Ultimate and CreoScitex Introduce Ultimate InSpire for Spire Color Servers

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Creo Products Inc.

    VANCOUVER, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - The Print-On-Demand Systems Group of
 CreoScitex(TM), a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ:   CREO; TSE: CRE), and
 Ultimate Technographics announce the release of Ultimate InSpire, a special,
 stand-alone software tool for the creation of custom imposition templates on
 Spire(TM) color servers.
     The Spire color server was the first system to offer built-in variable
 imposed data. Incorporating the powerful Ultimate imposition engine, Spire
 color servers enable automatic, post-RIP page assembly to imposition layouts
 on-the-fly during printing. Spire's easy-to-use imposition tool contains
 preset imposition templates and enables last-minute changes without the need
 to re-RIP.
     The new Ultimate InSpire tool adds the option to create customized
 imposition templates, using a friendly and straightforward user interface.
 Based on the template builder of the powerful Ultimate Impostrip imposition
 tool, Ultimate InSpire will be sold directly by Ultimate for use with Spire
 color servers. The application includes Origami, which allows the on-screen
 viewing of fold lines, and automatically adds crop marks, fold marks and
 control strips, if needed.
     "The Spire color server offers an innovative digital front end solution
 for on-demand printing," said David Watson, CEO of Ultimate Technographics.
 "Ultimate is happy to add our technology to that of CreoScitex in providing
 breakthrough imposition tools"
     "We see Ultimate InSpire as another addition to the wide range of
 features and functionalities offered to Spire color server users," said Ronen
 Cohen, General Manager of the Print-On-Demand Systems Group at CreoScitex.
 "With the addition of this template builder, we have added yet another level
 of flexibility that provides our customers with an automatic, professional
 workflow. Its application independence makes it suitable for any use, from
 office to mass personalization. Ultimate InSpire will surely increase the
 productivity and versatility of all Spire users."
     "This has been an exciting project, which combines the best imposition
 software with the best color server," added Daniel (Dani) Herzka, an industry
 consultant who has been closely involved in the project. "It has demonstrated
 how two companies can successfully work together to deliver a superior product
 for the benefit of their end users".
     Ultimate InSpire is currently in beta testing with commercial sales to
 begin in May 2001.
 
     About CreoScitex
     CreoScitex is a world leader in solutions for the graphic arts industry.
 Core product lines include image capture systems; inkjet proofers; thermal
 imaging devices for films, plates, and proofs; professional color and copydot
 scanning systems; and workflow management software. CreoScitex is also an
 Original Equipment Manufacture supplier of on-press imaging technology and
 components for digital presses. CreoScitex is a division of Creo Products
 Inc., which trades on NASDAQ (CREO) and the TSE (CRE).
 
     (C)2001 Creo Products Inc. CreoScitex is a division of Creo Products Inc.
 The CreoScitex product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or
 service marks of Creo Products Inc. and may be registered in certain
 jurisdictions. Other company and brand, product and service names are for
 identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders. Data is subject to change without notice.
 
     About Ultimate
     Ultimate Technographics invented digital imposition with Impostrip just
 over a decade ago, and today the company is one of the leading design and
 publishing software component developers in the world. Today Ultimate is
 bringing its powerful technologies to wider end-user markets with products
 such as Impostrip, Full Plate for Ganging, Printdesk OPI, On-Q Server, IMPress
 and Trapeze.
     Ultimate Technographics Inc.'s new 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 Email inquiries to
 info@ultimate-tech.com; www.ultimate-tech.com
 
     This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform
 Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations
 and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could
 cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-
 looking statements.
     These risks and uncertainties include the following: (1) technological
 changes or changes in the competitive environment adversely affect the
 products, market share, revenues or margins of the combined business; (2)
 changes in general economic, financial or business conditions adversely affect
 the combined business or the markets in which it operates; (3) new regions and
 new products may not proceed as planned and may adversely affect future
 revenues; (4) the expected cost-savings and synergies from the combination of
 Creo's business with the Scitex Business cannot be fully realized or take
 significantly longer to realize than expected; and (5) the integration of the
 Scitex Business into Creo's operations is more difficult, time-consuming or
 expensive than anticipated, or the attrition rate of key employees of the
 combined business is greater than expected. These risks and uncertainties as
 well as other important matters are described under the caption "Information
 Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and elsewhere in our Annual Report and
 also in our Annual Information Form (40-F), both for the fiscal year ended
 September 30, 2000, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
 We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information
 contained in this press release.
 
 

SOURCE Creo Products Inc.
    VANCOUVER, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - The Print-On-Demand Systems Group of
 CreoScitex(TM), a division of Creo Products Inc. (NASDAQ:   CREO; TSE: CRE), and
 Ultimate Technographics announce the release of Ultimate InSpire, a special,
 stand-alone software tool for the creation of custom imposition templates on
 Spire(TM) color servers.
     The Spire color server was the first system to offer built-in variable
 imposed data. Incorporating the powerful Ultimate imposition engine, Spire
 color servers enable automatic, post-RIP page assembly to imposition layouts
 on-the-fly during printing. Spire's easy-to-use imposition tool contains
 preset imposition templates and enables last-minute changes without the need
 to re-RIP.
     The new Ultimate InSpire tool adds the option to create customized
 imposition templates, using a friendly and straightforward user interface.
 Based on the template builder of the powerful Ultimate Impostrip imposition
 tool, Ultimate InSpire will be sold directly by Ultimate for use with Spire
 color servers. The application includes Origami, which allows the on-screen
 viewing of fold lines, and automatically adds crop marks, fold marks and
 control strips, if needed.
     "The Spire color server offers an innovative digital front end solution
 for on-demand printing," said David Watson, CEO of Ultimate Technographics.
 "Ultimate is happy to add our technology to that of CreoScitex in providing
 breakthrough imposition tools"
     "We see Ultimate InSpire as another addition to the wide range of
 features and functionalities offered to Spire color server users," said Ronen
 Cohen, General Manager of the Print-On-Demand Systems Group at CreoScitex.
 "With the addition of this template builder, we have added yet another level
 of flexibility that provides our customers with an automatic, professional
 workflow. Its application independence makes it suitable for any use, from
 office to mass personalization. Ultimate InSpire will surely increase the
 productivity and versatility of all Spire users."
     "This has been an exciting project, which combines the best imposition
 software with the best color server," added Daniel (Dani) Herzka, an industry
 consultant who has been closely involved in the project. "It has demonstrated
 how two companies can successfully work together to deliver a superior product
 for the benefit of their end users".
     Ultimate InSpire is currently in beta testing with commercial sales to
 begin in May 2001.
 
     About CreoScitex
     CreoScitex is a world leader in solutions for the graphic arts industry.
 Core product lines include image capture systems; inkjet proofers; thermal
 imaging devices for films, plates, and proofs; professional color and copydot
 scanning systems; and workflow management software. CreoScitex is also an
 Original Equipment Manufacture supplier of on-press imaging technology and
 components for digital presses. CreoScitex is a division of Creo Products
 Inc., which trades on NASDAQ (CREO) and the TSE (CRE).
 
     (C)2001 Creo Products Inc. CreoScitex is a division of Creo Products Inc.
 The CreoScitex product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or
 service marks of Creo Products Inc. and may be registered in certain
 jurisdictions. Other company and brand, product and service names are for
 identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders. Data is subject to change without notice.
 
     About Ultimate
     Ultimate Technographics invented digital imposition with Impostrip just
 over a decade ago, and today the company is one of the leading design and
 publishing software component developers in the world. Today Ultimate is
 bringing its powerful technologies to wider end-user markets with products
 such as Impostrip, Full Plate for Ganging, Printdesk OPI, On-Q Server, IMPress
 and Trapeze.
     Ultimate Technographics Inc.'s new 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 Email inquiries to
 info@ultimate-tech.com; www.ultimate-tech.com
 
     This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform
 Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations
 and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could
 cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-
 looking statements.
     These risks and uncertainties include the following: (1) technological
 changes or changes in the competitive environment adversely affect the
 products, market share, revenues or margins of the combined business; (2)
 changes in general economic, financial or business conditions adversely affect
 the combined business or the markets in which it operates; (3) new regions and
 new products may not proceed as planned and may adversely affect future
 revenues; (4) the expected cost-savings and synergies from the combination of
 Creo's business with the Scitex Business cannot be fully realized or take
 significantly longer to realize than expected; and (5) the integration of the
 Scitex Business into Creo's operations is more difficult, time-consuming or
 expensive than anticipated, or the attrition rate of key employees of the
 combined business is greater than expected. These risks and uncertainties as
 well as other important matters are described under the caption "Information
 Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and elsewhere in our Annual Report and
 also in our Annual Information Form (40-F), both for the fiscal year ended
 September 30, 2000, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
 We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information
 contained in this press release.
 
 SOURCE Creo Products Inc.