Miamisburg, OH, from 9am to 3pm on December 19, 2013.

The company will be holding concurrent, continual sessions, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Topics will include:
• A discussion about Studio 3D design tools for packaging, AutomationEngine automated workflow and WebCenter collaborative web-based platform 
that manages packaging pre-production approval and project life cycle
• ArtiosCAD structural design and intelligent dielines, along with integration with Chili Publish.
• A conversation about color management with Mark Samworth, color consultant at EskoArtwork, and a member of the Flexographic Technical 
Association's Hall of Fame.
• An overview of HD Flexo, Full HD Flexo and Digital Flexo Suite with Ian Hole and David Chinnis
• Demos of Kongsberg tables, running throughout the day. They will be cutting give-away candy boxes that were created on Esko software and 
printed on an HP digital printer.

The free-flowing sessions, accompanied by a continental breakfast and lunch, are open to the public. 

Those interested in enrolling or learning more about the Open House can visit www.esko.com/mailings/e-flyers/US_OH_miamisburg/miamisburg_OH.html.

www.esko.com


Esko - 10/23/2013

Esko Introduces New Kongsberg C Digital Finishing Platform

Acknowledging that the wide format digital printing world continues to rapidly escalate productivity that requires faster turnaround times on an ever 
increasing variety of materials, Esko (www.esko.com) answers that trend with the introduction of a completely new Kongsberg digital finishing system, 
the "Kongsberg C". The first model of this new platform, the Kongsberg C64, is first demonstrated at the 2013 SGIA Expo in Orlando, Florida (October 
23-25). 

Kongsberg C systems are the first fully-featured super-wide digital finishing systems. “This is not scaled up from a light duty finishing table – it’s a completely 
re-engineered platform after a decade of the highly successful and well-known Kongsberg X-series,” comments Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. 
“We wanted to make sure that it was designed for 24/7 production and semi-industrial environments. Along with substantial flexibility, the new, wider 
format perfectly fits modern 3.2-meter wide format printers, working with wide rolls and wide sheets.” 

A large, complete finishing system for large, diverse jobs
The Kongsberg C64 model works with 126” wide x 126” long (3.210 mm by 3.200 mm) materials, perfectly fitting modern wide format printers. Also available 
is the Kongsberg C60 model, accommodating 126” wide x 63” long (3.210 mm x 1.600 mm) sizes. Covering more than 10 feet across the table, a 
unique, extremely rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam assures excellent precision and supports high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing 
and exclusive, powerful 3kW milling capabilities. Thus, the Kongsberg C always produces high quality finishing results, with no left/right/middle variances 
due to traverse bending. Unlike other super-wide finishers, the Kongsberg C does not decelerate with demanding materials, handling the most complex 
jobs without sacrificing quality or throughput.

The Kongsberg C stands for Capability, Capacity, Consistency, Choice and Complete:
• Capability: the Kongsberg C processes the widest variety of materials of any super-wide finisher, working with an extensive range of finishing applications 
and substrates from paper and textiles to corrugated up to triple-wall thickness (unique to the Kongsberg C), fluted board, plastics, aluminum composites, 
and more. 
• Capacity: it has the highest throughput of any super-wide digital finisher. The Kongsberg C is also the only super-wide finisher to offer a 3kW continuous 
duty high-performance milling unit.
• Consistency: the Kongsberg C series delivers the same performance every time, even on the most demanding materials or the most complex jobs.
• Choice: there’s no need to choose between size and productivity. The Kongsberg C offers both, eliminating the necessity to own dedicated digital 
finishers for different applications.
• Complete: Esko offers a full solution consisting of hardware, software, bits & blades and services. The Kongsberg C series brings unmatched versatility with 
four “power” tool units and a full assortment of "speed” tools. The table can be upgraded to fit production needs as a business grows with additional tooling, 
a conveyer feed system, roll feeder unit and more.

A versatile finishing system to fulfill all production requirements
Just as impressive, the Kongsberg C offers exceptional versatility for all sign, display and packaging applications. New tool covers offer clean, fast changing 
of the full range of Kongsberg XP tooling. Customers no longer need to invest in different digital finishing devices for different applications. With its 
combination of dexterity and power, the Kongsberg C, one machine fits all production needs – rolls, sheets, corrugated, milling – offering a more effective 
and smaller footprint solution than having to own multiple systems.

Design and ergonomics: an easy to use finishing system
The new solution has not only been reengineered, also the design has been completely reworked to apply to highest standards of industrial design and 
meet the operator’s needs for ergonomics and safety. For a machine so large, the Kongsberg C is remarkably easy to use – from the new, simple interface to 
the ease of replacing interchangeable tools on the table, helping to reduce operator error.

The new workstation mounts on any corner of the machine. A new maneuvering concept places an integrated joystick and operator panel on the traverse. 
It can be mounted on either side of the table. In fact, to make it easier for another operator, a second operator panel can be added. For easy loading 
and unloading, the new conveyor option can be manually jogged in both directions. 

“We have consulted our customers before and during the development of this new table and we are convinced they will appreciate to see that Esko now 
has the fastest, most productive solution at a super-wide width, with the greatest versatility in its size class,” concludes Steve Bennett, Esko Vice 
President, Digital Finishing Business. “The new Kongsberg C leapfrogs competitive tables on many ways. It simply enables us to provide the best value 
solution in this category.”

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Esko - 10/3/2013

Esko to Launch New Kongsberg Digital Finishing Platform

Esko (www.esko.com) will launch a completely new Kongsberg digital finishing platform when it demonstrates the Kongsberg C64 at booth 1201 during the 
2013 SGIA Expo, to be held October 23-25 in Orlando Florida. Esko will also display its new i-cut Production Console software interface for operating 
Kongsberg tables.

Kongsberg C64: re-engineered for the 21st century
SGIA will be the venue for the global launch of the new Kongsberg C digital finishing series. "This is not just a new Kongsberg table - it's a completely 
re-engineered and redesigned platform for Kongsberg finishing systems. We call this the C-series after a decade of the highly successful and well 
known Kongsberg X-series," enthuses Steve Bennett, Esko Vice President, Digital Finishing Business. "Among the many great new features, one of the 
eye catchers will be the innovative composite traverse technology that provides the fastest throughput along with the highest quality and precision in 
cutting and routing compared to all other systems of the same size. Just as impressive, the Kongsberg C provides the highest versatility for all sign, display 
and packaging applications. It does all this while making it easy to use the machine - from the new, simple interface to the ease of replacing tools on the 
table. Esko is dedicated to offering the best overall value, reconfirming Kongsberg systems as the product leader in their category." At SGIA, Esko 
demonstrates the Kongsberg C64 model: it works with 126" wide x 126" long (3210mm by 3200mm) materials to accommodate today's large format 
printing sizes. Also available is the Kongsberg C60 model to accommodate 126" wide x 63" long (3210mm x 1600mm) sizes.

i-cut Production Console: intuitive operating the Kongsberg table
Being previewed at SGIA is i-cut Production Console, a new, easier to use front-end to operate and manage the Kongsberg digital finishing systems. The 
i-cut Production Console is designed for all applications on all Kongsberg tables and will be demonstrated on a Kongsberg XN 24 at SGIA. 

SGIA: Powering your design to print to cut workflow. 
Esko features a wide range of integrated solutions for the sign and display industry, spanning from design to print to cut, with i-cut Suite.

Aside from the new Kongsberg C64 table, Esko's popular line of cutting tables will be displayed on their booth. The lineup includes the Kongsberg XN, 
Esko's most versatile, mid-range digital finishing device. Working with just about any substrate, from thin flexibles, to foam, to fluted materials, to rigid 
boards. The Kongsberg XN is perfect for any job or application. It can be easily configured for the widest range of applications: from kiss cutting to 
heavy-duty milling. Most important, the Kongsberg XN can be equipped with its very powerful, optional 3kW, water-cooled milling spindle, the MultiCUT- 
High Power, offering up to three times more milling productivity. The Kongsberg XN offers a variety of proven options including cutting registration to 
printed artwork, tool heads and tool inserts to extend flexibility, productivity add-ons like a material conveyor, an AutoFeeder or a Roll-Off unit. 

The Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto is on display with a fully automated sheet feeder and off load stacker, specifically for the finishing of narrow format, 
prototype, sample and short-run digital printed materials - rolls or sheets. The sheet feeder system automatically loads and places printed materials on the 
table. The 'Pick and Place' automated stacker enables non-stop sorting, neatly stacking finished pieces. The Kongsberg i-XE10 opens opportunities 
for creative, new applications with irregular shapes or 3D products, handling a maximum sheet size of 35" x 47".

Software to power the design to print to cut workflow
Software plays an important role in the entire Esko offering for specialty graphic shops. 
i-cut Suite, an InterTech(TM) Technology Award recipient, lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing 
systems streamline their workflows. It preflights and edits incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also helps build and edit 
sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of substrates through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. Kongsberg table technology ensures 
that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly, registering the actual dimensions and positioning cuts on the printed result. With i-cut 
Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention.

In a more commoditized market, sign and display shops are realizing that unique 3D display projects offer higher margins. More and more companies 
are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD 12 has an extensive library of resizable display designs to help designers so they do not have 
to start from scratch designing new displays. 

Powerful Esko partners on the SGIA show floor
At the Esko booth, representatives of Danaher sister-company X-Rite Pantone will demonstrate how brand colors can be consistent for the sign and 
display market. Creating custom ICC profiles based on each substrate and printing process, the i1Publish Pro 2(TM) brings color management to large 
format products like Point of Purchase [POP] displays and wall graphics. To maintain color consistency during print production, the X-Rite 
eXact(TM) spectrophotometer measures output results ensuring colors meet customers expectations. With built in color workflows to measure print output, 
waste is kept to a minimum and productivity is increased. 

At HP (booth 1628), Esko will be offering workflow software demonstrations of Esko's front-end systems for HP Scitex high-volume industrial printers. The 
Esko software, part of the HP SmartStream for Scitex workflow, is based on tools from Esko's i-cut Suite that efficiently process digital print files to help 
optimize run time of HP digital printing systems.

Xpedx (booth 2816) will be showing a Kongsberg i-XP 24 digital finishing system. The i-XP helps turn signage and POP/POS display work into profitable, 
value added jobs, helping sign and display shops offer their customers on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. With a maximum working area 
of 87"x126" and a maximum speed of 66" inches per second, the XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials.

"This is an exciting time for Esko and our specialty printing customers. With the new Kongsberg C64, we set a new standard for digital finishing and extend 
our 'best in class' product line to a very wide 3.2 meter wide table," comments Bennett. "We bring a solution that can keep up with the faster, wider 
printers of today and tomorrow, while maintaining the standards in quality, versatility, precision and productivity that Kongsberg tables are noted for. We 
look forward to showing off the Kongsberg C64 and the new i-cut Production Console at SGIA."

www.esko.com


Esko - 8/29/2013

Esko Comes Clean with Packaging, Sign & Display and Commercial Print Solutions

Esko (www.esko.com) will have a busy September demonstrating a variety of workflow and production tools for packaging, wide format, digital and 
commercial print at three important events: PRINT 13 (Booth 4231, September 8-12, McCormick Place, Chicago), and PACK EXPO (Booth S6532, 
September 23-25, Las Vegas Convention Center), which is partnering with the AICC 2013 Annual Meeting, September 23-25, 2013, The 
Encore Hotel - Las Vegas, NV.

“To give an example of how well both our software—and Kongsberg tables—operate, Esko is giving away two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer during 
PRINT 13 and PACK EXPO. The labels were completed through a partnership with HP and Esko, with label substrates provided by MACtac. At PACK 
EXPO we will also give them away in their own cartons,” explains Tim Zula, Director, Marketing Communication, Esko Americas. “The artwork was 
designed and prepared in Adobe Illustrator using our Esko DeskPack plug-ins. An HP digital press printed the labels, driven by an Esko digital front 
end, while an Esko Kongsberg table cut the printed sheets into separate labels and cartons.”

Solutions for a wide range of printers at PRINT 13
Every four years, the world’s graphic communications industry convenes for PRINT 13 to rejuvenate, energize and find the trending business solutions 
and exciting new profit opportunities. Esko returns to the quadrennial PRINT 13 with product areas that are of interest to packaging, designers, 
commercial printers, and wide format printers.

At the booth there will be an area for demonstrations of Suite 12.1, Esko’s latest version of software solutions covering an entire range of design, workflow 
and collaboration. Esko will show how its Equinox tools extend color gamuts for flexo and digital presses. Esko partner, and Danaher sister company 
X-Rite will be on the booth, showing their color management solutions and demonstrating how Esko color management works with PantoneLIVE™. 

The combination of Esko's Color Engine and PantoneLIVE™ ensures accurate and consistent color data throughout the packaging supply chain. 
Because the brand color lives in the cloud, everyone in the supply chain can access it, no matter where in the world they are. The combination of 
PantoneLIVE spot color profiles with Esko’s unique and patented spectral ink model provides absolute accuracy and predictability for spot color simulation.

Esko will have a CDI 2420 digital flexo imager and a display area dedicated to Full HD Flexo. Finally, a high speed Kongsberg i-XP24 finishing table 
will be cutting samples created on a digital press.

All forms of packaging demonstrated at PACK EXPO
The PACK EXPO show floor showcases state-of-the-art materials, machinery and methods for packaging and processing from 1,600 exhibiting 
companies. PACK EXPO draws brand owners seeking options for their entire operational line — from packaging, to processing, to integrated 
packaging-processing solutions.

On the stand, Esko offers tools that allow brand owners to design and create better packaging, and participate more actively in the packaging supply 
chain. Esko Suite 12.1 will also be featured along with two popular design components: ArtiosCAD structural and Studio 3D graphic design tools. 
Meanwhile, a Kongsberg i-XE10 finishing table, an exceptional tool for packaging prototypes, will be cutting cartons, for the give-away hand sanitizers, 
printed on an HP digital press. 

A sponsor of the AICC Designers Lab 
While exhibits are partnered with PACK EXPO, the AICC 2013 Annual Meeting features a three-day series of workshop tracks, round tables, general 
sessions, networking and social events at a separate venue. Co-sponsored by Esko is the 2013 Designers Lab—open to corrugated, folding carton 
and rigid box graphic and structural designers—where they can learn new techniques in both structural and graphic design. Designers also get a 
chance to show off their skill and talent as they participate in a “real-world” design-to-problem challenge. Two of the significant tools they will use 
during the competition are ArtiosCAD structural design software and an Esko Kongsberg XN20 finishing table.

A wide array of prepress and design tools on display
“Esko solutions, in one way or another, touch the vast majority of all packaging created in the world. We are proud that brand owners—who will visit us 
during PACK EXPO, and converters and printers, whom we will see during PRINT 13 and at AICC 2013, consider our products vital to their 
packaging development—and that they seek us out at these shows,” explains Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “We consider ourselves 
important partners to all of them, and are happy to welcome them and offer any assistance we can.” 

At PRINT 13 and PACK EXPO, Esko will focus on its trademark technologies: Suite 12.1 workflow and color management software, CDI flexo plate 
imagers with Full HD Flexo technology, and Kongsberg finishing tables.

Suite 12.1 software portfolio offers new possibilities
Esko will highlight the latest version of its Suite 12 software solutions. While the wide range of design, prepress and workflow applications will be on 
display, Esko will also focus on new solutions for: 

• “Web to ...” Esko solutions combine advanced workflow automation and smart MIS integration with online approval and collaboration tools to meet the 
needs of print businesses and their clients. 

• Integration with on-press Visual Inspection Systems – Users can define areas on a job for inline visual inspection systems. This significantly reduces 
overall press setup time since the system receives its setup data directly from Esko Automation Engine, using JDF. With the inspection area defined 
upstream, it is easier to standardize the production process across multiple sites, presses and operators. 

• Compliance and Content Management – Significant portions of packaging content are subject to regulatory compliance, such as ingredient tables and 
nutrition facts. Brand owners are also concerned about the accuracy of logos, taglines, images and icons. Esko tools and workflow components 
ensure compliance and secure content management for labels and packaging. 

• Combi-Press Support – Some jobs combine different print processes (offset, flexo, digital, screen, gravure). Each process requires different preparation. 
Combi-Press support eliminates the need for a skilled operator to interrupt multiple workflows to accommodate the various required processes. 

For designers, Studio is a fast and easy way to turn ideas into beautiful 3D images for creative development or to impress a client. There is no more 
need to produce physical mock-ups all the time. Users have an accurate and technically correct package on the screen. While conventional mock-
ups may be required, with Studio virtual mock-ups are faster and cheaper for initial design reviews. ArtiosCAD is the world’s most popular structural 
design software for packaging design. With dedicated tools specifically designed for packaging professionals for structural design, product 
development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing, ArtiosCAD increases productivity throughout a company. ArtiosCAD is the ideal product for all 
corrugated, folding carton and POP, POS, FSDU display designers.

Getting the color right
Color consistency is critical in brand recognition. Defining accurate brand and spot color standards is the first step in maintaining consistency. 
Meanwhile, demand for shorter packaging production runs for targeted campaigns and product variations are increasing. Extended gamut printing is 
one of the ways to meet these challenges. It lets a company print faster with superb quality while lowering printing costs. Equinox, Esko´s solution for 
extended gamut printing, standardizes printing presses on any set of 5, 6 or 7 inks. Users save on inks (and plates) for packaging work and printers 
save time as the press workload between jobs is reduced to merely changing printing plates. 

Full HD Flexo: Quality making printers reconsider how to print jobs
At a dedicated section of the Esko stand, visitors will learn more about HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo through real-life production samples that demonstrate 
the quality and extended color gamut. With HD Flexo, many printers have moved jobs from offset and gravure presses to flexo. Full HD Flexo delivers 
very high quality print with impactful solids and smoother highlights. The plates print more consistently than standard digital flexo plates. Full HD Flexo 
also eliminates manual steps traditionally associated with flexo platemaking, including back and main exposures. HD Flexo may be implemented 
without scrapping existing equipment and working methods.

Esko CDI flexo plate imagers produce HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo plates. There is a CDI for every need: from narrow web label printing, to flexible 
packaging and wide format corrugated printing; from one color printed corrugated boxes to highly sophisticated multi-color packaging and even 
security printing. 

Getting digital jobs finished
Kongsberg tables are used to cut and finish prototypes, labels, short run packaging, and wide format jobs. There is a variety of tables for diverse uses. 
Three different Kongsberg tables will be on display and used during the September events:

The Kongsberg i-XP24, made especially for handling the combination of corrugated board and other rigid or roll materials used in POP products and 
product displays, offers exceptional productivity and throughput. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result to 
assure finishing is adapted to the graphic’s shape. 

The Kongsberg XN is easily the most versatile digital finishing device ever introduced. It comes with a wide range of specialty tools offering speed, 
power and flexibility to automatically handle a wide variety of materials, such as corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, wood and a long list 
of plastics. MultiCUT-HP (High Power) is equipped with a water-cooled milling spindle delivering up to three times faster milling speeds.

The Kongsberg i-XE provides an efficient and versatile finishing solution for short-run production of articles for visual communication, labels, signs and 
displays. The wide range of specialty tools automatically handle a wide variety of materials, such as papers, labels, folding carton, thin styrene or 
polypropylene, and a long list of popular stocks for digital presses.

“In September we will be meeting with a wide range of print and graphics shops—from flexible and corrugated packaging to labels, wide format, and 
commercial print,” concludes Quinlan. “Esko is excited with the wide range of software and hardware solutions we have to make any facility produce 
higher quality work print more efficiently. We look forward to working with everyone to show how our unique solutions can make a big difference—no 
matter what they print.”

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Esko - 6/5/2013

EskoWorld 2013 Exceeds Expectations

Esko, a worldwide leader in packaging solutions, reports that a record crowd of nearly 600 people attended the recently concluded EskoWorld 
User Conference, held May 19-22, 2013 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. In addition to drawing an exceptional crowd, the 
program, including product overviews, future roadmaps, workshops, and user presentations, was extremely well received by all attendees—customers 
and partners alike. 

“We are grateful that we seem to out-do ourselves at EskoWorld every year,” enthuses Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “Perhaps it’s no surprise 
that attendance is growing as it is. It is our objective to plan and execute the best educational program we can for our customers. EskoWorld is organized 
for them to learn how to make the most out of their Esko solutions. From the feedback we’ve received, we accomplished what we set out to do, and have 
given our customers tangible plans of action that they can take advantage of, when they return to their jobs.”

General sessions set the tone
After Mark Quinlan officially opened EskoWorld 2013, Carsten Knudsen, CEO of Esko, offered the company’s keynote, providing Esko’s current 
view of the industry. Bernard Zwaenepoel, Esko Senior VP Software Business followed, delivering an overview of product development and updates 
with ‘Strategic Focus Areas and Roadmap 2013’. Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Solutions Management, moderated two sessions of ‘Meet the 
Partners’, allowing EskoWorld attendees to get more familiar with companies from Esko’s Partner Zone.

The general session ended with a keynote presentation from Bill Capodagli, co-founder of Capodagli Jackson Consulting. Capodagli is currently the 
most requested speaker on Walt Disney’s success and leadership principles in the US, as one of the most recognizable storytellers on the cultures of 
Disney and Pixar. Capodagli enlightened the audience with Walt Disney's original success formula, "Dream, Believe, Dare, Do", that is transforming 
both entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 companies alike. In his presentation, he provided thoughts on how to build innovation in a company and 
challenged EskoWorld guests to get their employees more engaged in corporate objectives using Walt Disney’s principles.

EskoWorld break-out sessions: A wide variety of product and application topics
“While I consider myself a power user of ArtiosCAD, I had not attended EskoWorld since 2008. I wanted to catch up and get current about ArtiosCAD and 
learn about new features from the more recent versions—and what is coming up,” says Warren Patterson, Structural Designer, Weber Display & Packaging. 
“In one of the sessions, we could offer a wish list of features we’d like to see. I had a suggestion—it was one of the reasons I wanted to attend. Every 
session was helpful, although I particularly appreciated the Tips & Tricks and advanced StyleMaker and ReportMaker sessions. The other reason I 
wanted to attend was to talk with others in the industry, and Esko people. They can help with ideas you might not get anywhere else.”

Once again, more than 90 sessions covered the entire range of Esko product areas, with solution tracks covering diverse of applications including 
digital flexo, commercial print prepress, packaging prepress, structural design, 3D design, brand management, digital print, and digital finishing. The 
sessions varied in nature from roadmaps, offering views of a current product and planned development in the future; academies, providing hands-on 
operator training sessions on Macs and PCs; and presentations, sharing industry overviews or product and service information. This year’s highlights 
were a number of stories from users and educational institutions:

• James Stanley, Xpedx: From the Packaging Design Center to the Sign Shop
• Kenneth Miess, Victory Packaging: Implementation of ArtiosCAD Enterprise
• Ken Madsen, GSG: Accelerating Speed-to-Market with Studio
• James Traber and Bonnie McMaster-Bigum, Catalent Pharma Solutions: ArtiosCAD Illustrations on the Production Floor
• Abbe Evers and Michelle Rademacher, University of Wisconsin: Esko in Education: A Student’s Perspective
• Bobby Congdon, Clemson University: Strategies for Prepress Workflow Automation Education
• Pete Rivard, Dunwoody College of Technology: STEAM Power: Adding Art to Technical Education Using Esko Solutions
• Dr. Chip Tonkin, Clemson University: Flexography for Printed Electronics

“While I have been working with ArtiosCAD for several years, I have never had the opportunity to attend EskoWorld until this year. Esko was offering 
free registration to speakers who were willing to make interesting presentations about the things they do with Esko solutions. I was pleasantly surprised 
when I was chosen. I spoke about how we use ArtiosCAD on the production floor to create 3D drawings of how components and kits go together,” 
remarks Jim Traber, Packaging Engineer II, Clinical Supply Services, Catalent Pharma Solutions. “The open atmosphere during EskoWorld classes 
and presentations was great. The Roadmaps were particularly gratifying. I was able to suggest a feature our company has been eager to find in 
ArtiosCAD for quite a while. And, there’s a good shot that we might see it in a future release. Overall, the classes were very beneficial and I look 
forward to trying some of the advanced features first-hand.”

EskoWorld Partner Zone helps customers extend solutions
“We are a recent Esko partner and attended EskoWorld in the Partner Zone for the first time. We had the opportunity to be in front of many customers, 
and market test our augmented reality solution with Esko Studio and ArtiosCAD,” comments Mickaël Jordan, Augment Co-Founder & CMO. “We also 
participated in three break-out sessions, including two Roadmaps and a presentation, ‘Sharing in 3D’. The experience has been amazing. EskoWorld 
exceeded our expectations. The people who visited our booth were enthusiastic and we returned to the office with lots of business cards with many 
viable leads to follow up. We look forward to working with Esko more in the future.” 

Repeating the success from last year’s EskoWorld, this year’s Partner Zone was staged in the same room as the general sessions as well as breakfasts 
and lunches. Attendees actively pursued Esko partners to ask questions about shared technologies during session breaks and meals. EskoWorld 
Partners included Augment, Cape Systems, CHILI Publish, DuPont, EFI, Enfocus, HP, MacDermid, Meta Communications, The Quick Brown Fox, 
Southern Lithoplate, Storaenso, Tesa, Western Computer and X-Rite.

“We wish to thank the Esko community for enthusiastically turning out in fantastic numbers to learn how to get the most out of their systems,” concludes 
Quinlan. “We've already started planning to make sure next year’s program is just as rewarding.” 

Held annually in the United States, similar EskoWorld events are now being scheduled by Esko on a global basis. For 2013, events have been recently 
held in Gent, Belgium; Stuttgart, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Helsingborg, Sweden. Further editions of EskoWorld 2013 are scheduled in the 
United Kingdom, France, and other countries. Customers can refer to http://www.esko.com/en/company/press-and-news/Events for these, and 
other future events.

EskoWorld 2014 is planned for June 15-18 2014 at Walt Disney World, Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL.

www.esko.com


Esko - 5/22/2013

Esko Introduces Suite 12.1

Esko (www.esko.com), a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional 
publishing, announced the release of Esko Suite 12.1 at EskoWorld, its annual user meeting being held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 19-22. The 
release includes significant new functionality that further streamlines end-to-end workflows across the entire print and packaging supply chain. 
Suite 12.1 follows the successful release of Suite 12 at drupa 2012 and includes updates of its flagship editing and automation software. 

Workflow Made Easier
Suite 12.1 contains enhancements that will make work easier and more profitable for all stakeholders in the print and packaging supply chain, from 
novice users to advanced environments. Key enhancements incorporated in the release include:
• Standard Template Workflows. For novice users, setting up an effective workflow is not a trivial exercise. By providing standard workflow templates 
for typical applications such as resp. folding carton, labels, signs, etc, Esko shortens the learning curve for less experienced users. Esko has 
leveraged its experience in training and in configuring many workflows in the field to create standard templates that automate the most common 
prepress and production tasks.
• Integration with On-Press Visual Inspection Systems. In prepress editors PackEdge or ArtPro, users can now define areas on a job for inline 
visual inspection systems. This significantly reduces overall setup time for the press since the inline inspection system receives its setup data 
directly from Esko Automation Engine. With the inspection area defined upstream and not by the press operator, it becomes easier to 
standardize the production process across multiple sites, presses and operators. First inspection system integrations work with Esko´s partner AVT.
• CombiPress Support. Especially in the label industry, it is common practice to combine different print processes (offset, flexo, digital, screen) 
within the same job, with each process requiring different preparation. With CombiPress support, even trapping tickets will automatically perform 
overprint calculations based on the targeted printing processes, eliminating manual selection of trapping tickets. 
• Esko Viewer Sports New Tools. The Esko Viewer in Automation Engine 12.1 is equipped with a barcode and braille reader. With this, the 
difficulty of manually and visually verifying the accuracy of a barcode or of a line of braille text, an essential check in the prepress QA process, 
has been overcome.
• Compliance with EU Food Regulations. EU Regulation No. 1169/2011 goes into effect 13 December 2014 onwards. This regulation specifies 
minimum font size requirements for the nutrition declaration on food packaging. In DeskPack 12.1, the Preflight function can now detect text 
that does not meet this requirement, ensuring use of the correct font size and providing proof that the produced packaging is compliant. 
• Automation of Gang Runs for Flatbed Printers. With a growing number of shorter runs, automating gang printing on large format flatbed digital 
printers means more profitable operations. With Automation Engine 12.1, multiple odd-shaped designs can automatically be ganged onto a 
single print sheet layout, improving operator productivity and reducing waste of expensive substrates.

Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior Vice President Software of Esko says: “After drupa, Esko´s Software Suite 12 was labeled as the industry reference. 
But we haven’t been resting on these laurels and invested significant time with our customers to understand additional value-adding requirements, 
many of which we have addressed in this release. By extending our capabilities beyond traditional prepress tasks, Suite 12.1 brings unsurpassed 
value to service providers, converters and printers alike as they strive to stay competitive and current in a dynamic market environment.”

The release of Esko´s Suite 12.1 is planned from July 2013 onwards and will be available for existing customers.

www.esko.com


Esko - 3/6/2013

Esko to Demonstrate Complete Design to Print to Cut Workflow and Kongsberg Finishing Tables

At booth 3759 during the ISA International Sign Expo 2013, April 3-6, in Las Vegas, Esko (www.esko.com) will demonstrate a comprehensive portfolio of 
end-to-end print to cut workflows for sign and display shops from prepress to finished product. The slate of products includes the complete i-cut Suite 
automated workflow specifically designed for sign and display production, and a range of three Kongsberg tables.

i-cut Suite highlights focus on wide format
i-cut Suite, a 2012 InterTech(TM) Technology award recipient, lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing 
systems streamline their workflows. Many sign and display companies are benefitting from i-cut Suite's automated workflow tools. i-cut Suite 
components include:

i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also lets users make any 
corrections working within the PDF file.

i-cut Layout is a module to interactively build and edit sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of the substrate through intelligent true 
shape nesting and tiling. 

i-cut Vision Pro makes sure that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. Often, slight distortions between printed graphics and 
contour cuts may cause unacceptable results. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result. 

With i-cut Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention and fewer potential manual errors.

Software to make structural and graphic designs easier
In an industry that is becoming more commoditized, sign and display shops are finding that unique, 3D display projects offer higher margins. This is the 
reason why more and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD 12 brings customers many time-saving features. Its 
extensive library of resizable display designs helps designers so that they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays. Its Tab & Slot tool 
'assembles' components of a display with just a few clicks. The Mate tool helps to build and visualize connected folds and multiple parts. Users can 
identify glue areas and corresponding targets to quickly connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Support for thicker materials such as 
papercore-board, along with correctly designing V-notches and edge bands make it easier to visualize and convert designs of this material.

Why work in a flat world if displays aren't? Studio 12 is a unique set of tools for 3D structural design made specifically for display artwork professionals. 
Studio helps produce better artwork, by allowing users to virtually view 3D displays and rotate them for a complete view. Studio also lets users create 
exciting 3D visuals to show to clients, ranging from PDF files with 3D content to movies.

Kongsberg XN provides power and flexibility for any sign & display application
Three Kongsberg tables will be shown on the Esko booth. The Kongsberg XN the most versatile digital finishing device ever introduced. Working with just 
about any material from vinyls to boards to wood, the Kongsberg XN is perfect for any job or application. It is available in seven different sizes from 66" x 
50" to 87" x 258". 

A choice of five tool heads and a full assortment of insert tools guarantee versatility. The Kongsberg XN can be easily configured for the widest 
range of applications: from kiss-cutting to heavy-duty milling. Most important, the new Kongsberg XN can be equipped with its very powerful, optional 
3kW, water-cooled milling spindle, the MultiCUT-HP. With this new high-powered tool head, the Kongsberg XN offers up to three times more routing 
productivity. Even when processing the most challenging materials, it keeps a productive, consistent speed. With the power-saving variable vacuum 
hold-down technology, it also consumes less energy.

Newly developed tools include solid board and corrugated paper-core board v-notching inserts. Productivity add-ons are available like a material 
conveyor, an AutoFeeder and a Roll-Off unit. 

With graphic printing, distortion can occur where the printed graphics and the die line may not match, causing unacceptable results. When integrated 
with i-cut Vision Pro, Kongsberg tables can assure the die-less cutting contours match the printed images. i-cut Vision Pro perfectly registers the actual 
printed result to the digital die line every time.

The Kongsberg XP24: the world's fastest digital finishing system 
Also on display at ISA is the Kongsberg XP24, the world's fastest digital finishing system. The XP helps turn short-run POP / POS displays into profitable, 
value added jobs, helping sign and display shops offer their customers on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. With a maximum working area 
of 87"x126" and a maximum speed of 66" inches per second, the XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials.

Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto digital finishing system
At ISA, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto is equipped with a fully automated sheet feeder and off load stacker, specifically designed for finishing 
small-format, prototype, sample and short-run digital printed materials - rolls or sheets can be processed. The sheet feeder system automatically 
loads and places printed materials on the table. The 'Pick and Place' automated stacker enables non-stop sorting, neatly stacking finished pieces. 
The system also automatically separates waste from the finished items. The Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto opens opportunities for creative, new 
applications with irregular shapes or finishing structures. It can handle a maximum sheet size of 35" x 47".

"Automated workflow solutions are changing the way sign and display companies operate, making them more competitive with new products--
such as 3D designs--and greater productivity. Esko i-cut Suite is at the forefront of this trend," comments Bill Hartman, Esko Vice President, Sign 
& Display Solutions. "In addition, our Kongsberg tables continue to prove that jobs don't end with printing, nor does finishing need to be outsourced. 
There is great benefit to building very capable in-house structural design and finishing departments. We look forward to showing ISA attendees 
these significant tools to differentiate themselves in the market."

www.esko.com


Esko - 12/17/2012

Esko and Epson Announce OEM Agreement

Esko (www.esko.com) announces that it has entered into an OEM relationship with Epson (global.epson.com) to provide a customized Digital Front-End 
(DFE) for use with the Epson SurePress L-4033A and L-4033AW inkjet digital label presses.

“As the label and packaging market increasingly transitions from analog to digital solutions,” says Jef Bogaerts, Commercial Partnerships at Esko, 
“manufacturers of digital printing equipment are looking for digital front-end alternatives that can effectively address workflow and job processing 
issues specific to their industry. Our DFE does just that by streamlining prepress and workflow for greater efficiency. And with Esko’s Color Engine 
12 integrated into the DFE, it offers Epson the ability to process files of up to seven colors to take full advantage of the capabilities of the L-4033 
series presses. We are pleased to be partnering with Epson, one of the printing industry’s best-known brands.”

The 6-color Epson SurePress L-4033A and 7-color L-4033AW (with white ink) inkjet digital label presses are designed for efficient high-quality, short-run 
label printing. Delivering exceptional print quality and accurate color reproduction on a wide variety of standard label substrates, the L-4033 series 
presses enable label converters and commercial printers to expand their service offering and improve profitability. Now, with the addition of the Esko 
DFE, Epson customers will be able to take advantage of Esko’s expertise in the label and packaging market to deliver differentiated digital label 
manufacturing that incorporates Esko capabilities that have become the standard in the label and packaging industry.

“As we continue to grow our presence in the label industry, we turned to the industry leader for additional capability,” comments Mr. Kitahara Tsuyoshi, 
General Manager, Epson. “Combined with Epson’s reputation for high-quality, affordable printing solutions, this DFE powered by Esko will bring even 
more value and automation to customers serving the digital label printing market. As the market continues to evolve, so do Epson products and the 
Esko partnership is another example of our dedication to bringing our customers best-in-class solutions that help their businesses grow and grow 
with their businesses.”

The new DFE, powered by Esko, will be standard on Epson SurePress L-4033 series digital label presses sold in Europe and Australia, and will be an 
option for presses sold in other parts of the world.

www.esko.com


Esko - 11/5/2012

Esko Releases WebCenter 12

More than ever before, consumer goods packaging must comply with many functional, practical and esthetical requirements. With this release of 
WebCenter, Esko responds to two distinct packaging and consumer trends. The first one is the proliferation of product variations driven by mass-
customization and personalization. Each product variant differs in design, content, color and materials while the overall brand integrity needs to be 
maintained. The second trend is the increased pressure on regulatory compliance, the need to accurately incorporate the required regulatory 
information on packaging and related materials.

"The aim of this WebCenter (www.esko.com/WebCenter) release," explains Jijo Dominic, Product Manager Web Solutions at Esko, "is to help our 
customers to address four eminent challenges directly originating from these market trends:"

1. Keep every stakeholder informed
2. Manage long approval cycles
3. Manage the overall packaging process from design to shelf
4. Handle versions of packages and labels

1. Keep every stakeholder informed
Following its successful introduction of communication ‘on the go’ for iPads whereby files can be accessed anytime anywhere, WebCenter 12 now 
extends this capability to iPhones. “This enables the sales team to get updates on the progress of a job before visiting a customer,” comments Dominic.

Built-in integration with Automation Engine and ArtiosCAD and enhanced third-party interfacing capabilities makes the integration of WebCenter into 
existing workflows fast and easy. WebCenter 12 acts as a Web-to-Production portal and involves the packaging buyer more deeply in package 
design and production. Design requests are automatically created and a range of tasks are executed on the workflow server without any operator 
intervention.

2. Manage long approval cycles
A smooth approval process is essential to streamlining production, and that is something WebCenter users are already effectively harnessing. The 
WebCenter tools that manage a chain of approvals deliver immediate return on investment. This is further strengthened in WebCenter 12 with 
enhanced compare capabilities, which highlights the alterations by blinking or displaying the intensity of variation for easier location and review. In 
addition, the Viewer allows real time collaboration on multiple pages as well as online quality control of printing plates.

The new WebCenter reporting function is devised to help businesses measure and report their success internally and externally. Not only will WebCenter 
users be able to track savings made through improved workflow practices and processes, they will also be able to communicate those values to their 
clients in a better way. Dominic explains, “There might be one link in the approval chain that is generally the slowest to respond. Using the reporting 
module, this shortfall can be identified and addressed.”

“The regulatory requirement to have braille content on pharmaceutical packaging has created a new challenge in the packaging approval process,” 
adds Dominic. “This demands easy to use tools for the legal department to review content in braille and for the production team to verify how it can be 
achieved best.”

Through collaboration with Global Vision (www.globalvisioninc.com), Esko has been able to take these capabilities even further so that braille text 
can be scanned and verified by a reader that will translate it to prevent errors. "This approach can also be applied to barcodes," says Dominic. 
"Problems in packaging design that result in regulatory action or consumer complaints predominantly originate from errors with barcodes and text. 
We have listened to our customers and added simple tools to eliminate these pain points."

3. Manage the overall packaging process from design to shelf
How to capture all design and production specifications of a packaging project to deliver error-free print? How to collect data from the right people 
and share it with the right people at the right time? How to make ordering of reprints an easy process?

To answer these looming questions WebCenter is enhanced with cascading fields. These fields provide requirements in an intelligent manner with 
smart filtering and auto filling, rich text fields to provide long briefs and pictorial labels that explain concepts visually. WebCenter 12 standardizes 
the overall project request, prevents errors and lost data and minimizes human intervention.

“Effectively managing the ‘briefing to delivery’ process of packaging development is crucial to place the product on the shelf on time,” explains 
Dominic. “That is why we focus heavily on enhancing process management capabilities and make it easier to build complex processes using a 
visual canvas. In WebCenter 12, we added simple but extremely effective capabilities to automatically name projects, assets and dedicated tasks.”

4. Handle versions of packages and labels
“Each individual element of a packaging design created in the development process is an asset. Managing those assets and re-using them is critical for 
keeping production cost under control,” adds Dominic. “To achieve this, WebCenter 12 is extended with user friendly and very powerful asset 
classification and searching capabilities with a fully customizable graphical asset browser based on document metadata and custom attributes. 
Furthermore, customization creates different asset browsing views depending on the profile of user. For instance, a brand manager can browse 
through assets using a brand and product hierarchy while a printer can browse through the assets using printer and print related search terms. 
Customers can effectively set their own classifications for easy retrieval."

The end-goal: improved Packaging Lifecycle Management
"Fully integrated with the prepress front-end and our business systems, WebCenter 12 delivers us an end-to-end packaging process management," 
comments Dave Gilfillan, Technical Manager for The Malting's site at SGS Packaging Europe Limited (www.sgsintl.com). "Both packaging buyers 
and packaging suppliers effectively work together on one single platform. Design requests and order forms are presented in a user friendly interface. 
They trigger the start of a nicely laid out range of tasks and invite different stakeholders to actively participate in the process."

"WebCenter evolved from a mere online approval tool to a professional packaging management solution, ensuring value throughout the packaging 
supply chain," concludes Dominic. "Today, over 100,000 users work with WebCenter on a daily basis to solve a number business challenges, 
ranging from long approval cycles, indirect labor to direct labor ratio out of sync, looking for ways to differentiate themselves from competition and 
so on.”

Built on a strong technology foundation WebCenter is a proven solution that helps all of these customers to use their skilled staff more effectively and 
generate more revenue and profit. With WebCenter 12 all this and more have been simplified exponentially.

www.esko.com


Esko - 9/24/2012

New ArtiosCAD 12 Brings a New Dimension to Structural Packaging Design

With the introduction of a new major release of ArtiosCAD, version 12, Esko (www.esko.com/ArtiosCAD) offers a paradigm shift in packaging design 
from 2D to 3D. Providing tools for 3D design, editing, rendering and visualization, ArtiosCAD 12 assures that the viability of a package is discovered 
further upstream in the supply chain. It also provides new tools for packaging design and process integration to help users gain productivity and 
increase efficiency.

ArtiosCAD is the flagship structural packaging design editor in Esko's software suite with over 13.000 licenses sold worldwide. "It all starts with structure. 
The structural design determines the placement of the graphics. The package converting is determined by the structure. Structure and graphics, as 
well as structure and logistics, are brought together with the use of ArtiosCAD. Only ArtiosCAD offers end-to-end communication for the entire 
packaging supply chain," says Richard Deroo, Esko Product Manager, Structural Design. "Our commitment to continuously improve our solutions 
for our customers help them fulfill increased demand to push more products to market faster, at the lowest cost, in a global market."

ArtiosCAD 12 focuses on 3D tools and communications
Supporting Esko's vision of shifting design from 2D to 3D, ArtiosCAD 12 brings customers many time-saving features. It has integrated the latest native 
3D file import libraries from Esko's technology partner, Spatial. This offers a speed improvement of over 50%, which means designers will spend less 
time waiting to import 3D models. Users will also benefit from the 3D import preview feature, allowing them to select individual parts from a model 
assembly. This lets the structural designer quickly and automatically build a carton around the imported 3D parts to be packaged. 

In addition, ArtiosCAD helps to assemble multi-part designs and displays with a number of new time-savings features. For example, with a single mouse 
click users can fill a carton, case or tray with the product to be packaged. This saves hours developing multi-part designs. Placement of one design 
within another is now easier with the new Collision Detection feature, which gives visual feedback when the two designs intersect.

"We have been asking for some of the 3D tools that have found their way into ArtiosCAD 12," comments Chuck Pomles, Senior Packaging Design 
Engineer at Premier Packaging Inc. "A lot of the work we do is complex - assembled fabricated foam protective packaging for electronics companies. 
These can have as many as 15-25 unique components. As part of our design work, we create manufacturing assembly drawings (how to build and 
heat weld the pieces together) and customer packing instructions (how to use the packaging to protect the electronic components). Creating these 
assemblies in ArtiosCAD 3D could take us from 45 minutes to 1? hours to do. With the new ArtiosCAD 12 Collision Detection feature, with a click, 
the components are automatically placed in a box. Using the Collision Detection tool along with the Tab Slot tool, these assemblies now only take 
5-15 minutes to create. For the projects we have built using ArtiosCAD 12 thus far, I consistently see a phenomenal 75% savings in time."

To accurately communicate printable areas for graphic design, ArtiosCAD 12 is able to show the flap priorities of panels. For Re-Board® and multi-wall 
displays and designs, ArtiosCAD 12 can add edge bands for finished edge calculations and visualization, along with building reverse v-notches with 
partial cuts for accurate conversion of these materials. 

One of the fastest growing trends in the industry is Retail Ready & Shelf Ready packaging. IGD shopper research reported that over 90% of 
shoppers experienced products hard to find, damaged and unavailable. This is driving retailers toward implementing Retail Ready Packaging 
(RRP) and Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP). According to IGD Retail Analysis over 50% of suppliers facing an increased demand for those 
projects. Following these trends, ArtiosCAD 12 lets suppliers quickly and easily build RRP designs and automatically create stunning 3D 
animations. These can accurately show user-defined perforations and tear-away designs required in RRP packaging designs, in addition to 
the full set of common perforations. 

Beta ArtiosCAD 12 customers reported saving hours of time with new automated animations of tear-aways and RRP designs.

Enhanced structural design for improved supply chain communication
The concept of Intelligent Dielines in ArtiosCAD 12 is a set of editing tools that enriches an ArtiosCAD file with detailed panel information, such as 
'Copy free', along with placeholders for barcodes, nutrition facts and other pre-defined artwork. Brand owners can use the Intelligent Dielines 
features to communicate brand guidelines within their technical drawings, helping to improve communications between structural and graphic 
designers.

"ArtiosCAD 12 is fantastic. Esko added all the features that I needed, including some 3D rendering tools I suggested to them," enthuses Peggy 
Underwood, Graphic Design Manager at Corrugated Container Corp., a company that focuses on POP and displays for product packaging. "I 
was trained as a graphic designer and knew that Intelligent Dielines would be very helpful as we send structural designs to graphic designers 
and ad agencies. Before, to assure designs would be correct, I manually placed the art orientation using Adobe® illustrator® and explained 
which panels would be printed. Now it's all done with the click of a button. This probably cuts three-quarters of the time it took in the past." 

"No graphic designer is going to feel so helpless and confused again when looking at flat structure," adds Underwood. "Some of our projects, including 
sales kits with many compartments, are very complicated and it is difficult to see which of the pieces are visible in the final layout. Now, there are 'up' and 
'down' arrows to show orientation in the artwork. The 3D views with arrows help designers understand why a panel is in a certain direction. And, with all 
the 3D tools in ArtiosCAD and Esko Studio, we are able to show our art without having to produce mock-ups. The new Array and Collision tools make 
packing out our displays very quick and easy, saving us a ton of time." 

Supporting the supply chain downstream, ArtiosCAD 12 supports bi-directional communication between both CAPE and TOPS palletization software 
packages. This eliminates the need for structural designers to re-enter data into both systems, removing wasted steps and any potential human error. 
Additionally the full pallet load can be visualized in ArtiosCAD 3D for high-resolution presentations and reports.

Building profitable sign & display business with ArtiosCAD 12 and 3D displays
In an industry that is becoming more commoditized, sign and display shops are realizing that the uniqueness of 3D display projects offers higher margins. 
More and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD's extensive library of resizable display designs helps designers so 
that they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays. The ArtiosCAD Tab & Slot tool 'assembles' components of a display with just a few 
clicks. The Mate tool helps to build and visualize connected folds and multiple parts. Users can identify glue areas and corresponding targets to quickly 
connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Curved Creases, a patent pending technology only available in ArtiosCAD, makes it easy for 
designers to work with curved folds and cuts by allowing them to visualize designs with curved creases as part of its 3D module. Support for thicker 
materials such as Re-board, along with correctly designing V-notches and edge bands makes it easier to visualize and convert designs of this 
material. 

ArtiosCAD Enterprise: sharing structural designs in the cloud
ArtiosCAD is available in two versions: the standard version and ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, enabling global "cloud" sharing and collaboration with 
WebCenter 12. With ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise, all assets are centralized in a corporate private cloud, a secure web-accessible database enabling 
dynamic online collaboration between design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production. An easy to use online 
dashboard provides real-time feedback on project status, task lists and other parameters. An embedded design browser lets users easily search 
designs on production dies. To maintain file and project integrity, global and template-based project and document auto-numbering and naming 
allows the organization to uniquely name each asset. 

"I am also looking forward to the increased search ability in ArtiosCAD Enterprise, whether it is Internet or intranet based," adds Pomles. "We have 
existing designs in our database and using ArtiosCAD Enterprise we now have a very quick searchable reference. While I certainly like getting design 
requests off the Internet, it is even a greater timesaver to be able to search existing designs. What used to take 10-15 minutes now takes as fast as I 
can type."

ArtiosCAD 12 is currently shipping, while ArtiosCAD 12 Enterprise will be ready for delivery in September.

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Esko - 9/11/2012

Esko Launches Automation Engine 12

Esko (www.esko.com) announces full details of Automation Engine 12, a major component of the Suite 12 software for the packaging, label, 
sign making and display industries, which was launched at drupa 2012.

Automation Engine 12 takes workflow automation to the next level. Esko has completed the promised integration of its three legacy workflow 
applications - BackStage, Nexus and Odystar - into one single platform. Customers using these servers can now upgrade to Automation Engine 
12 and benefit from its robust and scalable, fully database-driven framework, while maintaining their current workflows.

In addition, Automation Engine 12 achieves standout performance from all other products in the market by being the first to provide full workflow 
automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques. This allows for complete automation of complex packaging print jobs for the first time. 
Parameters such as trapping, preflighting and distortion can all differ depending on the printing process. Using Automation Engine 12, a printing 
process can be assigned to every separation in the file if necessary. 

Esko Automation Engine 12 – a new standard for prepress workflow automation
Printing professionals face the daily challenges of needing to increase quality, reduce errors and drive cost out of business and production 
processes. Automation Engine 12 supports them every step of the way by reaching out to business systems to ensure seamless automation from 
order to print, while providing dynamic production workflows that are easy to set up and operate. Further specific new features of Automation Engine 
12 are:

• Automated artwork creation of native files through comprehensive scripting support for Adobe applications (for example, Illustrator, Photoshop, 
InDesign) and third party tools such as Alwan.
• Seamless synchronization between business processes and production through substantially improved integration between Automation Engine 
and the WebCenter packaging management solution. Also, integration with devices such as Esko’s CDI flexo CTP platesetter has been improved.
• Complete traceability in the platemaking process - a unique plate ID ensures full control of plates going to press and guarantees that the correct 
plate is re-imaged when required.
• Improved Viewer, making it a full Quality Control tool. Extra Viewer filters allow breakout dots, flexo plate, flexo print, registration error simulation and 
Total Ink Coverage to be visualized.
• Fully renewed web-based administration section enables monitoring and intervention from remote locations.

Automation Engine is a backbone component of Suite 12, and integrates interactive applications, RIPs and web tools into a single powerful solution. 
Customers can also purchase Automation Engine 12 as a standalone product. It delivers increased efficiency and throughput, and saves time and 
money for packaging and label service providers and their customers.

"Automation Engine 12 takes automation of label production to a whole new level. It is the first server framework in the market to provide full 
automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques,“ says Dries Vandenbussche, Product Manager Server Platforms. "Its flexible scripting 
capability for more automated artwork creation, and the automatic synchronization with WebCenter, make Automation Engine 12 the ideal platform 
for complete automation from business system to plate or digital press.“

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Esko - 7/18/2012

EskoWorld 2012 Exceeds All Expectations for Participation and Customer Reviews

Esko (www.esko.com), a worldwide leader in packaging solutions, announces that 532 people --180 more than the previous record-breaking crowd -- 
attended the recently concluded EskoWorld User Conference, held June 17-20 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The overwhelmingly successful 
program, which brought rave reviews from everyone involved, provided a complete update of all the new Esko products introduced during drupa 2012, 
as well as a wide variety of industry outlooks, product presentations and future roadmaps -- along with workshops for anyone with an interest in 
packaging, displays, and printing.

There is no limit where an EskoWorld User Conference can take a customer, which is why Esko adopted “No Limits” as its event slogan for 2012. “I’ve 
attended five or six EskoWorld conferences, but it seems like every year we see something new and impressive,” comments Kevin Corrigan, Senior 
Designer at Great Northern Company. “I was fascinated with all the new advances, particularly all the 3D products. The 3D Store Visualizer, viewed 
on a large screen with 3D glasses, was extraordinary. I attended most of the ArtiosCAD roadmap sessions, where we saw all of the 3D developments 
coming in the future. It was extremely helpful.”

“Response from everyone is that EskoWorld 2012 was the best they had ever attended,” raves Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “Beyond the 
complete program that had something for everyone, a track in Spanish for Latin American visitors, and overviews of a wide array of new products, the 
event was extremely well-planned. The hands-on sessions and presentations helped attendees learn how to make the most of their Esko products — 
and give them a glimpse into the future. There is no doubt that attendees were able to return home with ideas of how to use their Esko products 
even better.”

After Simon James, Esko VP Global Marketing, welcomed and officially opened EskoWorld 2012, Bernard Zwaenepoel, Esko Senior VP Software 
Business, greeted the audience and offered a complete update of Esko products that were introduced at drupa. Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of 
Solutions Management, provided an overview of the fourteen hectic days of drupa, and offered a perspective of how the most important trends for 
packaging and labels could influence businesses in the future. In an environment where process and market knowledge is vital to remain competitive, 
Malcom Keif, Ph.D. of Cal Poly State University delivered a challenging keynote address to the audience, offering people ideas of how to create and 
sustain knowledge.

EskoWorld sessions: Something for everyone
“I thought that EskoWorld was very helpful. It brought me up to speed in certain product areas. I use ArtiosCAD a lot, and attended many of the 3D 
Workshops — 3D Designer and other 3D features of ArtiosCAD 12. I had not used them in the past, but now they are much more familiar to me. Now 
that I have returned, I know I can bounce around from my job to the structural design department to help out,” says Devin Flores, Die Programmer at 
Royal Paper Box. “I also appreciated the ArtiosCAD Manufacturing roadmap. Two others from our company attended, and they really got a lot out of 
EskoWorld, too.”

More than 90 sessions covered the entire range of Esko product areas, including digital flexo, commercial print prepress, packaging prepress, structural 
design, 3D design, brand management, digital print, and digital finishing. The sessions varied in nature from roadmaps, offering views of a current 
product and planned development in the future; academies, providing hands-on operator training sessions on Macs and PCs aimed at increasing the 
practical knowledge of a product; and presentations, sharing industry overviews or product and service information with live demonstrations. While 
Esko managed most of the sessions, a few industry outsiders also participated, including:

* Dr. Andrew Hurley, Clemson University: Boxes, Bags and Biometrics: The Brave New World of Design
* Dennis Young, CPP, Michigan State University: Packaging Education in a Path-to-Purchase Environment
* Cheryl Johnson, Pantone Digital Business Unit, X-Rite: Brand Color Management with PantoneLIVE
* Steve Hosford, Enfocus: Enfocus Switch 11
* Aaron Mallory, HP: Solutions for Digital Printing and Converting

Dave Hall (EFI Radius), Willi Welsch (Quick Brown Fox – Aramis), Andy Armitage (SolarSoft), and Mike Rottenborn (Hybrid Software) participated in a
business system integration panel.

“This was my first EskoWorld, although I’ve attended similar events. I liked the Roadmap format, particularly for WebCenter, where Esko developers talk 
about what’s been recently done to their products and where they are going. You get the sense that they are really moving forward. They get the 
attendees involved — you’re not just listening to a lecture. I’m used to other events where attendees just sit and listen. Esko values our opinions,” 
explains Michelle Talko, Prairie State Group customer service prepress manager who trains others how to use Esko WebCenter. “We brought back 
the Studio design package to take a look at it. One of our production persons, a designer by profession, is going to take a look at it. Our lead prepress 
person really values EskoWorld. If we don’t attend, he fears that we won’t keep up with latest and greatest technology.”

EskoWorld Partner Pavilion gets extra attention
“The EskoWorld experience was an extremely positive and exciting one for Hybrid Software. We were very pleased to participate,” expresses Mike 
Rottenborn, Hybrid Software President & CEO. “EskoWorld allowed us to meet new people who might have a need for our solutions — as well as 
reconnect with customers and our key contacts within Esko. We integrate MIS, workflow and ‘web to print’ together, and we spent a good deal 
of time explaining how we could bridge WebCenter and Automation Engine to MIS systems. We met a number of people who are interested.”

This year’s Partner Pavilion benefited from sharing breakfasts and lunches in the same room. Attendees actively pursued Esko partners to ask questions 
about shared technologies during session breaks and meals. EskoWorld Partners also delivered presentations about their companies during breakfast. 
These included Cape Systems, DuPont, EFI, Enfocus, HP, Hybrid Software, MacDermid, The Quick Brown Fox, Solarsoft, Southern Lithograph, TOPS, 
and X-Rite.

“HP has been supporting EskoWorld since 2006. It’s amazing to see how much it has grown and evolved from a technical event to one with both technical 
and business tracks to become a ‘must attend’ event for our industry. The Partner Pavilion was outstanding this year with good traffic from the attendees, 
and the breakfast speaking sessions from each partner was a great way to maximize the exposure of each partner to the largest possible audience,” 
observes Aaron Mallory, Labels & Packaging Solutions Architect for HP. “Esko is an extremely important partner for HP, and we use this event to 
showcase our strong partnership and combined solutions for the growing digital print & converting market. We find the event helps us each year 
in reaching new potential customers and continues to build on our relationships with our existing customers who attend the event.”

We were exceptionally pleased with the fantastic turnout of the Esko community, and their extreme satisfaction with the event,” concludes Quinlan. 
“We’re already looking toward another rewarding event next year.”

EskoWorld 2013 is planned for May 19-22, 2013 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.

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Esko - 5/6/2012

Esko Secures a Color Future with Color Engine 12

At drupa 2012, Esko (www.esko.com/drupa) is launching Color Engine 12, a module within Esko's Suite 12. Esko presents Color Engine 12 on stand A23, 
hall 8b.

Research by the Pantone Color Institute® shows that color increases brand recognition by 80%. And because it evokes immediate and strong 
physiological and psychological bonds, color is key to brand identity. Consumers recognize a familiar brand color within seconds. Both consciously 
and subconsciously, accurate color is key to quality perceptions. 

"When was the last time you actually stopped to read the packaging of a product in the supermarket?" asks Jan de Roeck, Esko's Director 
Solutions Management. "Color plays a vital role in consumer purchasing choices. Clearly recognizable branding - and accurate color associated 
with that branding - helps shoppers make purchasing decisions. As brand owners create more versioned products to increase their market share, 
colors are even more important as key differentiators at the shelf. This is why consistent and accurate brand color reproduction on packaging and 
labels is one of the top five requirements for brand owners. With Color Engine 12, Esko provides packaging and label professionals an integrated 
solution for accurate color reproduction."

First-time-every-time color consistency 
Color Engine 12 is the leading choice for packaging and labels manufacturers and these are the reasons:

• Color Engine builds on spectral data to define ink profiles. Spectral color data is for brand colors what DNA is for humans: a unique means to 
identify a color, independent of printing press or proofing device capabilities. Based on an ink's spectral definition, Color Engine predicts the 
behavior of the ink and simulates the printed result on a digital inkjet proof. 

• Color Engine effectively manages spot colors, ensuring that brand owners have perfect color representation - first time, every time. With unique and 
patented technology, Color Engine calculates what a spot ink will look like when printed on top of another one, or printed on certain paper or board 
stock, or viewed under different lighting conditions without having to fingerprint all possible combinations. This guarantees accurate and achievable 
color expectations at a minimum effort and cost. 

• Color Engine creates and manages multi-ink profiles, crucial for color accurate extended gamut printing and digital printing. Extended gamut printing with 
a fixed set of inks on the printing press has the potential to bring considerable savings to each stakeholder in the print value chain. It's an effective 
means to reduce cost and waste in the entire supply chain. Equinox, a unique color technology for extended gamut printing, manages and applies 
multi-ink profiles. With Equinox, prepress operators automate the process of re-separating their jobs to the destination multi-ink profile. With the 
Equinox Adobe® Photoshop® plug-in, users manipulate images to make full use of the available color gamut. Digital printing presses are operating 
by definition in an extended color gamut. In a hybrid printing environment, it's crucial to manage color so the result always matches the expectation, 
regardless of the printing process.

• End-to-end accurate color - from design and prepress to print production - fully integrated in the print production workflow. Color Engine is fully 
integrated in the Suite 12 workflow. Easy to learn and easy to use color features provide operator interaction from within all of the editors - ArtPro, 
PackEdge and DeskPack. Color Strategies bundle all color settings for usage in an Automation Engine 12 workflow ticket. Proofing devices are 
fully integrated in the workflow, including an interface to GMG Proofing solutions. 

Color Engine 12 provides color consistency and accuracy and ensures realistic spot color reproduction. By facilitating worldwide digital 
communication of accurate color throughout the packaging supply chain, Esko helps brand owners to push products with effective shelf 
appeal to market faster at the lowest possible cost and with minimum risk. "Effective color management also results in cost savings 
throughout the value chain," adds De Roeck. "Getting color right the first time and simplifying the color management process cuts down the costs."

Color Engine 12 supports PantoneLIVE(TM) 
Color Engine 12 is the first professional color management solution to integrate PantoneLIVE(TM) for realistic and achievable spot colors. As part of its 
ongoing partnership with X-Rite Pantone, the global leader in color science and technology, Esko is the first supplier in the industry to bring to market
 a color management solution that addresses the entire packaging supply chain. PantoneLIVE(TM), now integrated with Esko Color Engine 12, is a 
cloud-based solution that ensures first-time-every-time color integrity. 

In combination with PantoneLIVE(TM), Color Engine Pilot, a component of Color Engine 12, provides the perfect tool set for creating and maintaining 
critical brand colors, creation of spot color profiles and other color conversion settings. Color Engine 12 maintains consistency throughout the 
production environment by ensuring that every application and operator works with the same critical color data. 

Ease of use equals added value
What makes the Esko Color Engine 12 so valuable is its ease of implementation throughout the production process, from concept to print, and its 
ability to improve color communication. "Color Engine 12 is a state-of-the-art solution that ensures brand color expectations are met by printers and 
converters," concludes De Roeck. "By deploying Color Engine 12 with PantoneLIVE(TM) integration, all players refer to the same color expectation 
from the beginning of the process. They can be confident their color goals will be met."

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Esko - 3/7/2012

Esko Launches Suite 12

Esko (www.esko.com) will officially launch Suite 12 at drupa 2012. This major update to its software suite for the packaging, label, sign making and 
display industries, will play a central role at Esko's drupa stand A23 in hall 8B.

Esko Suite 12 – meeting customer needs
“Our customers reported increased demand to push more products to market faster, at the lowest possible cost, enabled by global world-wide-web 
based communication. Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers demand commitment to brand execution from the packaging supply chain and 
insist on higher shelf impact designs, no-compromise print quality, more package variations and increased compliancy with regulations. The 
complexity for packaging service providers and converters has increased, and in this challenging environment Suite 12 provides strong answers,”

With Suite 12, Esko provides answers to the challenges of modern brand execution. Enhanced 3D capabilities are pushing the “first moment of truth” 
further upstream in the supply chain. Packaging management tools in WebCenter 12 provide an overview on the entire packaging project and more 
control over each step in the process. And with Color Engine 12 a major breakthrough is set for consistent and accurate color reproduction.

“Packaging professionals looking for faster time to market, effective and reliable workflow solutions and guaranteed color consistency will be impressed by 
Suite 12. They will see many examples of our commitment to our customers and our dedication to continuous improvement of our solutions," says 
Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior VP Software Business at Esko. 

Esko Suite 12 - focus on value
Suite 12 brings additional productivity and efficiencies to the user.

• Integrated “best in class” applications. The new releases of the flagship applications ArtiosCAD, ArtPro, PackEdge, DeskPack and Studio combine 
interactive editing power and integration with workflow automation and color management.
• Rich 3D functionality for a holistic experience. Stunning structural design in 3D and realistic graphics editing and visualization of a package “in context” 
speeds up the production process and is an efficient QC tool reducing the risk at human errors.

• Mobile collaboration in a web-enabled workflow. Mobile interaction with the workflow is now possible, and with the Internet as a backbone for 
collaboration and resource-sharing, Suite 12 software manages and automates every step of the production workflow. 

WebCenter 12: a true Packaging Management Solution
Originally designed as an online collaboration and approval tool, WebCenter 12 has evolved into a true packaging management solution. Specify 
packaging requirements, manage packaging assets and oversee the entire design and production process: WebCenter 12 creates a competitive 
advantage. 

Fully integrated with Automation Engine and ArtiosCAD, WebCenter 12 acts as a Web-to-Production portal and involves the packaging buyer more 
deeply in the execution of package design and production. Design requests are created automatically and a range of tasks is executed on the 
workflow server without any operator intervention. WebCenter also acts as the backbone for ArtiosCAD Enterprise which enables sharing of all 
packaging structural assets - including designs and board specifications - between multiple packaging production facilities.

Automation Engine 12: workflow automation to the next level
Esko keeps its promise: the last step of merging three legacy workflow applications - BackStage, Nexus and Odystar - into one single platform is now a 
reality. Automation Engine 12 has the Odystar PDF native processing tasks and Enfocus' PitStop server on board. Odystar users can now upgrade 
to Automation Engine, maintain their current workflow and benefit from a wide selection of powerful Automation Engine concepts. 

Automation Engine 12 is designed for reliability and high performance in packaging workflows. Fully scalable, Automation Engine 12 serves the needs of a 
wide range of professionals: from a small sign maker using i-cut Automate to a multi-site converter.

Automation Engine 12 continues to support the high-end commercial print workflow where extreme automation is essential. With embedded JDF 
connectivity, the solution provides great flexibility in configuring workflows that communicate with any JDF enabled imposition tool out on the market. 

Color Engine 12: breakthrough color workflow for the entire packaging supply chain
Consistent and accurate brand color reproduction on packaging and labels is one of the top five requirements of brand owners. By integrating Color Engine 
12 with PantoneLIVE, Esko is the first to bring a color management solution to market that covers the entire packaging supply chain. This solution 
guarantees first-time-every-time color accuracy and ensures realistic spot color reproduction from design to ink kitchen. Visit Esko.com to view the 
detailed press release for more information.

Studio 12: ever richer 3D capabilities
Now Studio 12 goes far beyond the primary pack to include secondary, tertiary packaging and any other branded elements in the design process. The 
new Studio Toolkit combines all components of an integrated packaging or display design in one single application. Via ArtiosCAD, Studio links all the 
way to 3rd party palletization software. Within Studio Designer 12, embedded in all Esko editors ArtPro, PackEdge and DeskPack, multiple components 
can be visualized together while creating the artwork for each component. This truly holistic approach provides an efficient implementation of product 
branding. 

Store Visualizer 12 pushes this concept even further by placing the packaged product in a hyper realistic and dynamic retail environment. In Store 
Visualizer 12, the entire store environment can be freely designed and decorated from the ground up with pre-set store furniture components.

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Esko - 3/1/2012

Esko Supports PantoneLIVE

Esko (www.esko.com) takes its packaging supply chain color management offerings to the next level through a partnership with X-Rite/Pantone, the 
global leader in color science and technology. Visitors to the Esko stand at drupa 2012 (Hall 8b, stand A23) will experience a color management 
workflow that encompasses the entire packaging supply chain and ensures first-time-every-time color integrity.

"Market research consistently reveals that consumers use the color and shape of a package to recognize and select the product they want when 
shopping," says Geert De Proost, Director Software Engines for Esko. "That is why brand owners are so concerned about an accurate representation 
of package colors. For the same reason, we decided to implement support for PantoneLIVE(TM) from X-Rite/Pantone in our workflow. PantoneLIVE 
delivers an end-to-end solution that, for the first time, addresses the needs and requirements of every single discipline within the packaging supply chain. 
This means that the brand manager will see an accurate representation of on-press color early in the design process, while converters can be assured of 
first-time-right color proofing and easy-to-match color on press. This sets the right expectations from the beginning of the process and has the potential 
to significantly reduce time to market."

Accurate and consistent color data throughout the packaging supply chain

Esko's Color Engine, the central color database to manage color and device profiles, is the enabling technology to support the PantoneLIVE color 
management process across the prepress packaging workflow. The combination of PantoneLIVE spot color profiles with Esko's unique and patented 
spectral ink model provides absolute accuracy and predictability for spot color simulation. This is a winning combination at the basis for a breakthrough 
color workflow in the packaging supply chain.

All supply chain stakeholders can access the Color Engine from within their preferred application:

* For designers, Ink Manager and Esko Viewer are PantoneLIVE-enabled plug-ins inside of Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® Photoshop®.
* For prepress professionals, PackEdge, ArtPro, Automation Engine and WebCenter all connect to the same color data for editing, previewing and 
proofing purposes.
* FlexProof creates accurate and achievable hardcopy inkjet proofs, either locally or remotely, based on PantoneLIVE spot color profiles.
* Brand Owners can use the PantoneLIVE portal to manage digital brand color standards.
* Printers and converters will access the exact same color references to use in X-Rite Ink Formulation Software.

The Esko Color Engine is the central color management software that brings about consistent color across the packaging and print supply chain. In 
combination with the PantoneLIVE color database, the Color Engine Pilot provides the perfect tool set for creating and maintaining critical brand colors, 
creation of spot color profiles and other color conversion settings. The Color Engine maintains consistency throughout the production environment by 
ensuring that every application and operator works with the same color critical data.

"PantoneLIVE delivers color DNA based on real ink, on real substrates with real printing processes for predictable, repeatable results," explains 
Dr. Sonia Megert, vice president of the Pantone digital business unit at X-Rite/Pantone. "We are very pleased to have Esko, the leading packaging 
workflow software provider, endorse and recognize the value of PantoneLIVE. Esko plays a key, strategic role in the digital ecosystem that 
surrounds PantoneLIVE."

"This is the first time that the same digital ink specification can be used throughout the entire packaging supply chain," concludes De Proost. "It 
guarantees consistent color reproduction from design through production, a goal that has been difficult to achieve in the past. Integration of Color 
Engine in PantoneLIVE changes the game. We are excited to support PantoneLIVE's end-to-end color workflow at drupa 2012."

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Esko - 10/11/2011

EskoArtwork Shapes the Future of Signs and Displays at SGIA Expo 2011

 EskoArtwork will show its design to print to cut workflows for sign and display shops at booth 2433 during SGIA Expo 2011, October 19-21, in New 
Orleans, LA. EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) will demonstrate a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end workflow and digital finishing solutions, featuring 
the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the Kongsberg i-XL 24, and the Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto finishing systems. Workstations will offer demonstrations of i-cut Suite, 
a collection of pre-production tools that streamlines the workflow for narrow format and large-format printers alike, from prepress to finished product -- 
highlighting new automated capabilities offered by i-cut Automate.

NEW: i-cut Automate helps complete the i-cut Suite workflow
i-cut Suite offers companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems professional tools to streamline their 
workflows -- the first workflow offered sign & display shops a complete, integrated solution. Introduced in 2010, the i-cut Suite has seen rapid 
popularity throughout the world.

Launched at SGIA Expo 2011 is i-cut Automate the latest addition to i-cut Suite, built on EskoArtwork's highly successful Automation Engine.  i-cut 
Automate ties the pieces of the i-cut Suite together, automating the entire production process from design to print to cut. Users can build dynamic 
workflows that will automate repetitive prepress tasks, thereby enhancing productivity, reducing operator intervention and errors, and saving 
valuable time, money and materials in the production process.

i-cut Suite components include:
i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also lets users make 
any corrections working within the PDF file.

i-cut Layout is a module for interactively building and editing sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs are set up to make the optimum use of the substrate 
through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. It also enables file preparation for printing, through adding grommet marks, and creating cut paths 
and bleeds.

i-cut Vision Pro makes sure that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. Often, slight distortions between printed graphics and contour 
cut may cause unacceptable results. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result. Then, finishing is adapted to the 
shape of the graphics. Added to i-cut Vision Pro earlier in the year was patent-pending Adaptive Registration, a feature that intelligently reduces the 
number of registration marks read throughout production, increasing productivity without sacrificing accuracy.  Another new feature is the ability to 
automatically eliminate overcuts in sensitive materials such as foam, Reboard and PSA film, by cutting away from inside corners.

With i-cut Automate, all of these functions can be automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention required and fewer potential manual 
errors. Through Mac or PC based clients, operators can easily monitor the workflow and interact when necessary through a comprehensive 
checkpoint. Repetitive tasks are far less time-consuming through dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate in a client-server 
environment. i-cut Automate can also be integrated with Management Information Systems, enabling automatic job creation and the 
submission of job parameters to the workflow via XML data.

Users with more specific requirements can easily add supplementary modules: a structural design module to allow integration with all standard structural 
design programs; a graphics preparation module to create the cutting contour on both vector files and images; and a true shape nesting module 
offering a powerful, true shape nesting solution, particularly for irregular shapes.

The Kongsberg i-XP24: the world's fastest digital finishing system
On display at SGIA is the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the world's fastest digital finishing system. The i-XP helps turn short-run POP / POS displays work into 
profitable, value added jobs, helping sign and display shops offer their customers on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. The Kongsberg i-XP 
series provides a fast, flexible and highly reliable solution for short run production.  With a maximum working area of 87"x126" and a maximum speed of 
66" ips (inches per second), the i-XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials. Demonstrated at SGIA is an optional 
conveyor extension is available that can work with rolls or sheets/boards with an Auto-Feeder with scissor-lift and transfer cart system, expanding 
the quantity of print runs that can be pre-stacked. The seamless workflow no longer requires an operator to restack or transfer materials.

Kongsberg i-XL 24: Perfect for signs and displays
The Kongsberg i-XL 24, the workhorse of the product line and best-selling Kongsberg finishing system among sign and display companies, offers 
a comprehensive finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision. The i-XL 
family, with a maximum material size of 87" x 120", can also be delivered with an optional conveyor extension, along with the Auto-Feeder and 
scissor-lift system.

Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto digital finishing system
AT SGIA, the Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto is equipped with a fully automated sheet feeder and off load stacker, specifically designed for finishing 
small-format, prototype, sample and short-run digital printed materials - rolls or sheets can be processed. The sheet feeder system automatically 
loads and places printed materials on the table. The 'Pick and Place' automated stacker enables non-stop sorting, neatly stacking finished pieces. 
The system also automatically separates waste from the finished items. As a result, the machine can run virtually unattended, delivering significant 
savings on man-hours. The Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto opens opportunities for creative, new applications with irregular shapes or finishing structures. 
It can handle a maximum sheet size of 35" x 47" at a maximum speed of 52.5 ips.

Kongsberg tables on display at partner booths
EskoArtwork partners Agfa Graphics (booths 935,945) and HP (booth 919) will both demonstrate complete print and finishing solutions. Agfa 
Graphics will exhibit the Kongsberg i-XL24 finishing system, while HP will operate the Kongsberg i-XP24 finishing system.

"The best way to add value -- and margins -- to a sign or display business is to offer 3D capabilities," comments Bill Hartman, EskoArtwork Vice 
President, Sign & Display Solutions. "Exciting opportunities are becoming available for companies wiling to invest in workflow systems that offer 
some of the designing, printing and cutting steps that are unique to us. These software solutions let print providers get to grips with understanding 
the steps needed for a workflow. And a starter system needn't break the bank, nor disrupt the production process.  On the contrary, they can add 
exceptional productivity efficiencies, from the designer's workstation all the way through to the finishing table. It gets even better with the option to 
fully automate the process. The future for workflows in sign and display companies is certainly gaining momentum."

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Esko - 9/20/2011

EskoArtwork Roadshow

On Wednesday, October 26, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, EskoArtwork will be holding a full day of demonstrations covering their latest and greatest products 
and enhancements.

The events of the day will include:
· Exceeding demand in a Sign & Display market
· Web enabled solutions for your project lifecycle
· Color my world
· Packaging: drive cost out/drive profit up
· Start your Automation Engine - the new standard in MIS integration
· A new horizon for flexo printing
· A Jaw dropping 3D experience
· ArtiosCAD, the world's most popular structure design software

Breakfast (8:00 AM) and lunch (noon) will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please register at http://esko.com/toronto

EskoArtwork Roadshow
Ryerson University
Oakham House/Ryerson Student Centre Conferencing
63 Gould Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

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Esko - 9/8/2011

EskoArtwork's ArtiosCAD 7.7 Offers New Packaging and Display Design Tools

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces the release of a new version of ArtiosCAD that offers a wide array of new features. New features help the 
packaging design shop and converter, as well as sign & display shops with enhancements that make designs with special display materials 
trouble-free.

New features benefit the complete supply chain, from design to diemaking to palletization
"We want to make our customer's production workflow more efficient. New features in ArtiosCAD will help converters demonstrate more efficient 
palletization of packaging and produce special diemaking tools easier," explains Richard Deroo, EskoArtwork Product Manager, Structural 
Design."

New features include:
* New Blanking tool: ArtiosCAD has a wide, new range of tools for the creation of steel, flattop, grid and combo blankers, including the addition of 
upper and lower boards, grid holes, blank holes and pusher -- to name just a few.
* Round trip CAPE workflow: Specifications of cartons designed in ArtiosCAD can be sent to CAPE software for a pallet solution -- which can then 
exported back to ArtiosCAD to create and show a realistic, 3D pallet-load.
* Enhancements in die-making and rubbering tools: Additional enhancements to the design and die-making tools increase designer efficiency and 
optimize the manufacturing of cutting dies.

Structural tool of choice for Sign and Display, with a full library of design templates
In an industry that is becoming more commoditized, sign and display shops are realizing that the uniqueness of 3D display projects offers higher margins. 
Thus, more and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD as an important structural design 'tool' in their design departments, to work alongside their 
digital flatbed presses and Kongsberg finishing tables. In the past, EskoArtwork has recognized the popularity of ArtiosCAD as a design tool by adding 
POP display standards to the style catalog. Users browsing the POP library will find parametric design templates from which to either design POP 
displays in minutes or stimulate the creative design process. The latest version of ArtiosCAD provides two important new tools:
* Support for Re-board and V-notch linetypes: Re-board and other multi-wall substrates are typically very thick. V-notches are now correctly designed, 
and can be easily visualized as angle cuts. In addition, they can be accurately folded in 3D for quality control to ensure they are properly designed 
and to create amazing, visually accurate client presentations.
* Tab & slot assembly tool for displays and multi-component designs: A true time saver for POP display designing. Using a 3D visual, the Tab & slot 
assembly tool will help to 'assemble' components of a display with just a few clicks.

These tools are added to an already full list of features that help sign and display shops do an exceptional job creating structural designs for 3D displays. 
For example, the Mate tool allows for the simple assembly and visualization of connected folds and parts. Users can identify glue areas and 
corresponding targets to quickly connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Curved Creases, a patent pending technology only 
available in ArtiosCAD, makes it easy for designers to work with curved folds and cuts by allowing them to visualize designs with curved creases 
as part of its 3D module. To assist with a shop's administrative department's, ArtiosCAD can create automated bill of material reports that can be 
generated on multi-part design projects with the click of a button.

V-notches on Re-board displays are much easier for Digiforma
Digiforma, based in Turnhout, Belgium, produces stands, panels, and a wide range of displays and furniture using Re-board. The Re-board is printed 
on two digital flatbed presses and cut on a Kongsberg cutting table. They have been a user of ArtiosCAD for 3? years, and have been testing the 
newest features of ArtiosCAD for three months.

"The most important part of ArtiosCAD is that you can virtually fold Re-board in 3D, like you do in reality. Before, designing from 2D to 3D was inexact, 
especially when we created V-notches. We had to check to see how things would look when they were cut and folded. To be safe, we created scale 
models and folded them to see if they were correct. With ArtiosCAD, the 3D design feature lets us cut exact V-notches all the time. We even show the 
3D designs to our customers. It saves us a lot of design and approval time--perhaps a day or two-because we are making less prototypes," explains 
Olivier Ceulemans, Digiforma CEO. "In fact, there was a recent job we produced: a large version of a washing powder box. It was 3.5 meters high 
and contained a ton of washing powder. The entire box was done in Re-board. We designed it in 2D, checked it out in 3D, and we didn't even 
have to make a prototype. Everything fit perfectly and we went straight to production."

"We are also cutting single-cut V-notches at the corner of materials. ArtiosCAD does a very nice job adding customer graphics right on our 3D designs," 
adds Ceulemans. "Everything in ArtiosCAD was on our wish list. To me, it's great. There is no other structural design software solution like it."

"EskoArtwork continues to invest heavily in the research and development of structural design -- and for good reason," concludes Bernard 
Zwaenepoel, EskoArtwork Senior Vice President Software Business. "Many of our customers, both packaging and sign & display shops, rely on 
ArtiosCAD to offer exceptional structural design. It is the combination of structure and graphics that makes EskoArtwork prepress and production 
workflows unique in the industry -- and thus, our customers indispensible to everyone in the supply chain. This includes features such as automatic 
registration of graphics with structure, that provides a seamless roundtrip workflow between ArtiosCAD and Adobe® Illustrator®. Our ArtiosCAD 
customers can be assured that their investment is protected and they will benefit from continued product upgrades and enhancements."

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Esko - 9/6/2011

EskoArtwork Releases Automation Engine 10.1

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com), announces the release of Automation Engine 10.1, a new version of the world's leading prepress workflow software.

Packaging and label converters as well as commercial print businesses nowadays are heavily engaged in streamlining internal workflows, integrating 
business systems, consolidating data and diversifying value-add services. Automation Engine 10.1 software is the gateway to more powerful automation 
and considerable productivity improvements so that pre-production files are processed more quickly.

ArtPro and Nexus users move up to the next level of workflow automation from EskoArtwork
The latest version of Automation Engine takes integration, automation and central job management even further, especially by introducing functionality 
formerly only available on the Nexus platform. This helps the many professional ArtPro and Nexus users all around the world to move up to the next 
level of workflow automation from EskoArtwork.

Version 10.1 features a number of value added items which include:
> Fewer manual tasks, greater workflow efficiency with new Processor module - allowing customers to fully automate tasks that are normally carried out 
manually in the ArtPro editor, saving time and reducing errors.  This includes trapping, distortion, and screening parameters.
> Updated PDF technologies - Automation Engine 10.1 has the latest Enfocus PitStop preflighting tools on board.
> Integration with entry level business systems - for some time, customers have been able to automatically receive job data and metadata in JDF/JMF 
format from MIS and ERP systems. Through XML they can now automatically draw job data from non-JDF compliant business systems such as 
FileMaker Pro, Excel or home-made software solutions. No manual entry or rekeying is required, allowing automated job integration without additional 
investment.
> Tighter integration with output devices - bi-directional communication and status feedback is now possible with HP's industrial presses for labels & 
packaging and with the EskoArtwork CDI flexo platesetter. Operators can now monitor status and receive feedback from output devices directly 
within Automation Engine.
> Simplified user interface - additional workflow logic has been added to reduce human interaction with the workflow, making operator error far less likely.

Simplified Operations
French packaging printer Cartonnages Larré has increased its prepress efficiency since implementing Automation Engine 10, and has been beta testing 
version 10.1. The most impressive benefit the new workflow server brought to this Folding Carton converter is a reduction from 20 different job ticket 
templates down to only two, thereby considerably simplifying operations.

"We've increased throughput and improved customer service," said general manager Hugues Larré. "Implementing Automation Engine has allowed us to 
keep the upper hand and maintain a high level of customer loyalty. And all of these benefits have been achieved without increasing staff yet improving 
our competitiveness."

Dries Vandenbussche, Product Manager Automation Engine at EskoArtwork, commented: "Automation Engine 10.1 will be of particular interest to our 
Nexus users, who can now use Automation Engine for everything they had in Nexus whilst taking advantage of the substantial amount of features 
only Automation Engine can do. The enhancements we have made with version 10.1 mark another big step towards 'lights-out' automation, and that 
means that our customers can expect to achieve even lower overall prepress costs by using Automation Engine as the hub of their pre-production 
environment."

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Esko - 8/23/2011

Prisco to Sell EskoArtwork Sign and Display Solutions to Commercial Printers in US and Canada

EskoArtwork announces that it has signed a reseller agreement with Newark, New Jersey-based Prisco, enabling PriscoDigital, the digital division of the 
Prisco Group of Companies, to sell EskoArtwork's Kongsberg finishing tables and software solutions to commercial printers in the U.S. and Canada. This 
new partnership will be evident during Graph Expo, as Prisco (booth 201) intends to display the i-cut Suite workflow along with a Kongsberg i-XL 24 
finishing table, to support HP Scitex printers.

Commercial printers are expanding their business opportunities, looking for new opportunities to increase profitability. Many are choosing wide format as a 
viable strategy to evolve into print service providers. According to Steve Zunde, president of PriscoDigital, what makes wide-format inkjet technologies 
so special is that they enable these printers to capture new business opportunities from within their existing customer base. EskoArtwork values this 
group of companies that can leverage their traditional print expertise to a growing marketplace.

"Prisco has the largest remaining field sales force calling on commercial printers in the U.S., as well as a very strong presence in Canada," notes Bill 
Hartman, EskoArtwork Vice President Marketing, Digital Finishing Solutions. "Their expertise is evident as the exclusive HP Elite Partner selling wide 
format printers to commercial printers -- a 100-year old company with almost twenty full-time tech support staff in addition to fifty sales reps. This is a 
very important distinction to EskoArtwork, in our efforts to bring the EskoArtwork's design to print to cut solutions to graphics producers."

"Our new relationship with EskoArtwork is an important milestone for PriscoDigital. It is a significant expansion of our capability to provide complete 
workflow solutions that complement our HP Scitex wide format inkjet systems. Many companies forget that printing is just one component of getting a 
job out the door. Finishing is required, too. EskoArtwork has both the finishing hardware and structural and graphic workflow software to cover all 
aspects of a job," remarks Eric A. Gutwillig, VP of Marketing for PriscoDigital. "This business relationship is further evidence of our commitment to 
seek out and partner with companies that offer affordable leading-edge technologies that assist our customers to expand their business opportunities 
and increase profitability."

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Esko - 5/11/2011

EskoArtwork Sign & Display Group Open House

EskoArtwork is partnering with ZN Production Company/Re-board and Neenah Paper to present an open house to identify Innovative and creative 
ways to create value before and after print for both narrow and wide format print projects. The event will be held 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Thursday, 
June 9th, 2011 at the EskoArtwork Demo Center in Lake Geneva, WI.

"Not so very long ago, a key differentiating factor between print service providers was their ability to generate image resolution and consistency in the 
printed output," comments Bill Hartman, EskoArtwork Vice President, Sign & Display Solutions. "That has changed. While print quality is still a key 
factor, digital printing technologies have equalized this differentiator between printers who have digital printing equipment with similar capabilities. 
The result is a squeeze on printed output profit margins along with the challenge of finding new ways to differentiate the company and create 
value before and after print."

A wealth of 'How to' sessions
The EskoArtwork Open House is much more than a day of demos. A number of 'how to' sessions are designed to offer printers a wealth of actionable 
ways they can build business:

* Creating value before and after print: Review business models across the 'Design to Print to Cut' spectrum of printed graphics production. The session 
will explain where to meet the customer -- and create value.
* Making the world less rectangular: Create value and improve margins through more creative approaches to 2D printed graphics.
* Entering the world of 3D products: There are many 3D product opportunities. They include POP/POS, retail, trade shows, events, meetings and 
show rooms -- among others.
* Feeding the beast and optimizing substrate utilization: Deliver more RIP ready files for the digital printer quicker, without increasing staff, and save 
money with better, more efficient layout of graphics on substrates.
* Breaking the finishing bottleneck: Automated digital finishing systems to both increase finishing capacity and broaden finishing capabilities.
* Productivity from workflow automation: Eliminate bottlenecks in the 'Design to Print to Cut' process before they occur, respond to short-run 
market demands and improve delivery lead time with workflow automation.

"We can show printers specific ways to meet customers earlier in the value creation chain," adds Hartman. "They can produce more creative, 
interesting and higher-margin products, respond to short run and quick delivery market demands and, most important, grow their business and 
increase profits."

People can register for the event at www.icutvision.com/emails/OpenHouse/OpenHouseReg.html. For more information about the event, people are 
requested to call EskoArtwork at 262.348.0400, or email SignandDisplay.usa@esko.com. For more information about EskoArtwork Sign & Display 
products, please visit http://www.esko.com/SignandDisplay.

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Esko - 4/26/2011

EskoArtwork to Offer GoPrint Web-to-Print Solution

EskoArtwork today announces that it will be offering Hybrid Integration's GoPrint(TM) web-to-print solution to its North American customers. This comes 
on the heels of Hybrid's recent news that it has integrated portions of EskoArtwork's WebCenter viewing technologies within the application. For larger 
printers, GoPrint(TM) has been closely integrated with many EskoArtwork solutions so, for example, it can be incorporated with the complete 
WebCenter solution. WebCenter is a unique and powerful web-based platform that manages pre-production approval and project life cycle.

"As many of our customers are processing orders of smaller quantities -- particularly with digital presses -- there has become a greater need to automate an 
order entry system to make these smaller orders as cost-effective as possible," explains Mark Quinlan, President of EskoArtwork Americas. "A 
web-to-print system not only allows our customers the means to provide an easier order entry process for standardized projects. It also lets users 
access private catalogs of open jobs, review them, and offer last-minute changes if necessary. This is much more efficient than requiring 
face-to-face meetings to review proofs."

"We are pleased that GoPrint will be available for EskoArtwork users," comments Mike Rottenborn, President and CEO of Hybrid Integration. "As 
shorter runs, faster deadlines, and the demand for client-facing systems drive the need for greater efficiencies, web-to-print portals have become 
very important. The tight link between GoPrint and EskoArtwork's an integrated production workflow method that corporate clients require."

Most Web-to-print systems offer templates that let the print buyer control brand management and content. These templates can be reused on new 
projects to assure consistency from one printed piece to the next -- a cost-effective process for print buyers and a faster process for the printer. 
Unfortunately, many of these systems are built on proprietary database systems and software, and unavailable to smaller print providers. That is 
not the case with GoPrint(TM), which allows customers to choose from a wide variety of templates, making the customer much more satisfied 
with the order process.

GoPrint(TM) provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use portal for printers and their customers. It provides a database of items and jobs with tracking and 
order history, fast file transfer capabilities to replace traditional FTP servers, and a customizable product catalog linked to an online order ticket 
and shopping cart. GoPrint(TM) can be easily branded for each customer to provide a familiar look and feel to users.

We believe GoPrint(TM) will help our customers increase their market share, utilizing the power of ecommerce," adds Quinlan. "It simplifies the order 
process for the print buyer, and reduces the ordering life cycle and proofing costs for the print provider. For new product packaging, it streamlines 
the introduction process; for reorders, it minimizes the hassle."

GoPrint(TM) is available directly from EskoArtwork, Hybrid Integration, and other EskoArtwork resellers throughout North America.

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Esko - 1/6/2011

EskoArtwork announces WebCenter 10

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces the release of WebCenter 10, a new version of its online collaboration and approval tool for the packaging and print 
supply chain.

"Initial feedback and reactions from beta customers indicate that WebCenter 10 will add to the application's reputation as the most effective online approval 
tool for the packaging and print market," comments Jijo Dominic, EskoArtwork Product Manager WebCenter. "From the early stages of software development, 
we worked with our customers to ensure that the new release meets their expectations."

WebCenter 10 addresses industry needs
WebCenter has hundreds of installations and many thousands of users worldwide. WebCenter serves a wide range of industry players such as packaging 
converters, commercial printers, pre-press service bureaus, global consumer product companies and highly regulated pharmaceutical companies.

With the packaging & print supply chain always under pressure to develop new value-add services, WebCenter 10 now addresses additional market needs. 
The straightforward user interface, the powerful staged approval support, the project management tools and the tighter integration with the Automation Engine 
all make WebCenter the logical choice for online collaboration and approval in the packaging and printing industry.

WebCenter dramatically reduces lead time and cost
WebCenter helps securely manage and automate approval cycles. It comes with a fast and accurate online viewing tool with unique viewing and compare 
features focused on the needs of the packaging and print industry. WebCenter users report lead-time reduction by up to 25%, simply by replacing the majority of 
hard copy proof iterations by online reviewing and approval cycles. Less hardcopy proofs shipped to various stakeholders equally has an important positive 
effect on the environmental footprint of the packaging development process.

WebCenter as a lifecycle management system
The collaboration tools, the briefing module and task management in WebCenter 10 make it a powerful life cycle management tool. WebCenter is the linchpin 
that connects, controls and streamlines the complexities of the packaging development lifecycle. WebCenter centralizes all project related data optimizes 
communication between all packaging and print buyers, designers and printer/converters.

WebCenter as a packaging asset library
Its document management capabilities turn WebCenter into a centralized and secure web-based warehouse for all project related digital assets, including 
technical drawings, artwork, text, logos, images and other packaging elements. WebCenter keeps track of versions of every one of these documents in a 
logical and structured way.

The powerful metadata-based search tools in WebCenter make it easy to find projects and documents. Whether you want to find a label with a specific 
barcode, a package design using a specific ink, a structural design for a specific kind of board, a design brief from a certain customer... WebCenter will find 
it for you.

Innovative user interface
The user interface of WebCenter 10 has been redesigned to be more appealing and above all easier to learn and use. This includes an easy to configure 
user interface, user-specific work spaces and viewer preferences. The interface redesign of the WebCenter Viewer focuses on faster deployment of the 
approval tool, supported by a range of additional annotation tools.

Powerful Staged Approval support
The new approval module allows customers to design and automate multilevel approval cycles with support for both parallel and sequential parts in one 
approval cycle. WebCenter 10 gets users the best trade-off between speed and staged control.

www.esko.com


Esko - 11/15/2010

EskoWorld 2011: the EskoArtwork User Event Scheduled for April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona

The EskoArtwork User Group International (EUGI) Board of Directors and EskoArtwork (www.esko.com/eskoworld) are pleased to announce that next year's 
EskoWorld 2011 for EskoArtwork customers in the Americas will be held in Phoenix, Arizona - April 17-20, 2011 at the picturesque Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs 
Resort. EskoArtwork plans to offer valuable content from the company and its partners to more users, in more markets, for more applications.

"From the opening remarks on April 17, to the final session on April 20, attendees to our conference will be treated to a full agenda of educational sessions, 
business networking, guest speakers and industry experts," explains Mark Quinlan, EskoArtwork Americas President. "The user conference will provide 
invaluable information on EskoArtwork solutions to fine-tune and maximize system use. It's been three years since EskoWorld was held west of the Mississippi, 
and now we're confident attendees will agree that again a great city and hotel has been selected. Because of its new destination point, we hope a greater 
number of attendees will visit from throughout the Americas. It's an excellent time to Connect - Discover - Experience."

EskoWorld Mission: Share ideas and knowledge
EskoWorld brings together customers, industry partners, product specialists and support staff, encouraging the exchange of ideas and product and 
application knowledge. The large number of EskoArtwork support staff is on-hand for conference program presentations and demonstrations, as well 
as to listen to customer input and to provide feedback.

"EskoWorld is one of the most important events on our calendar, and the organization of EskoWorld and preparation of relevant content is always a 
collaborative process between EskoArtwork and the EUGI leadership. During the event, users participate in training sessions, roundtable discussions, 
seminars and hands-on labs, designed for novice, journeyman, as well as advanced users. Attendees often discuss product use and best practices tips 
among themselves, allowing them to return home with actionable ideas that can add even more value to their EskoArtwork solutions," explains Simon James, 
EskoArtwork Vice President Marketing. "It also provides us a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our customers' evolving needs while, concurrently, 
getting feedback from them on our development plans. Attendees have active role in offering suggestions for improvements to EskoArtwork solutions. Their 
views about our technology, service and support provide critical input for future product and business planning."

Exceptional networking event with EskoArtwork industry partners
EskoWorld also benefits EskoArtwork industry and technology partners, with its centrally located 'Partner Pavilion', a dedicated exhibition area where 
attendees get ready access to demos and helpful information, along with opportunities to make presentations to the group. Once they participate, 
EskoArtwork partners continue to return to EskoWorld in subsequent years.

2010 EskoWorld attendee feedback offers overwhelming support
As the economy began to rebound, the 2010 user conference was a resounding success, with strong attendance and a complete program that was 
appreciated by users. 'The best event ever' was a frequently heard comment from EskoWorld attendees.

"EskoWorld 2010 was a very positive event. We wanted technical information, and that's exactly what we got," says Scott Collett, Electronic Prepress 
Technician at Prime Package & Label in St. Louis, MO. "And, the dinners and entertainment made it easier to network with others."

"If I had to rate EskoWorld from 1-10, I'd give it a 25," remarks Gary Harry, Senior Designer, Advanced Design & Packaging. "The EskoArtwork people were 
very helpful and went above and beyond answering any questions we had. The sessions for the new ArtiosCAD 7.6 were very informative--as were the tips 
and tricks."

"I loved EskoWorld. It was really informative and it inspired us to focus and get prepared for the newest software innovations--and get the most of the software 
we own. It's great to attend an event where everyone does what you do. I made great contacts and learned about different kinds of product workflows I 
never considered," comments Steve Parr, Prepress Supervisor, Matthews Brand Solutions Americas. "In the Partner Zone I was impressed with the live 
demonstration of the Kongsberg table, and proofing with the new Epson WT7900 printer."

Information and registration
EskoArtwork is holding to the same registration and room rate pricing structure from 2010 - assuring EskoWorld 2011 an excellent return on investment for 
business owners.

EskoArtwork users can register for the conference by visiting www.esko.com/eskoworld. The site also provides frequent, updated news about the event, 
offering the latest information, agenda details, speaker backgrounds, and more. More information about the venue is available at www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

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Esko - 10/12/2010

EskoArtwork "Shapes the Future" with Complete Workflow and Digital Finishing Solutions

During SGIA 2010 at booth 447, EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) will demonstrate a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end workflow and digital finishing 
solutions. Highlights at the show - which takes place from October 12-15 in Las Vegas - include i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production tools that 
streamlines the workflow for large-format digital printing and finishing, from prepress to the finished product. There will also be demonstrations of the 
Kongsberg i-XP24, the Kongsberg i-XL 24, and the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto. EskoArtwork will also be present at the Hewlett Packard Company stand, 
located in booth 2339, where the Kongsberg i-XP24 will be demonstrated along with the i-cut Suite of pre-production tools. Fujifilm North America, Graphic 
Systems Division-Sericol Unit, will also be demonstrating i-cut Suite, in booth 2359.

NEW: i-cut Suite raises productivity, saves time and reduces errors
i-cut Suite is targeted specifically for companies that drive a large format digital printer and/or digital finishing system, and require professional tools to 
streamline their workflows.

"For the first time with our new i-cut Suite tools, wide format printing and digital finishing companies will be able to work with a complete, integrated solution," 
explains Bill Hartman, Esko Artwork Vice President, Sign & Display Solutions. "It's comprised of different modules, including i-cut Preflight for efficient PDF 
preflighting and editing, and i-cut Layout for interactive layout and nesting. For precise and accurate die-less cutting, the i-cut Vision Pro control system is 
essential."

One of main advantages of i-cut Suite software is that users don't have to return to a native application, working within a PDF file. Furthermore, it reduces 
errors by spotting them before RIPping, and it optimizes the layout, which ultimately reduces material costs and minimizes set-up time. Users with more 
specific requirements can easily also add supplementary modules: a structural design module to allow integration with all standard structural design programs; 
a graphics preparation module to create the cutting contour on both vector files and images; and a true shape nesting module offering a powerful, true 
shape nesting solution, particularly for irregular shapes.

The Kongsberg i-XP 24 digital finishing system offers a completely new level of productivity and throughput

On display is the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the world's fastest digital finishing system. It perfectly complements today's wide format digital printers, enabling a 
complete digital finishing production workflow.

The Kongsberg i-XP series is designed for POP and in-store displays as well as high volume signage, providing a fast, flexible and highly reliable solution for 
short run production up to about 1000 sheets or stacks of material up to three feet high. With a maximum working area of 87"x126" and a maximum speed 
of 66" per second, the i-XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials, including vinyl, all grades of display carton, corrugated 
plastic, foam boards, and rigid display materials such as MDF, plywood, PVC and acrylics. An optional conveyor extension along with an AutoFeeder with 
scissor-lift and transfer cart system expands the quantity of print runs that can be pre-stacked. The seamless workflow no longer requires an operator to 
restack or transfer materials.

"With faster large format digital printers comes a stronger demand for a higher capacity automatic finishing solution for printed display materials," says 
Hartman. "The i-XP helps turn short-run POP work into profitable, value added jobs. Sign and display shops can now offer their customers on-demand 
production with just-in-time delivery.

Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto digital finishing system
The Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto is equipped with a fully automated sheet feeder and off load stacker, specifically designed for finishing small-format, prototype, 
sample and short-run digital printed materials. The sheet feeder system automatically loads and places the printed materials on the table. The 'Pick and Place' 
automated stacker enables non-stop sorting, neatly stacking finished pieces. The system also automatically separates waste from the finished items. As a 
result, the machine can run virtually unattended, delivering significant savings on man-hours. The Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto combines high production speed 
and precision with easy operation. It opens opportunities for creative, new applications with irregular shapes or finishing structures. It can handle a maximum 
sheet size of 35" x 47" at a maximum speed of 52.5 inches/second

Kongsberg i-XL24: Perfect for signs and displays
The Kongsberg i-XL 24, the workhorse of the product line and best-selling Kongsberg finishing system among sign and display companies, offers a 
comprehensive finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision. At SGIA 2010, it will be 
equipped with i-cut 7.0, the latest version of the global standard i-cut vision system. The i-XL systems, with a maximum material size of 87" x 120", can be 
delivered with the optional conveyor extension, along with the AutoFeeder and scissor-lift system.

"SGIA is always an opportune time to present new products to the sign and display industry in the Americas, and it's the ideal backdrop and timing to introduce 
our new solutions," says Hartman. "We are committed to "shaping the future" of our customers´ business and this industry. Across the 'design-to-print-to-cut' 
spectrum of printed graphics production, EskoArtwork solutions improve each step of the process. In the design phase, application tools improve the graphic 
and structural design. In the print stage, i-cut Suite tools improve prepress productivity and i-cut's workflow integration with RIP software allows the seamless, 
automated creation of cut ready files for finishing operations. And, in the cut phase, the Kongsberg finishing tables provide flexible, versatile and productive 
finishing, transforming printed graphics into usable products."

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Esko - 9/22/2010

EskoArtwork Kongsberg XP Completed with Automation

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces the Kongsberg XP Auto, an extended new version of the XP cutting table. This incorporates automatic loading 
and unloading to give the highest digital converting capacity available on the market. It is the perfect complement to a wide format digital printer, enabling a 
full digital production workflow for POP displays and short-run packaging work.

The XP Auto is the successor to the DCM 24 (Digital Converting Machine), which established EskoArtwork and its Kongsberg operation as a leader in fully 
automatic board handling for digital cutters. The new model is based on the Kongsberg XP, the company's highest capacity cutting table, designed for high 
productivity up to 24/7 continuous operation. The configuration can handle a wide range of materials from high-density, rigid sheets requiring a milling tool to 
flexible materials that can be processed by knife cutting tools. The maximum sheet size for the large format XP44 Auto model is 2310 x 3600 mm.

Full automatic finishing solution
"With the introduction of faster large format digital printers, there is a strong demand for a higher capacity automatic finishing solution for printed packaging 
and display materials," says Tom Erik Naess, CAM Product Manager at EskoArtwork. "The XP Auto helps to turn short-run packaging and POP work into 
profitable and value added jobs. Users can now offer their customers on-demand production with just-in time-delivery."

The addition of automatic media handling transforms the XP into a fully automatic finishing system that can run unattended for long periods. Unattended 
operations are aided by the XP's automatic tool calibration and a camera system for accurate print-to-cut registration. Exclusive for the XP Auto is the ability 
to register sheets with the print side facing down, most useful for processing corrugated board. This is achieved by means of a camera, located below the 
table top level and driven by a separate servo axis, that registers the marks as the board is moved from the in-stack to the cutting area.

"The Kongsberg XP Auto is optimized for packaging and display manufacturers that want to run production series up to about 1000 sheets or stacks of 
material up to one meter high," explains Naess. "It can run without the continuous supervision of an operator, thus saving considerable costs. Operators 
can also leave the machine working unattended overnight as a remote alert system automatically sends a message to the operator if operation has 
stopped."

The system is particularly valuable for producing POP display work and short-run customized packaging, with short turnaround times. Compared with 
conventional cutting and creasing systems for packaging, this also avoids the lead times and high cost of making cutting dies. A milling capability is optional 
for materials such as MDF, Forex, Dibond and acrylic panels.

Positive customer feedback
The new Kongsberg XP Auto, including a large format XP44 model, is already operating at SCA Packaging Norway in Sarpsborg, a plant that is part of 
the Europe-wide packaging production specialist SCA Group. SCA Packaging Norway specializes in short run, on-demand corrugated boxes and in-store 
POP display boxes for the Norwegian and Swedish markets. In addition to the new XP Auto configuration in operation since April 2010, the company works 
with two Kongsberg DCM24 cutters for automatic packaging finishing, one Kongsberg CM1320 sample table and a Göpfert Boxmaker.

"We are very pleased with the Kongsberg XP44 Auto," says Atle Andreassen, Managing Director at SCA Packaging Norway. "The big working area 
compared to the DCM machines is a big advantage for us. We can produce larger boxes than before. Multiple part jobs, often needed for in-store displays, 
can now fit into a single sheet which saves time and costs both at the printing and cutting stage. The XP Auto can also cut the protective foam for the 
inside of the boxes, which we have not been able to do before. Also the increased speed of the XP Auto is a benefit when cutting multiple parts from a 
sheet."

With a small staff of 13 people, the ability to run unattended is very valuable. "We can leave the XP Auto unattended at night and by raising our stack of 
material to 100cm, we can produce till 06.00 in the morning instead of 02.00. We even already suggested EskoArtwork to further expand the automatic 
loading and unloading capability," adds Andreassen. "With the Kongsberg XP Auto, we can make samples for a customer while they wait and deliver the 
order in two or three days."

The EskoArtwork XP Auto is available to order. First deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2010. Existing XP installations can be upgraded on-site to the new 
XP Auto configuration.

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Esko - 6/28/2010

EskoArtwork Announces July 14 Open House at New North American Headquarters

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces that it is officially opening its North American headquarters with an 
Open House on Wednesday, July 14, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

"After months of planning and internal construction we are ready for our community to visit us," explains Mark 
Quinlan, President EskoArtwork North America. "Our new facility is a showplace for the direction of the graphics 
communication industry and we look forward to hosting visitors at this special event."

A complete agenda appealing to a wide range of print and graphics interests
The Open House will begin with a light continental breakfast along with welcoming remarks from Mark Quinlan, 
followed by a series of 50-minute solutions sessions covering a range of topics related to packaging, commercial 
print and sign & display production.

Highlights will include:
* EskoArtwork Suite 10: Sessions will cover Color Engine 10, a centralized color management server and 
database with patented spectral profile technology and unique spot-color capabilities; DeskPack 10, a series 
of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop plug-in tools that provide 3D views, compatibility with structural 
design, trapping, and other sophisticated functions; Studio 10, bringing 3D tools into the packaging design and 
pre-production world, allowing users to check and finish artwork designs faster, and creating animated 3D 
visuals for the customer; and Automation Engine 10, workflow automation and job management software with 
extensive MIS integration capabilities and excellent scalability, making it the heart of any size prepress production 
operation.

* Digital flexo, featuring EskoArtwork's HD Flexo, the quality standard for flexographic printing, utilizing high-
resolution optics and superior screening to deliver the full tonal range of offset and gravure. The Cyrel Digital 
Imager (CDI), the leading imager for direct exposure on flexo plates, will be demonstrated. The CDI delivers the 
highest quality flexo for applications in flexible packaging, labels, and folding cartons, among others.

* ArtiosCAD, the world's most popular CAD software for packaging professionals. With dedicated tools designed 
for packaging structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing, ArtiosCAD can 
increase productivity throughout the company.

* Concentric screening, revolutionary and proven halftone dot technology for offset printing. It divides the 
conventional round dot into thin concentric rings, limiting ink buildup on plate. Images are sharper and a wider 
color gamut is achieved.

The complete agenda will be repeated in the afternoon for those who might have missed a session. During a 
complimentary lunch, a trade fair will provide an overview of important services delivered by EskoArtwork North 
America, including service and support, maintenance contracts, inside sales and open labs. In addition, tours of 
the entire facility will be given every hour.

www.esko.com


Esko - 6/23/2010

EskoArtwork Extends and Announces Partnerships

EskoArtwork announces that its partnership with the HP Graphics Solutions Business has been extended to the 
HP Scitex Large Format Division. In reply to the fast growing need for dedicated prepress tools, EskoArtwork 
and HP Scitex agreed to co-market integrated workflow solutions specifically tailored for the sign and display 
market. These solutions include the complete EskoArtwork i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production design-to-
finish software to streamline the entire production workflow.

"In today's challenging economic climate, service print providers need more than fast, high-quality printing 
devices to compete," says Yariv Avisar, Vice President and General Manager, HP Scitex Large Format Solutions, 
HP. "They also require automated workflows that drive efficiencies while reducing turnaround times and costs. 
While many companies offer a series of fragmented tools to support the production of sign and display materials, 
EskoArtwork is uniquely qualified to provide a complete series of end-to-end tools that not only offers support for 
graphics, but also for the structure and finishing of displays. Our partnership with EskoArtwork brings this critical 
element to our large format printing solution, enabling our customers to streamline their workflows considerably, 
increase print productivity and grow their businesses profitably."

"We are delighted to partner with the world's leading provider of large format printing solutions," says Bryan 
Stringer, Worldwide Business Development Manager Sign & Display at EskoArtwork. "We respect their 
expertise in delivering exceptional digital print devices to the market, and feel that our know-how in developing 
software solutions complement them superbly."

EskoArtwork also announces that it has entered into an alliance with EFI to co-market EskoArtwork software 
solutions specifically aimed at the large format sign and display market. Under the agreement, the companies 
agreed to co-market the new EskoArtwork i-cut Suite, the expanded collection of pre-production software, 
beginning at Fespa 2010. In combination with EFI's Fiery XF solutions for the wide-format and super wide digital 
inkjet market, the combined offering streamlines production substantially.

"EskoArtwork since long is the leader in developing prepress, automation and workflow solutions, and their 
years of experience make them a key player in this market," comments Stefan Spiegel, General Manager EFI 
Inkjet Applications. "Their i-cut Suite is a unique offering that, in combination with our EFI Fiery XF solutions, will 
enable our EFI Rastek wide format and EFI Vutek super wide format customers in single- or multi-printer 
environments to improve their efficiency and reduce costs, and ultimately increase print productivity."

"We are very pleased to enter into this alliance with EFI. As the industry continues to evolve, printing and 
workflow technology must become faster, less costly and more efficient. In this highly competitive market it's 
critical that suppliers are able to offer a true end-to-end automated solution," adds Bryan Stringer, Worldwide 
Business Development Manager Sign & Display at EskoArtwork. "Along with EFI, we recognize the importance 
of partnering and combining the unique strengths of best-in-class solutions that answer the specific needs of the 
sign and display market. We strongly believe this benefits the industry by delivering true integrated solutions that 
help customers to become more competitive and profitable."

i-cut Suite drives complete digital production workflow
The latest addition to the EskoArtwork workflow solutions, the new i-cut Suite, is launched at Fespa 2010. The 
software is unique in the industry, as it offers a workflow solution that spans the complete print production cycle: 
from initial design and layout through to print and finishing. By driving the complete digital production workflow, i-cut 
Suite ensures data integrity throughout each stage of the process and will even correct errors when detected, 
resulting in less reworks, minimized set-up times, and faster delivery of jobs.

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Esko - 6/22/2010

EskoArtwork i-cut Suite Streamlines Entire Workflow for Large Format Digital Print and Finishing Market

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces i-cut Suite, the expanded collection of pre-production software 
targeted specifically at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. The different modules 
of i-cut Suite provide such companies with all essential tools to deliver sign & display products with optimal 
efficiency and productivity, regardless of the type, source and variety of the incoming job information.

"Shops producing signs and displays using large format digital devices often receive files that have not been 
properly prepared, often containing errors or missing information," explains Ruben Cagnie, EskoArtwork Product 
Manager Sign & Display. "Without the proper workflow tools, such deficiencies lead to costly losses of time and 
materials. Using the i-cut software modules however, potential issues are caught and resolved at the beginning 
of the workflow, resulting in a smooth and cost-effective manufacturing process."

A rich toolkit addressing a broad spectrum of applications
The i-cut Suite is part of the EskoArtwork Suite 10 and builds on the company's extensive experience with 
advanced pre-production and workflow solutions in packaging and commercial printing.

i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting of incoming PDF data, thus ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. 
Any potential issue is automatically detected and reported in detail. A set of interactive tools makes it possible to 
apply corrections without having to have access to the native design application. I-cut Preflight is based on 
Enfocus technology, the leader in PDF preflight and checking technology and also a company of EskoArtwork.

i-cut Layout is the fundamental module for interactively building and editing sheet layouts, saving printing time 
and increasing substrate utilization. Nesting of individual pieces can follow multiple strategies. For 'minimum 
waste', different jobs will be grouped on one sheet for optimal material usage. 'Maximum productivity', best for 
high quantity orders, creates as many identical sheets as possible to reduce setup times for printing and finishing. 
The 'minimum cuts' approach will optimize the finishing process by allowing cutting in slices across the material; 
this is ideal for rectangular designs or for manual finishing with a guillotine.

In all cases, there is full integration with the i-cut Vision Pro control system for accurate die-less cutting. 
Registration marks and barcodes are added, and operator setup time at the finishing station is reduced to a 
minimum.

Users with more specific requirements can easily upgrade to advanced modules:
* The module for Structural Design offers direct integration with standard structural design programs. It reads 
common CAD data formats like DXF, CFF2, PDF and native ArtiosCAD. A built-in 3D viewer enables checking 
the design visually or exporting a 3D PDF file. Using the powerful and brand-new 'box builder' function, boxes 
can be created by just entering the dimensions, saving time e.g. when creating custom corrugated shipping 
containers on-demand.

* When the graphic design comes in without a cutting path defined, the module for Graphics Preparation will 
create such a cutting contour for both vector and image files. Automatic bleed generation is available to eliminate 
disturbing blank spaces between the printed design and the cutting contour. Special finishing or other marks can 
also be added to the sheet.

* Finally, the module for True Shape Nesting gives access to an additional level of material optimization when 
dealing with irregular shapes. The nesting of individual pieces will no longer be based on the bounding box 
surrounding the design, but fully take into account any unused material outside the cutting contour.

Dedicated professional tools for a fast growing market
EskoArtwork presents a complete offering for the large format digital print and finishing market, Studio and 
ArtiosCAD software for creative design, i-cut Suite for the production workflow, and Kongsberg cutting tables 
for digital finishing.

"The new i-cut Suite reflects the needs of today's professional large format digital printing and finishing market", 
concludes Nicolai Gradman, EskoArtwork Senior Vice President CAM & Supply Chain. "Many shops have made 
significant investments in equipment, but are not always aware of innovative workflow tools to reduce operator time, 
eliminate waste and generally make the process less expensive. With the i-cut Suite, we are shaping the future of 
our customers business. We offer them a highly effective tool that immediately delivers tangible benefits."

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Esko - 3/23/2010

Busy and Eventful EskoWorld 2010 User Program Taking Shape

The EskoWorld 2010 (www.esko.com/eskoworld) worldwide conference is taking shape and promises to be 
the most complete user conference for the EskoArtwork user base. The conference, organized together with 
EUGI, the EskoArtwork User Group International, is scheduled for April 18-21, 2010 at the Marriott Tampa 
Waterside Hotel and Marina. The upcoming event is slated to offer more valuable content to more users, in 
more markets, with more partners and for more applications--with more than 75 different working sessions.

More guest speakers
"We used EskoWorld to help benchmark what our industry is doing and what EskoArtwork software could 
accomplish for us," explains Tim Lewandowski, Triumph Packaging.

EskoWorld is not only a forum for EskoArtwork product discussion, but for industry perspective. For example, 
a great number of guest speakers are slated to make presentations or sit on panels during EskoWorld 2010, 
including:
* Ian Pike of SunChemical will be part of a discussion about brand color management in the supply chain.
* An expert from Bobst USA will explain how structural design can be optimized in ArtiosCAD and increase 
efficiency of the folder/gluer.
* Ed McLeod of Procter & Gamble will discuss the business case of managing content separate from design 
and layout of a package.
* Adobe will be hosting a hands-on session on Creative Suite®. James Lockman, Adobe Certified Expert 
provides tips and tricks for Adobe® Illustrator® and Photoshop®.
* Christopher Wemett (BP) and Jeff Czarny (Sara Lee) will explain their experiences with brand management 
and packaging.
* Ben Sligar of Moduslink will discuss their unique holistic 4d approach toward "optimized design in a 
sustainable workflow" while Matthew Simmons of TTi -Torque Creative, will walk through his company's 
process highlighting the key areas of environmental impact and the tools they find most valuable.

Making EskoArtwork tools more effective
"The demos and labs are great to fine-tune skills. If you have a specific problem you can ask a professional at 
the lab to work with you towards a solution. You can't underestimate the value of sharing insights and tips with 
peers. The group participation format offers different perspectives from colleagues, allows me to contribute from 
my experience, and also provides guidance for struggles I may encounter in the future. It's why I always like to 
take good notes during EskoWorld," says Kathy Brazzale, Creative Design Manager, United Engravers Inc.

EskoWorld offers solution tracks, covering a wide range of topics, including digital flexo; commercial printing 
prepress; packaging prepress; structural design and short run production; 3D design applications; brand 
management software; and packaging digital print.

These topics are covered in presentations as well as other session formats. For example, visitors at EskoWorld 
have the unique opportunity to influence development priorities through dialogues with product managers. In 
Roadmap sessions, visitors are asked for their input by submitting product feature request forms, which are 
then prioritized by voting at the end of each session. Meanwhile, structured operator training sessions increase 
the practical knowledge level of certain applications at operator level. Hands-on sessions inform attendees 
about a certain product through a hands-on experience in a lab.

Particularly featured this year are:
* ArtiosCAD Tips and Tricks: ArtiosCAD is one of the most popular EskoArtwork applications and this session is 
always very popular. This year, attendees submit one of the top five tips and tricks will win a prize. It's a "must 
be there" session.
* Printing to the GRACoL7 industry standard: Attendees will learn about best practices and new technologies in 
print standardization, to increase in-house color competencies.
* The power and ease of use of Automation Engine 10: Session attendees will learn how to set up intelligent 
and automated workflows using the visually appealing and highly interactive workflow editor for workflow tickets.

Partner Zone puts more tools to work
"We really enjoyed the Partner Zone, and were amazed at how fast the Kongsberg XP was. We were also 
able to learn how ArtiosCAD and SAP could work together, with help from one of the partners," says Michael 
Pickard, Staff Packaging Engineer, SpinMaster.

EskoWorld's Partner Zone is sponsored by a broad number of supporting packaging technologies, including 
those from DuPont, AICOMP Consulting, Bobst, Flint Group, HP, Dr. Lauterbach and Partner, Prism, Pantone, 
Dassault Systèmes, SunChemical and Strata. In the Partner Zone, visitors can see product exhibits and talk 
with EskoArtwork partners to determine how their solutions can work together.

"This year's EskoWorld program provides a wealth of information for the packaging supply chain that is 
arguably the most complete that you'll find at any user conference," confirms Simon James, EskoArtwork VP 
Marketing. "I can't imagine any attendee walking away from EskoWorld without a number of specific, working 
ideas that will make their packaging processes more efficient."

www.esko.com


Esko - 3/16/2010

i-cut, inc. offers consumables and software at ISA 2010

i-cut, Inc., an EskoArtwork OEM business unit, will highlight and offer a wide range of consumables and cutting 
tools for all popular CNC cutting and routing systems during the ISA International Sign Expo 2010, April 8-10 at 
booth 2073 in Orlando, FL, booth 2073. To reinforce this effort, during the show i-cut will offer a number of 
attractive show specials at its stand.

"Our icuttools.com website is the best source for knife blades, router bits and consumables for i-cut digital cutting 
systems -- which as every day progresses consists of more and more of the industry's most popular systems," 
remarks Steve Bennett, EskoArtwork Vice President, Sign & Display Business. "Typical products on inventory 
include kiss cut, soft die cut, hard die cut and oscillate cut blades, as well as router bits pen plotting, conveyor 
belts and glue kits. Software solutions include our i-cut software upgrades, and EskoArtwork SignUp and 
SignUp Auto. New cutting applications are becoming available all the time."

Reinforcing icuttools.com
The efforts at ISA 2010 are intended to publicize i-cut's online store, icuttools.com, which helps printers equip 
themselves with the best possible cutting software and consumables. With more than 15 years' experience in 
the sign, display, advertising and packaging markets, i-cut has conducted extensive research into all materials 
common in these markets, and has created tools specifically for each type of material. The store carries 
accessories for many of the i-cut enabled cutting machines on the market, as well as consumables for printers' 
everyday cutting needs - from blades, router bits and conveyor belts through to i-cut software upgrades.

In addition to product sales, the icuttools.com store offers excellent advice and support. Users can contact the 
Tool Support Helpline, which takes the guesswork out of cutting speeds for new materials. The Materials 
Testing Service lets users test their material in i-cut's facility for free. The company tests different tools and speeds
before providing users with a detailed report on how it should be cut. Plus, registered users can take advantage 
of the new Resource Center, which allows them to download software, updates, documentation and guides. 
Prepaid support is also available to purchase.

"We want commercial printers, digital printers, sign makers and screen printers that digitally finish their products 
using any of the popular XY cutting tables with i-cut technology to know icuttools is a one-stop destination for 
consumables and innovative, control systems from i-cut --to assure that finishing solutions keep up with their 
digital print counterparts," adds Bennett.

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Esko - 3/16/2010

i-cut highlights Vision Pro 7.0, at ISA 2010

i-cut, Inc., an EskoArtwork OEM business unit, announces that i-cut Vision Pro 7.0 is currently shipping, in time 
for visitors during the ISA International Sign Expo 2010, April 8-10 at booth 1528 in Orlando, FL.

Vision control is necessary with digital finishing systems because all printed materials contain size, rotation and 
scaling distortions that produce inaccurate digital die cutting, if not corrected. "i-cut is the only system that offers 
the power of proven full non-linear distortion correction, a simple, intuitive user interface, and full prepress and 
RIP integration so that jobs are quickly prepared and sent to the cutting device without error or miscalculation. 
And, in particular, i-cut Vision Pro's patented means of distortion compensation enables digital cutting systems 
to produce error free results. Print runs from just one sheet to thousands are contour-cut reliably, precisely and 
economically," explains Steve Bennett, EskoArtwork Vice President, Sign and Display Business. "i-cut Vision 
Pro is used by 36 of the industry's leading RIP, printer and cutter and router manufacturers--many who will be 
exhibiting during ISA."

i-cut Vision Pro 7.0: more production tools and easier to use
Using Vision Pro 7.0, print material specifications are taken from the work stream - including cutting keys that 
supply operators with optimized tool settings and blade/bit recommendations - and are processed with preset 
cutting parameters. This makes the finishing set-up even easier and simplifies the tasks necessary for starting 
each unique job. Subsequently, set-up times are minimal - and in many cases, virtually eliminated.

In i-cut Vision Pro 7.0, by eliminating a pen lift with multi-pass routing, jobs are completed faster. A new 
registration algorithm--including the ability to read all registration marks before cutting--delivers improved quality 
with placement registration. A new tool offset algorithm handles close curves as one unit, while improvements 
have also led to smoother cuts. A new, advanced help system is available from all dialogs, with multimedia 
teaching videos, schematics, and animations.

The complete i-cut product family on display
During ISA 2010, i-cut, inc. will demonstrate its complete product line, underscoring i-cut's continued commitment 
to technology and product development that benefits sign and digital finishers and its OEM partners. It addition 
to i-cut Vision Pro 7.0, this includes:

i-cut Pro Camera, a high quality CCD camera, lighting, optics and integrated housing with adjustable f-stop, 
zoom and focus settings.

i-cut Compact Camera, a high quality CCD camera, for industrial laser applications.

i-cut Micro Camera, a super-light CCD camera for table top laser applications.

i-script, providing the protocol interfaces between printing and cutting equipment to share design, scale, rotation, 
layout, registration marks and materials information--passed directly from the prepress RIP station to i-cut.

i-cut Vision Pro 7.0 and all I-cut systems and upgrades are available during ISA at I-cut booth 1528, and at 
icuttools.com.

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Esko - 3/15/2010

EskoArtwork to Roll Out Suite 10

At Ipex, EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) will roll out Suite 10, a step change release of its entire suite of packaging 
and print pre-production software. With Suite 10, EskoArtwork will continue to meet the most demanding design 
and production needs of the packaging and print industry over the coming years.

Suite 10: focus on value
Suite 10 brings additional productivity and efficiencies to new and existing EskoArtwork customers.
* Integrated "best in class" applications. The new releases of the flagship prepress editors ArtPro, PackEdge, 
DeskPack and Studio are now more integrated than ever with the workflow automation and color management 
servers using the Shuttle technology.
* Quality Assurance tools for error-free workflows. Reducing the risk of human errors is built into every aspect of 
Suite 10. A fast growing range of 3D capabilities are introduced as QC tools to the workflow.
* True collaboration in a global marketplace. Suite 10 adopts a more enterprise-like model with the Internet as 
a backbone for collaboration and resource-sharing between distant production facilities.
* Easy to learn, easy to use, easy to maintain. The new user interface of the workflow editor is both extremely 
intuitive and really powerful, making it easy to set up and manage dynamic workflows both for SME-type 
operations as well as for larger multi-product facilities.

Committed development based on customer input
With the Suite 10 release, EskoArtwork demonstrates its commitment to listen to its customers and develop 
best-in-class solutions. Customers in the packaging, commercial print and sign and display markets have been 
deeply involved in specifying and testing Suite 10. The initial feedback from customers who are in production 
with Suite 10 is unanimously positive.

Suite 10 is developed by a very experienced and stable team of software developers at EskoArtwork, some 
with over 25 years of expertise in packaging and print knowledge. This release is the result of over a hundred 
man years of development effort together with the input of many of our customers worldwide.

"Our software R&D team operating in our Gent headquarters have ensured Suite 10 delivers unmatched stability, 
continuity and compatibility," says Bernard Zwaenepoel, Senior VP Software Business. "We guarantee that this 
set of solutions comes to market in a manner that protects the investments of our customers."

Suite 10: an integrated set of solutions
The EskoArtwork Suite 10 software sets new standards that enhance productivity and reduce costs in the 
packaging and print value chain. EskoArtwork customers will find their past investments well protected: the 
release of Suite 10 brings significant new capabilities in prepress editing and workflow automation without the 
need to re-engineer operational workflows or re-train operators.

Suite 10 brings new releases of the flagship prepress editors ArtPro, PackEdge and DeskPack, now more 
integrated than ever with the rest of the workflow using the Shuttle technology. Operators will see a performance 
boost with higher job throughput as an immediate result. In Suite 10, the well-known applications for prepress, 
CAD, packaging design and color management are supported by server applications which execute a wide 
range of automation tasks in the background.

* Automation Engine - workflow automation and job management software that supports small, single-site 
operations as well as multi-site, multi-plant global production operations.
* Color Engine - centralized color management server and database with patented spectral profile technology 
and unique spot-color capabilities, providing integrated and consistent color management from the design to 
final print in every printing technology.
* Imaging Engine - provides consistent, high-performance and top-quality proofing, screening and printing output 
across all conventional and digital imaging and print devices.
* Dynamic Content Engine - collaboration and content management for critical packaging content, including text, 
bar codes and nutrition tables.

The industry drivers behind Suite 10
Suite 10 has been inspired by two principal industry drivers. Firstly, packaging converters and commercial printers 
are in need for "best-in-class" tools to service their customers better. Brand Owners demand top-quality 
workflow solutions that encourage innovation and provide high throughput and rock-solid quality. In today's 
highly pressurized market, quality must be a given and errors are unacceptable. Reducing the risk of human 
errors is built into every aspect of Suite 10 - in the first instance by automating the workflow as much as possible, 
and secondly by introducing 3D capabilities as QC tools to the workflow.

The second driver is related to the increased globalization and consolidation in the packaging and print industry, 
leading to larger manufacturing groups. This trend spurred EskoArtwork to adopt a more enterprise-like model for 
its software.

Brand Management across the supply chain
Not only will Suite 10 appeal very much to the current customer base of converters, trade shops and printers, 
the software also offers great opportunities for Brand Managers at retailers and Brand Owners that want to 
streamline brand management across the packaging supply chain. Suite 10 has all the technology hooks -
advanced database technology, JDF and XML metadata and software integration SDKs- to establish an interface 
between the packaging pre-production or print prepress workflow and the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) 
system commonly used to manage the design to shelf lifecycle of a consumer product. For Brand Managers, it 
means that packaging is no longer a disconnected process step, but a truly integrated one. For Brand Owners, 
this is enabling technology to reduce time-to-market of new products.

Rolling out Suite 10
As of May 1st 2010, EskoArtwork starts the controlled roll-out of Suite 10 to new and existing customers. Customers 
with a Maintenance Contract will automatically be informed of the practical details of upgrading to Suite 10 by 
their local Customer Services representation. Customers that are not under Maintenance Contract can contact 
their regional Sales Account Manager for inquiries about upgrading part or whole of their configuration to Suite 10.

"It is important that we not only bring all our customers forward on a technical level, but that we also position them 
for sustainable profitability of their business in the future," concludes Carsten Knudsen, CEO of EskoArtwork.

www.esko.com


Esko - 9/1/2009

EskoArtwork Displays Range of Digital Solutions to Finish POP, Sign and Display Jobs at SGIA Expo 2009

Specialty large format printed jobs aren't done until they are finished, and during SGIA Expo, October 7-9, 2009 
in New Orleans in booth 1931, EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) demonstrates cutting and finishing hardware and 
software tools to make shops more productive. Highlights will include demonstrations of the Kongsberg i-XE10 
and Kongsberg

i-XL24 tables with i-cut, the productive Kongsberg XP24 capable of operating 24/7, and SignUp Auto nesting 
and workflow optimization solution.

"EskoArtwork Kongsberg dieless cutting tables have long been the choice of sign and display companies that 
require finishing a wide range of materials and applications with outstanding speed and productivity options--
such as autofeed and take-up systems. Along with i-cut technology, Kongsberg tables make it easy to assure 
materials--even with unusual cuts--are finished accurately," explains Don Skenderian, EskoArtwork Vice President, 
Market Development CAD/CAM. "Our software solutions, built from our experience with structural graphics and 
packaging pre-press, has enabled us to develop an automatic nesting solution, SignUp Auto, that saves time 
and materials by making the most out of each piece of substrate. It makes Kongsberg tables--and digital printers--
even more efficient. It's something sign and display professionals wanting to improve their productivity and 
profitability should come and investigate with us at SGIA Expo."

Lights-out operation with SignUp Auto
SignUp Auto, a new product based on EskoArtwork´s SignUp technology, is a fully automated nesting and tiling 
solution for companies that wish to more completely operate their workflows in a nearly 'lights out' process. It 
allows sign and display companies to more efficiently utilize their range of different raw substrates, eliminate 
costly operator time in Adobe® Illustrator® or other desktop publishing packages, and provides the mechanism 
as a dedicated workflow tool to accept files from a digital storefront.

SignUp Auto is able to understand and process XML and JDF files as prepress input and its automation makes 
it ideal as a receiver of storefront input for Web-to-print. Along with nesting and tiling, SignUp Auto supports 
double-sided displays, multi-page PDF workflows, and can easily nest irregular shapes. In doing so, digital large 
format printing and finishing shops get faster production throughput with little manual intervention. It offers smart 
automation, allowing an operation to quickly accept more very short run jobs and deliver them to an increasing 
number of digital presses.

Kongsberg finishing tables with i-cut® vision
For short run digital display jobs, the time and expense of creating a die is just not economically feasible. At SGIA, 
visitors can see the Kongsberg i-XE10 in action, one of a new range of automated digital finishing systems 
offering a fast, productive solution for digital finishing of signs and displays. The Kongsberg i-XE10 cuts screen- 
or digitally-printed materials with exceptional productivity and quality, along with low production costs. The table 
can handle kiss and through cutting of vinyl, polycarbonate, polyester, polypropylene, carton and more, up to 
single wall corrugated material as large as 35.4" x 47.2". Those interested in finishing signs and large displays 
choose the Kongsberg i-XE10 table with small-lot production in mind, achieving a fully digital workflow that 
saves the cost and waiting time for a cutting die.

The Kongsberg i-XE10 tooling system features an integrated i-cut® camera, a key component of the patented 
i-cut® vision system for obtaining perfect cut-to-print alignment--a significant advantage over fixed diecutting. 
The i-cut® camera measures register marks on each printed piece placed on the Kongsberg i-XE10 table, for 
extremely accurate registration that compensates for local or overall distortion of the material, even handling 
non-linear distortions with ease.

The Kongsberg i-XL24 offers a unique finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, 
high productivity and outstanding precision. Based on the Kongsberg XL-Series of short-run production tables, 
the Kongsberg i-XL24 finishing table, with a maximum material size of 69" x 135", integrates the i-cut vision 
system. The Kongsberg i-XL24 can be delivered with an optional conveyor extension and scissor lift cart 
system, along with an AutoFeeder with scissor-lift table that expands the quantity of print runs that can be 
pre-stacked in a fully automatic operation. The Scissor lift on the cart, with the help of an electric hydraulic 
system, receives artwork directly from a digital printer off-load system and can be moved and raised to the 
Kongsberg sheet feeder to be immediately cut on the Kongsberg. The seamless workflow no longer requires 
an operator to restack or transfer materials.

Kongsberg finishing tables that get the job done
Kongsberg XP series digital cutting machines are the first specifically designed to operate continuously in a 
24/7-production environment. Positioned as true production machines, Kongsberg XP tables were developed 
for manufacturers of POP and permanent in-store product displays that need a fast and highly reliable solution 
for short run production. These companies will specifically benefit from the dramatically increased level of 
productivity and efficiency.

The Kongsberg XP24 (with a working area of 66"x126") has a maximum cutting speed of 66 inches per second. 
It has been designed to endure the continuous, high-speed manufacture of products made from the most 
demanding packaging and display materials. The Kongsberg XP24 can be used effectively to convert a wide 
range of display materials, including all grades of corrugated board, display carton, corrugated plastic, foam 
boards, and all corresponding rigid display materials such as MDF, plywood, acrylics, ACM and Forex®. The 
machines can be equipped with an optional automatic optical registration system to match structural design 
with graphic elements.

www.esko.com


Esko - 8/27/2009

EskoArtwork Prepares to 'Connect More' During Print 09

Broad range of commercial, packaging and wide format solutions on display throughout the Print 09 floor

EskoArtwork will be showing how its customers can Connect More with its products, services and people 
during this year's Print '09, September 11-16 in Chicago at McCormick Place, thanks to EskoArtwork's 
unique partnering approach with a range of business associates--creating the company's largest presence 
ever at a show.

"We decided to forgo the traditional trade show approach of having one booth in a specified spot, and 
spread our industry knowledge over a greater area on the McCormick show floor," explains Mark Quinlan, 
President, EskoArtwork North America. "This year, for example, visitors can stop at the Pitman booth and 
see a fully functioning Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table, or go to the Presstek booth and look at 
EskoArtwork's latest software enhancements. Whether a company's needs are finishing tables or software, 
they're sure to locate EskoArtwork's superior products at Print '09."

The list of EskoArtwork partners include:
* Pitman, booth 4446: Pitman, a long time partner and reseller of EskoArtwork hardware and software, will 
be demonstrating the Kongsberg i-XL24 dieless cutting table along with the complete EskoArtwork 
Software Suite. Visitors can discuss commercial print, packaging, and wide format solutions with 
EskoArtwork and Pitman representatives.

* Compose, booth 6555: Compose, a leader in developing and integrating prepress solutions from rips and 
workflows, to color management and proofing, offers a wide range of solutions for the lithographic as well 
as the digital printing markets. They will be demonstrating a total solution to fully automate the pre-press 
production of a narrow web printer with software modules based on EskoArtwork's Odystar and Neo and 
Compose's software module, Gapfinder.

* Presstek, booth 3646: Presstek offers EskoArtwork's Odystar workflow solution under the Presstek 
Latitude brand name. Presstek Latitude is a highly automated prepress workflow, powered by EskoArtwork, 
which streamlines throughput and processing of files. Its flexible workflow tools allow the automation of 
more production processes. Latitude includes EskoArtwork Neo, an advanced PDF editor that easily 
accommodates last minute changes. Latitude helps drive the highly automated, environmentally friendly 
Presstek 52DI and 34DI digital offset presses that are ideally suited for fast turnaround, short-run 
high-quality color printing.

* Xerox, booth 1117: Xerox customers use EskoArtwork packaging design and pre-production 
solutions--particularly ArtiosCAD, DeskPack and Plato--to drive the Xerox iGen3 and Esko Kongsberg 
dieless cutting table as an end to end printing finishing solution for short-run folding carton packaging 
applications. On display at the Xerox booth will be the EskoArtwork Software Suite.

* Epson, booth 7328: EskoArtwork's Software Suite, along with Epson digital presses, offers label printers 
the opportunity to provide faster turn around times and shorter print runs, with variable data and 
customization.

* Hybrid, booth 6758: EskoArtwork and Hybrid Integration will demonstrate how Hybrid's MIS and ERP 
systems are integrated into complete web to print production systems with EskoArtwork Software Suite.

* ScreenUSA, booth 6100: The Kongsberg i-XE10 table will be on display finishing a wide range of printed 
materials of various substrates and applications ranging from point-of-purchase materials to posters, 
banners and textiles from the Truepress Jet2500UV grand-format UV inkjet printing system.

Other EskoArtwork partners at Print 09 include Sun Chemical (booth 3417) with whom EskoArtwork 
develops an interface to the SmartColour database containing more than 100,000 full spectral color 
profiles of real-world inks. The ability to make color accurate inkjet proofs of spot colors without the 
need to fingerprint the press is the unique value proposition of this partner project.

EskoArtwork also partners with HP (booth 1229), whose HP Indigo industrial press works with the Esko 
Variable Data Printing module -- the first variable data printing solution to fulfill the specific requirements 
of the labels and packaging markets.

"We are excited to be part of Print '09 and look forward to seeing the print community at the show. 
EskoArtwork account and support executives will be present at all of these booths to answer any 
questions regarding printing companies' future business and production directions," adds Quinlan. 
"For those who want a head start, private demonstrations during or after show hours can also be 
scheduled by contacting Tim Zula, Director of Marketing, at 937-454-1721 X1073."

www.esko.com


Esko - 4/7/2009

EskoArtwork Introduces SignUp Auto, a SignUp Brand Extension, To Sign and Display Shops

Fully automatic nesting solution dramatically reduces material waste, eliminates costly Adobe Photoshop 
and Illustrator tasks, and builds a bridge between web-to-print and the production workflow.

EskoArtwork announces the introduction of SignUp Auto, a fully-automatic nesting solution for sign and 
display companies. SignUp Auto allows the sign and display companies to more efficiently utilize their 
raw substrates, eliminate costly operator time in Adobe(r) Illustrator(r) or other desktop publishing 
packages, and provides the mechanism as a dedicated workflow tool to accept files from a digital 
storefront. SignUp Auto, a SignUp brand extension, is just one piece of EskoArtwork's product portfolio for 
sign and display finishing solutions. In addition to the Kongsberg tables, and the recently acquired 
i-cut technology for visual control, SignUp Auto and SignUp are based on industry leading EskoArtwork 
technologies, recognized as best in class.

"During the past few years-particularly with our Kongsberg tables-EskoArtwork has taken a leadership role 
in digital finishing for signs and displays. With SignUp and now, with the introduction of SignUp Auto, 
EskoArtwork front-end software solutions have rapidly become foremost industry solutions," explains 
Geert De Proost, EskoArtwork Director Platforms Software product group. "The automation in SignUp
Auto uses SignUp's intelligent nesting and metadata such as material and number of copies to achieve 
'lights out' production reducing errors, most notably through trial and error tests. And, just as important for 
the bottom line, SignUp Auto tools provide optimized material usage and cost efficiencies."

SignUp Auto, a new product based on SignUp technology, is a fully automated nesting solution for 
companies that wish to more completely operate their workflows in a nearly 'lights out' process. Together 
with its workflow framework, it dramatically increases productivity and optimizes the use of print and 
finishing materials. In addition, because SignUp Auto is able to understand and process XML and JDF 
files as prepress input, its automation makes it ideal as a receiver of storefront input for Web-to-print. 
Along with nesting and tiling, SignUp Auto offers complete workflow automation, allowing an operation 
to accept a fast growing number of very short run jobs to deliver to the increasing number of digital presses.

A growing list of cutting-edge SignUp features
Along with SignUp Auto, EskoArtwork also introduces a strongly enhanced update of SignUp, the graphic 
layout application tool that optimizes substrate and plate use and reduces lead times through intelligent 
nesting for digital press and finishing machines. It helps to reduce waste of variable resources, substrates 
and ink, to an absolute minimum, ideal for digital sign and display shops as well as large format digital 
press owners looking at streamlining production and minimizing material waste.

A number of new, advanced SignUp features help sign and display printers become more productive.

Automatic bleed to images: By creating a bleed to images automatically with an appropriate margin of error, 
SignUp assures that any cut will be made to the edge of the image. More important, SignUp eliminates the 
hours of time it would take an operator to manually build these bleeds in Adobe(r) Photoshop(r).

Offcut manager: At times, rushed delivery due dates do not allow a print shop to cost-effectively wait to fill 
a full piece of material. When this happens, Offcut manager will organize the nesting of available images on 
the substrate, efficiently leaving a blank area of the board so that it can be re-used. For the printer, this 
dramatically reduces waste when fast delivery times occur.

Automatic White underprint generation: SignUp will automatically prepare a file for a white underprint; 
particularly common with plexi displays, saving the time-consuming prepress tasks in Adobe®
Illustrator(r) and Photoshop(r).

Dramatically improved multi page support: Settings can be established for two sided displays, automatically 
opening odd pages as reverse sides and even pages as front sides

Support for CAD data for displays: SignUp can accept structural data from popular CAD software, such as 
ArtiosCAD.

Creation of Smartmarks: SignUp can create Smartmark dynamic job marks for displays, such as eyelet marks 
for banners.

Other, upgraded features provide multi sheet generation, a real-time viewing of the progress of nesting on a 
sheet of substrate, and ways to optimize nesting algorithms.

"This update of SignUp focuses on reducing material waste by re-using cut pieces. It also enhances support 
for double-sided displays, multi-page PDF workflows, and can easily nest irregular shapes. In doing so, digital 
large format printing and finishing shops get faster production throughput and are able to conserve 
operator time," explains De Proost.

SignUp Auto will be demonstrated, and available for sale as a beta version, during ISA (US, Las Vegas, 
April 16-18); Sign UK (London, April 28-30) and Fespa Digital (Amsterdam, May 12-14). It is expected 
to be commercially available in July.

www.esko.com


Esko - 2/24/2009

EskoArtwork Broadens its Sign and Display Market Presence

EskoArtwork announces that its North American sign and display division, formed when EskoArtwork acquired 
Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc. (MGE), has successfully been integrated within the US EskoArtwork organization.

The group has recently expanded its Lake Geneva, Wisconsin office with a new area completely devoted to a 
demo facility, material testing area for customers, and a finishing competence center. This group continues to 
represent sales of Esko Kongsberg XP, i-XL and i-XE digital converting tables and supporting software and 
expands EskoArtwork's industry reach from commercial print and packaging to include serving companies 
producing signs and wide format displays

MGE is the developer of the patented i-cut(r) vision system. The new i-cut(r) 7.0 takes print material specifications 
from the work stream, including cutting keys that supply operators with optimized tool settings and blade/bit 
recommendations. MGE's i-script(tm) workflow has become the de-facto international standard through its 
integration into the RIPs of all major digital flatbed presses. MGE had also been EskoArtwork's distributor for 
the Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE digital converting tables into the US sign & display markets since 2004. With the 
addition of MGE's advanced technology, EskoArtwork is the industry reference in vision controlled finishing 
solutions for cutting tables for sign making, screen-printing and digital printing.

Extended sign & display demo capabilities
The new demo facility in Lake Geneva clearly shows EskoArtwork's commitment to providing solutions of value 
to the sign and display market. The demo area holds the full representative range of Kongsberg digital finishing 
tables for the sign and display industry: a new Kongsberg XP 44 table for 24/7 production environments, the 
Kongsberg i-XL 24 large format digital flatbed cutting table and two Kongsberg i-XE series automated digital 
finishing systems for signs and display-the Kongsberg i-XE 10 and i-XE 32.

EskoArtwork will use the center for product demonstrations. Customers are invited to bring or to send substrates 
and structural files in advance of a demonstration. In doing so, EskoArtwork will demonstrate the best tools 
appropriate to finish the customer's substrates. In addition to product demos, the area will also be used as a 
testing facility to provide samples of customer's materials finished on the tables. EskoArtwork will produce 
real-life samples created and generated from customer data and materials. The facility will also be used as a 
competence center, where EskoArtwork can test new substrates developed for signs and digital displays.

"We are excited about the added sign and display expertise the MGE team brings to EskoArtwork," comments 
Don Skenderian, EskoArtwork Vice President, Market Development CAD/CAM. "Their expertise, along with 
the resources of the new demo facility, will allow us to evaluate the business and technical needs of the sign 
and display companies, and to verify that the solutions we propose will fulfill these needs. We believe it's a 
'sign' of things to come from our newly combined strong entity."

www.esko.com


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.

www.esko.com


Esko - 9/23/2008

Enfocus Brings Worry-Free Creation of Press-Ready PDFs to Design Professionals with Instant PDF 08

Standards-compliant Certified PDFs, integration with Enfocus PowerSwitch streamline print production process 
for both designer, printers and publishers

September 23, 2008 - Gent, Belgium - Enfocus continues to enhance Instant PDF, bringing unprecedented 
simplicity and standards compliance to the desktops of designers and the print production workflow alike. 
In addition to supporting all the latest standards and design applications, including PDF/X-4 and Adobe(r) 
Acrobat(r) 9, Instant PDF 08 adds more color management options, improved preflighting, and integration with 
Enfocus PowerSwitch.

"It can be difficult and confusing for designers to create PDF files for print or advertisements that result in 
predictable output that is both printable and reflects their design intent," says David van Driessche, Director of 
Enfocus Marketing. "Improperly created PDF files wreak havoc in the production process and can cause 
unnecessary aggravation and delays for both the buyer and seller of print. With this release of Instant PDF 08, 
Enfocus has made it even easier and more worry-free for designers to create perfect, printable PDF files and for 
printers to benefit from reduced cycle time in the production process."

Enfocus Instant PDF 08: improved consistency, accuracy and efficiency
Enfocus Instant PDF 08 makes producing press-ready PDFs easy for creative professionals. Using 
award-winning Enfocus Certified PDF(r) technology, it is the simplest and most reliable way to create PDFs 
that comply with print or advertisement vendors' specifications, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 and 
Ghent PDF Workgroup industry standards. Designers access Instant PDF 08 from within design applications, 
including the latest versions of QuarkXPress(tm), Adobe(r) Illustrator(r), Adobe(r) InDesign(r) and Adobe(r) 
Acrobat(r). Standard PDF Queues or custom PDF Queues created by the print service provider can be quickly 
and easily imported into design software to ensure consistent and accurate PDF generation that meets all job 
specifications.

With Instant PDF 08, print providers will see a significant reduction in customer service and pre-press operator 
workload because Certified PDF files are always output correctly from the designer's workstation. With Enfocus 
Certified PDF(r) technology, the files are flagged as ready for output as soon as they arrive in the inbox.

For print service providers who have adopted Enfocus PowerSwitch to automate prepress tasks, Instant 
PDF 08 now delivers final PDF files directly to a Submit Point in PowerSwitch, making communication 
between the designer and the printer even more efficient.

"Also new in Instant PDF 08," adds Mr. van Driessche, "are new preflight checks that correct even more 
problems during PDF creation, including automatic detection of printer marks, setting the page boxes in the 
generated PDF file accordingly. In addition, we have embedded the open-source Little CMS color 
management engine to ensure color consistent conversions for both Mac and Windows. These additions align 
with our goal of making desktop PDF generation faster, easier and more accurate than ever before, removing 
stress and headaches for both the designer and the printer."

www.esko.com


Esko - 9/23/2008

Enfocus to Debut Brand-New Solution Suite at Graph Expo

Enfocus Version 08 Solutions Bring Updated Standards Compliance, Improved Productivity to Graphic Arts 
Professionals

September 23, 2008 - Gent, Belgium - Enfocus continues to bring unprecedented simplicity and standards 
compliance to the desktops of designers and the print production workflow alike. PitStop Professional, PitStop 
Server, Switch and Instant PDF have all been updated and will be shown for the first time at a U.S. show 
during Graph Expo, at McCormick Place, Chicago, October 26th through 29th (Booth #5463).

"Our 08 solution suite was very well-received at drupa," said Peter Camps, Senior Vice President, Enfocus. 
"Since that time, we have added Instant PDF 08 to the mix to make it even easier and even more worry-free 
for designers to create perfect, printable PDF files and for printers to benefit from reduced cycle time in the 
production process. We are excited to be showing these enhancements to the U.S. market at Graph Expo."

The updated Enfocus 08 line includes compatibility with the latest versions of Adobe(r) Illustrator(r), Adobe(r) 
InDesign(r), Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) and QuarkXPress(tm). For PitStop Professional 08 users, Acrobat(r) 9 
compatibility is being made available as no-charge upgrades for all 08 users. The latest versions of PitStop 
Professional, PitStop Server, Instant PDF and the Switch product family, as well as fully-functional trial 
versions of all Enfocus products, are available for download from the Enfocus website at: www.enfocus.com.

"As the global economy continues to suffer uncertainty," added Camps, "it is critical for graphic arts businesses 
to introduce as much automation and efficiency as possible into their workflow in order to remain competitive 
and profitable. Our goal at Enfocus is to provide the latest and most innovative tools, compatibility and 
functionality to drive increased productivity. The Enfocus 08 suite does just that. In addition, we are planning 
an exciting new product announcement at the show-stay tuned for more information as the date gets closer."

Enfocus products will also be demonstrated at the Ultimate Technographics booth (#5425). Ultimate 
Technographics is a Crossroads Partner. Crossroads, a unique multivendor communication platform that 
draws together a large ecosystem of software vendors offering automation products for publishing workflows 
around Enfocus Switch, will also debut at Graph Expo, bringing this innovative initiative to the North American 
Market. For more information about Crossroads or Enfocus solutions, visit crossroads.enfocus.com.

Product Details
PitStop Professional 08: Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) 9 compatibility, enhanced ease-of use, productivity
PitStop Professional has long been the de facto standard for preflighting, editing and repairing of PDF 
files among graphic arts professionals who use a PDF workflow. PitStop Professional 08 takes this 
functionality to the next level with Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) 9 compatibility.

Other new capabilities include sign-off on preflight errors, a redesigned and significantly more compact 
PitStop Inspector, better page configuration handling, faster access to common functions through expanded 
contextual menus and conformance to the latest standards and operating systems.

In addition, PitStop Professional 08 offers a choice of multiple color engines including the industry standard 
Adobe(r) CMM, PDF/X-4 compliance in PDF Profiles and Action Lists (in addition to support for earlier PDF/X 
levels), easy PDF Profile adaptation to create new preflight profiles from existing items, and user-configurable 
viewing preferences.

PitStop Server 08: improved performance, full compatibility with new standards
PitStop Server is a Hot-Folder-based application for graphic arts professionals who need unattended 
PDF document processing or need to process high-volumes of PDF documents. It is the indispensable 
tool for pre-flight checking of PDF documents, with facilities for fixing many common problems without 
human intervention.

New PitStop Server 08 capabilities include a totally redesigned and more intuitive user interface, server-based 
processing (PitStop Server now runs as a service on Windows and as a login item on Mac OS X), the ability to 
process two PDF documents in parallel for faster performance, more powerful Hot Folder processing, import and 
export of Hot Folder settings, a detailed history log, improved security and expanded e-mail notification.

Switch 08: improved productivity, more effective device management
Switch 08 is a major upgrade for all products in the Switch family of automation-enabling software (entry-level 
LightSwitch, mainstream FullSwitch and advanced PowerSwitch), adding significant new functionality and 
offering new workflow automation opportunities for ad agencies, publishers and printers alike.

With Switch 08, job processing is more predictable even with complex flows, and the implementation of real 
job priorities allows fast-tracking jobs through a flow. Switch 08 also optimizes the time it takes the first job to 
flow through a complete flow, enabling better resource management for devices such as proofers and rips.

Hot Folders, FTP and email-receive tools can be scheduled to automatically activate only in a predefined time 
window and now offer a "read-only" processing mode where the original jobs are left on the server and a copy 
is processed through the flow. Switch 08 also includes many improved and new tools, and enhances variable 
data support. Metadata support and scripting capabilities have been greatly expanded in PowerSwitch, 
offering, for example, support for compression, database access and SOAP or web service communication 
directly from within Javascript.

Instant PDF 08: More color management options, improved preflighting and integration with Enfocus 
PowerSwitch. Enfocus Instant PDF 08 makes producing press-ready PDFs easy for creative professionals. 
Using award-winning Enfocus Certified PDF(r) technology, it is the simplest and most reliable way to create 
PDFs that comply with print or advertisement vendors' specifications, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 
and Ghent PDF Workgroup industry standards. Designers access Instant PDF 08 from within design 
applications, including the latest versions of QuarkXPress(tm), Adobe(r) Illustrator(r), Adobe(r) InDesign(r) and 
Adobe(r) Acrobat(r). Standard PDF Queues or custom PDF Queues created by the print service provider can 
be quickly and easily imported into design software to ensure consistent and accurate PDF generation that 
meets all job specifications.

With Instant PDF 08, print providers will see a significant reduction in customer service and pre-press operator 
workload because Certified PDF files are always output correctly from the designer's workstation. With Enfocus 
Certified PDF(r) technology, the files are flagged as ready for output as soon as they arrive in the inbox. Full 
integration with Enfocus PowerSwitch now delivers final PDF files directly to a Submit Point in PowerSwitch, 
making communication between the designer and the printer even more efficient.

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Esko - 8/27/2008

EskoArtwork Completes Acquisition of Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering

EskoArtwork has closed on the acquisition of Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering Inc. (MGE). No financial details 
will be disclosed for the transaction. 

MGE is the developer of the patented i-cut vision system. Its i-script workflow has become the de-facto 
international standard through its integration into the RIPs of all major digital flatbed presses. MGE also is 
EskoArtwork's distributor for the Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE digital converting tables into the US sign & display 
markets since 2004. 

"Following close to four years of intense cooperation, EskoArtwork and MGE will now address and serve the 
sign&display and screen and digital printing markets as one strong entity," said Carsten Knudsen, president 
and CEO of EskoArtwork. "Our Kongsberg i-XL and & i-XE digital finishing systems, that incorporate MGE's 
i-cut vision system, are broadly recognized as leading and powerful solutions to all kinds of converting 
applications driven by the growing installed base of digital printers. Well over 50 percent of all Kongsberg 
tables sold during drupa will be delivered with MGE's intelligent vision system included." 

"Getting full access to EskoArtwork's innovative hardware and software technology base and being a part of its 
global distribution network will improve our abilities to provide the best possible solutions for our customers and 
partners across all market segments and geographies," said Steen Mikkelsen, founder of MGE and now vice 
president at EskoArtwork. "The team at MGE and I are looking very much forward to join forces with our 
EskoArtwork colleagues and to take on the new initiatives we have identified together during the planning 
of this acquisition." 

MGE's operations will be organized as a strategic business unit within the EskoArtwork structure under the 
leadership of Steen Mikkelsen.

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Esko - 6/11/2008

EskoArtwork to acquire Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, Inc.

Gent (Belgium), June 11, 2008 - At the closing of its very successful participation to drupa 2008, EskoArtwork 
today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent regarding the acquisition of Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering, 
Inc. (MGE), the industry reference in vision controlled finishing solutions for cutting tables in the sign-making, 
screen-printing and digital printing marketplaces. The transaction, for which no financial details will be disclosed, 
is expected to close by end of July 2008.

MGE is the developer of the patented i-cut® vision system. Its i-script workflow has become the de-facto 
international standard through its integration into the RIPs of all major digital flatbed presses. MGE also is 
EskoArtwork’s distributor for the Kongsberg i-XL and i-XE digital converting tables into the US sign & display 
markets since 2004. 

"EskoArtwork and MGE started their close cooperation in 2004 with the integration of MGE’s i-cut vision system 
onto our Kongsberg digital converting tables", comments Carsten Knudsen, President and CEO of EskoArtwork. 
"The resulting i-XL and & i-XE digital finishing systems have seen great success in the market, with today over 
350 such systems installed and operating worldwide. The rapid adoption of digital printing devices by the 
producers of signs and displays is accelerating the demand for our products, as we could very well witness 
during this drupa. I am extremely pleased to extend our partnership with MGE, now working as one team to 
deliver even stronger solutions to our customers."

"It's not just accurate cutting anymore that drives profitability, it's the addition of workflow capabilities that 
increases the competitiveness of our user base", observes Steen Mikkelsen, Owner and President of MGE. 
"Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering prides itself on excellent customer service, technical support, and in providing 
the best possible solutions for its customers and partners alike. By fully aligning our development and distribution 
efforts with EskoArtwork’s hardware and software technologies and global sales and support channels we will 
be able to bring even more attractive and performant converting systems to the digital printing and sign & 
display markets."

MGE’s operations will be organized as a strategic business unit within the EskoArtwork structure under the 
leadership of Steen Mikkelsen.

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Esko - 11/16/2006

Esko Improves Control on Kongsberg Table with Update of MGE's i-cut Vision Control System

Gent (Belgium), November 16, 2006 - Esko, the market leader in packaging pre-production solutions and MGE, 
the market leader in vision based  cutting workflow, announce that they have released the i-cut(r) 6.2 update to 
their joint i-series of Kongsberg tables (i-XE and i-XL). With further use of digital presses for short run packaging 
and point of sale materials, exact registration for digital finishing machines is essential. Esko partner Mikkelsen 
Graphic Engineering (MGE) developed the new i-cut in close cooperation with Esko.

The version 6.2 release of i-cut is now able to take more direct control of the Kongsberg's robust features. 
Combined with tighter integration between i-cut and the Kongsberg table it delivers better support of routing 
and milling, a report module for distortion readings, and an Adobe® Illustrator(r) plug-in for automatic placement of 
optimal i-cut register marks.

The i -cut Vision control system and i -script(r) workflow allows die-less cutting contours to perfectly match 
printed images, improving overall productivity and quality for the Esko Kongsberg i -XL and i -XE series of cutting 
tables. The combined offering delivers a very powerful finishing solution for all pre-printed materials to produce 
packaging, signage, displays and POPs. The MGE i -cut(r) Vision control system is integrated  in the Kongsberg 
table with the i-cut camera inside of the Kongsberg cutting, creasing and milling tool head (MultiCut). With the 
camera, each printed object is measured, using register marks, to define the position and to compensate for any 
dimensional changes, distortions or material variations like shrinkage or stretching. The i-cut software automatically 
fine-tunes each cut contour for perfect cut-to-print. The i-script(tm) software is the interface between the digital print 
RIP software and the i-cut(r) digital finishing system, and connects and automates the graphic design process  
and the finishing data. With i-script(r), the operator does not have to re-register the tool head for each printed 
element on each sheet.

With i-cut version 6.2, more than a dozen new features have been implemented. Along with tighter integration 
between the i-cut system and the Kongsberg table, some of the more significant new features include:
* Advanced routing/milling support: Several new routing/milling features are available directly from the i-cut 
software. These include, among others, control of inside/outside cutting, curve direction, tool diameter, material 
thickness, and pass depth. By editing these simple parameters, users are able to create complex, multi-pass 
cutting production settings without developing additional layers, or editing curves. They will easily produce cleaner, 
smoother-edged graphics on virtually all materials, including acrylic, PVC, plastics, and woods. This is extremely 
significant with the number of wide format digital presses that are being tied to Kongsberg tables for full production 
systems.

* Distortion reporting: i-cut is the only vision registration system that is able to compensate for non-linear distortion 
caused by material instability, finishing procedures, or even the printing process itself. Now, with distortion reporting, 
an operator can understand how much distortion is really occurring in jobs. This new feature allows the user to 
view and record distortions measured by the i- cut Vision registration system. i-cut is also able to save all distortions 
to a .CSV file that can easily be imported into Microsoft(r) Excel(r) or any similar spreadsheet application, for further 
review or systematic quality control.

* ai-cut(tm) Plug-In for Adobe(r) Illustrator(r): MGE's Adobe Illustrator plug-in was specifically built to help designers 
prepare files faster and easier for the i-cut workflow. It allows users to automatically, with the click of a button, 
insert register marks in the best positions for achieving the highest accuracy, and provides a tool for quick 
manual insertion, if preferred. Selecting different mark types, sizes and colors is accomplished from a simple 
user interface. In addition, the plug-in can generate pre-defined i-cut layers and preflight check for cut files for 
output. The ai-cut plug-in is absolutely free, and can be downloaded from the MGE website: http://www.mge-us.
com/aicut.html.

Other new i-cut features include a new Kongsberg toolbar when running i-cut, providing instant access to 
several features; sheet feeder communication, allowing automatic loading and pre-loading of sheets on the 
Kongsberg table, as well as support for sheet feeding jobs longer than the table; the ability to produce drill holes, 
allowing for easier routing of mounting holes in various types of sign graphics; a Tool Path preview feature to 
help identify cut file issues before cutting expensive materials; and a pressure ramping control for kiss cutting.

"The improvements to i-cut and the Esko Kongsberg table enhance the system by providing a single user interface, 
while improving functionality. Close cooperation between the MGE and Kongsberg development teams to provide 
a tight production system and an optimal workflow has been the driving force in the development of these features. 
The end result is a complete, well-integrated, easy-to-use system," comments Tom Naess, Kongsberg 
product manager.

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