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Canon U.S.A., EFI And Chromaticity Announce IDEAlliance Swop Certification On Canon imagePROGRAF IPF X100 Series Printers


Combination of Canon’s iPF x100 Large Format Printers and EFI Inkjet Proofing System Awarded SWOP “Grade 3” Certifications

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of digital imaging technology, EFI and Chromaticity, Inc., today announced that standards organization IDEAlliance has awarded SWOP “Grade 3” certifications to Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF x100 Series large format printers when used with EFI Validation 155 and 190 Offset Proofing media and EFI Colorproof XF.

IDEAlliance SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) certification of the Canon iPF x100 Series large format printers and EFI media assures graphics, publishing, packaging and production professionals consistent and accurate color to match the appearance of certified press proofs used in print production. Chromaticity, a leader in distribution and deployment of color management and digital imaging technologies for the graphics arts market, tested and submitted the Canon EFI solution to IDEAlliance for SWOP Certification.

“Working side by side with partners like Chromaticity and EFI, Canon strives to provide quality contract proofing solutions that meet the industry’s highest standards – SWOP – for inkjet proofing systems,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “We are honored and delighted that we have received this prestigious industry certification from IDEAlliance.”

According to Ian Mackenzie, vice president of marketing at Chromaticity, “The goal of the partnership between Canon U.S.A., EFI and Chromaticity is to offer dealers and customers high-quality proofing solutions that adhere to the industry’s most rigid standards. We are pleased to have received official SWOP certification from IDEAlliance. This complements Chromaticity’s existing media offerings that feature EFI Validation 250 Satin - the highly successful inkjet paper, designed from the ground up, to hit GRACoL specifications for proofing,” commented Ian.

“This SWOP certification affirms the high caliber of solutions resulting from our continued collaboration with Canon and Chromaticity,” said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, EFI Graphic Arts Solutions. “Colorproof XF turns inkjet, laser and LED printers into powerful proofing and production devices. This important certification assures graphics, publishing and production professionals that their color output represents consistent and accurate color to match the appearance of certified press proofs used in publication production.”

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information in all facets of publishing – creation, production, management and delivery of knowledge-based content – digitally and in print. SWOP was initiated in 1975 as a response to the printing industry’s need for uniform specifications and tolerances to ensure consistency and quality of material in publications. In 2005, SWOP merged with IDEAlliance

About EFI
EFI ( is the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI’s award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company’s robust product portfolio includes Fiery® digital color print servers; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 26 offices worldwide.

About Chromaticity
Chromaticity, Inc., is the leader in distribution and deployment of color management and digital imaging technologies for the Print, Publishing, Packaging and Wide Format sectors of the graphic arts market. Chromaticity provides its reseller channel with integrated solutions that are supported by a comprehensive sales and support organization. EFI Validation Media is distributed exclusively by Chromaticity. For more information about Chromaticity, please visit

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting

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† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008


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