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MGI Zoom Image Server integrated with Imation Matched Workflow concept
to provide high-resolution pre-press proofing solution for digital creations

MGI, a leading global provider of visual media software products and infrastructure, and Imation, the specialist in data storage and information management, colour management and imaging solutions, today announced a European agreement where MGI’s patented Zoom Image Server technology will be integrated with Imation’s latest concept, Imation Matched Workflow, to offer the graphic design industry in Europe a fast and reliable high-resolution online proofing solution.

Jean-Marc Laigle, managing director, Imation Color Technologies, Europe, said, "The integration of MGI’s Zoom Image Server technology into Imation Matched Workflow solutions considerably enhances the service we are already providing for our customers in the area of digital applications, helping to reduce time, and improving efficiency and reliability."

Stephen Mold, managing director Europe, MGI, said, “The alliance with Imation in Europe will result in considerable savings in production time, and reductions in the cost of materials such as Matchprint, and third party services such as couriers. It will also help to cut down the time involved in approval processes, and overall, will lead to better quality control in the digital imaging process.”

MGI Zoom Image Server allows, for example, an artistic director to view an advertisement in minute detail on-screen. S/he can then modify the work immediately, and forward a digital approval if required. With Zoom Image Server, high-resolution images can be uploaded in a matter of seconds, avoiding any unnecessary printing.

Furthermore, MGI Zoom Image Server’s dynamic imaging technology can significantly reduce the time required for the enhancement and manipulation of images. Zoom Image Server publishes high-resolution images directly from a single source. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to create, store and manage several copies of the same image file in order to view them in various sizes and resolutions. Viewing these high-resolution images also requires no plug-ins or Java applets. Therefore, graphic design professionals can share and manipulate high definition images and digital creations in real time, thus optimising the entire production process.

Notes to Editors

For further information or screen shots, please contact: Jenny Hodge, communications manager Europe, tel: +44 (0)1908 278106 / +44 (0)7775 897360, email: jennyh@uk.mgisoft.com. MGI web site: http://www.mgieurope.com; Customer enquiries for MGI Zoom Image Server: +44 (0)1908 278100.

For further information on Imation Europe, please contact: Grégory Krumm, Eliotrope (in France),
tel: +33 1 53 17 16 51, email : krumm@eliotrope.fr

About Imation Corp.

A global technology company, Imation Corp. supplies a variety of products and services worldwide, specialising in data storage and information management, colour management and imaging solutions. For the graphic arts market, Imation offers colour management, colour proofing, software and services for a wide range of critical colour applications. Included in the line are Imation Matchprint analogue and digital proofing products, Imation Verifi accurate web colour technology, and the Imation Color Fidelity Module, along with a range of data storage products and services. In 2000, the company reported revenues of $1.2 billion from continuing operations. As of June 30, 2000, the company employed approximately 4,300 people worldwide. Imation Corp. is based in Oakdale Minnesota, USA, the European Centre is based in Schiphol (near Amsterdam), The Netherlands. Additional information is available at: www.imation.com or at http://www.imationltd.co.uk.

About Imation Matched Workflow

The Imation Matched Workflow concept includes product, consulting and integration offerings, providing graphic arts customers with a fast path to designing and implementing a digital system for managing all stages of the prepress workflow. This production concept for workflows in the graphics, layouting, pre-press, publishing and print production stages integrates cutting-edge technologies with field support and implementation services, leveraging Imation’s dedicated support infrastructure.

About MGI

MGI is a global leading provider of visual media software and infrastructure solutions that enable individuals and businesses to maximise their use of digital images and video. The Company’s products are distributed in over 40 countries through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs), as well as leading computer and electronic retail stores and online retailers. Shipments of MGI’s flagship PhotoSuite and VideoWave products have surpassed 39 million units and its image server technologies and web tools are currently employed by over 200 commercial web sites. The Company’s offerings include proprietary technologies supported by over 80 patents and patent pending applications. With headquarters in Richmond Hill, Canada, MGI maintains branch offices in Campbell, CA; Milton Keynes, UK; Paris, France; Paderborn, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, Korea. MGI is a public company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘MGI’. MGI is part of the TSE-300 index. More information may be obtained on the Company at www.mgisoft.com. In the UK, MGI is a member of the British Photographic and Imaging Association (BPIA), the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) and The European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

© MGI Software Corp., 2001. MGI, Zoom Image Server, PhotoSuite and VideoWave are trademarks or registered trademarks of MGI Software Corp. All other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers.

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