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ALDUS TO OFFER PRESSWISE 2.0 IMPOSITION SOFTWARE FOR LARGE-FORMAT PRESSES

 BIRMINGHAM, U.K., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) today unveiled an enhanced version of Aldus PressWise, the company's advanced electronic page imposition software for prepress businesses that rely on electronic page-layout software and large-format output devices. The announcement was made at the IPEX '93 conference.
 Designed to increase productivity for prepress professionals, PressWise 2.0 will enable users to quickly prepare accurate, plate-ready signature forms of multipage documents for large-format printing presses, such as web-fed and 40-inch, sheet-fed machines. Earlier versions of PressWise focused on medium-sized, 25-inch presses.
 "PressWise 1.0 has enjoyed wide acceptance in the commercial printing industry because we listened to our customers and produced a product that met their needs," said Michael Reiher, Aldus prepress product manager. "PressWise 2.0 will be no different. We continue to work with existing customers and other trade professionals to enhance PressWise with a full range of advanced controls that will further empower the trade professional."
 Although the software runs on Apple Macintosh computers, PressWise is an open-architecture solution for electronic imposition. It can correctly impose most PostScript files generated in Macintosh, Windows, or UNIX page-layout applications. Typical documents include those created in Aldus PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Ventura Publisher, and FrameMaker.


NEW FEATURES FOR LARGER OUTPUT AND GREATER PRODUCTIVITY
 New features designed for large-format usage will include larger imposition layout templates (64 pages per form, 128 pages per signature), combination layout templates, bottling controls (to compensate for folding distortion), and extensive page-positioning controls. It will have complete support for sheet-fed and web-fed imposition arrangements, with automatic configurations for perfect-bound, saddle-stitched, stacked-web, and loose-leaf binding methods.
 Productivity enhancements will include positioning controls for pin-register imagesetter systems, customizable marks with an on-screen layout preview, links to color separation programs such as Aldus PrePrint 1.6, and UserLand Frontier scripts that will automate repetitive tasks. It will have no limits on the dimensions of the output it produces, nor on the type of PostScript output devices it supports.
 PressWise operators can open multiple PostScript files at once and impose more than 5,000 pages per job -- useful, for example, when merging several chapters files of a long publication. This option also lets users organize and manage their electronic files in whatever way suits their working style.


OTHER STANDARD PRESSWIRE FEATURES
 PressWire has always offered many printing options to enable users to control vital aspects of imposition forms. Users can set bleeds, scale the output for proofing on small-format devices, select a range of signatures or print just one, and distort a form either horizontally or vertically to compensate for plate distortion in flexographic printing, in which a rubber printing plate is wrapped around a drum.
 Depending on the output required, PressWise can produce plate-ready film, press-ready plates, or a PostScript file of the imposed signatures for use in other post-processing operations.
 A print error log lets users know the status of printing at all times and aids with troubleshooting any printing problems. PressWise can also perform background and batch printing, and can output to multiple printers simultaneously.


PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
 Aldus PressWise 2.0 will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of 1993 for a suggested retail price of $2,595 (U.S.). Customers will be able to purchase it from select graphic arts resellers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of high resolution outputs devices, and directly from Aldus. Up-grades from PressWise 1.0 to 2.0 will be available directly from Aldus for $495 (U.S.).


SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
 The recommended system configuration for Aldus PressWise 2.0 will be any Apple Macintosh II or Quadra series computer with System 7 or later, at least 4MB of RAM, a 120MB hard drive, and a 13-inch or larger monitor. The minimum configuration will be a Macintosh with a 68030 processor, 2MB of memory, an 80MB hard drive, System 7 or later, and a 13-inch monitor.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. The company focuses on three lines of business: applications for the professional publishing and prepress markets; applications for the general consumer market; and service and support programs for professional end-users. Aldus has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara E. Burke of Aldus Corp., 206-628-6594/
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