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ARC Enhances MetaPrint Abacus(TM) Print Cost Recovery Software to Provide Improved Tracking, Ease of Use and ReportingEnhancements Include Integration With Imaging Equipment From Industry-Leading Manufacturers (October 19, 2009)
WALNUT CREEK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/09 -- American Reprographics Company (NYSE: ARP), the nation's leading provider of reprographics services and technology, today announced a new release of MetaPrint Abacus(TM), its print tracking and cost recovery software. The new release enhances user experience through user interface improvements, upgrades to administrative tools, and close integration with imaging equipment from industry leading manufacturers Océ, KIP and others. MetaPrint Abacus has been in use since 2007, and has an installed base of more than 20,000 users in hundreds of locations around the United States, Canada and China.
"The upgrade is seamless from a user perspective," said Jon Styrlund, ARC's Product Manager for Abacus. "Most of the enhancements in Abacus improve specific functions without disturbing existing usage patterns or the workflow of the product. Instead of having to navigate screens or learn new procedures, our customers will notice how much easier it is to set preferences, configure devices, or edit usage data."
By way of an example, Mr. Styrlund noted that several of ARC's larger customers manage thousands of projects around the world at any given time and print hundreds of thousands of documents during a month. Users editing multiple print records can now utilize improved grouping, project searching and updating tools within the Abacus Manager, saving time and reducing costly data entry errors. "These are the kinds of enhancements that add value not only to the product, but also improve our customer's project management processes," said Mr. Styrlund.
MetaPrint Abacus has also been integrated into several of the industry's most advanced reprographic imaging equipment from Océ and KIP. Using an on-board touch screen, users can track walk-up printing and copying done on Océ Plotwave 300's, TDS450 & TDS700's, and the full line of KIP IPS devices including the KIP3100 multi-function system, KIP5000, KIP7000 and KIP9000 wide-format digital systems. Billing data from the on-board interface is automatically integrated with tracking information from other devices on the user's network. Consolidated accounting reports can be generated quickly and easily.
Additional enhancements include:
-- Compatibility with a wide variety of operating systems including the new Windows 7®, as well Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 2008 Server® and Apple's Macintosh OS X. -- Improved project search, data editing and reporting capabilities -- Convenience and accessibility improvements to allow MetaPrint Abacus to work in concert with most network security protocols -- Improved compatibility with Bentley ProjectWise InterPlot(TM), Xerox Fiery(TM), HP DesignJet printers, Canon MEAP systems, and Ricoh ESA
For more information about MetaPrint Abacus and other applications from ARC, contact Jonathan Styrlund at 925-949-5100, Niro Perera at 925-658-0217 or visit www.abacuspcr.com.
About MetaPrint Abacus(TM)
MetaPrint Abacus keeps track of printing activity on a network. When a computer user sends a file to a printer on their own network, or to a printer on a WAN, MetaPrint Abacus queries the user via a simple pop-up window to assign a billing or job code to the print job. The codes are stored and used to enhance cost recovery when billing jobs, and can also be used to determine the quantity and type of jobs being printed, the frequency of use and type of printers utilized by a workforce, gauge material consumption, and help manage inventory for print supplies.
About American Reprographics Company
American Reprographics Company is the leading reprographics company in the United States providing business-to-business document management technology and services to the architectural, engineering and construction, or AEC industries. The Company provides these services to companies in non-AEC industries, such as technology, financial services, retail, entertainment, and food and hospitality, which also require sophisticated document management services. American Reprographics Company provides its core services through its suite of reprographics technology products, a network of hundreds of locally-branded reprographics service centers across the U.S., Canada and the U.K, on-site at more than 5,000 customer locations, and through UDS, a joint-venture company headquartered in Beijing, China. The Company's technology applications are supported by three technology development centers, allowing the provision of services both locally and internationally to more than 160,000 active customers.
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