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Pantone and EFI Announce Fiery Now Natively Supports PANTONE PLUS

Provides Accurate, Repeatable Color Every Time

 

CARLSTADT, N.J., August 29, 2011 - Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT) and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, and EFI™(NASDAQ: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced Fiery® digital print servers and solutions support for PANTONE® PLUS. A long-time Pantone partner, EFI was the first vendor to implement PANTONE Calibration for digital color devices and has now expanded its built-in color libraries to include PANTONE PLUS Colors, available to current Fiery users.

Over the years, Pantone and EFI have worked closely to continually provide designers and print professionals with the best color tools and workflows for accurate digital color printing. Fiery technology, together with PANTONE PLUS, provides the best color reproduction possible from every output device – ensuring that spot colors are accurate and dependable. Fiery servers come preloaded with PANTONE Color Libraries, including all colors found in the PANTONE PLUS SERIES, to achieve optimal output whenever a document is printed.

"Eliminating guesswork and costs associated with re-working printing projects is a key component to running a successful printing business," said Andy Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing for Pantone. "By incorporating PANTONE PLUS on Fiery servers, customers are guaranteed to get spot colors that are accurate and consistent for all jobs."

"The Fiery implementation of PANTONE PLUS streamlines color workflows for millions of Fiery users worldwide," said John Henze, vice president of marketing for EFI Fiery. "Fiery users get the right spot color the first time without the need to manually determine tint values for matching colors in the industry standard Pantone libraries."

With Fiery Spot-On™ for Fiery servers, users can match color accurately and modify corresponding CMYK values to produce desired "in gamut" colors. Spot-On also allows users to print entire spot color libraries, including PANTONE Color Libraries, which are delivered as industry-standard named color ICC profiles, to ensure users know exactly how PANTONE Colors will be reproduced. PANTONE Color Libraries are used with Fiery output profiles to automatically color manage each PANTONE PLUS Color into the gamut of the Fiery-driven output device.

Pricing and Availability
PANTONE PLUS SERIES Products can be purchased from the Pantone website at www.pantone.com or from PANTONE resellers worldwide. Every PLUS SERIES purchase includes COLOR MANAGER Software free-of-charge upon registration. PANTONE PLUS SERIES is also available now from EFI's website at http://w3.efi.com/resources/educational-downloads/fiery-pantone-library-download.

PANTONE PLUS SERIES
A modern evolution of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, the PANTONE PLUS SERIES offers designers and printers new features and capabilities to fulfill their creative desires. Enhancements include the chromatic arrangement of colors for more intuitive selection, an expanded palette of spot colors, the addition of new premium metallics and a broader range of neons. For more information on the PANTONE PLUS SERIES, go to http://bit.ly/96DUzo.

About Fiery
Fiery digital print solutions make businesses thrive with an integrated, scalable product line that meets customer needs now and in the future and provides the greatest return on investment. Introduced over 20 years ago, Fiery production solutions are known for their speed, power, productivity, precision and amazing color and image quality. The Fiery open platform technology maximizes customers' current assets and opens the door to additional capabilities using EFI, partner and third-party solutions.

About Pantone
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com) is a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® digital print controllers and solutions; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Rastek™ UV wide-format inkjet printers; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and business process automation software; and corporate printing solutions.

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PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. ©2011. All rights reserved. The EFI logo and Fiery are registered trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.

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