PeerlessPrint7 SDK Sets New Standard for PCL Emulation

11/9/2004 - Peerless Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: PRLS) (“Peerless”), a provider of imaging and networking controllers to the digital document market, announced the availability of PeerlessPrint®7, a software development kit (SDK) for licensing by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The new PeerlessPrint7 SDK delivers significant image quality improvements in the printer control language (PCL), enabling OEMs to satisfy a broader range of customer needs with their PCL-based color printers and multi-function peripherals (MFPs). Peerless will demonstrate the improved PCL performance of PeerlessPrint7 for OEMs at scheduled meetings during the company's Fall Open House starting next week in Japan.

The PeerlessPrint7 SDK gives OEMs unique advantages in developing products that satisfy a range of needs from office workgroup to production color printing.

New features in PeerlessPrint7 SDK include:

“Peerless has raised the image quality bar with our new PeerlessPrint7 SDK,” said Steve Robinson, Peerless vice president of marketing. “For the first time, even the most color-critical office environments can be served by PCL-based systems. This next generation of our popular PeerlessPrint SDK will enable OEMs to offer higher quality printing while retaining compatibility with HP-based systems."

In developing its color imaging technologies, Peerless found that the industry standard PCL imaging model had several limitations. To overcome these issues, Peerless developed an ICC-based color workflow within PCL that significantly enhances color gamut (a wider range of colors) and workflow for office applications. PeerlessColor dramatically improves color quality, making it possible to address color production applications. New PeerlessTrapping software enhances color image quality by overcoming engine mis-registration issues, allowing lower cost color engines to deliver superior looking output. Thus the image quality is enhanced across a broad range of market applications from entry color up to office production. In addition, the PeerlessPrint7 SDK offers variable halftones by object, delivering sharp color and grey scale text while allowing pictures to be vibrant and colorful. This feature is especially applicable in office environments for reports and presentation that incorporate both text and photographs.

"With the PeerlessPrint7 SDK, we continue to deliver industry-leading enhancements to our family of Page Descriptions Language (PDL) SDKs, giving our customers a full range of solutions to support the development of their products -- from high quality PCL emulation with HP compatibility in the PeerlessPrint7 SDK to true Adobe PostScript," said Robinson. "Peerless SDKs deliver top image quality and are modular and customizable to support a wide range of applications."

About Peerless Systems Corporation
Founded in 1982, Peerless Systems Corporation is a provider of imaging and networking controllers to the digital document markets, which include manufacturers of color, monochrome and multifunction office products and digital appliances. In order to process digital text and graphics, digital document products rely on a core set of imaging software and supporting electronics, collectively known as an imaging controller. Peerless’ broad line of scalable software and silicon offerings enable its customers to shorten their time-to-market and reduce costs by offering unique solutions for multiple products. Peerless’ customer base includes companies such as Canon, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lenovo, OkiData, Ricoh, RISO, Seiko Epson and Xerox. Peerless also maintains strategic partnerships with Adobe and Novell. For more information, visit the Company's web site at

Peerless® and PeerlessPrint® are a registered trademarks of Peerless Systems Corporation. PeerlessColorTM and PeerlessTrappingTM are a trademarks of Peerless Systems Corporation. Adobe and PostScript are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc. PCL is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company.

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