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callas software and SoftCare announce Strategic Alliance

MadeToPrint InDesign Auto bundled with K4 Publishing System (December 17, 2004)

callas software GmbH, Berlin, and SoftCare Software-Service GmbH, Hamburg, have formed a strategic alliance to make magazine production more efficient. The alliance comprises the integration of MadeToPrint and MadeToPrint InDesign Auto from callas software into the K4 Publishing System from SoftCare. MadeToPrint InDesign Auto has already been fully integrated into SoftCare's publishing system and will be bundled with K4 free of charge as a special introductory offer valid until the end of June 2005.

MadeToPrint InDesign Auto automatically processes InDesign files and carries out functions like printing, EPS output, PDF creation as well as preflighting and packaging open InDesign documents. Jobs are triggered in K4 by means of meta data and job tickets in XML format. After document processing on a MadeToPrint Auto server, the result is sent back to K4, including any error messages. This way, K4 users can see whether a job was processed successfully directly in InDesign.

MadeToPrint InDesign Auto will be bundled with K4 free of charge until June 2005. "callas' long-time experience within the magazine production area as well as its first-class PDF expertise offer our customers a competitive edge" explains Andreas Schrader, Managing director of SoftCare. "With the bundling campaign we want to demonstrate to our customers how they can make the best use of productive factors in editorial departments and extend them into the print production stage."

Regarding the objectives of the partnership, Olaf Druemmer, Managing director of callas software, says: "To us, K4 represents the leader of new technologies in the field of modern publishing systems. With already more than 60 installations worldwide, it has a solid installed base, which is growing briskly. The partnership with SoftCare creates the essential market base for further innovations such as PDF-based repro processes between editorial houses and media service providers. SoftCare has proven how trend-setting innovations can be implemented solidly into editorial production."

The next joint step will be the integration of MadeToPrint InDesign and Adobe InCopy CS into K4 client workstations as additional options for K4 customers who want to increase their productivity in the editorial department.

About K4 Publishing System
The award-winning K4 Publishing System is a standard for professional publishing workflows built around Adobe InDesign CS and Adobe InCopy CS and was the first editorial system for InDesign on the market. With its multilevel security controls and robust customization options, K4 supports a transparent and secure production workflow for individual workgroups or entire publishing enterprises. K4 offers workflow capabilities for images and ads as well as for other file types such as word processing or spreadsheet files. One of the hallmarks of K4 is its open SQL interface, enabling other systems such as asset management or automated prepress to be linked to K4 within the enterprise. Articles are stored in XML format and can be easily repurposed for use on the Web. Since 1999, K4 has been successfully implemented at magazine, newspaper and book publishing sites ranging in size from 10 to more than 250 users.

About SoftCare
SoftCare was founded in 1990 and is a leading developer of workflow solutions for the publishing industry, helping magazine and newspaper publishers work more efficiently. SoftCare's flagship product is the award-winning K4 Publishing System, the first editorial system for professional publishing workflows based on Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy. SoftCare teams up with trained K4 System Integrators throughout Europe and the Americas to ensure high-quality services and support for the system on a local level.

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About callas software
callas software GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 1995 by Olaf Druemmer and is a leader in the development of tools and technologies for publishing and PDF based workflows. callas software offers advanced technologies for the analysis and processing of PDF as well as output and file conversion solutions for applications like Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat and QuarkXPress. Among callas' customers are newspaper and magazine publishers, prepress service providers, ad agencies, printing houses, government agencies as well as inhouse publishing departments of large companies. In addition, callas software's PDFengine technology has been licensed by numerous vendors like Adobe, Hewlett Packard or Mitsubishi Paper Mills.

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