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Print Industry Leaders to Discuss AFP Color Management Initiative

Emtex and StreamServe Latest to Join AFP Color Consortium

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BOULDER, CO - 13 Dec 2004: IBM today announced the first meeting of the AFP Color Consortium, a cross-industry effort to establish AFP as the premier presentation platform for variable data color production printing. Unveiled in October during XPLOR 2004, the inaugural meeting of the consortium is scheduled to be held December 14 - 15 at the IBM Briefing Center in Boulder.

Initiated with a series of web conferences and continuing with the upcoming meeting in Boulder, the consortium has begun to address the full spectrum of technical specifications associated with production color variable data printing. The two-day session is structured for members to share insight on proposed developments to take the industry to the next level in high volume variable data and transition printing. Session topics include an organization overview, a review and discussion of the proposed AFP extensions for color management, a review and discussion of the color management resource (CMR) architecture and printer implications, and a discussion of future meetings and web conferences.

"We're excited to host the inaugural meeting of the AFP Color Consortium and formally begin architecture development efforts," said Jeff Paterra, vice president of development and professional services, IBM Printing Systems. "With more than 15 members representing virtually every aspect of the production print industry, the AFP Color Consortium is in position to help businesses develop comprehensive, device-independent color applications, resources, and workflows."

In addition to IBM, members of the group include hardware vendors Intermate, Kodak, Lexmark, MPI, Océ, software application developers COPI, DocuCorp International, Elixir Technologies, Exstream Software, GMC Software Technology, ISIS Papyrus, Metavante and Printsoft and the most recent members, Emtex and StreamServe.

The purpose of the AFP Color Consortium is to develop, define and promote an architecture for accurate and consistent output of color across different AFP color devices. Color management is a complex function that affects all parts of a presentation system -- applications, clients, servers, transforms, controllers, and print engines. As a part of this effort, the consortium has outlined the following goals to provide clients with the best possible architecture for effective color management: