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ESRI and Epson Codevelop New Driver for ArcGIS 9.2

April 11, 2007

Redlands, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan-ESRI and Seiko Epson Corporation have codeveloped the ArcPress Epson universal driver, which enables joint customers to print large maps directly from their geographic information system (GIS) software to their Epson Stylus Pro printer. The driver was released as a new feature of ArcGIS Desktop 9.2, enabling users to quickly publish large maps while maintaining premium print quality.

ArcPress for ArcGIS, also included in ArcGIS Desktop, is a print rasterizer for fast, high-quality printing of maps, transforming them into the native language format for printers. The new driver extends the high-capacity ArcPress printer engine to support the complete lineup of Epson Stylus Pro large-format inkjet printers.

Epson Stylus Pro printers have long been supported by ArcGIS software, but the new driver means better support for large map prints from ArcGIS 9.2, even at high-output resolutions. Epson Stylus Pro printers are known for their ability to provide outstanding print quality without sacrificing productivity or affordability. "This effort by Epson and ESRI has allowed us to combine our newly developed Epson Stylus Pro printers with ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2 software in order to address the diversifying needs of GIS users in the best possible way," comments Hiroshi Sotokawa, general manager of the Inkjet Printer and Photo Product Design Department at Epson. "I'm confident that this new combination of technologies will set a new standard for GIS."

"ESRI's user community has requested ArcPress support for Epson Stylus Pro printers, and we are happy to answer with the ArcPress Epson Universal driver in ArcGIS Desktop 9.2," notes Michael Grossman, ESRI software products engineer for ArcGIS printing. "We codeveloped this new ArcPress driver with Epson, and it will allow ESRI and Epson's mutual customers to print large maps directly from ArcMap to their Epson Stylus Pro with maximum speed and quality."

About Epson

Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors, and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness, and energy efficiency. Epson is a network of 102,025 employees in 120 companies around the world and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the group had consolidated sales of 1,549.5 billion yen in fiscal 2005. Visit Seiko Epson Corp. at www.epson.co.jp/e/.


About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.