700 Strong: Xerox Premier Partners Program Expands Global Digital Print Network

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 07, 2008  -- Xerox Corporation's (NYSE: XRX) Graphic Arts Premier Partners Program has reached 700 members, with the addition of Asahi Kosoku Printing Co., Ltd., from Osaka City, Japan. The global network of leading print providers - dedicated to developing new business opportunities with digital technologies - grew its membership 32 percent last year with 164 graphic communications companies worldwide joining the program.

Members now can be found in 48 countries on six continents. The rapid growth in the Xerox Premier Partners membership was led by North America, which grew by 39 percent, adding 87 new members for a total of 328. There are 210 members in Europe, 89 in the Asia-Pacific region and 75 in other geographies.

HP Labs Opens Research Opportunities to Academia

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 7, 2008 - HP today made it possible for colleges, universities and research institutions worldwide to participate in joint research with HP Labs, the company’s central research facility, through an open and competitive process.

The new HP Labs Innovation Research Program invites the worldwide academic community to submit proposals related to current research in the areas of information explosion, dynamic cloud services, content transformation, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.

The program is the first offering of the HP Labs Open Innovation Office, which was established earlier this year as part of HP Labs’ new approach to research. The office is responsible for deepening HP Labs’ strategic collaborations with academia, the government and the commercial sector to produce mutually beneficial, high-impact research.

Océ transforms wide format printing industry with introduction of new Océ CrystalPoint color technology

Trumbull, CT, May 7, 2008 – Océ, an international leader in digital document management, today announced the launch of a fundamentally new printing technology called Océ CrystalPointTM. The first product based on this new technology is the Océ ColorWaveTM 600, also unveiled today in The Netherlands and being debuted in the US at the IRgA 2008 Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV, May 13-15.
Best of both toner and inkjet printing
Océ CrystalPoint technology changes the way wide format prints are made by combining the best of both toner and inkjet printing. The Océ CrystalPoint process converts color Océ TonerPearlsTM toner into a gel. This tonergel is then jetted and crystallized onto any type of paper, producing crisp, water fast high quality images with extremely accurate dot placement.

ABBYY FineReader Engine Complements Kirtas' Sophisticated Digitization Systems

FREMONT, Calif., May 6 — ABBYY USA, a leading provider of recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, today announced that Kirtas Technologies, a company that specializes in the digitization of books in libraries, government archives and corporate storerooms, uses theABBYY FineReader Engine to accurately capture text and images from published works.

Kirtas Technologies developed an innovative solution that gently turns the pages of even the most fragile documents and books for clients such as Microsoft, LexisNexis, Yale University, Cornell University, and Johns Hopkins University. From its inception, the Kirtas team knew it would need a powerful and accurate tool to capture text and graphics and keep the elements intact and exact. Their needs mandated that they use an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) solution that could capture information in multiple languages and convert into multiple file formats, including PDF, XML, Word and text. With its intelligent recognition technology, the ABBYY FineReader Engine is utilized by Kirtas to precisely reconstruct documents and books in electronic form with original layout and formatting attributes.

Fax Enable Your World with FACSys and Sharp

Bridgewater, NJ - May 6, 2008 - emFAST Inc., publisher of the FACSys Fax Messaging Gateway solution, is pleased to announce the release of the FACSys Connector for Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs. The FACSys Connector fully integrates with Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs, allowing users to transmit and print incoming faxes directly from the LCD touch screens. The company will demonstrate the product at Sharp's 2008 National Dealer Meeting, May 6-9 in Orlando, FL.

"The FACSys Connector leverages the inherent print functions of a Sharp MFP and takes them to the next level," announced Paul Bird, Managing Director, emFAST Inc. "Instead of just sending faxes, users will be able to route and print documents securely through the easy-to-use touch interface."

Sharp and MWA Intelligence Form Technology Relationship for Enterprise M2M Solution

Orlando, FL —(May 6, 2008) – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, and MWA Intelligence, Inc., today announced a strategic relationship to deliver enterprise-level remote asset management capabilities to Sharp customers. With this powerful alliance, MWA Intelligence – a leader in enterprise-class M2M (machine-to-machine) and M2P (machine-to-people) solutions and services – will develop and market innovative workflow automation solutions for Sharp’s best-in-class MFPs to enable businesses to optimize productivity, operational efficiency and customer service.

iDatix CEO finalist in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO Awards

Tampa, FL — iDatix Corporation CEO Steve Allen was recently named as a finalist in the inaugural Tampa Bay Business Journal “Ultimate CEO Awards”. iDatix provides technology solutions that allow users to innovate their approach to managing content within the enterprise while simplifying their daily work environment.

Judges picked 30 finalists in six categories.  Mr. Allen is one of 8 CEO finalists in the Small Private Company category.  The winners will be named at the awards reception on May 29 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa at 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL.

Ricoh Attends 2008 Javaone SM Conference

SAN FRANCISCO,   May 06, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, will be demonstrating Ricoh® Transaction Link, a document storage solution for accounting services, at this year’s JavaOne conference. The conference, which takes place in San Francisco May 6-9, will host more than 15,000 attendees from the JavaOne technology community.

Along with demonstrating Transaction Link, Ricoh will also be highlighting the benefits of the Ricoh Developer Program™ (RiDP™). The RiDP offers all the tools, including Ricoh’s embedded software architecture support and services needed for third-party developers to integrate their solution-based products with hardware and software from Ricoh. The goal of the program is to help facilitate the process of preparing a product for market with a flexible, affordable and accessible method that enables the developer to create customized solutions tailored to meet specific customer needs. The Developer Program is ideal for Independent Software Vendors and companies with in-house developers. Participation in the RiDP affords developers multiple benefits such as access to advanced development tools; technical support from the RiDP engineering team; a set of services which facilitate development, such as training and access to SDK beta versions; a series of marketing benefits; customizable solutions that enhance and maintain customer satisfaction/loyalty; and open-standard technologies to build high-level solutions.

Ellen Shanahan Joins Paradigm Imaging Group

Costa Mesa, CA – May 6, 2008 – Paradigm Imaging Group, a leading supplier of large-format scanning, printing and document archiving solutions, announces the addition of Ellen Shanahan as a new member of the sales solution team, effective immediately. Shanahan will serve in the position of Service Contract Sales.

Ms. Shanahan has extensive experience in a variety of fields, including sales, marketing, publishing, and education.   "Ellen's vast and varied knowledge will prove invaluable to Paradigm Imaging Group as we continue to promote the best warranties available in the market.  I am proud to welcome her as a member of our established team of professionals who provide our customers with the utmost in reliability, innovation, and service," said President Randy Geesman.

Print Audit Selected as Finalist for 2008 Software CEO Innovation Awards

Calgary, Alberta - May 6, 2008 - Print Audit, the leading print management software developer, announced today that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2008 SoftwareCEO/CompTIA Software Innovation Awards. The awards recognize products, ideas and business models that break with conventional software ideas and processes, producing results that go well beyond marginal improvements. Judging criteria for the awards include scope of the problem or opportunity addressed by the innovation, how novel the innovation is, and the impact of the innovation on the industry.

Print Audit was selected as one of five finalists in the "Company Achievement in Innovation" category for its print management and tracking solution, Print Audit 5. Print Audit 5 is the most comprehensive suite of print tracking and print management products available. The three modules that comprise the suite are used to analyze, reduce and recover costs along with the resources associated with printing and plotting to all networked, local and direct to IP printers.