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IKON Delivers Newest EFI Fiery Server for Production Print Environments; IKON CPP(TM) 500 Now Equipped With Fiery Server's Most Advanced Color and Productivity Capabilities.

MALVERN, Pa. & FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- IKON Office Solutions (NYSE:IKN), the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services and EFI (Nasdaq:EFII), the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the availability of the S300 Version 2 color server for the IKON CPP(TM) 500, built on the most advanced EFI Fiery technology to date. Driven by the Fiery color server, the IKON CPP 500 is an ideal solution for high-demand color and black-and-white printing needs. The server's modular design enables a customized solution for a wide range of users: commercial print, light production, corporate reprographic departments, graphics-intensive (graphic arts, creative services, prepress/proof) and print for pay environments.

S300 Version 2 customers enjoy seamless integration with other EFI-based IKON products, including the industry's leading web-to-print solution, Digital StoreFront(TM), which recently won the 2005 BERTL's Best Innovation Award, IKON DocSend(R) document capture and distribution solution and IKON PowerPress(TM) universal server that enables high-volume users to spread work across multiple devices.

"While our customers in professional print environments all demand superior color and productivity, each has a set of unique requirements as well," said Cathy L. Lewis, senior vice president of marketing for IKON. "The S300 Version 2, coupled with the versatility of the IKON CPP 500, is an ideal solution for a wide range of professional print users. Also, the Fiery-powered CPP 500 is supported by IKON's team of 7,000 customer service professionals worldwide, making it a great system for mission-critical production print environments."

The S300 Version 2 combines a powerful hardware platform (3.06GHz processor and 1GB RAM are standard) with versatile, integrated system software. The Fiery server's robust suite of color precision and control tools make it a powerful tool for graphic arts professionals. The S300 Version 2's Fiery VDP support and advanced workflow further enables the IKON CPP 500 to address the professional environment's demanding production and quality requirements -- while maintaining superior dependability and flexibility.

Following are key capabilities of the S300 Version 2 standard configuration:

--Fiery Command WorkStation(R), which recently won a 2005 BERTL's Best Award, provides robust centralized print job management capabilities with an intuitive interface and a variety of productivity-enhancing tools.

--Advanced Workflow -- The S300 Version 2 workflow is WYSIWYG and consistent, whether the job is VDP or non-VDP. Also, Command WorkStation can be run remotely, locally, and connected to multiple servers.

--Spot-On(R) Precision Color Matching with Substitute Color accurately reproduces named and custom colors, and modifies spot color values to achieve color matching with pinpoint precision.

--EFI Hot Folders automate batch processing of PostScript and PDF files.

--Pre-Production, Configurable Auto Trapping settings enable greater flexibility and control, resulting in significantly improved print quality.

--Driver-Based Imposition for comprehensive booklet imposition.

Powerful options that customize the S300 Version 2 for any professional print environment include:

--Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition and Advanced Job Imposition -- Easily integrating into existing graphic arts workflows, the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition utilizes the most advanced tools for color proofing and control. IKON bundles the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition with Impose Fiery Edition. This WYSIWYG client/server-based imposition application enables entire documents to be imposed, edited and assembled quickly, before RIPping the files.

--The Fiery Production Printing Package delivers functionality exclusively provided by EFI. The Package is a set of advanced job management and submission tools that enable the IKON CPP 500 to deliver fast output for complicated print jobs.

--EFI Color Profiler(TM), a color measurement solution for generating ICC-compliant device profiles, optimizes print quality and helping to produce color consistency between printers. The ES-1000 handheld spectrometer is included to instantly and accurately measure the full visible spectrum of light reflected from color samples.

--The Fiery Advanced Controller Interface kit enables Command WorkStation to be run locally at the Fiery, making it ideal for operator-centric environments. The Fiery stand, custom-designed furniture, is also included in this option.

"Among the world's largest distributors of document management solutions and services, IKON has been -- and continues to be -- a great channel partner for EFI," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "Our close collaboration gives IKON CPP 500 customers access to a superior digital color printing solution that includes the flexible workflow and advanced printing optimizing capabilities of the Fiery Production Printing Package."

Availability

The IKON CPP 500 with the Fiery-based IKON S300 Version 2 server is now available. More information on the IKON CPP 500 and the S300 Version 2 can be found at http://www.ikon.com/cpp500.

About IKON

IKON Office Solutions Inc. (www.ikon.com), the world's largest independent channel for copier, printer and MFP technologies, delivers integrated document management solutions and systems, enabling customers worldwide to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. IKON integrates best-in-class systems from leading manufacturers, such as Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, EFI and HP, and document management software from companies like Captaris, EMC (Documentum), Kofax and others, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions implemented and supported by its global services organization -- IKON Enterprise Services. With Fiscal 2004 revenues of $4.6 billion, IKON has approximately 27,000 employees in 500 locations throughout North America and Western Europe.

About EFI

EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing. EFI's award-winning technologies offer end to end, integrated document management tools from creation to print, including high fidelity color Fiery(R) print servers that can output up to 2000 ppm; superwide digital inkjet printers and UV and solvent inks capable of printing on flexible and rigid substrates; powerful print production workflow and management information software solutions for increased performance and cost efficiency; and an array of corporate printing solutions. EFI's integrated solutions connect seamlessly, delivering unbeatable performance, cost savings and increased productivity. EFI maintains 25 offices worldwide.

NOTE TO EDITORS: EFI and Fiery are registered trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or certain other foreign jurisdictions. Digital StoreFront(TM), EFI Balance, EFI OneFlow, and EFI are trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

This news release includes information that constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the ability of IKON and its document management products, services and solutions to meet customer needs, improve productivity, reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Although IKON believes the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that such expectations will prove correct. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management's current plans or expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to conducting operations in a competitive environment and a changing industry; risks and uncertainties associated with existing or future vendor relationships; and general economic conditions. Certain additional risks and uncertainties are set forth in IKON's 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a consequence of these and other risks and uncertainties, IKON's current plans, anticipated actions and future financial condition and results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.
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