EFI Fiery Digital Front End Powers New, High-performance Ricoh Production Monochrome Printers

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has introduced a new EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) offering greater image detail as well as faster job set-up and management on new Ricoh Pro 8100s/8100EX /8110s/8120s black-and-white digital printers.

The new EFI Fiery EB-32 DFE is built on the latest Fiery FS100 Pro platform, which delivers advanced functionality with high-quality imaging, automated workflows and productivity-boosting tools.

Bringing Fiery productivity to black-and-white digital production

The new DFE also includes Fiery Grayscale Calibration, an innovative software feature that ensures consistent, high-quality reproduction by automatically measuring and correcting tonal variances on black-and-white images. Users who also use Fiery on color digital presses can seamlessly connect the DFE with their existing print workflow.

"The EFI Fiery EB-32 brings the impressive functionality of Fiery to Ricoh's new black-and-white printers," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "Plus, Ricoh customers in the in-plant CRD and commercial graphic arts spaces benefit from the 17 years of experience EFI has developing technologies that can consolidate their black-and-white and color digital print operations into a single, more efficient Fiery Driven environment."

The Fiery EB-32 provides connectivity to third-party prepress workflow solutions such as Kodak PRINERGY and Agfa :Apogee to enable hybrid digital and offset workflows, a factor that makes Fiery DFEs the preferred choice for commercial printers looking to optimize their production efficiency. Plus, the DFE integrates with automated estimating, scheduling, job ticketing, accounting and other processes managed by EFI's suite of industry-leading management workflow and web-to-print products, including EFI's PrintSmith™ Vision, Pace™ and Digital StoreFront® software.

"The Ricoh Pro 8100s series currently offer customers exceptional image quality on a wide range of media, and is built to handle the requirements of production environments," said Tim Vellek, vice president, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "The addition of the Fiery EB-32 allows the series to seamlessly integrate into existing Fiery workflows, and provide access to the full range of Fiery print management capabilities, as well as Fiery options for document pagination and tab creation."

Best-in-class digital print workflow capabilities

A new pad-printing feature on the DFE allows operators to easily create a pad from a single-page job, insert a back cover/slip and print with minimal manual collation. And, Fiery Command WorkStation® software included with the DFE provides an intuitive user interface that simplifies job set up and reduces operator errors.

Users also have the option of adding Fiery JobMaster and Fiery Impose, software offerings that streamline complex tasks, giving users more power and flexibility in tab insertion and design, page-level ticketing, finishing, scanning and late-stage editing. Another optional feature on the DFE, Fiery ImageViewer for B&W, is a full-resolution preview tool that also improves imaging consistency by giving users the ability to manage black curve adjustments between multiple devices.

The Fiery EB-32 DFE is available now from Ricoh and authorized Ricoh resellers. For more information about EFI Fiery Driven™ products, visit www.efi.com or contact 800-875-7117.

About EFI

EFI™ ( www.efi.com ) is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide, wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow, web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements, that are statements other than statements of historical fact including words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "consider," "plan" and similar, any statements related to strategies or objectives of management for future operations, products, development, performance, any statements of assumptions or underlying any of the foregoing and any statements in the future tense.  Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual or future results to differ materially.  For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with EFI's businesses, please refer to the risk factors section in the Company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. EFI undertakes no obligation to update information contained herein, including forward-looking statements.

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