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Apr 3, 2006

EFI Premieres New Technology, Showcases Industry-Leading Solutions, and Delivers Key Seminars at Ipex 2006; Fiery, VUTEk, MIS, Proofing; EFI's Innovative, Advanced Technologies Align Customers for Success

EFI Premieres New Technology, Showcases Industry-Leading Solutions, and Delivers Key Seminars at Ipex 2006; Fiery, VUTEk, MIS, Proofing; EFI's Innovative, Advanced Technologies Align Customers for Success

BIRMINGHAM, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2006--EFI (Nasdaq:EFII), the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, will preview new technologies, showcase its innovative, industry-leading solutions, and provide thought leadership at key seminars at Ipex 2006 (EFI Stand D20 in Hall 9; April 4-11 at the NEC, Birmingham, England).

EFI will show solutions from its portfolio of robust, integrated products, which include powerful Fiery® servers, advanced VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers, web-enabled collaboration tools, and world-class print MIS and proofing solutions -- as well as integration among these solutions. EFI solutions will also be shown in partner booths throughout Ipex and in the Process Automation and JDF Pavilion co-sponsored by CIP4.

"IPEX is a terrific opportunity for EFI and our partners to demonstrate our innovative solutions to a broad audience," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "In addition to showing our latest-generation Fiery technology, and updated MIS and proofing solutions, we're particularly excited to demonstrate our industry-leading VUTEk portfolio of products in an EFI tradeshow booth for the first time. Our VUTEk products empower many of our customers to add new, profitable services for their corporate clients."

EFI's strong presence at Ipex includes:

EFI will showcase how Fiery, the world-leading digital controller with more than 14 million users, enables customers' success in migrating to an offset/digital hybrid environment. Recent agreements with the leading native pre-press workflow providers ensure that the Fiery readily outputs proofs and short-run on-demand print production. (See demonstrations at EFI's booth, and joint press releases issued during Ipex with each partner.)

EFI CEO Guy Gecht will make a significant industry announcement related to VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers at an Ipex press conference:

Thursday, April 6 - 12:30-1:30p.m - Seminar Suite 2

With Multigraphics, based in Bradford, England, EFI will also announce the first European installation of its Logic SQL™ Print Management Software with VUTEk Superwide digital inkjet printers.

EFI President Fred Rosenzweig, with VUTEk customer Data Image Limited, will join the Case Study Seminar at the INNOV8 Theatre to discuss how flatbed printing has added another dimension to the possibilities of digital printing:

Saturday, April 8 - 1:15-1:55p.m. - INNOV8 Theatre

And the newest result of the longstanding, successful partnership between Canon and EFI, Project Valiant, a technology demonstration of digital print workflow, will be shown at Canon Stand C50 Hall 6.

Other recent breakthroughs to be shown include: the newest Fiery digital controller technology; VUTEk® UV-curing flatbed printers; the EFI JDF Connector; EIS, a revolutionary "command center" for decision-makers using EFI's print management solutions; and Digital StoreFront, EFI's award-winning web-to-print solution.

Several EFI executives will deliver informative, key seminars at Ipex, in Suite 29, Atrium:

  • JDF, Fact & Fiction - Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-4:30p.m.

  • Global Optimization: Groundbreaking Theories and Solutions to Increase Profit - Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5, 2:00-3:00p.m.

  • Solutions for the Publishing Industry: Improved Supply Chain Management - Connecting the Publisher with the Printer - Monday, April 10, 2.00-3:00p.m.

  • In the Ipex Process Automation and JDF Pavilion, located in Hall 20, EFI will demonstrate JDF integration with Dainippon Screen and Man Roland, and with Heidelberg and Dalim.

    EFI will show Colorproof XF, its industry-acclaimed, scalable and versatile client/server-based proofing solution that turns inkjet and laser printers into powerful proofing devices, and highlight the popular Fiery Option, which seamlessly integrates EFI's Fiery controller.

    Following are additional EFI product highlights at Ipex 2006:

    Fiery System Software and Servers:

  • EFI will showcase its newest Fiery system software with its leading-edge WYSIWYG job composition and imposition tools, workflow automation, advanced production tools, and flexible and open VDP capabilities.

  • In addition to the demonstrations held in the EFI booth, industry-leading Fiery technology and JDF connectivity will be featured at several OEM partner booths, including:

  • Canon, Stand C50 Hall 6 - Project Valiant workflow technology demonstration, Fiery-driven systems and connectivity to Digital StoreFront and EFI Print MIS solutions;

  • KonicaMinolta, Stand B41 Hall 4 - Fiery-driven systems and EFI MicroPress connectivity;

  • Oce, Stand E40/G35 Hall 1 - Fiery-driven systems;

  • Xerox, Stand C70 Hall 3a - Fiery-driven systems and EFI MIS connectivity.

    VUTEk Superwide Digital Inkjet Printers:

  • EFI will demonstrate how the VUTEk PressVu® UV 200/600 UV-curing flatbed printer, which enables users to benefit from high-end image quality, greater productivity and improved profitability at an affordable price.

  • EFI will also show the VUTEk PressVu UV 320/400, with new 600 dpi capability, designed for reliable, around-the-clock productivity and capable of printing on a wide range of sheet-fed and roll-to-roll substrates.

  • Print MIS Solutions:

  • EFI will demonstrate the new, acclaimed EIS 'command center,' a powerful, web-based interactive data analysis tool that gives users complete and instant visibility into real-time business information.

  • EFI will showcase the newest versions of its Hagen, Prograph®, Logic and Printsmith® MIS tools.

  • EFI will demonstrate JDF connectivity with Komori and Heidelberg.

  • EFI will be featured in the Ipex Process Automation and JDF Pavilion, demonstrating its solutions for improving production interoperability, productivity and profitability.

  • Production Workflow Solutions:

    The features and benefits that made Digital StoreFront the Winner of the 2005 BERTL®'s Best Innovation Award will be shown, as well as the solution's most recent enhancements.

  • EFI will show MicroPress, which delivers powerful digital prepress and workflow management to industry-leading black & white and color printers to maximize productivity and print quality for all print-on-demand environments.

  • At the Ricoh Arena (Coventry, England) event "Professionals in the Arena," MicroPress and Digital StoreFront, including VDP, will be highlighted as EFI OEM partner Ricoh Family Group launches new professional printing solutions (details at www.ricoh-events.info/arena/mipop.html).

  • Proofing Solutions:

  • Colorproof XF, EFI's advanced proofing software featuring the Fiery Option, seamless integration with the Fiery controller.

  • EFI Designer Edition 4.2, EFI's entry-level solution for digital proofing targeted at small and medium-sized business in the creative, prepress and production stages.

  • EFI proofing solutions will be showcased in partner booths throughout the show.

  • About EFI

    EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing. EFI's award-winning technologies offer integrated document management tools from creation to print, including high fidelity color Fiery® print servers that can output up to 2000 ppm; VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers and UV and solvent inks capable of printing on flexible and rigid substrates; powerful print production workflow and management information software solutions for increased performance and cost efficiency; and an array of corporate printing solutions. EFI's integrated solutions connect seamlessly, delivering unbeatable performance, cost savings and increased productivity. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: EFI, Fiery, and Colorproof are registered trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or certain other foreign jurisdictions. Hagen, Logic and Digital StoreFront are trademarks of Electronics for Imaging, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

    EFI Public Relations
    Gayle LeDoux, 650-357-3938


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