EFI Provides Powerful Fiery Front-End Workflow for New Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500/8500 Series MFPs

FREMONT, Calif., March 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) continues its long-term partnership with Canon by bringing to market a new Fiery® digital front end for Canon’s new imageRUNNER ADVANCE models. The most recent result of this collaboration is the Fiery Driven™ Canon imagePASS-Y1 digital front end (DFE) for the new Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500/8500 series of multifunction printers (MFPs).

“The third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6500/8500 series builds on the award winning success of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE system and provides customers increased flexibility to help their businesses evolve and adapt to their changing workflow needs,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The Canon imagePASS-Y1 digital front end, provided by our long term partner EFI, combined with the capabilities of the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems can provide a reliable, time-saving workflow option that Canon customers have come to count on and expect.”

“Canon unveiled the future of its business solutions technology with this third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform, and EFI is pleased to be able to contribute to the success of this series,” said Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Fiery. “This new Fiery DFE is 50% faster than its predecessor and includes easy-to-use automated workflows, tight integration with print MIS solutions and outstanding tools that can make complex jobs easier.”

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE series and Fiery DFE combination can help turn high performance into productivity. Users can especially benefit from key features such as:

  • New variable-data capabilities, including VDP raster preview, VDP multi-up booklets and support for PDF/VT-2
  • Support for Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.0 and Configurable PostScript Interpreter software for the latest updates in PDF and PostScript workflows
  • Streamlined, Job Definition Format integration with EFI’s leading portfolio of ERP/MIS workflow and Web-to-print software products
  • Increased imposition automation with hot folders
  • Fiery ImageViewer for Black and White, an option that allows users to preview ready-to-print jobs, as well as save curve data for future use and consistent output
  • Support for Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE inline finishing solutions for single-pass production of finished documents.

The Canon imagePASS-Y1 Server also includes the latest-version EFI Fiery Command WorkStation® for tight integration, easy administration of Fiery Driven fleets and excellent operator productivity.

As part of this launch, EFI offers a range of educational resources available to Canon sales partners and Canon customers, including free how-to guides and the popular World of Fiery series of free webinars available at webinar.efi.com/WorldofFiery.

For more information about Fiery Driven digital production printing, visit www.efi.com. For more information on Canon technology, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

About EFI

EFI is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.                                                                                                    

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranked third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.