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EFI Splash Server Graphic Arts Innovations

11 Jan, 2005

EFI Splash Server Graphic Arts Innovations

EFI has introduced new versions of its Splash™ G640 and Splash G3535 servers, the only high-performance graphic arts color servers that run Mac OS X and take full advantage of the Apple Power Mac G5. Delivering full support for the printing industry standard file format, among other enhancements, Splash continues to be the benchmark in graphic arts performance for color-critical, high-quality Mac-based environments.

Exclusive to Xerox Corporation’s line of color imaging systems, the Splash G640 server drives the Xerox DocuColor 12 copier-printer while the Splash G3535 is specific to the Xerox DocuColor 3535 copier-printer.

New Splash features include:

Support for PDF 1.5 – Virtually eliminating printing errors, Splash supports PDF files that use PDF 1.5 features for the Xerox DocuColor 3535 and is the only Raster Image Processor (RIP) to offer this support for the Xerox DocuColor 12. This means support for Acrobat 6.0 files, the latest version of the printing industry standard file format.

Native OS X AppleTalk and LPR Spooler – Yielding enhanced system stability and higher performance, the Native OS X AppleTalk Spooler replaces the Splash AppleTalk Spooler and Native LPR replaces Enterprise Networking, both of which formerly ran in Classic OS.

EFI Format Converter – For ease of use and seamless integration with Splash Hot Folders workflow, the EFI Format Converter, a unified converter native to OS X, consolidates the former TIFF-IT, PDF-X, PSD, CT-LW and CT-NLW file converters into one.

50% Improved Printing Speed - Delivering maximum productivity, the Splash G3535 now prints multi-set collated documents and mixed black & white and color jobs twice as fast as the previous generation Splash servers.

“We designed Splash to be the ultimate solution for Mac environments where color management and high-quality production are critical,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI vice president of Worldwide Sales. “The new Apple Power Mac G5 is driving significant performance gains and our newest version of Splash keeps pace and continues the legacy of perfect network integration with the Mac OS X system.”

“Mac OS X takes a unique and powerful systemwide approach to color by integrating always-on International Color Consortium (ICC) color management into every phase of the workflow,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “These new Splash products leverage our commitment to color management and the blazing performance of the Power Mac G5, to deliver fast, easy-to-use image processing servers.”

Stephan Holtzman, CTO of D-Zign, Inc., the Montreal-based award-winning advertising agency, noted, “Without Splash, we wouldn’t produce as much as we do. We wouldn’t be as fast as we are. It’s what makes us better than the competition and it’s the best thing that ever happened to this company.”

Apple users migrating to the G5 will find Splash upgrading a smooth installation. Brian O’Leary, vice president of Kwik Kopy Canada, said, “We frequently change our Splash servers and it’s just plug and play. Splash integrates easily into a workflow and is very straightforward and easy to use.”

Current Splash G640 and G3535 customers can download the free software update at www.xerox.com/support.

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