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Creo Invests in printCafe

Company gains 40 percent voting share By Dave Nagel
Creo Products says it has invested $23.6 million in printCafe, a company that provides print management software for publishing houses and print shops. The investment from Creo, part of a $39.6 million private placement of equity and debt, brings Creo's voting interest in printCafe to 40 percent from 17.24 percent.

As a result, Creo will gain an additional seat on the board of directors, and Amos Michelson, CEO of Creo, will continue to serve as chair. Michelson, in a prepared statement, said: "The Creo vision for Networked Graphic Production leads the graphic arts industry into a fully digitized world, from the ideas generated on the creative desktop to the delivery of the finished products. We are developing products and integrated solutions for this market to provide greater value and efficiency throughout the entire production process. printCafe is an integral part of that solution. By integrating content production workflows from Creo with print management systems from printCafe, our customers will be able to take advantage of a web-enabled, fully integrated production environment."

Currently, printCafe provides print management systems for more than 8,000 publishing, commercial and on-demand printing facilities. The company also provides Web-based print procurement services. For more information, visit or

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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