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    ColorVision Spyder Plus - Press Release

    Datacolor and Pantone Announce Spyder2 Plus,
    The New Standard in Consumer Color Electronics

    Breakthrough ‘Darkroom in a Box’ Technology Provides Accurate
    and Affordable Color on Monitors and in Print

    LAS VEGAS, NV Consumer Electronics Show International 2005 (CES) – January 4, 2005 – Datacolor, the internationally known name in color technology and global color authority Pantone, Inc., today announced ColorVision® Spyder2 Plus™, a virtual ”Darkroom in a Box™,” complete with digital imaging tools and software. The product debuted today at UNVEILED, the official press event of CES International.

    The show runs January 6 - 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ColorVision booth is located at TechZones; “Flash Forward 2.0: Bringing Digital Imaging into Focus,” Central Plaza Booth # 24 & 26. This special area devoted to digital imaging innovation supports the growing interest among consumers for this product category.

    Spyder2 Plus includes ColorVision’s award-winning color display and output calibration technology combined with the latest digital imaging software from Pantone® and Adobe®. Created for the hobbyist, serious amateur or desktop designer, Spyder2 Plus from the PANTONE® COLORVISION® product line answers market demand for more accurate and affordable color on monitors and in print.

    Spyder2 Plus delivers tools suited for anyone who deals with digital images and is frustrated with the color discrepancy between the monitor image and final printout. Spyder2 Plus includes Spyder2™, the new, highly accurate, sleek color sensor that delivers precise color correction for CRT, LCD and laptop displays, Spyder2 color monitor calibration software and ProfilerPlus™ software, which creates color-printing profiles. Also included is PANTONE colorist, which gives users easy access to PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors, and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0, a complete solution for editing, organizing and sharing digital photos.

    “As consumers continue to adopt digital cameras and imaging technology in record numbers, more and more people are realizing that their standard computer system does not reproduce color accurately,” said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone. “Spyder2 Plus is an affordable, easy-to-use tool that delivers vibrant, true-to-life color with minimal time and effort.”

    “Spyder2 Plus is designed to address monitor and printer discrepancies as more consumers produce images in their own desktop environment,” explained Datacolor Vice President Brian Levey. “The PANTONE COLORVISION product line reflects the convergence in the consumer electronics industry, an evolution that embraces every form of communication. As digital imaging goes mainstream, color display and output increasingly determine customer satisfaction. Our job is to make sure that color stays true as we move across various media channels.”

    System Requirements
    OSX 10.2 or better, or Windows® 2000 or XP, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 or better on Windows, Adobe Photoshop 7 or better on Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements. Spyder2 Plus languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (traditional and simplified). ProfilerPLUS™ Adobe Photoshop 5.5 or better (for both RGB and CMYK profiles) or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 (for RGB profiles only) included with this package. Languages: English, French, and German. 300 dpi flatbed scanner or better and color printer.

    Pricing and Availability
    Spyder2 Plus includes the Spyder2 colorimeter, monitor calibration software that can be used on multiple workstations with no additional licensing required; ProfilerPlus software, plus PANTONE colorist software and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0 – a $436 value. Spyder2 Plus has a manufacturers suggested retail price of U.S. $269.

    As part of the ColorVision Spyder2 Plus special promotion, customers with proof of purchase receive a $75 rebate coupon, redeemable for PrintFIX™ or SpectroPRO™.

    The PANTONE COLORVISION Spyder2 product line can be purchased through major consumer electronics retailers, and from ColorVision and Pantone at, and, respectively. ColorVision and Pantone offer free unlimited E-mail and telephone support and FREE software updates. Comes with a 2-year Spyder2 Warranty. (800) 554-8688.

    About Datacolor
    Because color matters, leading businesses, creative professionals and consumers worldwide choose Datacolor’s innovative technology solutions to consistently achieve the right color. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor’s strong worldwide presence encompasses global manufacturing and operational facilities, as well as an international strategic network of sales and support offices. ColorVision, the digital imaging unit of Datacolor, provides affordable, easy-to-use digital color control products to creative professionals, photographers, corporate customers and consumers around the world.

    About Pantone, Inc.
    Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Color Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of color. With over 40 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries.

    Established in 2001, the PANTONE COLORVISION marketing alliance created a unique partnership of unmatched expertise in color management. Together, the companies combine the best analog and digital solutions to provide color professionals, color enthusiasts, professional photographers, photo hobbyists and consumers with affordable solutions to specify color, calibrate displays, profile printers and confirm color accuracy. The PANTONE COLORVISION product line simplifies color creativity.
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