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ALDUS ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL TRAPPING SOLUTION

 ALDUS ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL TRAPPING SOLUTION
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Seybold Conference and Exposition today, Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) announced Aldus TrapWise 1.0 for Windows. TrapWise will perform professional-quality, spot and process color trapping (i.e., produce spreads and chokes) on color-conforming encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files.
 TrapWise is designed for use by prepress professionals in service bureaus, prepress houses, commercial print shops, in-plant print production departments and publishing operations. It was developed as a joint effort between Graphic Edge Inc. and Aldus, and has been marketed under the name RipPrep since March 1992. Aldus acquired all rights to the product -- and its patent pending -- in July of this year. Current RipPrep customers will automatically receive TrapWise.
 "Our guiding principle in designing TrapWise 1.0 has been to take an already great prepress product and make it even better," said Ranjit Mulgaonkar, business manager of the Aldus Prepress Group. "We're simplifying the user interface and improving the workflow and documentation."
 TrapWise builds on the capabilities of RipPrep to trap almost any object within a color-conforming EPS file. While RipPrep offered trapping only for process-color printing, TrapWise will produce precision traps for both process -- and spot-color printing by handling all three color-ink scenarios -- spot to spot, spot to process and process to process. It will also handle complex trapping situations, such as graduated fills, very small text and several intersecting colors. Customers will be able to use TrapWise for jobs with up to eight inks: the four CMYK (process color) inks plus four spot color inks.
 TrapWise will also enhance the way RipPrep manages the prepress workflow. Operators will, for example, be able to save time by creating predefined, customized sets of trapping configurations for use on particular jobs and paper stocks.
 "Our goal is to provide a complete desktop prepress solution for the prepress professional," Mulgaonkar continued. "With both Aldus PressWise and TrapWise, we're bringing page imposition and trapping capability to our customers."
 TRAPPING AND HOW TRAPWISE FITS IN
 Trapping is a process in color printing that compensates for potential misregistration as paper passes through a printing press. Without trapping, printed output may have slight gaps between color elements that allow the underlying paper stock to show through. With trapping, however, the edges of color objects are enlarged or reduced just enough to cover any gaps that might occur.
 TrapWise will produce these traps by automatically applying appropriate spreads and chokes to objects in color-conforming EPS files. Such files can be generated by PostScript-language applications such as Aldus FreeHand, Aldus PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe Illustrator.
 Because TrapWise has an open architecture, it will be able to trap files produced on any computer platform that can create color-conforming EPS files -- including Macintosh, Windows and UNIX computers. Once processed through TrapWise, the resulting EPS pages can be output to any PostScript-compatible device, including imagesetters, platesetters and printing presses. Customers will also be able to pass the trapped EPS files to other Macintosh or Windows applications for further processing -- for example, to impose the pages in PressWise.
 "TrapWise is easier and better than traditional methods or high-end systems," said Ed Underwood, technical manager of Sandford PrePress Systems Inc. "All of its digital calculations are perfect, and its trapping of vignettes is incredible."
 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
 Aldus TrapWise 1.0 will be available in the United States and Canada directly from Aldus, OEMs and graphic arts resellers in the fourth quarter of 1992. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Registered owners of RipPrep will receive a free update to TrapWise, and all TrapWise customers will receive 90 days of free technical support and a 60-day money-back guarantee. For more information, customers can contact Aldus Product Information at 206-628-5739. A Macintosh version of TrapWise will be available in the first half of 1993.
 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
 Aldus TrapWise requires Windows 3.1 or later. The recommended system configuration is a 66MHz, 486-based DOS-compatible computer with 16MB of RAM, a 200MB hard drive, a color monitor and a mouse. The minimum system configuration is a 33MHz, 486-based DOS-compatible computer with 8MB RAM, a 200MB hard drive and a mouse.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. In addition to TrapWise, Aldus FreeHand, PressWise and PageMaker -- the company's flagship program -- the Aldus product line includes Aldus Digital Darkroom, Aldus Gallery Effects, Aldus IntelliDraw, Aldus Personal Press, Aldus Persuasion, Aldus PhotoStyler, Aldus PrePrint, Aldus SuperCard, Aldus SuperPaint and Aldus Super 3D. The company distributes its products through an international network of more than 16,000 dealers and distributors.
 NOTE: Aldus, the Aldus logo, PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand, Persuasion, PrePrint, SuperCard and SuperPaint are registered trademarks, and Digital Darkroom, Gallery Effects, IntelliDraw, Personal Press, PressWise, Super 3D and TrapWise are trademarks of Aldus Corp. PhotoStyler is a trademark of U-Lead Systems Inc. licensed to Aldus Corp. Other product and corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of other companies, and are used only for explanation and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.
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 /CONTACT: Pam Miller of Aldus, 206-628-6594/
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