Press Release: Grandville, MI — October 5, 2005 — X-Rite (NASDAQ: XRIT) today announced that Epson will bundle X-Rite premium ICC profiles, Complete Guide to Color Management publication, and a demo version of MonacoEZcolor color management software with each Epson Stylus Photo R2400. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is a revolutionary printer that uses the new Epson UltraChrome K3™ ink and delivers large, archival prints worthy of gallery display.
Premium ICC color profiles were specifically created for the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 using X-Rite’s award-winning MonacoPROFILER 4.8 software, the graphic arts industry’s leading color profile engine. X-Rite is currently offering the same bundle for the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer, introduced at PMA in February.
“Epson strives to set new standards that enable photographers and digital artists to both express and exceed their vision,” said Patrick Chen, Product Manager, Photo Imaging, Epson America. “X-Rite shares these same values and we are proud to include X-Rite premium ICC profiles for the mutual benefit of our customers.”
“X-Rite and Epson have shared a long, successful partnership and we are delighted once again to offer premium ICC profiles for Epson Stylus Photo R2400 customers,” said William Bieger, X-Rite’s Account Executive, Imaging Products. “Combined with our Complete Guide to Color Management publication and trial version of MonacoEZcolor software, the customer will have the necessary color tools to achieve consistent color fidelity from image to print.”
About X-Rite’s Color Management Solution Bundle for Epson
• Premium ICC Profiles: The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 includes premium ICC profiles created by X-Rite’s MonacoPROFILER 4.8 software, providing users even better quality color prints. Customers will be able to download their premium ICC profiles from the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 webpage on http://www.epson.com.
• The Complete Guide to Color Management: A 48-page publication designed to help users better understand color management. Includes step-by-step instructions for creating a color managed workflow.
• Demo of award-winning MonacoEZcolor software: Try a demo version MonacoEZcolor, an award winning color management application for photographers and graphic designers. The program saves the time, cost and frustration of multiple print jobs by creating custom ICC profiles to compensate for variances in color between input, output and viewing devices.
Pricing and Availability
The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 can be purchased through Epson’s authorized dealers, mail order, resellers, computer superstores and on Epson’s retail Web site at http://www.epson.com.
About the Epson Stylus Photo R2400
The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 driver is enhanced to provide users with exhibit-level color and unprecedented black and white image control. A new “Advanced Black and White Mode” in the driver offers quick toning presets, separate controls for shadow and highlight tonality control, maximum optical density control, reduced gloss differential, and custom tone control. Epson’s proprietary driver and screening technology benefits users by offering a unique and easy method for converting color digital images into professional quality black and white prints without altering the original file.
About the Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology
The Epson UltraChrome K3 ink set is a unique eight-color system designed specifically for professional and fine art photographers and digital artists who seek exhibit-level photo quality. Inspired by Epson’s past generations of pigmented inks, Epson UltraChrome K3 uses higher density pigments to widen the color gamut. In addition to cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, UltraChrome K3 features a special three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and light-light black to create professional neutral and toned black and white prints from a single ink set.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
X-Rite is a leading provider of color measurement solutions comprised of hardware, software and services for the verification and communication of color data. The Company serves a broad range of industries, including graphic arts, digital imaging, industrial and retail color matching, and medical. X-Rite is global, with 18 offices throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, serving customers in over 88 countries.