Ultimate Technographics Turns to Global Graphics Subsidiary Harlequin(R) for Its Jaws(R) Products in a Major License Agreement

May 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Harlequin

    CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin, a subsidiary of Global
 Graphics (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR, Euronext: GLOG) with offices in Waltham, MA,
 announced today that it has signed a software license agreement with Ultimate
 Technographics Inc. of Montreal to incorporate the Jaws RIP (raster image
 processor) into a range of pre-press products.  The deal is estimated to be
 worth in the region of $500,000 to $1,000,000 over the first 12 months.
     David Watson, President and CEO of Ultimate, explained, "We decided to
 change suppliers of RIP software, to obtain a more robust technology that has
 good technical support and support for multiple operating environments. We
 needed a partner who is committed to keeping up with future technological
 developments and gives their OEMs a high level of service.  We were also
 looking for a supplier of a PDF library who would assist us in our PDF
     James Freidah, Chief Operations Officer, Global Graphic's Printing
 Software Division, said, "Ultimate is a great example of a new breed of OEM
 customers that are now embedding our RIP and PDF technology directly into
 their software products.  We are very pleased to work with Ultimate, which has
 an excellent and proven record in the marketplace."
     Ultimate invented digital imposition software, Impostrip, and was the
 first to incorporate a RIP in imposition software for the purpose of
 previewing the complete digital printing plate before output to film or plate.
 Ultimate provided the first desktop trapping product, Trapeze, to incorporate
 a LanguageLevel 3 PostScript(R) compatible interpreter for high quality
 trapping and also uses a RIP for its Full Plate product for interactive job
 ganging and scatter proofing.
     Designed to support a wide range of system architectures and operating
 systems, the Jaws RIP is a compact and highly efficient 'kernel' interpreter.
 It offers sophisticated graphics and color handling routines, and supports
 multiple input formats. It provides support for a number of page description
 languages, including PostScript, and native interpretation of PDF files
 (without first converting the data to PostScript).
     The Jaws RIP provides almost unlimited flexibility for OEMs and users
 through its device class interfaces. It provides support for a wide range of
 output devices, including rendering architecture, output format, and
 resolution and handshake requirements, which can be easily customized for an
 OEM's specific needs, devices and markets.
     Jaws PDF Library is designed to provide PostScript-to-PDF and PDF-to-
 PostScript translation functionality embedded within an OEM's product.
     About Harlequin:
     Harlequin is recognized internationally as a leading supplier of open
 systems-based software for digital printing and publishing applications. A
 subsidiary of Global Graphics (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR, Euronext: GLOG), a leading
 worldwide supplier of printing, electronic document and workflow software and
 pre-press hardware, Harlequin has grown into a global software company with
 world-class expertise in high quality digital printing and publishing, Web-
 based, corporate, and embedded publishing applications.
     Harlequin is a registered trademark of Harlequin Limited. Jaws is a
 registered trademark of Jaws System Limited. Global Graphics is a trademark of
 Global Graphics S.A. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
 PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be
 registered in certain jurisdictions.  All other brand and product names are
 the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners. Global
 Graphics makes no warranty and accepts no liability for any loss or damage
 arising from the use of information or particulars in this document.
     About Ultimate:
     Ultimate Technographics Inc.'s worldwide headquarters are located at:1950
 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 800, Montreal, Quebec Canada H3H 1E7.Tel 514 938
 9050; fax 514 938 5225; toll free 1 800 363 3590.e-mail inquiries to:
     This press release contains, in addition to historical information,
 forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include
 statements regarding the Company's growth and expansion plans. Such statements
 are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of
 uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially
 from those described in the forward-looking statements.
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