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EFI logo. Click to visit EFI's website! PRESS RELEASE: EFI Raises the Bar on First-Time-Perfect Digital Inkjet Color

Award-Winning Colorproof XF Proofing and Large-Format Production Solution Now on Mac OS; New Version 3.1 Offers Powerful New Capabilities to Improve Customer Productivity.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. - March 12, 2007 - EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, today launched Version 3.1 of ColorproofT XF, the company's industry-leading proofing and large-format production solution. Significant enhancements and innovative new functions deliver increased automation, efficiency, cost savings, and include: the new XF Server on Macintosh® OS X, delivering a complete cross-platform application for Windows® and Mac environments; an enhanced Dot Creator Option for screening contone data; and a superior Fiery Option, which seamlessly integrates Fiery-driven devices into the Colorproof XF workflow.

"EFI Colorproof XF 3.1 is the unbeatable solution, considering its output quality, performance and flexibility in use on different operating systems, and is a milestone for our Mac-based production," said Daniel Ries, production manager at Ulrich Studios, an early customer based in Germany, where EFI maintains an engineering development center. "The new version of Colorproof XF can be entirely used on Mac OS X and even natively on Intel-Macs. Our ability to deploy Colorproof XF on Mac OS X and work in a consistent operating environment throughout the whole process is a significant benefit for us."

Using EFI Bestcolor® Technology, the award-winning EFI Colorproof XF transforms inkjet and laser printers into powerful proofing and production systems and is renowned for its outstanding performance, color quality, flexibility and intuitive interface. The new XF Server on Mac OS X makes the system a complete cross-platform solution. Combined with its client/server architecture and modular concept, Colorproof XF offers an unprecedented level of customization to fit individual needs.

"Supporting EFI's commitment to deliver increased automation, efficiency, and cost savings for our customers, Version 3.1 of our industry-leading Colorproof XF solution ensures greater freedom in work style and access to more applications," said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, Graphic Arts Solutions, EFI. "Our technical advancements make the system more powerful to achieve higher productivity and significant time-savings; our customers will benefit from enhanced ease-of-use, increased customer satisfaction and greater profit potential."

Powerful new features include:

Support for Mac OS X increases Colorproof XF's flexibility and customer requirements for consistent operating environments

Simple server/printer balancing increases the processing capability and output volume, resulting in increased efficiency and profitability

Soft proof capabilities ensure that colors look the same on all monitors, reducing the costs and time associated with unnecessary printouts
New functionalities, such as "font checker" and "crop to fit," prevent incorrect output, while saving material and production time

Support for the latest UGRA/Fogra media wedge v2.2, including the new media wedge for HP Z Series embedded spectrophotometer, and the support of the new ISO profiles (ISO Coated v2/ISI Coated v2 300/ISO Coated SC (ECI)) give customers access to the industry state of the art

Enhanced Fiery Option delivers increased functionality, productivity and output volume, allowing customers to benefit from a multifunctional printer pool with centralized color management

Improved File Export Option provides an automated workflow to set up a Color Server

Extended Dot Creator offers an alternative screening method for new application areas

EFI Colorproof XF 3.1 will be available from March 12, 2007, from certified EFI dealers and distributors. Additional information is available at http://www.efi.com/bestcolor.

About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and commercial and enterprise print management solutions. 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 color print servers; VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; industrial inkjet printing systems, print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

(First posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 09:04 EDT)

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