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Extensis Launches PrintReady Preflight System

Company also to be acquired by Celartem By Dave Nagel
Extensis says it will be acquired by Celartem Technology, a company that develops products for creative production and asset management. The acquisition should be complete this month. Extensis also today announced the release of PrintReady, an online preflight system.

Extensis was founded in 1994 and has created a number of now-standard applications and utilities for the Macintosh publishing industry, including Suitcase, Mask Pro, Beyond Press, QX-Tools Pro and others. It was then acquired by ImageX in 2000. The new owner says it plans to continue to market current products and expand development efforts.

The acquisition cost Celartem $9 million in cash and up to $2 million more over the next two years.

Extensis also today introduced PrintReady, a Web-based system for preflighting, collecting and submitting files for printed output. PrintReady is based on Extensis' Preflight Online technology. It includes a product for designers and small workgroups (priced below $400) and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers.

The low-cost version offers built-in preflight, file collection and FTP capabilities Interactive help functions shows users how to fix potential printing problems, and customizable profiles allow them to fine-tune preflight reports. The PrintReady license includes up to five users and an unlimited number of workstations. This product includes free updates and upgrades. PrintReady offers an unlimited number of file inspections.

The PrintReady Service Provider Edition allows printers, service bureaus and publishers can provide customized preflight, collection and file delivery capabilities for their customers without requiring them to buy or configure anything. PrintReady allows for complete customization of the user interface, job tracking and reporting. It includes up to 12,000 file inspections annually and includes free updates and upgrades.

The PrintReady Enterprise Edition, also targeted toward printers, service bureaus and publishers, allows for customized preflight, collection and file delivery capabilities for customers. It includes the ability to store and post results of each preflight inspection in XML format for full integration with existing online job tickets and customer databases. In addition, the Enterprise Edition includes a 24-hour Platinum Maintenance Agreement and up to 30,000 file inspections annually. PrintReady Enterprise Edition includes free updates and upgrades.

The PrintReady product line is available now for $349.95 for the PrintReady product; $1,999.95 for the Service Provider Edition; and $9,999.95 for the Enterprise Edition. These prices reflect one year of PrintReady service that can be renewed on a yearly basis for a suggested retail price of $99.95 for PrintReady, $599.95 for the Service Provider Edition and $4,999.95 for the Enterprise Edition. Upgrades are available for registered users of Preflight Pro for $199.95 and Collect Pro starting at $149.95. It runs on Windows and Macintosh systems.

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Contact the author: 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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